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Where there’s a will, there’s a walk

Today I had this very profound thought:  The only predictable thing about a baby is his/her unpredictability.  Pretty deep, eh?  This comes after one very long, very difficult night.  I should have known that his early bedtime yesterday was too good to be true!  He was consistently up from the time I hit “Publish” to 10:30 pm.  Then he was up consistently between midnight and 2:30 am.  He slept solidly until 5:00 am when a new cycle of non-sleeping began.   One of my new favourite hobbies is cataloguing Henry’s sleep times and then reflecting on the great amounts of self-pity and exhaustion I now feel.

Henry is now asleep, but I am not jinxing anything by even entertaining the thought he’ll be asleep for a few solid hours.  Because of this realization, I am currently drinking a glass of wine.

Can you buy wine in bulk?

Today the weather finally warmed up enough to go for a walk!  I’ve mentioned this before, but my day is greatly improved when I get a nice, one-hour long walk in there!  Hubby comes with me and we take turns pushing the stroller.  We stopped in for lunch at the Jacket Potato Cafe, a restaurant that specializes in jacket potatoes (aka “baked potatoes”).  Hubby had one and he said it was just “ok”.  I had the red lentil soup.  The service was great, but I wasn’t too impressed.

We also noticed a new bakery that opened in our ‘hood!  This is incredibly exciting since this is the first bakery that is within walking distance.  Oh, fresh-baked carbs.  I love you more than wine!  We bought two Creamcheese brownies (vegan?  vegan who?) and brought them home to enjoy with freshly brewed coffee.  Perfection!

Being able to get out and about gets me VERY excited for spring and summer.  Henry loves to go for walks and I am fortunate enough to live in an area with many interesting places to go.  I wonder what other (carb-focused) adventures we will get up to this year?

Will walk for carbs (especially if they look like these).

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February 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm 8 comments

Vegan Eating: Last Day!

And so we arrive at the last day of my one week experience with vegan eating.  I have less than 10 hours to go!  I think I will make it.  At least I hope.  Saturday nights have a funny way of throwing all eating plans completely off track!

Along with a week of vegan eating, I’ve also been consuming one Green Monster a day (a goal for February as you may remember!).  Today’s concoction was particularly delicious because it contained 1/4 cup coconut milk.

Green Monster includes: 1/4 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 banana, 1 handful of baby spinach, and a side of Dr. Snuggles

I just had a quick lunch of a couple of clementines and an open-faced peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Although I usually eat natural peanut butter, I’m currently out so the regular peanut butter had to suffice (which I like to call “dessert peanut butter” because of the added sugar and oil!).  Honestly, I much prefer the taste of dessert peanut butter but usually stick to the natural.

I’m out to dinner at a friends’ house tonight.  She reads my blog so knows about my WoVE (Week of Vegan Eating) and is planning a vegan dinner because of it.  See the beauty of maintaining a blog?  Friends will know all about your quirky eating plans and will accommodate you as such.  Or maybe I just have awesome friends?

Henry is excited to be going out on a Saturday night.  I try to refrain from constantly saying LOOK HOW CUTE MY KID IS because that certainly gets old after a while, but I can’t help it with this picture especially.

LOOK HOW CUTE MY KID IS

The expression he makes when he is “talking”

It’s during the day after a rough night (such as last night!) that he is extra-cute.  I am convinced this is some sort of Darwinian, “survival of the species” thing.  I mean, look at that double chin!  It’s almost enough to get me to forget the constant interruptions to my sleep (note:  ALMOST).

February 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm 4 comments

Vegan Eating: Day Six

I continue to kick some vegan-eating arse, causing me to feel self-righteous in the most pretentious way possible!  I made oatmeal for hubby this morning using cow’s milk which, I must admit, created quite the creamy bowl of oats, but I’d still prefer almond milk in my own.  Pat on the ol’ back for my vegan-eating self!

For breakfast this morning, I had one of my Banana Date scones warmed in the toaster oven with some cherry jam and a sliced orange.

These scones taste “healthy”, which is a good thing I assure you!  Not like cardboard at all.

