February 25, 2011


Oh how I lack time. My baby has to be with me at all times according to him. He allows me 10 minute slots (on a good day!) to complete 1/20 of a task. As you can imagine, I don't get much done. Thankfully we don't tend to have people over very often and people don't come over unexpectedly so I don't have too worry too much about how my cleaning is going. I concentrate in the areas we frequent the most, those being, the kitchen, the family room and our room. That is not to say that these rooms are spotless, oh no, not by a long shot. You know what though? I don't really care! I would rather spend those 15 minutes playing with X-man than folding the laundry. Nothing will happen to the clothes if they don't get folded.

February 23, 2011


I'm not sure how to explain it, but I have been feeling so full of...love, I guess. I just can't stop staring at my little guy. I've been putting together video I've taken of him in order to have dates on everything, so I'm re-living his early days and I just can't stop the gushy feelings.
Do all mothers feel this way? I'm sure most do. How can you not?  
I am totally content to sit and stare at him for hours on end, whether he's sleeping or awake. He has so many expressions, his eyebrows seem to say a dozen different things at once, one minute his hair is sticking up and the next it's slicked back. The list just goes on and on. I could just go and on, but I won't.
I just had to get this out. The feelings are so overwhelming.

February 15, 2011

What to eat?

Looking for inspiration...until then, here is tonight's menu.

Steak with fried onion and bok choy with pasta in roasted red pepper sauce.

Valentine's Day celebrations

X-man and I hosted a little V-Day get together with our mummy and baby friends. We shared some yummy treats, exchanged cards and played. 
Then Daddy came home with flowers to surprise us. He visited with all the babies then left us to our devices.
That evening, Daddy and X-man took me out for dinner at a Greek restaurant. Food was nice, X-man spilled a glass of red wine on his and daddy's pants and he entertained the whole restaurant with his "talking", which at the moment is manifested by loud, high pitched shrills.
All in all a good night.
The most handsome Valentine in the world!

Valentine's Day

X-man and I made Valentines Day cards for his friends. He did seem to want to eat the marker more than write with it though!

February 11, 2011

Quick snack idea

In an effort not to reach for a handful of chocolate chips and to claim that as my lunch, I've decided to try and put together a few snacks.

The first is hard boiled eggs. The plan is to boil 5 eggs at a time to have them ready to go.

I can:
- eat one with a bit of salt and a tomato
- make an egg salad sandwich
- make a salad with egg slices on top
- eat alongside some cubes of cheddar cheese

How would you eat a hard boiled egg?

Boiling over with excitement

There are a few blogs that I follow, mainly related to crafting, although to be honest I haven't really done that many. However, I feel like I am a creative person, and my favourites folders are full up with projects I'd love to try. For now I have no time, but one day!!
One of my favourite blogs is about to start a whole series on boys. Tons of stuff related to boys! How awesome is that!! I am so super excited and I can't wait. It starts next Tuesday and I've put a button to the right that links to Boy Month over at MADE and Made by Rae. Why not throw a link here too.

February 9, 2011

Almost back on the healthy train

I couldn't resist. I love these sausages. I've included the label so you can see how bad they are, but they are soooo good.

Tonight's menu: 
Sweet Longaniza Sausages with Mushroom and Onion garnish, Brown Spanish Rice & Salad

Something I always do with my rice when transferring it into its storage container, is to dump it out on the table and growing through it because there are pieces of yucky things (I don't actually know what they are), bad grains, I guess.
Place 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water in a pot. (Or whatever amount of rice you have, you always double the amount of water.) Once water has begun to be absorbed by the grains, put in 2 tablespoons of crushed tomatoes and mix in. Keep stirring occasionally and reduce to a simmer once boiling so as not to burn.

These are the tops of the peppers I stuffed the other day.
Hmm, doesn't look very appetizing here.
Fry up sausages, onions and mushrooms in pan. Sausages go in first as they take the longest.

Play around with your salads, throw in whatever you've got.

