Working It



Lazy Saturday morning in bed. Sunshine. Stretching. Fresh juice. Walk.

Sometimes the most simple weekend mornings are the most enjoyable! I only wished it lasted longer before all the work started.


This juice combo was fantastic! ! It included 1 golden beet, 3 medium carrots, 1” knob ginger, 1 lemon, and 1 grapefruit. So good.

For breakfast, we were going to make pancakes, but time was ticking away and we had a lot of yard work to do so we opted for a quick breakfast. I enjoyed some Morning Glow Vegan Overnight Oats. These photos were from last summer, but I basically had the same ingredients in my bowl today.


This time I crumbled half of a Berry Bliss Oat Square on top with a spoonful of Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, flax, and chia seeds. Delish and filling!


We continued our morning with a walk to catch some rays. It was beautiful out today.


And then our ‘Work-end’ began! Eric removed a big dead bush from the side of the deck and he also started ripping the top layer of the deck off.



The boards were so rotted they came out fairly easy!


I’m so happy to have a home reno that is OUTDOORS! I don’t have to worry about all that dust! It is such a nice change and a lot less stressful.


While Eric was tending to the deck, I was busy raking the dead leaves. No matter how many times we rake leaves in the Fall, there are always a ton of leaves to rake come Spring due to the forest. The leaves are never ending. I also picked up a lot of branches off the grass.


When we bought the house we were warned about how much work 2 acres of land would be and we didn’t really realize it until we had to take care of it. It is a ridiculous amount of work for just two people!

I raked the leaves out of the flower bed that lines the back of the yard. I saw a bunch of tulips sprouting! Now that they aren’t smothered in leaves maybe they will grow faster. :)


Lunch break!

I had two slices of Food for Life Ezekiel bread (toasted), lots of hummus + salsa spread on, and Buckwheat Tabbouleh on top. Veggies and hummus on the side.


We’re in love with the Buckwheat Tabbouleh! It is almost gone and I’m very sad.


For dessert- a 5 Ingredient No Bake Vegan Date Square. Oh me oh my, these are killer.


After lunch I stretched my back and then it was time to get back out there again.


The great thing about having woods in the backyard? You don’t have to bag the leaves!

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After about 6 hours of yard work, my sciatic nerve was not happy with me! I will have to do lots of stretching and soaking today. I’m hoping to get in for massage therapy early this week for some relief because it doesn’t seem to be improving. I’m also toying with the idea of seeing a chiropractor, but to be honest I’m a bit scared at the thought of back adjustments! It makes me cringe with fear just thinking about it.

By the way, Eric’s reaction to my April Fools Salty Cookies was nothing short of amazing.

He called me just before lunch yesterday and our convo went a little something like this…

Eric: ‘Hey…’

Me: ‘Hey, what’s up?’

‘Not much….Hey, I was just wondering…you know those cookies that were on the counter this morning…?’


‘Were those for me….?’

‘Yup, I left them out for you to bring to work. Did you see them?’

‘I took them into work with me and just tried one now. I was starving and the guys didn’t want to go to lunch until 1:30pm. I was so happy because I remembered that I had cookies in my bag…’

[I felt so guilty when he said that!!]

‘What did you think?’

[Said very nervously] ‘I’m not trying to be mean about it, but they were honestly the worst cookies I have ever tasted…They were super salty and I had to spit them out…’

‘REALLY? I loved them! They were in the freezer for 5 months or so, but I didn’t think they would taste bad after thawing.’

‘I think they went bad in the freezer. I wondered if the cookies were intended for the garbage instead of for me to take to work.’

[me biting my hand so I didn’t BURST out laughing] ‘Oh no, I’m sorry.’

‘It’s OK….Did you put those cookies on your blog by chance….?’

‘Yea I did a while back!’

‘I hope no one made them…’

HAHA! Shortly after that I confessed that it was a prank and he was a good sport and laughed about it. He was also relieved to find out I didn’t post that recipe on the blog!!

Then he told me to watch my back…uh oh!

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1 jenny eats nutella from a spoon April 2, 2011

MAN does that bowl of oats look hearty and delicious. Reminds me of something I’d like to eat during camping.