I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought more trail mix.  I think this might be cheaper than the stuff I get at Bulk Barn, and a bit fresher to boot.

I like to mingle with raisins and cranberries

With a clementine in some artsy fartsy lighting…

I call this piece, “Dawn of a New Snack”

For lunch, I finished off the last of the Curried Lentil and Apricot soup, thus completing my Journey of 1,000 Lentils (how this week has felt!).

I had the soup along with another scone toasted with, um, NON-vegan margarine.  I had to relent!  I know there is whey in regular Becel margarine, but I just really, really, really wanted some margarine on my scone.  Is that too much to ask?  Plus I had already broken the DO NOT EAT REGULAR MARGARINE FOR YOU ARE A VEGAN rule by using it in the Sweet Potato Casserole I prepared for dinner.  I was going to buy vegan margarine at the grocery store yesterday, but we have a huge tub of regular margarine to use up and, well, I am just too frugal to have two types of margarine in my fridge, ok?  (Am I sounding as defensive as I feel?)

Indeed, we shall feast on Sweet Potato Casserole for dinner tonight using, of course, Oh She Glow’s vegan recipe.  What would I do without Oh She Glows as a constant source of inspiration?

I was feeling uber-confident in my culinary skills because I didn’t even use a measuring cup to make this!  This confidence was ultimately misguided, as I think I used too much margarine.  Maybe it was karma biting me in the arse for using non-vegan margarine?  Something tells me that the vegan karma gods are too nice for that, though.

Pre-baked

Finally, I show you the requisite picture of me and/or Henry (this time you get both!)

I really don’t like my hair in this photo, but at least my face colour matches my neck colour.

Also, Henry is very cute.  He has nice hair AND matching face/neck colour.

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Ok, this is a bit off topic, but I was wondering: do you drink tap water? We use a Brita water filter and it is grossly overdue for a change, so I’ve been drinking tap water in the meantime.  Even though the taste is a bit metallic, I don’t mind tap water at all and would just go back to using it full-time if it weren’t for my husband and his delicate taste buds.  I know most households use Brita or bottled water for their daily consumption and I was wondering if this was really necessary.  Canadian and U.S. tap water is thoroughly cleaned and tested constantly.  When we were kids, we all drank tap water!  None of this Jennifer Aniston Smart water or imported Fijian water for us!  And we turned out fine (kind of).  Do you think filtered water is even necessary? Do you honestly hate the taste of tap water or do you think that the need to filter water/buy bottled is a creation of clever marketing companies?

This is your thought-provoking question for this Friday afternoon!

February 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm 17 comments

Vegan Eating: Days Four and Five

Whereas on Tuesday I was like “I MISS CHEESE”, today I’m all like “I COULD DO THIS FOREVER”.  I think the change is that I feel pretty wonderful and my digestive system is pumping along like a charm!  I never noticed any problems with my digestion before, but now that I have seen how smoothly things can be, er, processed, I think this vegan thing could be for me.  Of course, I will still eat the occasional slice of cheesy pizza and if I am ever so lucky to visit Paris again, you know I will be chowing as many buttery croissants as possible.  But for now, at this point, I am loving the veganism.

For breakfast this morning, I had a toasted thin bun spread with almond butter and a sliced orange.

For morning snacks, I’ve been relying on this tropical trail mix I picked up at the Bulk Barn.

Lunch today was more lentils.  I discovered even more of the Vegan Walnut Lentil Pile stored at the back of the fridge.  Perhaps it is reproducing?  I don’t mind.  This stuff tastes like Thanksgiving stuffing!  Albeit, protein-filled, mushy-textured stuffing.

I heated it up and spread it on yet another toasted thin burger and topped it with sliced tomato and ground pepper.

I decided to bake this afternoon and opted to use up the brown bananas in my freezer (frugal tip:  when you have rotting bananas, throw them in the freezer and use for future baking purposes.  Brown bananas are perfect for baking since they are so flavourful).  I perused the index of Veganomicon looking for banana recipes and came across one for Banana Date Scones.

