New ETSY Shop Listings

I recently listed six photos for sale in my Etsy shop as digital downloads.  They are $7.00 CAD each and the file comes to you straight away.  They print very well in all sizes.  Here are the photos I am selling(clicking on a photo will take you to the item in my Etsy Shop):


Lower Post, British Columbia, Canada


Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon, Canada


Haliburton, Ontario, Canada


Lucky Lake, Yukon, Canada


Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada


Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada

Click here to go to my Etsy Shop.  I also have notecard sets for sale.  If you want to buy a photo of mine you’ve seen before not shown here, please send me a message and I’ll see what I can do!


Spiced Lentils


“Spiced Lentils” is a recipe I created sometime in the last two years since moving to Brazil.  You don’t have to follow the spices exactly – you can omit any, add more of or less of – it all depends on your taste.  But these are the measurements that I use when making lentils and for me and my family, it’s the perfect blend – flavourful without burning your mouth.

You can eat them as a side dish or a main dish.  Serve with rice or couscous, or you can be more elaborate with ideas and recipes I’ve listed below.



1 cup green(or brown) dry lentils, rinsed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp curry  

1 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (a mixture of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon)

1/2 tsp pepper

Few shakes of cumin

4 cups of water

Mix everything together in a pot on high and cover with lid. Bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat to low.  You can simmer lentils for about 40 minutes or until the water has been absorbed,


Boil for 5-10 minutes, turn off the heat and let them sit with the lid on for at least an hour and a half. This is definitely the most economical and environmental option and the one I use if I have time.



Here are a few different ways my family eats spiced lentils:


Enjoy, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comments below.

[Music] Lindsay’s Favourite Brazilian Songs

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To commemorate two years of living in Brazil, I’m sharing my favourite songs from this wonderful country.  I adore Brazilian music, in its many forms and styles, particularly bossa nova, samba, pagode, and MPB(Popular Brazilian Music).  I feel I’ve only scratched the surface – there is so much more yet to discover – but this list is a start.  If you like new, good music, have a listen to my playlist of twenty songs from different genres of Brazilian music.

We have Natiruts, a talented reggae-pop group who filmed an entire concert on top of a mountain in Rio(it’s nice to watch as well as to listen!), Djavan, my current personal favourite, Tom Jobim, one of the fathers of bossa nova, and many other past and present artists and bands: Seu Jorge, Marisa Monte, Skank, Ferrugem, Max de Castro, Jair de Oliveira, Tim Maia, Axel Bahia, Vanessa de Mata, and Tribalistas.

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Here’s an overview of the songs:

  1. Quero Ser Feliz Também/Natiruts: “I Want to be Happy Too”
  2. Liberdade Pra Dentro Da Cabeça/Natiruts: “Freedom to the Inside of the Mind”
  3. Doidice/Djavan: “Folly”
  4. Maçã/Djavan: “Apple”
  5. Chega de Saudade/Tom Jobim: “No More Loneliness”
  6. Aguas de Março/Tom Jobim e Elis Regina: “Waters of March”
  7. Carolina/Seu Jorge
  8. Ainda Lembro/Marisa Monte: “I Still Remember”
  9. O Pato/Emilie-Claire Barlow: “The Duck” (This singer is Canadian, not Brazilian, but the song is Brazilian and I just love her version)
  10. Resposta/Skank: “Answer”
  11. Te Ver/Skank: “To See You” (To see you and to not want you/ it’s unlikely, it’s impossible/ To have you and to have to forget you/ It’s unbearable, it’s incredible pain)
  12. Embola Bola/Djavan: “Tangled Ball”
  13. Mas Que Nada/Tamba Trio: “But Nothing” – I’m confident you will all have heard this song.  It’s definitely in the first Austin Powers film.  Wonderful song.
  14. Climatizar/Ferrugem: This pagode song has a lovely happy sound.  I’m not really sure if the lyrics are good but I like listening to it!
  15. O Nego do Cabelo Bom/Max de Castro: “The Black Guy with Good Hair” (yes, really)
  16. Tiro Onda/Jair de Oliveira: “Take a Wave” – It is impossible not to dance listening to this song.  I love it.
  17. Que Beleza/Tim Maia: “What Beauty” – classic song from the 70s
  18. Danza da Mãozinha/Axle Bahia: “Little Hand Dance” – I included this song in one of my Zumba routines once.  It’s a fun song from the “Axé” genre
  19. Não Me Deixe Só/Vanessa da Mata: “Don’t Leave Me Alone”
  20. Velha Infância/Tribalistas: “Old Childhood”- This is one of the first Brazilian songs I was introduced to by my wonderful friend Annelise on my first trip to Floripa!  I love to belt out the chorus.

