HOMEMADE SWEET POTATO AUTUMN SOUP

Soups make for a great meal option anytime during the year; but in my opinion, the best time is during the colder months – specifically autumn and fall. I find that by springtime I’m tired of all the soups and hot meals and am just aching to start the BBQ and salad diet!

One of my favorite soups to cook for us during the autumn/winter months is a very quick and easy creamy {minus the cream} vegetable soup.

This delicious + healthy soup is super easy and quick to make; the ingredients are simple; and the prep and cooking time is quick.

So, I don’t normally post recipes on here but I think it’s many duty for me to share this soup with you; here goes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized Yellow potatoes
  • 2 larger sweet potatoes
  • 2 regular carrots
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 medium sized broccoli
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to make it:

  1. Peel and cut into medium sized cubes the yellow and sweet potatoes. Rinse and put into pot. Pour water into pot so that it covers all the potatoes.
  2. Turn the stove on high to bring the water + potatoes to a boil.
  3. In the meantime, peel and cut into thick slices the carrots. Rinse them and also put them into the pot with potatoes. The water doesn’t have to be boiled at this point, but it’s good if the carrots are dropped into warmer water.
  4. Sprinkle pepper and salt into the pot – I’m not able to say exactly how much because I usually just eyeball it. You can always add salt and pepper later; so it’s better to use less now.
  5. Wash and cut into cubes the butternut squash. Rinse and drop into the pot with the potatoes and carrots.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to mix all ingredients in pot.
  7. Close the lid and let the ingredients come to a boil. Once boiling, mix everything again with a wooden spoon, close the lid, and change the temperature to somewhere between a low an medium. You want it to boil lightly; not simmer + not boil. Find a happy medium.
  8. In the meantime, cut up the broccoli and rinse. Set aside until ready to be added into the pot.
  9. Depending on your ingredients; everything in your pot should be soft + ready in about 30 minutes. Don’t hold me to it though; cook until potatoes, carrots, and squash are soft and basically ready to eat.
  10. At this point, you can add more salt and pepper as desired.
  11. Once you think it’s all done, throw in the broccoli. Give it about 5-7 minutes to cook.
  12. If you’re satisfied with the ingredients being cooked and done, turn the stove off and open the lid. Examine how much vegetable broth is left. I always grab a bowl and spoon a larger amount of the broth out. I never pour it out because it might have to be added back in later.
  13. Once you think you’ve taken enough of the broth out take a hand blender and start blending all the ingredients in the pot. At this point, if you think the soup is becoming too thick you can add in some of the broth; as desired.
  14. Blend until a creamy smooth consistency, of texture as desired. I always blend it pretty well; basically baby food.

It sounds super easy; and that’s because it is! It’s a quick meal that’s super delicious + healthy + filling. Since my husband agrees; my mission is accomplished.

So, this is the basic soup; you can add other ingredients as you think may like into the soup and/or add some toppings! When we recently made the soup we also cooked a grain mix which we added to the soup once it was in our bowls. Another great idea is to add sunflower or pumpkin seeds – I unfortunately didn’t have any on hand this time so we went with the grains.

Hope you enjoy my autumn soup recipe!

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BLACK + WHITE #OOTD

Don’t you just LOVE when all of your blacks match? I mean; I know black is black but, do you ever find that your favorite pair of black denim {which you’ve probably washed 50 times or more} no longer matches your favorite leather jacket? And, what about your shoes – why do they look so dark compared to the denim!?

I have this “issue” quite too often and that’s why I usually never later on full black on black; I always have to have something in between; usually my top because it’s literally, right in the middle.

This weeks #OOTD follows this simple theory of mine; minimalistic + comfortable. I could honestly use the statement “{INSERT ITEM} is always a good idea” for each of the items I’m wearing in this post.

✔️ Classic black leather biker jacket – All Saints

✔️ Classic black purse – Chanel

✔️ Crisp white turtleneck sweater – Zara

✔️ Black ankle cropped denim – Zara

✔️ Minimalistic black ankle booties – L.K. Bennett

SWEATER WEATHER: FIND YOUR PERFECT KNIT SWEATER!

Sweater Weather (which has become an international term now) is upon us! Knitwear is worn basically all year round in varying styles and thicknesses, but it seems that the crowd favourite is the one that is worn during the Autumn and Winter seasons. Which is NOW! How exciting!?

