#1picaday September recap

#1picaday September recap

Once again, the last month has passed at the speed of lightning. Perhaps because of my new training schedule that I carefully followed (you can insert a very proud girl emoji here).

Having a new boyfriend is amazing, but when he comes with great friends, it’s like paradise on Earth. Especially when there are a few that you haven’t seen since ages. It’s good to spend time with them after all these years and get along as well as we do.

During September, workout has taken over, a lot of food was cooked and great memories were made. Now that October has knocked on our doors, we can get into a scary Halloween mood! I have no plans yet for October 31st, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be a bit different from last year. I might take out my Poison Ivy costume again, it could certainly please somebody!

Happy first day of October!

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

*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.

Grilled shrimp and scallops over a summery orzo salad

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Fall has made its way into our kitchens, bringing along his share of meals made out of pumpkin, painstakingly prepared dishes and quick solutions for school/work lunches. If you’re a bit like me, you‘ve probably already started filling the freezer with savory homemade dishes for those busy weeknights when we‘re in a hurry to eat between an aerobic class and a hockey game. But for the weekly meatless Monday and/or the evenings when we don’t feel like eating a heavy meal, here’s a simple seafood recipe to bring a touch of summer in your plate.

Grilled shrimp and scallops over a summery orzo salad (original recipe by Country Living)

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil
  • 1L (4 cups) (about 6 ears) fresh corn kernels, or frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 4 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 1 package  (16-ounce) orzo, cooked according to package directions, drained, and cooled
  • 1 pint  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 1 large lemon, juice and zest
  • 250 ml (2 cups) shrimp
  • 250 ml (2 cups) scallops
  • mixed herbs for seafood (chives, dill and tarragon)
  • salt and pepper

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Directions:

Mix together chives, dill and tarragon with olive oil, salt and pepper and marinate the shrimp and scallops for a few minutes.

In a large skillet over high heat, sauté the corn with some olive oil for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes or until corn become fragrant and tender. Let cool.

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In a large bowl, combine corn, orzo, tomatoes and stir well. In a medium bowl, combine shallots, 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper; whisk to combine. Pour dressing over salad and toss well.

Grill the shrimp and scallops and serve them on top of the salad. Salad can be made up to 6 hours in advance; serve cold or at room temperature.

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Friday Love

I am currently fighting against a nasty cold (probably the first one on a long list for the upcoming winter if I look at last year’s), and all I dream of for the weekend is a hot cup of tea, warm pajamas and a conforting blanket. But what I need the most are certainly the arms of my man who’s been out of town for over a week now and let me tell you how badly I miss him. I don’t know when he’ll be back, so I can’t do any countdown and it’s killing me. BUT when all the men are away, the girls take the opportunity to see each other and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing tonight. On the menu: 4 “single” girls, pizza and chocolate! This should definitely relieve my cold for a few hours. Well, I hope so!

I wish you a great weekend, have fun! xx

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

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  1. picking up fall goodies
  2. my first time @ motocross races
  3. indulging myself with a smile cookie from Tim Hortons
  4. celebrating the third anniversary of a charming little boy
  5. rude awakening

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*Earlier this week: Mini chocolate chip cookies + Favorite summer buys

Favorite summer buys

I will never understand people who shop for clothes only two or three times a year. It’s so satisfying to come home with some bags full of brand new clothes wrapped in pretty tissue paper! Am I the only one valuing this feeling? Anyway, today I wanted to share with you my favorite summer buys from local stores I love and from the shopping I did during my vacation in the USA. What has been your best buy of the summer season?

Favorite summer buys

1. maxi skirt (similar here) {Jacob} 2. push-up bra + hiphugger panty {Victoria’s Secrets} 3. handbag {Aldo} 4. sandals {Aldo} 5. sleeveless top with zipper {Smart Set} 6. chambray short {Smart Set} 7. t-shirt {Banana Republic} 8. black and white printed short {Smart Set} 9. denim vest {American Eagle} 10. hoodie (similar here) {Tommy Hilfiger} 11. little pink dress {Smart Set}

Mini chocolate chip cookies

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I never miss an opportunity to prepare some dessert. So when M and I were invited to our friends’ chalet housewarming party, I wanted to bring something cute + sweet to please everyone’s sweet tooth during the day. While browsing around the internet to find the perfect recipe, I stumbled upon this one from Yammies’s Noshery (check out Yammie’s amazing food blog) on Pinterest and then I made dozens of mini chocolate chip cookies.

Call me crazy, but they looked too delicious to pass. And they were perfect for all the little hands! I tell you, they were a big hit, all gone without time. The baker in me was delighted to see everyone making one bite of all these cute mini cookies.

Mini chocolate chip cookies (recipe by Yammie’s Noshery)

Ingredients: (makes about 12 dozen mini cookies)

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 65 ml (1/4 cup) white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 85 ml (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) cake flour
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) salt
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and place rack in the center of oven.

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In a large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and white sugar.

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Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Sift in all-purpose flour, cake flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until just combined and stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate until firm or throw the dough in the freezer.

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Scoop 1/2 teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 5-8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Press some extra chocolate chips into the top at the end if you want (you know you want more chocolate!).

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Friday Love

I’m so happy that fall is – according to cooler weather we had this week – finally here! Not that I don’t like wearing cute dresses and sandals, but there’s nothing better to me than cuddling on the couch with a big blanket and a hot + sweet drink (hello hot chocolate!!). Sure, it’s a bit cold early in the morning, but it’s a great way to get more human heat, don’t you think?!

So last Friday I went out with a friend for dinner and then we saw for the umpteenth time Rémi Chassé on stage. Accompanied by his usual band, Rémi and the guys have once again given an excellent performance. We spent a wonderful evening and the best was to realize how happy they were to play together that night for a second consecutive sold-out evening.

Before wishing you another amazing weekend, let me tell you that my goal of getting back in shape is going very well and I’m proud to confirm that all 7 classes of week #2 are completed! Yay!

Enjoy the weekend! xx

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

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  1. dinner last Friday night before the show @ Jaja La Pizz
  2. the guys on stage
  3. the last signs of a great summer
  4. comfort food season started strong with this traditional dessert from Quebec made with maple syrup - sooo yummy
  5. leisurely evening

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*Earlier this week: Cranberry + pistachio granola bars

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.

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