Cranberry + pistachio granola bars

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It’s that time of year again: back 2 school! And back to cozy sweaters, soft tights and evenings spent on the couch watching our favorite television series.  All of this won’t happen right away because we still have a lot of nice warm days ahead of us, but I can’t wait to get into cocooning mode.

Back to school also means back to making lunches. I’m lucky enough to work near my house and have time to eat in my own kitchen everyday (or at my parents’ house), so I don’t have to prepare any lunch. But being myself one of those who must eat a snack during the morning to get to dinner time alive, I wanted to have a healthier solution instead of those chocolate covered chewy bars we can find at the grocery store. And because eating an apple opens my appetite instead of stuffing my stomach, I needed something substantial. 

Those granola bars may not be safe for school since they include pistachios, but they sure are a great after-school snack!

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Cranberry + pistachio granola bars (recipe by Table for Two)

Ingredients:

  • 500 ml (2 cups) oatmeal
  • 250 ml (1 cup) shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) dried cranberries
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) chia seeds
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) honey
  • 85 ml (1/3 cup) packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Lightly grease a 13×18 inch baking sheet, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir together oatmeal, pistachios, cranberries, and chia seeds. Set aside.

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3. In a medium pot, melt the butter, honey, and brown sugar together until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat then cook for 2 minutes more. Add vanilla to the pot and stir.

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4. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until just moistened.

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5. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and press out to about 3/4 inch thick – if your sheet is too big, you can press them all to one half of the baking sheet to make them thicker.

6. Let cool in refrigerator for 2 hours then cut them into bars.

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Notes:

These bars are very soft, unlike regular granola bars. Just keep that in mind that after you take them out of the fridge and cut them, sitting at room temperature, the bars will soften.

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Friday Love

Last Friday night, I went to a famous western festival that takes place every year since 1967. We had a lot of fun, but going to bed at 5:30 in the morning wasn’t the best idea! I certainly paid the price during the following day. The only thing I was dreaming of was sleeping, sleeping and sleeping. Oh and getting rid of that awful heart ache. It was a tough day! Thankfully, I woke up on Sunday feeling all rested up, which allowed me to spend the day in the kitchen – a dream!

Like I told you last week, I was back at the gym with my motivation at his peak! With many  muscles that haven’t been solicited for several weeks, the return was certainly painful, but I’m really glad I went back. Now I have to stay on track

Tonight I’m going to see the first paying show of Rémi Chassé with a friend who likes him as much as I do. We’ll have dinner at a very nice pizzeria that I haven’t had the chance to try yet and then we’ll be heading to the show. I’ll keep you posted about that girl’s night next week!

Have a nice weekend! :)

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. baking mini carrot + raisins and banana + chia seeds muffins
  2. burning pain reliever
  3. Halloween is on his way at my parent’s house
  4. seaside table centerpiece
  5. trying my new yoga mattress with little Leo

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Friday Love

Hello guys! We’re already Friday morning, long live four-workday weeks! I had an amazing and, let’s face it, exhausting three-day weekend. It’s not surprising why we went to bed around 9 o’clock every night this week. It was supposed to rain for three days and we received water on our heads for about 5 tiny minutes. Good job, weatherman! Fortunately, the favorable temperature has allowed us to spend time outdoors with friends and, again, looots of good food.

I’m getting pretty excited about getting back in shape. The scale showed me a nasty number which now haunts my dreams. To rectify the situation, I plan to renew my gym membership and go 4 times a week until Christmas. Moreover, the new group class session starts on Monday and I can’t wait to begin this new training. Adios sweet ice cream cones and savory burgers!

I wish you all a great weekend! :)

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. beautiful September morning
  2. throwback Thursday: this is me aged 6 and the owner of the cat is now my boyfriend #howcrazyisthat
  3. papillote of veggies ready to go on the grill
  4. Labor Day at the park with the kids
  5. nails are ready for the upcoming weekend {watermelon by Essie}

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*Earlier this week: #1picaday August recap

#1picaday August recap

#1picaday August recap

Have you seen the last month pass by? Neither did I. Although fall has always been my favorite season and I can’t wait to dig in, I‘m a little sad that summer is already almost over. And what a summer… I knew it would be perfect! And, let’s face it, a bit exhausting. But today, the wet weather along with children officially back to school, it’s clear that summertime is now behind us. Even though I went to bed around 9:30 last night, I would have slept in a liiittle bit longer this morning. I like to think that fall will be a little less busy, but my little finger tells me it won’t be the case. Fortunately, going back to the gym on a regular basis should provide me all the energy I need to get through the upcoming months!

