Vegetable Packed Mini Burgers

Jan 31, 2013

I've been really struggling with finger foods for M. It isn't so much what he can eat, its how to prepare it so he can pick it up and eat it. He's been doing really well with the finger foods, choking has been minimal, and look how happy he is!
So far for "baby mush" he's had: applesauce, pear, blueberries, banana, avocado (not a fan), carrots, peas, broccoli, white potato, sweet potato, peaches, prunes, chicken, roast
And for "finger foods" he's only had: puffs, chicken, sweet potato, roast, carrots, teething cookies, cheerios.

Not a huge list.. I'm working on it..

But these little babies are filled with veggies, taste amazing, and both of us can eat them! I ate mine burger style, he ate his, well, cookie style.
Vegetable Packed Mini Burgers

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: up to 12 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small bowl stir together the egg, applesauce, carrots, onions, salt, and pepper.
In a large bowl combine hamburger and bread crumbs. Fold egg mixture into hamburger mixture; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. (This step is important for the bread crumbs to absorb moisture and flavor.)
Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Shape mixture in 2-inch diameter balls. Place balls on a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan and flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until no pink remains (170 degrees F).
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7 Month Update, and Why I'm Still Learning

Jan 23, 2013

Good Afternoon all,

So, seven months hey. Our little man is seven months. We've made it past the halfway point, and the journey now begins towards the one year mark.

So much has changed, we are in our own little groove most of the time, well until recently.. when he started cutting four teeth. Now I'm averaging four hours of sleep a night, and the rest of the night I'm back and forth between my bed, his bedroom, the rocking chair, the kitchen for tylenol and another bottle. My heart aches for my little man. A shot of espresso added to my coffee in the morning, yes please!

Our daily schedule hasn't changed much, I'm still learning to find time to get stuff done during they day for me, such as a run, preparing meals and bottles, and even sitting down for a cup of coffee. I'm trying to make myself get out of bed around 6:30 and go for my run, but I can't pull myself out of bed until 7, and then I make bottles and have my coffee and browse the web, and lately Maddox has been up between 7 and 8 on his own, I'm thinking because thats when his tylenol is wearing off.

Maddox is so interested in anything that is NOT a toy, and whatever it is that he finds usually ends up going straight for his mouth. He prefers remotes, cell phones, and cordless phones. I'm thinking it has something to do with watching us and he wants what we use.

He's also really interest in our dog, and our dog is by far the best babysitter ever! If they are sitting in the same room together Maddox is usually chasing Kato and trying to grab his tail.. oh yes and thats a new thing.. He is crawling.. and jumping! He loves walking as well if you hold on to his hands he will walk across the room. I look forward to the day when he can go from room to room and follow me around. Right now I set up little play stations for him around the house wherever I am and he stays content for thirty minutes at a time.
This was when we were watching the first NHL games of the season!

So here is the Seven Month Rundown:
Solid Food: Loves sweet potatoes, puffed wheat, carrots and sweet potato puffs. We just started peas today (mashed of course).
Bottles: He has anywhere from 5-8 a day. Depending on how his night is, and naps.
Teeth: Two going on six.
Noises: Dadada and a his giggles, he laughs at everything usually, and he's even started laughing at himself.
Weight: His last weight was just under 19lbs.
Likes: Bath time, strings, crawling, standing and walking (assisted), eating books, water bottles, measuring cups, banging blocks, playing in laundry.
Dislikes: Getting dressed, being left alone in a room, diaper changes.

Alright, now let's talk about something else. Something about me. My hairdresser and I are running 5K and 10K marathons! So excited!

Tri-Unity Challenge in Carrot River, August 10th, 2013

Saskatchewan Marathon, May 26, 2013

Right now I'm doing the Couch to 5K program, and plan on doing the 10k after I'm finished. The way I'm looking at it right now I have 12 weeks left of running programs and 18 weeks until the first marathon in May. (Hopefully my math is correct?) Its really great motivation, I just need to find time to get my runs in during the day.

