Sad Thursday

Sep 29, 2011

Today on this day, a beautiful baby girl was born. Her skin was dark her eyes were brown and her hair grew into a mass of lovely curls. My beatiful cousin Carmen, who's birthday is today passed away just 2 months ago. Its hard to believe she's been gone. When she was diagnosed in April 2010 with Cancer they had originally given her only weeks to live. No one thought she would survive as long as she did. I'm having a sad day today, thinking about her, and everytime I log into Facebook it says her name in the top right corner.

I have to go get my passport done today, and then to get my hair chopped off. Leaving work a couple hours early! I like excuses to leave work early.

Lunch Time

Sep 28, 2011

I have been playing around with some settings on my camera in the Manual setting. Just getting used to the idea of taking photography classes I guess!

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These are of my lunch. It was soo yummy! Chicken Ceasar Salad, a plum and some grapes. Also had a glass of milk.

Yoga Tuesdays

Last night was yoga night from 6:3pm - 7:30pm. It was so nice to take the time to myself and stretch and giggle with Mel! I love the instructor. Shes so soft spoken, and when we are doing our final meditation she reads this and its absolutely beautiful!
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Its a quote from Mother Theresa, but all the "God" stuff has been taken out.

When I got home hubby had already started grilling chicken for supper, had water boiling for pasta and all I had to do was finish off the homemade Alfredo sauce. He has been so amazing lately! Its so nice to have him home now that harvest and everything is done. He is still a bit busy with his work, and has started selling seed and chemical for next year already.

Tonight I have a Survivor night with the Mother-in-law from 6pm-8pm. I was hoping to get in my biggest loser workout after survivor, But I'm thinking I'm going to have to break it into two parts and do half at lunch and half after I get home from work. Should have got up early this morning but I was up a lot last night with the thunderstorms and torrential downpours!

News!

Sep 27, 2011

I signed up for photography classes and a blogging class!


That is all...

Overnight Oatmeal

Last night I did my first night of the 12 week bootcamp. I'm starting with working out 3 days a week, because I have yoga on Tuesdays and we've started taking Kato for a walk most nights. I think if I don't start small its going to be too much and I won't stick with it. I'm pretty sore this morning from the bootcamp. The bootcamp is from the biggest loser workout on my Wii. Its twelve weeks, and I do a one hour cardio twice and a boxercise once and then a challange and weigh-in. I've been setting my alarm in the morning to get up but I just can't get myself to roll out of bed. I'm going to keep setting my alarm and eventually my internal alarm will get used to waking up early and I will be able to get out of bed... hopefully anyway.

I made this oatmeal last night and it was ready for me this morning! All I had to do was warm it up!

I've been working on my photography, but the lighting in our house is so bad... I get shadows in everything!


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Overnight Oatmeal
serves 1 / 5 P+

2/3 cup milk
1/3 steel cut oats
1 banana, chopped up
1 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp flax seeds

Pour all the ingredients into a jar, shake and stick in the fridge overnight. In the morning take it out, pour into a bowl and stick it in the microwave for a minute or two. Add a bit more milk and enjoy!

Shopping Spree! (kinda..)

Sep 26, 2011

Went shopping this weekend when we were in the city. I needed a new pair of jeans because I only have one pair that I comfortably fit in. Also, I found an awesome pair of shoes to wear with my black dress!

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On another note, I feel gross today. After a weekend of drinking, and eating horrible I feel like a sack of flour.. yuck! I will be drinking up the water today and eating a super healthy salad for lunch with a hard boiled egg. Hubby's dad gave us some fresh fish last night so we will have that for supper tonight, most likely fried. I'm going to bake mine in a tinfoil pack though I think.. I am so tired of eating icky! Also, I'm thinking thursday I will be getting a new hair-do! I'm pretty excited about it. My hair is getting pretty long and I want to do something different with it. I mean, I grew it out for the wedding but now that the wedding is over its time for something new.

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This is my hair now:
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Thoughts?

Greek Chickpea Salad

Sep 21, 2011

I got this recipe from a friend. I didn't think I would like chickpeas.. but OMG! This is delicious!

For the Salad:
2 Hearts of Romaine lettuce
2 cans chickpeas, drained
1 bunch of green onions
1 red pepper
1 vine tomato
2 tsp crushed garlic

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
a dash of salt
a dash of pepper

Wash and cut the lettuce, green onion, pepper, and tomato.  Add in the garlic and chickpeas and give it a toss.
 
In a jar, add in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, and brown sugar.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Give it a shake.  Drizzle over the salad to lightly coat.  
 

Becoming a foodie

Sep 19, 2011

Its been a little slow at work lately, I've been doing my research on becoming a "Foodie Blogger". So, first off, lets start at the beginning.. What exactly is a foodie?

Foodie
A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.
A foodie is not necessarily a food snob, only enjoying delicacies and/or food items difficult to obtain and/or expensive foods; though, that is a variety of foodie.
So, now that we have that part figured out, lets look at the blogger part.

