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Tunes Tuesday~

I knew that when I held you, I wasn’t lettin’ go..  ♥

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Currently. Obsessed.

Listening: 

I am in love with this band. I am so pumped about the new album release in a few days. They are extremely underrated, in my opinion. I highly recommend you check them out. Brian Fallon has a stunningly beautiful voice.. gah! ♥

 

Reading: 

The second novel in the series. I stumbled upon Across The Universe on my Kobo last year and began reading it around the time I found out I was pregnant. I am a sci-fi nerd, I love novels that are made into series and currently obsessed with anything Dystopian, so this fits all the columns. It may take me awhile though, with this gorgeous weather and a 7.5 month old who occupies most of my time!

 

Watching:

The final season of Weeds. It has definitely gone downhill the past few seasons, but it’s still a lot more decent than half the stuff on television these days! Plus, I love Andy! haha

 

Eating:

BBQ! It’s been such beautiful BBQ weather. I am the seasoning Queen and the man is the grill King, fo’ sho’!

 

Drinking:

Smoothies, especially with this warm weather – and being sick!

 

Wanting:

To feel healthy again! It has been so long, so long, since I’ve been this sick. And the little human is still sick too. I feel so terrible for her, since she doesn’t know what is going on with this damn cold!

 

Needing:

A massage. My body is riddled with aches and pains with this cold/flu. What a mess!

 

Weather:

According to the Weather Network, it is 17 degrees Celsius and partly cloudy. The high is supposed to get up to 23 degrees and we are supposed to get thunder showers tonight. It has been so humid here the past few weeks, this is welcome weather! It would be nice to get an awesome thunder storm too, since we haven’t really had one yet this season!

 

Color:

Fun, bright Summer colors!

 

Enjoying:

Watching my baby girl grow and learn new things almost daily. When we took her to the Pediatrician on Tuesday, he told us what a beautiful, smart, healthy girl we have and to continue doing what we are doing, because it’s obviously working. I never need validation from other people.. but damn did that feel good to hear! From a Pediatrician, no less!

 

Disliking:

Being sick. My immune system has been so great the past few years, after having a terrible one. Now? I feel like shite! Absolute shite. Unfortunately, as a Mother, we do not get sick days. Thankfully, the man has been extremely supportive and when he gets home from work, he takes care of Ava even more than he already did (which is saying a lot! We are very much 50/50 when he gets home. That’s the way it should be!)

 

Thinking:

Hoping that we are all feeling better by tomorrow night, because we will be going to our first drive-in movie as a family! I will be able to cross off one of my 101 in 1001.

 

Excitement(s):

The Dark Knight Rises! Cannot, cannot wait to see it! We are hopefully going to make it out next weekend to watch it. Sure, we’ll be lame and go to a matinee, but that works out best for little A (MIL is gracious enough to watch her for us for a few hours while we go and geek out!) I am a comic book / superhero nerd, for sure! Batman is my ultimate!

 

 

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Tunes Tuesday~

I love this song. It’s so simple, yet slowly punches you in the gut if you let it. The video eerily resembles my life before moving and the song reminds me of how miserable I was in that life and that I needed more. It’s one of those rainy, reflective days today, apparently..

 

 

 

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Tunes Tuesday~

Heard this originally on “Skins – UK” a few years back and fell in love. It has such an uplifting aura about it – leaving the negative energy behind, the depression, the sadness.. and looking forward to the happiness in front of you! Which makes me think of M, and how he broke down my walls and made me find that happiness all those years ago.. and to this day. I also listened to it a lot whilst pregnant. It came at a time when we thought we wouldn’t be able to have children and our struggle with that.

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

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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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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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