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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).

February 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm 8 comments

One-handed Blogging

Greetings from the world of young motherhood, where I am simultaneously nursing and blogging!  This happened last night too.  I must admit, I feel a bit like Wonder Woman when I multi-task like this.

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If only my hair had that much volume

It’s been a busy, social weekend so only now am I catching up on my internetting, and there is one thing I have been dying to share with you guys.  It is the disturbingly delicious, liquefied chocolate peanut butter world of MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Peanut Spread.

Objects in jar are more awesome than they appear

You know how I wrote an entire entry all about my undying love for Nutella?  I thought Nutella was the tastiest thing you could buy in a jar.  I think I was wrong.  Indeed, this Dark Chocolate Peanut spread is like someone melted down a ton of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but only so much so that it produced a thick, creamy, fudgelike concoction.  On Friday night, I opened a jar I’ve had in my pantry for months and had a tiny spoonful.  The tiny spoonful turned into a large spoonful and I am not sure what happened after that because I fell into a euphoria-induced coma.  Two days later and this jar is half empty.  I am almost thankful it’s unavailable in Canada or else we’d have major problems on our hands.

Along with eating too much chocolate peanut butter, though, I have also been having lots of Green Monsters and I am thinking of making a daily Green Monster part of my goal list for February.  In fact, my determination to have Green Monsters even inspired me to take Henry with me ALONE to the grocery store so we could stock up on spinach and bananas.  Is it sad this was our first excursion without Husband?  He is almost three months old!

Well I hope you are having a warm, relaxing Sunday.  Our family of three is sitting in the rec room, watching a football game.  Well, Husband is watching a football game, Henry is staring at his fist, and I am trying not to eat chocolate peanut butter.  Good night!

January 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm 11 comments

Maple Walnut Quinoa

Happy New Year!  2011 is here to stay.  Well, for 365 days, anyway.  Just enough time to prepare for 2012.  Eek!

We had a great time with friends last night, and have the photograph of all the food to prove it!

Excess, thy name is New Years Eve

Even Henry got a bit dressed up for the occasion — until he had an absolute conniption fit which necessitated the removal of his outfit into something a bit more comfortable.  Can’t blame the little dude.  He has only known life either naked or in a cozy sleeper!

It looks like he is trying to fly away


To start this year off on stable footing, I thought I’d share this recipe for Maple Walnut Quinoa, a delicious, nutritious, and ambitious (?) way to commence the first day of the new year.  I adapted this from Quinoa 365.

Topped with pomegranates.  ‘Tis the season for fuschia-stained fingers (and cutting boards, and counters, and basically every kitchen appliance surrounding the pomegranate!)

Serves 1:

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

1/3 cup quinoa

2/3 cup water

1 Tablespoon oat bran

2 teaspoons maple syrup

Fuschia-stained handful of pomegranate seeds 😉

1.  Toast the walnuts in a small saucepan on medium-high heat.  Stir frequently for 3 to 4 minutes until the walnuts are toasted.  Remove from the pan.

2.  Combine quinoa, water and oat bran in the same saucepan.  Cover, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.  Leave the saucepan on the burner, cover, for an additional 5 minutes.

3.  Remove from the heat and stir in maple syrup and walnuts.  Transfer to a bowl and top with pomegranates.

It just dawned on me that this recipe is also vegan, so bonus points for that!  The vegans, they love the quinoa.  It is a complete protein, after all.


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I am going to try something new to see if it helps me achieve my New Years resolution this year, along with some other goals too. I am going to make a list of goals for January, stick it onto my bedroom mirror, and try to achieve these goals within the month.  Achieving small goals within 30 or 31 days (or 28 — February’s going to be tough!) is much more immediate than 365 days.  I’m not going to share these goals yet — I’ll see if this little plan works and THEN I will share them.  Stay tuned for January 31st’s entry!  Ooh, another tease to get you to revisit the blog.  So clever, that one.  So very, very clever.

January 1, 2011 at 10:28 am 4 comments

Christmas Eve Eve

You know it’s the day before Christmas Eve when my kitchen table looks like this:

You probably recognize these since I just made them a few weeks ago.  ‘Tis the season to overdose on lard and sugar, is it not?  I made four dozen cookies (not counting the “snowballs”) and plan to bring 2 dozen to my parents’ tomorrow and 2 dozen to Husband’s parents’ on Christmas.  They are loved by young and old alike!  Really, the true test of a good cookie is my very picky 9-year old niece.  She has a very refined palate (i.e. is picky), and this is one of the few things I bake that passes her barometer of tastiness.

Speaking of tastiness (nice segue, eh?), last night I tried something new!  Angie brought over Halva:

I’ve seen this before in the cheese section of my grocery store, but never thought to buy it.  When Angie described it as a flaky, less sweet fudge, I knew I’d like it, especially since tahini is the main ingredient.