And if you’re craving more after that, I recommend all of the Putumayo Brazil CDs, some of which are on Youtube:

What would you add to the list?

You may also enjoy my other playlists:

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[Food] Vegan Gringas

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Portuguese translation by Kristen Wruck Hammer.

Before this year I hadn’t given veganism much thought.  While I’m not a huge meat eater,  I consume quite a lot of milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and honey – animal products that are essentially forbidden if you adopt a vegan diet.  I especially love milk.  Growing up, we always, ALWAYS had a four litre jug of 1% milk in the house.  It goes so well with cereal, with cookies, with coffee… it is an essential part of my diet.  For that fact alone, going vegan was never an option I considered.

Antes deste ano, eu não dei veganismo muita atenção. Enquanto eu não estou a fim de comer muito carne, eu consumo muito leite, queijo, iogurte, ovos, e mel – produtos de origem animal que são essencialmente proibidos se adotar uma dieta vegana.  Principalmente, adoro leite. Desde jovem, sempre SEMPRE tivemos uma jarra de 4 litros de leite “1%”em casa. Sai tão bem com cereal, com biscoitos, com café… é uma parte essencial da minha dieta. Só por aquele fato, tornar-se vegana nunca era uma opção que considerei.

In February I met Brittany, a university exchange student from California.  She is vegan, and she taught me how to make nut milk, which was surprisingly easy and delicious.  We had a number of conversations about veganism and I started to think about it.

Em fevereiro eu conheci a Brittany, uma estudante de intercâmbio da Califórnia. Ela é vegana, e ela me ensinou como fazer leite de castanha, que foi surpreendentemente fácil e deliciosa. Tivemos varias conversas sobre veganismo e comecei a pensar sobre isso.

A couple of months later I heard a podcast about Esther the Wonder Pig, a pet “micro-pig” that turned out to be a full sized (650 lbs) commercial pet pig.  She has an instagram account and her “parents” wrote a book about their experience with Esther and opening an animal sanctuary.  It is just wonderful and I highly recommend it.

Pouco meses depois, ouvi um podcast sobre “Esther the Wonder Pig” , um animal de estimação “micro-porco”, que depois que cresceu, acabou tendo 650 libras, que é o tamanho de um porco comercial. Ela tem uma conta Instagram, e seus “pais” escreverem um livro sobre sua experiência com a Esther e sobre a sua abertura de um santuário animal. É simplesmente maravilhoso e eu recomendo dar uma olhada.

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Steve and Derek were not vegans or vegetarians before they adopted Esther.  But loving her as a pet completely turned them off eating pork, and gradually other animals and animal products.  I laughed out loud when I read this part, in which Steve talks about the decision to go vegan:

“If I can’t eat meat, what will I eat?  I hate salad.  I hate weird vegetables, which to me is most of them.  What was left?  Was I going to be stuck with seeds and nuts?  Would Derek come home one day to find I had morphed into a bird?”

O Steve e o Derek não eram veganos, nem vegetarianos antes que adotavam a Esther. Mas, amando-la como um animal de estimação, os deixou totalmente contra comer porco, e gradualmente incluiu outros animais e produtos de origem animal. Eu ri alto quando li este parte, onde o Steve fala sobre a decisão de se tornar vegano:

“Se eu não posso comer carne, o que vou comer? Odeio salada. Odeio verduras esquisitas, que para mim é quase todas. E agora?  O que resta? Eu acabaria sendo preso em comer só sementes e castanhas? Será que o Derek volta para casa um dia para encontrar que eu tinha se transformado em um passarinho?”

But at this point, things started sinking in.

