Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weekend rules.

Can you hear that? Listen. Can you? That my friends, is the weekend calling us. It's saying that it is just one sleep away - and it is coming at us at a vengeance. When it is finally here, there are a few rules that you must follow:

1. Don't blink or you will miss it
2. Breathe it all in
3. Take advantage of every minute to do what you love
4. Take advantage of every other minute and do what you need to do
5. Enjoy

I don't have too much planned for the weekend. One thing that I do plan on every weekend, and have for the past 4 months - is exercising, prepping for the new week, taking some time for me, spending some quality time with my love and catching my breathe. I feel so much more energized and organized when I plan ahead. I realize that I am a creature of habit, and that I do best in that environment. And rather than dwelling on the fact that I may be a bit boring - I have embraced it - and just do my best.

One thing that I know that I will be doing this weekend is cooking. I will probably do another pot of Cabbage Roll Soup - because I am hooked on it. It's easy, it's deelish, it's hearty, and when I make enough - I have lots of leftovers. I am also going to try a new curry/squash soup with salmon or tofu. And cook up one of my brother's chickens. I know crazy!!!! Crazy!!!

I made this last weekend. It was easy, hearty and quite tasty. I took one of families favourites and tried 'healthy-it-up' a bit.

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Skinny Shepherd's Pie

1 small onion - diced
1 pound of lean ground turkey
1 pepper (I used yellow) - diced
1 can of stewed tomatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 cloves of garlic

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Wrap the garlic cloves in aluminum foil - first drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Cook the garlic for about 15 minutes while the meat is cooking.

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In a saute pan, saute the onion in a tbsp of olive oil. Season with kosher salt. Saute for about 7-8 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and saute until it is fully cooked. Add in peppers and the stewed tomatoes. Cook for a couple of minutes and remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, peel and cube the sweet potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water. Boil until they are fully cooked and are easily poked with a fork. Drain and mash using a potato masher. Add in the roasted garlic, season with a pinch of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

I used large sized ramekins to construct the shepherds pies, but you can also use one large dish.

Place the turkey and tomatoes on the bottom and cover with the mashed sweet potatoes.

Bake in the 375 oven for about 20 minutes.

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 And that's it. Serve hot with a salad like this ONE.

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Well my friends - it's time for me to hit the hay. I hope that you all enjoy your weekend.

Loves.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

That's what she said.

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I know that the intent of this blog was to talk about the food that I was making. For the most part that is the focus. I like to talk about the food and dishes that I love. I love to talk about entertaining and the food that we do for our parties. I like to talk about family and friends. I like to talk about my 'running career'. I love to talk about my husband and our pups. I like to pretty much just talk in general. From time to time - I have a thought that I just can't budge and so I tend to use this as my 'venue' to get it off of my chest; and therefore, sometimes I don't post a recipe. I have so many recipes to share that I will never run out of those.

Today's post is without a recipe. It's about how I keep thinking of some of the advice, encouragement, love, etc. that I have been given over the years. I am not sure how I remember all of these - but I remember when I heard it that it didn't resonate to me like it does with me now.

I wanted to share some of these inspirational quotes because they mean so much to me. Oh - and when I say 'quotes' please don't quote me. I may be off a bit.

Micki (Personal trainer and friend): You can do this. You will do this. You are doing this. (She would say this whenever we were working out - her saying this made me feel like I could accomplish it all - and I still hear her saying this when I am struggling to get through a workout/run)

Grandma: Shirl, you need to learn how to accept things from people and not always give. (I would love bringing her treats or taking her out for treats - and she would always get upset if I didn't let her treat)

Marsha (Cuzzie): It's hard, but you just have to do it, make it part of your life. (Last year on the beach at our family reunion we talked about how making fitness a part of your life was so important)

Mom: She doesn't have a boyfriend, but you have a garden don't ya hon? (ahaha!!! The best one. I think that my mom used to think that I was uncomfortable when people would ask me if I had a boyfriend - so she would like to say that I had a garden to make it seem like I had something going on)

Michele (BDHQ): Live your best life. (She says this all the time - and I love it - because it is so true)

