Wellness Wednesday: homemade fruit leather.

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday where I’ll be posting healthy recipes weekly. I’m always trying new and different things in the kitchen, so I decided to share with you the ones my family, more importantly the ones that have my kids seal of approval.

With school starting in just a few weeks I decided to get a head start on snacks. This week I decided to make fruit leather becuase let’s be real, you’re never to old to enjoy some good fruit leather. Store bought fruit leather is one of those things where you think it’s healthy, I’m mean it does say fruit right there in the name. While it may seem like a healthier alternative most brands are chalk full of added sugar. Here is my healthy alternative to these store bought snacks.

PEACH FRUIT LEATHER 

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe peaches 
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
  • Coconut oil

Special Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Food dehydrator and slip mats
  • Parchment paper

Begin by washing your fruit. You can leave the peach skin on if you like, I prefer to take it off. Once you’ve done that simply cut up your peaches and remove the pits. Add them to your food processor or blender and blend everything until it is nice and smooth. 

Add your raw organic honey, starting with 1 tablespoon. Before you go and add a lot more honey, keep in mind that as the fruit leather dries, it will concentrate the natural sugars in the fruit and it will become sweeter on its own. 

Before I pour your mixture on to the slip mat, I like to grease it with a little bit of coconut oil. It will make life easier once it is dry. When you pour the mixture onto the mat make sure that is thick enough that you can’t see the mat underneath.

When you are ready turn the dehydrator to 130°F and bake for 4-6hrs. I like to check on it every couple of hours to see how it’s progressing. The fruit leather should feel dry and smooth when it’s finished.When the leather is finished remove the trays and let them cool. Once they have cooled, remove the leather from the slip mat, place it on parchment or wax paper and cut to desired size. 

(the above picture is of 2 different recipes. The top is peach and the bottom is blueberry and apricot) 

I like to place everything into zip lock bags and toss them into the freezer until I pack them into lunches. They keep longer this way and are ready to eat by lunch or snack time.

HOT TIP

If you over bake the leather and it goes hard you can either eat delicious fruit chips or you can simply sprinkle water onto it and leave it over night so it softens. 

Let’s try and be more aware of what we are putting into our bodies this week.

Until next Wednesday

Cheers,

Cat.

Vancouver vacation. 

This little vacation came about because I registered for the Seawheeze Half Marathon. What was originally ment to be a family vacation, turned into just Bryce and I. Can I get whoop whoop! We flew my mom up from California to watch the kids and left Wednesday morning and hit the wide open road.

We planned to stay in Nelson B.C and then head to Vancouver the next morning. Bryce had booked us a room at the Blaylock Mansion bed and breakfast. This mansion was pretty nice, after we had ate supper and I showed Bryce around town we headed back to explore the beautiful garden back at the mansion. My favorite part of that night  was chatting in the hammock

and sweating it out in the steam sauna before heading to bed.  Before we hit the road we had an amazing breakfast that was prepared by our host.

After driving for what felt like forever we finally made it to our hotel in Vancouver, we dropped our stuff off in the room and headed for supper. After snacking on vegetables for the past 2 days I was ready for carbs and fat. We woke up early Friday morning so I could grab my race package and we caught the city bus to Horse Shoe Bay to catch the ferry to Nanimo. Cudos to Vancouver for having the easiest transit system to figure out. 

My friend Celeste picked us up from Port and gave us a tour of her neighbouring town. We hung out at her cute little. Cottage in the woods with her goats.

She took us to Cathedral Grove  were we explored the trees for hours and went swimming in Cameron Lake. We met a local man who’s first words to us were, no word of a lie. “HI, I’m ____ . Let me tell you about the time I encountered Big Foot.” His story was entertaining to say the least.

The island was so beautiful and pretty much everything I thought it would be.Race day was excellent you can read about it here. After the race we got ready for the Sunset Festival and made it just in time to join in on  the sunset yoga.

After yoga we met up with Rachel and her sister to enjoy Youngblood who totally rocked, Dear Rouge who’s singer is like my spirit animal. Then there was Chromeo, Bryce was a total fan girl and they did not disappoint. Bryce said had he’d known we would have been so close he would have brought his vinyl to get signed. I had to drag him back to the bus because I didn’t want to be stuck waiting in line to get back to our hotel and I was tired as hell.

We headed home Sunday morning and we broke the 14hr drive up with lunch, buying a lot of fruit from the Okanogan(which I plan on making delicious fruit leather for Olives school snack. Look out for that post.(how she be old enough for school already?)) Bryce drove the first leg home and I did the second half. He was a lot more entertaining then I was, I slept most of the way. 