2 Abby April 2, 2011

Love the convo about the April Fools prank! That is hilarious. I definitely got some odd looks when I started laughing out loud as I read this in the coffee shop! :P


3 CathyK April 2, 2011

hahaha!! thanks for relaying the conversation about the april fool’s cookies, angela! i was laughing along as i read through…so fun that eric was a good sport. i still think your prank was one of the best april fool’s jokes i saw this year!
yes, do try chiro…i was hesitant, too, but it’s really amazing the difference a few adjustments make. can you get a personal recommendation from someone you trust? you do want to avoid seeing a “quack!”
good work with your yard! that’s a lot of ground to take care of!


4 Andrew Lowry April 2, 2011

I second the comments on a chiropractor. I friend had sciatica which her GP could not treat and a few adjustments at the Chiropractor College in Toronto fixed her up. I unfortunately dealt with a quack years ago, only lightened my wallet. I would try a RMT first and see if that works. Massages are great.


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 2, 2011

Haha, I laughed out loud when I read Erics reaction. So evil, but so funny!!

I bet 2 acres is a ton of work! Is it mostly grass or is some of it forest? We live on almost an acre here in BC and it is just crazy. We have about 1/4 of an acre that we just ignore and I think our neighbors hate us for it, but we just can’t do it. It takes my hubby a few hours just to mow the lawn(which sucks when you do it every couple of days), plus we have fruit and nut trees and a veggie garden and a flower garden on the side of the house and we can’t keep up. I feel bad but we do the best we can :(

Your deck is going to look so good! How exciting… I love renos like that!


6 bitt of raw April 2, 2011

I was curious to see Eric’s reaction! You got him good!

Some chiropractors are gentler than others. If you can get a recommendation from a friend for a trusted one, that might help you relax a bit. I have heard sciatic pain is the worst! Hope you feel better soon.


7 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 2, 2011

Glad Eric survived the salty cookie incident. LOL

Taking care of 2 acres for 2 people….yes! When it’s 2 acres that needs to be shoveled, mowed, trimmed, and tended to…yes! It’s not like desert 2 acres where you just let the cactus grow and the rocks collect dust. Your hair in the pic, btw, looks awesome! The color is beautiful and it’s so HEALTHY! Everything comes back to hair for me :)

The date squares still get me every time. Awesome looking.

Enjoy your workend, or weekend, and dont work too hard :)


8 Marci April 2, 2011

I liked your April Fool’s joke! He was so nice that he cared about your readers. And that he blamed the freezer and not you.
I always admire your home renovation projects!


9 Lindsay April 2, 2011

That’s hilarious that he thought they were serious! I’m excited to see how your deck turns out though. Should be gorgeous! Good luck!


10 Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 2, 2011

oh you are GOOD, I’m laughing so hard and I kind of want to tell Brad but then I would ruin my chance at playing the same trick on him!

And – I like golden beets in juice rather than red ones, better for clean up, I’m messy when I juice


11 Allison @ Food For Healing April 2, 2011

i love that salty cookie prank, classic!
i love how you don’t have any snow. i’m jealous! we still have snow in Sask, but it is melting pretty good. but lots of flooding :S


12 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 2, 2011

Your prank was perfect!! I was laughing out loud at the conversation. :-)

Wow that is a ton of work–but you’re right, outside work is better than inside work!


13 JenATX April 2, 2011

hahahaha I literally laughed out loud in the library when I read this post. you sneaky devil! I tried a prank on my boyfriend but it backfired & he just got mad at me lol (not mad that I pranked him, but mad because my prank was that one of my friends got arrested & he said something really mean about my friend, which made me mad & then he got mad back, good grief!)


14 Bronwyn April 2, 2011

Hahaha, love the April fools joke, so simple + effective.

I do not envy you the yard work, but I do envy the yard! And I totally want to make date squares, too bad I have no food processor. :(


15 Megan @ Sweet On April 2, 2011

Oh no poor Eric! Haha! I would have felt guilty too. Good job on the prank follow-through tho! :)


16 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 2, 2011

LOLing at your conversation replay!


17 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 2, 2011

Yard work is such a fun workout, no membership required! :)

LOL @ the cookie prank. That’s cute. He was sweet about it!


18 Sana April 2, 2011

Poor Eric! He must have been so worried!!!


19 Charlie April 2, 2011

This juice sounds so good! I just bought a juicer and can’t get enough ;).
Do golden beets taste like red beets?


