Saturday, January 31, 2009
Bag of carrots - $2.29
Cheese (they have cheddar and mozzarella) - $3.99
Butter - $3.99
Apple Sauce - $2.33
Jam (they have raspberry and blueberry) - $2.69
Maple syrup - $11.99
Bag of apples - $3.49
Baby Carrots - $1.99
Celery - $2.99
Total - $35.75
Front Door Organics
Bag of carrots - $3.94
Cheese cheddar - $6.50
Butter - $4.75
Apple Sauce - $4.99
Jam - $3.50
Maple syrup - $12.00
Bag of apples - $6.99
Baby Carrots - $3.00
Celery - $3.94
Total - $49.61
That is a difference of $13.86. Yay for PC Organics.
Friday, January 30, 2009
I had enquired with our venue about what kind of tableware they use and was extra pleased to find out that they wash and reuse everything over and over. She also mentioned that they had "green" loot bags. However, at $15 a pop we decided to make our own. My mom is sewing the loot bags for me out of scrap fabrics she has and we purchased some wood blocks to place in the loot bags for the extra-little guys (under 2 of age). For the other kids I am planing on placing some crayons, stickers, a little sketch pad and maybe a treat like a cookie or something.
The other item we finalized is the cake, or cupcakes, I should say. I wanted chocolate and something not too sweet for the little ones, plus some of our friends are vegan. I found this amazing recipe in the book "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" that could take on any traditional cupcake and win. The frosting is a chocolate mousse made with tofu.
I have to say, this is a great cookbook. I have made 4 or 5 of the recipes so far and I think I will never make another cupcake that is not vegan -- that is how good these recipes are.
Back to the cupcakes: I plan on making mini cupcakes and standard cupcakes. I even scored a cupcake stand for $1.00 at our local thrift store.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
For the toy half of his present these are the items that we are looking at:
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
See, yesterday when Geoff was getting ready to give Christophe his bath, he did not think about checking the diaper to make sure there was no poop. He just took it off and, to his surprise, we had a naked poopy baby crawling around and Geoff with a poopy finger, so he called for help. I just assumed the same had happened again.
I was wrong. This time we had a baby and a papa taking their usual bath together when baby decided to poop in the tub. :-)
Thank you Christophe for giving me something to blog about.
Monday, January 26, 2009
6.5 oz. table salt
1 1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
3/4 tbsp black pepper
3/4 tbsp onion powder
3/4 tbsp garlic powder
3/4 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tbsp thyme
1/4 tbsp sweet basil
1/4 tbsp bay leaf
Add all the seasoning, in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend to a fine consistency. Don't breath the dust it will make you sneeze.
Use as you would salt.
As for me I am tired of having a plugged up nose...
Are you co-sleeping; or are you thinking of co-sleeping with a child? Safe Bed Sharing is a great website that gives parents tips on how to co-sleep safely instead of the ever so common typical advice of don't do it.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The first time I tried, I was able to find out that the sauce is called toum, and find a few contradictory recipes. Like many traditional recipes, there are lots of ways to make it, and very few precise instructions. Unfortunately, toum is also a bit of a pain; it's sort of like a garlic and oil emulsion, and so the oil has to be added a bit a time. Meanwhile, garlic is very difficult to macerate in mortar and pestle, although it is doable.
If you're going to try a food processor, make a big batch - a few cloves of garlic is just enough for the food processor to throw around, but not enough to really latch on to, so there's not enough to really kick-start the emulsion with a teaspoon of oil.
Some people add a little mustard powder to help emulsify, others add some egg white to increase the creamy whiteness. I've tried the mustard, but not the egg white. I think that next time I might start by using a garlic press on the garlic to get it smaller with limited effort.
We'll see; when I feel like I've mastered it, perhaps I'll post more tips.
All in all I think Christophe has more energy then me. I have spent the day sitting at my laptop and drinking tea; while Christophe seemed to have found the energy to make toum with his papa.
