A goal is a goal

I have 6 more days left in my blog challenge and although I have a blog calendar I don’t have anything prepped for today’s post.  And by today I actually mean yesterday.  And by prepped I mean have my talking points or pictures ready.  I definitely will be going back to my 3 day a week posting scheduling after this challenge is over.  Not sure what I was thinking when I thought I could do 5 days a week of blogging (I remember my teacher saying that even 4 days a week of blogging is not easy).  But it’s a goal I set for myself and I intend to meet it.  So today’s post is more of a #DiaryEntry.

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Photo taken circa 2011 in Paris after my MBA convocation

Yesterday was the mister’s MBA convocation.  (If you need ideas on how to spend solo parenting time with your kid you can read this).  At first Miss S didn’t want to attend because she was going to have water play day at her preschool.  I was a little sad but also relieved because having her miss a celebration of her father’s achievement would be disappointing but keeping a toddler quite and still for 2 hours would not be easy.  However because the forecast for the day was raining she had decided that she didn’t want to go to preschool and would attend the graduation ceremonies.  Luckily, I had 2 sets of grandparents to help! …All went well except when both kids wanted me to hold them LOL.    Thank goodness for my sling and strong arms :)

This morning we I had early wake up calls (thanks to our #HumanAlarmClocks).  Brought the older one to our bed and she played with my hair and back so I could sleep for another 20 minutes.  Managed to get her ready for the day (bathroom, dressed, breakfast and play time) and write in my journal before the baby woke up.  We let the new grad sleep in 1.5 hours more before I made the toddler wake him up :)

This evening we are heading out to my parents house for a belated Father’s Day BBQ.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday.

Parchment Paper Dinner

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Slow cooker, weekend food prep, left overs, sheet pan meals, bbq, pizza night, breakfast for dinner and now parchment paper meals should be part of every parents arsenal of meal options!

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I now make it at least 3 times a month.  It so easy to prep and even easier to clean up!  I used this Dr. Oz recipe and used the veggies I had on hand.  Still ahh-mazing!

What you need:

– Chicken Breast (I sliced each in half and we had enough for 2 slices per person)
– Garlic
– Butter
– Spinach
– Red Pepper
– Salt & Pepper
– Olive Oil

What you’ll do:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Fold the parchment paper (12×18 inches) in half, then open up.

3. Lay a bed of spinach on the open parchment paper.

4. Mix the minced garlic and butter in a small bowl and spoon half of the garlic butter on top of the spinach.

5. Lay the chicken on the spinach, season with salt and pepper.

6. Slice the red pepper and lay the slices on top of the chicken and spoon on the rest of the garlic butter.

 

7. Fold the parchment paper over the chicken, and cinch the paper together by folding it over itself along the edges.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165˚F.

8. Remove from paper and server with spagetti or with a salad ….& Enjoy!

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Long weekend BBQ with friends #May24

This would be our second annual BBQ and I am liking if this becomes an annual thing with our friends (of course we’d love to be able to host our friends over for a meal / potluck more often).

This time we kept it pretty casual by inviting our friends via our whatsapp group chats (ha!).

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On the grill the mister had:

  • Veggie and paneer skewers
  • Hotdogs (halal and veggie)
  • Eggplant “burgers” (with spinach mayo sauce)
  • Simple BBQ chicken drumsticks
  • Pineapple

Plus one of friends brought a deep fryer to make fish and chips.

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With our society becoming more and more busy (long hours at the office, kids extra curricular activities etc) and on our screens than #IRL, I think it’s even more important to put the effort towards friendships, in person interactions and events.

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Although a pretty huge undertaking, planning and executing a lunch or dinner party is always a goal/to do item on our mental check lists.  That said, we definitely weren’t thinking it through much because during all the prep work we were dealing with Miss El’s feeding schedule and skipping the elusive toddler nap (for Miss S).  But I am glad we managed to pull it off and enjoyed ourselves in the process.

