Jack colouring

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Passover with Jack

It’s Pesach, the first Seder was last night so yesterday morning was spent making desserts to bring to my parents ‘ house while singing Ma Nishtanh and Daiyanu with Jack…along with help from various singers on YouTube. He definitely prefers Ma Nishtanah. Funny, thought Daiyanu would be more fun.

First off, can I mention how easy it is to bake for Passover when one doesn’t eat grains to begin with? :)

I made moist and decadent spicy chocolate cookies.

Blend these in one bowl:
1/2 cup of cocoa
5 oz ground almonds (a little over 1/2 cup)
Almost a Tbsp of cinnamon
About 1/8 of a tsp of ground chilli peppers

Blend these in another bowl:
1/2 cup of honey
1/3 cup egg white (about 2 large eggs worth)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2.5 Tbsp butter

Mix the two together

I used a teaspoon to make small dollops on a cookie sheet (filled almost 2 cookie sheets)

I baked for 8 minutes at 325 degrees.

Rich, chocolatey, with a hint of spicy.

Jack LOVED the Seder. What could be better than to play with books, point at things, and eat for hours on end while surrounded by the people you love?

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These awesome cookies keep getting better

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I discovered this cookie recipe a while back in my search for a yummy (read – not dry and/or falling apart and/or tasteless and/or too banana-y) cookie that did not call for grains or sugar. Part of my quest also mandated a recipe that could be thrown together quickly – no futzing around with egg whites or whatnot.

The original recipe can be found at CrossFit Rebellion in a post called Paleo Cookies by Alima.

As I wrote, I found this recipe a while ago and I have been playing with it ever since – subbing maple syrup, adding nuts, coconut flakes, raisins…each time, the cookies come out pretty tasty but…

…Yesterday’s batch was the bomb!

It’s Alima’s basic recipe but with about 3 Tablespoons of honey instead of 4 and an addition of 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 2 delectably delicious chocolate chips atop each cookie.

The best is how easy these are to throw together, practically no mess, too.

Simple is good :)

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22 month eating machine

So I made a whackload of a kale, onion, garlic, sweet red pepper, ham, apple, raisin sautéed in olive oil with some balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard salt and pepper concoction with the hopes we’d have leftovers for another meal…

Yeah. Right. Here’s what’s left.

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I honestly thought he’d pretty much eat around the kale. But he devoured every bit of at least 3 servings! Kale, onions, & all.

Here’s the 22 month old eating monster full of energy after his meal. Can’t get him to stand still!

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Still boiling (almost) 5 months later…

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That was back in June. It’s now almost November and there is still no reason provided. And we are still boiling water. At least now the extra heat created from boiling pots of water on a daily basis is welcome, it was less so in the extreme heat of the summer…

According to the last notice we received on Oct 23, there may be an end in sight by the week of Nov 5 – a full 5 months later. It will be nice to be able to turn on the tap to rinse my lettuce, brush my teeth, give my son a bath…

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Pumpkin & Rosemary Flatbread

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As you can see, it passed the Jack taste test with flying colours. I made the recipe up as I went along…

  • 1 egg (that’s all we had)
  • 3 TBSP chestnut flour (started with 2, added another)
  • 1/2 TBSP honey (about)
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin puree (roughly … and that’s only pumpkin, I made it the other day)
  • A few splashes of olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt (maybe…ish)
  • some ground black pepper
  • fresh rosemary, chopped…to taste

Mix it all up. I used a spoon. Pour the mix into whatever you want to bake it in and smooth it out. I put it in a 350 oven at first then raised it to 400 after 10 or 15 minutes. I’d say it was in the oven for about 20, 25 mins all told. It’s quite yummy. I’m thinking baked longer at a low temp would give great crackers…

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That’s Jack, stuffing his face with some.

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Happiness is :)

It doesn’t take much to make me happy these days, like life-changing happy. Something as simple as finding local bacon that has a short ingredients list

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Or, even more exciting, finding an online farmers market that I can order it from on a weekly basis if I wanted. And I do want :)

marchegourmet.ca is my latest discovery and it rocks. Last week I ordered a mix of meats and veggies, with the intention of picking the order up in Vaudreuil on the designated pick up day but the night before I received a call asking if I would mind having my order delivered to my house instead. Awesome. Everything was fresh and gorgeous.

This morning I googled (actually I yahooed, google is disappointing me as of late) kale and bacon, two of my marchegourmet purchases, and found a delightfully simple dish here. I modified it a tad by adding some thinly sliced onion about 1/2 way through the bacon cooking and using lemon juice instead of vinegar. Oh, and I stirred in some fresh thyme and tomato as I took the skillet off the burner.

I think Jack agrees it was rather yummy.

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If it’s the small, simple things that are making me happy, maybe those things are actually the big things. Maybe.

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Testing out the spoon

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I decided it was time for Jack to try cutlery and I figured a spoon with sticky food might be the most…successful. I was right! I must admit, I only took pictures of the beginning of breakfast…I’ll leave the rest to your imagination :)

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Laughing through the busy times

As it happens each year at this time, I begin to write more blog posts as I start to shed the busy-ness of the school year. And, even though I was only working 4 days/week, this had to have been the busiest one yet with the little growing Jack monster by my side to keep me hopping.

If there is one thing (and there are more, believe you me) that Jack has taught me is that a busy life can be lived and loved and I don’t even need a nap to get through it! Even in the busy-ness there is always time to sit and laugh together, it’s what holds me to the people around me. He is changing at breakneck speed, yet at the same time he is always Jack. We sit and laugh together a lot. I love this little boy.

jack laughs :)

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Cucumbers and Car Shows

We discovered Jack’s enjoyment of the Lebanese cucumber yesterday at the Ste Anne’s farmers market. I bought some from the lovely farmers hailing from Saint Etienne de Beauharnois, took one out to eat, and he promptly grabbed the whole thing and started chomping down. I was quite pleased as he was none too happy at that point, having been re-confined to his stroller after experiencing the freedom of running around the market stealing sampling the strawberries.

So this morning he was acting all crank face while awaiting breakfast. I plopped him in his high chair and tried the Lebanese cuke cure for crankfacey boys and it worked :)

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Yesterday, while he was chowing down in the stroller, we (being me, Jack, and our lovely friends Liz and Bill who we bumped into at the market) made our way through the annual antique car show that takes place every year (duh) in Ste Anne’s. So much fun and it was a perfect day for it. Beautiful and sunny. Got to gawk at the gorgeous old trucks…drool…Even managed to find a park bench in the shade to top the little boy up with some boob – much to the amusement of the old men hanging around their cars!

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