Nancy (Bestie): Good shit. (She used to do a little shuffle and pretend to smoke a cigarette and say 'good shit' as she was doing it. And it would make me laugh. And when I hear that saying I always think of her)

Pink (Famous singer): Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame someone's bound to get burned. But just because you burn doesn't mean you're gonna die, you gotta get up and try, try, try. You gotta get up and try. (I am not sure if she is specifically saying this to me - but to me it means - have desire to do something, don't be afraid to try - you just have to try and good things will happen)

Anyways - these are just a few. Things that I like to think about from time to time - and remind me of what's important in my life - family, friends, laughter, courage, strength, dedication and love.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

For the women in my life.

Sometimes I feel that I don't recognize the incredible women in my life. I am surrounded by an amazing group of ladies - that are all a part of my life in different ways. I look to all of them for so many different things.

strength  passion  encouragement

The woman that I truly love and care about - I look to them to be more like them - I admire their strength, their love for themselves, their love of others, their work ethic, their commitment to their health, their commitment to their wealth, their passion for doing what they love, their desire to make their world around them better, their creativity, their compassion, their friendship, their love for animals, the way they laugh, their encouragement, how they listen and how they love unconditionally.

I hope that the wonderful ladies in my life who I see everyday, or the ladies that I haven't seen in 'oh so long, to the ladies that I speak with everyday to the ones that I haven't heard their voice in too long - that they know that they all support me in a way that is immeasurable. And I hope that I am able to give a fraction of what they give to me.

I wish.

I wish that I told them all of this often. I wish that I would not forget that picking up the phone to say a quick 'hello' will only take a moment - but will stay with me much longer. I wish that I would let each and every person that has helped or helps me - know that I am forever grateful. I wish that I would stop wishing for this and make it happen.

I will.

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I have been thinking of this for the last couple of nights. More than likely it is because it was was just my grandma's birthday. And she had all of the qualities that I mentioned above. She was this to her friends and family and everyone she knew. She was an incredible woman who I miss so much - and think of her so often and wish that I could some day be a fraction of who she was. She valued those around her so much.

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For all the lovely ladies (and the men) here is a salad that you might like. It was a quickly whipped up tonight to go with dinner - and it was super easy, super tasty and super fresh.

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Simple  and Fresh Salad

2 celery stalks - thinly sliced on an angle
1 apple - thinly sliced
1 cup of cabbage - thinly shredded
1/4 pomegranate arils
2 tbps raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard

Place everything in a salad bowl and toss. That's it!!

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Alright my friends - time to enjoy the rest of this Super Saturday.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

Happy Tuesday.

Two.

I have had numbers on my mind this week. Two is my least favourite one. Last Sunday I lost two pounds. I was happy about that. Ecstatic. Hard work paid off. I ate well - all meals were planned, only a couple of tiny treats (very tiny), one Coke Zero, healthy snacks and meals. I worked out hard - 5 workouts that included runs, spin classes and drill style workouts. I drank lots and lots of water - 3-4 litres a day. And I slept at least 7-8 hours a night.

This Sunday - I gained two pounds. And everything that is listed above is pretty much what I did this past week. So... this Sunday we'll see what happens. I hope to be down two or more. If I'm not - I hope that I don't have a fit - throw myself down on the scale - flailing my arms and legs - sobbing - throwing a monster fit - and crying to whoever is listening 'WHY ME???'.

Can you picture it? It is going to be unattractive. Please pray to the Goddess of Losing Weight - I am sure that there is one - and let her know to tip the scale for me.

Ok - I have just composed myself - and I have decided that I won't throw a fit. I will just be a lady, walk away, say curse words in my head and then pretend that I have a limp or something to distract people from wanting to know what the scale said.

Alright enough me dwelling on the fact that I dislike the number 2.

