Monday, January 17, 2011

Hodge Podge

Hi all!  I hope everyone has had a good start to the week!  I have and it’s looking like another busy one, but that’s OK.  You know what they say about keeping idle hands busy and all…LOL  I just wish I had a little more free time to enable me to get back to blogging with a little more frequency.  In time, in time, right?

I started back to Pilate’s last Tuesday which was pretty much awesome.  They had a mini session over the holidays which I was unable to sign up for and I didn’t realize how much I missed it.  Now I’m good to go until mid May.  Wednesday DS had a hockey game which they won 1-0……with 2.6 seconds left in the game.  What a rush!  Us parents were all freaking out and the boys were so excited that they nearly jumped out of their skates!  :)

Something not so fun happened to me on Thursday at the gym.  Since July a group of us have been knocking out Jillian Michael DVD’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We made our way through levels 1, 2 & 3 of the 30 Day Shred (10 times at each level) and through level 1 of Shred It With Weights (again, 10x).  IMG_4116
Last Thursday we moved on to level 2 of SIWW which is significantly harder than level one.  Lots of swinging through the legs with the kettle bells and such.  Within the first 5 minutes I smashed my knee with the weight doing “figure 8’s”.  Grr…but the worst was that by the end I knew I‘d screwed my back up.  Right across my lower back was numb for a few hours and when I woke up Friday morning I could barely walk.  Exercise FAIL!  I’ve been nursing it with heat and A535 and it’s feeling much better today, but still too tender to consider hitting the gym.
Wednesday was my hubby’s birthday and we had planned for the 4 of us to do a nice dinner out Saturday night to celebrate.  DD ended up getting invited to a sleepover birthday party so I asked my parents if DS could spend the night at their place and they agreed.  So for the first time in at least 12 years my hubby and I had a night completely to ourselves.  Heck ya! IMG_4842 We continued on with dinner plans at Einstein’s Café (yes, we love it there, plus my friend owns it with her husband and we like to support them!!)  First, we enjoyed some bruschetta which is made using their signature homemade bread:IMG_4864
For our mains hubby had the portabello brie stuffed chicken breast,IMG_4866
And I enjoyed snapper with a light sun dried tomato cream sauce:IMG_4865
For dessert we shared a piece of Southern Bourbon pecan pie:IMG_4867
The food was outstanding, the atmosphere cozy, but the best part was that we didn’t feel at all rushed to get home to the babes.  After dinner we went to see The Fighter.  GREAT movie.  If you’ve seen it too, let me know what you thought, K?!  After the show we bumped into another couple and decided to go out for a few drinks.  I felt 20 years younger rolling (not literally!) through the front door at 2am.  LOL  Usually I’ve been asleep for at least 3hrs at that point.
I’ve been busy in the kitchen, too!  After soccer Thursday night I made a batch of blueberry bran muffins:IMG_4825 Friday night was homemade turkey soup:IMG_4828 Tonight was homemade macaroni and cheese:IMG_4879 My hubby and I had Thai again for lunch last Friday:IMG_4826
I didn’t eat it all so the rest turned into Saturday’s lunch:IMG_4835 We decided yesterday to make our own Pad Thai at home.  So with the help of this recipe we got to it!IMG_4869
DS liked it so much that he declared tofu his new favourite food.  LOL It did turn out pretty amazing…IMG_4872
I also made a quick stir fry for lunch today seeing as I was home instead of the gym.  I cooked some chicken breast, mixed veg and bean sprouts then added some Caribbean stir fry sauce.  Delicioso!!IMG_4871 
Oats have made their regular morning appearance:IMG_4873 IMG_4807 IMG_4810 IMG_4824 IMG_4829 IMG_4868
And some, but not enough, fruit:IMG_4809 IMG_4805
So I’ve been drinking lots of water…IMG_4803
And getting my greens in the form of juice!IMG_4874 IMG_4875
And I can’t forget about this lovely sandwich,IMG_4808 Something that made me very excited on Saturday was finding these gems while browsing through the grocery store!IMG_4836 Cocoa roast almonds have made it to Canada!!!  They’re dear, though, at $6.99 a container.  Ugh…we bought them anyways!!  :)
Time to wrap this post up because we’re heading out to price new living room furniture and I want to check out some modern dining room furniture.  This is the year that we rid ourselves of the “garage sale” type furniture we have and invest in some new pieces.  After all, most of our furniture is pushing 15yrs old.  YIKES! 
Bye for now!!


