Wednesday, 18 November 2015

How I Decorate With Flowers

I'm not sure if I'm really qualified to write this post. Yes, I do dearly love flowers and love the way they look in my room. But do I really decorate with them? No.
When I heard of BloomNation, a flower delivery service that promotes local florists, I thought that I'd share my opinion on decorating with flowers. I love the idea of having beautiful blooms delivered straight to my door, as I'm often very busy and don't have time to go out and buy them.

 In the summer, the flowers I had mainly consisted of the wildflowers in my backyard. I'd simply trim them and put them in a jar with a little bit of ribbon on it, which I think is really cute. Sometimes I'd colour coordinate the flowers that I picked, but there really was no rhyme or reason to them.

And maybe that's because of who I am. Maybe that's because I see flowers as something wild and free. Do I think that carefully arranged and handpicked bouquets are bad? I most certainly do not. I think that they can be beautiful and creative. But for me, they simply aren't a necessity. I think that flowers in any form are beautiful, and they all have a place in my house. I'm I getting to deep with this? Probably. But is that going to stop me? No.
Unfortunately, I simply cannot let flowers have free reign over my house for one simple reason: I have a cat. And more than anything, I want to make sure my cat stays healthy. How I fix this, though, is by keeping flowers out of his reach (and let me tell you, there aren't very many places that are out of his reach), or by putting them in cute little cages like the one pictured above.
If you'd like to find out how to make your flowers last longer, this post is really helpful!

-Amy

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Gingerbread Breakfast Quinoa

Around a week ago, I had already made this recipe a few times.I thought that it was a wonderful breakfast, and I had already decided that I was going to make it again. And in all honesty, I probably still will.
Then, that morning, my friend had told me that he had made gingerbread overnight oats. You see, it was early November, and both of us had decided to fully immerse ourselves in the Christmas spirit. Seeing his gingerbread overnight oats, I thought that that was something that I could do. But instead of oats, I'd make it quinoa. I'm celiac, and though I'm allowed to have gluten-free oats now, I haven't tried them. So, instead, I decided to put a holiday spin on one of my favourite recipes.
Makes 4 servings

You Will Need:
 - 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
- 2 cups coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 tsp molasses
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings (optional)
- Raisins
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds

1. In a saucepan on medium heat, mix together your quinoa and your milk. Bring to a boil, then let sit at a simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

2. When you feel that your quinoa is cooked, add in your molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract.

3. I usually leave my quinoa in the fridge overnight and warm it up in the morning. I usually add more milk and sugar, and whatever toppings I feel like. Have fun with it!

If you try this, I would love for you to let me know. What are your favourite winter breakfasts?

-Amy ♥