1 Thing I Cannot Live Without

1 Thing I Cannot Live Without


Why? Because of what it represents.


A routine allows you to feel ok. To justify life and why we exist. Because if you fall into the black hole of thinking why the hell we exist and what’s the point, it is difficult to get out. Why the hell do we go through our days doing things and freaking out? It sounds basic, but people forget…tomorrow is a new day and when you die it all ends. Stress makes no sense.

My method of getting rid of stress is routine. Keeping up healthy old ones, and starting new ones.

I get up do my typical day and go to bed so it can all reset in the morning.

Some days are crazy and exciting and others are crazy and stressful. A routine sets an expectation and allows you to feel comfort.

No matter where I am in the world, my place or not…I need a coffee. That is how I start my day. Some times the coffee is good and sometimes it’s like dirty water. Either way, it is the action.

Picking up a warm mug, maybe adding some milk, sipping on it as long as possible until it is done. That is calming and that is why I cannot live without coffee.

I prefer espresso. Normal coffee only from Starbucks or a random cafe. Tim Hortons is gross. McDs is actually ok and a low key indulgence – double cream double sugar. So bad, but so good.

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Small Kitchen Food Staples

Small Kitchen Food Staples

Living in a basement apartment with minimal storage space for food forces you to evaluate what is necessary and what is not.

Non negotiable needs in any kitchen...

  • Fats - butter and oil
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Milk (dairy or non, w.e you need)

The following are my kitchen, fridge and baking essentials.


Pantry essentials include always pasta, rice, dried beans, and some sort of tomato item (canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste or tomato puree). These items allow me to create basic meals. I have a collection of random pastas and dried beans. That I take constant inventory of prior to going weekly grocery shopping. These are the basis of a meal and inspire creation.


Broth base, yeast and olives. My bouillon needs to be refrigerated.  Yeast because I love to make pizza and quick breads like cinnamon buns. Olives because they can go into and on anything and make that thing so much better.


My baking essentials include some sort of chocolate, vanilla extract, sugars and flour. Chocolate for cookies or loaves. Brown and white sugar. My flour situation currently is focusing on whole wheat (just to make things healthier) and using less white flour. My collection of baking spices reflect the typical mix for pumpkin spice, fall flavors. Normal people who bake rarely could pass with just cinnamon, but those special spices are necessities to me.

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