I made something pretty delicious tonight. Something that you need to try. A couple of months ago, a friend, Lindsay, told me about making pizza with cauliflower - and was like 'uh what?' and then sort of forgot about it. I LOVE cauliflower. Seriously. Love it. Here are a few of my favourite cauliflower recipes:

Creamed cauliflower with curry soup
Cauliflower Fritters 
Mashed cauliflower with fresh dill

So the other day I was at The Root Cellar - and they had the beauties on for a good deal. I stalked up as I normally do. Later that day - Chris said at least 2 (there is that number again) 'Don't forget to use this'. Oh thanks, hon. I was thinking of forgetting about using it. Please don't tell him that I said that. If he asks say something like 'wow, you're so nice! it's great you love cauliflower so much and love to talk about using it with your incredibly, beautiful, loving wife'. Practice this please - so that it doesn't seem fake. Go!

When I saw the cauliflower I decided that it was time to make me some pizza with cauliflower.

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**I made this again - and used a pizza pan (basically a baking sheet) and gave it a light mist of cooking spray - baked it for 25 minutes - and it was nice and crispy. **

Cauliflower Pizza

1 whole cauliflower
1 large garlic clove
2 eggs - beaten
2 cups of light mozzarella - shredded
1 tbsp of dried seasoning - italian, or basil or oregano

Pizza toppings

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Cut up the cauliflower into small florets. Using a food processor - or a heavy duty blender - place a cup or so in the food processor at a time - and pulse it so that it becomes really fine. I found that I did a few bits at a time or the food processor got a little difficult to process. In the end, the cauliflower should be quite fine - almost the consistency of mashed potatoes before you add the milk.

I did these up the night before. It took no time at all - and they were all ready for me the next night when I wanted to put together the crust.

In a skillet - saute the cauliflower in a drizzle of olive oil for about 10 minutes. During the cooking time - I added the garlic clove which I grated into the cauliflower.

Remove the cauliflower and place it into a bowl. Add in the beaten eggs, the shredded cheese and the seasoning. Give it a good mix - the cheese will melt and the cauliflower will become just like dough. It's magic.

Place the cauliflower pizza to either a baking sheet or pizza stone. I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper - but I don't think that I would use this again - I found that it made the crust a bit moist. I would either invest in a pizza stone - or I would spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread out the dough so that it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Cook in the 400 oven for 18 minutes.

The crust will become crusty, golden and you may just want to dive in and eat it. Don't or you won't have pizza.

While the pizza is cooking - you can prepare the toppings. My toppings were:
- sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and yellow peppers with goat cheese (I sauteed the sliced brown mushrooms with tiny cubes of zucchini and yellow peppers and red pepper flakes in a pan for about 10 minutes)
- basil, chicken, goat cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes after the pizzas came out of the oven

I didn't make round pizzas - I made one large rectangular one - and did the two different toppings on each half.

When the pizza crust is done - remove it from the oven - and set the oven to Broil.

Place your favourite toppings on the pizza - don't add too many - and then broil for 4 minutes.

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Fresh basil leaves, roasted chicken, goat cheese and fresh tomatoes

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Brown mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and goat cheese

And that's it.

They are so flavourful, not filling or greasy like some pizzas can be - and you can't feel guilty for eating pizza.

Please try this - and let me know if you liked it.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cabbage Roll Soup! Soup!

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This is a picture of my kitchen this afternoon. I just loved the sun shining in - it almost felt like summer. Yep - I still have poinsettias. I love them. I like to try and make them last as long as I can. They are thriving right now. And when they are done - the 'sil will look like this.

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Please don't look closely at my windows. They are dirty. D I R T Y. My window washer is on strike right now. Oh. This just in, apparently we don't 'have' a window washer. Hmmm. Well - that would explain the dirty windows. This summer, I will clean them. I have just committed to it.

Do you like cabbage? Raw? Cooked?

I love it.

I love it raw mostly - but I do like it simmered in a soup, sauteed in butter (I can't have that anymore - because if I do - I will eat it all and gain 10 pounds), in salads... So good.

When I think of cabbage, I think of cabbage rolls, and then I think of home. Not my current home, but my home where I grew up. And when I say 'my home' where I grew up - I don't necessarily mean my home, but I think more my hometown. I am not really sure where I am going with this - or how I am getting there - but hang on - it will all be worth it in the end - especially if you like cabbage.