“I’d always pictured milking a cow as happening on some beautiful farm on a lovely green pasture among rolling hills.  Some sweet little girl with pigtails heads out with a bucket to milk ‘ol Bessie.  Poor ‘ol Bessie probably wants to be milked.  She’s happy to provide milk for the family, and they love her for it.  That’s the story of milk, right?”

Neste ponto, começou a cair a ficha.

“Eu sempre imaginei que ordenha uma vaca aconteceria em uma linda fazendinha num belo pasto verde..entre os morros ondulantes….uma menina muito doce, com tranças, saindo com um balde de leite para ordenhar a velinha, se chama a Bessie… Tadinha da Bessie provavelmente QUER ser ordenhada., né? Ela deve estar feliz para fornecer o leite para a família, e eles adoram-la por isso. Essa é a história do leite, certo?”

*Sigh*.  Maybe that was the story of milk for some people, at some point in time.  But I don’t think it is today.  It made me think about the animal product industries and what I want to support/not support.

*Suspiro*.  Talvez era a história do leite para algumas pessoas, em algum ponto no tempo. Mas eu não acredito que é assim hoje em dia. Isto me fez pensar sobre as indústrias de produtos de origem animal, e sobre o que eu quero apoiar/não apoiar.

Vegan Gringas

In June I met Erna through a Facebook Group for Expats; she is from Kosovo and has lived in Brazil for the past four years.  She and I have been spending lots of time together, talking about our interests and passions – namely, vegan cooking and baking!  Erna makes amazing hummus, and I love to experiment in vegan baking.  When we decided to start selling our products, “Vegan Gringas” was born. (Gringa is a term for a female foreigner in Brazil)  Although Erna and I are not 100% vegan, we embrace the philosophy of veganism – to promote ecological and kind environmental and animal practices.

Em junho eu conheci a Erna através de um grupo para Expats no Facebook; ela é de Kosovo e mora no Brasil faz quatro anos. Ela e eu estamos passando muito tempo juntas, conversando sobre os nossos interesses e paixões – ou seja, culinária vegana e “baking” (assar)! A Erna faz incrível húmus, e eu gosto de experimentar assando comidas veganas. Quando decidimos começar a vender nossos produtos , “Vegan Gringas” nasceu. Embora Erna e eu não somos 100% veganas, nós abraçamos a filosofia de veganismo, que é promover práticas ambientais e ecológicas.

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Erna (and Sombra)

We’ve started selling our goodies at different feiras(markets) which has been a lot of fun.  It’s a wonderful way to build community and meet interesting people!

A gente começou a vender nossos guloseimas em varias feirinhas, que tem sido muito divertido. É um ótimo jeito de construir a comunidade e conhecer pessoas interessantes!

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To me, being a vegan isn’t about giving up every animal product forever. To me it’s a philosophy; a school of thought that says “By not eating animal products I am fighting for a healthier, kinder world.” If we all moved towards a more vegan lifestyle, we would be helping the environment and saying no to unfair living conditions for animals raised for meat/milk/eggs etc.  Each time I choose a vegan meal or recipe, I feel like I’m helping the world if only by a tiny amount. I’m also helping myself to stay healthy by eating more plant based foods.

Para mim, ser vegana não é sobre abrindo a mão aos todos os produtos de origem animal para sempre. Para mim é uma filosofia; uma escola de pensamento que diz “Em não comer produtos de origem animal, eu estou lutando por um mundo mais saudável, e mais amoroso.” Se todos nós começamos adotar um estilo de vida mais vegano, estaríamos ajudando o ambiente e dizendo um grande NÃO às condições injustas para os animais criados para carne / leite / ovos etc. Cada vez que eu escolho uma refeição vegana ou faço uma receita vegana, me sinto que estou ajudando o mundo, mesmo que seja apenas uma gota de ajudo. Eu também estou me ajudando a me manter mais saudável em comer mais alimentos à base de plantas.

Our goal with “Vegan Gringas” is to spread this message. We make and sell yummy vegan food in the hopes of raising awareness, starting conversations and forming community based on this idea.  We would also love to sell natural homemade home and body products like soap, shampoo, detergents, etc.