And with that, my little man is waking up. Have a great afternoon.


Slow Cooker Meat Sauce

Jan 19, 2013

Good Morning everyone. We've had a bit of a whirlwind couple days... Daniel had to grocery shop/prepare food and pack for a fishing trip with some friends and our little man has been teething so we haven't had the happiest of days around here. In my opinion 3 teeth at once is a little harsh on our poor guy.

So today I would like to talk about this...

I've started using my slow cooker a lot when Daniel's gone. It's by far the easiest way for me to get supper on the table while managing a crabby baby, a whining dog, and a growling tummy. This meat sauce was so filling, and made the whole house smell so good! With just a bit of prep work it was honestly so easy. I served it over half of a spaghetti squash - which by the way, I swear you should win an award if you can get into one! It was a workout and a half just to get into it! But the end result was something amazing! I think I will be buying one a week and subbing it in instead of pasta for me!

Slow Cooker Meat Sauce

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients (6 servings (1 cup))
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot to pan; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place vegetable mixture in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add beef to skillet; sauté 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
To remove the excess grease, strain the beef in a colandar. Add beef mixture to slow cooker.
Stir remaining ingredients into slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.
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Look at that soaked shirt and all that drool!

Just a Little Update

Jan 14, 2013

Can you believe that in a week
 this little man will be 7 months?

Time has sure flown by, and I don't think I could imagine life without my little sidekick.

A couple weeks ago we switched over to using formula and bottles. We had a rough go with the teeth and learning not to bite, and in the end it was easier on both of us to switch to bottles. So as of right not our schedule looks like this:

6:30am - I wake up and have my "me" time.. Some mornings thats a run and shower, sometimes just a coffee and the news and the ipad, sometimes I end up sleeping in.
7:30am - Maddox wakes up, has a small 4 oz bottle.
9:00am - breakfast for all!
10:00am - Maddox has a nap and sleeps usually until 11:30/12ish.
1:00pm - Lunch time - Maddox gets his big meal of the day, 2 tbsp protein and 3 tbsp veggies, then playtime or errands.
3:00pm - Big bottle (6oz) and a nap until 4:30-5ish, then we make supper.
6:30pm - Supper time. Maddox has small cut up pieces of food, I try and give him what we are having if he's been introduced, then some rice cereal.
7:30pm - bath time, followed by a book and playtime with daddy
9:00pm - Bedtime and asleep for the night.

We have a pretty busy schedule and I'm super glad that he's been able to have a schedule since he was born. He's always been predictable unless he's teething or on sleep strike.. thats when all hell breaks loose!

Speaking of, I believe he is waking up from his nap so I'm off for now :)

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French Dip Sandwiches

Daniel's parents are coming over for supper tonight so I decided to pull out one of our favourite roast recipes. I use a frozen roast, straight from the freezer, put it on low for 7 hours in my slow cooker.

I should mention my slow cooker seems to cook everything really hot, so I find that 7 hours is a really long time!

French Dip Roast (Slow Cooker)

by Renee Pihowich

Ingredients (12 servings)
  • 3-4 lbs Roast
  • 1/2 cup Soya Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Beef Oxo
  • 1 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Rosemary (crushed)
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Place roast in a 5-quart slow cooker.
Combine soy sauce and next 6 ingredients.
Pour over roast.
Add water to slow cooker until roast is almost covered.
Cook, covered, on LOW for 7 hours or until very tender.
Remove roast, reserving broth.
You may shred roast with a fork and serve on sandwich rolls with the broth on the side.
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To serve I usually cut a french roll in half lenghtwise, spread on some garlic butter and add some shredded mozzarella cheese. Then place under the broiler until bubbly and golden.
Serve with some of the sauce on the side to dip in to, trust me, its so much better dipped!