Blogger
Is a bored housewife trying to make meaning of her tedious life. And hey, it's not a waste of time to "be on the computer" (it used to be semi-productive in grad school) and post pictures of your kids, cupcakes, paint chips, or the dog.
Pretty much describes me! I've been telling Daniel that no matter what, I will never skimp out on food, or buying groceries. I refuse to buy any super processed food, and any meal that comes in a frozen box. Now all I need to do is work on the blog, and the photography. Two things that I love doing! But where to start? I've been reading articles on photography like crazy! I think first off, I need to pick up some backdrop material and some new place mats. That should make good backdrops. Our dining room is huge with big windows to let in lots of light, so that will be my prime shooting spot.. our whole house has lots of big windows for lots of light.

Aaah, I can't wait to get home tonight to start..

Zucchini Casserole

Sep 18, 2011

Well, my lovely Aunt Flow decided to finally show up. She was five days late and we had actually believed that we had conceived the first month trying! Needless to say we didn't, and I've spent most of the day cooking and cleaning and keeping my mind off things. I think we were both finally starting to get our heads wrapped around the fact that I might be pregnant, it was kind of a dissapointment when aunt flow came.. oh well. There is always next cycle :)

I made this for supper tonight, it was so yummy I thought I would share. Its kind of one of those recipes that was just tossed together. I hope you like it.

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Zucchini Tomato Casserole
Serves 2

1 zucchini, Peel and take out the seeds and then slice into piece
1/2 white onion, sliced
1 tomato sliced
dill
salt
pepper
garlic
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Saute the zucchini, onion and spices in some oil until a bit soft.
Pour the zucchini into a casserole dish, layer with tomoto slices, and then the mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.

I finished it under the broiler to add some "brown" to the cheese.

Mom's Salsa

I had to post this recipe, its absolutely amazing!

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Salsa
Fill a dutch oven 3/4 full with tomatoes, halved, and then mashed up a bit with a potato masher
1 large green pepper
1 large red pepper
3 jalepeno peppers
1 cup celery
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika

Add everything to the dutch oven. Bring to a slow boil and then in a seperate bowl mix 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 cup water. Add some of the salsa mix to warm up the mixture so it doesn't get lumpy when added to the rest of the mixture. Slowly pour into the dutch oven full of salsa and it should thicken.

Then add:

1 tbsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
2 small cans tomato paste
1/4 tsp baking soda

Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

You can either can this recipe or freeze it.

Quiet Sunday

Sep 11, 2011

I'm having a relaxing sunday. Closed the blinds, turned on the tv to something mind numbing and I'm working on some baking.

I have an awesome recipe for two hour bread, and decided to make it into buns today. I made 1 loaf of bread and 9 buns. Just out of curiousity I wanted to see what they would turn out like. Harvest is underway and Dan has been taking work lunches for two weeks now. Thought maybe I could supply him with yummy home made buns and roast.. but turns out hes sick of roast.

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All in all, life has been good. We've been talking about babies, and my hormones have been crazy lately since being off birth control. But I've also lost weight, and my boobs are smaller too! I love it! I've been eating super healthy too. I'm so excited to get pregnant. I've been reading alot on labour stories, and thats the whole part of the pregnancy I'm not looking forward too! YIKES!

Anyway, back to my coffee.. ta ta for now!


A New Beginning

Sep 1, 2011

Good morning everyone! I finally feel like my life is back in order, and everything is going the way it should be.

The wedding..
Once upon a time a boy met a girl, and they fell in love. We were married on August 13, 2011 and it was a beautiful day. It was warm, sunny, full of laughter, good times, and we got some amazing memories. I couldn't be happier!

The honeymoon..
Two days after the wedding, we were swept away to Elk Ridge Resort for a total of four days. It was relaxing, and we slept probably 75% of the time. Which means we probably needed it. I enjoyed the spa day, the mud wrap, the massage, and the facial. The walks, the food, the drinks, everything was absolutely amazing.

Back to reality..
We've been busy the past couple weeks. Harvest started the day we got back. And Daniel has been busy with that. I went back to work on Monday the 22nd, and have been busy with the new crop year ever sicne. We were supposed to get 40mm of rain last night and I was hoping for some down time with my new hubby but we didn't get any moisture at all! I'm not sure how the weatherman can be that out!

We've also decided we wanted to start trying for a baby. I've kicked myself into full gear in getting healthy again, and eating right. I've bought the "What to Expect When Your Expecting" book, and have been doing some research. I made a doctor appointment next week to go over a couple things regarding getting pregnant and for a physical. So thats my exciting news for today! I probably sound like I'm being anal about the whole thing, but like I told Daniel, I'm the one that has to carry this baby in my tummy for 9 months and I want to be ready to do that, and in tip top shape!

Anyway, back to work for me.. ta ta for now!
 

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