Favourite Things Friday 2

Holy cow, this week has flown by!! I can’t believe Friday is here already, but after a big weekend and feeling half asleep most of the week, I’m happy about it! That means it’s time for another Favourite Things Friday!

It’s the last day of June, which has been a super busy month for me. We are finally getting hot weather (34 Celcius today!!), and I feel like summer is here now.

It’s Canada Day this weekend, our 150th birthday! I’m hoping to spend some time with friends, get out on the boat and hopefully check out some fireworks!

That being said here are my favs from the past week!

1. Murray and Kara’s Wedding!! 
This one of course is a no brainer on the list. I am working on a post about last weekend, but it was seriously some of the funnest three days I’ve had in a long time. It was so amazing to be able to spend the weekend with all of our best friends, drinking, boating and celebrating Murray and Kara. They did a fantastic job organizing it and the venue was seriously amazing.

Echo Beach Erickson Wedding
Carmel Cove is a gorgeous resort community on Shuswap Lake, an awesome hidden gem. Sadly, I was too busy all weekend to make use of all of the amenities, like the pool and hottub, but it was the perfect backdrop for the wedding.

2. Happy Hour – Raspberry Margaritas
I would say my margarita making skills have gone up significantly since my Cinqo de Mayo party last month. I love whipping up a quick marg on the rocks, especially when it`s nice and sunny out. Russell came over for a little happy hour on the patio last night so I threw together two raspberry margaritas for us.

Raspberry Margarita
Raspberry Margarita by Meg
1 oz tequila
Juice of half a lime
4 raspberries, muddled with ice
Half a bottle of Perrier 
Splash of sweetener (I like the Skinnygirl liquid stevia)
Enjoy!!

3. Urban Outfitters Wall Hanging
You guys…I know I said I was going to work on my online shopping, but I haven`t been able to totally quit cold turkey. I ordered this amaze Selma Wall Hanging from Urban Outfitters and I`m sooo excited for it to come!! I love love the look of it! I`m not totally sure where in my apartment I`m going to put it, I sort of like the idea of having it in front of a window with the light coming through. I do have a lot of big empty walls to still fill up though.

Selma Wall Hanging

I’m also getting super into the idea of having a lot of hanging plants in my place (have you seen Bev Cook’s plant post!? I’m obsessed). So I’m on the hunt for some cute, and reasonably priced planters.

4. Long Weekend!!! 
Oh hey Canada Day coming up, I see you! Time to put some fake tattoos on our cheeks, paint our faces red and fly the flag? …maybe not. I generally don’t get too fired up about Canada Day, and thus far my friends and I have zero activities planned, but it’s Canada`s 150, so I feel like we should probably get up to something.

Canada DayCanada Day
It`s gonna be hottttt this weekend so I`m hoping I can get a group out to the lake to cool off on the pontoon and maybe check out some fireworks. Everyone seems to be movin’ a little slow after the 3 days of shenanigans last weekend, but I’m hopeful I can get people going.

What do you have planned for the weekend? I hope you have a great weekend, whether you’re celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day, enjoy! 

Favourite Things Friday 1

Other than the obvious, that Friday is a great thing in general, I’ve decided to start doing a round-up of the things that I’m really feelin’ each week. I could probably write an entire post about how the warm sunny weather is my fav, but I feel like that’s most people in general.

I’ve been super bad (or good?) about online shopping lately, really trying to tone that down. That being said I do have a lot of new clothes that I could call favourites, but I just picked one for this!

1. New Denim Overalls
When I first started seeing styles from the ’90s coming back, I was super skeptical. There are still some styles that I am not fond of, but overalls I am into in a big way. I am a huge romper lover. Overalls are such a throwback to being a kid, I love it.

Aritzia Romper

This pair from Aritzia makes me super happy. I got them a couple weeks ago and never want to take them off. The less work I have to put into choosing an outfit the better, and this is an easy way to look put together and cute quickly.

Aritzia Romper

2. My Lovely Wife in the Pysch Ward by Mark Lukach
I picked up this book on a whim the other day (to be honest the colours on the cover really appealed to me) and finished it in a day. It’s an amazing memoir about the struggles of mental illness from the perspective of the caretaker. In this case, his wife is hospitalized with what seems to be an undiagnosable mental break.