My mom used to make cabbage rolls when we were kids - not often - but she definitely made them, and they were deelish. I remember my grandma making them too - they were always so deelish too. For some reason what they make me think of - are potlucks, dishes that friends would deliver when a family was going through something - it was a dish that could be dropped off and easily heated up to help with  the dinners. They remind me of family - because I picture women in a kitchen preparing enough cabbage rolls to feed a small army. Lots of casserole dishes lined with cabbage little morsels filled with pure goodness. I guess - they remind me of comfort. Women cooking in groups in a kitchen is pure bliss for me. Oh - I like to cook with men too - but the thought of a bunch of women in a kitchen cooking meals and endless dishes for family and friends is - love. Pure love, bliss and comfort. And then it reminds me of what Italy would be like for me when I go there some day and just cook. Sigh. That is a whole other story.

Then cabbage also reminds me of Cabbage Patch Dolls - remember those? I got one when I was 12. Her name was 'Frederica' but I changed it to 'Twyla'. When I was 12, I loved that name for doll. Oh how things change. I would totally keep the name 'Frederica' now. And then when I think of Cabbage Patch Dolls - I think of this little fella - because his mouth and cheeks look like the mouth and cheeks of a Cabbage Patch Doll. What??? i know - I am odd.

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Alright, back to cabbage. Last week, after a workout someone mentioned making cabbage soup. And for some reason - perhaps it was because I had food on the brain; because I was tired and couldn't think of anything else; or because I want to eat healthy meals full of goodness - I couldn't get cabbage soup off my mind. I hummed and hawed about how I would make it. At first I thought of just simmering it with a few other vegetables in stock. Then I thought about cabbage rolls. And then cabbage roll soup. So, that's what I did. I made the biggest pot of cabbage roll soup last Tuesday night. We liked it so much, I made another today. While prepping chicken, boiling eggs and seeding pomegranates, I whipped a big pot of this soup - and let it just simmer, simmer and then simmer some more.

Traditionally - cabbage rolls have meat in them - but this soup would be delicious done without meat - using vegetable stock - and adding tofu if desired.

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Cabbage Roll Soup

1 small onion - diced
2 packs of lean ground turkey
1 small can of tomato paste
10 cups of cabbage - about 3/4 of a large cabbage - I like to add the remaining 1/4 to salads for the week - chop them into small pieces
5 celery stalks - thinly sliced
1 small can of stewed tomatoes
1 large can of no salt added diced tomatoes
1 container of low sodium chicken broth - I used THIS brand - and I love it.
1 1/2 cups of cooked rice (You can add the rice uncooked - you just need to stir it regularly to avoid it from sticking to the bottom)
Kosher salt and ground pepper

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In a large pot, with a tbsp of olive oil, add the onion with a pinch of kosher salt. Saute on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and saute until the meat is cooked. About 10 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and stir so onions and meat is covered. Add in the cabbage and celery - and stir it all together - letting the cabbage me covered with the turkey and tomatoes. Let this cook for a couple of minutes. Add in the tomatoes and the stock. Add in 1-2 tsp of kosher salt and 1/2 tsp of fresh ground pepper. If you like more - add more. So easy.

Add in the cooked rice - stir it all together - and then just let it simmer. Simmer, simmer and simmer.

I like to try and let it simmer for at least 45 minutes to an hour. This will allow the cabbage to soften slightly and let it absorb all of the delicious flavours.

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The next night - if you don't mind leftovers - you may notice that it is quite thick - when you reheat it, you can add in more broth if you like.

If you try this - please let me know if you like it. I think that you will.

Alright my friends. I have big plans for the rest of the night. Huge. My plan is to try and stay awake until 9. Party Animal!!!

Loves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Must love barley.

I love food. I love the stuff that I shouldn't love. Stuff like fettucini alfredo, ice cream, chocolate, brownies with whipped cream, pizza, pudding, grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes... oh man. See - I love the stuff that I shouldn't. But. BUT. But, I also love stuff that is good for me. Stuff like chicken breasts, celery, raw cabbage, eggs, cottage cheese, apples, oranges, watermelon, quinoa, homemade soup, almond butter, chickpeas... oh man. I could keep going on and on but I am bored, so I imagine you are too.

