Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We've Been Busy! Plus some Meatless Monday Recipes!

Great news!!! Little One passed the Northeast Infant Hearing Program and there are no concerns regarding her hearing! Despite being high risk at birth (for her prematurity), she has been discharged from the program! Yippeeeee! :) BTW, the kid's got super hearing...although she clearly has selective hearing! She seems to be unable to hear the words "Please don't do that" or "Come here, please"!
We've been busy with students, life on the farm, life with the toddler, family, friends, birthday parties, work, work, work, and getting stuff done around the house (which seems to be a never ending affair). Life has been very busy, very full, but also very rewarding and enjoyable. 
 You can't really tell from the photo, but I painted our front entrance a very bright blue. It's more of a turquoise/aqua than blue. It is really bright and quite the adjustment for Hubby. The walls in the front entrance used to be a stone gray colour. Usually, I'm Little Miss Play-It-Safe with the colours on our walls. I tend to stick with creams and neutrals. I just felt something drastic, bright, and cheerful was in order. I hope I made the right decision!

 Little One and her buddy on a lunch date. We checked out a chip stand on our way to "the city" for some spur of the moment shopping.
 I love Lowes because I can spend the entire day there, checking out new ways to beautify my home and add to all the renovations.  A girl can dream, right?  Okay, who am I kidding? I love Lowes because their buggies are so cool that even the toddlers wanted to ride in them and not run around the store like maniacs, touching everything and getting into trouble, causing embarrassment for moms and dads alike. Nah, our toddlers would never do that! ;)

 Our first time at Coldstone Creamery.  We met up with my lovely and talented friend (Ahem! Need a photographer? Look no further) there.  She had mentioned the place to me before, but I had never been there.  One would think that I've been living under a rock or in a cave for all these years, since I had even heard of Coldstone Creamery until this year! All my city friends raved about the place, claiming it to be the ultimate ice cream experience. We were in "the city" and had to check it out. Little One and I shared some key lime ice cream. Little One's friend and her mom shared an Oreo something or other, but Little One's friend preferred the key lime. As you can tell from the above photo, Little One did not want to part with her ice cream. I guess she liked it.

 Little One attended a birthday party on the weekend.  Judging from the balloons, I think these were supposed to be for another kind of party and not a 4 year old's party! Kidding. They were supposed to be giant worms with happy faces on them and not ginormous condoms.
 Our budding photographer, taking photos of everything.
 Wearing her tuxedo dress from my Korean student.  South Koreans have excellent taste in clothes :)

 Near the end of the weekend, Mommy needed some time out...
 The adorable Muskoka chair herb garden was Little One's Mother's Day present for me. I love it!
 After I made my bed, I noticed a little lump on my side of the bed. Look closely on the right side of the bed. See that little bump?
That bump was none other than a sleeping Little One, who had crawled into my bed when I went to take a shower before work. Not sure if you can see her in this photo. She's so tiny!

 If you like pina coladas...

 Apple crumble for Hubby, Little One and the students.
 Vegetarian Curry
3 c diced tomatoes
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 or 2 c okra, cut into bite sized pieces
lots and lots of beans/legumes (I used a combo of lentil, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc)
salt and black pepper
curry, cumin, and a few other spices
a little bit of oil for cooking

Sautee onion and garlic. Add spices. Add veggies and legumes/beans. Cook until everything is tender. Enjoy!

C's Crazy Easy Guacamole
 Guacamole! I used 4 avocados, and the guac was inhaled within minutes! Easiest guacamole recipe ever!

4 avocados
1 tbsp minced garlic
a few splashes of lemon juice
salt and black pepper to taste ( I also used a secret mix of spices, but I'm not sharing)
1 tomato, diced
parsley, chopped (I didn't have cilantro)

Mash avocados in a bowl, add all other ingredients, mix together until smooth, and eat with Tostitos! Yup, it's that easy!
 I also made some yummy wild leek and potato soup with wild leeks picked on our farm. I'll post that recipe soon! Happy Meatless Monday for those who do Meatless Mondays! Yes, I realize that this is Tuesday and I'm only getting around to posting now :)


louann said...

You sure have been busy C! Can't help but laugh at those balloons there!

And little one is simply adorable!

Calfkeeper said...

Busy, busy, lady. Your little one is sure growing up fast. So GLAD her hearing is fine. What a blessing!

I like your little herb garden too. Cute.

I've started doing my own meatless lunches...with different sandwich spreads. Hubby would pop a gasket if I tried to make him go meatless. lol

Glad all's well with you.

caninecologne said...

hi c - what an epic post! loved the "bump" on your bed! good thing you didn't sleep on her! :)

loved the tuxedo dress! asians from asia have a unique sense of style don't they?

the turquoise color looks quite nice and cheerful as well!!

glad to know that your daughter passed that hearing test too. :)

did u get my email? by the way, your package is on its way...

Kelly @ City Mom said...

I love the blue! Very warm & bright!
Your daughter is so cute!

C said...

I know! Those balloons are pretty crazy, eh? :) BTW, I think I'll be in your neck of the woods in December!!! Let's chat, k?

C said...

Thank you! :) I can't believe how much YOUR little one has grown too!!!

Yes, my husband told me he was suffering with all the veggies and meatless Mondays! LOL! Apparently, farm boys need their meat and potatoes. *sigh* That ain't stoppin' me from continuing Meatless Mondays though! I told him he could do ONE day a week! LOL!

C said...

Got the package! Thank you sooo much! Got the e-mail too! I'm guessing Hubby didn't reply yet? I'll get on that for you!

Ha! The bump on my bed was almost unnoticeable! Imagine if I had sat on her?! LOL! Goofy kid. She was totally passed out too!

C said...

Thank you!!! Ummm...I was drooling over pics of your master bedroom! LOVE IT!!!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Yay on passing the test! That's awesome news. Gosh, when she was first born, who would have thought everything would be OK? I mean, she didn't ever give any indication otherwise...but SO early...so glad to hear she's so healthy.

The room looks great. In the picture it's what I would call "Robin's Egg Blue". Does that sound right to you?

Cold Stone isn't my cup of tea, mostly because the ice cream itself is OK, but not fabulous. However, if you find yourself again, trust me: coffee ice cream, heath bar pieces, nuts, and squirts of caramel and chocolate. KILLER GOOD.

Cute pic of L.O. in the bed. Cutie. I adore guacamole. LOVE it. With chips, on burgers, on a turkey sandwich, whatever. Yummy.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Think I'm going to make your guac today to go with the fajitas we're having for dinner. YUMMY!

C said...

Now you just made me want to make guacamole!!! I don't have any avocados at home right now :( I almost bought some the other day, but they were soooo expensive and really hard! I've heard to ripen them faster, put them into a paper bag with a banana. Is this true???


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