Yummmmmmm, my scarlet Nantes carrots are pulled! Not a bad little haul of 2 bite goodness 👌🏽🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕
Beets. Beets & Boots.
Shutting down the garden today as we prepare to exit this house, which means harvesting all my remaining beets, carrots and green tomatoes, and pulling all my flowers because, well, #winteriscoming anyway 💁🏻♀️.
It’s bittersweet (or is it BEETersweet?🤣) knowing this was my last rime growing in this garden and is the last time I’ll be shutting it down this garden, but that also I’m moving on to what is going to be a WAY more awesome garden which will be custom designed and built just for me 😍.
Also, plans for a greenhouse in the next few years are in the works, cuz we totally have the room for that 😵😵😵.
So as I say goodbye, I also give gratitude for all that this house and garden has given me over the years.
Thank you house!!!!!
Those carrots and giant beefsteak tomato I just harvested in the last post? Yeaaaah, they went into this bone broth veggie stew to fuel me through this stressful AF time (even though I just wanna stress eat cake, guys 🍰).
A 48hr crockpot organic chicken bone broth base plus onion, celery, fresh thyme / sage / parsley / rosemary, my garden carrots, tomato, Swiss Chard and baby zucchini and then some leftover sweet potato and organic ground turkey from the fridge + Himalayan salt & fresh ground pepper = a MASTERPIECE of health and flavour 🍲.
OK, must eat so I can get back at it ✌🏼.
The gardener is still here! 👩🏻🌾
Pullin’ up carrots today as I prepare for our big move on Sunday.
I’ve had so many people say to me, “Oh, I thought you had moved already!”
Yes and no. We have been living lots at our new place in Dundas because we absolutely love it there, but never moved our things over. It was chaos and minimalism at its finest.
The Toronto house still hasn’t sold but we have decided to move out our furniture and personal items, anyway.
Houses with furniture may be more appealing for buyers, but being in limbo for months sucks and it’s time to start getting settled and bringing some structure, familiarity and routine back into our lives.
Moving is a real process that requires a lot of patience and radical acceptance.
I am working on that every day as I tell myself, “this is just temporary”, you will have your safety, stability and order back soon, but we are both exhausted already and it requires constant self-reminding 🤦🏻♀️.
But we will get through it!!
Feel free to send us good vibes this Sunday and in the upcoming weeks as we unpack and hopefully get rid of a lot of things too lol (#purge).
What are your tips for surviving and even thriving through the moving process??
Hoooooooolyyyyyy Basil! 🍃
Aka Tulsi. My favouritest adaptogenic herb.
My fuzzy hair and I have been tending to my seriously neglected Toronto garden today as I dig up some of my mama’s ostrich ferns, sedums and bleeding heart to transplant to our new home in Dundas, and harvesting + seed saving as I go!
Holy Basil/Tulsi makes a great tea or tincture (soak leaves in alcohol) to help combat STRESS! Boy do I need summa dis right now 😅
Hanging this bunch to dry so I can have tea alllllll winter long ☕️ yayyyyy homegrown adaptogens!
Feeling rather under the weather today, so taking a page out of this guy’s book and dialing it back.
Currently resting with him right up against my side until my double header ball hockey games this evening (yeeepppppppppp 🤦🏻♀️).
It’s a weird time of year, bouncing back from summery to deep fall feels, cozy sweaters to t-shirts, A/C to heat, fires to sunbathing and in our case, trying to transition from one house to another (which seems to drag on endlessly 😩).
Anywhooooo, Fall is awesome still and there’s always so much to appreciate.
My advice: listen to your body! If it is asking for more sleep or extra rest this time of year (common), don’t fight against it. Give it what it needs and be kind to yourself along the way! 🙏🏼
Looking for a last minute cranberry sauce recipe that’ll knock your family’s socks off this Thanksgiving?! 🍗🍁🙌🏽
With hints of orange and cinnamon, my clean cranberry sauce recipe is one that won’t be forgotten.
Plus, it’s pretty damn easy too! And you can make it in your pajamas (like me, here.)
Go grab some fresh cranberries and click on the link in my profile for the recipe— you won’t be disappointed.
Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians! 🙋🏻♀️
[on Facebook or Twitter, visit freshandfrank.com, click the ‘Recipes’ tab at the top right and type “cranberry” into the search bar. It’ll pop up!]
Oooooh hey there, I’ve been MIA🙋🏻♀️
Currently in the midst of:
1. Selling a house
2. Moving into another house
3. Maintaining both said houses
4. Kicking ass in my Functional Medicine Health Coaching course
5. Not being a social hermit
6. Working out again (GYM) and playing more (HOCKEY +…)
6. Staying rested, healthy and sane (my body wants 9+ hours of sleep at the moment, holy moly)
Insta hasn’t really fit into this lately, so posts haven’t been happening.
But that’s okay!
So for now, know I’m alive, and enjoy this photo of the winery I visited with my bests last weekend. I managed to fit that in somehow, probably because it was planned months in advance lol.
There’s more to come when the time allows.
✨And do me a huge favor: please direct some universal energy toward someone (preferably wonderful) purchasing our Toronto home ASAP 🙏🏼 because I’m SO ready to move forward and that is definitely a significant source of time + energy + stress at the moment. ✨
If I can direct some universal energy towards anything happening for you, please let me know! I gotchu 😘
How do you PLAY?💃🏻🤸🏽♀️🎨🤪
Play is a significant pillar of wellness that is very often overlooked or not even considered.
When most of us think of “wellness”, we think of diet and exercise, but it’s so much more than just that.
Put broadly, wellness is ‘living your life consciously in ways that improve your health and well being’, and this includes many elements such as relationships, eating, community, environment, movement, self care, and PLAY. ✨
As we graduate into ‘adulting’ and all the seriousness, responsibilities, expectations and obligations that accompany it, we kinda all just naturally abandon play 😱.
But this is crazy, because play is essential to our happiness!
Play comes in so many forms and is unique to each of us, but is generally a CHOSEN activity that makes you feel carefree, joyous, smiley, have FUN + de-stressed etc.
My intuition has been telling me, recently, that I need more play in my life.
It’s a pillar of my own wellness that I don’t put enough energy into and I’m not afraid to admit that.
But today I decided it was time to play more. So I signed up for a sport I have no experience playing;
FLOOR HOCKEY! 🏒 [don’t worry, it’s rec.]
I won’t be good (that’s the point) and I don’t know anyone on my team or even in the league (also the point), so it’s a great way to play, to overcome our common fear of looking stupid in front of people AND to make friends in my new hood👌🏼👌🏼
Team sports aren’t everyone’s jam and I respect that, but for me I think they’re an excellent way to experience child-like play (plus an efficient way to satisfy other pillars of wellness such as movement, community, & transcendence/growth).
After retiring from soccer 4 years ago and taking the subsequent years to gently regenerate and heal my broken body, I really haven’t played any sports!
But I’m excited to get back out there in a challenging yet ‘for-fun’ way 🙌🏼.
So— I’d love to know— how do YOU incorporate play into your busy life? (or, like me, is this an area you need to put more energy into?)❤️