Archive for June, 2011

June 29, 2011

Summer in the City

Hipster hat – dozerbaby from minimioche
Long sleeved tee – hm organic
‘My mom rocks’ tee – carters
Skinny jeans – babygap

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June 24, 2011

Egg/Dairy-Free Choco-Muffins

my food doesn't look gross anymore! thanks NIkon D90!

Our fam isn’t allergic to dairy/egg (that I know of), rather I ran out of said ingredients today and since Baby H and I are stuck indoors on a super rainy day I figured I’d see what I could whip up.

I adapted a chocolate cake recipe that I found here to make these muffins.

1 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

handful of dark chocolate chips

1 cup cold water

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup butter

Mix dry ingredients on a large bowl. Stir in wet ingredients til smooth.  Sprinkle a couple of chocolate chips on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes in greased/floured muffin tin or cake pan.

Now the problem is I’m stuck indoors with a bunch of scrummy muffins staring at me…

Happy Friday ya’ll!

 

June 24, 2011

Lustworthy Scarf

img alexandermcqueen.com

Been awhile since I’ve allowed myself to peek around online for lovelies like this.  Just oh-so-tempting!  Would go with everything I own 😉

 

 

 

June 21, 2011

Dad-chelor Parties…Yay or Nay?

partttay

Some of you may have heard of the ‘dadchelor’ party phenomenon that is sweeping our fair nation.  Stressed out fathers-to-be get to let loose for ‘one last night’ (or weekend) before the Baby arrives and life as you know it ends…

That’s how they’re selling it anyways.  If this is supposed to be the answer to a mom-to-be’s baby shower, it seems somewhat skewed and unfair.  Hmm let’s see, DTB (dad to be) gets a raucous drunken night out with the boys and MTB (you guessed it) gets to be photographed during possibly the least most flattering time of her life and given gifts that aren’t even for her.  Ah yes, not to mention the absence of any sort of raucous behaviour (unless putting a toilet paper diaper on an adult woman counts!)

Don’t get me wrong, I had an amazing time at my baby shower.  My family and friends truly did ‘shower’ us with thoughtful and sweet gifts for Baby H.  I loved showing off my (big) belly, eating scrummy food and yes, even seeing everybody in those toilet paper diapers 😉

But as a formerly prego woman, I remember hormones running rampant as the impending day came and I don’t know if I would appreciate DTB celebrating future fatherhood by stumbling home in the am with beer-breath.

The way M and I see it, parenthood isn’t about the giving up of a former life so much as it is the embracing of a new chapter.  Sure, we might not be able to go out and party as often as we used to, maybe we eat our meals in shifts now at 6pm, and at this point having spitup on our shirts doesn’t even phase us.  Yet we still find the time to each go out with our friends and relax when we can, have date nights (even if its at home, with a movie, takeout and a bottle of vino!) and take some time alone to recuperate.

But the best part of our new chapter is being able to snuggle and laugh with this insane lil creature and watch him grow every single day.  So I guess in this way I don’t necessarily agree that DTB needs one specific night to party away his babyless existence…maybe instead of such a Hallmarky commercialized event he can just rest assured that life doesn’t end with Baby…it gets better 😉

June 17, 2011

Lemon Verbana Cake with Strawberry Glaze

If life gives u lemons, make lemon cake!

et voila

I didn’t really use lemon verbana (the herb) but it made the cake sound that much more gourmet 😉

  • 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tblsp finely chopped fresh lemon verbena or 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tblsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tblsp milk
  • 2 tblsp fresh lemon juice

Mix flour, baking powder, salt.  In a different bowl mix butter, sugar, eggs and other wet ingredients. Slowly add flour mixture. Pop into cake pan and bake at 325 for 55 minutes .

For glaze:

  • strawberries, sliced
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tblsp corn starch

Stir over low heat until melted. Pour over cake when its baked.

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com

June 15, 2011

Seafood Bonanza

Its been nice and summery outside lately which has led to lighter meals in our household.  This week we’ve dined on the following:

Lemony-buttered shrimp

Lemon-Butter Shrimp & Salad:

Melted butter with lemon juice/rind and parsley, grilled shrimp until opaque. Served with brown rice and salad.

Maple Balsamic Glazed Salmon

Maple Balsamic Glazed Samon & French Bean Potato Salad:

Maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, orange juice & grainy mustard to make the glaze. oven baked for 20 minutes at 425.

