Cafe Mosaics

So my fellow blogger/ friend and I did a thing and went to a cute little vegan/ vegetarian restaurant in the humble city of Edmonton, Alberta called Cafe Mosaics.

I love going to these types of restaurants because they are #inspo for food I would like to make at home. Let’s face it, without creativity and flavor, vegan foods can be quite bland, but with those two components, I think Kendrick Lamar says it best, DAMN.

And y’all, the lighting was really poppin’ in that place, perfect for food photography! Check out a few photos of the set-up. It’s definitely got more of a rustic, hipster vibe.

As we were taking pictures, a guy walked into the store and nonchalantly asked us if we were blogging. Why yes, yes, we were. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to get those 10/10 pics, am I right?

Their menu has a lot of options. I would say, enough that you don’t feel like you’re limited in any way but not too many that you end up feeling overwhelmed. They have salads, soups, comfort foods, burgers, wraps, and more! It’s a pretty diverse menu, especially considering that it’s a vegetarian restaurant. I find that when I go to these types of restaurants, I get to try something new especially compared to generic restaurants. I don’t know about you, but to me, a chicken wrap is basically the same in one restaurant as it is in another but a veggie burger or even mac and cheese can be done so many different ways when you decide not to use the standard ingredients.

Anthonia and I started off by ordering a couple of juices. Anthonia got the one that matched her lipstick, while I got one that made me look like I was super healthy. Jokes aside, Anthonia got the Scarlet juice which has beets, strawberry, celery rib, apple, and pear. I got the Green Goodness juice which has kale, spinach, cucumber, and lime. Guys, the juice was soooo good and refreshing. I would give it a solid 8/10.

Our food has arrived!

I ordered the mystery burger with a kale salad and Anthonia ordered the mystery burrito with hash browns. (Well, aren’t we being a little ambitious or should I say, mysterious? 😏) . I wasn’t the biggest fan of the burger as a whole. The patty was delicious -crunchy and flavourful. But I wasn’t a fan of the bun (super plain) or the toppings (also very basic). With that said, I’ve had other foods from the Cafe that I enjoyed much more than this, like their falafel wrap!

I’ve been to many vegan restaurants so I have pretty high expectations. I know how delicious vegan food can be! So overall, I’m giving the burger a 6/10. If you want to know what Anthonia thought about her wrap, check out her Blog.

I had a super fun time taking pictures around the restaurant and eating all of this food! Oh, and the company wasn’t bad either 🙂

So whenever you find yourself in Edmonton and you want something a little less meaty, swing by Cafe Mosaics, maybe we’ll see you there. 😉

LOVE,

Jasmine

Cinnamon bun recipe

Hi all,

Who likes cinnamon buns? I love them! I probably made them around 10 times in the last couple of months 🙈 I’ve received so much positive feedback so I thought I’d share my recipe!

I kind of just took what I liked from different recipes and made it into something that was simple, easy and quick! They really take no time to make as most of the time is dedicated to the rising process.

So without further adieu here we go!

Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp of traditional yeast (none of this quick rising nonsense)
  • 1 Tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 3/4 cup of melted margarine (for dough, filling, and to spread on top)
  • 1 cup of cashew milk
  • 2 1/3 cups of white flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add traditional yeast, sugar, and

warm water in a large mixing bowl. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast!!! To check if it’s too hot stick your wrist in it. You should be able to comfortably have your wrist in the water.

Let sit for 10 minutes. It should appear bubbly and give off a yeasty scent.

In a pot, melt: 1/4 cup of margarine, add cashew milk and let it cool.

Pour into yeast mixture. Add in white flour -stir in 1/2 cup of flour at a time until it forms a dough ball.

Knead dough ball for 2 minutes.

Place it back into a bowl and cover with a warm towel.

Let rise for 30 minutes.

Roll dough out flat with rolling pin.

Spread 1/4 cup melted butter over top with brush.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon mixture over top.

Roll dough into a log shape.

