Change is Here: The New Mango About Town

Today marks the beginning and end of an era: the end of this site and the beginning of the new Mango About Town.

I wanted send out a BIG thank you to everyone who has supported this little corner of the internet and I invite you to come check out my new (and not so improved) space!

In the next coming months I have big plans to turn it into a more streamlined and visually appealing website, but in the mean time you’re just going to be left with me and my writing.

Hope to see you all on the other side!

Steep Rock


Change is Coming!

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about you!

You’ll be pleased to know that amazing, fantastic, wonderful, exciting changes are in the crisp fall air.

I will be back very soon with some regularly scheduled programming but in the mean time feel free to check out some of my older posts and try not to faint with excitement while you wait for me to share the awesome news.

The Importance of Cooking at Home

What is a Profesional Home Economist

How to Make a Perfect Brunch Fruit Platter


How do we get more people cooking?

You can keep up with me on Instagram – maybe I’ll drop some hints about what’s going on!

Tackling Our CSA: Week 10

How to Use Up a CSA Share

Happy Friday Folks!

As you’re reading this I’m probably in a Greyhound bus in the middle of the Canadian prairies on my way to visit a dear friend.

Don’t worry, I’ve prepared many snacks.

I’m excited to get away from the city again and enjoy a weekend filled with friends and hopefully food (mac & cheese bites, anyone?).

This week’s CSA share was gorgeous and I can’t wait to tell you about all the fun we had with the veggies.

What was in the basket?

  • Eggplant (1)
  • Rapini (aka broccoli rabe)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Purple Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Purple Pepper
  • Zucchini (3)
  • Acorn Squash

CSA Week 10

How did we use the items this week?

  • Eggplant – grilled on the bbq – no joke, eggplant is my favourite vegetable
  • Rapini (aka broccoli rabe) – sautéed with swiss chard, S&P + garlic powder
  • Swiss Chard – sautéed
  • Purple Potatoes – Added to potato collection. Still working on some from last week.
  • Turnips – Peeled, boiled, and mashed with some butter and S&P
  • Cucumbers – Eaten as is, added to salads
  • Roma Tomatoes – Eaten as is, added to salads
  • Purple Pepper – Added to salads
  • Zucchini (3) – grilled on the bbq
  • Acorn Squash – Hanging out, waiting for a roast next week

What were some challenges/successes this week?


  • We received a lot of produce gifts this week (cucumbers, more tomatoes, ect.) and we’ve been trying to tackle the whole lot of it. I refuse to see something rot in the fridge this week!


  • Tackling the veggies I dislike/am unfamiliar with – I’m looking at you rapini and turnips.

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6Week 7Week 8, and Week 9 for more CSA goodness.

Let’s chatHow are you making out with the summer produce? Do you have a fun recipe for acorn squash I should try?

GoodLife Mid-Point Check In

About a month and a half ago I shared that I was beginning a 3 month challenge with GoodLife Fitness. My goal was to be the best me I could be while changing things up with my fitness routine.

I’ve had a few challenges and set backs along the way, but I think overall the challenge is encouraging me to be more confident, dedicated, and healthy. Below is a quick check-in with my thoughts on the program, the club and classes, and my experiences so far.


So far I’ve had a great intro to the club, focus on cardio, and now a focus on strength. It’s been going at a good pace but because of summer holidays I struggled getting to GoodLife for the first weeks of the challenge.

Despite the lack of attendance I was still active 4-5x a week for the entirety of the challenge so far which is an improvement for me! The program has also allowed me to really mix up my workouts by incorporating classes, cardiovascular training, and weight training.

Club & Classes

One of my goals was to try out all the classes GoodLife offers. I’m a class junkie so I figured this would be a perfect goal for me. I managed to try out four different classes so far and here’s what I thought about them:

  • BodyPump: Great, high energy class. I was sore for DAYS after but the class made me feel really strong. I’ve made this class part of my routine.
  • CXWORX: This class was 30 minutes of HARD work. I loved how it was a shorter class but I walked out of there feeling like I did something. I plan to do this one followed by a cardio class in the future.
  • BodyFlow: This one wasn’t for me – I found the pace a little slow for a yoga/stretching type course.
  • RPM: Intense but GOOD. I’ve never tried a spin-type class before because I was scared of them, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Portage & Main Club is great. The staff is helpful and the facilities are well maintained. My only problem with the club is the time at which classes are scheduled. I work atypical hours and the afternoon classes are a little too late-afternoon for me. This location serves mainly those who work in the offices in downtown Winnipeg so the hours do make sense for the location.

Overall Thoughts

My confidence has absolutely increased since starting the challenge. I’ve tried classes I typically thought of as insanely hard (I’m looking at you RPM and Body Pump) and I’ve slowly added some running back into my routine after months of dealing with injury.

My dedication to a workout plan has also improved. If I don’t do some sort of physical activity 4-5x a week my body feels restless. I’ve gotten really good at scheduling workouts and including variety.

I feel healthier – which is totally subjective, but I certainly feel stronger and more ready to take on physical challenges – bring on the mountains, kayaks, and hikes!

Steep Rock

Going Forward

I want to hit up alltheclasses! I still have quite a few more  – Jillian is on my radar this week. I also love my workout buddies and I plan to keep them around as accountability partners (..I promise you I would never have gotten to RPM with out at least 1 of them). Maybe some more running?

