The Beginning of Vitamin Ice Season

Last night I ventured to Oaks Centre Ice, to prepare for the River Rink to open next month.

When I arrived, I ran into the neighbours that live behind us. Their daughters have to be around 4 and 7 and they were learning how to skate. As we were lacing up our skates, it was nice to catch up.  As I was skating, I passed the youngest one a few times and she kept waving over to me, while saying, “hi neighbour! Look, I’m skating!” It made me so happy.

I also skated without holding on. I remembered my lessons back from March and that brought a smile to my face too. I can’t wait for Vitamin Ice season to be in full force.

The Joy of Soup: Kosher Olive Garden Zuppa Tuscana

A few weeks ago I made the kosher version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana. I love making soup in the crock pot now! It took about seven hours and it was easy.


1 lb. Kosher sausage
large onion, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 c. low-sodium chicken broth
large russet potatoes, diced
Swiss chard or kale
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 freshly grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to drain.
  2. Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. Stir in Swiss Chard or kale in the last 20 minutes of cooking in the crock pot. Add cream at this point too.
  4. Season with pepper, garnish with Parm, and serve.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

This week, 6-12 October, is Mental Illness Awareness Week. As I have stated before, I started this project for mental health reasons, and I would like to draw attention to what this week signifies.

While people are more opened to talking about mental illness and mental health, there is still stigma surrounding the issue. I don’t think this helps anyone and more discussion should be had.

I was listening to this TED talk the other week and I found truth to this:


I don’t know what the answer is or what the answers are, but hopefully the more people blog or talk about their stories, the more comfortable the collective society will be comfortable with sharing their stories. When we accept people as they are, beautiful things happen.