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Weekend Family Fun

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Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Yeah, I know it’s already Tuesday evening. What can I do, time just flies…

My weekend was fabulous!

We spent Saturday hanging out at the playground, snacking on Timmie’s (bagel, coffee and donut) and our little guy tried the swings for the first time. The verdict: he’s a little skeptical..

And then I spent my Sunday running with almost 50 000 people. Official time for my 2nd Vancouver Sun Run: 1:05:48.8 :D No personal record, but I’m proud of myself regardless!

post race sweaty face :)

After the race I met up with my two guys (one of them napping in the Beco…) for fuel – I was starving!!!

We ended up at Noodle Box, which has become one of my favourites lately… I had what I always have:

Cambodian Jungle Curry

You can choose your spicyness and your protein (chicken/pork/beef/tofu, shrimp, or free range chicken), and usually I always get shrimpies. This time I decided to switch things up and I got the free range chicken. It was good, but I think I prefer the shrimps over chicken. I really love that they offer free range chicken (for a little bit extra, though), so people that think it’s worth spending a little extra on it can do so, but those that are fine with regular meat do not have to pay extra.

The Mr. got a Thai Green Curry:

Green Thai Curry with Shrimp and Free Range Chicken

Another plus of Noodle Box is that they’re super kid-friendly! High chairs, changing table, and a lot of space to park a stroller make it a great spot to go to as a family.

After our lunch we walked around the city and Seawall for a bit, grabbed some coffee (and a Chocolate Hazelnut Mountain at Bojangles…) and when it was time for (early) dinner, both of us were craving authentic, Italian, thin crust pizza like crazy people.

Incendio it was!

Four Cheese Pizza minus Feta plus Gorgonzola and mushrooms

We are sooooo predictable… :-p Of course we had to have Gorgonzola on our pizza!

The little man had a long day, getting up earlier than usual, hanging out with daddy for a few hours, teething, and being scared of the restaurant’s ceiling fans, so first he took a little nap in mommy’s arms and then he decided it was time to go home.

The restaurant staff was great, bringing us a high chair and a little kiddie cup of water (which I drank). It would be so great if they had a changing table somewhere, considering they are very kid friendly with high chairs, and even have a kids menu.

OK, time for me to realize it’s a new week. There’s meal planning, exercise planning, grocery shopping, our first Gymboree class, mom & baby yoga and more on our list.

Have a great week and see you soon!



April Meal Planning: Week 2

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And with week 2, I’m referring to both the second week of April (next week) and the second week of meal planing that I’m still working on posting here… Things have been a little crazy over here with paperwork, course work, taking care of the little guy and just life in general, so while I’ve been planning our meals these past few weeks, I just didn’t have enough time to actually post them.

But first, we needed to get over some obstacles: Grocery shopping without a car (but a stroller and a 7 month old) is fun… Good thing I can put the little Mr. in his Beco (by the way, if you are shopping for a baby carrier, Beco has introduced new colors and so, so beautiful special edition carriers – I love the Piper Black!!!)  and just use the stroller as shopping cart. Usual post-grocery-shopping energy treat:

Green Goodness Smoothie and Wild Mushroom Pizza – sorry, but I had to take a few bites… ;)

On Wednesday, we headed to a Dr.’s appointment, stopped at Whole Foods again for above snackage (it’s in the same building as my Dr. – how can I resist?), went home to play, went for a run (while my two guys went on a walk on the same trail – I passed them twice ;) ) and called it a day. Guess who was eating heated up leftovers in front of the TV??

Today is mom & baby yoga – so excited!

I need to get ready, so I will see you soon with the eats for next week & blog fun. And if you’re shopping for a baby carrier, you can check out my review of the carriers I’m using.

Do you ever stop by the Whole Foods Juice & Smoothie Bar? I do it every time I go there: Green Goodness is my favourite!



Recipe of the Week: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Posted on by Susan Posted in Recipes | 3 Comments

Hey friends, hope you had a great weekend!

We were just hanging out together and I even went for a run! 5.2 km in 36 minutes – for me that’s not too bad, considering I’m running once every second week nowadays. That would come to 1h12min for 10 km, if I would keep the same pace. Gone are the days of 10 km in less than an hour. :( But, I’m still hoping to get a few more workouts in per week, considering the Sun Run is in about 5 weeks. We’ll see. As mentioned before, I don’t have a time goal in mind – I’m aiming for just finishing it.

Anyways, I thought I would share an easy and delicious recipe with you. It’s perfect for busy bees, new moms, double shift workers, or whoever else doesn’t have enough time on their hands. It’s made with a slow cooker, so just put everything in, and after a few hours, you have a filling and healthy dish waiting for you. Did I also mention, it’s full of protein and fibre, and it’s vegan!

Slow Cooker Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (or 4) cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of dried black beans (soaked overnight, cleaned and rinsed)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 pint of grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper (note: I would use the whole pepper the next time, but use your own spice preference for this – It turned out more medium spicy, than hot hot hot as I was hoping for)
  • 1/2 fresh red chili pepper (note: same as above)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • cilantro to your liking

    Some of the veggies…


  • Sauté onions and garlic on low until they become translucent.

    transfer onion & garlic to slow cooker when translucent

  • add the soaked black beans, vegetables and peppers to slow cooker. Add the water and cook on high for about 1 hourand then switch to the low setting for another 6-7 hours.
  • Stir in the cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper towards the end of the cooking time, about half an hour before serving.
  • Serve sprinkled with fresh cilantro, sharp cheddar cheese (or daiya cheese to keep it vegan), or even a dollop of sour cream.

    corn bread would be sooooo good with this soup…

This made about 4-6 portions. I ate three portions over two days and froze two, to keep as quick weekday lunches.

Enjoy – I hope you like it! Let me know what you think.

How often do you use your slow cooker? We use ours mostly for steel cut oats, so I always forget about making actual dishes in it. But I was so happy I decided to make this soup!

See you soon with our weekly meals. ;)