It was great getting away for a while. I missed the kids terribly. While I was extremely proud of myself and my accomplishment this weekend the highlight of my trip was coming home to a little boy who I pretty much potty trained now. Hurray for Nanna!!

Seawheeze 2016

That’s right Internet world, yet another Seawheeze Half Marathon race day recap.

Half marathon party foul#1: Bryce and I spent the Friday before the run out on Vancouver Island with my girlfriend Celeste. We caught the last ferry back to the mainland @930pm, by the time we reached port and caught the last city bus back down town to our hotel I was crawling into bed at 1am. But with pre race nerves I didn’t fall asleep closer to 2am😣. 530am came far to quickly.

After sleeping in as late as I could I quickly got dressed and walked the 5 blocks guzzling down my crappy hotel coffe and a banana to meet up with Rachel.

I checked my sweet new Lululemon Seawheeze mesh duffle bag that I filled with unessasary things. I say unessasary because I had know idea what to pack for my post race and there was nothing of use to me post race except my phone.Haha.

Rachel and I stepped outside to join everyone with our pre-race warm up. The energy was high and I probably had about 5 nervous pre race pees. Saje Natural Wellness was out in full force apply peppermint and pain relief essential oils to anyone who wanted them. We set up shop with the 2:30 pace beavers. Rachel learned (among other great things) at her super elite bloggers lunch that if you stay ahead of your goal pace beavers then you don’t get discouraged if you fall behind or feel like you are chasing them. Which totally makes sense right!!

Once we crossed the start line all the pre race nerves fell to the way side. I had set a good pace and was feeling alright. 

Half Marathon party foul #2: While on the island I was super stoked that I could buy a litre of kombucha in a glass bottle. I drank nearly the entire thing while sharing it with Bryce. As I’ve posted before it’s great for the digestive system and I was scared I’d end up on the side of the race course popping a sqaut.

Back to my recap. With the above said there was no need to worry as there were plenty of portal potties to use along with all the hydration stations. Thankfully I didn’t have to use one, but if I had to, I would have been A-okay!

The course was full of beautiful scenery, the day was hot and humid and my thighs schaffed a little, note to self next year spandex shorts are a must. At one point I saw runners pouring thier water from the hydration stations over thier heads to cool off, which I thought was brilliant. So I did it and immediately regretted my decision. My sweat started POURING down my face and began to burn my eyes and then the sweat from my hand burned my eyes even more as I tried to dry it up. Lol I straight up looked liked I was bawling my eyes out. Haha lesson learned. I lost Rachel at the bridge becuase the course narrowed and it was hard in some parts to pass. I kept my eye out for a blonde with braids and several times I thought I had finally caught up to her only to be mistaken. There was a lot of blondes with braids that day! Curse you Seawheeze and your pre race day braid party!! Haha I told Bryce about and he laughed because he said the same thing when he was watching the finish line for us. Anyways….

There were a lot of cheer stations along the way that always seemed to pop up just when I needed it and but a smile on your face. I didn’t take a lot of pictures while running, but I’m sure you’ve already seen them from the other post you’ve read. Rachel and I did stop at the run sign.

And I do regret not taking a picture while running along the seawall, this one section of the beach was covered with hundreds of inuksuks that ranged in size. It was beautiful.

I was pretty pumped when I looked down at my garmin and saw that I was 12.8 miles in my legs were tired but I dug in deep to use what I had left in my tank to finish strong and at 13.1 miles there was no sign of a finish line. I ended up running 13.36miles but you know what who freaking cares. It’s the farthest I’ve ever ran in my entire life and I’m pretty proud of myself. At the finish line we were given our finisher medals Saje Natural Wellness essential oils, KIND granola bars, and a nice Lululemon runners hat.

We skipped the long ass line for brunch and headed for the free massages and chiropractors and I don’t regret my decision at all. I finally found Bryce who thoughtfully brought apples and muffins for Rachel and I. He congratulated me and I cried a little. After my massage and adjustment Bryce and I went back to the hotel, I showered and immediately took a 3hr nap and then got ready for the sunset festival. If you’ve ever thought about running a half marathon I HIGHLY suggest making the Seawheeze your first. The registration fee might seem a bit steep, but you get a lot back from it. Lululemon treats you well. Here’s a picture of all the swag I got. Not to mention you get a free ticket to the kick ass Sunset Festival.

