Finnish Pea Soup

Irish 🍀 eyes are smiling. In this case my peas are smiling at me. These dried peas are the beginning step of Finnish pea soup which was a childhood staple made by my great-Mummi is prefect on a cold winter day followed by my absolutely favourite Finnish pancakes.

When serving Finnish pea soup always remember mustard. I am especially fond of the Finnish one made by Turun Sinappi. Luckily I am able to find it without a trip to Finland and love all three strengths – Mieto (Mild) – Green Cap, Väkevä (Strong) – Red Cap and Tulinen (Fiery) – Black Cap. For pea soup, the sweet mild one is the perfect compliment.

Since I do not have our family recipe, my first homemade attempt was with a recipe from a small and beautifully photographed Finnish cookbook called A Tasty Trip to Finland given to me by family in Helsinki when I visited a few years ago. For anyone who would like to attempt this Finnish food tradition, there are many recipes to be found online and likely on WordPress too.

A fun Finnish pea soup fact: it’s traditionally eaten on Thursdays, with Finnish pancakes for dessert and you will find it on the menu in many restaurants in Finland.

We are the Junior League

I am a proud to 15 year member of the Junior League. I am forever grateful for all the leadership and community training and development it has provided me as well as many beautiful friendships. The Junior League has been a positive catalyst in my life and re-committed my desire to give back to others and my community.

Join us! We are UNSTOPPABLE! We are the Junior League!


Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon Cancer is highly treatable if detected early and is up to 90% preventable.

Know the symptoms & get screened. Having a colonoscopy can save your life. I have had many people say they refuse to have this test because of the prep. My family history requires early screening and the prep in Canada is easier than ever before. If you have been putting this procedure off, please do not be afraid of having a colonoscopy. Talk to your Doctor about when screening should begin for you and if you have any symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. Colonoscopy screening saves lives. Don’t let fear or embarrassment get in the way of getting this important screening and maybe saving your own life.

I Wear My Marimekko Reflector At Night

When it is raining or darkness sets in, always a smart and safe idea to wear a reflector on your travels after dark. Night driving can be hard for many and it can be challenging to see people walking. If you walk outside, please invest in a reflector. This is mine from Marimekko Design House. Cute and practical.

Always remember safety first.

My Packing List

My Packing List. I always keep one saved in my mobile phone which I can adjust depending on the destination. I definitely review on my outbound journey as I pack to ensure I don’t forget anything and avoid unnecessary purchases. I would love to say I am a smart savvy packer but truth be told I still tend to bring too much. Likely adhering to my family travel rule “If you could carry it yourself, you could bring it.” Since I can carry a lot I seem to bring more than I need.

Hope you find this list a helpful resource and a great starting point to create your very own travel packing list.

Carry-On Luggage

• Camera – DSLR and/or Point and Shoot

• Ear buds for my iPhone and iPod

• Eyeglasses and Sunglasses including cases

• Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication

• Mobile Telephone and/or Tablet

• Makeup (non-liquids)

• Ziploc Bag Medium for all on-board liquids – packed before I leave for the airport to ensure everything fits and the ziploc can be sealed

• Shawl to keep warm on the flight

• Jewellery if bringing anything outside of what I wear day to day. I have a wrapable jewellery pouch for travel and tend to keep jewellery to a minimum unless I am attending a special event

• Hair brush

• Extra Ziploc bags

• Lint Brush

• Hat – sun and/or winter – depending on destination

• Gloves if visiting a destination with a cold and/or temperate climate regardless of season. There is nothing worse than surprise weather and being super cold. I have been in this situation in June in England. Never again.

• Umbrella

• Jeans if I wish to change at my destination

• Chargers – mobile phone, iPad, camera, electric converters and adapters. I keep mine in one pouch – I have a Stella and Dot Pouf that I use for this purpose.

• My folder of all my travel documents

• A luggage tag and also place my contact details inside my carry-on

Checked Luggage

• Jacket

• Jeans and Pants

• Dresses and/or Skirt

• Short Sleeved and Sleeveless T-Shirts

• Sweaters and/or Cardigans

• Shoes – flats/running shoes/boots

• Scarfs or Shawls

• Bag to use day to day when out and about

• Sleepwear

• Delicates

• Tights and/or socks

• Travel Hair Dryer – Dual Voltage (if required)

• Flat Iron – Dual Voltage (if required)

• Bags for shoes – I wrap each shoe individually and line the edges of the suitcase

• Swimsuit

• Toiletries Bag Essentials. With changes of the rules many things end up under the plane. Mine would include Skincare, Makeup, Make-up Remover, SPF, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Styling Creme, Dry Shampoo and Hair Spray – non-aerosol, Mini Perfume, Nail Polish, Nail File, Contact Lenses – Dailies, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Floss, Deodorant and a Mini First Aid Kit. I always wrap any things I don’t want to potentially leak inside my luggage in ziplocs and then wrap my toiletries bag in another bag. A little excessive but it ensures no accidents and ruined clothing.

• Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers – Always remember to pack in your checked luggage

• A luggage tag and also place my contact details inside the luggage in case it and my destination tags go missing.

To discover more of my travel tips, please visit my Leaving on a Jet Plane post.

Happy packing and trails to you!