Monday, May 31, 2010

Another sick kid!

This spring we have had more than our share of sickness running through our house. Now Olivia is in bed sick with a sore tummy and a bit of a fever. She slept through dinner and just had a bath and some books and is sleeping again now. I hope after a good nights sleep she feels better. So strange, we really didn't have anyone sick in this house this fall/winter but this spring we have been hit hard.

Hopefully this awful weather goes away soon and all the sickness with it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Won!

Today I woke up feeling a little sad because it seems that I've picked up a little cold. I can't believe I didn't have so much as a sniffle all fall/winter long and now I have a cold! Oh well - its not a bad cold but I hate being sick at all when the weather is nice. Anyways, the day wasn't looking to be anything special when I decided to do my daily blog visits - until I went to Dreena's blog and I saw this:

okay, the new winner for the Silver Hills giveaway is Born to be Vegan (comment: "Enter me please! My daughter starts grade one in the fall so I see some sandwiches in our future").

I can't believe I won! I'm so excited, I never win anything! And I won coupons for Silver Hills bread! I really like their bread but man is it pricey. Its worth it because really you can't put a price on your health but yikes we go through a lot of bread in this house. Like everyone else we're always trying to balance getting healthy organic food while trying to stay in our budget. Needless to say these coupons are gonna come in handy!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Warning - EXTRA LONG post ahead!

It feels like forever since I last posted. May is always such a busy month for us! I keep saying I'll post tonight and then something always comes up and I put off posting. Ok so here is an update of everything thats been going on - I'll try not to babble too much!

We celebrated Mother's Day with my family on the Saturday (the 8th). My sister hosted at her house and my Dad and the rest of teh men took care of the food and cooking (for the most part!) My Dad made me some marinated portobello mushrooms on the grill (as per my request - I did the marinate part) and he got me the best vegan potatoe salad ever - yes it truly was the best poattoe salad I have ever had. It was from planet organic and it was awsome - I had more than my share for sure! My brother made some grilled veggie packets and we have a fruity spinach salad with a raspberry vinegrette. I made the cookies and cream cupcakes from VCTOTW 12 chocolate and 12 vanilla. Both were excellent! I didn't care for the icing but I really don't like icing. Everyone else loved them too! Then on the Sunday I went for a extra long workout at the gym then had a relaxing shower, played some wii with the girls and then my husband made the dinner i requested - veggie dogs, more of the awesome potatoe salad and veggies and dip - and I *might* have had a few potatoe chips! Oh and for dessert we had so delicious chocolate coconut milk ice cream. I had hoped the weather would be really nice that day so we could eat outside but it wasn't to be.

Later that week we celebrated my birthday. It was a great day! I spent the morning relaxing at home after dropping off the oldest at school. Then we picked her up and heading off for some vegan sushi for lunch - so good as usual! Then we went herb plant shopping - with much success. Then we headed home and I took the girls out for a wagon ride - they enjoy it but I'm telling you they are heavy to pull! Then we headed home for a quick shower/bath before dh came home and we headed off for a delicious italian dinner.

Then this past weekend the dh and I were going to go for a relaxing supper out just the 2 of us but my sister decided to move my niece's party to this saturday since the weather was so nice. I had to teach a course this weekend so it worked out ok for my no cooking saturday night! My awesome Dad went to planet organic that morning to get me some more of that awesome potatoe salad and a piece of vegan chocolate cake - he knew i was teaching this weekend and wouldn't have time to do a lot of cooking. It was so nice to come home after a long day of teaching and go to the party and have lots of food to eat. Thanks Dad - it was so thoughtful and very appreciated!

And thats it! Thats what we've been up to. The last few days the weather was super hot so we've been eating pretty basic stuff - salads, smoothies, etc. Yesterday the girls and I ate an entire watermelon over 8 hours. Between that and all the smoothies we drank that day I'm pretty sure we got out quote of fruit!

The weather was a little cooler today and its suppose to stay a little cooler for the long weekend which will actually be good. I can do some baking this weekend to freeze for the next few weeks. We're running ow on muffins and cookies! Thats the only thing I don't like about the warmer weather - too hot to bake (and we don't have air conditioning).

Hope everyone is spending as much time outside in the beautiful weather as we are!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Successful Day in the Kitchen!

So in my last few post I have been going on and on about enjoying the nice spring weather we've been having but this....

is what I woke up to yesterday morning! Actually it was worse than this because the wind was blowing something fierce! It was a spring blizzard and man it sucked, there is just no other word for it. The roads were a mess and we went grocery shopping that morning cuz it was 15% Tuesday (a big day for us for grocery shopping every month). By the time I dropped Gabbie off at school, got groceries and went to pick Gabbie up my jeans were soaking wet and I was frozen to the bone. Needless to say we skipped gymnastics yesterday afternoon and went to a friends house for lunch instead. My friend Karen made us the Quinoa, Mango and Black Bean salad from Vcon and peanut butter banana choc chip muffins from 100 best vegan recipes. It rocked...thanks for lunch again Karen!

So today Gabbie had no school (why couldn't there have been no school yesterday!) so we stayed home and had a pretty productive day in the kitchen!

This weekend I was on a roll making beans ( I was trying to stay busy after we had to take the youngest to the emergency room late friday night/early sat morning for croup. I figured if I stayed busy I wouldn't fall asleep!) . I made a big batch of black beans and a batch of navy beans. So today I made a black bean and sweet potatoe enchilada filling. I haven't made the enchiladas yet but I did taste the filling by scooping some on a few tortilla chips and it was super good! I'm looking forward to the enchiladas! And due to the crappy cold weather I decided to make a really hearty supper tonight...White Bean and Leek Cassoulet from Vcon.

The cassoulet pre cooked

The cooked cassoulet and our salad

Spinach salad with grape tomatoes and balsamic dressing

The happy kids eating their second bowlfuls!

If you have not made this dish yet you don't know what your missing! It is so delicious...a perfect winter (or cold spring) day dish! I didn't have any leeks so we left those out and I must say I think I like it better without the leeks and so did the kids. This supper made everyone happy and the kids are very happy that there is just enough leftovers for them for lunch tomorrow. The spinach salad is a staple at this house. We have 2 or 3 nights a week and it was a perfect pair with the cassoulet.

Well I'm off to sit with dh and watch some tv...I've been cleaning and in the kitchen all day and I feel like doing something mindless tonight!