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Macro Monday: Some good stuff - products & brands I enjoy

I've been slowly collecting links to products/companies that I want to show you guys, and today's the day that I arrange it all into one post.

BUT, seeing as how it's Monday, let's start the week off right... by laughing. Check out these culinary atrocities, and just be so, SO glad that you aren't eating them right now. And if you are...dude, seriously re-think.

Happy Macro Monday!

MM: Some Good Stuff - Dainty Pig Favourites

Frickin' Delights Donuts

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  • Okay, Edmonton friends, I've mentioned these amazing donuts before...but seriously, if you haven't tried them already, you gotta try them!
  • Mandy is a wonderful, inspiring woman, who who puts so much love into these wonderful treats.
  • They are vegan, and made with tons of fresh & healthy ingredients.
  • Check out her website here, and you can follow her on facebook, instagram, and twitter.
  • Also, she is now at the Strathcona Farmer's Market, so make sure to pay her a visit
  • AND, if it's just too much to leave the house for donuts, Mandy can even deliver them right to you. Go on, order them for all your friends, they'll love you for it (if you need to order outside the form, just call her: 587 338 8044!  <3

 

Earth's Herbal Teas

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  • Website link here.
  • This tea company is actually based here in Victoria (yay!).
  • Super cute and fun packaging
  • They have many medicinal, and just plain awesome tea blends
  • I've only ever gotten their teas from my local grocery store, but it looks like they have a link to an Etsy shop (it doesn't currently work, but perhaps will in the future).

Nezza Naturals (Body care and cleaning products)

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  • Website here.
  • Also based in Victoria, these guys make wonderful soaps, lotions, you name it
  • I really like that everything I have tried has not irritated my skin, and has smelled amazing!
  • I love all their kinds of soaps, but we recently tried this one and thought it was just amazing
  • You can bring in your empty containers for things like detergent, liquid soaps, etc. and get a discount by refilling it.

 

 

Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

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  • They are all about wild, organic, plant medicine.
  • They provide nicely packaged superfoods, superfood blends, herbs, teas, seaweeds, medicinal mushrooms, ingredients for tonics & elixirs, essential oils & salves, and raw chocolate ingredients of all kinds.
  • My favourite so far is: the Super Power Blend...it's a wonderful mix of raw cacao powder, mesquite, lucuma, maca, and vanilla powder. This mix makes the best dang hot cocoa ever...love it :)
  • Check them out online here.

Japanese Artistry Bicycle Bell

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  • Yes, I get excited about things other than food too, haha :)
  • I have waited far to long to put a bell on my new bicycle, and I recently remedied that situation.
  • I got this beauty right here, but in silver, cause my bike is more of a silver and white gal...and it's awesome!
  • Of course, I'm partial to all things Japan, but it is a great bell, and it makes a really pretty sound.
  • If you're in need a new bell, I highly recommend it
  • You can check it out here at Manufactum

 

 

Trillium Soaps & Candles

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  • Another Victoria product - new to me!
  • All of their candles and creams smell SO good. Like ridiculously amazing.
  • My favourite scent is their apricot line, but their raspberry leaf along with the mango lime scents fall close behind.
  • They make awesome little mini creams which are great hand creams to throw in your bag.
  • Their candles are great, and last forever, making your house or office smell delicious for hours upon hours.
  • All their products are made using great ingredients.
  • You can check them out online here.

 

BOOM CHICKA POP

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  • Definitely the most delicious popcorn I've had (other than fresh homemade kettle corn, of course).
  • Pretty great ingredients...not very oily or salty
  • Tastes extremely fresh, for coming out of a bag
  • Seriously, I need to say it again: everybody I know who has tried agrees... it is SO GOOD.
  • TIP: COSTCO has this popcorn...so as per usual that means that it's the same price as the tiny bag you can buy at the natural foods shop, only you get 4X as much, and believe me, you'll want the extra.

