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Fresh ground up basil from the garden (and some from Sparrows Nest Organics)


The trick is to not use a food processor…just use a mortar and pestle (btw…pestle…pesto….why do you think it’s called pesto?) and use as fresh ingredients as you can. 1/3rd cup of pine nuts….some parmesan if your wife doesn’t eat it all…some garlic to taste and then start smooshing. I love it! I’m really trying to limit the amount of kitchen gadgets and machines that we have.


Dear Diary… <3

Hello….it is me…Janelle..and I am writing a blog entry! I am going to make more of a concious effort to update our wonderful blog that Justin worked very hard to make! Today is Sunday…I enjoy my Sundays as I usually am working Saturdays…I am just relaxing…went to hot yoga earlier…I love Moksha Yoga studio where I go…I think I am going to try doing an energy exchange program there to make it easier on myself financially and I think it is a nice way to contribute to the studio 🙂

We are currently getting ourselves ready for a trip to Manitoba to visit family, we are really looking forward to seeing everyone as we haven’t seen everyone in over a year and we miss them!

And because I love photos here are some photos of some food from our garden…the stars are KALE and BEETS!!! (my juicer has been never been happier)




Have a wonderful week!!! <3




I commute an average of 25.4 minutes to work according to google tracks, one way, each and every day that I work. My job could easily be done remotely without me having to get in the car…but I do because that is the way it is supposed to be done…

With only a bit or irony the average amount that an average Canadian commutes…according to statscan is..

 In 2011, commuters spent an average of 25.4 minutes travelling to work. This was almost the same as the average in the United States for the same year (25.5 minutes).Note3


Scott Adams once said (and I paraphrase) that you can live in a nice house in a nice neighbourhood…or you can have a good job…but the two could never be close together…..and for that reason we move from our cubed houses to our cubed cars…driving them down straight roads to other cubed building to sit in a small grey cube and type on a cube into a viewing cube…cubes..

Anyways…for reasons I can’t quite pin point I’ve decided to walk from my home in Allendale Edmonton to my job…which is in the far North East…pretty much in St. Albert….I estimate it will take me about 4 hours to get there….nonstop….each way….

Getting in a car and transporting yourself great distances with relative ease is easy…so easy we don’t even think about it…at my work it’s totally normal for 15 cars…weighing an combined total of close to 100,000 pounds….drive an average of 2.2km at lunch… buy about 10 pounds of shitty food…and then drive back…..and we think nothing of it.

That’s the equivalent of 100 blue whale testicles rolling down the highway!!!


So I’m decided that I am going to walk across the city to my work….the average distance an average Canadian commutes on September 18th…it’s a long walk…I figure it will take me about 4 hours each way…but I really think it’s going to give me a perspective just on how much we rely on the old fossil fuels…so yes…doing it.

Along the way I plan to post a few pictures to my twitter account (@justindechaine) unless it’s suspended…which it often is….because I seem to post some pretty pro ISIS type content on there….even though I don’t recall doing it…

I’m hoping to stop at a few places so if you are anywhere on the route (or close to it) feel free to offer me a muffin or a cup of coffee along my travels.

approx route


Donairs are great

Yet a donor might even be a bit greater….even without the sweet sauce.

I was recently down at the local registry renewing my license and while I had a great time (oh so good when I said I wanted to wear my colander) I did something I am pretty proud of and that I would encourage you all to seriously consider.

I’ve become a fully registered donor, frankly I think this is almost something you should have to opt out of rather than opt in…because I think there are so many great people that would be willing to do this….but just never quite get around to it. Being able to help someone with a gift that in many cases exceed anything you could have done for them in your current life just totally kicks ass on a mega bonus level.

I also strongly suggest that anyone considering doing this actually speak to their significant others including parents or children…I’ve heard horror stories of people’s organ donations being delayed past the point of benefit because of delays caused by their own loved ones. If you think your *whomever* is going to have an issue…sit down with them and discuss why you want this to happen..

So…do it ….now or next time you get your license renewed…tell me about it next time we bump into each other and I’ll buy you a beer or a pot o tea. (whatever your taste is)


A very nice video on Gimli, Manitoba


This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.

The Canadian town of Gimli is known as “New Iceland” because the area was settled by Icelandic immigrants in the late 1870s and has kept its Icelandic heritage, customs and language.

Now, with their homeland suffering economic troubles, a fresh wave of Icelanders is arriving in the area seeking work.

Brandy Yanchyk visited Gimli to get a taste of the town and find out why people feel at home 3,000 miles away from Reykjavik.


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