Friday, October 20, 2017

Ask Ellie 2.0

Soon after I started this blog (has it really been almost two-and-a-half years?) I published a post titled "Ask Ellie," where I invited readers to share their feedback, questions, and post suggestions. I have lots of new ideas up my sleeve, but I'm always eager to hear what you all have to say.

What are your favorite posts that I have shared? What types of post would you like me to share in the future? Do you have any questions that you would like me to answer (either in a video or a written post)?

Go ahead and share your answers as comments. I will read and take into consideration every single response.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Homemade Hummus Recipe

How many of my readers are hummus fans? I sure am! Last week, I was randomly craving chips and hummus after having gone several months without having any. The Walmart brand was decent, but after finishing the entire tub in one week, I decided to make my own. The recipe I came up with was leaps and bounds better than store-bought.

Homemade Hummus

1-15oz can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup tahini (often found in the international aisle)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Combine ingredients, and blend using an immersion hand blender--such as a Bamix--until creamy. (Food processors and regular blenders work, as well.)

Store in the refrigerator. Serve with chips or veggies.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chipmunk Encounter

To help you conquer the Monday doldrums, I have a couple cute photos to share. As I mentioned in my post about Day 4 of our Canadian Rocky Mountain adventure, we were greeted by a curious chipmunk when we arrived at a breathtaking lookout point during an all-day hike at Lake Louise. (Don't worry, we didn't feed it.)

The chipmunks in Banff National Park are often very friendly because they have grown so accustomed to humans. As a child, I remember sitting on a bench at Moraine Lake and being completely startled when a chipmunk crawled into my lap.

Have you had any interesting encounters with animals in the wild?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mr. Handsome's Ship Paintings

Mr. Handsome the painter has recently become interested in a new subject: ships. These three original ship paintings are some of his first attempts. The photos simply don't do them justice. They are so much better in person, and they blow me out of the water every single time I look at them. No pun intended...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Flowers of the Canadian Rockies

On our trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, we hiked 32.3 miles in 20.5 hours and gained a total elevation of 9,284 feet. I always had my iPhone camera handy to capture all the beautiful scenery. While we walked, I made a point of taking pictures of the many types of flowers we encountered. Can you name any of them? Which are your favorites? Mine is No. 8.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Ground Turkey Taco Salad

We usually eat leftovers for lunch, but today, I felt like making something "fresh," so I whipped up a ground turkey taco salad. The "recipe" is hardly even a recipe because it's so easy.

Everything can be cooked/sliced in advance, so it's the perfect meal to have on hand for a quick lunch or to pack up and take to work.

Ground Turkey Taco Salad

1-1b ground turkey, browned and seasoned with taco seasoning
2 heads romaine lettuce, shredded
3 tomatoes, sliced
Tortilla chips, crumbled
Shredded cheese
Ranch dressing

Serves 3-4

#FabFitFun and a Giveaway

Last week, I received my first #FabFitFun Box, and I have already fallen in love with the products inside.

For those who haven't heard, FabFitFun is a subscription box filled with beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products that is delivered to your door each season (four times per year). I was invited to become a #FabFitFunPartner and was sent the fall box for free.

I'll admit that subscription boxes have never been my thing. I expected a box of cheap and junky products that I would never use, but I was thrilled to find a bunch of practical, useful items--including several full-size beauty products with all-natural ingredients.

Check out my unpacking video below, and enter code ELLIE at to get $10.00 off your first box. The Fall Box has sold out, but if you order now, you will receive the Editor's Box (filled with FabFitFun's top-rated brands and products). All opinions are my own.

Because I love my readers so much, and because I want you to see how awesome #FabFitFun is, I have set aside one of the most expensive items from the Fall Box to raffle off as a giveaway. Stay tuned for more info!