kale chips - two ways

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I am a huge fan of kale. I eat it almost every day for breakfast. I like to fry it up and have a poached egg on top - delicious! It's also great in soups, stir-frys, and as chips...

Did yo know that kale is:

  • very high in vitamin K - protects you from various sorts of cancer
  • an anti-inflammatory food - helps with arthritis, asthma, and auto-immune disorders
  • chock-full of anti-oxidents
  • high in iron
  • only has 35 calories per cup, 5 grams of fibre, and 0 grams of fat
  • filled with nutrients - magnesium, vitamin A, and calcium
  • high in vitamin C - helpful for your immune system and metabolism
  • is great for detoxifying your body and keeping your livery nice and healthy

Needless to say, kale is awesome.

I'm such a savoury treat kind of person, I absolutely love chips (maybe too much), so making this healthy alternative is great. It's also super quick and easy to make. I do like the taste of kale on its own, but I like to add a bit of extra flavour for more of a chip like snack. I decided to make two flavours - cheesy hearts + dash of chili.

kale ingredients 2 spices

CHEESY HEARTS

  • half a bunch of kale
  • 1 tbls. extra virgin olive oil
  • nutritional yeast
  • hemp seed (hemp hearts)
  • salt

DASH OF CHILI

  • half a bunch of kale
  • 1 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • mrs. dash (optional)

washing kale

First you need to wash the kale, then tear it apart the leaves from the stem into bite sized pieces. Lay them on a towel, and pat them dry. Warm up your oven - set it to 400°.

kale in bowl

Place in a bowl and mix in the olive oil.

pre-cook kale

Lay the pieces on a parchment lined pan.

CHEESY HEARTS - sprinkle a generous amount of nutritional yeast, coating all the kale bits. Sprinkle on salt and hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are high in protein which helps you feel full longer, as well as gives you energy. I like to add hemp seeds to lots of meals, I'll do a more in depth post on them soon.

DASH OF CHILI - sprinkle chili powder to desired spiciness, add mrs. dash, and a bit of salt. I use mrs. dash in a lot of my cooking, only because I love the mix of herbs and spices with no salt added, that way I can add a lot flavour without the salt.

kale chips in pan

very IMPORTANT ---- turn oven down to 175° and bake the kale for 15 minutes until they are nice and crispy.

hemp kale chili kale

Enjoy!

source for the health benefits of kale

decorating easter eggs

EASTER EGGS

I wanted to try out some different decorating ideas for easter eggs that I've seen floating around pinterest. I couldn't decide on one, so I chose three; gold leafing, water colour or paint, and white pen designs. This was more or less an experiment to see which ones I liked the most, and which ones were the easiest. To be honest, the hardest part was getting the egg out of the shell, they were all pretty easy to decorate.

eggs

I didn't want to hard boil the eggs because these are my own chicken's eggs and wanted to eat what was inside. I have six chickens, in three different breeds so I get three different coloured eggs; white, green, and brown.

To get out the yolk and whites I poked a tiny hole in the top with a pin (about 2 cm) and created a bigger hole in the bottom (3-4 cm). Then, I blew through the top hole which lets everything pour out the bottom. It was a bit funny to do, but so worth it. Then I scrambled up the eggs for breaky with kale and tomatoes -- delicious!

gold leafing

Now for the fun part. To gold leaf the eggs you will need: gold leaf adhesive and gold leafing. I had the gold leafing from a previous project, but you can purchase it here. Next time I want to try copper.

First you need to apply the leafing adhesive to the desired area you want leafed - the leafing will only stay on the those places that you have glued. Wait 10-30 minutes for the glue to dry, depending on what the instructions say on the bottle, some brands vary in drying time.

gold leafing2

The gold leafing is pretty delicate so you want to take it out of the package very carefully. Lay it over the place you want to leaf and brush it down smooth with a clean and dry paint brush. It's okay if you don't get it stuck everywhere, you can go back with little bits of gold leaf, which makes for a very rustic texture.

paints

I used white india ink for the tiny decorations, I used this one. I really liked this look against the brown eggs. I dipped a very tiny paint brush in the ink and painted on the egg, super simple AND beautiful.

I originally wanted to do water colour painting for the white eggs, but couldn't find any water colours at my house... so I used acrylic paint with water colour paint brush that lets out lots of water, like this one. Or, you could add lots of water to your paint brush and get the same results. I used this turquoise and venetian rose by Amsterdam. When using acrylic paint you don't need to use a lot to achieve the water colour look. Just dab a tiny bit on the top of the egg, then using only water blend it in and let it pour down the sides of the eggs.

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And that's it, such a fun creative way to add some festive easter decorations to your house! Hope you enjoyed this little DIY, and you have a great EASTER WEEKEND!

xo, em

liebster award round two

leibster award no 2

I have received another liebster award, you can read my first post here. This time it's from the girls Amy and Laura over at floraloo too. Thanks girls!

