Aroma Acres

Aroma Acres Giving new life to an old dairy farm ...with Lavender! #PurpleIsTheNewBlackAndWhite

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Never forget how incredible nature is.Never forget that you are part of the same beauty.Happy Earth Day!
04/22/2021

Never forget how incredible nature is.
Never forget that you are part of the same beauty.

Happy Earth Day!

Never forget how incredible nature is.
Never forget that you are part of the same beauty.

Happy Earth Day!

Spring vibes have officially arrived here at the farm with the delivery of these little chicks! Our four-year-old has be...
03/31/2021

Spring vibes have officially arrived here at the farm with the delivery of these little chicks!

Our four-year-old has become mother hen. They cozy right up to her as soon as she reaches her hand in with them. ๐Ÿฅ

#ChickenAdventures #AAchickenAdventures #BabyChicks #SignsofSpring #SpringVibes

Moving during a pandemic means meeting the neighbours isn't really a thing. So when I tapped the Walnut trees this sprin...
03/24/2021

Moving during a pandemic means meeting the neighbours isn't really a thing. So when I tapped the Walnut trees this spring it felt like a crazy first impression.

"She's taping the walnut trees?!?"

If that wasn't enough, I started by tapping the north side of the tree. In my head I thought "Wow walnut trees must be really hardwood" but later realized it was still frozen on that side. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Will it be edible? Will it be worth the work? #WalnutSyrupStory

Moving during a pandemic means meeting the neighbours isn't really a thing. So when I tapped the Walnut trees this spring it felt like a crazy first impression.

"She's taping the walnut trees?!?"

If that wasn't enough, I started by tapping the north side of the tree. In my head I thought "Wow walnut trees must be really hardwood" but later realized it was still frozen on that side. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Will it be edible? Will it be worth the work? #WalnutSyrupStory

Years ago my husband asked my Mom for her hollandaise recipe to surprise me for Mother's Day, and now the tradition cont...
05/26/2020

Years ago my husband asked my Mom for her hollandaise recipe to surprise me for Mother's Day, and now the tradition continues for any occasion really. Like umm Tuesday in quarantine?

This spread features (from the bottom up):
- Sourdough English muffins (both glutenous and the first attempt at gluten-free)
- Sauteed @lorhill.farm spinach and eggs
- hollandaise is just egg yolks, butter (grass-fed @thornloecheese) and apple cider vinegar
- topping it off with our new radish microgreens!

Trying to eat more and more local food has me switching out ACV for lemon juice as much as possible. I started making my own with scraps from the crazy about of apples we are going through these days. I'm curious, have you made your own apple cider vinegar?

This photo does not do this meal justice so you are just going to have to take my word for it. @msrachelhollis mentioned...
05/21/2020

This photo does not do this meal justice so you are just going to have to take my word for it. @msrachelhollis mentioned this combination and it did not disappoint. Easy, delicious and nutritious!

Tuna Salad with pistachios, it's really that simple but I'll spell it out below โฌ‡

- @lorhill.farm kale, which is like baby kale SO good!
- creamy h**p heart salad dressing (Comment if you want the recipe)
- Tuna Salad(tuna, mayo, celery, ACV and salt)
- @AromaAcres pea shoots
- pistachios

Kiddo tip: always de-shell pistachios before calling little ones to the table, no one needs that extra stress when everyone is hangry ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ™‰

Sunday sandwich board started from my need for a break in the kitchen, a need for a simple meal. To my surprise it has b...
05/03/2020

Sunday sandwich board started from my need for a break in the kitchen, a need for a simple meal. To my surprise it has become a tradition that the whole family looks forward to!

Today's board featured:
- sourdough bread
- gluten free sourdough (recipe from @meghantelpner )
- egg salad
- @thornloecheese butter
- Kountry Kitchen pickles
- and of course Aroma Acres broccoli micros and sunflower shoots

Let's talk microgreen storage. To keep your microgreens fresh they need an airtight container and prefer to stay in the ...
04/24/2020

Let's talk microgreen storage. To keep your microgreens fresh they need an airtight container and prefer to stay in the fridge. Washing adds moisture, which reduces the shelf life, so wash right before you plan to eat for optimal freshness!

Note: These clear containers are recyclable and compostable in commercial compost facilities, unfortunately not designed for composting in your backyard pile.
Microgreens need an airtight container to stay fresh which is challenging when also striving for sustainability. This is a good choice, but we are always looking for better ways. We look forward to the day when we can accept BYOC or provide jar options.

