Monthly Archives: June 2012

What’s Cookin’?

In the midst of a million and one things to do on my plate, I wanted something quick and simple for lunch. With not much in the fridge (tonight is grocery night), I went with an egg salad sandwich. Now, I rarely eat this. But there is something so comforting about a good egg salad. It reminds me of my grandmother and being young. I used to hate eggs but I loved her egg salad! I’ve toyed with many variations on the egg salad sandwich for years. It’s easy, we generally have the ingredients on hand and it’s tasty! I am not a fancy diner.. I prefer the simpler things in life! Much like my egg salad sandwich:

  • 3 Hard-boiled Eggs (makes enough for leftovers)
  • Shallots
  • Parsley flakes
  • Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Mayo
  • Old-Style Mustard
  • Bread

Simple ingredients

It is amazing how many people cannot cook a hard-boiled egg. You’d think it would be so simple! It’s not. I swear it took me forever to perfect. Here is what I do:

 

1. Put enough water in a pot to cover the eggs. Boil the eggs in a covered pot for a minute or two.

2. Take the pot off the heat and set aside, still covered.

3. Leave the eggs for 15 minutes. The boiling water will cook the eggs.

4. Dump out the warm water and cover the eggs with cold water. You can either leave the eggs sitting in the cold water, or keep the eggs under running, cold water.

5. Crack the eggs with a spoon or fork and then peel the eggs. Voilà! Works for me every time. None of that nasty gray/green outline around the yolk of the egg.

 

Pretty hard-boiled eggs!

 

Once the eggs are peeled, I mash them up with a fork in a bowl. Chop up some shallots and parsley (fresh or dried). Add some mayo – I used two tablespoons or so, more or less depending on how creamy you want it. Sprinkle in some paprika and salt and pepper to taste. Mix it all together.. it looks tasty, right?!

 

Oh, how I love Paprika!

 

Now, this is where my grandmother would probably differ and shake her head. I’m sure she would think I’m odd for adding this.. but I put some old-style mustard onto my bread. Just a little bit! You don’t want to overpower the taste buds (old-style can be so good, so good! But yet so horrible if the quantity is not right.) It gives just the right amount of kick. Some people add pickles, I add grainy mustard! I also use thick bread and toast it. I like that extra little crunch you get from the toast.

 

Omnomnom!

 

And to top it all off, you guys? I have a glass of Ginger Ale with my sandwich. Sounds odd, but it works! Something about the flavours meshing. And again, it could very well be the nostalgia of when I was younger and clinging to these tastes from my youth!

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Sunday Recipe – Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

de·con·struct (www.freedictionary.com)

tr.v. de·con·struct·ed, de·con·struct·ing, de·con·structs

1. To break down into components; dismantle.

 

I am no Martha Stewart, by any means. But I do love experimenting with recipes and adding my own twist to them. I used to cook all the time, then work became a priority and I found cooking to be more of a necessity, rather than an interest. You get tired after 8+ hours of work. I generally wanted to cook something quick and easy! I found that passion again once I became pregnant with the little human – especially now with the Pinterest craze. You can find pretty much anything on there! I have made quite a few recipes that were found on Pinterest, but of course I tweak them. I tweak everything!

 

Today I made something similar to this recipe: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/recipe/chicken/chicken-and-cornmeal-dumplings/. It has been rainy and dreary outside, so the BBQ wasn’t an option today. It felt like a comfort food kind of afternoon, so nothing says comfort cooking to me like the slow-cooker!

 

I call mine a deconstructed chicken pot pie, since there isn’t a “crust.” My recipe looks like this:

-1 potato

-1 celery stalk

-4 medium carrots

-1 can of corn

-1 sweet onion

-1 tablespoon corn starch

-2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth

-3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

-1 package of Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits

-Seasoning

 

1. Add potato, carrots, corn, celery and onion to the slow-cooker. I added coriander (would skip this for the next time), garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt and pepper. Top with chicken breasts and pour the chicken broth over the mixture.