See you next year Seawheeze… hopefully….. registration sells out real quick. This what I legit looked like for the long ass drive back to Alberta.#likeaboss 

Sunday Seawheeze Training

You guys! Another week is finished we I’m feeling much more confident in my runs and maybe a little terrified that Seawheeze will be here before we know it. 

This week was a bit of a doozey. Bryce has been away working in Waterton for the last week so I have been playing single mom. I normally schedule my runs and training in the mornings before the kids wake up, and with Bryce being gone I’ve had to bring the kiddos along for the ride. My 2 Littles get to sit in the double chariot comfortably in while I struggle to find the strength to push the 60+ pounds in extra weight, which is why I think I need a treadmill.

Monday: between swimming lessons, readings at the library, naptime and work my run didn’t fit in.

Tuesday: I rocked an hour of Vinyasa flow all to the beat of my own drum.

Wednesday: I made my run, wich was hill strides.😯 I nearly died by the time I was done. Pushing the kids uphill was a bit of a battle but I did it. 

Thursday: I just have to say that I love kettle bell work outs. I was able to squeeze in a 45min full body workout and 20mins of Vinyasa flow. Before the kids woke up.

Friday: rest day, and that it was. I was able to get off of work early so I snuck into see my chiropractor and then I thought I’d try my luck getting into my massage therapist(who you have to pre-book a month or 2 in advance)(I had to cancel my last appointment😢) and wouldn’t you know she had a cancellation and was able to get my in for some much needed back and leg work.

Bryce got home shortly after I get the kids from the sitters. It was great to finally have him home. 

Saturday:I had planned my long run for today but Bryce was called into work so I put it off for tomorrow. The spent the weekend in Magrath for thier town celebration and it was a lot of fun. I managed to squeeze in 30 mins of Vinyasa flow before we headed out for the festivities.

Sunday: My 12 mile run turned into 5.24mile in 1:11. We were camping in the tent at my in-laws and I’d been laying away since 3:15 am. So at 5 am I figured I’d just get up and go. But my body was exhausted, I was even scarfing down energy bites. I ran the back roads of the little town of Magrath where my husband grew up. I was able to watch the sun rise and it was beautiful. I got back to the tent and snuggled up  with these 2 cuties and fell asleep instantly.

 Olive was behind Bryce sleeping. 

I taught an hour of kids yoga in the park, which is always a good time and then I did a 60min Power Vinyasa and 30min yin class and it was just what the doctor ordered. 

I can’t believe how close we are to running this thing. We’re in the home stretch.

Cheers,

Cat

Sunday Seawheeze Training.

This week started off with a bang! I love being able to see how much my body can adapt with training. I never thought that I’d be running as far as I have been the last couple of weeks. I’m the type of girl who usually sticks to the 5km races as longer distances don’t appeal to me, they never have. I ran a 10km once and I swore that it was the longest distance I’d ever do, but look at me now. I keep telling myself that this is the only time I’ll run a half marathon, but as these longer runs keep getting easier I find myself thinking that this distance running isn’t so bad. A girlfriend of mine sent me this and I had a pretty good laugh so I though I’d share it with you, the few people who randomly stumbled across my blog. (HI,  thanks for stopping by.)

My week went as followed.

Monday: I had missed my long run on Saturday so I ran it today. 10 miles ins 2:17.WHAT,WHAT! New distance record for me. My legs were very tired, the muscles in my thighs were fatigued, my calves were on fire and my left knee was bothering me, but I pushed through and finished strong. I was so thirsty that I drank from the garden hose for 10 mins straight.  

TUESDAY: I did and hour of ashtanga at home.

WEDNESDAY: Nothing

Thursday: It was was our 9 year wedding anniversary. Bryce was working in Waterton so the kids and I headed out there to explore and wait for him to get off work. 

Friday: rest day

Saturday:11 miles and another distance record for this girl. And the only time I stopped running was when I was waiting stuck at the traffic lights. I felt amazing on the run.  I decided to try taping my knee so I bought some kinesiology tape from my local Running Room store as I was in there buying  energy gel anyways.

And you know what, it worked!! I’m talking ZERO pain the entire run, I also didn’t have any pain after either. I finished my 11 miles in 2:28!!

Sunday: 90 minutes of warm yin yoga. It is exactly what I needed after my long run yesterday.

Another week down folks 4 more weeks left of training, I’m excited to see how this week goes.
Cheers, 

Cat

You’re a Wizard Harry.

