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March 2021 Reading List

Hi friends! I’m doing pretty good with my 2021 Reading Challenge so far and I’m loving all of the books that I’ve selected🥰 If you haven’t checked out my challenge yet, be sure to do so because it’s my favourite way to keep expanding my reading horizons!

Unfortunately I didn’t finish all of the books I wanted to in February- I’m still working on The Light Between Oceans which I like a lot! You can check out a short summary for that one in my February 2021 Reading List. It’s set in Australia, which is how it fits into my reading challenge.

So after I finished The Light Between Oceans I will endeavour to finish both the books on my reading list this month, because I want to eventually have time to read Game of Thrones😂

The books on this list are also a part of my challenge, and both look really good! One is a kind of an adult fantasy novel written by a teen fantasy novelist, and the other is translated from Arabic. So we’ve got an interesting selection going on. I can’t wait to read these! Hope you gather some good reading ideas- and if you ever want more take a peek at the “Books” tab on my site! This is where I keep all of my reading lists and book related posts.

Ninth House

This novel is written by Leigh Bardugo, who also wrote the Shadow and Bone series which I read the first book of and thought it was decent but not amazing, and also the Six of Crows duo-logy, which I LOVED. Those books were more in the Teen category, but this novel was in the adult section so I’m curious to see how her writing will be different. Ninth House follows the story of Alex, a high school drop out who finds herself in a hospital bed after being involved in a multiple homicide. When she’s offered a full ride at Yale university, she finds herself looking for the catch- and is soon given the task of keeping tabs on Yale’s secret societies and their sinister activities by her mysterious benefactors. Stephen King said this was the best fantasy novel he’s read in years, so we’ll see how it goes! It has a map in it so that’s how it fits into my challenge.

Women of Sand and Myrrh

I’m a bit conflicted about this book because I was doing research on books translated from Arabic, and just kind of went with this one. Later I was looking at more books and saw that this isn’t the author’s most acclaimed or best work, and there was another one by her that looked more interesting. But this one was already shipping and I couldn’t return it so we’re going to give it a try! Women of Sand and Myrrh is written by Hanan al-Shaykh, who is one of the most prolific contemporary female Arabic writers. That was a mouthful. It features four very different women who are each facing the oppression of an unnamed desert state, and how they deal with it. Looking into it more I found that it does deal with some sexuality, so I’m hoping it’s not super explicit, but I will definitely let you guys know how it reads!

I’m going to go hard this month and get these books done! Make sure you’re following my Instagram @mydayisbooked_blog for book updates.

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise

What’s this?!? A savoury breakfast?!?! It’s true, this weekend I thought I’d shake it up a bit and ditch my usual oats or yogurt for this GORGEOUS Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise. And I’m glad I tried it out because it was delish. (I did have a yogurt bowl later in the day to make up for it though. Let’s not get too crazy).

Eggs Benedict is pretty tasty- usually you’ve got a perfectly poached egg, a toasty English muffin, and some Hollandaise sauce, which can be a bit rich. So today we’re lightens up the whole thing by making an AVOCADO Hollandaise because avocados are awesome and versatile like that✌️ All you need is avocado, some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. And some water. That’s it baby. Then everything gets mixed up and your “Hollandaise” is ready to smother an amazing egg and a nice piece of whole grain/sprouted wheat toast.

Poaching eggs is actually really easy; there are just a few simple steps to follow:

  1. Bring a deep pan full of water to a boil.
  2. Add in 2 tbsp of vinegar.
  3. Turn the heat down so that the water is at a heavy simmer. Crack your egg into a small bowl and then carefully add it to the water.
  4. Let the egg patch for 4 minutes.
  5. Scoop out gently with a slotted spoon!

Not too bad! The vinegar in the water adds a bit of seasoning and helps the egg whites firm up faster so they don’t go all over the place in the water. But yeah, if that sounds easy, that’s the hardest part of this whole shebang.

When to enjoy this recipe? Um, pretty much whenever because it’s so easy and SO GOOD. But it works very well for brunch, weekend breakfasts, a fun lunch, or even a breakfast for dinner situation. I love how the bright lemon works with the rich yolk and you can mop everything up with the toast- so good!