- lettuce
- 2 tomatoes
- 4 strips marble cheddar cheese
- tops of peppers
- lime juice

Mix all together.

Plate, serve, enjoy!

Super Bowl meal, tasty but not necessarily the healthiest

Who cares though?!

First of all, I cannot take any credit for the meal, it was the husband! The husband said that he'd make the meal for the Super Bowl. 

Hamburgers (minus the bun, cause that would just be fattening!), homemade fries. Oh no, wait, I did make a tomato and onion salad.

Hamburger patties

- ground meat, amount varies depending on how many you want and how thick/big you want them
- parsley, handful 
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic. minced
- salt & pepper 
- flour, enough to coat the patties 

Mix all ingredients, minus flour in a bowl. Using hands, shape patties however you want. Prior to frying them, coat them in flour. Fry up!

Homemade fries

Cut your potatoes however you want and place in a big bowl. Add salt & pepper and toss in bowl to mix well. Make sure to use enough oil in the pan for your fry up.


Chop tomatoes and onion, throw into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Mix and drizzle with lime juice.

Plate, serve, enjoy!

The perfect beverage for this meal. Belongs to the husband.

February 4, 2011

I can't believe the time has come

Tomorrow we are going to our first open house at a day care! How frightening is that? I just can't believe we already have to think about it. I'm sure other people have already sorted theirs out, I guess I've sort of left it alone and didn't want to think about it, so now we're probably going to scramble to figure out which one we want. Home or centre or nanny? Do they offer in-house cooked food? How much does it cost? Where would be the best location? Who is going to drop him off and pick him up? Should it be close to home or to work? So many things to think about!!

Yummy yummy in my tummy

Tonight's menu:
Hummus (albeit store bought) with flax seed bread
Cabbage & veggie soup (fresh new massive pot)
Stuffed peppers with ground beef

Hummus & flax seed bread

Excuse the candy cane spreader, I couldn't find any non-seasonal ones in the spur of the moment.

Cabbage & veggie soup

See February 2nd post

Stuffed peppers with ground beef


- 5 stuffed peppers, de seeded
- 1/2 can of crushed tomatoes
- ground beef, amount depends on size of peppers and if you want to make some extra meat balls on the side
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped/minced
- 3 tbsp brown rice

In a big pot, mix water with crushed tomatoes. In a bowl, mix together ground beef with garlic and rice. Mush together with hands. With a spoon, fill the peppers with the ground beef mixture. Once filled, place peppers in big pot with tomato sauce. Ensure that there is enough water to reach the tops of the peppers or at least most of the way and with a ladle take some of the sauce and pour on top of the peppers so they fill up with liquid, otherwise rice won't cook. Turn on burner and cover pot with lid. Cook for approximately 30 minutes. Once it starts to boil you can turn down the heat to a simmer. We put sour cream on top and always use bread to mop up the sauce.

Plate, serve and enjoy!

Don't throw the tops of the peppers away, save them for a dish the next day!

February 2, 2011

Half-a*% job tonight

I admit, I started out with good intentions, X-man was cooperating for the soup making, but then we went upstairs for a nap and it all went south.

Cabbage & vegetable soup


- 1/2 a large cabbage, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 3 tbsp crushed tomatoes
- salt, to taste

Fill a large pot with water. Put cabbage. Bring to a boil. Add carrots, celery, onion, salt and crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Beets, turnip and chicken

This meal didn't turn out fantastic, it was definitely lacking something, not only in taste, but on my plate, as you'll see in the picture.

I'm wondering what else I could have added to the dish...Looking for ideas for next time.


- 2 beets, sliced
- 1 turnip, sliced 
- 8 green onions, chopped
- 3 chicken breast, pieces
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- 2 tbsp crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water

Heat up canola oil in pan. Add onions. After a minute, add beets and turnip.
In small pot, place chicken in water. Bring to a boil. Add garlic and mix in crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Plate, serve and enjoy!

My poor plate  :(  And what is with the lighting in this shot?!
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