Breakfast, Whole Food Bowls

Mung Bean Breakfast




These three dishes do not look like breakfast at all and actually, it’s hard to even see where the Mung Beans are.

I am one of those people who love Breakfast; not the balanced healthy kind but the bacon, coffee, maple syrup and fruit kind I indulge in on the weekends. I find it hard sometimes to come up with healthy ways of eating breakfast during the week because I get sick of eating smoothies and hot or cold cereals.

Right now I’m loving the trend of ‘bowl’ eating and I’m applying it to breakfast. This concept makes eating whole foods so simple. (FYI, it doesn’t really have to be in a bowl). I start with one whole food and add on until I have a full bowl (or plate) that ends up being a meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

This past week I took a left turn and decided to make my breakfast ‘bowl’s starting with Mung Beans.

After soaking them for 24 hrs, I cooked them until tender and rinsed.


They have a pea legume flavour instead of the regular ‘bean’ legume taste.

Day 1:


3:1 Ratio of cooked Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal (I realize the hypocrisy) and cooked Mung Beans with capers, with a side of microgreens, green onions, tomatoes and a dollop of hummus.

Day 2:


A bed of microgreens topped with a 1/4 cup of cooked Mung Beans, pear, blueberries, sesame seeds and pine nuts. It was drizzled with a mix of toasted sesame seed oil and balsamic vinegar.

Day 3:


Again, a 3:1 ratio of cooked Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal and cooked Mung Beans topped with diced microgreens, tomatoes, blueberries and a dollop of hummus.

I know it seems weird and not at all like a normal breakfast, but they have lots of different textures (which I love!), colours and let’s not forget….WHOLE FOODS 🙂


A little shout out to our Friends The Wilminks and the homemade colander they created for Ryan & I (You fill our buckets, xo)







gardening, landscaping

Backyard Update

The fence is complete!

The crew started last Tuesday morning by removing the old fence and erecting new posts.  On Wednesday they put up the entire new fence plus two gates. It looks great, all our neighbours are happy and the new wood smells really nice.


Coming into the backyard from the garage side,


That gate from the inside….


The rest of the interior of the backyard…



The section outlined in red is the future location of the garden. We will line the borders with our gardening containers from the farm and will use the ‘in ground’ section for potato plants, zucchini, carrots and possibly other low maintenance plants. The containers will be brought into town in the spring of next year.

This extra post is for the clothesline Ryan will be erecting.


Below is a picture of fence line abutting the planned garden space, down behind the shed and the chainlink gate on the north side of the house.


The shed will be pushed back a few feet closer to the fence line for privacy on this side.

Many thanks to Johnston Fence Contracting for all the hard work creating the basis for our outdoor gardening and backyard oasis!





gardening, landscaping

A Clean Slate

You haven’t heard from us in a while and it’s because we’ve been busy moving!

Our gardening bins are still on the Windatt Family Farm but they will soon join us here in town (Orillia). They’ve been harvested and the only item left is the horseradish. I am in good understanding that it will withstand a frost and will be usable again in the spring if we choose to leave it in the bin over the winter.

So where will the bins go?

We’re lucky enough to have a large lot in town; it was however quite overgrown with trees, shrubs, grass, wildflowers etc.

This past weekend we had a gathering of family & friends over to do a major overhaul in the backyard cleaning the slate for our future spring gardening plans.

The work was to start Saturday morning, but there was a surprise arrival of equipment in the rain Friday evening. It was a little tricky getting it up the slight slope with the slippery grass, but Stephan managed it like a pro and he performed the upheaval of one tree just before it got dark and we sat down together for dinner.

We’ll let the pictures tell the story of how 4 dump truck loads were gathered up and taken away….

This little machine came into the backyard and dropped our short fat pine tree in no time



To get an idea of what the pine tree looked like, we’ve taken a picture of the listing backyard photo…


On Saturday morning, that little machine worked its way around the yard pulling down grapevines, lilac bushes, another and another dead pine. The rest of the crew cut the trees up, trimmed the other trees and bushwacked through all the overgrown grass & weeds.


We were even in the neighbours yard cleaning up the fence line in order to prep the yard for our new fence being built in 2 weeks

We are very thankful to our new neighbours for being so easy to work with. Tibby next door let us into her yard to remove overgrown shrubs, Cindy let us take down a tree growing onto the property line and Lon let us trim trees over growing into our yard and remove shrubs onlong the property line.

Jerry; the most amazing by far, let us get access to our property via his and park super close to his shed….


4 dump truck loads later the backyard was pretty bare….


On Sunday we moved some rocks around, put a load of stone under where the shed will go and moved a small load of topsoil around…


We did end up busting the concrete pad which was located to the right in the picture when leaving the garage. We will fill with stone for the winter and pour concrete in the spring. Out front we removed some shrubs, trimmed the tree and added a rock to the flower garden.

It is definely a clean slate in comparison to when we started. The space feels like it has doubled, but I’ve been warned that feeling will change when the solid wood fence goes up.

For now, stay posted; we will put up pictures of the fence when it is completed and the container bins arrive.

Happy Thankgsgiving!



We’re Moving!

It has been a while since we’ve posted anything and it’s because we’re moving!

It will be a little bit before we are settled enough to post for you but rest assured those cool containers we’ve been gardening with will be coming along to the new place and we will use them next year.

We hope you all had a great summer!


Food Preservation, gardening

Drying Basil & Parsley

The Basil plants…..


The leaves picked, washed and placed in dehydrator…


After about 35 mins…..


These were placed into a 500 ml Mason jar for use over the winter. We will continue to pick the leaves and do this process until the plants go to seed.

The parsley washed and spun dry in the lettuce spinner….


The leaves picked off the stems….


Placed spread out in the dehydrator…


And approx 1 hr later…


We will continue to do this until we have Mason Jars full of both for the winter. These herbs are great when making homemade pasta sauce, soups, stews, and chili.


Zinnias & Petunias?

The Zinnias continue to grow upwards….


A few of the bulbs are also beginning to open up….


As for the Petunias….this is where we planted the Matthiola seed that did not come up. This bin was used for Petunias last year and the label gave no indication they were a perennial kind….


They are even growing out the side of the container!

Disappointed that another flower seed package was a dud, we are very glad the Petunias took their place – what a pleasant surprise

gardening, Sustainable Living

More Poor Success​: Flowers Update

Among the vegetable container bins, we used a few for flowers this year. Thanks to the following two packages that did not come up, we’ve reseeded that empty bin with more turnip seeds.


On the side of Mom’s house, we also tried to plant the following package of flower seeds, but they did not come up either.


The following pictures are of Benary’s Giant Zinnia’s flowers which are doing really well both in a bin at Mom’s and in a bed in front of Grandma’s house. Because they have not flowered yet, I’ve included a picture of what they should look like from the Seed Savers website where we purchased them.




They are going to be gorgeous when they do flower!



Two types of Clematis blooms ready to blossom as well as multiple buds ready to bloom as well….


Johnny Jump Ups:






These were planted from seed too and we’re unsure as to how big they will get or what they will look like. We have lost the seed package and a google search shows them looking like this….


I can’t say that our plants coming up look like this, but we will see.

Grandma’s Lavender:


We’re calling the flower gardens a poorer success because only 50% of the flower seeds we planted are coming up.  The rest of the flowers that are doing so well, have been established for 2+ years now and belong either to Mom or Grandma and can’t really be counted as part of our successes.

Bring on the Bees!