Mark Lukach

I thought it was a beautiful, albeit devasting look at the power of love and the very real sacrifices that are involved in loving someone with a mental illness. The way Mark supports his wife and eventual son is amazing. I think he highlighted a lot of the issues within the health care system while still being grateful for the help that his wife got.

I would highly recommend this book, and not just for the fact that it will look great on your shelf. The more awareness we can all bring to mental health the better and this was super insightful.

3. Wedding Season Starting!
I have officially gotten to the time of life where it seems like everyone I know is putting a ring on it (except for us Single Ladies of course). It’s definitely turning into a busy (and holy expensive) time but it’s so exciting and so so fun.

Ashley's Wedding

Between friend’s weddings and working at weddings doing hair, it’s gonna be a summer full of love for me 😉

Ashley's Wedding

Next weekend is Murray and Kara’s wedding weekend out at the lake and I cannot wait. Going to be all of our friends out at the Shuswap for 3 nights, I’m sure lots of fun and can’t wait to see everyone all dressed up. Considering I’ve already got 2 weddings next summer I’d say this whole wedding thing’ll be sticking around for a few years.

4. HOMELAND!
Okay. Let’s be real, this show is amazing. I’m not usually into this whole genre, CIA and such, but I am obsesed. I used to watch it a few years ago but stopped for some reason. Just recently realized that omg, there’s 5 seasons of Homeland on Netflix so I have been bingeing hard.

The drama, suspense and hello Clare Danes amazing acting ability are super addicting. I have probably spent a ridic amount of time in the last couple of weeks glued to the TV, but I can’t stop. I totally want to know if this is legit what happens behind the scenes in all the government anti-terrorism stuff. Politics are crazy, people.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’ll be working and then spending Sunday at the lake for Father’s Day any my Dad’s birthday, lucky him!  What are you up to this weekend?

Easy Quinoa Salad – Perfect for Summer!

I am all about easy and delicious food! This quinoa salad is something that I make pretty much every week and just snack on when I need something filling and quick.

Easy Quinoa Salad

I’m not really sure where I originally had or got the idea for this salad but I am glad I did.

It is super easy to make and you can modify it in tons of different ways, which is nice when you haven’t been to the grocery store in a while. Another fantastic thing about this quinoa salad is it keeps very well in the fridge, at least 3-4 days if your veggies are fresh!

The main ingredient in the salad is quinoa. If you’re not familiar with quinoa it is amazing! Quinoa is an ancient grain that is super high in protein, fiber, iron, and B6. As a vegetarian, it can sometimes be hard to get enough iron and B vitamin in my diet, so I love having something like this to fill me up!

If you’ve never cooked quinoa; it’s super easy. Just add one cup of the grain to two cups of water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling turn the heat down to low, cover and leave for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes fluff with a fork and you’re done!

Easy Quinoa Salad

Keep in mind when I make this salad I don’t usually measure the ingredients or do any of it very exact, so I’ll just be giving you a general idea of what I like. Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to your own tastes!

Easy Quinoa Salad

Easy Quinoa Salad
(makes about 6 side servings)

1 cup uncooked Quinoa
1/2 red onion
1 cucumber
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup feta

Dressing

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Juice of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the quinoa according to the package or my instructions above. Let cool. Chop all the veggies and feta into bite-sized pieces and add to the cooled quinoa. In a small bowl mix all of the dressing ingredients together (I usually just put the salt and pepper into the dressing, instead of onto the actual salad). Mix everything together and enjoy! I find it tastes best if you let the dressing soak into the salad for at least half an hour in the fridge.

Easy Quinoa Salad

Some nice additions to this quinoa salad that I’ve used are a can of chickpeas (a great addition for more fiber and protein also), canned artichokes, or some snap peas!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s a great side dish at a BBQ, a full quick and easy dinner or a perfect addition to a summer picnic!

What are your favourite easy recipes? I’d love to try out some new ones.

Easy Quinoa Salad