It's funny how this liebster award thing started, also that the rules seem to change from time to time - but that's okay, it keeps things interesting. I really enjoyed the last one that I did. I sometimes find it hard to open up about myself on here. Rather than just talk about fashion, beauty and food, it would be nice to post more lifestyle posts... This is a good way for me to practice and hopefully break out of my shell.

the rules:

  • thank the nominee and leave a link to their blog
  • answer the 11 questions they sent you
  • list 11 facts about yourself
  • nominate 11 bloggers
  • inform them of your nomination with a comment on their blog

11 random facts:

  1. I am freakishly afraid of turkeys.
  2. I HATE the taste of sweet peppers, even if they are touching other food I can still taste them.
  3. I went to Paris when I was 15, but was super sick and lost my voice so I couldn't use my experience in french immersion to speak the language, I was pretty sad.
  4. I took an astronomy class in college, and loved it so much, did really well, my teacher wanted me to pursuer a career in it... instead I chose fashion and art ;) haha.
  5. I love spicy food, when I was younger I would put hot sauce on bread and just eat it as is.
  6. I live on four acres of land.
  7. I've lived on islands or near the ocean my whole life, and I live in Canada ( just in case you didn't know (: ).
  8. I saw a shark when I was diving one time.
  9. I love PICKLES...
  10. I could draw and illustrate all day, but I'm really self conscious of it for some reason (I guess I really am my own worst critic)
  11. I have been with my boyfriend for over five years, and he is awesome!

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11 questions from Amy and Laura:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I started as a way for me to share my fashion inspirations, and encourage me to take more photographs. I used to take photos all the time, but stopped for some reason. I come from a very creative family, who has always encouraged me to do art. I love blogging because I can do a variety of creative things ( drawing, illustration, crafts, photography, ) on different topics and share them with like minded individuals.
  2. Favourite thing about blogging? Definitely the creative outlet part. I love the variety of the subjects as well. Some days I feel like cooking, some days I feel like writing about fashion, and sometimes I just feel like sharing some photos. It also encourages me to write more, which has never been my strong suit.
  3. Place you shop the most? Aritizia probably. It has a little bit of everything, and I can usually find something to fit my mood. It has great basics too!
  4. Pepsi or Coke? Neither. I don't drink pop, never have. My mom is a bit of a health nut I guess, so I was never brought up drinking it. I do love sparkling water though, with a bit of frozen fruit.
  5. Favourite make up brand? I love Clinique and Aveda. Clinique for the make up, and Aveda for hair and moisturizers.
  6. Best beauty tip? My friend just told me about this one the other day: you take baking soda and lemon juice and create a paste, then rub that on your nose and chin (wherever you have black heads) and it gets rid of them. I tried this the other day and my skin was super soft afterwards, and my black heads did seem smaller.
  7. Favourite Film? It's a toss up between 'The Princess Bride' and 'The Fifth Element'.
  8. Celebrity inspiration? Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Hudson. They are both very positive talented ladies, whom always seem to have a smile on their face. I love that.
  9. Do you have any siblings? Yes, a younger brother Ehren.
  10. Where do you get your blogging inspiration? From looking through magazines and seeing beautiful photos, as well as just every day life. I think of a great recipe, or cool craft project and think it would be awesome to share on the blog.
  11. What could you not live without? [Sparkling] Water. For the obvious reasons like keeping me alive, but I also just really love it. I drink mostly sparkling water, but still water is good too.

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I nominate:

Questions to you:

  1. What made you decide to start blogging?
  2. What's your favourite topic to blog about?
  3. What is your favourite face wash?
  4. If you could only fit three things in your purse, what would they be?
  5. What do you like to do besides blogging?
  6. What's your number one pet peeve?
  7. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
  8. What is your favourite thing to drink?
  9. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you meet?
  10. What is your favourite beauty product?
  11. Would you rather live in the city, country, or by the ocean?

hope you enjoyed this long post, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

xo, em

 

currently craving | 3

currently craving - bookscurrently craving in books

  1. the kinfolk table: recipes for small gatherings by nathan williams - (also available at Twang & Pearl on Salt Spring Island ) this looks like such a great book, full of tapas and beautiful photos.
  2. chloé: attitudes by sarah mower - because who wouldn't want a book filled with Choloé
  3. go dairy free: the guide and cookbook for milk allergies by alisa marie fleming - I have an allergy to milk protein in cows milk, so I do already eat dairy free, however I think it would be nice to try some new recipes.
  4. le petit paris: french finger food by nathalie benefit - I can't wait for the day when I get to go to Paris, hopefully I'll get to take a cooking class over there sometime.
  5. love, bake, nourish: healthier cakes and desserts full of fruit and flavour by amber rose and ali allen - I love baking with fruit.

I've been feeling really sick lately - I spent my entire weekend in bed. At first I thought maybe I had really bad allergies... BUT the allergy medicine didn't work, which has led me to believe that it's actually a cold. I've been taking every sort of homeopathic remedy I can find, and they are helping, I just think I got a really bad case of this cold. The worst though is this cough that just doesn't want to go away.

I'm hoping to get some photography done either later to day, or at least sometime this week. Don't get me wrong I do love these 'wish list' and 'currently craving' posts, but I miss my own photos. Bare with me until my health gets better and I can do more than just computer work.

Hope you are well, have you read any of these books?

xo, em