Cook taters and french beans – add to bowl with yellow peppers, oregano, basil & parsley. Mix with olive oil and leave in fridge for an hour.

 

Easy peasy & nom nom good for light summery al fresco dining!

June 13, 2011

To The Fathers In My Life…

musta been the '70s!

Me, Dad & Alex

Now he's a Granddad

Everybody’s heard that expression ‘Daddy’s little girl’ right?  Well I have definitely grown up as Daddy’s little princess but with a twist. From day 1, my dad has always called me Princess but would teach me martial arts (he has a blackbelt, watch out now!) give me lessons on street smarts (eg. if walking home alone at night, a common set of house keys can easily be used as brass knuckles) and instilled a slight sense of paranoia that has always ensured I am constantly ‘aware of my surroundings’.

My dad has been a huge driving force behind all the creativity and imagination I have.  He has always been an avid reader and would read to me from an early age – this love of books has definitely been passed along and I now read all the time to Baby H.  I love and admire my Dad for many things but mostly for his strength and constant encouragement – Thanks Dad for really being the best father a girl could ask for.  His love and kindness has found a new lil focus nowadays – Lucky Baby H!

M and his mini me...

Just the two of us

The other Father in my life is my hubby, M.  From the day I showed him the pee stick til now, M has been Baby H’s number one fan.  Having had a ‘baby’ in our life already with Sammie  M already showed himself to be the ‘Fun’ parent.  He has always had the innate ability to get animals and kids super excited and this has not changed a bit since Baby H came into the picture!  Nobody can make Baby H cackle and double over (if a baby can do so, whilest lying down) with laughter like he can.  He is constantly inventing curious games that the two of them play and when I walk into the room they stop and give me that ‘deer in the headlights’ look.

M surprises me everyday with his sweet ways of interacting with Baby – I know he is (and will continue to be) such an awesome daddy and that Baby H and Mama feel super lucky despite our seemingly ongoing reminders, ‘tips’ and worrisome remarks while the two of them are alone 😉

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all you Dads, Granddads, Uncles, Step Dads and other father figures out there!

 

June 10, 2011

Blueberry Oatmeal Moofins

hmm looks like someone got to the moofins!

1/2 cup blueberries

1 cup oats

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup veg. oil

1 cup milk

1 egg

Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, oats. Add egg, oil, milk and fold until just mixed. Add blueberries.

Pop into greased muffin tin and bake for 20 min at 375. Makes 12. Or 6 large.

Yum!

June 8, 2011

Delirious with Daycare Dilemma

Baby H is confused too

Not really delirious but a little illiteration never hurt anybody.

Baby H is now 7.5 months old…and so the discussions of going back to work, putting him in daycare, doing part-time of both, or being a SAHM have surfaced.

First of all, ‘going back to work’ for me means finding a job and a new career.  After spending the last 7 years running my own business (with trusty partner V) and then selling said business earlier this year, it will be a completely fresh start for moi.  This in itself is a daunting but utterly exciting prospect.  There are so many possibilities running through my head and I definitely feel lucky to be in such a unique position at this point in my life.

That being said, being at home with Baby H has been simply awesome.  Watching him grow and learn something new, literally every day, has been totally amazing.  Seeing his personality blossom into the combination of super sweet, cuddly, and thoroughly mischievious has been a total trip and I wouldn’t have traded this time for anything.

So the next step is to figure out what it is that I want – so much easier said than done. One day I feel like I definitely want to get back into the working world and flex my brain a bit more.  The next I am content to embrace my role as mommy since I know this time only comes around once in a child’s life.

Hubby and I (and Baby H) went to check out a daycare nearby and it was pretty much all we could ask for.  And with Baby H’s strong personality I don’t really feel worried about leaving him per say – he’s pretty independent and vocal about what he wants.  Now its more about figuring out what I’d like to do – and when you’re used to putting somebody else’s needs and wants ahead of your own (cue crying babe here) it’s a bit of an adjustment to go back to examining what YOU need and want.

What did you mamas out there do? Go back to work? Become a full time SAHM?  A combo of both?

Would love to hear!

Happy Hump Day 😉

June 5, 2011

Weekend Outfit

ready to go

On Mama – Kensie purple tie dye dress (can’t see unfort) and leather jacket with leggings and rain boots

On Baby – Baby Gap striped golf shirt with long sleeved tee underneath, Baby Gap jeans and Robeez dino shoes

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

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