Remember when I mentioned that with my cycle monitoring, I was planning on staying with a friend in Toronto for a few days to alleviate the stress of traveling during the week? Well I ended up ovulating early (seriously, more on that later this week, I promise) and didn't need to continue my daily treks to the fertility clinic after Thanksgiving Monday.

So I cancelled my plan to stay with my friend, as well as a dinner engagement with another friend, but opted on keeping one of the fun plans I had put in place for that week. My cousin Stacey had picked up tickets for us to go and be part of the audience for a filming of The Marilyn Denis Show!


So despite not having to go in for any more monitoring appointments, I woke up at 5am last Wednesday morning and made the journey to Toronto yet again. But this time it was for a more exciting reason than getting stabbed in the arm with a needle.


The show's theme was Facing Your Fears and it had three segments. The first part was about decorating your house for Halloween and one whole corner of the studio was decked out like someone's front yard.




It was pretty cool. Even if some of the decorations were a little creepy. Especially when they were fiddling with them trying to get them set up and one of the swinging pumpkin men lost his head but was still talking.

The next segment was a fear factor type thing which included four ladies from the audience going up and tasting some nasty food while blindfolded. Glad I wasn't one of them!



The third segment had a family therapist come in and talk about some tips on how to face your fears. And then it had a pretty cool finale that I'm going to keep a secret so that you have to go and watch the show. :) Which will be airing on October 28th. I'll return to this post later and share the link so that you can see me on TV!



It was really great to see Stacey, even if it was for a short time. And I plan on meeting up with her again, since I'll most definitely be returning to Toronto at some point in the near future.


It was a good day and a fun experience. Has anyone else ever been in the audience of a show? Or an extra on a movie set?Or am I the only celebrity? Kidding!


I've been trying to come up with better snack options for myself, something a little healthier than cookies or chips but that will also help me put on some weight. I've been talking to my sister Cora, who is a nutritionist, and she has been giving me some different ideas on yummy yet still sort of healthy snacks.

She suggested chocolate bark for a nice dessert and I immediately jumped on that idea.


I opted to use a variety of nuts, mostly because I'm trying to integrate more kinds into my diet and because I thought it would look nicer. I used almonds, peanuts, walnuts and brazil nuts.


For the chocolate, I used a mix of Camino bittersweet and semi-sweet chocolate chips, about the equivalent of one full bag. I am so glad I discovered Camino chocolate chips.


Once the chocolate was melted nicely, I spread it on to a parchment lined cookie sheet. I do admit though, I may have spread it a little thin. But I don't mind, chocolate is chocolate.


I sprinkled my variety of nuts evenly over the chocolate and then spread a spoonful of chia seeds over that.


The next step involves patience, since you have to let it cool down in the fridge before tasting it. But fortunately for me, with my thin chocolate spread, it cooled down fast and was soon available for nibbling.


Once it's cooled, I broke it up into easier to grab pieces and put them all into a container. Now you can either keep them in the fridge or in a cool place in your kitchen. I opted for the fridge because I have the room and I prefer the taste of it cold.


So there you are, a super quick and easy snack that you can pretend is healthy due to the nuts and chia seeds. Have you ever made bark before? If so, what kind did you make?

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Foodie Friday Mini Series, Take 2

Week 1: Banana Bread
Week 2: Butternut Squash Soup & Flat Bread 
Week 3: Nutty Chocolate Bark


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I found this book easy to read and relate to. With each chapter, I could see how I was struggling with certain areas in my own life and I found the questions to be a nice personal touch. Vicki writes in a way that makes you feel like you're having a conversation with her, not being lectured or told how to do something. She encouraged me as I read and it inspired me to deal with some of the messes in my life. She uses a lot of Bible verses to back up her points and draws attention to how we are supposed to learn how to face life's messes by seeing examples in Scripture. I would recommend this book to others and feel like I benefited from reading it.

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As I mentioned back at the beginning of October, we are currently doing a diagnostic cycle of cycle monitoring, which involves us traveling to Toronto regularly. We had to go every morning from Friday until Monday and it was brutal. And by brutal I mean getting up at 4am, to be out the door at 5am to be at our clinic by 7am. I realized how much I need my sleep these past few days and can't wait to be able to sleep in until my normal wake up time of 6:30am. Anyways, this post isn't about our cycle monitoring (more on that later this week), it's about our trip to the CN Tower!


The CN Tower is one of the main tourist attractions in Toronto and I had never been. It just never worked out for us to go, mainly because of weather. Last year for my birthday, we went to Toronto for the weekend and planned to go up the tower but couldn't due to high winds.


Fortunately for us, we had perfect weather on Saturday for at trip to the top. Since we were already in Toronto for a not so happy reason, we figured we'd make a date day of it and headed to the base of the CN Tower.


We got to the main floor of the tower and I ran around happily taking pictures of the incredible view. I knew Toronto was big but being up this high and not being able to see the end of it, I realized it's bigger than I ever thought!






I was having lots of fun until Dan brought me down to the glass floor. I am terrified of heights and yet he still dragged me out on to it. I was very brave and totally posed for a picture.


I never looked down though. I had my eyes closed tightly until it was time to be photographed and then I made Dan return to take me safely off.