See you in a month for another recap!

More #1picaday recaps: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril – May – June – July

*If some of you would like to join us for the July challenge, you just have to share one pic each day on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #1picaday and let us know, so we can post a link to your Instagram and Twitter accounts on our blogs. You can follow Mila, Heather, Jana and me over herehere, here and here.

Friday Love

I had some time on Saturday morning to finish the big cleanup in my basement. Believe it or not, it’s now empty. I got rid of almost everything, there’s only 4 boxes of precious stuff left. Great victory! But I like to think that my last weekend comes down to eating instead of cleaning.

  • Eating with girlfriends on Friday night around a glass of wine talking about everything and nothing.
  • Eating a hearty BBQ meal with friends and sharing bottles of wine with M of a new red wine that we discovered on vacation (a nasty headache the next morning reminded me that one bottle each is perhaps too much).
  • Eating chocolate cake on a very hot and sunny Sunday to celebrate the second birthday of a charming little boy.

Eating is clearly the best way to bring people together. And Oops! I did it again (hello wise Britney circa 2000) last night with two fantastic girls (hello ladies!). I think I’ll never get tired of sharing stories over a good meal with people I love. And when there’s some wine involved, the stories become even more crunchy;)

I wish you all an amazing and looong Labor Day weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. chocolate vanilla swirl ice cream + rainbow sprinkles
  2. new (and last?) summer dress AND, more importantly, a post-it that says I love you
  3. before going out for dinner with mom and dad to celebrate 31 years of marriage
  4. I’m at home for about only 30 min for lunch time, but I found time to make chocolate chip cookie dough
  5. she’s doing great at getting back in shape

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Friday Love

Well, another summer week has gone by. I can’t believe August is almost over. It’s that time of the year again when we eat corn and watch back-to-school commercials on TV! To fully enjoy summer until the end, tonight I’m having a BBQ dinner with the girls. I don’t know if we’ll be able to set fire on the grill (that’s a men thing, right?), but we’ll try our best to have grilled veggies FTW! With a glass of wine, this is going to be the perfect way to end the week.

I spent almost all of my weeknights doing a big cleanup in the basement (something I wanted to do for two years now) and I can’t stop finding little gems and souvenirs. It feels good to get rid of things we don’t use anymore while sorting through our memories. I kept texting my mom “hey guess what I just found out”!

Have a nice weekend, I’ll spend mine with the man I’ve been missing all week. He’s coming back home tonight… :)

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. new workout program
  2. tea set that every little girl should have
  3. a girly afternoon with this little princess
  4. salmon & beef tartar duet – yummy!
  5. woke up to this face every morning of the week while M is out of town

*For more pics, follow me on Instagram!

Friday Love

Wonder how to make me happy? Bring me back to the kitchen! I made this heavenly delicious creamy cheese pie with strawberries + blueberries on Friday for a dinner with friends and did it again (this time with grapes + blueberries) on Sunday night for a dinner with the in-laws. In addition of being so flavorful, this pie is the perfect summer dessert. It is at once rich yet light. Try it at your next BBQ, you won’t be disappointed! I was also able to make dinner for two at the beginning of the week. Tacos night on Tuesday. I think there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a meal and having someone to share it with. I missed that and I’m very happy to now have someone who I can cook to and who’s willing to try the food I put on the table and loving it!

The upcoming weekend will be all about sparkling wine and nail polish. M is out of town for several days, so Catherine is coming home for some girly time. I don’t know yet what we’ll be up to, but I’m sure we’re gonna have a good time together even if it’s supposed to rain!

