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Guess what….

Feeling a little bit more.. hungrier, fuller, bigger, tired, happier these days….

It can only mean one thing!! Little baby Hibbs is on his/her way!

My husband and I are sooo excited and thrilled to say that we got to hear our precious little (plum size- to be exact) baby’s heart beat today! It was the most unreal experience, I gave out a little laugh and cry all at the same time! The joy that we’re experiencing can only be a gift from God! We’re so blessed and thrilled to meet our baby on April 15th 2013!

Let the fun begin!

Thank you Melissa Skoda for capturing such a precious photo!

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September 27, 2012   50 Comments

Fall & Pumpkin Recipes

Just the other day I posted some delicious fall comfort food on my instagram feed- @doctorscloset. I’m sorry if I made any of you drool, but these two dishes were definitely drool worthy, and too good not to share! Two words: FALL and PUMPKIN! Don’t they just make you excited and want to bake or cook something? That was exactly how I was feeling after finding these yummy and oh so healthy recipes! All Sunday I was in the kitchen and boy is my tummy thankful!

Many of you asked for the recipes… so here they are! I changed a few of the ingredients to personal taste; which I’ve listed below. For the full recipe and step buy step instructions visit the blog links I’ve included under each photo!

Hope you’re enjoying fall as much as our tummies are!

For full recipe and instructions click here: Just a Taste

Yield: 6-8 servings Prep Time: 25 min Cook Time: 30 min

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, small dice
1 green pepper, small dice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1½ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 pound ground turkey
1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-oz). can condensed tomato soup
1 cup water
2 cups pumpkin puree
Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Chopped scallions (green parts only), for garnish

Click for full recipe & instructions click here: With Style & Grace

Yields: 8-10 servings Prep Time: 20 min Cook time: 40 min

Ingredients:
4 cups gluten-free rolled oats [use regular oats if not gluten intolerant
1 cup almonds, chopped [or nuts of your choice
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon. salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (to taste, I used a little less)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Plus I added a few extras to turn my yummy granola into a dessert!
Almond Ice-cream, or any ice-cream really!
Chopped banana or any other fruit favourites

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September 24, 2012   7 Comments

We’re back!

Wow, what a two weeks it has been! Sorry for the little MIA, but my husband and I jetted off to Europe for a little adventure! It was so nice to be back in some of our favourite cities as well as discovering new ones! We traveled Europe a little differently this time. Yes, we ventured our way into the “cruising world”. I’m not going to lie, we were quite nervous and very sceptical about the whole experience. We weren’t too keen about the fact that we didn’t have the freedom to explore the citys after 6pm and hearing rumours that we were going to be the youngest on the boat frightened us a little!

BUT we were pleasantly surprised!

We started and ended off our trip with two days in both Paris and Rome, having two days to explore and enjoy dinner in the evenings and riding bikes till 10 o’clock at night. It was perfect! From Paris we flew to Rome where we boarded the ship and our new adventure began! Lets start off by saying that unpacking your suitcase only once while visiting all these cities, was quite nice! We loved waking up in a new city every morning! But yes, we did wish we had more time to explore the cities… being back on the boat around 5pm wasn’t our favourite! I guess you can’t have the best of both worlds! The part I was most surprised about was the two days we had at sea. I was worried that it was going to be flat out boring.Quite the opposite! Having those two days to relax and lay out by the pool AND sea were just perfect! Exploring Europe is so exhausting, I am thankful for those two days out at sea! :)

AND now we are back, and back to reality we are! It was so great to be away, but I must say it’s always nice to be home! Hope you enjoyed the photos that I posted along the way! If you haven’t been to Europe, I 100% encourage you to go! It is a little pricier trip… but why not start saving now? You’ll be blown away and love it, it’s worth every penny!

OH… and we were definitely NOT the youngest on the cruise!!

Have a peek at more photos via @doctorscloset on Instagram!

Thanks to Royal Caribbean International and Expedia Cruise Ship Centres for such a great time!

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September 20, 2012   15 Comments

September= Framework

I’m so so soo excited to be part of Framework Magazine’s September issue! I was blown away while working with Bria Lea, (Founder and Editor-In-Chief) and her team! The whole experience was fun, upbeat and full of surprises! Including being on the cover! I never thought I would ever be a #covergirl… I’m still pinching myself.

Click over to frameworkmag.com to flip through the September issue! You’ll see many familiar beautiful faces including Christie Lohr from Style Nine to Five and Nicola Gillam from Violet Hill Boutique.. just to name a couple.. I don’t want to give away all the framework secrets!

Happy September!!

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September 4, 2012   14 Comments