Gil is 10 months!

Um, I’m an abysmally pathetic mommy blogger. I’m not sure when last I updated about my baby boy, but he was 10 months old just a few days ago, so here we go!

He crawls!

He stands!

He now cruises, but it’s hard to get an action shot of that :)

In all seriousness, Gil has taken off in his physical abilities. Because he learned to sit *after* he learned to crawl, we’ve not enjoyed any luxurious ‘sit in one place while playing with a new toy’ phase – this little boy is all GO all the time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rockin’ the motherin’

Two kids breastfed on demand.

One outing to the Ontario Early Years Centre.

One load of diapers in the washing machine.

One mother and one toddler well fed and watered.

Innumerable diapers changed and bums wiped.

Two afternoon naps coordinated and executed without crying or struggles.

One mom blissfully sleeping for an hour nestled up with the newborn.

Two loads of dishes washed and put away.

One food share divided and put away.

One fridge cleaned out.

One meal (that someone else made, thank goodness!) ready to go on the table.

I guess this is our new normal. I think I’m going to survive.

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Quote of the day

From vegan hope’s every thing wrong with society can be found on the Today Show

“If you want to become healthy – start with this: Eat nothing there is a commercial for. That’s right, watch about 2 hours of TV in the morning, whatever you see a commercial for, stop eating, and I can promise you that you will start on a good road to health. Likewise, start eating things that you do not see commercials for – when is the last time you saw a commercial for kale or blueberries?”

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Intruigued

By this post about going sugar-free.

Hmm …

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Lentil Loaf – it’s like a meatloaf without the meat …

The second new dish I made last week I made for our weekly potluck – Lentil Loaf. I baked it for just under an hour and it was perfect. Instead of French style green beans, I chopped up 2/3 cup of green wax beans, covered them with water in a glass dish, and microwaved them for 2 minutes. This was a yummy, yummy dish! I served it with gravy. Who doesn’t like gravy?

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Grease a loaf pan with butter and generously coat with breadcrumbs.
  2. Put the lentils, water and bay leaf into a medium saucepan, cover tightly and simmer until water is absorbed and the lentils are tender.
  3. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaf.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. Add the cheese, onion, green beans, breadcrumbs, lemon juice and egg to the lentils; mix well.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Spoon mixture into loaf pan and smooth the top.
  8. Bake, uncovered for 1-1 1/2 hours until firm and nicely browned on top.

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Mmmm … Chickpea Curry!

Last week, I tried two new recipes for vegetarian dinners.

First, I made chickpea curry.

It was yummy! I can’t remember where I got it, but here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chick peas
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder or 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tomatoes
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Peel and cut onion. Cut ginger into small pieces. Cut green pepper, celery, and carrots into small pieces. Saute over medium heat in a frying pan with olive oil with cumin.
  • Add tomato, cook 5 minutes.
  • Add chickpeas, 2 tbsp water, cinnamon, and turmeric. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or potatoes.

It was very good! I actually used half the cumin and turmeric because I was afraid of them, but it definitely needs the full amounts to have the right taste! I also totally forgot the chili powder, so it wasn’t nearly spicy enough!

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May is Fair Trade Month!

My local healthfood store has a sign up reminding patrons that it’s Fair Trade Month. More specifically, this Saturday, May 9, is World Fair Trade Day.

So I ask my readers – do you pay attention to fair trade labels?

Which products do you buy fair trade? Why?

For us, I buy bananas, cocoa/chocolate, and sugar exclusively fair trade because they’re all cash crops that ensure that developing countries stay just that – developing. Each of these products use up the resources of the country to provide for our western way of life while those resources could easily be used to provide nutritious food for the inhabitants. Sadly, our trade system has exploited developing countries to the point that they rely basically on the cash derived from selling all their resources to developed countries and have to import most of their food. If I drank coffee, that would be another one on my list.

(p.s. Does anyone else think the words ‘fair’ and ‘trade’ look funny when you’ve read them that many times?)

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To eat meat or not to eat meat …

Crystle lent me the book Diet For a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. What an eye-opening book for sure! It discusses how many of our food resources are wasted in feed for our animals – especially beef.

After reading it, I’ve decided to challenge myself to make meat dishes only twice per week for the summer. This is a HUGE switch for us, as we currently eat a vegetarian meal maybe once or twice per week.

Really though, when it takes 2500 gallons of water to make just one pound of beef, and 7 pounds of grain (Lappe), does it make sense to comsume beef many times per week? Chicken is slightly less of an energy consumer, but still, compared to grain and vegetable sources of protein, it just doesn’t make sense (from the perspective of the planet anyways) to rely on animal sources of protein when plant sources are much more readily available and abundant.

Wish me luck on my new adventure!

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Guacamole Recipe

I love guacamole. My love affair with this delicious dip began when I was pregnant and the only thing I wanted to eat at any given time was salsa and/or guacamole. Sadly, I didn’t know how easy it was to MAKE guacamole at the time and thus my guacamole craving was only satisfied once Crystle made it for me!

That’s totally not my image, by the way. I am way too lazy tonight to take a picture of my guacamole. Plus it’s in a tupperware container and yeah. Presentation’s everything! Without further ado, here is what has evolved into …

Kim’s Guacamole Recipe

  • One avocado (the ingredients below are PER AVOCADO if you’re using more …)
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed, chopped finely, or pressed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder (for kick!) OPTIONAL, but highly recommended!
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel and pit the avocado. Break it into smaller pieces and stick it in a bowl. Dump the other ingredients in and mash everything together with a fork. If you want it smoother, you can puree the avocado first, but I don’t mind it a little lumpy.

That’s it! Seriously, this takes all of five minutes and it’s just the right amount of guacamole for one person (Brad doesn’t like it … thank goodness!). If you’re using salt-free tortilla chips like I do, you’ll want to add a bit of salt to the dip, but I’ve found that if I’m using regular salted tortilla chips, I don’t need the added salt.

Enjoy! And let me know how you like it :)

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Gwen Videos!

Both of these videos were taken on Tuesday night. I have a million and a half that I need to upload, but these are killer cute and they’re actually current, so I thought I’d upload them first :)


Gwen Enjoys Blueberries! from Kim Schell on Vimeo


Stacking Fun! from Kim Schell on Vimeo

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