20 Lindsay April 2, 2011

That smoothie looks deelish! Do you put the beets in raw, or did you cook them first (and cool them down)? I just got my vitamix on Wednesday and have made green monsters each morning this week! They’re great, thank you! :)


21 Namaste Gurl April 2, 2011

Looks like you’ve had a good day thus far, other than nasty yard work and household tasks :) I will have to try those date squares- they look amazing


22 Amy April 2, 2011

You should try a chiropractor! I love going -it feels so good!


23 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 2, 2011

Oh my gosh, his reaction just goes to show how sweet his is!! :) hehe
Pretty funny, I would have had a hard not laughing too!!! Good one!


24 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 2, 2011

You too are too funny! :P Also that juice looks so vibrant and delicious, I have to get back into juicing…


25 Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) April 2, 2011

Loved the conversation about the cookies and I’m drooling over those oats! :) As far as going to a chiro….don’t be afraid. I know it can be a bit unnervy but they really do wonders. I go to one on a regular basis and don’t ever really have the sciatic problems I used to. I hope you can find a good one because I know they are all not the same :( Hope you mend quickly! :)


26 Chantal April 2, 2011

hehehe, I was also waiting to see what happened with the whole salty cookie thing! Glad it worked out :)
Also, as much I’m sure 2 acres is a lot of land to take care, I’m totally jealous of how gorgeous your place is (both inside and outside)! We moved into Ottawa about a year ago and we’re having to make do with our tiny little chicken scratch of a yard :)


27 alexe @ soyaetchocolat April 2, 2011

Only you can look like you’re glowing while raking dead leaves. Seriously, how do you do it? I look like a mess when I’m doing handy work… :P

Good luck with the renovations!


28 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 2, 2011

OMG that is so funny! I love how sweet but honest he was about it :) Also, I loved seeing your breakfast and lunch! What a fun way to eat the tabbouleh! i love the sound of that nut butter, too! fantastic!


29 Julie @ Shining From Within April 2, 2011

Aww you too are soo cute :). All these juicing pics have me itching to bust out my juicer!


30 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 2, 2011

Love the prank you played on Eric – so funny!

I love open faced hummus sandwiches – they are my favorite lunches!

And… don’t be afraid of the chiropractor. Honestly, I am so glad I go to one. Your life will be changed.


31 Maggie April 2, 2011

I’ve been a blog-stalker of yours for a bit – love it. And your recipes. What finally prompted me to post was your Sciatic nerve pain. Does it go down the back of your leg to the outside and bottom of your foot? I have a million questions for you about it, I would see a physical therapist if I were you.


32 Nadine April 2, 2011

That juice looked so fantastic! It was a great day today, so nice to see the sun again. I was terrified of the chiropractor the first time I saw one, but after some research, I would say that if your nervous, don’t let them adjust you neck, but just you back.


33 Tory April 2, 2011


YOU are my inspiration!


34 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 2, 2011

I love Eric’s response about the cookies! What a nice man — he tried to break it to your gently and he’s looking out for us readers :)

We live in a townhome and we pay an association fee every month which covers landscaping and raking, lawn mowing, et. For the most part I love that I don’t have to do it, but I do miss having that reason to spend time outdoors.


35 Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude April 2, 2011

HAHA that is quite an amazing response. :) :D


36 Michelle April 2, 2011

I wish our yard was looking like yours… we still have snow on the ground, although it is melting nicely… i don’t think i’ll see tulips for a little while!

You should try seeing a physiotherapist they can treat your symptoms as well as any chiropractor and offer a lot of other treatments, besides adjusting! Good luck and hope you feel better soon.


37 rawkinmom April 2, 2011

That breakfast looks so amazing!!! YUM!!! I will have to make that for sure! It’s all of my fave ingredients!!!
The salty cookie joke literally had me laughing out loud…but I felt bad for him at the same time!!! LOL


38 kaila @ healthy helper! April 2, 2011

Haha that is to funny about the prank!!! I had no idea you had so much land….2 acres is a ton for two people! Your lunch looks delicious btw….I love incorporating leftovers in unique ways the next day!


39 Reka April 2, 2011

Salty cookies? Hahahahahaha! Love, love, love it! What an honest guy. You two are way too cute. SO glad you married him Angie! :)


40 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 2, 2011

HAHAHA! That’s hilarious about the prank. What a good one! I love it when pranks are completely harmless and fun-loving. :)

Wow, you certainly made some great headway on the deck! Such a great project and I’m so excited to see how it all turns out. My family owns 75 acres of land (mostly woods but a lot of yard) and it was crazy to upkeep, but my family loves it. It is truly wonderful to have the real outdoors right in your backyard, regardless of the extra work!


