Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

Guess who’s back… back again…

Oh man, I feel like this happens a lot, but possibly this is just my perception of it. The get going, the break and the revival. I hate the revival. It’s taken a while to pick it back up again if I’m being honest, my “in-my-head” got the better of me, and convinced me that not re-starting again was better than re-starting AAAGGGAAIINN. Yaknow what I mean?

But it’s not.

So here I am.

Again.

Life took a turn for us a while back, when we got word that our home was going up for sale… again. House number two. In a row.

The rental scene in the Okanagan for families was nearly non-existent at the time… in that vacancies rates were less than 1%. Even worse for dwellings with 3 or more bedrooms that also accepted pets, which were less than few and far between. The ones that were available were so incredibly unaffordable families were having to find other families to live with in order to pay rent. To add salt to the metaphorical wound, the amount of people looking for rentals far out numbered the amount of rentals available, so you might be 1 in literally 100’s of other people wanting that same rental. On rental forums in the area were only ever ISO posts and posts of stories of young families forced to live in tents or shelters, forced to leave the lives they’d built, forced to give up their family pets, some forced to give up their children. It was the most discouraged, painfully hopeless and scared I have been in a very long time.

Long story not-short (because my stories are neeevveer short), Jeff and I made the decision that we were NOT going to go through this again. We needed out of the rental “game”. like. yesterday. With the help of family, our governments HOME partnership program and lots of luck, sacrifices, prayer and hard work, we managed to make a plan to buy.

With sheer luck Jeff found an opening for a job in his same field of work in a small town in an area of BC that also happened to have affordable housing prices, and we even got an accepted offer on a home.

Using the HOME partnership program added a lot of extra steps to our journey, a lot of stress, a lot of uncertainty if it would even work, and then added to that was the wrench of having to back out of our first offer at the last moment and start from scratch.

By then we had already given our notice to leave our rental, and now we had less than 30 days and no place to call home.

With much stress, once again we started the process, found a house, made an offer, and got the ball rolling with the partnership program. Many hiccups, lots of re-doing paper work, a lot of packing, moving, storage units, and an elongated visit with Grandma and Grandpa, we had a home.

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Between June and the middle of November we went from renting in the Okanagan with next to no money, and not a hope in our hearts that we would even be able to buy, to owning in the Kootenays. Since then we have been spending our time un-packing and settling into life.

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In the back ground I was also working on finishing my course in Sports & Fitness Nutrition and beginning on my course in Vegetarian Nutrition. On top of that came all the normal being a human, being the wife to a human, and being a parent to tiny humans as well as trying to keep it all together.

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So here I am, back again, again. Ready to settle into life and embrace this new year in our new home, in our new home town, a real new start and Sweat & Cinnamon will continue as it always was, a place for love of food and activity and life.

Stay tuned!

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Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Hack

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Hack

If you follow Sweat & Cinnamon on Instagram you may have seen posts the other night of some delicious pancakes we had for breakfast-dinner, with blueberries and “coconut milk whipped cream”. Now this is something that I happened to figure out by absolute total accident. I am alsoΒ sure this is nothing new, and were I to Google “coconut milk whipped cream” I might likely find heaps of recipes for it, BUT OH WELL.

It aaaalllll happened when I had opened a can of coconut milk for a dish I was making and, having not used the entire can for this particular recipe, I put the left over milk in a container to store in the fridge. Well what’da’ya know, when I went to use it the next day, it had a veryΒ  “whipped-creamy” like texture and BAM. That’s it.

So here, with likely my easiest recipe ever, I give you an actual-no-whipping-totally-dairy-free-delicious-whipped-cream hack.

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

What you’ll need

  • 1 can of coconut milk (**MUST be real coconut milk without separating agents and/or aΒ long list of extra ingredients, or this recipeΒ will not work.)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (or your choice of non-liquid sweetener.)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need to do

Open can.

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To give you an idea of the ingredient list you are looking for.

Pour can into bowl.

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Because coconut naturally separates it SHOULD come out of the can funky looking. The “solid” part will likely be on top with the liquid at the bottom. You WANT it to look this way.

Add vanilla and sugar, and stir.

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Chill for a good couple of hours.

TIP: If you like your whipped cream thicker then, whilst in the “pour into bowl step”, simply add about half of the amount of liquid from the bottom of the can!

Enjoy!

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