Watching the natural world this time of year is a series of releasing expectations. Doing what we can when the moment al...
04/23/2020

Watching the natural world this time of year is a series of releasing expectations. Doing what we can when the moment allows, then stepping back again to let the natural world work again.

We hoped to build our community - much like we are building our farm - the way nature intended. To us, that means in-person, face-to-face. I am learning, from spring, to release expectations. For obvious reasons, face-to-face is postponed however we are excited to introduce our Virtual Farm Stand aka our website! You can now purchase fresh microgreens online and we will deliver it once a week right to your doorstep.

PLUS for our launch, we are offering FREE delivery when you purchase three items.

And we would love to wave ๐Ÿ‘‹ - from a distance - when we deliver contact-free to your doorstep.

https://aromaacres.ca/collections/farmstand

This meal has quickly become a go-to meal in our house!Baked sweet potato "bun" with @poultry_place chicken breakfast sa...
04/23/2020

This meal has quickly become a go-to meal in our house!

Baked sweet potato "bun" with @poultry_place chicken breakfast sausage, covered with chilli and our broccoli microgreens.

03/21/2020

When life gives you lemons, go back to the basics of homemade bread!

I can't think of a better time to start making your own bread ๐Ÿž, another thing you don't have to go out for and nothing beats the aroma ๐Ÿ˜‰ of fresh-baked bread.

I felt like trying some different flavour today so I added ๐Ÿ‹ zest and lavender. A subtle flavour boost and it was a huge hit in our house!

Full recipe on the website, if you are local and interested in a sourdough starter I could arrange a doorstep dropoff. Just message me!

2020 is my year for failure! That's right, I am going into this year anticipating and even looking for opportunities to ...
01/07/2020

2020 is my year for failure! That's right, I am going into this year anticipating and even looking for opportunities to FAIL (including, but not limited to, dancing lessons).

I am letting go of the negativity that is associated with failure and on the hunt for the lessons, and maybe even reasons to laugh about it? We will see! With this perspective, I can't wait to see what unfolds as a result of #FailingForward.

On that note...this beautiful photo of our lavender field is actually a reminder of my first failed attempt to be a farmer. Most of our field didn't make it through the first winter so we will be planting again come spring.

A few inspirational podcasts that helped spark this perspective shift...
- @ultimatehealthpodcast episode 321 with @neilpasricha
- The Rise Podcast episode 120 with @msrachelhollis and @michellepoler

I couldn't help myself ๐Ÿ™ˆ this lil pumpkin is 6 months old and I just can't get enough of those rolls! I made pumpkin cho...
10/10/2019

I couldn't help myself ๐Ÿ™ˆ this lil pumpkin is 6 months old and I just can't get enough of those rolls!
I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, specifically for a #6MonthsOld photoshoot and burnt them! Freezer muffins to the rescue! The giant batch of Sunshine Muffins from Fraiche Food Full Hearts might be my new favourite muffin recipe.
To make them #GlutenFree I substituted the wheat flour for 1 1/2 cups cassava flour, 1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour and 1/2 cup coconut flour.

I wanted to order take out SO bad tonight. After a long day of laundry and packing, takeout seemed like the only option....
08/21/2019

I wanted to order take out SO bad tonight. After a long day of laundry and packing, takeout seemed like the only option. However I have a long list of foods I'm taking a break from right now #AutoimmuneStruggles

I whipped this together in 15 minutes(plus bake time), while my two year old washed dishes(aka made a giant mess in my kitchen) and my 4 month old screamed. #RealFoodIsPossible

Fresh lettuce and pea shoots from @cowanscommunityfresh , fresh ๐Ÿ’ (pitting and cutting these took the longest but so worth it!), ๐Ÿฅ‘ And cucumber๐Ÿฅ’. Topped with roasted chickpeas and a maple mustard dressing.

Fun fact, my two year old will eat salad if she sees ๐Ÿ‘€ me put maple syrup on #ParentingWin

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is RELAX.Spring is here! I am beyond happy about this but the list of tas...
04/08/2019

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is RELAX.

Spring is here! I am beyond happy about this but the list of tasks is growing faster than I can complete it. It's easy to get caught up in this, so this is a reminder that I need.

Also a life update...

Along with the excitement of the new season, I am also pregnant. Tomorrow is my due date and I am so ready to hold this baby in my arms!

On a sad note, my Mom passed away suddenly earlier this year. So the list of things that need to be done are endless. Lately I have found myself at my Dad's house trying to help him sort and get through his endless list.