Cut dough into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

Place pieces in buttered (10×4) tray.

Place a warm towel over the top of cinnamon buns and let them rise for 20 minutes (you can skip this step if you’re in a rush, it just makes them a little fluffier).

Spread melted margarine overtop of buns.

Put cinnamon buns in the oven for 25 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.

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Icing

Ingredients: 

8 tbsp of icing sugar

2 tbsp of cashew milk

1 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp of allspice

Directions: 

Place all icing ingredients into one bowl Stir until all the white clumps are gone.

I multiplied this icing recipe about three times when I was making it. How much you make really just depends on how much icing you want!

Take cinnamon buns out of oven, let cool for 30 minutes

Pour icing over top

Serve and enjoy!

Yields: 12 cinnamon buns

LOVE,

Jasmine

Very Berry Bucha!

Hey guys!

True Buch, a local kombucha company in Calgary gave me a growler of their ‘Very Berry’ kombucha to try for you guys!

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I’m sure you’re all wondering, what is kombucha? Well, it’s a fermented drink made out of tea, bacteria, sugar, and yeast. I’ve heard a bit about probiotics but I’m not 100% sure how effective it is so I’ll let you guys do your own research on that!

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Those of you that know me know that I’m slightly obsessed with kombucha 😉

The obsession is so “subtle” that I line up kombucha bottles ontop of my cupboards as decor…

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Anyways, I digress.

I (and my family) very much enjoyed the kombucha. So much so that we finished 1/3 of the bottle by the end of the photoshoot.🙃 I usually drink kombucha as a replacement for soda because it still gives me that fizzy feeling with just a hint of sweetness (without all of the sugar and additives).

I must warn you though, kombucha isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It has a smell to it that some people can’t tolerate (it’s fermented! What else would you expect?) and others just simply don’t like the taste. It’s also a little pricey, the cheapest bottle of kombucha I’ve found was around $4. It makes sense though since a lot goes into making it!

This growler had a bit of a stronger taste, which I liked because I was often satisfied with just one glass! Overall, I would give this flavor an 8/10! They have other flavors too like mint mojito, ginger, and blueberry (which is my favorite!)

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Did you know, that for every bottle of kombucha you buy from True Buch some money is given to support local initiatives? A few examples include Mealshare, Pet Access Leagues Society (PALS), and Leftovers Calgary! I think that’s pretty cool! And it makes me feel a little better sipping on my expensive bottle of kombucha knowing that the money is being used for something good!

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I hope you guys go try out a bottle for yourself and tell me what you think. Pick one up at True Buch and tell them I sent you! 🙂

LOVE

Jasmine

A few things I learned in 2017

Over time, I have grown to appreciate the new year more and more. To me, it represents a new start for all of us regardless of where you are. It makes us stop and think just how fragile and precious each year is. Every interaction we have, every decision we make, everything we do matters! I’m realizing the importance of intentionality in everything we do -why are we doing what we’re doing? Who are we serving? Does it benefit you (or anyone else) in the long run? What is your goal? How is this helping you get there?

As we all go into this new year, I write down what we hope to achieve in 2018. But it’s important to look back before we move forward. So I have decided to share with you 17 things I learned in 2017.

 

Walk with God – I notice a difference when I pray, read my bible, engage in fellowship with people of the same faith and when I don’t. When I do, I’m energized, confident, reassured and equipped. When I don’t I’m run down, easily tainted by the world and discouraged. Every day, I get to choose what I want my day to look like and it’s so much better when I decide to move forward with the Lord on my side.

Make your bed every morning – Your mom probably already told you to do this and like the saying goes “mom’s always right!”. This year, I made it a point (and a habit) to make my bed every morning and I noticed how much better I felt starting my day. Our brain loves accomplishing tasks no matter how small and making our bed is a simple way to get us in the right mindset for the day. Also, your room just looks a lot more put together and inviting when you make your bed!