He was able to sweet talk me back onto it for another picture, only this time I needed to put my head over the glass. I had to back up to the floor, sit down and then he basically pulled me into a lying down position. As you can see from the above picture, it didn't totally work.

Next stop was to go a bunch of floors up to the Skypod. I didn't actually realize what I was getting myself into until we got there though. Dan conveniently didn't tell me much about anything so that I couldn't chicken out.





The view was incredible from up there and Dan even got to see some people doing the Edgewalk (you know, where they walk around outside and lean over the edge, all while attached to cables). I, on the other hand, spent the entire time up in the Skypod plastered to the wall. Literally.


Overall though, it was an awesome experience and I'm so glad that I am now able to say I've been up the CN Tower and we totally lucked out on the perfect day for it.

It was also really nice to take a crappy reason for going to Toronto and turn it into a fun day. Good thing I have such an awesome husband to think up these fun things.

What was everyone else up to this past weekend? Other than turkey dinners that is.


I'm off to Toronto again at an ungodly hour so won't be putting up a "real" post today. It's also Canadian Thanksgiving so I can get away with it, since it's technically a holiday and I don't usually write much on holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers near and far, I hope you enjoy (or have enjoyed) lots of turkey dinner this weekend.




I'm late again. Seriously, I can't seem to get ahead of the game enough to have posts written up before they actually need to go up at 9am. I used to be better at this, really I did. Why am I explaining this to you guys? Of course you knew I used to be better! I'm blaming today on the cycle monitoring though, since we had to get up at 4am to get there on time. I'm a little rough around the edges, so bear with me.

I was super prepared for Foodie Friday this week and had a nice meal made and photographed on Tuesday. Only to realize that I had already shared it all with you back in February 2013. Oops.

So I came up with a backup plan, the perfect fall meal. Butternut squash soup with a tasty gluten-free flat bread on the side.


I got the soup recipe from an old recipe book I had, which I won't share with you here since I'm pretty sure there are some copyright issues involved in that. It was a pretty basic butternut squash soup though, so I'm sure Pinterest or Google would show something similar.



The nice thing about fall soups, or most soups really, is how nice and easy they are. Throw a couple veggies into a pot, add in some broth and voila, soup!



There may be a few more steps involved than that but it's the basic gist of it. Soup is such a nice comfort food, wouldn't you agree?


I love soup but I also love a nice warm bread to go with my soup, which has become near impossible due to my gluten intolerance. Bread is in short supply around here, at least nice warm bread. But luckily for me, I came across a tasty looking flat bread from one of my favourite food blogs, Gluten Free Goddess.

It looked pretty simple to make so I thought I should give it a try.




The key to making this bread taste so good is adding the onions and garlic into it, which I totally wouldn't have thought of on my own. Which I guess is the reason why I don't create recipes, just follow them.



The original recipe, which you can find here, was actually used for pizza so she piled a bunch of roasted veggies on top. It looks amazing so I may try that one day but for my meal, I just wanted the flat bread. Let me tell you, it turned out SO GOOD!


We ate it fresh out of the oven and the warm crispiness of it tasted like heaven in my mouth. It was the perfect addition to our soup and we probably ate half the bread in one sitting. We knew it would be best fresh, since that's the way it normally is with gluten free stuff, so we wanted to take full advantage of it while we could.


We're happy we ate so much of it while it was fresh, since today it didn't taste quite as good. The only way to make it palatable again is to heat it up, or else it kind of tastes like sand. Sad fact about gluten free stuff, you really need to eat it fresh.


Overall, I'm super pleased with how this meal turned out and will probably be making it again at some point throughout this long cold winter.

What have you been making lately that you have been loving? Any fall inspired recipes?

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Foodie Friday Mini Series, Take 2

Week 1: Banana Bread
Week 2: Butternut Squash Soup & Flat Bread


I have been totally slacking on blog posts this week and for that I apologize. The days are just flying by and I never took the time to sit down and write something, until this morning. I've missed three days and barely even noticed on my end. Is that a bad thing?

Today I thought I would share some pictures from our early morning sun chasing last week. For those of you who don't know, October is baby loss awareness month and I am taking part in a photography project called Capture Your Grief. Basically it's a 31 day photo challenge and each day there is a new subject to cover. For more information on it, click here.


For the first day of this project, I was supposed to take a picture of the sunrise. I participated last year as well but didn't get a sunrise picture since I was stuck in bed healing after my D&C. So I was determined to do better this year and actually go out looking for the sun.


So last Wednesday morning, Dan and I woke up bright and early, jumped crawled into the car and took off to find an east facing direction. The only problem, clouds.


There was no way that we were going to see any sort of sunrise. I kept hoping that the clouds would part and the sun would peep out, but no such luck.


I made the most of the circumstances though and instead of watching the sky turn incredible colours, I soaked in the stillness, breathed in the fresh morning air and listened to the grass and vines blow in the wind.


It was perfect in its own way.



Dan stayed in the car while Mia and I waited for daylight. He said it was too cold out, but I think he missed a beautiful moment. I did appreciate him coming with me though, it was nice to have the company on the drive and be able to look back and see him smiling at me from behind the glass.



Despite the lack of beautiful, colourful skies, the sun still rose and I'm happy that I got to experience it. When was the last time you saw the sunrise?