Saturday, 24 September 2016

Progress in Lady D's Room

We finally got Daphne's room painted! Settled on mauve for the walls after 2 or 3 last minute changes of mind. It looks great and it's going to go perfectly with the decor I've picked out so far.

Still have a few more things to pick up but we have lots of time. Thankfully my parents have a dresser that they are no longer using and is already painted the colour we want. Thanks ma and pa!

We still don't have the floors installed. It's been 3 weeks since they were ordered so I think the company is just dragging there feet at this point. I was ok with the delay cause it made it easier to paint without having to worry about the floors. But now that the walls are all done I'm a little perturbed. I'm gonna pull out my best "don't fuck with me" voice and see how quickly they get done. Wish me luck!

Once the floors are done the contractors will be back to install the trim, electrical stuff and ceiling light. Then we can finally start moving stuff in. Everything is living in our room right now and I'm getting pretty sick of looking at it scattered everywhere!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Chickpea/Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls!

I finally got around to making those buddha bowls I talked about like 2 months ago. Roasted sweet potato, onion, broccoli and kale. Crispy and spicy chickpeas. All topped with a light yogurt and lemon dressing.

It was almost too easy. It's literally just a giant bowl of vegetables. I've made this a few times since I finally tried it out. I love a big bowl of such colourful veggies!


Friday, 16 September 2016

Basil Overload

We can hardly keep up with our basil this year! It's terrfic. We love pesto and there has been no shortage.

It's really too bad Daphne doesn't like pesto pasta.

Just kidding!

Pesto is a full body experience for Daphne :P

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Vegan Chocolate Cake (and less than vegan buttercream)

I'm not a vegan, nor do I play one on tv. I'm only trying this cake because you can make it all in the cake pan and it looks super easy. And I'm always up for trying new things.

I didn't end up making this in the cake pan, though. It was easier to mix in a big bowl and I don't mind doing one extra dish. If that is the cost of chocolate cake I am in!

So your supposed to mix all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt) in your pan or a bowl and then make three indents. Fill one with vanilla, one with oil and one with vinegar. Then you dump a cup of water over the top and mix until it's smooth.

Here it is before it goes into the oven.

And here it is after baking at 350 for 35 minutes. The house smells amazing! I made a coffee and cinnamon butter cream.....just to ensure this "vegan" cake wasn't so vegan anymore.

I think she liked it.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Planning Daphne's New Room!

We had always planned to move Daphne into the other room eventually. With the unexpected renovation we had a little push to get it done.

One of my inspo pics
My inspiration for her room was for it to be super clean and modern. I want you to walk in and known this is a toddlers room, cause of the toys, but take those out and it could be a teenagers room, or even a guest room.

Lot's of white, pale pink on the walls, and some gold accents. I found some gold circle wall decals on amazon that will work perfectly. Shout out to Heather for the idea!

We are trying to do this room really cheaply. So we cheaped out on a few things that we can replace later with better quality. For example; the curtain rods have plastic ends instead of metal (they cost $8), I'm reusing 2 lamps we already own, we are repainting a bedside table so we don't have to buy a new one...stuff like that.

I'm very excited to get this room going. I'll probably post some updates on our progress or possibly just the finished room. I do hope to have it done before the end of the year.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lemony Paneer Curry

I saw this recipe at CURRY AND SPICE a few days ago and I put it in the back of my mind for something to try. Our grocery store doesn't sell paneer and although I have made it before I enjoy the convenience of it already being made for me. So I waited until we were able to get into the "big city" and picked some up.

Head over to CURRY AND SPICE to see a more detailed recipe.

I have had mixed results with recipes where the tomatoes are supposed to "melt" but this one seemed to work out very well. I tried to follow the recipe she posted exactly but I don't have lemon or lime leaves so I just used a peeled the rind off a lemon and let that cook in the sauce for a bit.

Turned out really well. I made it exactly as she wrote it (other than the lemon and lime leaves) and there are a couple of tweaks I would make to suit us. Next time I would probably make it with chicken as well. Paneer is hard to find and the store bought stuff isn't that good. I also think it could have used just a little bit of spice. Just a kiss of heat at the end.

Will definitely make this recipe again. Took probably 20 minutes total to make, which is perfect for those night it takes 2 hours for your daughter to go to sleep and it's all of a sudden 9:45pm and your like "guess we should eat something."

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

I love these summer days...