I wish you all a nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. weekly lunch with mom – I could eat this little pizza almost every day!
  2. Saturday at friends’ chalet with the kids who had an amazing day, but the 30-something boys had even more fun playing in the water!
  3. eating smores by the lake under the light of a full moon
  4. creamy cheese pie (Friday version)
  5. banana-chocolate-almond muffins and creamy cheese pie (Sunday version which I made with M’s adorable daughter who’s now my official sous-chef)

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Friday Love

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve post something here. I look forward to be back to blogging on a regular basis, but for now I just want to enjoy the summer to its fullest. However, I’ve been back in my kitchen earlier this week, but it’s so hot outside I don’t want to turn the oven on and I don’t consider salads post worthy. I can’t wait for autumn to arrive with harvest time and hearty food simmering all afternoon.

With so much that happened in the last three weeks, I decided to share my five favorite moments from that time for this edition of Friday Love. Because back-to-work week is nothing but a bit boring and nobody wants to see pictures of laundry, right?

I made a little video with our vacation pics on Flipagram (featuring the most-played song on radio), so if you guys want to check it out, it’s at the end of the post (click on the play button at the bottom left and not on the big one in the center). This is for you Heather!

I wish you all a very nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. starting my vacation the right way: pizza and sangria al fresco with mom
  2. I had an eye contact with JT. I HAD AN EYE CONTACT WITH JT!
  3. enjoying the sun at the beach
  4. teenage dream: eating ice cream on the beach with M and feeling 14 again
  5. officially official – looking at this gives me butterflies in my stomach <3

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*Earlier this week: #1picaday July recap

#1picaday July recap

#1picaday July recap

Hello guys! Long time no see! Don’t worry, I wasn’t sick and nothing bad happened to me, I was just enjoying my summer vacation at its fullest!

At the beginning of my vacation, I went to Ottawa with my friend Catherine to see Justin Timberlake in concert. I had seen him twice during his last tour, but this time it was nothing less than magical! The entire show is just perfect, we spent two and a half hours dancing and having a really good time. Not to mention that we had tickets on the floor, the atmosphere was great! On the way back the next day, I had a flat tire on the highway, what an adventure! Fortunately, all is well that ends well and I came back home very tired and with three hours late, but dinner and wine were waiting for me. Have I mentioned that my boyfriend is perfect?

During the following week, we went to several places in Maine and then we headed to Lake George NY for a few days. On the menu: beach, boat, ice cream, naps, shopping, lobster and beer. Exactly what I needed. Waking up this morning was certainly cruel, but summer is far from being over and I’m pretty sure August is gonna be great!

More #1picaday recaps: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril – May – June

*If some of you would like to join us for the July challenge, you just have to share one pic each day on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #1picaday and let us know, so we can post a link to your Instagram and Twitter accounts on our blogs. You can follow Mila, Heather, Jana and me over herehere, here and here.

Friday Love

I can’t express how excited I am this morning! In a few hours will begin my summer vacation. The sooo awaited 2K14 vaca. And they’ll be exactly how I secretly wished them to be. And on my to-do list are some very important things to accomplish in the next two weeks like eating a lot of ice cream with sprinkles, savory lobster rolls and decadent whoopie pies; watching stars + fireworks; getting dizzy in a ferris wheel and enjoying salty kisses due to seawater. Just you know, the essentials for amazing vacation under the sun. Beyoncé knows for sure what I’m talking about.

The last week flew at the speed of light. Maybe it’s because I spent the almost entire weekend sleeping late and taking naps which gave me an excess of energy for the week. I guess I had some accumulated tiredness thanks to the man who wakes up before the sun! Am I the only one to think the night isn’t over until the sun does rise or until the clock shows 7:00? I really enjoy sleeping and thinking about the fact that I won’t be waken up by an alarm for the next 16 days thrills me. Gotta enjoy the simple things in life!

But don’t go think I’m kind of lazy! Proof: Saturday I got up early to participate in the race Run or Dye with friends. This is a 5K where runners are sprayed with colored cornstarch every kilometer. Very funny! We had such a great time that we promised each other to do it again next year.

Remember the tickets I got to see Justin Timberlake? On the FLOOR section? Well, it’s happening next Tuesday!!! And because I’ve been feeling love stoned for a while now, here’s for you:

Have a nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. my partner in crime for napping on Sunday afternoons
  2. celebrating my dad’s birthday
  3. the simplest meals are often the best
  4. she woke up like this
  5. result after the race

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*Earlier this week: Thirty and a half

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