Suffering produces character – this year was tough to say the least. I lost a loved one this year and it was tough for me to accept it and make myself vulnerable by seeking support. I feel I am a lot stronger and appreciative because of it. We need to learn to embrace suffering in a world that so desperately desires to avoid it. Gold is refined through the fire my friend, stay strong.

Be realistic – as we set our 2018 goals we must keep in mind to be practical. Life throws unexpected situations at us that we need to adjust to. The advice I’ve heard is to prioritize your goals, this way, when you’re stuck in a conundrum you know what achievements are a must and which ones can afford to fall through the cracks. Secondly, set your goal within a realistic time frame – you may not learn all the dialects of twi this year but you could in 3, 4, or 5 years so consider what you can do this year to achieve it. Lastly, set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time sensitive) goals. Consider making them so the goal isn’t so daunting. For example, I will read 3,650 pages of books for leisure in 2018. Instead, the goal can be: I will read 10 pages a day, every day in 2018. Same goal. Different perspective.

Don’t just “be yourself” – this is something I learned towards the end of the year, it really forced me to stop and think how many times I use “that’s just who I am” as an excuse to be complacent about my actions. A lot of the time I use my personality as an excuse for avoiding confrontation, staying in my comfort zone, overreacting, you name it. Whatever it is there’s an excuse

Be intentional with your relationships – Relationships take effort! Whether it be starting one or continuing one, time and commitment are required. Good news is that it’s not as burdensome as we think! If I want to spend more time with my family, I’ll join them as they watch the NBA finals instead of being cooped up in my room, or help my mom in the kitchen. I take time to plan dinner dates, annual friend brunches, or even do something productive with my friends. Even sending a funny text message regularly and asking for advice, and making FaceTime calls where you catch up. These are all simple and practical ways I found, I can be intentional with my relationships. I’d love to hear your ideas too!

This also includes deciding what relationships are worth keeping and what relationships you need to let go of. I’m not a huge fan of cutting people off and I’m not insinuating that we should. But I think we have to realize that certain relationships can’t withstand distance or busyness, etc. and if it doesn’t add value to your life at this point (or won’t in the long run) then we should allow it to naturally take its course.

Be committed – only commit if you’re dedicated to whatever you are doing. I have seen the value of deciding to do something and then have it come to fruition – very rewarding. But this only works if you have decided to keep your eye on the prize regardless of what obstacles you may face.

Be grateful – gratitude is a habit we should all adopt. In a world of “me, me, me, now, now, now” we become so entitled and unsatisfied. I have a gratitude journal where I write down three specific things I am grateful for each day. Sometimes I forget to do this so I set a reminder entitled “gratitude time” on my phone. It serves as a reminder to stop complaining and morning take a moment to be grateful for what God has given me. EVERYONE has something to be grateful for!

Seize opportunities – especially when you’re young! There are so many things that can be thrown our way that can change the course of our life! A way to apply this practically is by always asking -the worst you can get is a no!

Hone and own your skills –there are certain things that we are all good at -our God-given talents. There’s a reason you’re good at them. Channel that, refine it, and own it *snap*.

Find balance -life is more than exercise and food. That’s been something I’ve struggled with for years. I’m not allowing myself to be so restrictive or obsessive about those two things in particular and just allow myself to a live! I’m noticing how rich life can be when I seek to find balance between what I do, what I eat, who I am, and how I manage it all.

Share your struggle –All too often we feel like we are battling things alone, whether it be depression, anxiety, an eating disorder. If you have overcome something (or even are going through it) we should empower others by sharing how we’ve overcome and offer a shoulder to lean. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help, so many people are willing to support you, you just have to ask.

Be present -this is something I have a tough time doing. Time goes by so fast! Every moment counts and every moment should be appreciated.

Set an example -this is one of my resolutions this year. Strive to be the kind of person you want to grow up to be. 🙂

I would like to leave you all with a quote:

“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” –C.S. Lewis

Happy New Year!!!