Pre-baked

This recipe appealed to me because of the following ingredients:  flax meal, whole wheat flour, bananas, dates, and walnuts.  The recipe calls for brown rice syrup, but I used corn syrup instead (I think maple syrup would work too!).  I LOVE scones.  I think they are the love children of biscuits and muffins, encompassing the best qualities of each.  They are delicious for breakfast, with tea, accompanying soup or stew, or on their own.  I like it when people pronounce them “skawns” even though I pronounce them “scowns” (rhymes with bones!).  Regular scones can be quite heavy with butter and cream, so the vegan version is much healthier.  In conclusion, you can’t go wrong with scones!

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In other news, here is a picture of my cheap haircut.

Ugh, my face colour doesn’t match my neck colour!!!

You can see how it doesn’t look quite even there at the bottom, even though it was freshly blow dried.  It’s longer than I wanted, too.  As I have quickly learned, there are certain things you cannot be frugal with including hair-cuts, coffee, and ketchup (my hubby refuses anything but Heinz!  What a brand snob, I know).

I’ll let you know if I come across any others…

February 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm 15 comments

A Day of Vegan Eating

I was feeling camera iPhone happy today and took a bunch of pictures of the food that I ate.  This vegan thing has got me doing crazy things!  Blame all the soy products!

Since Henry is asleep, I thought I’d take this opportunity to not do laundry and instead write another blog entry!  Clearly I have got this Stay-At-Home-Mom thing down pat.

The big event of the day was a new recipe I tried called Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup.  I come across plenty of vegan recipes that call for curry powder, but not too many that also require dried apricots.  I knew I had to make this, especially since it also calls for coconut milk.  Dried apricots + coconut milk = 🙂

Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup

2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 onions, diced

8 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon of ginger powder

1 Tablespoons of mild curry powder

1 tomato, chopped

1 cup dried apricots, chopped

2 cups red lentils, rinsed

8 cups of water

3/4 cup coconut milk

Chopped cilantro for garnish

1.  In a large pot over medium heat, cook onions in vegetable oil for about 10 minutes (stir frequently!)

2.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and add garlic and ginger.  Cook and stir for two minutes.  Add curry powder and stir for one more minute.

3.  Add tomato, apricots, lentils and water.

4.  Raise heat to high until boiling and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

5.  Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree soup.  Since I like my soup to have texture, I pureed about half of the soup.

6.  Return soup to pot over low heat and stir in coconut milk.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro.

This soup is so good the sun came out to greet it

What I love about this soup:

– The tiny chunks of juicy dried apricots

–  COCONUT MILK!!!

–  Does not require vegetable broth, thus the sodium content is low

–  Lentils make this soup incredibly nutritious and filling.  I had it for both lunch and dinner!

Here are some other things I ate today.  I believe I photographed everything except for the two Maple Walnut cookies I had after lunch!  For breakfast, I had the Carrot Cake Oatmeal as previously noted earlier.

A handful of trail mix with a clementine

A free sample of Vanilla Rooibos tea which I promptly poured down the sink after two sips (not a fan of herbal teas yet I keep trying them, hoping my taste buds will change!)

Green Monster made with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 large handful of baby spinach

Two Frosty No-Bake Glo Cakes!

I highly recommend trying the No-Bake Glo Cakes.  This isn’t the best time of year for consuming frozen edibles (since we are currently living in a frozen edible!), but this healthy alternative to ice cream is surprisingly delicious.  Since I don’t have rice crisp cereal, I substituted All-Bran.  Yes!  A dessert that contains All-Bran is a dessert worth mentioning.  Recommendation:  Go heavy on the peanut butter.

You would think that all of this nutritious, delicious food would fuel my determination to do laundry.  Think again…:)

February 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm 7 comments

Fresh Monday

Even though my Saturdays feel like Tuesdays and my Wednesdays feel like Sundays, I can still relish the “tabula rasa” feeling of the start of a new week.  I thought to commemorate this freshness, I should take a photo of everything I eat so as to motivate myself not to eat half a jar of MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Peanut spread.  Let’s see if my theory works.