2. Cover and cook on the high setting for 4-5 hours.

3. About halfway through, take out the chicken and chop it up. Add some corn starch to the broth (I used roughly 1 tablespoon – I usually just eye it. I find corn starch easier than flour, as I rarely have flour on hand. Dessert baker, I am not!) Mix the chopped chicken in with the vegetables and continue cooking.

4. Bake the Pillsbury biscuits towards the end, as you want them nice and warm. I just used the pre-made biscuits rather than making my own to save some time! They take 11-15 minutes or so and viola! Easy, easy.

5. Cut the biscuit in half and then scoop out the chicken filling and top with the biscuit.

 

Finished product!

 

It was pretty good. I would omit the coriander as it was a little too strong for the filling. Otherwise, it didn’t take too long to make (the beauty of a slow-cooker) and the hubby ate it all! That is generally a good sign when trying something new. The biscuits were decent on top, but if you prefer something with more of a crust taste or a heavier breading, I would choose a different biscuit or make your own dumplings.

 

Rate This Recipe: 6/10

 

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I Won’t Give Up.

I constantly say how amazing having a baby is. I would never have understood it until I did it. It changes you in a lot of ways. I didn’t realize I could love someone as much as I love M.. until we had A. They occupy equal parts of my heart. My heart is so full with love. So full. They are my heart. My soul. It really is a spectacular thing – parenthood. Watching her learn something new everyday. Seeing the world all around her. It is beautiful – she is beautiful.

But.. and there is a but. Having a child is tough as well. It’s not all roses and butterflies. I try to keep that in prospective – through the tough times, it doesn’t last long. I realize that she is only going to be at a certain stage for such a short time in her life. I enjoy it all – the sleepless nights, the poop.. the smiles. Oh the smiles! Watching her grow. Her character, even though she is not yet 7 months old, she has SO much character.

My days used to be filled with paying out Mortgages, talking to lawyers, going to work. Now they are filled with this tiny little human who encloses my entire day into her little fist. It’s filled with nursing her, changing her diaper, pumping, dressing her, preparing her solids, feeding her solids, cleaning up, doing laundry, playing with her, reading to her. I was saying to M the other day how I used to have what seemed like so much free time before having our Little One. Now? What free time?! Free time does not exist. I try and make a point of either watching some tv or reading once a day while she is down for a nap. Sometimes I find myself cleaning instead of taking time out for myself. I really believe that we as Mother’s need some alone time. Some time to focus on ourselves. Even if it is just 15 minutes out of the day. Easier said than done, I know! We also need to find the time to focus on our partners. M and I have been through so much together. A long distance relationship. Being broke. Death. Family issues. Dating at a young age. Moving across the country together. Getting in what could have been a serious car accident. Getting married. Having a baby. All of these things have made us stronger.. have brought us even closer together. But it is much more difficult to just.. sit and talk for a few minutes with him now that we have A. She does occupy so much of our time, and that is fine. We will get through it. But it is a change for us, one that we will embrace and work on. We still go out and do things, but now we have a little person that tags along! I love this little family of mine entirely, completely, absolutely. And M? He was, is and always will be.. my best friend.

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Tunes Tuesday~

Live, that’s all you can
It’s all you can
It’s all you can.. do

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Daddy’s Day

This weekend we celebrate M’s first official Father’s Day. Last year we were pregnant with A and now? Now our gorgeous girl is here and we get to celebrate with her!

The role of “Father” seems to have grown compared to previous eras. Dad’s these day take on more of the parenting duties. Or.. they should. More Dad’s seem to be taking part in the child’s life. I find especially that Father’s in or around my generation are playing a bigger role in raising children. And M is no exception. He takes on many parenting duties. When he gets home from work he will take A from me so I can run to the bathroom, get Supper ready, have a shower. Our arrangement seems to be that he changes her night diapers since I nurse her. He enjoys bath time in the evening with her, just as much as I do. We lay in bed at night and read a book to A.. together. He is as proud as can be pushing that stroller around in the grocery store, mall, on the sidewalk.. she is his daughter and he wears that like a badge of honour. As he should!