41 Olya April 2, 2011

Oh boy! Was it funny! I love how careful he was in telling you that he didn’t like them. My husband is overly sweet like that as well – I have to read it in his face when he doesn’t like something I make.


42 Jenn from Much to My Delight April 2, 2011

Well played, Angela! Love the transcribed account of the April fool’s aftermath.

Your land is so beautiful! I live in Queens and can’t even imagine having that kind of outdoor space. I can’t imagine how beautiful it will look come summer!


43 Jess@atasteofconfidence April 2, 2011

hahaha that is a great prank!


44 Picky Nicky April 2, 2011

Your husbands reaction is TOO CUTE!!! Omgsssh, I just giggled a bit :P


45 Zestful Lou April 2, 2011

HAHAHA! Loved the april fool’s day dialogue!

BTW, I just made the raw beet, carrot, and apple salad. I had it in a wrap with some lettuce. Pretty killer once you let it sit for a 30 minutes or so! Thanks for the recipe!


46 Kimberley April 2, 2011

Hahaha that is so funny, at least he is truthful :)

Your pictures look like spring is coming, I hope our snow goes away soon!


47 Steph April 2, 2011

Haha he took that so well – you two are seriously the cutest couple ever.
Your back yard looks like so much work, but you’re handling it so well! Keep it up you two.


48 Leanne April 2, 2011

My fiance & I dream of one day having an acreage… but I can only imagine all the upkeep!


49 Heather (heathers dish) April 2, 2011

Ha! Love the cookie prank…I might have to steal it for next year ;)


50 Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse April 2, 2011

Bless Eric, but at least he was honest so now you know when he compliments your food he means it!


51 Baking 'n' Books April 2, 2011

Ahhh – prepping for the pool right? :)

What a lovely view. I wonder if I need that. I can’t decide if I should be someplace smaller and more at peace. But when I’ve done that before, it didn’t feel like me and was too…old-fashioned minded in terms of people, things, etc…can’t really explain it. Have you lived in both types of environments? Suggestions?

Oh my gosh! That’s it! I am making those squares tomorrow!!

And Eric actually had a nice, sweet response!! At least he wasn’t mad :)


52 Jen April 2, 2011

Ange, I’d recommend seeing an osteopath over a chiro (and not just because I’m married to an osteopath, lol). My hubby has a lot of patients with sciatic issues and they’ve had way more improvement with him than they had with chiropractic treatments (many of them were seeing chiros for years before seeing hubby). There’s none of that cracking that you get at a chiro appointment…this is more muscular manipulation. If you’re within a reasonable driving distance of Hamilton, you should call hubby’s school (he’s a teacher & the VP there) and make an appointment at the free student clinic. Go here and click on the link for the student clinic: If you check out the site, there’s also info on finding an osteopath in your area if you’d rather stick closer to home. Hope you’re feeling well soon! (and I totally LOL’d at Eric’s reaction to the cookies!)


53 Chelsey (Cookteen) April 2, 2011

that conversation is so funny! Loved the prank..I might steal it for next year ;)


54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 2, 2011

LOL Eric’s reaction was priceless!!!

Ok how does your hair manage to look so perfect while doing yard work?? Please spill your secret! ;)


55 Julie April 2, 2011

I think you should definitely see a chiropractor (if that can help you). I had problems with some of my vertebra (swimming injury) and although those noises (crick crack) reaaaaaaaaaally freak you out…helped A LOT in just one session (had done about 6 sessions of physio before going to a chiropractor).
p.s.: You have an amazing backyard! So pretty. Looks very calm, very peaceful :)
p.p.s: I am now officially addicted to VOO.


56 Lisa April 2, 2011

Hi Angela,
Have not commented before but I work in healthcare (but also into alternative therapies) and must agree with Jen here. Please go to an osteopath! They are very conservative about adjustment and really take a completely holistic attitude to your problem. Give it a go!


57 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 2, 2011

HAHAHHHA!!! Eric’s reaction was the best!!! That just made my day (sorry Eric!)


58 hippierunner April 2, 2011

I love the prank you pulled on Eric! I would never have been able to do that though because I would have felt so guilty! Btw you should get some woodland creatures to help out with all the yardwork! ;)


59 Faith @ lovelyascharged April 2, 2011

Bahahaha…priceless prank!!!


