October 30, 2009

I don't know about you, but my week felt cahotic for some reason.

Possibly because we had to jump back into my part-time job and Ashton's preschool classes routine after being sick for over a week.

Could also be due to the Halloween celebration at the kids play group (I sometimes take them there when I'm able to) and the Halloween party at Ashton's preschool class that the parents and younger siblings were invited.

But I'm thinking the cahos I felt could mostly be due to all the kids excitement (aka hyperactivity) and the early Halloween candy they ate then followed by some more hyperactivity.

I enjoy the excitement my kids feel while getting ready for trick or treating, I enjoy walking with them in the crisp fall air, I enjoy seeing their little faces smile from ear to ear. What I do not enjoy is dealing with my kids nagging me every hour because they want another piece of candy or chocolate. I also do not enjoy the hyperactivity and moods that follow eating such things. I am thinking we will only go to a few houses, and then call it a night. I even have the strange urge to make this our last time trick or treating... We'll see.

I decided to post an early Halloween pic of my little Fairy Princess because she decided she does not want to wear her costume anymore. She can be sassy like that. So I'm pretty sure this was the only pic of her in that dress I'm going to get for a while.

But she sure looks beautiful in it!

On a different note,

A few weeks ago, I decided to try and make a raw tart, for the first time.

First, I made the crust with some raw almonds, pecans, dates, orange zest, cinnamon and some ground flax.

There was so much of it, I had to freeze half of it. Oops!

Then I shaped it to form sort of a pie crust. I was quite pleased with it. Turns out I'm pretty good at crust shaping.

Then, I processed some coconut oil, some dates, the juice of an orange and...

ended up with this weird texture. My orange had been in the fridge, so the juice of it was cold, and as soon as the liquid coconut oil touched the orange juice, it hardened :( Oh, and I used the small container attachment of my food processor and the juice was starting to come out of the sides as it was mixing. Laugh all you want, I did!

The orange flavour did make it into the coconut oil though, so that was a plus. I think I need to practice more so my raw deserts can actually look like I picture them in my head. I assumed it would look like orange creamcicle or something. NOT.

But it did taste like it!!!

Oh well, all and all, it was pretty good for a first time I thought. I had no problem eating it, that's for sure. I tried to share with the kids, but they wanted nothing to do with it. So I had it all by myself. (Over the course of a few days, not all the same day!)

I should try a new raw recipe this weekend, just so I have something decadent yet healthy on hand, to help resist the halloween candy temptation... I'm going to need all the help I can get.

Hope you all have a great weekend and have a happy Halloween (if you celebrate it).

Coup de coeur

October 29, 2009

I love "blog surfing". There are so many interesting blogs out there!
But once in a while, you stumble upon a blog that you find interesting enough to start following.
And what's even more rare, is when I find a blog that speaks so much to me, that I feel compelled to read every single post on it. Does that ever happen to you?
In french, we call that a "coup de coeur". I guess the translation would be love at first sight.
(If your wondering why the heck I'm using a french expression all of a sudden, it's because french is my first language. I'm from Montreal... there is so much you don't know about me! It will have to wait to another post ;)

Well, it happened to me last night!

I found a blog called Making love in the kitchen, by Meghan Telpner.

She is a nutritionist and holistic lifestyle consultant AND she's Canadian! Woo Hoo!

Haha, sorry, but I think that's cool.

I had talked about last month why I became so passionate about nutrition and how I want to become a holistic nutritionist. (You can read about it HERE.) So when I read Meghan's description and found out that she is doing what I want to do, that definitely made me want to read more.

But you don't have to want to become a nutritionist to like her blog. She has (quirky, fun) videos, recipes (mostly vegan) and she shares the nutrition info in a non boring way. She believes in eating a whole foods, predominantly plant based diet (like I do), and I love all the actually healthy recipes she shares. Now I find it gives me a good point of reference on how to start making wholesome healthy meals for the kids and I.

She just really inspired me on not giving up and now I feel like I don't have to feel pressure, to just take the changes one step at a time. She also renewed my lately-not-so-bright spark for nutrition. I had been in a funk in the last few weeks, but now, I feel ready to take a step forward.

Anyways, I guess I should stop rambling. The point is, if your looking for new healthy recipes, or just like reading about nutrition in a non boring kinda way, go check out her blog!

Now I'm off to read every possible post she wrote until I have to go to bed. And yes, I have other things to do, but I just don't feel like doing them right now. Dishes can wait! ;)

Getting my kids to eat healthy again

October 27, 2009

Good morning everyone!

Hope everyone is having a good week so far? Yesterday has been a very interesting day for me, but I'm choosing not to vent about it. I'll just say that a shopping trip with overtired and overactive kids was not a good idea and I ended up with a flat tire while in the city, an hour away from home. Like I said, it was interesting, lol.