For Breakfast, I had some vanilla yogurt with blueberries and walnuts…

Along with a slice of plain no-knead bread I baked yesterday with cherry jam.

I am trying to figure out how much it costs to bake a loaf of no-knead bread.  A 2.5 kg bag of all-purpose flour is about $3.50.  The Internet tells me that there are 20 cups of flour in a bag, and if the bread recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, there is $0.53 worth of flour in a loaf.  With 1/4 teaspoon of yeast and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, along with the energy needed to heat the oven at 450F for 45 minutes, I am going to say it costs about 85 cents to bake a loaf of this amazing bread.  A lot cheaper than the $4 or so this would cost from a bakery, plus no added benefit of a house that smells like a bakery!  In conclusion, the frugal life is the good life.

For lunch, I had a green salad with some leftover bean salad on top!  This salad was made exponentially better by the fact it included avocado.  It was made exponentially more complicated in that I was wearing Henry who refused to let me sit down, thus I had to eat it while standing up and trying not to drop salad dressing on his head (Which I did anyway).

Along with a plain old smoothie!  Since I used my spinach in my salad, I just had a smoothie made with:

1 cup of almond milk

4 large frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

It was nice to have a smoothie that didn’t look like sludge

I plan on having leftover lasagna, bean salad, steamed vegetables, and a whole wheat bun for dinner.  Possibly a spoonful of crack, i.e. chocolate peanut butter, for dessert.  I would try taking a picture but a certain someone keeps me pretty busy in the evening hours so I doubt I’ll be online.

He recently discovered the fact that he has hands!  Very exciting in the F ‘n’ F household!

There is also that Heavy show on A&E tonight.  Watching TV involving morbidly obese people always helps keep my snacking habits in check.

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Since the New Year, I’ve been diligently keeping track of my budget and have been saving quite a bit.  I give myself $80 a week for miscellaneous purposes, and have proudly amassed $316.  We’ve been wanting to get extra insulation put into our attic to save on heating and cooling costs, plus we will get some money back from the government because of an energy audit we had done last year.  The cost to have the insulation put in?  $850.  Split between the two of us, that’s $425 (I am so good with math eh?).  So my awesome $316 is already spent, plus I am in the hole $109 (told you I was good with math).  Luckily I’ve got plenty of savings, but still.  Adulthood is the pits!  I want to blow my money on candy bars and skip-its instead!

On the plus side, being an adult means I get to have cats and babies.  Even better, I get a cat who thinks he’s a baby!

One diaper I won’t be changing anytime soon

January 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm 10 comments

Oh Glorious Morning!

Ok, I am attempting my three square meals again today!  I am determined to lock this down.  Determined! I was going to write this post tonight after all three meals were consumed, but Angie is coming over for dinner and a movie and I don’t think I’ll be online.  Let me share my meals with you so far!

BREAKFAST:

These cold January mornings are perfect for hot cereal and I am lucky as this is the first January I’ve ever had that grants me the luxury of preparing hot cereal each morning if I so choose (and if Henry is happy enough in his swing!).  This morning I combined the last of my oat bran with enough rolled oats to make 1/2 cup.  I cooked this with some raisins and topped it with 1/2 a sliced banana, some plain, non-fat yogurt, cinnamon, and a spoonful of my beloved almond butter.  This was one FILLING breakfast!

LUNCH:

I re-heated the last of the Fakes (delicious by the way!) and had a bowl along with a Morning Glory muffin I baked this morning.  My great friend, Vanessa, gave birth to a little girl yesterday, and I plan to freeze half of the muffins and give them to her once I go visit!  I remember how grateful I was to all visitors bearing the gift of food soon after Henry was born, especially food that is easily consumed with one hand.

The vinegar is a must!

I hope this lunch lasts me until dinnertime!  A cup of decaf green tea should help tide me over…(she says while eyeing the bag of Clodhoppers!).

Since Henry is currently asleep, it’s pretty quiet around here at Chez Frugal ‘n’ Fit.  Even the cats are all mellowed out.

Being a housebound kitty in January is a fortunate hand to be dealt!

January 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm 8 comments

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