Show and Tell for February 10, 2018

I’m sitting at my desk (with Finn laying underneath) staring out the window at the snow lightly falling in the backyard. I don’t know about you, but a snowy winter is something I actually love. I’m not fond of the cold, but there is something about the snow that makes everything seem magical.

This week I went to Pilates Babies & Barre Babies classes. I LOVED the Barre Babies class, but it was a pretty hard workout for this out of shape girl. My legs are killing me and I had to cancel my Yoga Babies for this afternoon because I just can’t do anything. lol.

  • This Saturday is National Cupcake Day in support of the OSPCA and Finn has been invited to his first doggy event! He’ll get to meet Crusoe the Celebrity Daschund and sample some treats. Lucky boy.
  • This morning I remembered that I wanted to “clean up” my active FB logins. You know when you login to a new app or website using your FB. There were soooo many that I never use and don’t even remember signing up for, so I’m removing them all. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications.
  • Riot Grrls take note. L7 is BACK and going on a mini tour! Too bad it’s only in the US… for now.
  • I think these 5 Things Successful Women Do Every Day are pretty good ideas and I’m going to incorporate them into my daily life.
  • Something I had never done before having a baby was change a diaper. So I had NO IDEA what a blowout actually was to deal with and OMG ewww. This week I saw these Shitten Mittens and know that these would be a great gift for new parents.
  • Of course I had to read The Best Chocolate for your Zodiac Sign. Mine says that it’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I disagree. I’m a Brownie or Milk Chocolate fan. Is yours accurate?
  • A friend of mine from high school is doing something really interesting. He’s joined The Mystery Mountain Project with Canadian Explorations Heritage Society to re-enact the historic “footsteps of intrepid mountaineers Don and Phyllis Munday who explored the Waddington range in 1926.” Good luck Stu!

    Our expedition will begin with a journey up Bute Inlet by boat using the same route the Munday party used 92 years ago. We’ll be traveling expedition style ferrying loads of approximately 2,000 lbs of food and equipment to various camps. This will include both modern gear and gear as was used in 1926.

    From the coast we will hack through dense brush and across dangerous rivers for 55 km through Homathko river valley. Then we will ascend 18 km of massive glaciers to get to the base of Mt. Waddington. From this base camp on the Bravo Glacier Route we will attempt the climb. Due to a shortage of food, the Mundays were not able to complete their climb in 1926.

 

Recipe: Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

I’m always looking for new, quick & easy recipes that will suit both my vegetarian and Jason’s omnivore diets. We always get vegetable fried rice in our Chinese takeout so when I saw this healthy version I had to try it. It is delicious and takes no time at all to make AND it tastes even better the next day. This is a huge bonus for us because it is a leftover I will actually eat.

This version uses eggs, which you can skip if you are Vegan. We paired Jason’s with a Baked Sesame & Teriyaki Chicken Breast.

This recipe was based on Eat Yourself Skinny’s Healthy Cauliflower Fried Rice.

Cauliflower Fried "Rice"
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ head of Cauliflower (about 2 cups)
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup peas
  • ½ cup leeks or onion, chopped
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 3 large cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
Directions
  1. Chop cauliflower into florets and pulse in blender/food processor and set aside. (I use a Ninja blender which I highly recommend!)
  2. Heat up wok or large frying pan on medium and add sesame oil.
  3. Add leeks (or onion) and saute for 2 min.
  4. Then add carrots, peas and mushrooms and saute until tender, about 2 min.
  5. Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar and chili powder and set aside
  6. Clear veggie mix to one side of the pan and scramble eggs.
  7. Once firm, mix eggs in with veggies.
  8. Stir in cauliflower and soy sauce mixture, making sure everything is coated.
  9. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 3-5 min.
  10. Mix in bean sprouts and cook for 2 more minutes.
Notes
*For Jason I added a Baked Teriyaki Chicken Breast.
-Preheat oven to 375 C
-Brush chicken breast with sesame oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and then cover with Teriyaki sauce to your taste.
-Bake for 30 min
 

Show and Tell for February 2, 2018

Yesterday was my first Yoga Babies class at Toronto Yoga Mama’s and Abigail & I both loved it! I’m pretty sore today but can’t wait for our classes next week. It’s really amazing how much my body changed during pregnancy (and how much muscle I lost)! Being sick for 9 months really took a toll on me and I’m really looking forward to gaining my strength back.