Anyways, I mentioned on my last post that my kids had not been eating so well lately and it was driving me crazy! When something does not go your way, do something about it! So I've been going strong again with the section plates (though there is no real meal on them most times, something I've been having issues with getting them to eat, they are filled with fruits and veggies) and at snack time, I've been offering them plenty of fruit plates.

I started giving them fruit plates at snack times this summer, when the fruit selection at the grocery store was big and inexpensive. (I also had been meaning to post about it before now, but it never happened for some reason.)

This is a fruit plate I gave them this morning, with Bartlett pears, blackberries, red grapes and I decided to add some raw cashews and raw almonds to make sure their little tummies would stay full until lunch time. They have been very hungry since they got over that flu. Making up for lost times I guess :)

This one is strawberries, clementines and grapes.

Yummy berries and apples. This one is from this summer when berries were at their peak and the prices were at the lowest. I feel kinda sad looking at this. Makes me miss fresh blueberries.

(I apologize for the pictures being rotated the wrong way, it would not let me change it for some reason)

I like to do fun designs, but sometimes, simplicity is best.
Either way, my kids have been gobbling these up in no time. I feel so much better now that they are eating fruits and veggies again. They are slowly "detoxing" from all the processed carbs they had been eating, they are getting stronger and stronger after their bad flu, and they stopped asking me for junk every time they are hungry.
Thank goodness!
I guess their healthy eating is mostly up to me at this age, isn't it? They can't eat what I don't offer them. It's my job as a parent to offer healthy food. It's their job to decide weather or not to eat it.
They did refuse the fruits and veggies for a few days, but I think they decided that eating healthy was better than going hungry.

Now, if I could just get them to eat soup, or a casserole, I'd be all set! One battle at a time I guess.

I'm baack!

October 24, 2009

Sorry I have been MIA for over a week now.
I can't say that I've been too busy to come here and write anything.
Also can't say that I did not have any inspiration, because I did.

No, no excuses of the sort.

So... what did happened?

The kids and I had the flu.
A flu of the H1N1 variety I'm pretty sure (we are still waiting on the lab results to confirm).
Yes, you read that right.
It was one of the nastiest flu's we've ever had.

There has been alot of outbreaks here in Alberta and especially in my little middle-of-nowhere town. By last week, there were 4 confirmed cases at the local elementary school alone.
I also have 2 friends who's daughters (2 and 3 years old) had confirmed cases as well.
Who knows how many confirmed cases there are in town by now...

It has been a looooooong week.
I am glad the strain found here is supposed to be a mild one.
I would hate to see a not so mild strain of that flu.
I was exhausted! There was a few days period, that it took every ounce of energy I had to even just get off the couch to get the kids some water. My husband was away for work (good for him, that means he didn't get it, bad for me, I had no one to help me) and I had to drag myself and the kids to the hospital. Like I said, we are still waiting for the results and it's been a week. The provincial lab is backed up at this point.

I even had to go back to the hospital a second time with my little Buddy, because after a day of seeming better, he was back on the couch, with a very high fever and not drinking more than 8 oz in two days. He was really starting to scare me. Turns out he had got better from the flu, but he now had a double ear infection. Poor little guy.

But we are better now. No more fevers, no more exhaustion (still a bit tired, but it's not too bad), and no more coughing.

My husband happen to come home on days off just as I was starting to feel better. So I left him with the kids for a much needed trip to the grocery store. The kids had not completely lost their appetites during this flu, but they certainly had lost their taste for anything extra healthy (aka fruits and veggies). So frustrating!

So I made sure I got lots of produce. I got a little carried away with the fruit I think. See:
That's just for the kids and I. I know, it seems like alot, doesn't it?

So now, the battle begins. Trying to get them to eat healthy again. I am not kidding. They reverted so far back with their eating it's not even funny.

They are complete refined-carb-a-hoolics now. Organic corn pops, rice crackers and granola bars seems to be the only thing they have been wanting to eat in the past 2 weeks. And in the past month, they have slowly, but surely been refusing the meals I make. I can't tell you I am proud of this, but it's what happened.

My husband eats the standard American diet (with no fruits and almost no veggies), and I'm going vegetarian with an incline towards raw vegan foods... no wonder the kids are all mixed up. I have been struggling with finding a balance, but that's a story for another day...

In the mean time, I need to make sure I offer the kids LOTS of good foods, so they can get strong again and not get sick with this flu a second time.

So when they came and asked me for a snack this morning, I'm sure they had something like crackers in mind, but this is what I gave them instead:

With food this beautiful, hopefully I can win them over again. I've done it once, I'm sure I can do it again.