Hope you enjoy this rare savoury breakfast sighting! Have a great week:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise

Ingredients

-2 eggs

-1-2 slices of whole grain or sprouted wheat bread, toasted

-1/4 of an avocado

-3 tsp lemon juice

-10-12 tsp water

-1/4 tsp paprika

-Salt and pepper to taste


Directions

1.Poach the eggs according to the steps above and set aside on a plate with a paper towel on it.

2.In a small bowl, mash the avocado until little to no lumps remain. Stir in the lemon juice, water, paprika and salt and pepper. Alternatively, you may blend thses ingredients together in a blender.

3.Place one egg on each piece of toast (or both on one, you do you) and cover with the “hollandaise” sauce. Enjoy!


March 2021 Bullet Journal Set-Up

I’m so excited to share this set-up! Last month I was not feeling inspired AT ALL and my Paris theme was definitely not one of my favourites. I might have to re-do it when I’m full of some more ideas. Throughout the month though, I kept going and made super simple spreads so that I could still plan out what I needed to get done.

This month I felt some of my creativity come back and had a great theme idea that was quick and easy to do- Avocados! They’re so cute and easy to draw (and also delicious), plus they’re green so it goes well for the month of March. I think the key for me moving forward is going to be keeping my themes and spreads simple but fun, so they keep me interested in bullet journaling! When I do complicated themes I feel like I have to spend hours in order to make my spreads look good, which isn’t great when I don’t have a lot of time, and can also get boring quickly.

Speaking of simplicity, I’ve also scaled my monthly recaps way back this year. Last year I did a full out scrapbook-y collage at the end of each month, with photos and quotes and a whole bunch of decorative elements. They were fun to make, but it did take a while and this year I feel like I have less time and don’t really feel like doing it. So instead I’ve just been simply writing out the name of the month in the middle of the page, throwing in a border and maybe some doodles, and just journaling at the end of the month.

Journaling is something that I want to do more of this year, so that I’m more aware of how I’m feeling and can organize my thoughts!

I absolutely love this March theme and I did some pretty cool things this month that I might continue to do for the rest of the year! The colours and doodles and fonts all work so well together, and looking at it makes me happy, which is always the goal:) Hope you enjoy!

My title page is SO cute:) I love the quote that I did and it’s so true; you can’t make everyone happy! Now let’s talk about the opposite page because I did some cool things. I cut each page this month at a different width, and then coloured in the edge, so that from the title page it looks like a bunch of little tabs that you can flip to! It turned out so well and I’m definitely thinking of doing this every month from now on. Because of this, my title page is definitely a bit smaller because of this, but I didn’t mind because I was keeping things simple anyways. This month I used my light green Zebra fineliner, my pale brown Zebra fineliner, both a dark green and a yellow Crayola SuperTip, my black fineliners and also my white gel pen.

Here we have my monthly dashboard spread, where I have a little calendar, and space to write everything that’s going on for the month. I find that I don’t use this spread a whole ton, so making it smaller was A-OK. I did give myself lots of space to goal set and write some intentions for the month down though! On the side of the right page I drew some more avocados:)

Next we’ve got my mood, habit, and productivity trackers! The pages were still a bit skinny because of my tab-making, so I oriented my trackers vertically this month. I’ll fill in the squares when I complete a certain habit, and do a little line graph for my mood and productivity. I included a couple of avocados in the bottom corners, and on the side I have a quote that says ” ‘Avo Good Day”. Love it! The colours and simple, mono-line cursive font look so nice.

This spread is so pretty! In the middle I did a horizontal strip of avocados and some polka dots, and then wrote the title of the page on top of that background. Then I numbered off the days on the side. One page is for my gratitude log, and the other is for planning blog posts!

And finally, my first weekly spread! Kept it simple with an avocado doodle for each day, a to-do section, and a great quote. Lots of room for planning, and it looks great too:) These are the kinds of spreads that I need more of!

Can’t wait to come up with some more weekly spreads for this theme- who knew there were so many good avocado quotes out there? Have fun setting up your own March spreads!:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Red Pepper Savoury Oats

Hey guys! I’ve made savoury oats before and honestly they weren’t very good- just sort of bland and blah. But I got some inspiration from Grace, @_thefreshavocado on Instagram, to make these delicious Red Pepper Savoury Oats!

