Maple buckwheat crepes

| Thursday, 30 April 2015



Buckwheat is such an interesting and nutritious ingredient. Did you know it's packed with iron? In my books, it's a super food.

When I was little, my grand mother often made us buckwheat crepes. As children, we didn't really care for them so she would drown them in maple syrup. Growing up, I developed a finer taste in things, and so buckwheat has become on of my flours of choice.

You make the buckwheat crepes, add a bit of salty butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and you've got yourself a little party in your mouth. Maple syrup is just so out-of-this world delicious that I want to spread it over everything I eat. Oh wait, I already do. That's a fact.

Oh, and this crepe recipe is egg free! So if you need to make some for a person with allergies, this is a perfect choice. :)

Do you like maple syrup or are you more of a honey person?

INGREDIENTS


2 cups of buckwheat flour
2 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of Oil (I use canola)

This recipe makes about 12 small sized crepes or 6 big ones.



DIRECTIONS


1. I use the my Kitchen Aid blender to mix everything together. I just dump all the ingredients in and blend. I find the mix easy to pour into the pan that way.

2. Before I start making the crepes, I make sure the pan is already hot (heat on medium). I don't know why but when I pour the mix into the pan as it's heating up, my first crepe always ends up sticking to the pan. Annoying. Trust me.



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10 things I'm grateful for (#3)

| Monday, 27 April 2015



First things first, how cute is this notepad? Seriously. I find so much joy in cute little things. Yes, that is one of the things I'm grateful for this month; cute little things.

I'm a bit late doing for this post but they say better late than never! So... here are my 10 things for the month of March.

1. CUTE LITTLE THINGS


Totally random I know, but when I see cute little things it just warms my heart.

2. MEXICO


As you all know, we recently went to Mexico on vacation. I'm super thankful for all the amazing experiences that come with being married to a Mexican. They are truly a loving and caring people, and being able to spend some quality time in a colorful, lively and warm country like that is just so fun!

3. EXTENDED FAMILY


Seriously though. I am so thankful about my family in-law. It's so nice to have good people in your life, people that want to be around you, and more importantly, that love being with your children. There is no warmer feeling in my heart than to see my kids' eyes light up when they see their grand-parents and aunts/uncles.

4. BLOGGING


I have learned so much about myself through blogging. Things I sort of already knew, but never had the chance to explore; my creativity, my problem solving skills, photography... the list goes on and on. I'm super thankful for having the opportunity to share content I'm passionate about. 

5. HAVING A BIG YARD


I always dreamed of having a big yard. Granted, big is pretty subjective, but I think ours is a reasonable size. It's awesome for having summer parties and playing badminton. It's also big enough to have a pool, a play structure for the kids, and a garden... amongst other things. I know these are all things, but it's the moments and memories we create with them that matter most to me.

6. FRESH FLOWERS


Every time I see fresh flowers in a home, it makes me feel peaceful. I just love having a little punch of color and a bit of nature in my home. Do you?

7. FAMILY REUNIONS


I've been taking it upon myself to organize family reunions, and although it can be quite stressful as the host, I do not regret any of those moments. I just love to be surrounded by all my loved ones.

8. PAJAMA DAYS


I've been having a lot of those lately. Being on maternity leave, I have been taking every opportunity possible to stay in my pajamas.

9. NUTELLA


I can eat a whole jar in one sitting. Did I just say that out loud? Whoops.

10. THE SUN


It's about time he showed up around these parts. I do my best to enjoy every season to the max, but summer is definitely one of my favorite, because it includes the sun.

What are some things you're grateful for this month?
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xfallenmoon on Etsy + giveaway

| Thursday, 23 April 2015



I am so excited to announce the official opening of the xfallenmoon Etsy store!!!

As I mentioned in my 2015 goals, I've been meaning to start one for a long time. I had so many ideas but never enough time! At first I wanted to sell polymer clay miniature foods, then I thought homemade skincare products might be better, maybe even an original jewelry line. After thinking about all that it entailed... designing, crafting, packaging, shipping and all that, I figured I should probably start with something a little less demanding in terms of time (since it's kind of hard to find any with little kids and a full time job). That's when the downloadable print idea came in. That way, it will allow me to get a feel for running a store, and then maybe have a few different exclusive projects on the side. I'll be sure to let you know if I branch out with any cool new products.

For now though, to celebrate the grand opening of xfallenmoon Studio, I've decided to give away 5 downloadable typographic prints; 1 to each of 5 winners! Yay! There will also be a 25% discount event for 7 days following the end of the sweepstakes, so you can share my work with your friends and loved ones. The code is grandopening25 and will be valid from May 1st to May 8th, 2015. Enter below for your chance to win a gorgeous typographic print like the one pictured below!



Etsy shop opening giveaway


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Sweet coconut lemonade

| Thursday, 16 April 2015



This sweet coconut lemonade is your new best friend. Click to tweet.

Ok so, it isn't summer yet, but we've had a few warm days and I just couldn't wait to have this drink again.

Remember about our trip to Mexico? During our stay in Acapulco, we took a day trip to La Roqueta beach. It took about an hour to get there from the Mayan Palace (car + boat ride), and it was so worth it. It's on a tiny little secluded island and you have an amazing view of Acapulco. A lot of locals go there to chill and hang out.

We were sitting with my in-laws at the beach restaurant when my husband asked: "Would you like a coconut with lemon and sugar?". I gave him a silly look thinking it was a joke. Lemon? Coconut? Say what? Turns out he was serious so I figured why not. Oh-my-god guys, it's seriously delicious. To top it off, it's super easy, thirst quenching and nutritious!

Lemon juice and coconut water are jam packed with vitamins and minerals; vitamin C, calcium, fiber, folates, the list goes on. It's perfect for a daily immune system boost, or even for a little more energy during a workout. You could also just do like me and sip it at your desk during work, or while relaxing by the pool.


Make sure to pin it for the summer, you'll be glad you did on those hot and humid days! What kind of unusual drinks do you like to drink in the summer?

Make a natural and healthy Gatorade alternative with these 3 simple ingredients. Click to tweet.



INGREDIENTS

Coconut water
1/2 Lemon
1-2 Tbsp Sugar



RECIPE

1. Start by squeezing the juice of half a lemon into your glass and stir in the sugar.
2. Fill the rest of the glass with coconut water.




The recipe is actually pretty subjective; you can add more lemon juice or sugar, it's all up to you. On a really hot day you can even add a few ice cubes to make it even more refreshing. Seriously though, doesn't it just look delicious? I'm salivating just looking at the pictures. I know it's still spring but um, bring on the summer!





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