January 2018 Favourites

PHEW! Snuck this in right before it's time to post February Favourites :)

This month I made butternut squash mac and cheese for the first time and it was SO GOOD. I made a healthier version than most of the ones I could find online and it was still so delicious without any of the unhealthy ingredients (which was great for when I ate half the dish and didn't feel sick after haha). I love feeling great after I eat my meals, so leaving out the (vegan) butter, large amount of oil, and processed vegan cheese was a no-brainer for me.

It's so simple to make - roast the squash and then add it to a blender with some almond milk, nutritional yeast and a couple other spices. Pour the sauce over cooked macaroni noodles, top with breadcrumbs and bake! I posted the recipe here earlier this month. 

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HANDS DOWN my favourite thing that I currently own, is my Matt & Nat backpack. I'd been looking for a new bag that could fit my laptop in, so I could stop killing my back walking to work each day with my old one shoulder bag. I cannot BELIEVE the difference that a backpack makes - I know, I know, our parents have been telling us this for years... but now there are cute ones!! 

You can learn more about Matt & Nat here, but the coles-notes version is that they're a company in Montreal that only sell ethically made vegan leather products. 

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I read The Handmaid's Tale a few months ago and LOVED it, so for Christmas my dad got me Alias Grace, also by Margaret Atwood. It's based on a true story of a Toronto murderer in 1843, and it's amazing -it's definitely one of my favourite books!

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In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?
— Alias Grace