 

 

 

Acure Organics Argan Oil Shampoo

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  • I really like the smell of this shampoo.
  • It works really well, as it does what it says!
  • It has pretty safe ingredients.
  • All the Acure Organics products have great packaging...especially their little face creams etc.
  • I buy their products on iHerb.
  • Some of my other favourite products by this company are their daycream, and their straight up argan oil

 

Okay friends, that's about it for this round.
I'll share some more soon :)

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Have a wonderful week!
xoxo Jess

Cafe at home.

Wow! Fall is in the air. 
Crunchy leaves under my shoes as I walk to work in the morning.
It's brisk enough outside that I can justify wearing a scarf.
After teaching my class, the sun is just warming up the sky.
It's truly the perfect time to reacquaint myself with an old friend : the oven.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
"Crunchy leaves and scarf weather cookies"

Simple. Nourishing and just sweet enough.
Vegan and Wheat Free.
*Oven to 350F*
Mix up dry:
1.5 cups flour 
(I used: 0.5 cups quick oats, and 1 c. brown rice flour)
3 cups of rolled oats (I did 2 c. quick cooking oats, 1 c. thick oats)
1.5 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1-3 t cinnamon (I used a lot...I love cinnamon)
dash of dried ginger
1/2 t nutmeg / cloves or pumpkin pie spice
Not-Dry
Make 2 eggs out of  flax:  
6 T ground flax + ~8 T warm water. Whisk together and let gel for 10 minutes.
Then cream together: 
1 can pumpkin puree, and 1/4 - 1 c. sugar 
(I used 1/4 c sucanat) on medium speed until fluffy (~3mins)
Add in flax "eggs" and mix on high to combine.
Add in 1t of vanilla.
Add dry to not-dry, mixing on low until combined, about 1/2 a minute.
Add in 1 cup of goodies i.e., chocolate chips, raisins, seeds...
I did 3/4c 70% chocolate chips and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.
Bake on lightly oiled or non-stick sheets for about 18 mins
 or until just set and golden.
Makes about 4 dozen small cookies.
Note: These cookies are a bit tough--I like them, but next time I will add a bit of almond milk to the batter to make a tad more liquidy. Adjust to your liking.
Now, serve them up with a piping hot cup of chai tea, in your AT HOME CAFE.

Oh red tea pot I missed you while I was in Japan.
Oh Japan, thank you for providing me with many pretty dishes.
Maybe Canadian winters won't be so bad if I can look forward to my Cafe at Home :)
What things do you like in the brisk fall weather?

Cafe Love

I went to the cutest little cafe the other day.

I enjoyed a chai latte, and a ginger biscotti.

It was so delicious that I decided to bring home a few for the next day.

Let's take a look inside:

Love the labels and bags in Japan. Everything is so cute!

It was super sunny out, so I lounged in my large window sill, stretching out like a cat in the sun.

I decided that green tea would be the perfect accompaniment. 

Such a pretty colour!

Time to tear into the treats!

I kept munching away.

And soon there was just one bite left.

Delicious. 

Tea + Sun + Treat = my definition of a perfect weekend morning.

Do you like sitting in the sun?

Look what came in the mail!

Oh, how I love getting packages in the mail.

Yes, even when I order them myself, and am expecting them, hahaha.

Wanna see what I got from iHerb?
They are my no.1 place to order grains (oats) and health stuff like probiotics,
that I can't find in-store here in Japan.
Use my code ROP008 for 5% off and free shipping on your first order.

I got my staples, like:


Probiotics


and Dulse Powder.

And because I love breakfast so much, and now that it's winter I am totally into hot porridge, I wanted some ways to mix up my grains:

Steel Cut Oats 

Buckwheat Porridge, Brown Rice Cereal, and Scottish Oats.

And non-essentials but very enjoyable:

Mayan Cocoa Spice and Chai Roobois are great in the afternoon, and in the evening before bed I have been having some Dandelion Tea. Makes my liver happy :)


My no.1 favourite tea these days. So yummy with some almond milk.

What do you order from iHerb?
What are your current favourite teas?