LOVE

Jasmine

The Gift You’ve Been Given

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What’s the best Christmas present you’ve received? Was it a handmade sweater? That MacBook you begged your parents for? A loved one’s presence?  A pair of Beats headphones? A vacation?
So often when we’re asked this question we leave Jesus out of the picture. To a lot of us, His coming is comparable to that questionable gift we get from grandma every year -unwanted, unopened and underappreciated. But we should not treat it as such. It is imperative that we grasp the value of this gift; it is not something that we can afford to take lightly. Famous philosopher and atheist turned Christian, C.S. Lewis, summarizes this point very well:
“If Christianity is false, it is of no importance and if it is true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. ”

Accepting the Gift

Okay, so you see this gift under the tree. You think to yourself “I wonder what it is?”. So you shake the box, think of what it could potentially be, you inspect the wrapping, the tape, and even smell it. You feel like it’s something special but you decide to set it back down and leave it under the tree.

In order to fully receive a gift, we must accept it. We have to be humble enough to take something from someone else, especially something that we cannot obtain on our own. Of course, we have every right deny whatever is given to us but this is not a gift that we can afford to refuse. This gift that has been given to us will soon die on a cross to pay a penalty that we cannot afford.

Okay, let’s say you chose to accept the gift. Now what?

When we get a gift we appreciate, it’s not likely that we put it away and forget about it. Instead, we honor its value by taking the time to cherish it and use it as intended. When it comes to Jesus, so many of us neglect to meet with Him daily in prayer, honor Him with our actions and read His word. Immanuel means “God with us”, He came here to BE WITH YOU, all He asks is that you be with Him also… I encourage you to show your gratitude this Christmas by acknowledging the gift that has been so graciously given to you. I challenge you to start with the Christmas story (Matthew 1-2). Read it, internalize it and consider what Immanuel “God with us” means to you.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. -John 1:12

The best part about this gift is that we don’t have to wait until Christmas to open it.  It is a gift that brings eternal joy and should be shared and cherished.
So family, as we open our gifts today let us not forget about the one we have already been given.
Merry Christmas!!!
LOVE
Jasmine

White After Labor day: Fashion Faux Pas?

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Just to clarify, labor day is in September, marking the final days of summer and the beginning of fall.

Okay, so first off we need to address where this whole “don’t wear white after labor day” came from. Well, allow me to give you a bit of a history lesson.

This entire concept started in the 1800s where wearing white allowed for differentiation between classes. Those of a higher caliber would wear white during the summer months because the weather was poppin’ and the rich people enjoyed it by sipping their iced teas and taking part in leisure activities. On the contrary, those who worked for them would wear black because they were working away. When the cooler months rolled in, the “rich people” traditionally, would no longer wear white. However, there are practical implications of this faux pas. During this time of year, it starts to snow and typically, it’s not that thick beautiful white snow that just stays as is. It more often than not becomes very slushy, dirty, and gross -not really an incentive to wear white pants… 2017-11-14-PHOTO-00000068

Caught up in the midst of this fashion crisis I texted my friend who gave me well-founded fashion advice: “wear whatever you want” she said. So I did! I had bought these pants over the summer wanting to wear them but just never really had the opportunity as there were many other outfits that I also wanted to rock.

I must say, that I made it through most of the day without getting those pants dirty but then… In the evening after I hopped out of my friend’s car, I noticed dirt marks on the back of my pants 😦

So would I wear white pants after labor day again? Yes, but I would just be a bit more careful next time. As one of my friends likes to say “You gotta risk it to get the biscuit!” (Don’t I have wonderful friends?)

All in all, in fashion, rules are made to be broken so question the norms and don’t be afraid to push the boundaries a little 😉

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Outfit details:

Gloves and toque: Spring

Poncho: Topshop

T-shirt: H&M

Jeans: Levis

Booties: Softmoc

“Fashion is not about the price tag of the clothes, but the style of the one wearing them” -Gma ❤