Sometimes things work out better then you could have imagined. Sometimes everything fall into place even better then you could have planned it, and so is the case of my daughter believing I’m a wizard. That’s right a wizard.

It all started when my daughter Olive who is 4, fell in love with all the Harry Potter Movies.  She has seen them all, and refers to herself as Hermione as they both have wild curly hair. She also tells me on regular occasion and she’d like to be Hermione for halloween and that her little brother Kevin can be Hermione’s cat or Harry Potter.

On occasion I’d catch her doing things she wasn’t suppose to be doing in the back yard and I’d call out from the window to ask her to stop. She’d come running inside asking how I knew what she was doing and I’d say,”I’m a wizard Olive.”

Now my oldest brother John is currently living in London getting his Masters in Fine Arts from London School of Arts. The other week he went to Kings Cross and bought both Olive and Kevin thier official tickets to Hogwarts 

 He also bought them thier very own wands. He got Hermione’s wand for Olive 

and Voldemort’s wand for Kevin, so they can fight each other.

Now that being said last night at diner I had a conversation with Olive that went as followed.

OLIVE: mom how long have you had your wizard powers?

I was born  with them.

OLIVE: well I wish I was born with wizard powers.

You were born with wizard powers, but until the head wizard thinks you’re ready they stay hidden inside you.

OLIVE: how will I know when he thinks I’m ready.

You’ll get a specail package in the mail with a ticket and your own wand.

OLIVE: can I see your wand

Not today, there’s a wizard rule that you can only see another wizards wand if you have one. So you’ll have to wait until you get yours to see mine.

OLIVE:can you a least show me how.you disappear?

Close your eyes and count to five. And as she counted I snuck into the bathroom until she found me.

Having kids is seriously so much fun, I can wait for her package to come in the mail from her uncle. And if this wizard thing couldn’t have gone any better I got an email today from Lost My Name and they had sent me a wizards job application. I printed it out and I’ll fill it out with Olive after everything has arrived. I can not wait to see the look on her face when she opens it. 

Cheers,

Cat.

Paddle Board Adventures

Last Friday I headed out of town to Waterton for a kids free day with my friend Rachel. There was supposed to be more of us but life happens and so it was just the 2 of us. Full disclosure: I love my kids and it is very rarely that I do things without them, but I couldn’t wait to drop them off at the sitters to spend the day in the mountains with friends. I’m talking too excited to sleep excited.

My excitement got the best of me as I got a speeding ticket while I was heading out of town, but I wasn’t going to let the man get me down. I picked Rachel up on my way and  we were on our way.

This day had be planned for at least a month, and the weather wasn’t spectacular when we got to the town site. (Surprise, Surprise.) It was over cast and windy. Since I don’t have very many kid free days I was determined to make the most out of it. We rented our paddle boards from BlackitsonCo. and mapped out our route on the map they have hanging on the wall.  We really wanted to go to this hidden waterfall and the guy working said that we were really ambitious to get there on paddle boards. We paid our dues and heading to Emerald Bay. After Rachel gave me a quick run through of instructions we were off on our adventure, and I was in the freezing cold lake 10mins later. Rachel thought that I’d want to head back so she turned around, but I was on a mission. With the blowing wind I dried fairly quick. haha

Wringing out my shirt

After realizing just how windy and how choppy the water was we opted to find the waterfall on a different day and headed to where the waves weren’t as bad. We explored the beach and mountain side, ran for our lives from a potential bear…..

and tried SUP yoga for the first time ever. I totally nailed a headstand, it only took me a 100 tried and a spill into the lake but, I’m hooked.

We thought that it was going to be easier going back to shore because we figured the wind would help push us, and it did….. right into the rocky cliff side. Lol So we paddled our hearts out trying to steer away from the rocks, I took another spill into the lake and we then went for lunch soaking wet. Rachel said that I could tell everyone that I’ve paddle boarded in the ocean becuase that how choppy the water was and I’ll take her at her word.

We grabbed lunch at Trappers and it was AMAZING. Hot food and hot tea is exactly what this drowned rat needed and they did not disappoint.

After lunch we headed to Red Rock Canyon to explore and talk about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place and then we headed home. 

 

How beautiful is this leaf

My face and stomach hurt from laughing so much…although the stomach could have been from paddle boarding too. It was an epic day filled with memories, laughter, fresh mountain air and a little bit of glacier water. All in all it was an amazing day and I’m already planning my next kid free day.
Cheers,

Cat.