I know it’s only been a month and a half but this challenge is really helping me lay down some solid fitness habits and I can’t wait to see what the second half of the challenge has in store!

Steep Rock

Disclaimer: I received a complementary 3-month pass to GoodLife Fitness so that I could take part in this challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s chatHow did you set up a foundation of fitness habits in your life? What fitness habits are you struggling with?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 9

How to Use Up a CSA Share

We’re changing things up a bit and I will be coming at ya with a CSA post on Friday’s now! Hurrah it’s Friday!

We now pick up our CSA at the River Heights Farmers market. The market is a little further away than our old pick up location and because we have to be there between 1-4 it is now solely my task to pick up the share.

phew these veggies were heavy.

and the mosquitos were out in full force. 

BUT with effort comes great reward and I would say this has been our best share so far. I mean I almost cried when I saw the tomatoes. <3

What was in the basket?

  • Purple potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Summer Squash (2)
  • Beans – Yellow/Green Mix & Green
  • Cucumbers (6)
  • Roma Tomatoes (4)
  • Basil

CSA Week 9

How did we use the items this week?

  • Purple potatoes – Roasted with herbs and spices; foil packs on the BBQ; some remaining in our potato bin
  • Radishes – Prepped but still in the fridge! I had no vinegar to do my usual trick with them.
  • Swiss Chard – Sautéed for side dish.
  • Summer Squash (2) – Vegetable tian; Still in the fridge.
  • Beans – Yellow/Green Mix & Green – Incorporated into stirfry; sautéed with mushrooms and spices/herbs
  • Cucumbers (6) – Ate straight up; added to salad
  • Roma Tomatoes (4) – Added to salad; Added to vegetable tian
  • Basil – I know we used some, but I can’t remember where; rest is still in the fridge

What were some challenges/successes this week?


  • Carrying the share home. I need to invest in a bigger backpack to spread the load!
  • Eating 1/3 of the cucumbers before I could take the picture. oops!


  • Trying out new recipes/experimenting in the kitchen to help us get through some of our haul.

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6Week 7, and Week 8 for more CSA goodness.

Let’s chatSummer squash – why is the skin so hard?? It’s really hard for us to get over it – what are your best tips?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 8

How to Use Up a CSA Share

Happy Thursday, I hope you’re all having a great week!

We’ve been busy over here squeezing in as much fun as we can while it’s still summer. I hit up Yoga at the Forks, enjoyed my morning walks, and enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the evenings.

With all the happenings I’m surprised there was any cooking at all – but man did we cook! Mr A was away for work for two days and you know what they say: When Mr A is away, Melissa cooks… I never said I was good at rhyming.

What was in the basket?

  • Stirfry Mix
  • Radishes
  • Green Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers (4)
  • Hot Peppers (2)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Beans
  • Patty Pans (2)
  • Summer Squash

CSA Week 8

How did we use the items this week?

  • Stirfry Mix – Chicken stirfry
  • Radishes – Marinated with vinegar and salt. I ate them all in one sitting om nom nom.
  • Green Cauliflower – Chicken stirfry
  • Cucumbers (4) – Added to salads; eaten as is
  • Hot Peppers (2) – Still in the fridge
  • Swiss Chard – Made this Hearty Lentil Soup and subbed kale with swiss chard.
  • Beans – Made refrigerator dill beans! OMG I can’t wait to crack them open.
  • Patty Pans (2) – Sautéed with onions for side dish.
  • Summer Squash – Still in the fridge but I have my eye on a nice quiche.

What were some challenges/successes this week?


  • Hot peppers! I don’t really like hot/spicy things so I’m at a loss with this one.


  • Tackled a good chunk of the basket this week.
  • Buying complimentary vegetables: Carrots, celery, onions, spinach – made making dishes easier

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6, and Week 7 for more CSA goodness.

Let’s chatWhat would you do with hot peppers? Have you ever made refrigerator pickles?

Tackling Our CSA: Week 7

How to Use Up a CSA Share

After last week’s dismal showing we were inspired to do better. What do you know, we actually did a pretty good job. I guess all it takes is a really terrible week (and being home most nights) to actually tackle our share!

While I’m on my pride train I had better tell you what we were up too!

Wondering what I’m talking about? Check back to the Intro Post, Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, and Week 6 for more CSA goodness.

What was in the basket?

  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini (1)
  • Broccoli
  • Yellow Beans
  • Garlic
  • Apples

CSA Week 7

How did we use the items this week?

  • Swiss Chard – Sautéed as a side dish for dinner.
  • Cucumbers – Ate as is; added to salads
  • Zucchini (1) – Chicken stir fry
  • Broccoli – Chicken stir fry
  • Stir fry Greens Mix – Added to chicken stir fry; bed for fried eggs (my favourite way to sneak greens in)
  • Yellow Beans – Sautéed with garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Garlic – Cleaned up and ready for use in the future.
  • Apples – Cored and chopped then froze with some lemon juice for crumbles/apple sauce/ect. in the future.

CSA Apples

What were some challenges/successes this week?


  • None! Say whaaa!? Quite the turn around from last week.


  • Tackled those apples (and last weeks) like a boss.
  • Changed things up with a stir fry this week (not in our normal routine) that ate up a lot of veggies!

Let’s chatWhat would you do with swiss chard? Are stir fry’s a regular in your meal plan?