Monday, November 10, 2008

Catching Up

At our house, we are mostly a bunch of movers. I say mostly because my Husband is not like us girls at all. My DH is a steady line and is a real routine kind of guy while us girls are all over the place. We colour and paint at home, we go to the park, we ride bikes, we go to the library for stories and crafts, we go to gymnastics and preschool, basically we rarely stop moving. When we get up in the morning we hit the ground running and it seems like we just never stop till we go to sleep. But not this weekend. This weekend we were very relaxed. It seems like all we did was veg. DH on the other hand was moving at mock speed to get the Christmas lights up before it snows. 

Due to our lack of motivation I don't have much in the way of food pics to post. Not to worry, today we are back in motion and in the kitchen!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Funny Video Clip

I saw this video clip on the Little Lads blog and thought it was pretty funny so I showed to my husband and my girls. My husband thought it was funny, my girls thought it was the funniest thing they have ever seen. They watch this clip at least 6 times a day and each time we watch it we have to watch it twice. So I thought I'd post it on my blog so they girls can see it there. Hope you enjoy it too!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Its coming.....

Winter that is! We went from beautiful fall days last week to a very chilly morning with frost today. This is definitely going to influence what is happening in my kitchen. I see a lot more soups, stews and chili's in our future. 

The kiddies are feeling much better and I hope it stays that way! I've been baking up a storm lately with the kiddos under the weather. The smells of fresh baking are very comforting to me and remind me of my childhood (my Mom was big into baking when we were little, not vegan mind you but there was definitely love in her cookies!) and I hope that my girls have that same warm feeling inside when I bake for them. My kids love almost all the recipes I have tried from ED&BV as well as Vive Le Vegan. Among their favs are the Banana Oat Bundles from Vive and Super Charge Me Cookies from ED&BV. But the undisputed champ for them in the "You got peanut butter in my chocolate chocolate chip cookies". These are also my Mom's favourite cookies so when I make them for the girls I always send a couple over to Grandma (she lives across the street from us so they don't have far to travel!).

The other thing I have been making the girls alot of lately is Monster Smoothies (no monsters were hurt in making these smoothies!). The fruits change daily, sometimes its fresh pineapple other days its organic strawberries or grapefruit and oranges but the consistent ingredient is Kale. It make the smoothie a lovely shade of green which the kids think is "so cool" to quote my oldest.  I'm glad they think something so good for them is so cool. Thank you Vitamix for making my life that much easier. If any of you have ever looked a getting a Vitamix and then felt faint after seeing the price I  can relate. When I first bought mine I almost returned it several times. Boy am I ever glad I didn't. It is the best appliance I own hands down. Nothing makes better smoothies, fresh juices, and nut mylks like a Vitamix. If mine broke tomorrow I'd be ordering a new one asap. And then I'd have to borrow my Mom's till my new arrived. We are that dependent on it.

I promise a post with some pictures very soon. I'm still having grief with blogger and uploading photos but I hope to solve the mystery soon! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sick kids

Yep my girls are sick.....again! They both have some digestive tract and absorption issues, my oldest has severe problems, my youngest has mild ones but my youngest also has respiratory  troubles as well. Not much time for a post today (most of my time has been spent nursing the girls back to health and in the kitchen) but I hope to do a food post tomorrow.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

As promised!

What a super busy weekend! Friday was of course Halloween and anyone with kids will tell you its a crazy busy day. My oldest daughter had a Halloween party at preschool. After that we hurried home to pick up the youngest and my MIL and went to meet DH for lunch ( I had the roasted veggie wrap with mixed green salad...incredibly good, sorry no pic!) then it was back home to put the youngest down for a nap while the oldest and I carved the pumpkin. A quick supper of lentil tacos followed with trick o treating. Lots of fun but I'm glad it comes but once a year. 

We have had the most beautiful fall weather and Saturday was no exception. We have been taking advantage of all this great weather with lots of long walks/bike rides and lots of park time. 

That doesn't mean I haven't been in the kitchen! Now I ask you, what would fall be without pumpkin muffins? So I made the Pumpkin Oat Muffins that Dreena had posted the recipe for on her blog. These are really good. My kids loved them and enjoyed them with a cup of tea for breakfast many a day this week.

Above is a supper from this week. Lentils cooked on veg broth, saffron quinoa pilaf based on the Garlic Saffron Rice recipe in Veganomicon, and a japanese sald with cabbage, red and yellow peppers, carrots and scallions. The salad was awesome, perfect with asian seasame vinaigrette, the lentils were great too. The pilaf was good but I think something went wrong. It wasn't as tasty as I had hoped it would be. I'll have to experiment a bit more.

I promise more food post to come!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy World Vegan Day!

Just a quick post to say Happy World Vegan Day! to all the vegans and aspiring vegans out there. 

We had a great Halloween yesterday and I have lots of food pictures to post if I can ever get them to upload.

Wish me luck.....