It was delicious!  The tahini gave it a real “heft”, which is probably not an adjective one wants used when describing their ideal dessert, but I am a huge fan of heft (my thighs can attest to this.  Badump cha!).  It was sweet, but not overly so like fudge.  It was flaky and delicate.  In conclusion, I am now a fan of halva (bonus is that it’s fun to say.  HALVA HALVA HALVA).


Well, the wee man and I are getting ready for Christmas today!  Now that the cookies are decorated, our next step is to pack our overnight bag.  We will spend Christmas Eve day and night with my side of the family (it’s also my dad’s birthday!), we’ll spend the night there (Henry’s first night away from home!), and then drive to Husband’s side for Christmas day.  A lot of running around, but I wouldn’t have it any other way (…says the person who doesn’t do the driving!).

Since I won’t be blogging until after Christmas, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  Remember:  the frugality and fitness can wait until December 26th (or January 1st if we’re really being honest with ourselves here).

Henry says: “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!  Now change my diaper, Woman”.

December 23, 2010 at 11:25 am 7 comments

The Caturday Before Christmas

I am writing this yet again with Henry strapped to my chest in his Moby so the pictures may be kept to a minimum today.  Well here is just one for good measure!

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I know that lolcats is so three years ago, but I can’t help myself

‘Tis a week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for a six week old baby…

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  We only have two gifts left to purchase for our niece and nephew.  They are both teens which means they are easy to buy for.  Teenagers pretty much want everything, don’t they?  Still, if we can’t find anything, then we can always give them “a gift certificate to the world”, i.e. money.  Now who doesn’t love that gift?

We are attending two Christmas parties today and Henry is decked out in his holiday outfit, a red-and-white striped onesie with red velour pants with Santa’s face on each foot!  I must admit, it is pretty darn cute.  I was never one to fawn over baby clothes, but having a baby myself puts everything in an entirely different perspective.  Don’t worry, pictures are forthcoming.  You thought this was a blog about frugality and fitness, but really I just lured you here to be witness to pictures of my baby!


I love December and its holiday-infested merriment, but I am also looking forward to January 1st when everything just feels like a brand new start with a clean slate!  I have temporarily abandoned the Google Documents spreadsheet I maintain that tracks all of my spending.  I know I am spending within my means, and will just start it up again in January.  Same with healthy eating.  I try when I can (ex. I had a giant salad for dinner last night), but then I followed it up with a glass of wine, chocolate truffles, Doritos, and Brie with crackers.  ‘Tis the season! <– favourite excuse for overindulgence ever!

I continue to spend too much time thinking about the resolutions I will probably not keep.  I have never given it as much thought as I have this year!  Spending half the time sitting down with nothing to do (but nurse) probably has something to do with it.


Regardless of how you spend this most sacred Saturday before Christmas, I wish you a pleasant one!

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December 18, 2010 at 11:12 am 4 comments

Nutella: Socially Acceptable Junk Food for Lunch

I know I am not alone when I loudly exclaim my love for Nutella.

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Take a moment for yourself and just enjoy this photo

Growing up, I never had Nutella. My parents never bought it.  It wasn’t until my teens that I discovered it at a friend’s house.  They may have found me, cowering in the corner of the bathroom, with nothing but Nutella and a spoon.  Ok, that is an exaggeration, but it could happen.  Nutella makes even the craziest situations possible.

Not only is it basically a liquified chocolate bar, but it is socially acceptable to consume it for a meal.  It is categorized in the same family as peanut butter.  This means that you can spread some on toast, slice up a banana with it, and call it a day.  A very, very delicious day.

But it is not nearly as nutritious as natural peanut butter.  Its main ingredients are sugar and vegetable oil.  1 tablespoon has 100 calories, 11 grams of sugar, and only 1 gram of protein.

Because of this, I never buy it.  I just eye it longingly in the grocery story aisle.  Immediately after giving birth, though, my mother-in-law brought over a bunch of grocery staples, including a jar of this.

It has been a wonderful – albeit overly sweet and somewhat unhealthy – five and a half weeks.

But I am trying not to sweat it.  I am viewing it as a temporary, postpartum treat.  Sure, I just ate a completely filling dinner, but toast with nutella for dessert makes sense, right?  And then another piece an hour later?  That is normal!  Surely you agree (PLEASE SAY YES).

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December 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm 13 comments

Five Confessions

1.  We have donuts in the house.  I thought “I would really like a donut for breakfast”, but instead I was “good” and had a bowl of cereal.  And then 10 minutes later I ate the donut anyway.  Now I feel full and sick.  After 29 years, you would think I could have predicted this result!

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2.  I wish we bought our new bed before having Henry, because I would really, really, really love to have 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep on such a comfortable mattress.  Like, really.

3.  I feel a great deal of schadenfreude for all the poor saps who have to go to work on this cold and snowy Monday morning.  I knew I had a baby for a reason! <–Joking!

My front lawn (Stalkers, please ignore)

4.  I have 11 months of maternity leave left but I am already worrying about child care/work come November 2011.

5.  I like Sarah Palin’s Alaska much more than I am willing to admit.


December 6, 2010 at 9:59 am 5 comments

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