Tuesday morning inspiration

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“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life” -Louise Hay. “You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe” – Leymah Gbowee. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement” – Hellen Keller

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It’s almost midnight here in Toronto and I promised to lovely Katie to finish this post tonight… First of all, thank you Katie for this nomination. You made my day 🙂 I had to put everything aside and think what are those important things that make me happy? Often times, I rush through a day without having time to pause and contemplate..and I am sure most of us do. So, I really enjoyed preparing this post. blog-1011 Continue reading “#GSList”

Crispy potato pancakes

I love love potato pancakes..crispy on the outside served with sour cream and fresh cilantro mm.. Such hearty dish. Super easy to make 🙂 
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Almond cupcake with green tea frosting (gluten free)

Hi guys, hope all of you had a good week and ready for a weekend to start. How about we kick it off with super delicious, moist and healthy cupcake recipe. The smell in my kitchen is just unbelievable 🙂 I wish we had an option to attach a smell to a picture of our cooking/baking creations. How awesome it would be…I would probably get hungry every time I looked at your blogs, guys. Ok, so here is the recipe.
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Monday morning inspiration

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“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh#* out of option B” – Sheryl Sandberg “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in a right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped” – Melinda Gates

The Liebster Award- Thank you

Many thanks to Cory from Adventure and Food for nominating me for Liebster Award. I had to look it up what Liebster means first 🙂 Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, valued, lovely, endearing… Such a sweet nomination. I am very happy and humbled again. Thank you!

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Homemade peach creamsicles

What could be better than homemade ice-cream treat? These are easy, delicious and super healthy. Juicy peaches with a swirls of real, fresh cream and a little bit of condensed milk will sure satisfy your sweet tooth. Fresh peaches are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium, so while these end up being a late summer staple in my home- it is one that you can feel good about giving to your kids too! Enjoy your sweet summer guys 🙂
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Backpacking 28 countries for 8 months…

Erika Y
 

“I told a lie to my father that I was going to travel in Korea for a week. That’s how I started backpacking 28 countries for 8 months alone. As growing up in a conservative family, that’s the only way to convince them. At that time, I was stuck in the situation of my family’s obligation and working pressure in Japan. One day, I lost my family member after long care, and then I felt that I need some break before losing myself. At the beginning of my trip, I didn’t know how to enjoy my first freedom that I haven’t got for long time. For example, whenever I felt happy, my tough memory in Japan flashed back. I felt that “old me” was monitoring me with jealousy from the sky, and it made me feel guilty about my decision. In China, people mistook that I was a lost child, so a lady kept holding my hand. In Wales, I missed a bus in mountain; my first hitchhiking attempt was succeeded because a kind family picked me up. In Laos, when I visited a small village without electricity, the moon was bright enough to allow me to walk in the forest at night, and rice fields were shining all over place by reflection of the moon. The great nature and people were enough rehabilitation for me to heal. In Vietnam, I had a motorbike accident and lost my memory. In Morocco, I was chased by young guys with knives. Although I faced dangers in my trips, I didn’t regret my decision, because every single moment was precious for me. It was my first and biggest rebellion in my life. Looking back now, I never thought that I had a hidden power to continue 8 months backpacking. Before the trip, I was very weak, powerless, and I sacrificed my life for somebody’s sake. But what I believe now is- you are the one who find your hidden power inside you, not by someone. You have to be bold and courageous to change your situation even if it looks impossible to do so. During my trip, one traveler told me such “Don’t live somebody else’s life”. This still keeps motivating me. Women tend to sacrifice their life for somebody. But you have to be a main character of your life”.

Perfect holiday gift- homemade raspberry jam!

I can never get enough of the incredible flavours that available at the market in the summer time. One of my favourite ways to hold on to the season’s freshest berries is by making jam. It is easier to do than it sounds. You just need few basic ingredients that you probably have at home and some fresh berries. Today, I choose black and red raspberries. Savour the summer and make some jam! I plan to give it away as gifts for holiday season, and will present my jam in personalized cute mason jars. Touch of summer in the mid of winter. Can’t wait for holidays to come!
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Coffee crepes with creme fraiche and peaches

Juicy golden peaches and crème fraiche conjure up the sweet taste of summer. They are delicious and sweet as the filling for these light coffee-flavored buckwheat crepes. This recipe is lighter than the one I used to make Russian blini. I serve these crepes for breakfast, lunch or sometimes as a dessert after dinner. Enjoy 🙂

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