My new plan that has worked the past couple of weeks, and especially this week, is to make up a bunch of stuff on the weekend so that it's all prepped for the week. This past Sunday I did a few things - and although it is only Tuesday, it's been the greatest thing.
I boiled 12 eggs - peeled them - don't worry I am not eating them all by myself :)
I cooked 5 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
I whipped up a pot of barley for barley salads for dinner and lunch

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I like to take eggs for a small meal between breakfast and lunch. I usually eat at 6AM and have lunch at noon - so you guessed it - around 9ish. I try to have protein at every meal - it's hard sometimes to find healthy options. Eggs are so good for you. No sugar, no fat, no carbs and full of protein. If I don't have them as a snack - I like to put two in a huge salad - again great source of protein. And when I say 'huge', I mean huge. Love it.

I like to cook up the chicken breasts, add a bit of seasoning to them, cook them in a baking dish with a bit of water, covered for about 40 mins at 350. They stay super moist and are full of flavour. I wrap them up and keep them in the fridge and cut up half a piece to add to salad, or whatever.

And barley - oh how I love thee. I like to make a big pot of it - maybe 2 cups of dry - cook it up just like rice - add a bit of lemon juice and a pinch of salt when it's cooking - and give it a good toss when it's finished. I put it in a big container and have it ready for a huge salad - and I mean 'huge'.

With these, and a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruit, it really helps make healthy meal choices and not eat something like you might regret later.

So on the lines of barley - here is my newest salad that we are loving. LOVING. It's tasty. It's healthy. And it's easy.

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Barley Salad

Barley - cooked
Vegetables - peppers, celery, grape tomatoes (halved), broccoli (cut into very small florets)
Chicken or salmon - if you like
Feta cheese

Dressing:
Plain yogurt
Balsamic vinegar
Fresh dill or fresh cilantro

As I was adding these instructions, I sort of realized that it's not really a recipe. It's more like - add a bunch of stuff together and enjoy!

For the barley - I cook it like rice. 2 cups of barley and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Stirring regularly. I like to add a pinch of salt and a bit of lemon juice. Let cool before making up the salad. 2 cups of barley is A LOT! So it will give you a bunch for the week.

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I like to cut up the vegetables so that they are all small pieces - about the same size. Add all of the veggies to a big salad bowl with the barley.

If you want to add chicken or fish - I love it with salmon - cook it up  - have it on hand - and add it in.

Toss in a bit of crumbled feta.

For the dressing - about a cup of yogurt, 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and some fresh herbs. Mix it all up and add it to the salad and give it a good stir.

And that's it. It's hearty and it's deelish.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Eat your vegetables.

Today is a good day, because: It was a cool, crisp sunny day. My husband defrosted the car for me so that I could head out early for an 8 AM workout. Having my old feet and legs give me the energy to get through a hard workout. And for getting our food prepped for the week - eggs boiled, chicken breasts cooked and a pot of barley made.

Wonderful!!!!

How could this day get any better? Well - I could find a lot of things that would make this day better, but it would be pretty hard to beat what I have already done today.

I am excited to share this dish that I made last night. I made a pork tenderloin and wanted something to go with it. Something hearty, something that was not just steamed cauliflower and broccoli. I am not the biggest fan of steamed vegetables. I know that that they are so good for you - but sometimes they remind me of being a kid and your parents saying to you 'you can't leave the table until you finish your vegetables'. When they aren't looking - you try and pawn them off to your black lab, Shadow, who would mostly eat anything, but won't eat these. Then you try to  put them on your sister or brother's plate when they aren't looking. Your sister will tattle. And your brother will throw it back on your plate, and punch you so hard in the arm at the same time. In the end you cry. You go into a convulsion to see if that will distract them from making you eat the vegetables. It doesn't. In the end  you just eat them - you don't die, you don't vomit, and dinner is done. After all that you think that you are scot free - and then your parents remind you that you have the do the dishes.

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Anyways - I love butternut squash. LOVE. I love it in soup and chili.

Ok, so I wanted something substantial. Something that would remind me of potatoes or rice. Something that would fill me up without the guilt of something that has too many carbs. Oh - not cars. Carbs. AkA - carbohydrates. Just kidding.

