Weekend memories

Other than the washer breaking down on Friday evening (every mom’s nightmare I am sure) the Hubz surprised me and came home early so we scooped up Miss El and headed out to grab a small bite (while Miss El napped).  It was so nice to be surprised and have a change in my afternoon routine.  Saturday, my mom, Miss S, Ellie and I attended a baby shower.  Having been out of the house and operating outside of their normal routine, they were angels.  But the craziness did set in around 6pm and we had to hightail it out of there.  (My mom got a glimpse of it and I hope it didn’t scare her!)

Sunday morning we made a trip to Lowes to finalize on a new washer and dryer and then Miss S went off to ball sports with the Hubz.  While they were out I was cleaning the house like a mad women because our cousins were coming over for a late lunch.  Ellie in the ring sling and me vacuuming the main floor was quite the cardio workout.

After lunch, the four of us hung out on the drive way.  Sunday hangs on the driveway are our new thing :)  It’s a nice change of scenery yet still being at home.  Close to the fridge, bubbles, the kids toys and sitting in the shade while the sun sets behind our house is the best feeling!

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July : Currently

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Sneaks (50% off right now!) | Jeans (DIY distressed) | Handbag | Tank

Looking forward to: The weekend, seeing my parents and Anuj’s cousins

Loving: that I’ve been able to workout consistently

Eating: Lots lentils in different forms (salads, loafs and daals obi)

Drinking: lots of water (getting up to 2L +) and instant coffee

Planning: a capsule wardrobe for an upcoming trip

Ordering: diapers, extra long iphone and charge cable

Reading: Ishmael (very thought provoking read)

Greek inspired lentil salad

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I am Indian, a desi, a first generation Indo-Canadian and I very rarely cook daal.

Why?

I just find indian food to be very mushy or overcooked.  Well some of it I love: Saag or Panner but all my life, I’ve always loved salad (I can see everything, it’s crunchy and healthy obvi :P) so eating indian food that has been cooked to an oblivion isn’t really appetizing to me.

But, I had no idea that the base of a salad could be something other than lettuce, kale or spinach.  I mean I’ve made quinoa salads but never a daal based salad.

Until I found this recipe.

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What you need:

Lentils:

  • 2 cups of brown green lentils
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic

Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp whole mustard seeds
  • 6 tbls olive oil
  • 2 tbls vinegar (I didn’t have cherry so I used white)
  • Pepper to taste

Everything else:

  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Soft cheese to top (I used feta)

What you’ll do:

  1. Cook the lentils by first rinsing them a few times in cold water, then adding them to a pot with the garlic and bay leaves and filling the pot with water 2 inches over the lentils.  Let the lentils boil on high heat for 20 minutes and then on medium-low for another 15 minutes until they are tender.  Remove from heat, remove bay leaves and garlic and strain.  Place lentils in the fridge to cool
  2. Add the salt, mustard seeds, olive oil and vinegar to a bowl and whisk until the mix emulsifies
  3. Chop up the cucumber, Avo and slice the olives and cheese as required.
  4. Mix everything (except the cheese) until everything is fully coated in the dressing.
  5. Plate your salad and top with cheese.  Serve as a side or as a main :)

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Inspiring creativity in my kids

You know as a parent you are doing something creatively right (especially when it literally feels like chaos in the house 24/7) when you kid asks you to put the photograph you just captured on your camera in their room. But what exactly am I doing:  I am taking time to do something creative everyday.  Luckily my kiddos see what I do.

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We went on a stroller walk, which I turned into a photography walk because it ended up being the only chance I had all week to use my camera.  I’ve kept my 50MM lens on my DSLR for about a month now to create a constraint in hopes that it would allow my creativity to flourish within a restriction.  It has – and I am loving it.

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We had a great weekend, family dinners, breakfasts out, soccer practice, lots of coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and even a McD’s run (because we are so used to daycare taking care of lunches :P)

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My to-do list is long and already in play.  I even got started on some of my planning.

Yesterday’s OOTD and brain dump

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Shoes | Skirt | T-shirt | Specs

  1. Some nights…dinners include veggies like bok choy and mushrooms other days it’s the 4th bowl of cheerios that day 😶 #ToddlersRule
  2. I can’t be the only one who feels unkempt when my nails are bare of lacquer.
  3. For the remainder of the month of July my goals are to 1) finish #The100dayproject and 2) create my Return to Work strategy which will be executed in a few months.  These are both huge goals and complete opposite spectrums of my life (creativity and career – really wish they were more aligned).  I am planning on deciding on 3 main tasks for each goal and then breaking up those tasks into small action items for the coming weeks.
  4. Started using MyFitnessPal to track my food intake because I realized portion control  was not happening and volume eating potentially does not work for me.
  5. I need a new photobook creating site (Shutterfly isn’t my jam at the moment) – send me your suggestions or leave a comment below!

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Everything I am wearing is vintage aka already in my closet and has been for a few years (minus the shoes).  Although I want to buy so many cute summer things I am not (I am not perfect but I am doing my best).   You can read more about that here.

A day at the lake

Last Friday, we packed up some things and ourselves into my husband’s car from his bachelor days and headed out to Rice Lake.  One thing I realized about myself since becoming an adult or a mom or both is that I am chicken $h!t….!  I realized I had to quickly let go of that when Miss S requested to go on the boat (it was a “oh crap thats me that will have to go with her” moment).

Thats the thing about having kids, they push you to your limits in more ways the one.

The weather wasn’t the best, but the sun did come out in the late afternoon!  We did some fishing, sprayed lots of bug spray, ate tons of food and of course I took tons of pictures….

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We had tons of chicken as well as veggie options of portobello mushrooms with feta, and boiled baby carrots and hummus.

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Me on the lake with my first born :)

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That fish was sharp!

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The cottage was super cute, perfect for picture taking!

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Obligatory Hunter Boots shot.

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So cute and quaint!

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Just a girl in her rainboots looking for some sand to play with….!

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