My husband is amazing. I try and tell him on a daily basis what a fantastic Father he is – not just on one particular day. When I asked him what he wanted for Father’s Day, he eloquently said “Beer. And a nap.” Well then.. easy enough, no? M doesn’t ask for much and when he does he knows I can’t ever say no to him (except a PS3 years ago.. and I was right, wasn’t I dear ol’ hubby?!) I always try and get him a mixture of something unique, something practical and something fun for his gifts. His birthday wasn’t long ago and he received a shirt, a pair of pants, whiskey and whiskey rocks (awesome little invention!) He did not want to go anywhere fancy for Supper, rather – he wanted to BBQ at home. And he wanted to man the grill himself. Sounds good to me!

One of the man’s Father’s Day gifts I got him. Dorky? Of course! Awesome? Yes! He loved it. So much cooler than one of those typical stick figure family decals!

We began dating when I was just 15; he was 16. I never wanted to get married, didn’t want children. I wanted to move out as soon as I could and get the hell out of my small town and travel the world. I wanted to disappear and get away from it all. M grounded me so much. He was the complete opposite in ways from me.. but at the same time, so similar. We have been through so much in our lives and have only grown stronger in our relationship. We were together for 10 years experiencing life together, forming our identities individually and as a couple, growing even more in love.. then we got married and now we have a little one of our own. I really think this will help in us raising A. We know each other SO well and have such an immense, all-encompassing love and respect for each other. He really is the best partner I could ever ask for. We are so thankful to have him in our lives. He has always been there for me through everything. He is just so thoroughly sweet.

He changed every single diaper while in the hospital since I was laid up in bed. The nurses were amazed by him! I wasn’t, because I knew that was how he was and how lucky I am to have him. I love him even more, which I did not think was possible! It feels like she has always been carved in our little family and was just meant to be and like she has always been around. She really does complete our little family.

One of my absolute favourite articles written about Fathers and Daughters: http://www.fromdatestodiapers.com/50-rules-for-dads-of-daughters. It is such a great read and couldn’t be more true. Especially the first one listed – Love Her Mom. By A seeing how well her Daddy treats her Mama, it will give her that confidence to seek out a love like ours. Filled with love, respect, compassion, trust. She will have such a strong male role-model to look up to. He is what a real man should be. He is not only the main provider for our family, but he is emotionally there for us.

I love you, my gamer/nerdy/loving/sweet/funny husband. You are the greatest man I could have ever procreated with! ♥

Maybe I will let him have that nap, after all!

Our attempt at making a Daddy sign to surprise M with. Needless to say, she was more interested in shoving the sign in her mouth and tearing the paper off!

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Currently. Obsessed.

Listening: 

Crystal Fighters has been my Summer go-to music since their album was released in Europe in 2010. They make my heart happy! ♥

 

Reading: 

Re-reading this for the umpteenth time. It reminds me of my teenage years and how I struggled with anxiety and depression (still do, of course. It never really leaves you.) I haven’t read this in awhile and it just felt.. right.

 

Watching:

I am a sucker for Summer television. I love trashy reality tv shows, game shows.. they are my guilty pleasures. I am not into the dating “reality” shows, however. They just don’t do it for me. Every Summer the man and I become obsessed with Big Brother UK. We’ve been watching it for years now. It is so much better than the American version! It isn’t quite the same as when it was on Channel 4 and hosted by Davina, but it is still awesomely addictive television viewing!

We’ve also been watching Eureka (still on the first season) and Parks and Recreation (beginning the third season) in bed to wind down for the night. Game of Thrones is done for the season, which is seriously one of the best television shows. EVER. True Blood is starting again.. woohoo – insane, soft core vampire porn!

