Where hubby has a fit

After our switch to a plant-based diet, I decided to go to a dietitian and make sure we weren’t missing anything vital for our health. I should add that my lovely hubby, in his wisdom, has taken a much more relaxed approach to the entire plant-based idea…(His version includes the odd cheese burger).

The dietitian looked to be about 15, super cheerful and typed at the speed of light. She inspected everything in my 3-day food journal and declared I was off to a good start. However…she did make some recommendations.

Some were easy, like adding ground flax seeds to meals to get Omega 2 and 3. Some were not so easy and some were…well tough. Namely, she said we shouldn’t drink coffee or tea before or after a meal. 1 to 2 hours before or after a meal (apparently those drinks stop the absorption of nutrients from your body).

When lovely hubby heard that particular recommendation, he nearly had a heart attack. Being British, tea is akin to having a heartbeat for him and he flat our refused to do it. He quoted his elderly mother who drinks at least 8 cups of the stuff a day and is alive and kicking today, he then said tea is actually good for your health and where did she get her information and what credentials did she have and where did she do her research and he’d like to talk to her supervisor….Everything in moderation, he added before saying he had to protect an entire nation of tea drinkers as it’s their national drink…ahem.

Instead of tea, the dietitian had suggested drinking warm water with lemon. So, I tried it…and it was disgusting. Well, not completely disgusting but more like a medical cure than a drink to enjoy after dinner. It smelled and tasted like NeoCitran…I almost felt sick at the end of it. Certainly nothing like a lovely cup of tea or coffee.

The very next day I had a cup of coffee in protest…it was delicious.

However, I did go online and found that the very young dietitian was right, at least about the lemon water. Here and here and here…and the list could easily continue. Apparently, warm lemon water is the best thing for you. Sigh.

 

Warning: feral dog ahead

Here’s my protective, watch-dog, River busy guarding our home.

River hard at work

River hard at work

Here’s a close up of the dangerous fiend.

Notice the eyes are half-closed....

Notice the eyes are half-closed….

He’s sadly neglected as well as vicious…

That's my hand trying to wake him up...and not working.

That’s my hand trying to wake him up…and not working.

Yeap. He’s super-dangerous, this one.

More healthy cooking

The last healthy recipe was such a success, I thought I’d share two that I’m loving right now and are super easy. One is a lentil stew and it’s actually so delicious I keep eating it over and over. More to the point, my suspicious hubby tried it and absolutely loved it.

Aaaannndddd…it’s super easy to make. Only 3 steps!

There’s no link for this one. I got the recipe from my European ancestors, so if you try it, you’re tasting European goodness.

Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

2 carrots (cleaned and peeled)

1 large onion (peeled and diced)

2 bay leaves (Don’t skip this one. It’s magically important)

2 cups of green lentils

6-9 cups of water (you can change this for your favourite broth and it’ll work even better)

1 tablespoon of garlic (Don’t be shy with this one either)

salt and pepper to taste

 

Steps:

1. In a large pot add the onion, carrots, lentils, garlic, bay leaves and broth (basically everything but the salt and pepper).

2. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 40 – 50 minutes or until the lentils are soft.

3. Check it during the process and give it a loving stir. If it looks like it’s sticking, add more water or broth. Add salt and pepper in there some time.

That’s it! When it’s done, it’ll look something like this.

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It might not look it, but it’s super yummy and awesome for you. Lentils are a superfood. They’re great sources of iron, protein and fibre!

Super Yummy Smoothie

This one is another of my favourites that I just keep eating. It’s basically a fruit smoothie. Sooo good. You can do all sorts of things with the results, like freeze it and have it for kids as super healthy ice cream, or just as a refreshing snack. I love it and love even more all the vitamins I know I’m getting with this one.

Ingredients:

3 oranges (I love these, that’s why I add so many)

1 ripe pear (my favourites are D’Anjou pears but any will do)

1 apple (I use MacIntosh but any will work)

4 spoons of frozen strawberries (super good…so add a couple more!)

3 spoons of frozen blueberries (berries are another super food, so feel free to add more)

 

Steps:

1. Cut up and peel all the fruits

This is just the start with the fruits all in the blender

This is just the start with the fruits all in the blender

2. Add the oranges first (it makes it easier on the blender). Then the rest of the fruits. If you find they don’t fit (like mine didn’t) then blend away to make room.

 

After blending to make room

After blending to make room

In go the frozen strawberries

In go the frozen strawberries. And I didn’t add a picture but don’t forget the blueberries

This is the final product...so good!

This is the final product…so good!

3. Enjoy!

If you try these, give me a shout and let me know how they worked out for you!

 

Wanna cook something healthy?

So, lately, we’ve been giving a plant-based diet a go. In a burst of enthusiasm I decided I could cook and gave refried beans a shot. Under my leadership, we’ve had some catastrophes in the kitchen but this one worked. It’s really super easy and just requires patience. Leave it to cook on its own and it’ll be great.

This is where I got the recipe on You Tube.

This is what it looked like.

They actually smell amazing. So much better than anything from a can.

They actually smell amazing. So much better than anything from a can.

As you can tell, I made enough for an army…still, it smells and tastes amazing and it only requires 3 ingredients! Plus, getting those beans in a bag cost under $2 for the recipe.

Let me know if you try it. Good luck!!

