Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mexican Quinoa

For the past couple years, we've  jumped onto the quinoa bandwagon in a major way! I mean who doesn't love a high protein, high fibre food that's chockful of nutrients and is low on the glycemic index. 

When I saw this recipe for Mexican Quinoa at Damn Delicious, I knew I had to take try my own spin on it for my little family.


(Serves 4 people or two adults, two little ones and leftovers for lunch the next day)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4cup red onion finely chopped
  • 6 or 7 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red or green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke OR 1 teaspoon of chipotle chile for those who like the heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Toppings: avocado, cheese, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, jalapenos- whatever you like on your mexican food!


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 

Watch your toddler who is eating the red peppers like it's 
her job

Add garlic, onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add mushroom and green peppers and cook for a minute more.

Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, liquid smoke or chili powder and cumin.

In this particular instance, I didn't have the black beans so I omitted it but I prefer it with

                        Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. 
Stir in whatever toppings you desire. 
Serve immediately.

It is seriously so good and so filling! YOu don't even realise that it's a vegetarian meal! And it takes about 20 minutes. Try it…. it shall not disappoint!

Linking up with 
 Kate and Emily for Tasty Tuesday
 Kristen for Handmade TuesdaySusan for Love From the Kitchenand Beth and some other lovely ladies for Tuesday Talk

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Fun-Day March Madness

March (Spring) Break flew by last week.  It was fun-filled and action packed with some little activity filling each and every day. I figured the best way to do this was day by day through all the little photos I had.

Day #73
We went to Ammie's baby shower. Everything was so beautiful with all the yellows, greys and teeny tiny details that only women, bloggers and women bloggers appreciate. My iphone did not take the best pics or else this would be its own blog post for sure.

There was also a cool photo booth but D's 98 lb cousin did it to fit two of her so we had to really squeeze in-- and that still didn't work.

Day #74 and 75
Visited Deerhurst with our friends Jenn, Alex and their kids. There was so much stuff to do-

Indoor fun

And outdoor fun

And of course a pool

PS: this happened

followed by this!

Day #76
I became a Canadian citizen

Then we had dim sum 

And because we couldn't get enough of these people, we met up for some Irish St. P's fun. (talk about Canada, the melting pot, right?)

Day #77
We headed to Casa Loma with my friend Sukhi and her family for a Princesses and Knights Festival. Cinderella was there sprinkling 'real fairy dust' on everyone (a royal pain to get out of little heads, let me tell you). Cookie decorating also ensued where Mommy ate her $5 worth in gummies since she's off chocolate for Lent. And facepainting and royal skits magic shows also were also a hit with the five and under crowd.

We had a Lebanese dinner with this cutie and her family after.

Day #78
The kids took it easy while at night the adults went out with some friends for $1 oysters.

That apple pie with aged cheddar was insanely good!

Day #79
On Friday, we ran many, many errands and then took the kids out for some sushi.

And some snuggles

Girls rock

 On Saturday, friends came over for dinner and then dress up!

And on Sunday, we repeated!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!

AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Playing catch up-- everyday life photos!

School's started again after a fun (and sugar) filled stay-cation last week…. and the madness begans again today. I've loved having my babies home. The sleep-ins, the snuggle seshes, the family outings (where I go a little bit mad getting everyone and and everything out the door on time- we never do). Only 3 months 'til summer though and this land of ice castles and sn-irt is slowly thawing out. 

I need to play some catch up on my posts and everyday life photos but here are a few to start with…

Day #64
What's with this face, girl?

Day #65
Friday family dinner involved some adult beverages

Day #66
My friend Dani and I piled 4 kids in her mini-van. She is trying to convince me to get one too. #answerisstillno 

Day #67
We went to see this cute baby and this little boy who apparently wanted nothing to do with the girls. 

Day #68
Bachelorette Viewing Party at Jenn's house! #teamwhitney #hopetheylast

Day #69
Dinner these days-- a healthy affair. 

Day #70
The day my kid did a couple voluntary concerts. #braverthanmama

Reading at the doctor's office. Right before the throwing of the book and the tapping each other on the head with said book began.

This is why I choose clothes for my 2 year old. Doesn't matter if yellow is her favourite colour. Size 4 does not fit!

And that's not even March Break yet, friends! We've been busy. Stay tuned!

Also, thanks so much for your wishes and congratulations on Friday's O Canada post

 Linking up with Beth and some other lovely ladies for Tuesday Talk.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Favourite things- O Canada

This Tuesday was a very special one for me. I became a Canadian citizen, complete with oath, anthem and paper flags. This country is very special to me. It's the one I've built my life in,  built our family and made a home. I love this place, the respectful society and the clean air quality--- seriously at last ranking, it was third in the world.

In honour of this awesome occasion, I thought I would put together a list of a few of my favourite Canadian things.

Maple Syrup

sure we can get maple syrup in other parts of the world but  there is an abundance in Canada. And it sure beats high fructose corn syrup on your toast.

Canadian Comedians

From Martin Short to  Jim Carrey, Mike Myers to Eugene Levy, Seth Rogan and Will Arnett.  Canadian comedians are awesome. Also, Toronto is often the NY scene for most movies. 

One Year Maternity Leave (with some level of pay)

No words! Amazing, right? Also, our pension plan rocks as well.

Health Care

FREE health care for ALL!!

Niagara Falls

The Canadian side is very different from the US side. See post for more details.

Canadian Candy

 Think turtles, smarties and coffee crisp. Think clod hoppers and OMGs. Let me tell you, we have some amazing candy that I have to bring across the border for my American family. I read some where it's because we have a higher fat per chocolate particle ratio.  And when you taste Beavertails, you literally feel like you've tasted something that angels made. if angels made fried pastry with toppings that is! 

But yeah, this is reality!

What are your favourite Canadian things?

Happy Friday, everyone!

Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amy for Hey Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spreading some Spring Cheer!

Winter has been long and a bit meh so hello March!! Love me some spring, and love a good package so I jumped on the bandwagon for the Spring Cheer Exchange that the lovely Rachel and Astleigh hosted recently. 

THis time, Rachel (yep one of the organisers) from Floral and Fudge sent me this package full of 
Everything was of course well packaged and so pretty. Blog folk are good like that :-)  

But of course like I tell my girls, it's what is on inside that matters most friends. 

I think she was going for a St Patty's Day meets Easter meets Spring Is Coming vibe and I totally got it.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a little obsession with paper straws. They immediately fancy-fy a par-tay!

Cute Kleenex to keep in this mama's bag!

Some flowers for my not so green thumb that I've vowed to correct this year!

A hanging pom pom that my 5 year old immediately wanted to open 

Stickers for the sticky fingers in my house. Bunnies are A's jam so I'm saving these for an extreme bribery situation. 

A very pretty bracelet that I will be sure to use. 

Cute baking cups for some spring baking!

A tiny note pad/journal for this huge list maker. 

And there was some candy- chocolate to be exact for when I gorge myself on Easter weekend! 

So there you have it. This sweet package bought such a smile to my face. Thanks so much Rachel for bringing some cheer to our little corner of Canada! 

 I got Cindy from Inspire Me Mama. Go check out her blog to see what was in her cheer package. 

Linking with with Annie and Nat for Thoughts on Thursday.

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