  • My 2018 Day Designer* finally arrived yesterday and I am going to spend the weekend organizing my goals and planning for the year. I was late ordering it this year, so my wall calendar in the kitchen is full of scribbles 🙂
  • Abigail is now 5 months so we started her on solid food (as per our doctor). I had no idea what to feed her and someone share this Wee Little Ones Weaning Chart by Kat French Designs and it has been super helpful. So far we’ve had some sweet potato and avocado!
  • I thought this was neat. The Friendship Lamp is a lamp that lights up at your friends house when you touch the one at your house.
  • The Rebel Mama blog is one of my lifesavers now that I’m a Mom (that is still very weird to say/write!). The wrote this great article called “Hot Tips for Raising a Feminist” and it’s a good read for parents and non-parents alike.
  • When I started blogging (in 2008 on Blogger and then officially at kaponetwo.com back in Feb 2009) there weren’t alot of us in Toronto. I was inspired first by Raymi, Casie, Xiaxue and Gala Darling and thought I love to write, so why not do it too. Now the market is oversaturated with “influencers” and I found this article (I think shared by Casie) Time to Address the Elephant in the Room to be a pretty interesting read.
  • I LOVE my InstantPot and have been using it pretty often for meals. These 10 Incredible Ways You Should Be Using Your Instant Pot are actually pretty smart. If you know me IRl, you know I love my egg salad sandwiches, but I never thought to use the InstantPot for them!
  • Of course, Buzzfeed has a great post on 27 Amazing Charts That Will Turn You Into A Baking Whiz. Some really great and helpful tips!
  • I’ve posted about the kids story book “Go The Fuck To Sleep” back in 2011 but I just found this video of Samuel L. Jackson reading it. So good.

 

 

That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend.

xo

 

 

* I am a Day Designer affiliate so if you purchase using that link, I get a little something

It’s February – Time for a Challenge

Today marks the start of a few new things at our house. With January being my birthday month, I find it hard to start anything new because we’re always pulled in so many directions at the beginning of the year. And with February being the shortest month, it seems easier to commit to a challenge of 28 days!

#1 – Jason and I have decided to challenge ourselves to have a “Dry February” and cut out all alcohol for the month. I find that with both of us being off we are drinking every day. Not always binge drinking (classified as having 5 drinks in a short period of time), but we are consuming (and spending) too much on alcohol. I have noticed that binge drinking is a real problem in our current society and it is a pretty normalized thing.

#2 – We’ve decided to curb our spending habits and not purchase or spend money on anything that isn’t a necessity for the month. I’m really curious to see how much money we can save as well as to see where we are potentially wasting money on frivolous things. I’ve got a notebook ready for us to write down what we spend (including rent/bills) and at the end of the month we’ll add everything up.

#3 – Being more active! Today marks the start of my 9 month membership to Toronto Yoga Mamas and the first Baby Yoga class for Abigail & I. I’m really looking forward to getting back in shape and transforming my body into a stronger, healthier version of what I am now.

I’m excited about these challenges and I think they will help us be healthier, more active and able to spend more quality time with our friends and loved ones. We won’t be “going out” as much and instead hosting friends and family at our house, so give us a call and come by for cards, games, cooking and maybe even some fun DIY projects!

What are you doing this month? Any fun challenges you’re starting? Feel free to join us and let us know what and how you’re doing.

xo

Show and Tell for January 26, 2018

This week was a challenge and I almost missed posting a blog. I wanted to share something a little more newsworthy, but sitting down to write this Show & Tell is the first time I’ve had a minute to myself all week.

So far, I’ve been doing well on my goals for the year and next week I start my membership at Toronto Yoga Mama’s. I’ve already booked myself in for 4 classes and am going to try to make it at least twice a week. I love to hibernate in the winter and wouldn’t leave my house in the cold weather if it wasn’t a necessity. So getting out of my literal comfort zone to head to the gym is going to be hard, but I’ve got a buddy who signed up with me so I’m looking forward to her keeping me accountable!

That’s it for this week. Short & sweet and now back to life 🙂

Have a great weekend!