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Melanie Steele
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#WelfareFoodChallenge - Day 7. For me the challenge is over. For many it continues. It's time to #raisetherates

Today was the last day of the Welfare Food Challenge. I’m excited for it to be over (and even have a bag of chips teed up for midnight), but saddened at the same time. For many people in this province, the challenge continues – $3/day for food is their…

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#WelfareFoodChallenge - Half way there! #raisetherates

I’m more than half way through the week and counting down the days until the challenge is over. I have more food left than I thought I would at this stage and I’m definitely not at risk of running out. This is good news because I’ll be able to eat a bit…

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My head is pounding! I think it’s from no caffeine for 2 days. Hoping this will be gone tomorrow. I’ve green drinking plain hot water instead – I find it comforting actually. I’m not in the mood for much writing today, but I’ll let you know what I ate.…

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Day 1 of the #WelfareFoodChallenge complete. It's going to be a long week.

Today was the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge and I’m feeling a whole bunch of things at once. I am saddened by the fact that so many people in BC don’t have enough to eat. I am angry that we live in a place with so much excess, while so many have…

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What can you get for 21 bucks? Here's what I'll be eating for the next week #WelfareFoodChallenge #RaisetheRates

Today is the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge.  For the next week, I will only be eating what I could manage to buy with 21 dollars.  I won’t be accepting any freebies, donations, or poaching from my garden or deep-freeze.  21 dollars does not seem…

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Think you could live off $21 per week? #WelfareFoodChallenge #RaisetheRates

“Should I have peanut butter or chicken?” I asked my husband, already knowing my answer. “I think peanut butter” he said. “It’s more versatile.” Good answer. “Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.” I was trying to decide whether or not to spend $4.00 on a few…

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#HappyFathersDay. Made one of Dad's favorites tonight.

I was fortunate to grow up in a house of two cooks. My dad cooked on the ships for the Coastguard, my mom on all the days that dad was away, or wasn’t cooking. In our house, cooking was neither a woman’s nor a man’s job. It was the job of the person that…

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NEW Post: A quick and easy breakfast to get you going! Mexican hot chocolate smoothie

I love smoothies for breakfast.  They are quick, easy, and can be a good way to sneak some extra greens into your day.  They are, however, not as much fun in the winter.  A cold breakfast on a cold morning just doesn’t do it for me.  Especially when the…

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NEW Post: Happy New Year and a Make Ahead Breakfast

Hello and Happy New Year!  It feels kind of funny to say that now, considering it’s already the 16th of January.  Nonetheless, I hope that you had a festive yet restful holiday season. It’s been quite a while since my last post.  Unfortunately, I had to…

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NEW Post: Fresh Pick Friday - Chard. Try a new vegetable this weekend!

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is…
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