Little girl's room ideas

October 14, 2009

Next week, my hubby will be coming home for days off and we have planned to go out and get our little girl a bigger bed. We changed her crib to a toddler bed when she was 16 months. I know, it's early, but she was ready. She only tried to get out of her bed 2 times at night once we removed the bars. Now, she is 2 1/2 and it seems she is outgrowing her bed. She's almost as tall as her big brother (who is turning 4 in a few weeks). She really needs a bigger bed!

I already know what kind of bed I am getting her. It's going to have to be a captain's bed. She does not have a dresser and I don't want to put one in her room to not take from her play space, so it will be nice to have that extra storage for her clothes.

I could just buy her a bed and call it a day, but why stop there?

Oh, yes, did I mention we live in an apartment and are not allowed to paint the walls?
It has to stay white.
I don't want white. But I don't have a choice.

So I've been looking online for inspiration.
And inspired I am.

Only one (more like a few) problem(s). I do know what I like, but I like different design styles, I am not willing to spend/don't have tons on the room, the walls have to stay white (oh wait, I've said that already), and am not sure how I'm going to put it all together. Other than that, it should be a piece of cake!

So here are my inspirations...
(The first two pics I found through Swish and Swanky.)

via make room for living

via desire to inspire

If you want to see more, I found a huge grouping of pictures of kids rooms called "go to your room" on Flickr. That's where I found this last room (last 2 pics). It's by lerkaj.

I will post more on my decorating my daughter's room as I go along. I hope you enjoyed these pics! They surely make me smile with all the pretty colors!

Vegetable Curry recipe and too much of a good thing

I hope everyone is having a good week so far?

As promised in my last post, I will share the vegetable curry recipe.

Now, this is the last time for a while that I will mention anything curry because it's starting to come out my ears. I've had it 3 times already in the last 4 days and still have 3 single-meal size containers of it in the freezer!

It tasted great, really! But if like me, you cook for a small crowd, maby just do half the recipe, or you'll have vegetable curry coming out the "wazoo" too!

Vegetable Curry

  • 1 can (14oz) light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 4 cups butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro

Whisk coconut milk, flour and curry paste in a 3 1/2-qt or larger slow-cooker. Stir in vegetables, except peas; mix well.

Cover and cook on low 6 to 7 hours until vegetables are tender. Stir in the peas, cover and let sit 5 minutes. Serve over rice; garnish with cilantro.

I did not have any peas, so I added some fresh spinach at the end for a bit of greens, but the peas would have been perfect. I served mine over some Thai jasmine rice, cooked with some coconut milk, instead of all water.

I hope you enjoy!

Now, I'm going to end this post since I just had some of the veg curry for supper. Again. I'm all curried out. But it's good. Really good. I promise!

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 12, 2009

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada and everyone was busy going to family dinners, eating turkey and all the trimmings.

Me... not so much.

My hubby is at work for another 8 days and most of our family live across country, so it was just me and the kids.

I was also not about to cook a turkey or chicken, since I've been mostly veg again for the last month. But I still wanted to make a nice meal for the kids and I.
I had been wanting to try this new recipe my friend Kara gave me, so I ended up making Vegetable curry in the slow cooker. For Thanksgiving. A bit un-traditional, I know :)

Looks good, right? It tasted even better! And so easy to make.

I served it on a bed of Thai jasmine coconut rice. My daughter's favourite kind of rice (and mine too). Mmm. The whole meal cooked slowly for 7 hours in the slow cooker. It was perfection. And you know how much my kids ate of it?


Most surprising of all, was that my daughter refused to eat after two small bites of her favourite rice. My son, on the other hand, did not even eat one bite. I do have to give him credit though, he did try the vegetable curry. A teeny tiny bite, but he tried.

Well, since I was a good girl and ate all my supper, I also got to have some desert, (unlike my kids).

What? I was not about to reward them with desert for not eating any supper at all.

But I had some. And it was soooo good! Since I had already been cooking with coconut milk, I was sort of on a coconut milk kick by then. I remembered a recipe I found online on a while back, for this Thai style creme caramel. It was so easy to make and tasted delicious.

I may have eaten (inhaled) two that night, but I'm not telling.

I will post the recipes this week. But now, I'm going to have a nice hot tea before bed and try to start one of these books I bought a couple weeks ago.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, if you celebrated it this weekend!

Eye candy!

October 11, 2009

I wanted to write a longer (food related) post, but since I am having some computer issues and have a massive headache (for the last 3 days), I thought I would post about this little find I've been meaning to tell you about. (Sorry, no pictures of cute guys. I hope the title of the post was not misleading, ;)

It's called Land of Nod.

I love all the colors, it's like eye candy, isn't it?

I can't afford to actually order stuff from there, it's way out of my price range, but I still love to look at sites like these. It gives lots of great ideas for my kids rooms and for when we someday have a playroom.

Hope you all had a good weekend. I better get some rest now.

Where did Fall go?