  1. OUCH to whacking your knee with the weight!! :S I know how that feels..weights are not forgiving lol. Hope you feel better soon. Happy belated birthday to your husband, too!

  2. Awww a night to yourselves! What a trooper of DS to hang with the g'rents.

    $6.99 a tube for those delicious things?! They are on sale here for $2.99. I have been eating them by the pound haha.

  3. Sounds (and looks!) like you and dh had an awesome night out on the town!! And sans kids... lucky girl! That is a rare treat isn't it?! The only time in the last however many years i've been without my kids is when i'm in the hospital giving birth, and somehow, I don't think that counts! ;) lol!!

  4. ow goodness! I hope the knee & back feel better fast! Happy belated birthday to the man! Sounds like you two had a really fabulous night. I want to see the fighter so bad! And your homemade macaroni and cheese looks fabulous.

    Thank you for the congrats wishes :)

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cocoa roasted almonds! Whenever I do events at the store I have a can of those on the table to give out to customers. I think they taste like healthy oreos :) But yes, they are super expensive.

    Glad to hear you and your hubby enjoyed your Thai date night. Thai food is so yummy, but I rarely eat it for some reason. I should do that for my b-day in a couple weeks, it sounds so good.

    I was reading the comments on Andrea's Wellness Note's blog and I saw your mom used to make chicken cattiatore. My dad made that all the time and I loved it!

  6. Oh no, hope your knee feels better soon, Krista! Happy birthday to your hubby, I'm so glad you two had the evening to yourselves...looks like a wonderful birthday meal!

  7. So awesome that you and your hubby got to spend a night out together. I bet it was nice not having to rush around anywhere! My mom and dad have always had a date night at least once a mom attributes that to their good marriage. I hope to continue the tradition when I get married one day too!
    And glad you liked the animal pics--the lady at the safari place actually said that the African type animals actually come out more when it is damp/rainy. I was glad because otherwise it would've been boring trying to find all of them haha!

  8. Oh I hit my knee with a weight last week doing the Jillian workout on demand, have a nice brusie from it : p I hope your back is feeling better too : )

    So nice you and the hubby got the night to yourselves for his birthday, it is a treasured evening, lol, we treasure those times too when Anthony is away for the night somehwere, which doesnt happen often!

    Oats have been my breakfast everyday, of course mine are cold and smashed : p

    I hope you found an awesome piece of furniture!

    p.s. the canon is awesome! If you guys get it, you will love it! Its worth every penny!!!!

  9. what a great birthday celebration! and you didn't have one like that in 12 years? woooo!!! I must have this in mind when I have kids. I'm all about romantic dinners~~~ I'll watch the movie next weekend and will let you know what I think about it!
    blood orange!!! I'm hooked with oranges lately but haven't seen any blood ones yet. need to keep looking!!! :D

  10. So glad I found your blog! Fellow Canadian healthy gal! I think I have that same cookbook with the pad thai recipe. Actually I saw another recipe for pad thai on Dairy Free Betty's blog, so now I really want it!

    Isn't it nice to get a night out?! We have a 2 year old daughter. Sure appreciate it so much more now!

    WHERE did you get the cocoa roast almonds?!?! I'm in Vancouver, hope they have it here! I bought a ton when I last went to the states, but now I am out!

  11. oh that meal out looks DELICIOUS!

  12. In time indeed...and perhaps even more time as a consequence of your injury :( I'm so sorry bby!

  13. omg i hope your back is feeling all better! my dad does that all time but he's usually out for a good 4 days...herniated discs do that to you!

    and yay for the date night and late night!!! how fun!

  14. Glad you two got a night to yourselves. Your mac and cheese looks absolutely AMAZING! I have never ever had Thai food before. Maybe I should give it a try!


  15. Ugh, that knee and back injury sounds horrible. Hope it has cleared itself up.

    I've made that pad thai from that cookbook before - it is very good, isn't it? And woohoo for a totally adult night!


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