An awesome recipe and some useful tips on moving house and country, along with a little story :o)…
Well, moving country is not for the faint of heart at the best of times but throw in a few extreme factors and it becomes an extreme sport!
I have just relocated my family from the little, little island of Bermuda to the big, big United States. When I moved to Bermuda 12 years ago, I moved with 2 suitcases. Now, I have 2 children and WAY more than 2 suit cases :o).
The month before we moved, my husband was told he had to go away for business and it just so happened to be the 2 weeks directly before our departure! No problem right? I can do this.
8 days before our departure my son (poor love) got a case of walking pneumonia, 5 days and counting I ended up with Strep throat and Bronchitis, my house sitter (for our cats) cancelled with 4 days until departure and I still had 2 wedding parties to get through 2 days before departure. Back to the Doctor one more time because my sweet boy ends up with a scratched cornea from a completely accidental rain coat incident and now I am afraid I may seriously lose it! Something has to give. I have now decided to look at this as my extreme sport. I can do this. Last leg of a very long race.
Being organized has never let me down so that is my fall back, We just had to get through it, and we did! Waiting for us on the other side was our amazing support team and the sun came out again!!
Along the way I learned some very valuable things that I would LOVE to share, so here are a couple of lists to help you through any kind of move (maybe a few other situations as well:o) ).
PRELIMINARY LIST FOR ANY MOVE
-LOTS of boxes
-LOTS of tape
-A serious sense of humour
-Wine (“Lots of” would work here as well)
-Amazing people on the other end
DETAILED MOVING CHECK LIST
– Moving/ Shipping Companies: I was moving country so it was really important that I do this pretty far ahead of time, which I am SO glad I did! I really recommend shopping around and getting quotes. The company I ended up choosing had good customer service and was literally thousands of dollars less than the company that had thought I would use.
– Label: Label everything! All boxes, bags, anything! It makes it so much easier on the other side. It can be so tempting to think “oh, I will remember what is in that one…” It does not work with things in the freezer and it does not work with moving boxes.
– Lists: Make lists for everything and write things down. It is so easy to forget things when there is SO much to do. I also think it is incredibly satisfying to cross things off the list when they are done! (I have been known to do this; if I have done something not on my list, actually write it in, for the pure satisfaction of then crossing it off!)
– Packing: Be merciless! Have you used it in the last 6 months to a year? Have you worn it? Does it suit you? What does it do for you and does it really NEED to be moved across great distances? This is a perfect time for reducing clutter in your life! It is so cleansing!! A good detox of possessions can be the start of feeling more focused and honestly, more energized. (I get really excited about the idea of no clutter, can you tell?:o) )
– Nutrition: Moving can be really stressful and it is so important to make sure that you are eating well and sleeping well. Keep your immune system pumped and bring on the extra greens!!! Smoothies are great for this because you can get in sooooo many nutritious veggies, easily and deliciously.
– The Ability to Let Go: I may have a wee tendency to like things in my control so this was a tough one for me! Let your children pack one or some of their own boxes, even if it means it will not be as neatly packed as you would like. It will let them feel that they are a part of the whole process and for us, ended up being really fun! A couple sacrificial packing boxes also make GREAT play houses and GREAT distractions while you are working on the neatly packed boxes!
– Support Team: Call upon your support team, whether it is family, friends, sitters… let them help you. My support team was on the other end of my journey but by the time I got here, I really needed them and I really appreciate them! Thank you!!!!!
– Wine: Oh love, at the end of a crazy day, week, month… after everyone is asleep (or maybe before) there is nothing like having a little glass of red to reflect on the day, take a breath and maybe even have a few bites of some amazing decadent treat to soothe away the stress of the day :o) This may be the cheeky way of dealing with the end of it all but in times like these sometimes the cheeky way wins!!!
With ALL of that having been said, we are in Maine right now and a few of my FAVORITE things in Maine are apples, blueberries and maple syrup so to celebrate our arrival, I thought I would whip up a sweet, simple and delicious way to enjoy our new start!
What a great place to start!
Vegan Apple and Blueberry Crumble
6-8 apples peeled and thinly sliced (tart apples work really well)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup granulated coconut sugar crystals
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 lemon squeezed for juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup gluten-free buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 Tbsp vegan “butter” (I use Earth Balance sticks)
– Mix the sliced apples, blueberries and the remainder of the filling ingredients together and place in a 12×12 baking dish
-In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the crumble, leaving the “butter” for last. Cut the room temperature “butter” into small pieces and add to the dry mixture, mix into the rest. I like to use my hands for this, really get in there and get it nicely blended. You could also use a fork.
– Spoon the crumble over the fruit mixture
-Place in the pre-heated 350 degree oven and cook for 45 minutes.
It will be bubbling and smelling especially gorgeous when it comes out!
I will next time be better prepared and make coconut milk whipped cream to go with this, I am sure that would be out of this world!!
I hope you enjoy :o)
And CHEERS! XX