Ode to a Saturday morning

Ahhh Saturday mornings. There is something simply delicious about them. The entire weekend is ahead, full of possibilities. I have a big cup of coffee in my hand. I’m typing away and my dogs are softly snoring at my feet. It’s the highlight of my week.

The house is dead quiet. My hubby is still in bed and the dogs, having had their breakfast and short little romp outside, are sleeping at my feet. The only sound around is the clicking of the keys on my laptop. It’s so peaceful.

There’s snow outside, and cold weather and ice and who knows what else. But, right now, nothing negative appears on my radar. It’s just me, my cup of coffee and my little blog. What a delicious morning.

Thanks for being a part of it with me!

Computer issues

My lovely, trusty computer has been with me for years now. It’s seen me writing and blogging and searching and discovering people online…It’s seen my ups and my downs and through it all, it’s stayed virus-free and faithfully reliable.

Lately, though, it’s been getting some things confused and it doesn’t move as fast as it used to. It’s 4 years old, which is getting up there in computer years, so I treat it with care and try to understand when it mixes up what I tell it. I still think there was potential and life in the old girl.

Still, when a tiny email took forever to write, I decided some action was needed and called the techie-support-people and after many tests and a whole lot of waiting, they told me that it was probably a hard drive issue.

It goes to show you just how techy I am that I had no idea what that meant. But to make a long story short, my lovely computer is now in the hands of a techy person at the store who will poke and probe it and see what it needs and just how much that will cost.

If the cost is higher than the computer is worth, I should probably buy a new one.

I should be happy there’s such great support over the phone. I should rejoice that in only 3 to 5 days, I will know what’s wrong. I should rejoice that I will either get a new computer or have mine working again.

I’m not happy. I’m terrified. For 3 to five days, I will be computer-less.

P.S. If you’re wondering how I’m writing this post…I’ve snuck onto hubby’s computer while he’s in bed with the flu…

Thoughts and Prayers for France

I hope that one day we demonstrate compassion and understanding are more than just words.

(credit: bbc.com)

(credit: bbc.com)

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of France in the wake of this horrific attack.

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(credit:reinventing fabulous.com)

Disaster Monday

I have a wonderful hubby. A lovely, caring, rather big man who has a heart to match.

But he can’t turn on the TV without help.

In fact, just about anything with electricity baffles him. I honestly don’t know how he manages to drive to work.

You think I kid? Only a week ago, I showed him how to work the TV remote.

Again.

Last Monday, I was at work when I got his panicked phone message.

“Taylor, there’s a problem with the sub pump. We have a flood!” And nothing else. No further details, notes or instructions.

Calling him is futile. He would never remember to keep the cell with him or even know how to answer it if it rang. I was impressed he had managed to use the phone and leave a message.

Fearing a flood of Biblical proportions, I spoke to my boss, pleaded for mercy and ran home.

Where I found my hubby staring at the sub pump surrounded by our dogs. All wore identical puzzled expressions on their faces.

While the dogs tried to demonstrate their boundless love by ruining my work clothes, I inquired about the flood.

He pointed to the hole. “It’s coming.”

I peered over the edge to the perfectly working sub pump, with its back up and prayed to whatever deities exist for patience.

“You’re not going to need the mop.”

He chuckled with a knowing look. “You’re so wrong.”

Just then, River decided he had waited long enough and lifted his leg.

My hubby was right, he did need that mop after all.

 

 

Review: Heartbreaker

I picked out Heartbreaker on the recommendation of the store clerk in the used book store. I was heading for a flight and I needed something to read. I had never read Karen Robards but with those waiting lines at the airport facing me, I grabbed the book and dove in.

Heartbreaker is non-stop action, which is the best sort of book to have while you’re waiting to board a plane. I couldn’t care less that the person behind me just jumped ahead of me in line because I just kept reading. And it’s got humour weaved in, which is one of my favourite things in romance. It was awesome.

I loved Lynn from the start. I don’t smoke, but I could relate to everything else about her. She was trying to fit in with a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts and she was failing miserably. Lynn is going along with the group hoping to bond with Rory her teenage daughter.

Rory is a very realistic teen and I was desperately glad that she was authentic. There’s little worse than ‘perfect’ children in books. Kids who respect adults, obey, speak only in complete sentences and listen to their elders. Please! Rory was difficult with her mom, moody, defiant and moody. A completely credible teen.

Lynn has a tough time in the outdoors and her reactions to the other happy-go, enthusiastic members of the group are hilarious. Poor woman, things don’t get better for her. She and her daughter have an accident and end up pretty much stranded and hurt. Jess, one of the guides, drops down to help them and the adventure takes off from there.

With Jess along, they have to make it out of the mountains alive. Easier said than done in this mountain though. A group of cult members happens to also be there and they quickly decide that the trio must die.

It’s a pretty roller-coaster ride that had me moaning at the end of more than one chapter with dismay. I had no idea what was going to happen next and I was visiting relatives, which meant I couldn’t ignore them and keep reading. Closing this book was absolutely painful.

I would highly recommend Heartbreaker, especially if you’re going on a plane but certainly as a great summer read. It’s easy, fast, has great dialogue and witty humour. Best of all, it’s romance, so that fits me like a glove. Only one caution, relatives might not understand it if you bring the book along when you visit. 😀

(credit:goodreads.com)

(credit:goodreads.com)

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