Alright - so try this one. I bet you will love it. And I bet that your kids won't beg you to not make them eat their vegetables. If they do beg you to not make them eat it - hang in there. Hang tight.

Butternut squash Hash

1 medium onion - cut into small pieces
1 large butternut squash - peeled - and cut into small bite size pieces. Try and make them all the same sizes so that they cook evenly
1 red and orange pepper (or whatever colours you like) - cut into small pieces
5 celery stalks - chopped
1 cup of corn
Kosher salt
Pepper

In a large skillet - add a dash of olive oil and saute the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, season with kosher salt and pepper and cook over medium heat - stirring constantly. It will take up to about 30-40 minutes. The vegetables will soften, and the sweetness of the peppers and the corn will come through.

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Truly deelish.

And even the next day cold - even better.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

4 years!

4 years.

My friend - Beth - reminded me today that my wee blog is 4! Well, 4 years and 1 day.

I am so happy that she did remind me - I didn't think of it at all.

I laughed at my first post. Find it HERE.

A couple of things about this first post:
1. The title - 'Rain = Comfort Food'. Hello!!! It's still raining. I know that it has stopped in between - but c'mon already Weather Gods. I want dry, cool weather this winter. Please bring me cold, dry weather. The kind that is bright and blue during the day. The kind that you can wear your scarves, toques, leg warmers (I have a new pair and want to wear them). The kind of weather where you don't have to have soaking wet pups after a dog walk.

Ok. Now from a negative there needs to be a positive.
Rant: It's raining all the live long day.
Rave: Rain is good for mother earth - and it will fill up our reservoirs for the summer.

2. No picture. Ha! That makes me smile.
My bestie - Tracy - has helped me learn how to take some pictures. She is so talented - I have so much to learn - but I love how they have definitely progressed. These are a few of my favourites.


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3. Short and sweet. In the beginning, my intent was to just write about food. But then I started babbling. Sharing my life stories about so much. For everyone that reads my rants and raves - I love you. I love that you accept me into a little piece of your heart and soul - and let me share what I need to share.

Appreciation. I want everyone who reads this wee blog to know that I love you all. And that I am so blessed that I have a venue to write about what I love. What started out as a plan to record recipes - which I love - it has also been a resource for me to share my deepest, darkests. My loves. My stories.

I hope that in another 4+ years that I will still be doing this. I hope that I still have lots of stories to share.

For tonight - no recipe. I have a salad on the go for tomorrow night though. It will include barley, salmon, and a dill/yogurt/balsamic vinegar dressing and a bunch of veggies.

Great night everyone.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My routine.

Routine.

I would much rather talk about poutine instead of routine. They rhyme. Uh huh, they do.

Actually that's not true. Although poutine is deelish - I would rather talk about routine. Mostly my Sunday routine.

About 3 months ago, my Sunday mornings changed. In the beginning I wasn't a fan. My Sunday mornings were my day to be lazy. My day to relax. A sippin' tea, eating something different for breakfast because I didn't need to rush, stayin' in my pj's until 11, no rushin' dog walkin' - kind of Sunday. When I started at BDHQ there is a Sunday morning 2 hour workout. That meant that I had to be up and out of the house, with workout clothes and runners on, brushed teeth and hair, and some energy by 7:30 AM. I am not going to lie. I miss my Sunday mornings, but, what I have traded my past Sunday mornings into is all worth it.

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This morning breakfast - scrambled eggs with fresh dill. And in the back ground a Pomelo. Remember my addiction with them last year? You can read about it HERE

My week starts on Sunday morning at 7. There is a two hour workout. Then I am home for breakfast - either a Veggie/Fruit drink or eggs. A dog walk. Grocery shopping at the Root Cellar. A little cleaning. Egg whites cups prepped for the week. A big pot 'o something (usually chili) that will last us a couple of days into the week. Laundry. A little lazing around. And then a night of catch up with the husband - before we start the work week out.

I have workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays. I have let these times fit into my life - and they work out perfectly.

I make my lunch each night before the next day - so that I am guaranteed a healthy/nutritional lunch - ensuring that I stay away from the shops and purchase something that I don't need.