If you want to try to make your own toum:
* 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
* ¼ cup of vegetable or olive oil (or less depending on garlic used)
* 1 lemon, juiced
* ¼ teaspoon salt
For a truly authentic preparation of Toum, a mortar and pestle is used. If a mortar and pestle are unavailable, ingredients can be blended using a food processor.
Start by crushing the garlic cloves until a smooth consistency. Add salt and mix further. Once garlic and salt are of desired, smooth consistency, gradually add oil.
Add lemon juice and mix. The finished product should be smooth, paste-like, and creamy. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator.
Recipe taken from About.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A few days ago, while I was baking--I think it was baked beans--Christophe and his new-found walking skills made it to the stove, reached for the oven door and pulled it open by a few inches. (Before anyone panics, he is fine.) The oven immediately shut itself, because his little muscles were not strong enough to hold it open. However, I thought i was going to die from panic and imagined my son with burns, all as I rushed the three steps to him that I swear felt like three miles to whisk him away from the danger of the stove.
What was I doing while this happened, you ask? Dishes. Do I think I am a bad mother? No, it happens to all of us. One of my friend's eight-month old figured out how to climb the stairs while she ran out the room for 5 seconds. I know a mom whose non-mobile baby decided to learn how to roll on the change table at three months. The list could go on forever, I think almost all mothers have a story like this.
Now, you might ask does this change the way I baby-proof? No - however I did immediately ordered one of those oven latches from Safety Super Store to install on the stove.
This was a scary reminder of just how quick and curious the little ones can be.
Image from Safety Super Store
After doing a quick search on Etsy for Valentine and Toy I found "Valentine hearts play set with wooden bowls" by naturalkidsandtoys.
There are thousands of alternative gifts out there you just need to search a bit.
Image by naturalkidsandtoys
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. Mix in flour a little bit at a time until a soft dough forms. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. If dough is too soft, refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes. Place balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Use your finger or an instrument of similar size to make a well in the center of each cookie. Fill the hole with 1/2 teaspoon of preserves.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I would like to add this is one of the first times he has walked not holding on to a toy, usually he is distracted and does not realize what he is doing this time he was fully aware that he was walking to mama.
I find he is also getting a lot better about putting things in his mouth.
That is that. Sorry for the vent session and all the improper grammar but I needed to let some steam out and PLEASE SHOVEL YOUR SIDEWALK.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So as Christophe's first birthday is approaching, I am trying to find ways to green his birthday. It will not be 100% green but I want to green as many items as I find feasible. During my journey in discovering the basics of green birthday parties I will share my ideas with you.
So we have booked a venue for his birthday, main reason he is born in March 1, we live in canada (i.e. it's cold), we have a very small house. The venue chosen is not green but I am still attempting to change a few things in order to make our party greener. When I first started looking for venues here in Toronto, I could not find anything that suited all my green criteria's and would be good for a one year old.
The first request I made to our venue is that she does not put up any balloons the day of. I also asked her what kind of tableware they use (as we are providing the food but they are providing the tableware) I am still awaiting an answer. The reason behind no balloons is that the little fragments that are left behind after your great party never biodegrade and are the culprits for many small animals dying. You know how they say you should not let a toddle or baby play with balloons due to choking hazards, well what do you think will happen when a little bunny finds a bright red balloon in the wild?
After booking the venue the next step was invitations; that one is easy in todays day end age just send them via email. There are a lot of great sites that will do e-cards for free we used myPunchbowl.
Other then the party at the venue we are also doing a get together at home for our close friends since some of them have no kids or there kids are all grown up. I wanted some decorations but I also wanted the decorations to be reusable for future parties the first thing I found was a cloth banner on Etsy created by thepolkadottotspot.
Instead of birthday hats we are doing a birthday shirt that Christophe can wear all year. We found this great one by blossiegirl on Etsy once again.
The last item in todays post is presents. This is a though one because many people enjoy bringing gifts; we decided to add the following wording to our invitations and hope for the best.