Choosing a knit sweater really doesn’t seem like a challenge; but think of how much more satisfaction you will have when you buy that PERFECT knit sweater that you simply can’t part with! So, with the thousands of options available to us these days; how are we supposed to know which one is right for our own personal style but that is still on trend?

Challenge Accepted.

Before opening up your browser or favourite social media platform to start searching for your knitwear inspiration; ask yourself these questions:

|  Top Row: Zara Cable Knit Sweater $70  |    Bottom Row: Zara Soft Feel Sweater $40  |  

What colour are you looking for? Base this decision on color palettes you wear most often. What color are your favourite tops {shirts + blouses}? What color bottoms {pants + skirts} do you wear? Think of a colour that you are always drawn to wearing but also, one that makes you feel comfortable. Just because mustard yellow is all the hype, doesn’t mean you look/feel good in it!

|  H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater $50  |  H&M Fine Knit Sweater $35  |

Aritzia - The Group by Babaton Plutarch Sweater

|  Aritzia – The Group by Babaton Plutarch Sweater $138  | 

|  Massimo Dutti Cable Knit Sweater $130|  Marc Cain Chunky Knit Sweater in new Wool Blend  |

What kind of sweater do you want? Classic turtleneck; cowl neck; or mock neck? Do you want a round or v-neck? Keep in mind the functions of each one of these styles – for example, a classic turtleneck can be layered underneath a scoop or round neck sweater to make it cozier; or it can be layered under your favourite dress or jumpsuit for a smooth summer to autumn transition.

+ finally the most important question:

knitwear, stella mccartney

|  Stella McCartney Oversized Patchwork Cotton-Blen and Faux Fur Cardigan $ 1278  |

|  Balenciaga Intarsia Knitted Sweater $1090  |  Balenciaga Satin Twill-Trimmed Ribbed Wool Sweater $1790  |

What is your budget? How much you want to spend on a sweater will depend where your search takes you. If you are looking for a LONG-term investment piece, your price may be higher than that of a sweater you want just for the season – something that caught your eye, and isn’t necessarily your staple style but something you want to try out. It is important to take into account the fact that knitwear in general will be more expensive than a t-shirt; simply for the fact that it’s KNIT and takes much longer to make.

A few of my favourite locations to find great knitwear are:

  • Zara
  • H&M
  • All Saints
  • Club Monaco
  • J. Crew
  • Aritzia
  • Massimo Dutti
  • Vero Moda
  • Bershka
  • Orsay
  • Reserved

Happy Shopping and good luck!

THANKFUL + BLESSED

Hello LONG WEEKEND!

It’s that time again; we’ve made it to another long weekend here in Canada and this time, it’s my FAVOURITE one! THANKSGIVING! Not only is it Autumn (my favourite season) but also the holiday where turkey and sweet potatoes overtake our dinner plates! YUM!

Looking past our plates and weather; Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and grateful for what we have; truly. Although, we should be thankful and grateful for all we have all of the time; this special weekend gives us the opportunity to really dig deep into the topic.

On most days, I trust we can all make long lists of things and reasons why we feel blessed, but I’m sure when you’re put on the spot there are only a few larger category items which come to mind.

Aha; I got you – now you’re thinking of all of the things you are thankful and grateful for to prove me wrong? Either way, here is a list of questions you can ask yourself to dig deeper into your soul to reflect on bringing more GRATITUDE into your thoughts:

  • What relationships am I thankful for?
  • What insights have gained that I am grateful for?
  • How can I be thankful for the challenges I have been faced with?
  • Who/what makes me smile and happy?
  • What’s improved in your life from this time last year?
  • What’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen today?
  • What’s something enjoyable you get to experience every day that you’ve come to take for granted?
  • What’s something you witnessed recently that reminded you that people are good?
  • How has technology enhanced your life and your connections recently?
  • What’s one kind or thoughtful thing that someone did for you recently?

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Good Morning INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY 2018!

This day is for everyone; for those of you who drink coffee religiously, to those who enjoy a cup from time to time – even those who don’t drink it at all. Generally, this day is to celebrate all forms of the coffee life; from the farm to the store, and then to the table process. It’s quite the long one, actually. Process, I mean.

There is really so much to learn about coffee; I find it rather interesting actually. Coffee comes from so many parts of the world; there are so many different coffee machines you can use to brew yourself the perfect cup; and how about the flavours and aromas that are added to the traditional classic black blend.

When was the last time you took a moment to really think about these things? 

Well, today is your lucky day; take some time today to think about C O F F E E!