Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tacos and first rain storm of the season!

Today was a beautiful day! Sunny and almost 20 degrees out! I took the kids to the park last night and they had a blast, I had to drag them out there after an hour because the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping but I promised them we would go back this morning. So of course Ollie was up bright and early at 7am(!) bed made, teeth brushed and dressed ready to go to the park. Not being the quietest of people she woke Gabbie up in the process. Guess who was up and drinking her first coffee of the day at 7:24 am this morning? So much for spring break and sleeping in!

Thats ok - nothing like an early start to the day, even if it's spring break! I told them we had to wait a bit before we hit the park, so they occupied themselves with some crafts while I got to work on a dreaded job - cleaning out their dressers/closets. Some people really enjoy organizing rooms and such - I am not one of those people. I like things to be organized I just don't like actually doing it. I also like the house to be clean but I don't actually like cleaning. But the house doesn't clean itself and neither do the kid's drawers. So I buckled down and cleaned out all their drawers and closets. Man these kids are growing! They have grown out of so many of their cloths! I packed it all up and sent my niece a text saying had I some cloths for her 2 little ones whenever she wanted to stop by and grab them. She decided she would come this afternoon for a visit and pick them up - perfect!

So with company coming in the afternoon we decided to head out to get some quality park time in before lunch. Kids had a blast again, its a really nice and popular park so there are lots of kids who go there to play. We are so lucky to live within a 10 minute walk of 6 really great parks but the one we went to today is a new park that just opened this school year so the kids are picking this one often to play at.

After playing at the park for awhile we headed home to have some lunch. Leftover roasted chickpea tacos from last night!

Happy girls hamming it up for the camera!

Hera is a picture of my taco - roasted chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, green onions, guac, cashew sour cream and pico de gallo. All on spelt wraps - hit the spot after a busy morning at the park!

Our visitors came and the kids played outside while the ladies had a visit. After they left the kids were getting a little tired so they decided to watch a new monster high movie thats on netflix while I got supper ready. Dh decided that since it was so nice out we should have our first veggie dogs of the season! We don't eat a lot of veggie dogs but we do love the field roast ones and I have a small stash of them in my freezer (one that note I did hear that they are indeed come back to Canada!!!!!!) so we broke out  apace to celebrate the first nice weather day of spring!

Of course this being Alberta about 5 minutes before we were going to start bbq'ing the sky got really dark so we hustled to get them on the bbq and just as we sat down to eat the wind started gusting and it started to pour. We just made it under the wire!

I took the dog for a short, quick walk after supper. Man it was windy and wet but we made it!

                                                               Drying off in a towel

Hasn't gotten out since!

Thunder is rumbling as I'm typing this. The kids are so excited - they think this means summer is here for sure. Boy will they be disappointed when they wake up to snow tomorrow!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015


Awhile ago I was at Costco picking up some quinoa when this pasta caught my eye. 

I love beans and legumes and eat them pretty often (usually daily) because they are delicious and full of so many important nutrients . Gabbie and Ollie are usually pretty on board with beans most night but sometimes they protest and I hear them whine," I don't want beans tonight! " Ok fair enough, sometimes I don't feel like beans either. Sometimes we have tempeh or tofu and sometimes we have a veggie and grain meal (grilled portabellos and quinoa for example) and while I don't have a problem with a the occasional heaping plate of pasta with tomato sauce, I do try to get as many nutrients into each meal as possible - small subs that aren't really noticeable but I think all those small things can add up to big pluses in your diet. Really its become so second nature by now I don't really think anything of it so that makes it even easier.

So there are several things I like about this pasta staring with the ingredient list - organic red lentils. Thats it! Non GMO - also very important! And if you are gluten free (we aren't) this option also works for you!

Look at these nutritions facts - 13grams of fibre, 21 grams of protein, 50%(!) of your daily iron, 40% of your daily zinc - love it! Not that whole wheat or spelt pasta has no nutrients but they don't boast these stats. Again I have no problem with a plate of whole wheat pasta from time to time but we eat a lot of pasta here so I like to switch it up.

Saturday night I needed to make something quick and easy for supper. It was a grey, cloudy day out -  I had just come from taking the dog for a walk and my mom and just brought the kids back from the park. In addition to being grey and cloudy out it was super windy and drizzly out so we all felt like comfort food. Pasta fit the bill! I had some cremini mushrooms and dino kale that had come in my Organic Box so I decided to sauté them up while the pasta cooked. Then I whipped up some garlic cashew cream sauce in the vitamix. Mixed everything together and supper was served!

Not the prettiest supper I ever made but it was super tasty! We gobbled it all up - no leftovers for lunch the next day :(

Something about cold temps that inspires baking. I made the Double Carob Cashew Cookies from ED&BV but with a twist. I subbed melted coconut oil for the canola oil, almond butter for the cashew butter, chocolate for the carob and added coconut for the crushed cashews. So really they were more like Double Cocolate Coconut Cookies but close enough! They were really really good and bonus the kitchen smelt super warm and chocolately!

And speaking of the kitchen shout out to Attitude cleaners. I picked up this cleaner at Save-On-Foods the other day and I'm super impressed with how well it cleans! From their website:

  • Free of carcinogen ingredients and by products (IARC group 1 & 2)
  • Free of 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, tested by independent laboratory
  • Certified eco-friendly by EcoLogo, the most recognized certification in North America
  • CO2 neutral: no contribution to climate change
  • Vegetable-based and biodegradable (OECD 301)
  • Fragrance derived from natural ingredients, hypoallergenic, respect IFRA (International Fragrance Association) standards
  • Fragrance without CMR (Carcinogens, Mutagens or toxic for Reproduction) compounds
  • Not tested on animals
  • Vegan product
  • Septic tank safe
  • Made in Canada

Vegan, non toxic and cleans like a dream - LOVE IT! I always fine that my placemats are a totally mess after supper - food and spills all over them! And if i don't get them cleaned quick enough (ahem like the next day lets say) then they are so hard to get scrubbed clean. A squirt of this cleaner and they wipe right clean!  I'll be trying out a few other products from them for sure!