These summer days are the best.

We had a leisurely breakfast follow by colouring pretty much everything I would allow her to colour. Then we read every single book we own....twice.

A quick snack of apples and she was on the go again. Outside this time to get some play in before the UV got too high. Sliding, running through the sprinkler, investigating the garden. It was a lovely day. Really hot and sunny but the humidex wasn't as bad as it had been.

After at least an hour Daphne started to slow down and eventually crawled over to mom for a snuggle. So we came inside for some Paw Patrol and a snack. She chugged a big glass of lemonade and was ready for her nap.

The afternoon consisted of laps around the kitchen, endless Itsy Bitsy Spider/Wheels on the Bus/If Your Happy and You Know It renditions, and of course more colouring.

Excitement for when dad arrives home...and he even bought me a book I had been looking for. What a swell guy.

Grilled cheese for the lady and artichoke linguine for the larger humans. Daphne always heads to bed around 7pm and I always feel like I could follow right behind. I managed to stay up and watch some Olympics with the hubz before passing out.

These days go by too quickly...the summer will be gone before we know it :(

Friday, 19 August 2016

Nature Baby

There is a trail I used to go to with my parents called Mill of Kintail. It has a few real hiking trails and a nice easy loop for those less coordinated. We took D there for a little run around and she had a BLAST!

It was almost impossible to get a picture of her face. She was an actual blur of activity the whole time. It was great though. Took about 40 minutes to get those tiny legs around the smaller-easy loop but I think it's safe to say we will be going back

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Vegan Cucumber Mint Smoothie

I seem to be on quite the kick these days of drinking and especially trying out new smoothies. I have one every single morning for breakfast. Daphne loves it and it's the only tried and true method I have found to get spinach inside her body.

One afternoon, after I put D down for a nap, I was snacking on some cucumber and cruising around the internet. I am obsessed with looking up the health benefits of foods, so of course I looked up cucumber. Not too much information I wasn't already aware of: lots of fiber, helps with inflammation etc...but that's how I stumbled across the idea to make a smoothie with cucumber in it. How could I have been so blissfully unaware!?

So for my first attempt I used: cucumber, mint, apple, spinach, honey, chia seeds, ice cubes and enough water to get it to a smoothie consistency. This time I tried it with all the skins on, they do hold a majority of the goodness of fruits/veggies, so although all the recipes I found online had the cucumber peeled I wanted to try it my way first.

And here is the result:

Really good. Daphne liked it. Needed more mint, though. I really like that there is a faint taste of cucumber throughout it. Very refreshing. Put some vodka in there and I'm ready for summer! It's definitely a hardier texture than a fruit smoothie but that's how you know it's good for you, right?

I will be making this again, for sure!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Don't drink the water...

My hubz and little lady have flown the coop. Off to spend the next 2 days with Mimi and Opa (hubz parents.)

So I'm sitting here with a muffin (or two...I'm real hungry) and a big cup of coffee. A big cup of coffee made with bottle water. I don't know where you're reading from but if your in Ontario you've probably heard about that small town outside of Ottawa who isn't allowed to touch the water. Ya...that's where I live. No drinking, watering, bathing, laundry...the ONLY thing we are allowed to do is flush it down the toilet. I have to admit I felt pretty posh brushing my teeth and washing my spoon with bottled water. 

We had some excellent luck and had just filled the 6 liter Brita the night before so we have only had to pick up a 24 pack of water bottles so far. I hate water bottles. So much waste. But we don't have much of a choice right now.

Coincidentally we already planned for D to be with her grandparents so at least she will be able to play in the sprinkler and have a bath. 

Water is supposed to be cleared by Friday at 5pm...but that's tentative. We really have no idea how long this could go on for. And they refuse to tell us what is in the water. Just that there was a loss of pressure that compromised the water. 

They also did a piss poor job of telling people. Apparently the water has been compromised since 8:30am yesterday and I didn't hear about it util almost 1pm...when my husband heard it on the radio. Took the town until 5pm to confirm the water my daughter and I had been drinking all day (the Brita water from the night before) was safe. And if I didn't hear about it until 1pm I'm betting there were may elderly people who had no idea at all. Very scary.

But for now I'm drinking my posh coffee and watching the Olympics. Our town in completely sold out of water but thankfully hubz works in Ottawa and can pick some up there...may have to pop into the parents house to have a shower though...