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Fall Fun + What I Ate Wednesday

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Hi friends, Happy [What I Ate] Wednesday!

Hope you had a great long weekend. We enjoyed some fall activities, including a fun trip to the Southlands Heritage Farm and Pumpkin Patch!

Fall is definitely here!

I’m in the middle of studying for my midterm /entertaining a teething 13-month old (he’s getting his first molars!), who also has a stuffy nose. As you can imagine, I don’t get too many chances to cook these days and I definitely don’t have the time to snap a picture of every meal in a day, but here are some highlights of the past week.

Breakfast and snacks:

hummus and veggies, coffee (with whipped cream), oven omelette with apple-pear sauce and whipped cream

Lunch:

fish sticks and roasted veggies

Dinner:

"Mexitalian" or "Mexiterranean"?

Heirloom Tomatoes, Bocconcini and Italian Salami as starter, Beef Chili as main course and I also whipped up a batch of Fall Harvest Vinaigrette (1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp. unsweetened apple juice, 2 Tbsp. Red Wine vinegar, 1 tsp maple syrup, 3 Tbsp. EVOO) to drizzle over greens.

A random confetti rice dish (risotto, maybe?) made of leftovers:

My son loved it!

Another Dinner/Leftover Lunch:

Roasted Veggie and Butternut Squash Lasagna

If you want to check out more Wednesday eats, head over to Peas and Crayons for the What I Ate Wednesday link-up!

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Did you eat any fall-inspired foods this past week? What’s your favourite fall flavour? Are you a pumpkin lover, like so many? Soup? Feel free to share in the comments, I love to get inspired by you!

 

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!!!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

I hope everybody had a great start in the new year so far! I sure did. But looking back at 2011, I’ve had some really great moments last year:

At the very beginning of last year we found out I was PREGNANT!!! One of the highlights was definitely our first prenatal appointment and hearing Baby’s heartbeat, followed by the first ultrasound at 13 weeks – what an amazing sight to see a little human being that is growing inside your belly!

Then, in April, we had our 20 Week ultrasound – everything looked good and we found out that our Baby was going to be a little boy. I also switched to midwives for my pre-/postnatal care.

20 Weeks

We also enjoyed a trip to Seattle with the family and I took some summer courses. I love taking summer courses, because there are a lot less people on campus and you can study at the pool/beach/in the sun. :D

Downtown Seattle (from the Space Needle)

Our summer lunches and dinners consisted of a lot of fresh Farmers Market food including some funky food including Meat Pie, Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches. I also had lots of school work and actual “work”-work… :( But I like both so it wasn’t terribly bad, just exhausting!

Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

In late August, we celebrated the arrival of our little guy! :D Although the circumstances were a little scary (low birth weight, induction, which failed and led to a  c-section) he is the most perfect, healthy baby I could imagine! I love him!

Our little guy – 7 weeks old

September and October I spent my time slowly adjusting to being a mommy (I love it!), a visit from Baby’s grandpa, great weather (!!!) and walks in the sunshine as well as some much needed yoga.

And finally, 2011 marks the year that I officially enjoyed getting ready for the Holidays – check out my Gingerbread House and mulled wine recipe. We celebrated our first Christmas as a family and Baby went on his first trip to Victoria. :)

Altogether, 2011 was such a great year for us, it’s going to be interesting what 2012 will bring.

I am excited to see our little guy grow, but I am also hoping that this year I will accomplish some of my goals, including finishing my degree (only a couple of courses left). I also hope that we will be able to go on a little trip to show the little man to our family in Europe.

I hope you all had a great start in the new year so far and see you soon with a post about our Christmas food and a little recap of our first trip with Baby!

xoxo, Susan

 

Mazarin Cake Breakfast

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No, I didn’t actually eat cake for breakfast. I had Mazarin cake (Swedish almond pastry – mmmmhhh, soooo good!!) flavoured oat bran – yum!

Oat bran and water, microwaved for 1.5 minutes, a tsp Vega Vanilla Almondilla Smoothie Mix stirred in, and topped with a chopped apple. Vega Vanilla Almondilla tastes like Mazarin in a cup – more? Yes, please!

I then headed to campus for some yoga (Hatha), library action, and the UBC Farmers Market, and I ended up with the cutest Gala apples – they’re tiny!

Ok, now I have to decide what to make for dinner. I have mushrooms and an abundance of spinach – Any suggestions? I’m tending towards pasta… or a spinach salad… I don’t know!

See ya later,

S