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 4)

Yea for LOOONNNG weekends! #TheUnofficialStartToSummer.  Technically the weekend isn’t over yet.  We are having friends over for a BBQ today.  We just finished marinating some chicken and reviewing tomorrows menu.  Our group of friends (and their kiddos) are full of variety: vegetarians, vegans, carnivores, food allergies etc.  It’s actually kind of fun to be creative and think of menu items to cater to such a group.  I hope I remember to take lots of pictures :)

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We also hosted my in laws for a belated Mother’s Day celebration. The Mister and I enjoyed curating the menu and then actually making it happen.  We used to do a lot of side-by-side cooking / working in the kitchen.   But for a few years, MBAs and kids kind of took over so… really loving that we are getting to do this again!

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Okay on to a review of last weeks goals:

  1. Finish reading my book (made some progress but still not done)
  2. Gather ingredients for this bread recipe (I didn’t realize how much research is required to make bread – this needs its own post)
  3. Work out M, Tu, Fr & get 10K steeps 5/7 days
  4. Sort out plans for Miss S 3rd birthday
  5. Journal and Meditate
  6. Print Pictures or start making a photobook
  7. Update Etsy listings with my scrabble prints
  8. Do a mini grocery haul
  9. Buy the next level of potting mix and transplant my plants
  10. Work on Baby Nursery (includes an Ikea trip)

Next week I plan on taking it easy, relax and just generally getting “caught up” rather than go-go-go.

  1. Finish reading my book
  2. Continue research/gathering ingredients for the bread recipe
  3. Take more photography ex: OOTD, family photos, sisters snapshots
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times
  5. Get a grip with my laundry piles
  6. Update my Etsy shop
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print
  8. Do 10 sun salutations
  9. List out monthly goals for June
  10. Start working on some photos books

I’ve dropped the meditation and journaling items on my list for now.

I am torn between working out and sitting still.
I am torn between blogging and journaling.
Why?

Because these activities are one in the same to me.  Running clears my mind and I truly believe has a meditative effect on me.  And although I am a firm believe of putting pen to paper, when I can’t (read: not making it a priority in my morning) I’ll take regular blogging and painting over it any day.

Have a beautiful week everyone!!

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Breakfast Burritos #FrozenMealPrep

A while back, I had decided that I would do some meal prep in preparation of our new adventure (aka adding another kiddo to the mix).

I think it was a bit of that nesting instinct coming into effect.  I literally made it into a mini project of 10-12 breakfast/lunch/dinners/snacks.  Although I didn’t do all the cooking on one weekend as I originally planned to or even have the time to make all the meals.  Thankfully we have family around to provide us with meals for the first few weeks and some of my frozen meals will come in handy afterwards.

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First up was cooking, prepping and freezing Egg-Bean-Veggie-Cheese Burritos.

I pretty much cooked the eggs and the veggies, washed and seasoned the beans, then graded the cheese and chopped up some cilantro.  Then piled them high into a tortilla, rolled them up and wrapped them up to avoid any freezer burn.  You can get the detailed instructions from here (where I originally found the recipe)

The only tip I can give is use larger tortillas!   But other than that these were SUPER easy to put together (see below!)

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Once frozen, you can keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.  I wrapped these babies in wax paper and then tin foil (all individually).  I made about 12 and then popped them all in a labelled freezer zip lock bag.

And when you are ready to eat, just zap them in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave) and voila!  One handed breakfast/snack option :)

Banana Oat Pancakes + Coconut Cream

It was one those mornings, when we had no plans, no where to be and all the ingredients to make some fun home made pancakes!

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I made some banana oat pancakes using this recipe and the melty coconut cream (lol) was made using this recipe.

tly_pancakes3 tly_pancakes4 tly_pancakes5We spent the rest of the day getting office space inspo at Ikea, getting my steps in at the mall and just taking it nice and easy!  #PerfectWayToSpendTheDay