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We’ve just had Thanksgiving here in Canada, and it’s a good time to reflect on all the things I’m ever so thankful for.
- Opportunity – I’m ever thankful for the opportunity to actually pursue the discovery of my passion. Not everyone gets the opportunity to sit at a coffee shop at 10 AM and update their blog, or bake in the middle of a random afternoon. The last few weeks have been better than a vacation. Unlike a vacation, where I feel guilty about sleeping in, or eating food I could have had at home, there has not been any pressure. I realize I can’t live like this forever, eventually my responsibilities will catch up to me – but nevertheless, I’m able to take time off, take the opportunity to discover my passions and take a risk to turn them into full-time work if I so choose.
- Support system – Which brings me to the second thing I’m thankful for – a great support system in my family and friends. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to take this opportunity if it wasn’t for my family and friends having my back. They’re there to listen to my insane ideas, to complain about not having anything to do (I’m sure I’m annoying them at this point) and to taste test my cooking/baking binges.
- Health – I may not be the most fit person, but I’m thankful to not have any health issues. I’ve been lucky enough to eat whatever I want, do whatever activities I want – and that’s what good health is all about: the freedom to do whatever you choose to! I’m realizing how important it is to feel good, both physically and mentally, and I should spend more time taking care of my health – because as a friend of mine says, Health is Wealth!
Recipes I’ve tried this week
For Thanksgiving, we had my brother and cousin over for dinner. I love having people over so I can actually try different recipes! A few of the items here were made for this dinner!
- Dessert: Banana Bread – adapted from Genius Kitchen
- I used an adaptation of this recipe – but the banana bread seemed like an empty canvas so I had to spice things up. I added some chocolate chips to the batter and topped it with a brown sugar cinnamon crumble! We had it for breakfast and dessert (topped with ice cream) – no regrets.
- Dinner: Fried Chicken
My brothers gifted my husband and I an Air Fryer when we bought our condo. So far, I’ve only attempted frozen chicken nuggets and fries – adventurous, I know. But for thanksgiving I made some fried chicken thighs. Three Simple steps: soak chicken in buttermilk for a couple of hours, coat in seasoned flour and “fry”! I’m not sure I would compare it to real fried chicken, but that might have to do with the coating I used, so I’ll have to experiment. Either way, it can crush a fried chicken craving with way fewer calories and fat!
- Dinner: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – Pinch of Yum
I’m ever thankful for my instant pot! I used this recipe for mashed potatoes for the side for dinner. It was a lot easier than the stove, and didn’t take a lot of time!
- Dessert: Hand Pies (Pie crust using Genius Kitchen recipe)
Pies have been on my baking bucket list, but for some reason they seem so scary. I also did splurge on a pastry board this week, so i figured I had to make pies! To be honest, I’m not a fan of pie fillings, but I’m a sucker for a good crust. So I made hand pies – the ratio of pie crust to filling is in my favour! I filled them with applesauce mixed with caramel candy.
- Dessert: Thanksgiving Cake
For the first time, instead of attempting to make cake from scratch, I used a doctored up cake mix recipe. I used an internet famous White Almond Sour Cream (WASC) recipe from I am Baker.
More details on the cake to come!
Ramblings on media (books, documentaries, podcasts etc.) that left an impact on me this week.
- Podcast: Side Hustle School – Chris Guillebeau
Yes, this is becoming a weekly recurrence on these posts. This podcast is so inspiring because there are so many people with so many ideas! This morning I listed to episode 646. It is about a couple who have built a business around renting chickens (and coops) for those who are thinking about having chickens as pets! Quite clever as there has been a push towards urban farming and such!
- Podcast: The Business of Life
This is a podcast hosted by Arlene Dickinson and Jan Arden, and they have candid discussions. I only listened to one episode, and I don’t think this podcast is for me. But there was a point of discussion they had which struck me as interesting, with regards to politics. They were talking about how as public figures, who are not in the realm of politics, they are often told to shush on their views on politics. But they got into a discussion about how politics impacts everyone, and everyone should participate in such a discussion. I whole heartedly agree! We are all impacted by government policies and politics have become such a sticking point especially in recent years. In fact, I find it disturbing that people would think to keep people out of “politics”. I guess it depends on how you define your politics. But democracy runs on the basis of communal participation, it can’t function without it!
- TV: Shark’s Tank
Unsurprisingly, I’ve been binge watching Shark’s Tank. Season 5 onwards is available on Netflix here. If you haven’t heard of it, it is an investment reality TV show. People from all walks of life come on the show to pitch their product, business or idea to five investors and make deals to acquire capital to propel their businesses forward. I think I’m drawn to the show because of how inspiring it is to see people with different backgrounds come and develop a product or idea! Granted the crazy/stupid ideas are fun to watch as well – it makes for good TV!
- Documentary: Buzzfeed – Follow This
This is a new 15-minute Pop Doc Series from BuzzFeed and Netflix covering culture, politics, and the weird corners of the internet. I’ve only watched a few episodes, but the topics are very interesting! What I found interesting was that a lot of the reporters were people of color, not necessarily covering topics related to their culture! Maybe I watch a lot of mainstream TV but I found it refreshing to see this! I started at Part 2 apparently, but so far I’ve watched the episodes related to tech addiction, swatting, Amish romance, and teen influencers. I find it fascinating to learn about so many different areas of interest that exist that I hadn’t even heard about!