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Yeah, breastfeeding is great.  Uh huh.  Easy (once you cut through all of the initial pain and suffering), no screwing around with cleaning and sterilizing bottles yada yada yada.  Well, my daughter had a good run and I had a few more months in me, that was until she turned my nipples into her personal chew toys!

I’m not kidding.  And no, I’m not talking once.  Or twice.  I’m talking about at least once at every feed for about a week.  Then she took a break for a week, lulling me into a false sense of security, thinking that she finally understood how to appropriately handle the responsibilities that come with being breastfed.  Yes, there really are unwritten rules about this, first being, DO NOT BITE OR CHEW THE FOOD SOURCE!

But then she started again.  Thoughtfully, she’d look up at me with this big adoring smile and maybe even a cute little giggle if you were lucky.  All while holding my nipple clenched in her teeth.  Read the rest of this entry »

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post.  We are, finally, no longer the house of sick – which is awesome.  The nicer weather is arriving and the reality has finally set in.  I have less than three weeks to get myself a new bathing suit for our trip to the cottage.  Yikes!  I hate bathing suit shopping but I have begun preperation, albeit a bit too late but it’s better than nothing.  I am reading a book called The End Of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler and I’m actually finding it quite interesting.  I skipped ahead a bit to the spot where he offers some ideas – one of which kind of hit me, simple as it was – one of which is to make rules for yourself and just keep reminding yourself of your rule.

I don’t eat: chocolate, chips, deep fried, candy, cookies.

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We had this meal for supper tonight and today was a very long day.  I suspect that I’ll be much faster at making it next time but it was relatively easy to prepare and most of the items I have on hand on your average day so it works out well.  I did catch myself short though – I forgot to buy kale at the grocery store yesterday so I used spinach instead (the chopped frozen kind) and it turned out just fine.


Clean Eating 1Sorry – no picture of my own finished product this time.  But check out the cover of the March/April 2010 issue of Clean Eating and it looked just like that!

It was all rush rush rush tonight and we ate dinner in shifts.  It didn’t take too long to throw together at all – which is great!  Even better, my son enjoyed washing the veggies for med – which is ok by me since it tends to be ‘two for the pot, one for him’.  It’s a win win situation.  For the second week in a row, I had all of the ingredients on hand AND this time I don’t even have any substitutions to list either!  Look at me go!


I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure what puts the ‘Island’ in these Island Paradise Bean Burgers but I was really curious to see how these would turn out as I’ve never even had a veggie burger before!

Hopefully I’ll impress you when I say, I actually had all of the ingredients on hand this time!!  The only situation I had this time around was the beans.  I had beans in my cupboard, sure, but it was a bag of dry beans.  I have a confession: I’ve never cooked dry beans before!  I know, it’s killing you – you want to ask, why, then, did I have a bag of dried beans?  Even more odd, I also have a bag of white beans in my cupboard.  Uh huh.  Yup.  Makes all kinds of sense, doesn’t it?

I figured all you had to do was cook the crap out of them so, Read the rest of this entry »

I got this recipe from the March/April issue of Clean Eating.  It is so easy to prepare!  Since I decided to prepare them at the last minute, there was no time for me to go to the grocery store so as per my usual lately, I had to make some substitutions, which I’ve noted below, and I did let my husband check to see if they were done while I was feeding my daughter.  The problem with this is that his version of done is quite different from mine – so they were a little over cooked.

I served it with simple roasted potatoes, green beans, broccoli and grilled red pepper.

The picture below is what it was supposed to look like – the picture from the magazine.


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cups whole-wheat panko
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 flank steak about a pound, trimmed of visible fat
  • 3 oz spinach leaves
  • kitchen string

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This weeks recipe was pretty basic.  And totally went against everything my body was craving due to the weather.  Cold and rainy usually requires warm comfort food so it felt a little wrong to be making, basically, a tossed salad with chicken.  Sadly, it was ‘one of those’ days today and I totally forgot to take any pictures so you’ll just have to trust me when I say, it looked good.

Again I caught myself a little short.  The recipe called for fresh ginger and, again, my nemisis, coconut butter.  I had neither but it still turned out well.  Also, I swapped out the cilantro for plain old parsley (next time I would use cilantro) and zucchini for cucumber (I ran out of zucchini the day before – besides, my son likes cucumber more) and I used leftover chicken breasts that I had made the day before so for the dressing I just used plain old homemade chicken stock.  Everyone thought it was tasty – if a bit out of place on a cold and rainy day – though I think I’ll add a titch (yes, that’s a technical measurement) of lime to the dressing.

So, did anyone else out there try it?  How did it work for you?

I’m really looking forward to the Paradise Island Bean burgers – more out of shear curiosity to be honest.  This will be a new experience for me, I’m interested to see how it goes over with my husband who LOVES his beef burgers.  Luckily, the weather is supposed to be much nicer next week – better BBQ weather!

That tonight’s gonna be a good night!  I LOVE that song right now.

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  The Easter Bunny made a visit to our house and was very generous, then, it was like Christmas in April when we went to visit Grandma & Grandpa today.  The in-laws are rather generous with the kids at Easter.  So much candy and treats to pick from – I wish I had the willpower to stay away from it but it’s just so yummy!  Therefore, we got home, and I went running.  Sort of.  Again.  This time, was not near the fiasco that it was last time.  This time, my pants even stayed up!

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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