October 9, 2009

Happy Friday everyone!

OK, so I'm going to pretend I am having a good Friday as well, that my kids are behaving so well today and that I don't feel like selling them on e-bay (well, not really, but you know what I mean.) or this post will turn into a venting one.

I'm also going to pretend that it is fall (oh wait! It is!) and that there is no snow on the ground and that it's not -7 Celsius outside (without taking into account the darn wind).

Other than that, I'm doing fabulous!! (Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice?)

Well, since it's supposed to be fall and that it's apple time, I've been feeling nostalgic about the great childhood memories I have, making a day out of apple picking with my mom and family back home in Quebec, then the next day, making applesauce and apple crisp with my mom. Yum!
I can't do that anymore with my family because I moved across country. I also cannot start this tradition with my own children because there are no orchards around here. I mean none. Alberta is not exactly apple country, lol.
But they do sell apples everywhere, and to make those yummy apple treats are still the next best thing during this season.
So today, I decided to share with you my mom's applesauce recipe. It is THAT good, it needs to be shared!
My mom's applesauce:
Start by peeling, coring and slicing 8-10 apples. (we always use McIntosh, but soft fleshed apple will work)
1/4 cup sugar (I am going to try agave nectar next time)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water
Put everything into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Then put on low heat and simmer until desired texture. (I like when it still has some chunks of apples left).
It does not make a whole lot. These are relatively small containers, but it's so good and worth it! If I were you, I would double the batch, because it wont last long!
And since we are talking about fall, and it's October, I just want to let you all know I found my daughter's Halloween costume. She tried it today and she looks SO darn cute in it!
Thought I would leave you with this teaser:

Hope you all enjoy your weekend. I know most of you take "weekends off" and don't check your blogs, but for me, weekends are when I get bored and have nothing to do. So I'm sure I'll have a few more posts for you in the next couple days.

A bit of everything...

October 6, 2009

Well hello there!
I'm back and inspired to blog again! Hope your having a good week so far?

My poor little guy has been sick since last Thursday night. See the proof in this picture.

He looks sick, right? His fever was pretty high at that point. The fever is finally gone, but he's still very tired and throwing up randomly. Poor little guy. I tried to cheer him up with an organic lolly pop, but I don't think it made a big difference. (even though he ate it)

Yesterday, he seemed to be doing allot better, and since we had been stuck in the house for days AND Dad was home, we took the kids to the West Edmonton Mall for a game of mini golf.

They had so much fun. How could you not have fun at a place that looks like this:

And that's not even all of it! It's a really cute spot and perfect for kids (and the bigger kids aka mom and dad, too.)
He's got such a good swing, such a pro.

She doesn't have a clue how to hold a putter and she only played the first hole (this one). The rest of the time, I spent chasing her around. She was always a hole behind.

I can't blame her for being all over the place. It was so exciting and colorful, she was getting easily distracted. And because she was crazy and running around the whole time, so was my little guy.

The boys usually play here by themselves while mama and baby girl go shopping. And we established that we should do that next time. It was a fun little experience, but I'm not doing that every time.

At least the kids had fun, and that counts. It sure made my sick little guy happy and alive for a bit. Though he was ready to crash as soon as we left the mall.

This morning, my little guy started puking.
Yes, you read that right.
(Sorry if it grosses you out. It's something normal in a mom's life, lol.)
So I knew he would not be going to preschool today. He played a bit and rested allot.
And the power went out early this morning.
So what's a mom and 2 kids to do?

Well, we dug out the Halloween decorations!
I was going to wait another week or so before taking them out, but I had to keep the kids busy.
I got them to help me stick the window clingers and hang a couple things.
In my Halloween decoration box, was also Arianne's bunny ears from last years costume and some "foamies" for crafts.

Those foamies are basically foam stickers. They keep little kids busy for hours.

And yes, my daughter was wearing the bunny accessories all day long. But she looked so cute in it, I wasn't going to make her take it off. No.
Instead, I took lots of pictures of her.

Weather she was holding the bucket or wearing the bucket, I thought it was all adorable!

Well hello there!

October 4, 2009

Well hello there!
Has it really been a week since my last post?
I guess it has, hasn't it.
It's been a semi-busy week. I've had worse.

But it's been mostly a non-inspiring blogging week.
And my whole family managed to get the flu...again. (did we not have it just a week ago?)
I'm happy to report that my being back on daily green smoothies kept me off the sick list this time!
Woo Hoo!!!

Anyways, going back to read a good book and enjoy a lazy family Sunday. I have a few things coming up so I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about in the next few days, so don't forget about me! I'm still around!

Photo by galutah via

This picture makes me want to curl up on that bench with a thick blanket and a good book and enjoy the crisp fall air.
Hope your enjoying your weekend!
Stephanie xx
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