 

Eating:

Current obsession is anything lemon right now. Blueberry lemon tart, lemon sherbet. Anything and everything lemon!

 

Drinking:

Strawberry-lemonade is going to be my drink of the Summer! The occasional Pepsi.. I try and limit my caffeine-intake since I barely sleep as it is.

 

Wanting:

A house. Not necessarily this one, of course. Any house in a family-oriented area with a decent backyard, at least 3 bedrooms and a basement would work ; )

 

Needing:

A shower! Little Miss preoccupies most of my time so a shower is a luxury these days!

 

Weather:

According to the Weather Network, it is 14 degrees Celsius and a few clouds. The high is supposed to get up to 18 degrees and we are supposed to get thunder showers tonight. It has been hot and humid here for the past few days and we’ve had some thunder and lightning. Last night it completely down poured!

 

Color:

Really digging turquoise. Such a fun Summer color and currently my fave nail polish color.

 

Enjoying:

Listening to Ava say “Mum Mum Mum” in her swing as she wakes up from a nap. Sure, she doesn’t quite associate it with me yet.. but it is still so damn adorable to hear!

 

Disliking:

The muggy feeling in the house and the fact I’ve had a migraine for a week now. Boo! Hiss! Also, all of this talk about “50 Shades of Grey.” Granted, I have yet to read the books (oh the horror!) I am a fan of a collection of literature. Whether it is biographical, chick lit, sci-fi.. I like it all. I love trashy, quick reads as well.. which this sounds like. I even enjoyed “Twilight” for what it was (but sparkling vampires? Really? REALLY?!) which Shades started out as a fan fic for. I am just sick of hearing about it. No offence to those who read it and loved it, but I just find it so.. tame. Again, I have not read it, only seen previews of it, heard what people have said about it, etc. But, the fact it is blowing up in the Mommy community makes me laugh. I couldn’t believe it was banned in some book stores as well as libraries.  Really.. is it that bad? I guess it just takes a lot to shock me. I do have quite the imagination, bahaha. I may still read it.. eventually. Once the hype dies down some.

 

Thinking:

About going to see “Prometheus” with the hubby this weekend. We have only ever left the baby once in her 6.5 months though.. so this may be a challenge!

 

Excitement(s):

My Mom will be coming out in 2.5 weeks! It will be so nice to see her and for her to get to spend some time with Ava. It is hard living so far away from her! Getting excited about our mountain trip as well! Ava’s first time to the mountains.. should be interesting. And fun!

 

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Tunes Tuesday~

Beautiful day. Beautiful song.

Enjoy, my sweets!

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Simply Me.

I had lost the passion to write for a few years now. I want it back. I’ve always been a decent writer, I would like to think. I’ve had articles published, wrote poetry, began a book, etc. I have always dreamed of being a writer. Now that I am a Mother, I feel that I have even more to say and even though I write semi-privately in other outlets, I feel like I don’t always fit in there. Actually, I’ve always felt that way not only there, but in life. For as long as I can remember I’ve felt different. Different is good, but it can make life hard at times. Having moved across the country, I finally feel that I fit in.. a bit more. With writing in a more semi-private venue previously, I feel that my focus has obviously shifted so that it is pretty much solely A and being a Mother that I am writing about. Right now I am still trying to find my way around, to find my place. I feel like all I want to write about is my daughter, making baby food, breastfeeding, baby clothes, co-sleeping, sensory development. However, I also love reading, going to concerts, nerdy television, fandoms.. the list swirls on. I never thought I would fall into motherhood so easily. I honestly didn’t. I am not necessarily your typical mother/wife, at least not in the general sense. I am not all that domesticated, nor do I really like kids that aren’t my own, heh. But damn. I love it. I really, truly love this.. new life. This new “career” path.

This is who I am.. and I don’t think I would change a thing.

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