Category Archives: new things

keen-wah sah-lid.

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Tomorrow, after church we are having a pot-luck lunch, so I thought I’d try out a new recipe.  

This one is a great quinoa and bean salad.  It’s light and it’s beany (mmmm! i love beans) and oh-so-proteinous (that’s my own word meaning “full of protein”).

Although quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is still relatively unheard of (in these parts at least….), it’s great to use in place of rice or other grains.  A part of the same family as spinach and beets, it is a complete protein (due to the presence of all 9 essential amino acids), so it is an excellent choice for the vegetarians and the vegans among us (like my friend Nate over at Vegan Dad).   And, the texture is unique (it gives a wee little crunch when bitten).  So it’s fun.

Anyway… I took this recipe out of Weekend Cooking by Ricardo.  A great cookbook that my honey Jeremy bought me for Christmas. 

Here it is: 

Quinoa Salad with Beans

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
7 oz (200 g) thin green beans, trimmed
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
3 Tbsp (40 mL) white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh tarragon, minced
a few drops of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper

In a saucepan, cook quinoa in a large quantity of boiling salted water for about 15 minutes, or until the grains are tender but still crunchy.  Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside. 

Cook green beans in boiling salted water.  Rinse in very cold water, drain and set aside. 

Mix all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper. 

For best results, refrigerate salad for 1 hour. 

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ok, here’s the ‘after’ shot.

Here are the promised pics of my new hair!

I think I like it.

It feels fresh and clean.

I feel a bit like a french girl.  🙂

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So…..what do you think?!?!

photo extravaganzzzzzzza!

Well, we’ve had a busy past couple of weeks at our casa.  First off, Joshijah went for his very first dentist appointment.  Very exciting?  Oh yes.  He wasn’t at all nervous.  Relaxed as anything.  Just look at his very relaxed posture in the super cool dentist chair.  😉

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Thankfully the hygienist and the dentist were both so nice and let him pick out the COOLEST shades to wear!  This relaxed him somewhat. 

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This was Jos trying to spit into the little sink.  He can’t figure it out still.  He just makes the noise of spitting, and lets the spit just head down the ol’ throat.  Ah well, all in good time.

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The dentist.  Again, Joshijah looking very relaxed.  Clutching that chair for dear life!
However, it was a very successful trip.  Joshijah was a big boy and did really well!  YAY! 

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With Uncle Cubby and Tante Jes reading stories at my Mom and Dad’s place.  It was my Dad’s birthday. 

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Hosanna snuggling up with Poppi on his b-day. 

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This was Joshijah’s birthday party.  Jos and Sammi.

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Hosanna (or as I like to call her:  May-may-licious.)

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Opening up the prezzies.

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Yummy treats.  And that’s my friend Julie.  Everyone say, “Hey Julie!”

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Markers and Stickers and Play-Dough, oh my!

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Cupcakes a la Lightning McQueen.

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Traditional birthday breakfast in bed. 

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Joshijah with his bed-head. 

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Cake!!  This time for the “family birthday party”.

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“Uh, Mama?!  What is this?  You call this cake?! And ya’ll can show me some better singing than that.  C’mon.”

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Jer and Steve shooting the breeze waiting for food. 

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Tom being quiet and contemplative and playing a sweet tune on J-dog’s guit. 

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My dad.  I love this picture of him. 

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My mom!  All the girls were being Italian mamas in the kitchen making homemade pizza.  Well, Jes was laying on the floor.  It’s ok.  She’s pregnant.  She’s allowed to lay on the floor. 

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My sister Sara with her sweet baby girl. 

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Joshijah with his cool new airplane from Plan Toys.  Very cool toys.  They are my new favourites.  The kids love them too.  (that’s pretty important I guess)   
And he is wearing the beautiful sweater that my mom made for him.  He looks like a little euro-kid.  I love it!  Notice Jes is still on the floor.  Having a great time, might I add. 

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Janna and I being pretty serious about making the pizza.     We had some pretty loud music on to help out the mood.  Sara and Amelie are dancing, I’m sure.   Janna’s gonna love that pic of her.  🙂

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This is my Aunt Marion.  She stopped by yesterday to give Jos his b-day present.

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Jos and May-May doing their thang with the new easel from Nana and Papa!
(Notice the large amount of snow hanging off the tree outside.  It just.keeps.coming.)

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And this is me, taking my before shot.  I am getting my hair cut tomorrow. 
Tomorrow I will post the after shot.  Stay tuned!

G’night ya’ll!!

nalgene-no-more.

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For awhile there, I thought that our kids were all hip and cool with their nalgene sippy cups.  UNTIL….it was announced that the plastics used to make these cups and so many other cups, baby bottles, etc. are the worst kind of plastic for leaching the chemical  BPA, (a synthetic sex hormone that mimics estrogen) which can cause fertility problems, cancer, etc.