"Presents are appreciated but not required; your presences is enough. If you do chose to bring a gift we ask that you to respect our parenting decision regarding a no plastic components rule for all of Christophe's toys; Christophe also has very sensitive skin and can only where clothing made with natural fibers. Thank you for respecting our beliefs."
Image of banner by thepolkadottotspot.
Image of shirt by blossiegirl.
Video from: Momemtum Tides 2008
Thursday, January 15, 2009
When he first started to babble, we got quite a few laughs out of him by holding up the banana and saying "B-b-b-b-banane!".
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Photo taken by Pierrette
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Well it's not a deep dark secret I use Google Reader. As per Google Reader intro page it:
- Stay up to date Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.
- Share with your friends Use Google Reader's built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family.
- Use it anywhere, for free Google Reader is totally free and works in most modern browsers, without any software to install.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Today, I am going to talk about "One Million Acts of Green", a project by the CBC, the Hour and Cisco. I think it's great when large corporations, media and famous people get involved in promoting green living.
Now for those of us that are already living an extra-green lifestyle, we don't learn much from this kind of press. However, there are millions of people out there that still need to be convinced that our planet needs to be saved. Yes, there are actually people out there who do not recycle.
The idea behind the campaign is that one small act can make a big difference.
It’s not about overhauling your life; it’s about one act from each individual, amassing to a million. It can be as simple as switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, starting a recycling program, or walking to work. You can do one act – or you can do all one million! It’s up to you.
The way I look at this is if CBC and The Hour can convince even just half of Canada to commit to one act of Green we will be better off then we were yesterday.
Check out the acts of Green Completed by Me.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Thank you memere and pepere for this one.
This is probably one Christophe favorite Christmas Presents; he can put it together but he can take it apart and sure enough he tries to put it back together one day he will get it; after all he is only 10 months old.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Christophe was standing on his own so I ran to get the camera; we tried that day to get him to do it again but failed. Christophe can now stand alone from 5 mins to 30 mins depending on his mood.
Thanks for your understanding,
So it does seem that the photo I me nursing my son was the reason why my account got canceled.
Since Facebook has given me my account back I have added a few additional nursing images lets see what happens.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Thank you for reactivating my account.
Could you please inform me as to why it was cancelled in the first place with no notice?
I checked to see if the image of my son nursing was still up and it has indeed been removed.
All I have to say is Facebook sucks.
Monday, January 5, 2009
TERA has this beautiful page full of nursing mothers called Photo Page 6; the only sad part is the write ups that accompany these images. They are all about images being removed from Facebook or even worst accounts being closed.
If you have been victim to having a breastfeeding image pulled from Facebook, contact them as I did, your voice can be heard.
Something so natural should not be censored.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
As the breastfeeding "activist" I am I have joined the group Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!(Official petition to Facebook) and uploaded a picture of Christophe nursing that Geoff took. As it stands my image is still up on facebook.
Yesterday I was contacted by the El Mercurio, as they wanted to us the image for an article they were writing on the subject. I actually remembered enough Spanish from school to read and understand the article.
As it stands today Facebook still considers breastfeeding pictures obscene and the petition group has over 125 000 members.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Christophe spent his days chasing Coco the cat, learning how to climb stairs (supervised of course), playing with my sisters dishes, watching the blue jays and chickadees eat from the bird feeders and most importantly playing and getting to know uncle Quinn and tante Cathy.
My sister also waited for us to put up her tree, the video below is of Christophe playing or "helping" with the unpacking of the decorations.
While at my sisters we when to the local health food shop so I could pick up a few necessities to maintain a somewhat healthy diet while I was there. Organic snacks for Christophe, Organic beans, hemp seeds, salba seeds...
I am please to say that I introduced hemp and salba seeds to my sister, she kept the left overs for herself. I often sneak both of these seeds in Christophe's food; add to oatmeal; roll fruit in them. Hemp seeds are a source Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9 and vitamin E; it's also a complete protein. Salba is a source of calcium, antioxidants, potassium, iron, Omega-3, magnesium and brand.
Whenever we spend time at my sisters house it reminds me how much I love nature.
Thank you memere and pepere for the great puzzle.