Month In Review: February 2015

Goodbye February – I’m not sorry to see you go! This was one of the coldest Februarys I’ve ever experienced, and for someone who hates the cold, it was pretty awful to get through. It did have some great moments and some awesome recipes coming out of my kitchen though. Check out anything you may have missed this month below:

Month In Review - February 2015

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen recipes

These nut free banana chocolate chip date bars are my new favourite snack. I just adore date bars – and the banana chips add the best crunch!

Nut free banana chocolate chip date bars

For Valentine’s Day I made my guy his favourite ice cream in cookie form: jamoca almond fudge cookies. They’re vegan and made with whole wheat pastry flour, but you can’t even tell!

Jamoca almond fudge cookies

It was Mardi Gras this month as well, so I rephotographed and reposted this healthy shrimp and chicken sausage jambalaya recipe that I had previously blogged about a few years ago. Now that I have a better grasp on food photography, I think I might start doing this with more of my old recipes!

Healthy Shrimp and Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

Fried egg on toast with herb oil. Do it!

Fried egg on toast with herb oil

// Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen posts

I’ve seen a lot of talk about alkaline foods in the media lately, so I wrote this post about the truth about the alkaline diet to clear things up! Spoiler: foods won’t make your body more acidic or alkaline.

Looking to incorporate more whole grains into your diet? Check out this post for 25 healthy whole grain recipes from some of my favourite food bloggers!

25 healthy whole grain recipes

In honour of Heart Month and Valentine’s Day I wrote this post about 10 ways to be a healthy couple. It includes a giveaway for Canadians for a 3 month membership to GoodLife Fitness – be sure to enter if you haven’t already!

Have you ever wondered which tests are the best for diagnosing allergies? Read this post to find out: the problem with allergy testing.

// Blogging

For the first time ever, I started an editorial calendar for the blog. Well, kind of. It’s nothing fancy, but it keeps me organized and helps me plan ahead. Also, I’ve been using an Excel chart to keep track of my future post ideas which has been a much better tool than just writing them on a post it note on my desktop.

editorial calendar

I also got Lightroom to edit my photos. Before this I always used Windows Live Photo Gallery to edit my photos, which has always worked fine for me. But other bloggers I’ve talked to said that Lightroom is a must, so I decided to bite the bullet. I’m a bit overwhelmed though – any tips?!

// Off the blog

One of the most exciting happenings this month was getting hired as a dietitian for a Canadian grocery chain. I’m seriously so excited to work for them because they are very health focused and share my passion for bringing families back into the kitchen.

JZ and I celebrated Valentine’s Day by going to the Cambridge Mill (part of my favourite restaurant group that also owns Spencer’s on the Waterfront and Bread Bar) for dinner. I had the most fantastic roasted squash ravioli with beef cheek and Parmesan cream. And for dessert we split a rich chocolate tort with vanilla ice cream and caramel. It was the perfect meal!

// Favourite links

This blog. Oh and this one too.
If you ever watched Arthur as a kid, you need to see this.
I’m obsessed with this smoothie.
This salad.
This guide to pan frying perfect salmon.

What was one highlight of your February?

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19 Responses to Month In Review: February 2015

  1. Definitely February has been a fantastic month, and with these great news about your job, it can only go to better :)

  2. Not going to lie, my eyes went first to the edamame miso dip. Hurry up 2nd March.

    You’ve had an awesome month buddy- Good things come to those who wait and I just realised I went to Sobeys!!!!! I think….Although I didn’t buy anything healthy. I bought ice cream flavoured cookies (nabisco’s seasonal ones) and pickle chips.

  3. Molly

    Without the BBQ (Canadian winters are not fun!) I’ve just been baking my salmon so I love that you posted that link for me to learn better ways to cook it.

    I loved D.W. – That Buzzfeed highlighted some of my favourite episodes (Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, “If I WERE A BABY”…)

    Glad you had a lovely Valentine’s day! I love the Cambridge Mill/Old Ancaster Mill also!

    Thanks for introducing me to two new blogs :) (Well new to me!)

    Congratulations again. Sobey’s is lucky to have you. I definitely think you deserve to meet Jaimie! I agree with his mission also. It’s sad to think Children aren’t being taught how to cook from a young age. I have so many fond memories of helping out in the Kitchen. My niece (Lottie) is 2 and already can make muffins and measure (With help!).

    • Chelsea

      Glad you enjoyed all the links in this post!

      And that’s awesome that Lottie is being introduced to cooking so young. I bet she loves it! :)

  4. Molly

    Oh also, good for you for staying so organized with your blogging :)

  5. I honestly don’t think I’d be able to manage without my editorial calendars. And planners. And notebooks :lol: I’m a little type-A with the organization thing, and if it’s not written out in front of me, it doesn’t usually get done.

    Congrats again on the new job, girl! They’re definitely lucky to have you :D

  6. Amazing month! Content calendars and editing tools are my jam. I don’t know where I’d be without them. So excited for your new job eeeeee! We need to see each other soon so I can hear more about your life. So much to tell!

    Also, the voice of DW is my cousin Jason. It’s pretty much my only cool, fun fact haha

    • Chelsea

      Haha yes I remember you telling me that before!! Somehow I guess I get on the subject of Arthur a lot?

      I would loooove to get together and catch up! Let me know when you’re free. :)

  7. Hey Chelsea! Congratulations on your new job. I hope you’re enjoying it so far! Thanks for the tip on the editorial calendar. I use a pen and paper calendar, but I like you idea of using an excel spreadsheet too because it’s all there, right in front of you with no other clutter. Like it! Lightroom = initial overwhelm! I’ve been using it for about 9 months and love it now, where as right after I first starting using it, I wanted to stop! It made me crazy; it’s not intuitive. But now that I know how to use it, it’s the best! I love it! Here’s a link to help: http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-lightroom-5/ It a lot, I know, but pick a new vids each week and you’ll be on your way!!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks Traci! I don’t start the new job until mid March, but I think I know already that I’m going to love it.

      You’re a life saver for sharing that Lightroom tutorial link with me. Thank you so so much!

  8. So many delicious recipes this month! And I love that you started an editorial calendar. I still go week to week deciding what to post. Le sigh.

    But I do have Lightroom and I love it! Pinch of Yum’s photography ebook was really helpful in teaching me how to use it. I highly recommend it!

    • Chelsea

      I’ve been toying with the idea of buying Pinch of Yum’s ebook, but the price increase from $19 to $29 turned me off a bit. I hear a lot of great things about it though, so that makes me think it is worth it.

  9. WordPress actually has an editorial calendar you can use to schedule posts/jot down ideas. Another blogger recommended it to me, and I’ve been using it since. It’s really easy and takes just a click and a drag to move stuff around. Plus it’s free. Then again, I work in Accounting so I puffy heart excel spreadsheets.

  10. Arthur was (is) seriously my favourite. Having fun isn’t hard…

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