Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
So far I’m doing all right. I had one bad day calorie wise as I mentioned in my previous post. Yesterday I was within in my range- just barely. For supper last night I made a Vegetarian Tofu Chilli. While I’m not vegetarian, I do like to try different thing. As much I’ve liked other vegetarian chilli’s, this really wasn’t one of them. Probably not one I’ll do again.
Today has already been a struggle. I’ve been taking my youngest Sophia to get a picture taken each month of her first year, and today was her 10 month picture. On the way home, Tim Hortons was calling out to me. I was craving a French Vanilla Cappuccino and a Bacon Breakfast Sandwich. I even switched lanes to go over there and then managed to talk myself out of it and go straight home. Although there may be allowances for it, I didn’t want to waste the majority of my daily calories on that when I could enjoy something more later on in the day. So for breakfast I had 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread with a tbsp of peanut butter and a black coffee from my Keurig. Way less calories!
Recently I discovered a website called SOS Cuisine. I believe it’s mostly for Ontario and Quebec residents but the recipes on there can be accessed by anyone. The thing I like about it is that it gives you a weekly supper menu using items that it knows are on sale that week in my local grocery stores. So it gives me the menu, the recipes, a shopping list, and a list of where the sales are to buy the cheapest food! I love it! I don’t always love all the recipes (the vegetarian chilli was from there), but I use it mainly and add a few of my own recipes to the week.
Now that I’m planning our meals on a weekly basis I find I’m much more organized and don’t need to run out to the store to quickly get that ingredient for supper. Although there are usually only 3 eaters at supper (Sophia eats from my plate- and Emily is only here every other weekend), I always cook 4 servings and use the leftover serving for my husbands’ lunch the next day. It’s very convenient!
Well I’m off to work on some housework and laundry while Sophia is napping. Hoping you have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And now, it's September. I told myself not to even try to blog during the summer because I would just disappoint myself. So here we are.
My daughter Daniella started Junior Kindergarten this year. That's so weird to me. I feel like she was just born yesterday and now she's off to school. I expected to be emotional about it but I wasn't. I think there was just too much commotion that day to be emotional.
Another change in my life is that I'm now unemployed. It's a long story, but I am now a stay-at-home mom. I've been telling my husband for the last 3 years how much I wish I could stay at home with my kids and take better care of the house and have more homemade meals, etc. So here's my chance. I guess this is probably where I should mention that I'm expecting! We found out at the beginning of August and I'm currently 13 weeks along. So this is why I am not finding another job right now. Who wants to hire someone who will be taking maternity leave in 6 months?
So yesterday I made taco salad for supper. Instead of using the little packets of taco seasoning that you find in the grocery store, I made my own mixture. It's WAY cheaper, much tastier, and no added junk like MSG, etc. My husband told me several times that it's much tastier than the store bought so I think I will stick with this.
Today I decided to bake some bread. Ever since moving out east 5 years ago, I've had trouble baking any decent bread. I'm not sure what it is since other people seem to do it fine, but I always have trouble getting the dough to rise. I don't know if it's the elevation, or maybe the house is too cold, but either way today was successful. Once the dough was made, I put a heating pad in a large bowl and put the dough bowl inside the larger bowl. That seemed to do the trick!
I also made some Zumma (Summer) Borscht. It's a Mennonite soup that I grew up with. It's got farmer sausage, potatoes, onions, and dill. So delicious! So tonight we had soup and bread for supper. Yummy!
Well I guess that's all for now. Have a great day!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Car Nut Frame
This cute little frame is easy enough for the little ones to do and how can Dad not like something with nuts?
Best Dad Desk Accessory
How could Dad not love this little reminder that he is the best?
Denim MP3 Player Holder
Does Dad have an MP3 player in need of a case? Here’s an idea to fix that!
Does Dad need a clipboard? Here’s a fun one he’d like!
Make a Dad Box and fill it up with some of his favourite goodies!
Painted Father’s Day Magazine Holder for the Fisherman
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Last year for Father’s Day the girls & I bought him a book called the BBQ Bible. He loved it. But the only problem was that many of the recipes in this “bible”, were for a charcoal grill. He only had access to a propane one. So he set his sights on a charcoal grill. The Weber Gold. We heard about this thing for months and months. So a few weeks ago Emily and I put our heads together and decided it would make a great Father’s Day present. We left Daniella out of the conversation because she can only keep a secret for about 5 minutes. Unfortunately Emily is only with us every other weekend and her weekend did not coincide with Father’s Day. So we decided to hold it one week early. I went to the mall and got a little plaque engraved that says, “Happy Father’s Day. Love Emily & Daniella, 2009”. Then we taped the plaque into his card. When he opened the card and puzzlingly looked at the plaque, Emily told him to go into the porch and see what was under the blanket. There was his Weber! He was so shocked and so excited! Immediately the BBQ Bible came out and he had to run to the store for some charcoal and some meat.
That night, we had steak, peppers and onions. They were SO good! The next night we had chicken. Last night Sam was going to try his hand at BBQ-ing a pizza. He watched several YouTube videos on how it was done and planned to do it, but it was raining quite hard- so no BBQ-ing that night. But Sam wanted to make his pizza so he did it in the kitchen. This was his first ever pizza! I was so proud of him!! It was really good too! Way better than I usually make since I tend to always put on too many topping no matter how hard I try not to. After the pizza was all cleaned up, I helped him make a marinade for some pork chops that he’ll be grilling tonight and for some more steak for tomorrow.
So if you ever think getting your husband to cook is hopeless, it can be done!