Nosso objetivo com “Vegan Gringas” é espalhar esta mensagem. Nós produzimos e vendemos alimentos veganos muito gostosos na esperança de aumentar a consciência, iniciar conversas, e criar uma comunidade baseada nesta ideia. Nós também gostaríamos de vender produtos naturais e caseiras, para a casa e para o corpo. Items como sabonete, xampu, detergentes, etc.

We encourage others to join us. If you want to make and sell things at the Feirinhas with us, do it! (You don’t have to be a vegan or a gringa)  Liking and sharing our posts on Facebook/Instagram is also helpful.

This is about doing something we love(baking, cooking, creating) and sharing it with others in a positive, collective way, in the hope that we can make our world a better place.

Nós encorajamos outros a se juntar a nós. Se você quer fazer e vender produtos nas feirinhas com a gente, seja bem-vindos! (Você não tem que ser vegano, nem gringa) Curtir e compartilhar nossos posts no Facebook / Instagram também ajuda.

Isto é sobre fazer algo que amamos (cozinhar, assar, criar) e compartilhar com os outros de uma forma positiva, coletiva, na esperança de que podemos tornar o nosso mundo um lugar melhor.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Be a part of our journey by following us on:



You can find Kristen Wruck Hammer who did our Portuguese translation at and

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[Photography] How To Encourage Your Gift

A walk around my university campus in Sackville, New Brunswick.

A walk around my former university campus in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Are you stuck in a photography rut?  Do you want to improve your skills but aren’t sure where to start?  This post is for you!  I was recently asked this question by a friend of mine and thought I’d share my thoughts.


My wife is really good at photography.  I love the pictures she takes.  But she doesn’t seem to pick up her camera for months and I want to inspire her and encourage her gifting.  What did you do to motivate your self?  What things did you do to encourage your gifting?


  • THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO: Keep your camera out of the bag and in an easy to reach place.  You will be much more likely to take pictures if your camera is accessible.
  • Project 365: A project that challenges you to take at least one photo every day for a year.  I completed my first Project 365 in 2014 and it was a very worthwhile and helpful experience.   If that seems like too much you could do a Project 52, which is one photo per week.
  • Daily Photo Challenges: There are many daily challenges that give you a prompt for inspiration.  My favourite one is from Fat Mum Slim.
  • Come up with your own project.  I started The Most Important Thing project a few years ago to develop my portraiture skills.  Take your passion and turn it into a documentary project.
  • Go for a walk every day and bring your camera.  Try to explore as many new streets and places as you can!
  • Keep yourself accountable: share your images on social media and with your friends.  People’s likes and comments always encourage me to keep going!
  • Get a good editing program for your computer like Lightroom or Photoshop(I recommend Lightroom for beginners as it is more user friendly)
  • Do free portrait sessions if you are interested in portrait photography.  There is no better way to get better at portraits than just going and practicing!  I gave so many free sessions when I was starting out and it definitely paid off!  Offer a session for a family, a friend with a newborn, or a couple who just got engaged.
  • Similarly, get involved in an existing project like Help Portrait in which you do a portrait session for someone in need.  I plan to take part in this year’s event which is happening on December 3rd.
  • Hire me!  I am starting a portfolio review service in which I will review twenty of your best images and lovingly critique each one, helping you to know what you should work on and how you can improve.  I am offering this service for $30 CAD right now!  Contact me for more information.

Some other ideas you could try for a week or month:

  • Shoot everything with one lens.  If you only have one lens, consider buying or renting a new lens.
  • Process everything in black and white.
  • Take a picture of a stranger.
  • Shoot everything at the lowest aperture your lens will go.
  • Shoot at night with a tripod and slow shutter speed.
  • Shoot everything that is colourful.
  • Enter Contests – online, magazines, Jones Soda Labels… do a search!
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A couple of years ago my Dad suggested I submit a photo to the Jones Soda company.  I sent in two, and this one was chosen!  I was over the moon!

One of the best things you can do is just bring your camera with you everywhere you go.  I caught the following images because of slugging my camera around.  Yes, it’s heavy and cumbersome, but it’s usually worth it😉

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I didn’t have the best light in my apartment where we used to live so I would bring my children and camera to the park where I had lots of beautiful natural light.