Long story short, I want to be productive and get everything done but my body is screaming for me to RELAX.

So take some time today to listen to what your body needs. ๐Ÿ’œ

#QuoteOfTheDay #RelaxQuotes #HelpMeImSOPregnant #MindfullnessQuotes #AromaAcres #GoodVibesOnly #HolisticHealth #LiveInTheMoment #IntentionalLiving

I am oh so grateful for my job! I have a full-time job that has supported me everyday and also through many life events....
11/28/2018

I am oh so grateful for my job! I have a full-time job that has supported me everyday and also through many life events. My job had lead me to some of my best friendships. My job has challenged me and helped me grow as an individual. While I crave working outdoors, hence the plans to me to a farm, working in an office has opened so many doors for me. I really love my day job!

#amonthofgratitude #ILOVEmyJob

P.s. Sorry for the break in posts! Trying to find a balance is my biggest challenge these day. Full-time job + Mom (to a 2 year-old and expecting #2). How in the world do you find balance? Always looking for tips, so please share!

#mompreneur #sidehustle

I am oh so grateful for food, but to be honest I havenโ€™t always have a good relationship with food. I am currently focus...
11/19/2018

I am oh so grateful for food, but to be honest I havenโ€™t always have a good relationship with food. I am currently focusing on listening to my body. Learning what types of food fuel my body and which ones really make it crash. Sounds simple, when I write it out, but there are so many factors. Learning to find life-giving recipes to really heal my body.

I was inspired by the leeks and squash in my Loft Box as well as how simple this recipe is from Joyous Health I followed the recipe but added a cup of chicken broth for the added health benefits and because it was a little too thick for me without it. It was EXACTLY what my body was craving!

What foods entice and inspire you? What is your body crazing today?

https://www.joyoushealth.com/26677-blog-leek-squash-soup

This past year I have grown so much, I have a new perspective and very specific goals and values. We have drastically re...
11/16/2018

This past year I have grown so much, I have a new perspective and very specific goals and values. We have drastically reduced the items and things in our lives, moving towards a more meaningful life EVERYDAY. This is a process but I am beyond happy about the results so far.

A good example is our kitchen. We each have ONE plate, ONE bowl, ONE fork, ONE knife, ONE spoon, ONE cupโ€ฆ for each member of our family. This was one of the first things we changed and it has made a huge impact on our everyday life. We do dishes frequently but it doesnโ€™t take long and it is not possible for dishes to pile up.

#Gratitude30 #PositivelyPresent #MinimalStuff #Minimalism #MeaningfulLife #IntentionalLiving

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DAY 16: NOVELTY
New things and experiences are exciting! What's been added to your life over the past year? What's changed since last November? Do you have new friends, new experiences, new mindsets? If you're struggling with this prompt, go out and do something new today!

I am so grateful to have an abundance of clothing, and even more grateful for Christina at wearouthere.ca, who was able ...
11/15/2018

I am so grateful to have an abundance of clothing, and even more grateful for Christina at wearouthere.ca, who was able to help me narrow down my style. And give me the knowledge and tools I needed to build my wardrobe to be something that I finally feel comfortable in. Rather than another burden or wall holding me back from reaching my greatest potential. I have a few pieces on my wishlist in order to get me to a wardrobe that I LOVE but I am finally on the right path thanks to Christina.

I am far from a fashionista, in fact I am not a fan of fashion or specifically staying on trend, is just not a priority in my life. Grateful to have come to that conclusion FINALLY, after spending years trying to keep up. Now I focus on functional, practical and ethical choices that help me go from the office right to the park, and live my life with my core values.

#WearOutThere #Gratitude30 #PositivelyPresent #ethicalclothing #MadeInCanada #IntentionalLiving

Routine is oh so important in our household, it keeps me sane. I am, however, also grateful to break free of the routine...
11/14/2018

Routine is oh so important in our household, it keeps me sane. I am, however, also grateful to break free of the routine every once and awhile (flexibility is key with a toddler).

One new positive routine a friend just shared with me, is to pray while brushing my teeth. What a great idea!

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30

Art inspires me, and I especially love art that connects me to nature. I have the pleasure of enjoying this beautiful pi...
11/14/2018

Art inspires me, and I especially love art that connects me to nature. I have the pleasure of enjoying this beautiful piece of art everyday. Made by www.sarahclarke.ca It connects me to a friend, I wish I could see more often, and inspires me in many different ways.

How has art positively impacted your life?