60 zoe (and the beatles) April 2, 2011

the prank reaction just made me laugh out loud :)! good luck on your outdoors renovations!


61 Ellen April 2, 2011

haha i love the reaction to the cookies! as if freezing could really make cookies saltier… ;)

two acres is a lot for two people. have you thought about sowing some wild flowers in parts of it? it is a very inexpensive way to cover a lot of space with flowers and plants and requires virtually no upkeep. the native species of plants is also really beneficial for the environment. growing up, my dad always made sure to turn part of our yard into a wild flower area filled with Minnesotan plants as a way to give back to the earth. maybe something to look into :) i’ve always wanted to do it but i don’t even have a yard!!


62 Andrea @ Vegvacious April 2, 2011

You’re salty cookie prank was fantastic – I would be worried though about what payback your going to receive :-)

All you’re hardwork has made me feel motivated to get out and start doing some of mine, however first I have a whole bunch of dog doo to collect :-( I love Spring after the spring clean up is all done.

Hope your back is feeling better!


63 Jillian April 2, 2011

Where did you get that awesome orange spoon? If at all possible I need one in my life!


64 Sandra April 2, 2011

My osteopath can help without the aggressiveness that chiros use. She’s in Milton Tuesday’s and Friday’s. She works wonders!


65 Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 2, 2011

At least it was nice outside for your “work-end”…it definitely keeps you motivated and it makes it a little more enjoyable. That was so sweet that he was trying to tell you they were bad cookies but it didn’t want to be mean about it. So cute!


66 Audrey April 2, 2011

That conversation cracks me up! So funny that he was concerned about people making them.


67 Hong April 2, 2011

That is awesome about the stone salty cookie! Great sport Eric.
You are really an inspiration to me. I am a person who regularly work out, running and yoga, however your blog pushes me to the next level and to continue cultivating a glowing lifestyle with all the great healthy recipes to re-fuel my body nutritiously. Got my VM blender and been whizzing green monsters for breakfast every morning. Love it!!! Next is getting a juicer. Baked strawberry oat bars the other day. So good. Please keep glowing onward :) Thanks again.


68 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 2, 2011

y’all are so funny :)


69 laura April 2, 2011

haha, I love eric’s reaction.. ‘i hope no one made them.’ I wonder what trick he’ll haveup his sleeve for you.


70 Hilary April 2, 2011

Hahaha….so funny! And looks like a busy day….how is it possible for you to look so cute when doing yard work?


71 Mimi (Gingersnaps) April 2, 2011

Your hubby is lovely…and quite funny!

Yard work ROCKS! To me it’s a double-win: you get a workout AND do something productive. Woo!


72 michelle s April 2, 2011

i recommend a chiropractor for the sciatic pain! i had terrible sciatic pain in my first pregnancy, ad after my second pregnancy, and after a few visits with a chiropractor it was always so much better. I have also seen chiropractors for my chronic neck issues, and that does involve adjustments, but i don’t think the work on the sciatic nerve pain has to involve a lot of “cracking” if you aren’t comfortable with it. A good practioner will use the approach you feel most comfortable with. I am pregnant again and started having some sciatic pain, but since I have been going for a short appointment every two weeks, it is completely gone. thank goodness!


73 Kathy April 2, 2011

Your conversation on the phone with Eric made my day :D


74 elisabeth klatt April 2, 2011

Your recipes are amazing and your stories are uplifting!


75 elisabeth klatt April 2, 2011

Your recipes are amazing and your stories are uplifting!


76 Megan April 2, 2011

Cute prank! :)

If you’re interested in seeing a chiro but don’t like the idea of cracking bones, I’d recommend finding someone who uses the “activator’ method… it’s just a spring-loaded pressure gun, that the chiro will click to put pressure into the muscle, so that the muscle will readjust to hold the bones properly. I’m pretty squeamish, so I’d never let anyone go cracking anything, so I find this method pretty useful. :) Worth looking into, anyway!


77 Emily@Perfection Isn't Happy April 2, 2011

Your April fools joke made me smile :). That’s good that he was a good sport about it…that is, until he gets even :).


78 meg @ pinkgiggles April 2, 2011

HAHA amazing prank!