Our pups are walked every day after work. On nights that I don't workout - I make something for dinner that may last us 1 or 2 nights. I go to bed before 10. I try to always do the dishes (sometimes I forget :) ). On Wednesday night - I sometimes pick up a Subway sandwich for us. I always have a whole wheat with veggie and cheese - no sauce. When the weekend comes, Friday night we sometimes will go out for dinner to treat ourselves for the week. On Saturdays after I work out and Kung Fu is done - we hang out together and get anything done that we need to get done.

And then before I know it, it's Sunday again. And the week starts over.

I heard that. I just heard you saying that I am 'wild and crazy'. I know. It's boring and uneventful, and very predictable. But for me, it works. I love the consistency of routine, and it makes me thrive. Without routine and consistency, I don't do well. I fall off the wagon. Well I actually don't have a wagon. I fall off my feet. Off my head. The brain goes to mush - and so does the belly.

It's my calm in chaos. I welcome the boring life. I welcome it because I know it's my 'healthy'.

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I thought that I would share a fridge picture on a Sunday after a shop - usually at the Root Cellar. I stock up the fridge so that we have a lot of fruits and veggies for the week. I like to ensure that the freezer is stocked too of good protein - salmon, chicken, ground turkey, and lots of frozen berries. We do Costco too - so that we can stock up on almonds, quinoa, canned tomatoes, low sodium chicken stock, goat cheese...

Top left: Raw almonds and hazelnuts
Beside: Grape tomatoes - must have for any salad
Top middle: Astro non-fat greek yogurt - I love that sh*t
Beside: Astro non-fat strawberry yogurt
Top right: Free range/organic eggs from my husband's co-worker - Sabrina. LOVE, love, love.
Middle right: Brita water (I'm surprised the jug is in the fridge it's almost always on the counter)
Beside: Husband's water bottle
Behind: Unsweetened almond milk
Middle left: Watermelon, lemons, oranges, 1/2 a lime, grapefruit and a big jar of pomegranates
Middle drawer: All of the goodies for our morning drink - organic coconut, goji berries, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, sesame seeds, chia seeds
Bottom right: Mushrooms, celery and a bottle of white wine
The missing bottom drawers are usually full of peppers, kale, spinach, fresh herbs and apples.

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Alrighty friends. I am about to get back into my routine - and make a batch of chili. We have people coming in for dinner - so I hope that they don't mind chili. If they do - I will serve them pomegranates and yogurt.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 1st day of 2013

Happy New Year!!!!

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Bring on 2013.

I am so excited for this upcoming year. I think that good things are going to happen to those near and dear to me. And I am overly optimistic that good things are coming my way as well. Why not be optimistic? Is there any harm in wanting well for yourself? I sure hope not. This is the year my friends, this is it.

Now on that note - the house is 'un'decorated from the Christmas extravaganza. I am already a little homesick for the lit-up tree in the living room, my mantle all decked out, the cookie-cutter decorated tree in my kitchen, the Christmas mugs that have served countless mugs of tea and hot chocolate and all of the Christmas linens - everything made the season so festive.

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Now with that being said - I am happy to have the house back in order. I am happy to have my new orchid sitting on my window ledge praying that it gets enough light to survive (I was given it at the BDHQ wrap up party the other night - and it meant so much). And I am happy that I have 11 months to look forward to doing all of this 'get up' again.
*If you look closely you can see a Poinsettia on the table. I will hopefully be able to keep this one alive for a couple of months - wish me luck. Do you ever wonder what they do with all of the Poinsettias that they have decorating the news channels? I hope that they give them to people who will enjoy them.

On a side note - husband and I have had a low-key New Years so far - and we LOVED it. We are about to finish off Season 7 of Dexter, have a nice cup of some sort of new delicious David's Tea, and I will probably try and find something to eat that I shouldn't and blame it on - tomorrow being the day that healthy eating gets back on track.

I thought that I should put something else food related in this post - besides what I shouldn't eat - and thought that I would put in a few of my faves from 2012.

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Blood orange Margaritas

Love to you all.

Loves.

Enjoy!