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30

The best things happen when you are both excited and scared, aka outside your comfort zone. What's your favourite peice ...
11/14/2018

The best things happen when you are both excited and scared, aka outside your comfort zone.

What's your favourite peice of advice? #Day12 #PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30

Today I am grateful for the gift of freedom.#amonthofgratitude #PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30
11/11/2018

Today I am grateful for the gift of freedom.

#amonthofgratitude #PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30

Day 10 is about music. I've never been particular about my choice in music but love to have some background music, usual...
11/11/2018

Day 10 is about music. I've never been particular about my choice in music but love to have some background music, usually country music. I am so grateful for music these days with a toddler, we listen to music frequently. It is a source of entertainment for her while I cook as well as the thing that brings us together for a family kitchen dance party!

What kind of music do you enjoy? What song is your favorite right now?

Oh laughter, is the best. I am grateful to be surrounded by so many people who make me laugh. And clearly I get my uncon...
11/09/2018

Oh laughter, is the best. I am grateful to be surrounded by so many people who make me laugh. And clearly I get my uncontrollable laughter from my Mom! #NeverStopLaughing

What makes you laugh?

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #amonthofgratitude

It's harder to love the weather this time of year. I mean, it would be hard to love anyone if they are throwing hail or ...
11/08/2018

It's harder to love the weather this time of year. I mean, it would be hard to love anyone if they are throwing hail or spitting at you and in the dark on top of it! Haha Yesterday I had the day off from my 9-5 job and spent it digging out dahlia tubers. So very connected to nature and although at one point it was raining and hailing, I enjoyed the break from desk life. So grateful for the time.

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #amonthofgratitude

Day seven is about memories. As we gear up for the holiday season, I have been thinking about the days I spent working a...
11/07/2018

Day seven is about memories. As we gear up for the holiday season, I have been thinking about the days I spent working at my Auntโ€™s flower shop. I worked with a-lot of wonderful people and I specifically remember during the holiday season, while crazy busy, it was one of the few times we all got to work together.

JOY - A short, simple and sweet word. Joy is a word that even saying it makes me feel better. I love the word JOY! Here ...
11/06/2018

JOY - A short, simple and sweet word. Joy is a word that even saying it makes me feel better. I love the word JOY!

Here is a link to one of my favourite podcast shows, this episode specifically talks about the Joy Of Missing Out.

https://ultimatehealthpodcast.com/greg-mckeown

Laughter is pure happiness.  #PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #amonthofgratitude
11/05/2018

Laughter is pure happiness.

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #amonthofgratitude

I love the colour purple, it may have influenced my decision to start a #LavenderFarm. Purple to me is bold, yet calming...
11/05/2018

I love the colour purple, it may have influenced my decision to start a #LavenderFarm. Purple to me is bold, yet calming. Purple flowers in the wild stand out against the green background and are often inspiring. This photo is from our first ever harvest of lavender, there is so much hope and inspiration found in this photo.

How do you feel about color? What colors inspire feelings of happiness?

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #amonthofgratitude

https://www.aromaacres.ca/blog/2018/4/3/a-crazy-idea

11/05/2018

How do you share LOVE in your life?

Well here it is again...FOOD! My dad has always been the chef in our family and I didnโ€™t realize it until adulthood but this is 100% how he shares his love. I 100% follow in his footsteps. For my husbands birthday, I will spend a full day baking the perfect cake, making his favourite meal, or making a unique snack to sneak in his lunch box. Luckily my husband loves to eat, just as much as I love to cook!

How do you share love in your life? How do you accept it? How does it make you feel when you think of the word "love"?

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #Day3

Food is often my inspiration. Maybe it's because I am pregnant, you might find a trend in this 30 day challenge haha, bu...
11/03/2018
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Food is often my inspiration. Maybe it's because I am pregnant, you might find a trend in this 30 day challenge haha, but I feel so inspired when I am cooking. To me this is a connection to everything that I love. The fresh ingredients are a connection to nature, with the beautiful colours and aroma. Followed by the end result, which provides nourishment and enjoyment to those I love...or at least that is the goal! My two year old is generally a good eater but has her picky moments!

What is your inspiration to keep working, loving and living?

#PositivelyPresent #Gratitude30 #FoodisMedicine #FoodInspiration
https://www.aromaacres.ca/blog/2018/11/2/pumpkin-mac-and-cheese

Pumpkin mac and cheese, do I really need to say more? My goal with this recipe is to pack it with nutrition as well as satisfy the creamy mac and cheese craving!

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Same applies for onions in our house.