79 Hannah April 2, 2011

*laughs*, Aw, he was so sweet about the horrible cookies, trying not to hurt your feelings! What a guy!


80 Jess *Forever Addicting* April 3, 2011

I made your buckwheat this weekend and LOVED it. So delicious. It paired perfectly with hummus and fresh pita bread too. I think buckwheat is my favourite grain of the month :D

Best of luck with your outdoor recos! All that yard work is great exercise ;) Spring is in the air (meanwhile, fall is in the air down under..shucks).



81 JL goes Vegan April 3, 2011

Oh no, careful with your back Angela! I was thinking about you this morning. I was supposed to run a half-marathon in Central Park at 8 a.m. today — but my training just didn’t hold up (err, I mean, I didn’t train). Here’s to a better spring for both of us!


82 Ana April 3, 2011

hey Angela! i love your blog to death :) jst got some buckwheat @ the candy store (whole foods). but on the chiropractor fear its not as scary as it sounds! i go to a Precise chiropractor and it actually helps alot, my dad and I go to judo and get a good beating so its definitely a lifesaver.
p.s. you finally got me to start running again!


83 Lauren Reid April 3, 2011

OMG I LOVE Eric’s response! tee hee!!!! You gottem good girl! :D

I’m sooo in love w/ that orange spoon (and all the other colors you have), what kind is it? I’d love to get one!



84 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 3, 2011

Crate and Barrel :) They are called Appetizer spoons I think and the colours change every season!


85 Lauren Reid April 3, 2011

OOOOOH! Man those C&B people know what they’re doin, huh? TY, so much, i’m trackin some down!

+ Thank you for the continued inspiration… LOOOOVE the OSG! :D xo


86 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 3, 2011

Haha, loved the convo! :D


87 Stephanie April 3, 2011

Sleep, juice, sun, walk? That really is the perfect morning. Lugging all of those branches/trees looks like hard work. We’re moving in the summer and my husband is trying to convince me to buy a house on several acres of land. It kind of scares me. Because as it turns out, I’m actually sort of lazy.


88 Amy April 3, 2011

Hi Angela,

I came across Oh She Glows the other day (it was linked to a recipe) and I am hooked. I have gone back to ‘the beginning’ and am catching up a little at a time. You are such an inspiration for me to get my butt moving again after a knee injury, major life changes and twenty unwanted pounds. So Thank You for sharing with us all. I hope that one day I get my glow back too.



89 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 3, 2011

Thanks Amy!


90 Cait's Plate April 3, 2011

Ahahahaha – that April Fools joke was perhaps the best I’ve ever heard! I think I need to try that on my boyfriend next year.

Also – I’ve had those date bars book-marked for what feels like forever – I HAVE to make them!! I have some dates just sitting and waiting to be used.

I made your cookie dough balls last weekend and between my boyfriend and I there were none left like 3 days later! :)


91 nelly April 3, 2011

i suffered with sciatica for almost two years…two years of constant back and forth from one specialist to another…my pain was never ending…

finally i was sent to see a chiropractor and physical therapist and both were able to help me. if you need the info, let me know, they are both located downtown. another thing you can do, which helped me a lot in the last month of my healing process, is either get eric to massage your butt with his elbow, not gently…it sounds odd, but it really worked…especially if it is your piriformis…or you can use a tennis ball and line it up against the wall with your butt and roll it around…had i gone to see both of those ladies early on i would have been so much better and it wouldn’t have taken 2 years to heal…


92 nelly April 3, 2011

i should have written they are located downtown toronto…pretty far from where you are…


93 Richelle April 3, 2011

Lol! That’s funny Eric didn’t catch your April fools joke right away.


94 Caitlin @ TPL April 3, 2011

BAHAHAHAH! That is hilarious, nicely done!! Very sweet of Eric to be concerned about your readers having yucky cookies though =)


95 Moni'sMeals April 3, 2011

how adorable is Eric! What a good gag Angela. so funny!


96 Amber K April 3, 2011

I can’t even imagine that much land! It sounds like my husband’s dream, but there is no way the two of us could take care of all of that. I had a half acre growing up and my dad was constantly outside dealing with it.

Ah the date bar, truly the best recipe I have ever made from any blog. I’m going to have to make some more! (I didn change it up as I didn’t have coconut oil and I always omit salt from things, but sooo delicious!)


