Hi guys! Holy smokes, who else can’t believe it’s December? Not that I’m complaining. Christmas is my favourite time of year! And in my world, the Christmas season starts right on December 1st. Bring on the Christmas movies, gift shopping, and baking!
But enough about December. Today I’m looking back on the month of November on the blog:
// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Recipes
My first recipe of the month was this easy homemade chicken noodle soup that I made for JZ and myself when we were both feeling sick. It’s ready in under an hour, so you really have no excuses!
Because of my family’s hoarding tendencies, I found three half-used jars of apple butter in our fridge. Enter this apple butter granola: a convenient way to use up apple butter in a healthy and delicious way! With no added sugar and only 2 tbsp of oil, it’s the perfect nutritious breakfast to start your day this holiday season.
This herb roasted potatoes recipe is my go-to potato recipe that I seriously make at least once a week. They’re JZ’s favourite too, so you know they must be good (he’s picky!).
I’ve been on a huge strata kick lately! Actually I’ve just been loving eggs in general. I shared my latest favourite ham and cheddar strata recipe last week. It’s a great recipe to keep in mind for a Christmas morning brunch!
// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Blog Posts
Ever wondered about healthy options at breakfast and brunch restaurants? This post about healthy options at Cora’s has some good tips. I’ve since gotten some requests to do future posts about healthy options at other Canadian chain restaurants – so if you have a suggestion, please let me know!
I checked out The Combine, a local foods restaurant in Norfolk County. My pancetta wrapped pickerel didn’t impress me, but the other food there did! Definitely a restaurant worth going back to.
Tracey and I held our fifth vegan supper club, this time with a menu of kale and cabbage salad, lentil sloppy Joes, and a chocolate pudding cake. Spoiler: the chocolate cake tasted as good as it looks!
JZ and I celebrated our anniversary with a fabulous meal at Spencer’s at the Waterfront. I also share a funny story in my post about our last minute decision to switch restaurants.
I had several more pictures accepted to Food Gawker! I’ve been really trying hard to become familiar with my camera and all that it can do. Mostly that has been just from practicing, but I’ve also read some helpful resources this month such as Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots and Davida’s post on food photography on the Fitfluential blog.
You also might have noticed a new format to my latest recipes. That’s because I took the leap and installed the Easy Recipe Plugin. I thought it would be complicated, but it’s actually really user friendly. I like how easy and seamless it makes the process of posting a recipe. Also, it means that a picture shows up beside my post when it appears on Google!
// Off The Blog
I took more time off than usual from the blog in early November because of the passing of my Grandpa. It was a hard month for me and my family, but spending a lot of time with them lately is helping us all get through it. I even had my grandma sleep over with me for a few days this month! We had fun watching The Big Bang Theory, going out for coffee and cookies at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, and doing the crossword every morning.
Since I’m still job hunting, I like to spend lots of time staying up-to-date in my field by reading the latest articles and watching webinars. This month I attended the Dairy Farmers of Canada Symposium via webcast to learn about new research on saturated fat, sugar, and sodium. I found some information to be biased, but I definitely still learned some new things.
I also had the pleasure of meeting up with another local blogger, Sharon from The Honour System. I’ve been reading her blog for a while now, so it was great to finally meet her in person. We chatted about all things blogging, cooking, and food – other bloggers just get it, you know?
What were the highlights of your November?