Saturday, November 22, 2014

i do plan on reviving this blog - just rethinking how I want to do it. I have been studying traditional Chinese medicine with eyes on becoming a registered acupuncture. So, since so much of this blog has been meal planning and travel in the past, I am going to continue with the food blogging, but using what I am learning in TCM to add a new dimension to it. My current class assignment has me completing a week's meal plan for Spleen Qi Deficiency. Foods that are warmer, with some sweet and spice (pungent). Carbs/veggies/and a bit of protein. Will post more as I complete it. Today it is teriyaki meatballs with rice squash soup and garlic rye bread oatmeal baked pear slices in cinnamon and popcorn these are some of the foods I am looking at having for the week...

Monday, September 03, 2012


no pics except on the original page - i made these cupcakes gluten free (with rice flour)
other than that, stuck to the recipe for the cupcakes and did an interpretation of the frosting.

so the peanut butter and chocolate cupcake recipe is HERE

and for the frosting i used instant vanilla pudding
1/2c cream cheese
1/3 cup icing sugar
1c frozen whipped topping (cool whip or others)
1c light cream
whipped up with the electric mixer

and a nice treat for labour day

Sunday, September 02, 2012

backyard picnic

it's been a while
a year of pain - inspired by an injury at work, has led me to neglect this blog
time to turn that around
and so simply
the backyard picnic we had

a plate of charcuterie
- triple creme brie
- brie heated in the oven with olive oil and garlic
- olives and deli meat from lucianos

- main course was tomatoes from the garden
and steak marinated and then on the bbq
with a side of pico de gallo - made from ingredients in the garden (except for the splash of lime juice

fabulous and simple - the boys asked if we can have backyard picnics all the time...

juice for the boys - something fruity and more potent for their parents

2yr old cuts the cheese...backwards knife hold

steak, pico de gallo and cheese

simple charcuterie - yum!

Friday, September 09, 2011

little boy, big day

and so a new day begins
just a simple, beautiful september afternoon
with me and my boys
out for a walk

change is here
apparently i wasn't ready for it
my eyes stinging from the flood of tears
that raged out
left my eyes a bright aqua colour
highlighted by once-white, now red surroundings
damn betrayal of tears

and callum
strong and brave and 4
anxiously clutching his hands

on a warm and sunny almost-fall afternoon
---are you cold?
"i'm okay, mommy"

and he sat
and assessed the situation

and every so often would smile back a nervous smile
my way
at the fence that separated the parents from the kindergarteners

i fought off the emotion
i didn't know it would all bubble up
take pictures

keep it together

sing a song with everett

and that worked until they filed neatly in a line
sang the song with mme robin
and left us at the other side of the fence
as he walked into something new
but older

and then i was done
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