97 Jen (The Best Kitchen) April 3, 2011

Looks like you’re working too much girl :D Your conversation with Eric was hilarious lol


98 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) April 3, 2011

lol @ your convo w. eric re the cookies !!!! Poor guy! :P


99 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn April 3, 2011

Hahaha I love your joke on Eric! I am loving the sunny weather lately, I’m glad you guys had a good “work-end”!!


100 Sam April 3, 2011

I loved your re-creation of the phone conversation. You’re a writer.

Great prank :)


101 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 3, 2011

I am amazed at the size of your property! I only wish we could have an amazing home like yours! It’s great that Eric took your prank so well and that he was concerned that you shared the recipe with all of us. If I’d done something like that to my bf he wouldn’t have said anything and got me back SO bad. haha


102 Annie@stronghealthyfit April 3, 2011

That IS a lot of work for 2 people! Good for you guys for tackling it.
I recommend going to a chiropractor, even though you’ll hear people say that they’re quacks and all that, in my experience they can really help you.


103 Elizabeth @ the good life April 3, 2011

That’s my kind of prank! :) Harmless yet fun!


104 Crissie April 3, 2011

I totally laughed when I read your salty cookie story – even had to go and tell my hubby about it. I have to say – I love your blog and make SO many of your recipes! It’s one of my favorite parts of my day :)


105 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 3, 2011

hehe aww what a fun little joke!!


106 karyn April 3, 2011

That’s a great prank and I am totally using it next year. Just found your blog in a round a bout way from and I am loving the recipes!


107 Kat @ Big Apple Little Kitchen April 3, 2011

HAHAHA! I love the honesty of husbands!


108 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 3, 2011

Oh man, Eric’s reaction is HILARIOUS!! I literally laughed out loud!


109 Angie April 3, 2011

haha such a mean April’s fool joke, but a good one.
You know in Turkey they make the groom drink a salty coffee when he goes to the girl’s parents’ house to ask for permission to marry their daugter.
If he doesn’t react it means he will be a good and a patient husband,
and depending on how much he reacts to the salty coffee,
you can figure out what a rocky marriage they will have.
Gotta love old fashion jokes! :)
Btw If you have time check out my review on gluten-free bars.


110 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day April 3, 2011

That is a lot of work for two people.. very good that you don’t have to bag everything


111 Desi @ The Palate Peacemaker April 3, 2011

Poor Eric! Oh my goodness, I literally laughed out loud though reading this transcript… Ah well, he’s been so lucky being the taste tester for all your culinary feats, playing such a prank on him evens out the playing field a bit… :)


112 Kristen, Sweetly April 3, 2011

All the upkeep looks worth it, for that gorgeous land that surrounds you! It looks like it would feel so cozy. :-p Though…. that’s easy to say from this side, haha.


113 Rachelle April 3, 2011

My first couple of trips to the chiropractor were downright scary with what seemed to me to be ‘violent’ popping and cracking! I actually found myself tensing in anticipation of the noise and movement. Then I discovered DNFT chiropractors and I LOVE my current chiro! DNFT stands for Directional Non Force Technique and it is amazing. It works just as well as traditional chiropractic and is achieved through gentle, directional thumb adjustments along the spine. You can learn more about it here: Maybe there’s a DNFT chiro in your area!


114 Jolene ( April 3, 2011

That is an awesome prank!!!!!


115 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 4, 2011

Love the April fools joke you played on Eric!


116 Alexis @ There She Goes April 4, 2011

Mmm, I have all of the ingredients for that juice in my fridge right now! I see an orange juice in my future tmrw :)


117 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 4, 2011

Oh my goodness, you have me cracking up over here with your prank! I love how sweet he was about trying to tell you that the cookies just weren’t good haha! Love it!


118 Stacey Davis April 4, 2011

Laughing my head off right now. Too funny…. poor guy. Those cookies must have been awful.


119 Halley (Blunder Construction) April 6, 2011

HAH! Just catching up with this… I love the cookie prank. How kind of Eric to be honest with you, I don’t know if my bf would have the nerve to tell me my cookies stunk, even if they really did. I finally thought of a good prank for next year: painting his finger nails while he sleeps!


120 Ethan Johnson April 11, 2011

Very interesting article. I have gone to chiropractic care after major accidents and now have adopted it as a part of my health maintenance. I would recommend it to anyone suffering from back pain or anyone who is just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


121 julie September 11, 2013

Where was this beautiful house you used to live in?


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