Mushroom Barley Soup

Jan 7, 2013

Well, Daniel's gone this week for meetings and Maddox and I are alone together. Last night was pretty rough, not sure if Maddox has a touch of the flu or is just on sleep strike. He's napping good today so far and seems to be pretty happy. Hopefully the rest of the day goes well.

I was craving something warm and comforting for lunches this week, but something healthy. This soup is pretty filling, and tastes pretty close to a beef barley soup, just without any kind of meat.

Check out those chunks of yummy, mouth watering veggies! This soup checks in at about 5points/serving.

Mushroom Barley Soup

by Renee Pihowich

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Onion
  • 1 cup Carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Pearl Barley
  • 4 3/4 cups Turkey Stock
  • 1/3 cup Celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add onion, carrot, and mushrooms; sauté 7 minutes or until golden brown.
Stir in barley, and sauté 2 minutes.
Add stock, celery, and salt, and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Add thyme, and cook 5 minutes.
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Maple Salmon

Jan 5, 2013

We had a super busy day today. Everyone was wide awake after what seemed like not enough sleep. I quickly rushed into the kitchen to prepare M's bottles and meals for the day, before I knew it it was nap time and I needed to go for my run. After that was over and everyone was cleaned up we decided to take M out for a walk in his new sleigh! He wasn't sure what to think, but at least it wasn't freeezing cold out!

I was in the mood for something super quick and easy today.

You can't really go wrong with this recipe, it's mainly two ingredients.. Soya Sauce and maple syrup and it tastes amazing!

I actually prepared it ahead of time during M's afternoon nap and let it sit for a couple hours. I also ended up cooking it for about 30 minutes, instead of 20.
Maple Salmon

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Soya Sauce
  • 1 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 pound Salmon
In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
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Red River Bread (for bread maker)

Jan 3, 2013

Halfway through New Year's Day I started feeling really sick. By 7:30pm I was in bed and by 10:00 I was in the bathroom sicker than ever! I slept off and on all night, up a couple times to hurl my guts out, but when I woke up at 8:30 with Maddox I was feeling better. By supper time I was starving and as I was looking through our freezer of something to make for supper I realized we were out of bread. So being handy my little helper and I dusted off my bread maker and looked up my favourite recipe!

Red River Bread (For Bread Maker)

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 38 mins

Ingredients (1 loaf (24 slices))
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups White Flour
  • 1 1/3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Red River cereal
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
1. SELECT loaf size.
2. ADD ingredients to machine according to manufacturer’s directions.
3. SELECT Whole Wheat, Rapid or Regular Cycle.
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Jan 1, 2013

It wouldn't be a complete new year unless one had resolutions right? Here are mine:

1. Make healthy choices. This includes - start each day with a glass of lemon water, work out 3-5 days a week, drink 8 or more cups of water a day, eat a vegetable with every meal including snacks, and stress less!

2. Use up what I have in the fridge/pantry/freezer before buying new things.

3. Do the 365 photo challenge... Excited about this one!

4. Have more family time - put away phones, computers and laptops! And enjoy it!

5. Read a book a month (still on the fence with this one)

6. And of course be a better mother and wife!

Happy New Years

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful time yesterday, we spent the day up at the lake. Maddox had his first ice fishing experience, and Mom had a panic attack when the ice started cracking while someone was driving towards us. Not a fun experience!

Auntie Karleigh and Maddox with their trapper hats on! Maddox is holding onto that fishing rod and ready to catch a fish!
Daddy was keeping a close eye on him while he was holding Auntie Karleigh's beer!
After supper we tried to play a bit of horse race. I'm not sure who actually won, but I think when you have to buy in four or five times that means you lost!
We went with Auntie Karleigh and her boyfriend and Dale and Shawnah to their friends cabin and spent some time there before leaving to come home and put Maddox to bed. We had a great night, and I'm sad to say I don't think I made it until midnight, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!

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