95% of all baby bottles and cups on the market are made with BPA, at levels which can disrupt their development.  

If you want to read about it, this is a good article

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered some of these

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(this is not my kid)**

I’m excited to get them in the mail soon!  And let’s hope they come out with some more alternatives for parents needing alternatives.  argh.

A few other little randoms:
The doll I made for Hosanna May for Christmas. 
Her name is Sylvia, and she’s already looking a little ratty…hair especially.  🙂

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This is the daffodil plant my momma bought me as an attempt to help me rise out of my pit of winter blues-dom.  It helped for sure.  The flowers are gone now, but there will be more (I hope).  I love flowers.

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Hosanna’s newest favourite thing to do is play dress up with all the hats, scarves and mitts.  She’s a peach.  I like her. 

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**mystery kid photo credit:  the reusable bags website

yay! i’m a winner. :)

yesssss!

i finally won a sling!!!!

i am the winner of the cutest. most adorable. hatchling sling (a sling for hosanna to use for her dolls!)  made by the very cool, hip, talented ashlee at nest slings!!!

check out her blog
and check out her slings.  they are beautiful! 
she also heads up mama speaks, a great review site. 

thanks again so much ashlee! i know it’s gonna get a lot of use around here.  🙂

good-for-you treat!

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today i made this fun little healthy treat for the kids.  it’s basically just a made-up recipe, and i don’t typically measure when i’m cooking.  (not that i’m against measuring, just not how i roll, usually…)  anyways.  my kids LOVE bananas sometimes, and other times their interest begins to wane.  lately they have been more disinterested, but this?  this they loved. 


BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
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1 banana
1/2 an avocado
freshly squeezed lemon juice.  (give 1/2 a lemon a good squeeze)
a splash of apple juice
a mitt-full of ground flax seed
honey to sweeten

stick it all in the blender. blend until smooth.

the kids liked this both in a cup with straws, OR in a little bowl with spoons.  it has the consistency of yogourt. 

you could add milk, soymilk, almond milk (which is my new fave after reading that soy milk is not as great as once was believed.  anyone else hear this???  is it true?) 
anyways, i just wanted to share a very yummy and healthy treat that the kids love.  they just finished a whole blender-full and asked me for more.   sure, why not?

cheers! 

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🙂

making the big switch.

well, i have been feeling a lot like i need to switch to cloth diapers lately.  wishing now that we had done it all along, but not having had a washing machine until now, it’s been something we really weren’t able to do, practically speaking.  (um….yeah, run on sentence. i know.)

anyway, i’ve been wanting to switch, because i really believe that what’s in disposable diapers can’t be good for our babes.  not to mention the huge amount of waste they create.  ick.  (although some areas actually do recycle them.  ours not yet.)  yesterday, i was reading andrea’s blog, and she listed all of the ingredients of diapers, and it truly confirmed why i need to do this. 

here are some examples:

MALE INFERTILITY Disposable diapers could be the cause of the sharp rise in male infertility over the past 25 years. It is thought that disposable diapers heat up boys testicles to such a degree that it stop them from developing normal.

SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, which is linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and can therefore no longer be used in tampons, is the super absorbent gel in disposable diapers. You can find the little “gel balls” on the skin of your baby’s bottom. It is interesting to note that employees in factories manufacturing sodium polyacrylate suffer from female organ problems, slow healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss.TBT (TRIBULYTIN) In May 2000 Greenpeace found TBT in Pampers® Baby Dry in Germany. TBT is one of the most toxic substances ever made. It harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system. There is speculation that it could cause boys to become sterile.

DIOXIN Traces of the carcinogen Dioxin have been found in disposable diapers. Dioxin causes liver disease, immune system suppression and genetic damage. It is a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine gas and is banned in most countries. Unfortunately, the USA still allows it.

ASTHMA In 1998 a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers.

UTI INFECTIONS IN BABY GIRLS also seem on the rise with an increased use of disposable diapers.

BABIES POORLY DEVELOPED OUTER SKIN LAYER ABSORBS ABOUT 48 CHEMICALS if you use disposable diapers & wipes and standard baby products. This can be greatly reduced by using cloth diapers and natural baby products.

You can find out more about the above topics on our cloth diaper articles page or at http://www.borntolove.com and http://www.mothering.com/.

 **enough said!

 joshijah is 2 years and several months old, and can and will use the potty most of the time…but not at night yet.  during the day its often hit and miss….
hosanna is almost 18 months, and both yesterday and today she’s gone pee on the potty. 
so, they are both “on their way”, but not there yet. 
it’s a bit of an investment to buy cloth, but…then if/when we have another baby, we won’t need to buy them again.

so, the big thing to decide now is what to buy? 
so many options out there.

any ideas?