These oats are definitely like risotto, but healthier, faster, and easier to make. Some red pepper hummus and an egg white makes them SUPER creamy, and of course they start with some sautéed garlic and onion, because that’s how all good things begin😍

I started by cooking up those onions and some chopped garlic, as well as thinly sliced red pepper. As soon as those get nice and soft and caramelized, the oats go in with equal parts water and almond milk for some extra creaminess. The egg white, hummus, and lots of salt and pepper get stirred in as well, and you’re going to simmer until your oats are cooked through but still creamy.

I used some quick-cooking steel cut oats for this recipe, which were perfect! They took around seven minutes until they were ready. But if all you have are quick oats or rolled oats, adjust the cooking time accordingly and this recipe will still be delicious:)

Enjoy these oats as a side, as a vessel for more veggies or some chicken or shrimp, or as a delicious savoury breakfast with a runny egg on top! They have so much flavour and the texture is everything🥰 Enjoy!

Red Pepper Savoury Oats

  • Servings: 1-2
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Ingredients

-1/4 cup quick cooking steel cut oats

-1/4 of a red bell pepper, thinly sliced

-1/4 of a yellow onion, thinly sliced

-1/2 a tomato, diced

-1 clove of garlic, minced

-1 tsp olive oil

-1/4 cup water

-1/4 cup almond milk (plus more as needed)

-1 egg white

-1 tbsp red pepper hummus

-Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions

1. In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion, pepper, tomato and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent and the pepper is soft, about 7 minutes.

2. Add in the oats, almond milk, water, hummus, egg white and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook, continuing to stir until the oats are cooked through but still creamy, adding more almond milk as needed.

3. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy warm!


Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

Hi friends:) I don’t know why but this week has felt way more hectic than usual, and so I’ve been making overnight oats for the first time in a while- they’re SO helpful.

There was a time when I had overnight oats every single day for breakfast, and honestly I can see why😂 Actually I definitely used to go through breakfast “phases”, like for I would say almost a year I had Greek yogurt with a banana and peanut butter for breakfast every day; I had an overnight oat phase, last summer it was smoothie bowls and now I’m into some oats with Greek yogurt in the side. I do try and switch up my breakfasts more now though because there are so many delicious options and I want to get to eat them all😋

Anyways, overnight oats are super tasty and make the perfect grab and go breakfast. Usually I eat my breakfasts in the car, so with these I can just take em out of the fridge, bring a spoon and I’m good to go. I use this cute mason jar which had a wide top so I can get my spoon in there, and it fits in my school bag nicely after as well! I for sure recommend using a jar because it’s easy to grab and take with you in the mornings, but a small Tupperware container or even a bowl with plastic wrap over it will work too.

Pretty much all you’ve gotta do to make these delicious oaties is mix all of the ingredients in your container, and then let them sit overnight! For these blueberry and mango ones I started by mashing half of a banana in my jar. I then added my oats, some Greek yogurt, the mango and blueberries, and some almond milk. The mason jar lid got screwed on and I shook that baby so that everything got mixed together! The next morning I took my jar out of the fridge, added a few more fruits and some peanut butter, and I was good to go. You can save even more time by adding your toppings in the night before.

I absolutely LOVE the yogurt in these oats- it makes them so creamy and adds a ton of amazing protein. Then you’ve got those fruits, and the mashed banana for sweetness, and everything’s just👌. So good!

Hope you enjoy this easy and tasty recipe! Definitely going to be taking advantage of these more and coming up with some new great flavour combos🥰

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

Blueberry Mango Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
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Ingredients

-1/2 a ripe banana

-1/3 cup quick cooking oats

-3/4 cup Greek Yogurt (use any % you’d like)

-1/4 cup almond milk

-1/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped mango

-1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

-Additional fruit and/or nut butter for topping (optional)


Directions

1. In a mason jar, Tupperware container, or small bowl, mash the banana and stir in all of the other ingredients.

2. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

3. In the morning, remove the cover and add your toppings of choice, or grab your container and eat as is.