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I love capturing natural scenes like this.  If I have a friend with me I’ll ask them to sit near what I really want to take a picture of and then snap away.  Yep, I’m sneaky like that.

What do you do when you’re stuck in a photography rut?

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[Personal] Rainbow Christianity

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Until this moment, I’ve stayed quiet about this controversial topic.  I feel like it’s been bubbling inside of me for years and years, and in light of recent events, I know it’s time to say something.

I grew up attending the United Church of Canada. Though I don’t recall it being mentioned in a sermon or in Sunday School, I remember that the congregation as a whole did not discriminate against homosexuality.

I have relatives who are gay, and my family has loved, supported and treated them as we do our relatives who are not gay. In fact, my grandfather, a retired minister, has been an influential advocate of rights for people who are LGBTQ, even receiving the Order of Canada award in 2004 for his efforts.

I am so, so glad I was brought up in a church and in a family that treated people equally, regardless of who they love, because that is what laid the foundation for my opinion on this matter.

My first encounter with Christians who strongly opposed homosexuality happened at an InterVarsity Christian retreat during my university years. I must have brought up the topic in conversation with someone and they suggested I talk to a leader about it. I don’t remember the details of the conversation, only that my arguments were considered invalid. Homosexuality was a sin, end of story.  I wasn’t convinced, but I was sad.

In the following years at university, in my time as a missionary, in personal relationships and in various churches I encountered the same views.  I deeply considered what the Bible said about it. It never felt right, and I never adopted the belief of homosexuality as a sin. But I went silent  whenever the topic came up, and hoped the conversation would change quickly. I suppose I was afraid people would think I wasn’t a “good Christian”. I also tend to avoid confrontation, and I don’t enjoy debating with people whose minds are made up.

I love Jesus, I love the Bible, and I do not believe that being LGBTQ is a sin. I have a number of arguments for my belief, (which I would be happy to have a respectful discussion about), but the primary one is that I believe love is good, whether you are a man who loves a woman, a man who loves a man, a woman who loves a man, a woman who loves a woman, or anything in between.

In researching for this blog post I found an amazing article and video that you MUST watch if you are a Christian struggling with what the Bible says about homosexuality.  It might just change your mind.  Here’s the article: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex-Sex Relationships.

I know I’m not alone. Let’s speak out and hopefully encourage healing for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. If you agree with me, please share this post or write your own message of love and support.  We can use our voices to change the attitudes of others and hopefully shine some light in this troubled world.

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Dear Ones who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Queer:

You are amazing.  You are beautiful.  You are wonderful as you are.  You don’t need to change, you only need to be yourself.  Celebrate the things you love and what makes you YOU.  I love you, I accept you, I support you, I cheer you on.  God loves you, He accepts you, supports you, and cheers you on.  Now press play below and rock out to this song.


I do encourage respectful discussion about this topic.  Hurtful comments will not be approved or allowed on this blog.  Feel free to contact me personally.

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[Personal] Shasta is four and he is hilarious.

Our sweet, silly Shasta is FOUR!  If you have had the pleasure of meeting him, especially in the last year or two, you know how special he is.  He has said a LOT of hilarious, cute, and inappropriate things this past year and to celebrate this wonderful boy I’m sharing a few gems with you.  You’re welcome.



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A few more:

S: What’s that mommy?
Me: It’s a tampon.
S: For the mommy boo boo?
Me: Yes.
S: It’s not a cookie?
Me: No, it’s not a cookie.
Thank you mom. You’re so helpful.
Can you be the hurt lady and I’ll be the sad doctor?
Me: I’m sorry for being in a bad mood.  I’m just in a funk and I need to snap out of it.
Shasta: Is it an uptown funk?
I used to play with it a lot when I was a kid. 
I’m not happy because I’m sad. 
This hexagon has a lot of mass. 
I can hardly wait to hear what he’ll say as a four year old.  Thank you Shasta for helping me to become a better person, for being yourself, and for making me smile every day.  You are a blessing to everyone you meet!
Thank you for my birthday party, Mom!

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