French Onion Soup

Hello guys! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love French onion soup! I used to order it at every restaurant and even got to try some in Paris;) It’s one of my favourite soups to eat in the winter since it’s so rich. Over the weekend I developed a delicious recipe for it that’s Vegan and uses healthy ingredients. It tastes AMAZING and is really easy to make. You just need to make sure that the onions get super caramelized to lend a good depth of flavour. Here’s the recipe!

French Onion Soup

Serves: 4

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the sliced onions and cook until soft, brown and caramelized. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
  2. Once the onions are cooked, add in the water, garlic, thyme, rosemary and soy sauce. Cook together for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot, and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Scoop into bowls and enjoy with sprouted grain bread for dipping!

I’m going to make this soup again when it starts to snow… it’s the perfect thing to curl up by the fire with! Have a great week everyone;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Happy Monday! As the year goes on, I’m starting to get less excited about school, and developing some serious cases of the Monday blues. Lucky for me, this Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread is the perfect cure! It’s healthy while still being perfectly decadent, and incorporates all of my favourite fall spices and flavours. It will also make your house smell very nice! Enjoy it wile reading a good book on a cold day;))

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

Serves: Makes 1 Loaf

Total Time: 140 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup + 2 tsp oat flour
  • 2 tsp + 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 5 tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chia seeds and water. Let sit for 15 minutes to form a chia “egg”.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the 1 1/4 cup of oat flour, spices (including the 2 tsp of cinnamon), and baking soda. Add in the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, vanilla and chia egg and mix well.
  4. Mix together the remaining oat flour, cinnamon and maple syrup in a separate bowl.
  5. Grease a standard loaf pan with coconut oil and pour the batter into it. Spoon the cinnamon, oat flour and maple mixture on top, and use a toothpick to swirl it throughout the bread. Place in the oven for two hours, and cool completely before serving.

Hope you like this recipe; see you next week!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

October Bullet Journal Set-Up with September Monthly Recap

Hi guys! I figured that it was about time to post my October bullet journal set-up, considering that it’s the last day of September;) My October theme is magic, but not Harry Potter style magic, more of a crystal ball, full moon kind of magic. I used two shades of purple, as well as metallic gold and silver gel pens for the magical sparkles that are scattered around the pages. I’m super glad with the way that this month turned out, especially because my calligraphy is on point! I also got to use a bunch of cute quotes about the future this month. Do you know how hard it is to find quotes about the ocean that are cute and not too long? Really hard! Also, drawing waves on every page last month was a little time consuming, even if it looked really pretty. Anyways, here’s my October set-up;)))

This is my monthly recap;)) I’m going to miss the blues!

This is my October title page! The focal point is the crystal ball, around which I drew some really cute magical doodles. I used a can of chickpeas to trace a perfect circle for the crystal ball- chickpeas are just awesome in every way! The gold, silver and purple work really nicely together on this page and my writing turned out great:)))

I messed up the order of the days on the calendar, so I had to black them out and rewrite them in silver. But it’s okay, it looks good that way! I decided not to include a blog planner this month, because I found I wasn’t using it. Although I did keep my goals section and write a good quote.

One thing that I haven’t changed this year is my habit tracker, and that’s because I just find it very easy to look at and use. However, I do like playing around with my mood trackers, and this month I used a crystal ball format. I’m also really into the look of drawing a border around my pages; I just think it lends something interesting to the spread.

Next, as per usual, is my gratitude log and quote page. Crystal balls are the focal point of both;) The future is bright, my friends!

Finally, here’s my first weekly spread of the month. I’ve actually never done a spread like this before, but I saw one like it on AmandaRachLee’s youtube channel, and so I thought I’d give it a try. It looks so good! And I love the amount of space that it gives me to plan my week!

That’s my set-up for October! It’s hard to believe that I only have three more months left with this journal. I’ve been loving the Leuchtturm 1917 journal because it has just the right amount of smooth, good sized pages, two book marks and a pocket in the back. Plus, it’s pretty reasonably priced. I think that I’m going to use another one of these next year as well. Have a good week you guys!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))))

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Hi guys! Now that fall has started I find myself craving warm, hearty dishes and hot tea, both to be enjoyed while reading of course! The recipe that I’m posting today is the epitome of comfort food; Shepherd’s Pie. I lightened it up a bit by not using any meat, and I also used sweet potatoes because I’m just obsessed with them! This dish definitely isn’t one that comes together in 20 minutes, but it doesn’t take hours to cook either, so it’s good for rainy days when all you feel like doing is staying home and eating good food. Hope you like it!

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Serves: 2-3

Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 a white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup from corn
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tbs of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion, garlic, zucchini, carrot, and celery and cook until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add in the chilli flakes, 1 tsp of ground thyme, basil and paprika and cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Put the peas, corn, tomato paste, and water into the pot and stir. Let the mixture cook until the veggies are soft and most of the water has boiled off, creating a stew like texture. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Dump the vegetable mixture into a small loaf pan. Steam the cut up sweet potatoes for about 10-15 minutes, or until soft. Mash them in a bowl with the 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of ground thyme and 1 tsp of rosemary.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes in an even layer on top of the veggie mixture. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly browned. Remove and enjoy!

This pie also makes great leftovers. Guess what I’m eating for lunch tomorrow? I can’t wait!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

My Fall Reading List

Hello;)) As the weather starts getting cooler, I’m sure that we’re all feeling more inclined to snuggle under a pile of blankets and pick up a good book. I don’t know which I like better- reading while sun tanning or reading next to a fire while it’s raining outside? Today I have the list of three books that I’d like to read this fall. Sadly with school starting I find that I only have time to read before bed, but hopefully these are the kind of books that make you put everything else aside in order to devour them. I hope that this list give you a little bit of reading inspiration;)

My Fall Reading List

Five Dark Fates

This is the last book in the Three Dark Queens series, which I started reading a little while ago. The first book centers around triplets who must fight to the death in order to claim the throne. It’s a pretty good series if you’re into fantasy books and political scheming, and I’m excited to finish it off.

House of Salt and Sorrows

This novel is a play on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but with a dark twist. Annaleigh lives with her father, stepmother, and eleven sisters. When four of her sisters die due to tragic accidents, she starts trying to unravel the “curse” that has fallen on her family. The other girls have been sneaking off every night to dance at fancy balls, and she doesn’t know whether that has a connection to the deaths. This book has great reviews and I hope that it’s a winner.

The Book Thief

I’m excited to read this one because I think that it’s a classic. During WWII, a girl named Liesel is taken in by a foster family and soon falls in love with reading. She begins saving books from Nazi book-burnings, and, when her family shelters a Jew, sharing them with him. This should be both an intense and interesting read.

So yeah, I’m going to break out my Chapter’s gift cards and start crushing these novels! Hope you had a good weekend and I’ll see you Wednesday.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))