Its only been in the last few years (since I had children) that I have really started to question where everything I buy, use and cook comes from. I used to LOVE going to Wholefoods in Kits when I lived in Vancouver. So many wonderful choices. The produce was amazing with so much variety, so many colours and flavours. I miss it VERY MUCH. There is no such thing here in the North. We are now, however, doing what we can by shopping at a different supermarket in order to get more organic produce and more variety. We also have a small but fairly decent health food store.
Over the past few months I have been so tired burning the candle at both ends that I had been drinking up to 3 cups of coffee a day (thats not a lot I might hear you say, well it is if you only ever drank 1). I thought the extra caffine would give me a boost and help me cope with the tiredness, but it only made me feel even more tired! So I forced myself to go back to 1 cup a day.
I decided that if I was only going to have 1 cup then it would have to be the best cup of coffee I could find. I had no idea there was so much to coffee. According to Adria Vasil "As a nation (Canada), we consume 118 million kilograms of roasted coffee beans each year" and that there are 7 different coffee lables to look out for, I will be as brief as possible.
"Certified Organic: no chemicals used in the growing or processing, composting done, weeds pulled by hand...GMO-free...
To cut a long story short amongst other organic delights I bought today (more on them later) I did manage to find this treasure. I think I covered a couple of the most important basics (and the man on the packet looks quite happy too!) such as: Direct Fair Trade (read more about this at levelground.com) British Columbia Certified Organic and apparently "this coffee boasts a nutty, chocolate flavour, citrus and honey notes and a long pronounced finish". I have to say I am very impressed with the flavour and smoothness of this coffee and will now be on the look out to try to fill all the above criteria in once cup - does that coffee even exist?
There are so many gems in this book that I urge you to get hold of a copy from your local library, borrow it from a friend, find a good used book store or maybe I will have a giveaway soon - its a must read and one book you will find hard to put down.
Do you have a favourite coffee or a coffee that others would love to know about?
I am always trying to think of healthy snacks for everyone but especially for Maxwell my pre-schooler and I found the perfect one at Todays Parent.
I am not in the habit of posting recipes (although I was a Pastry Chef in my previous life so they will show up from time to time)so they have to be MM good for me to post them and super quick and easy. Trust me, this one is REALLY good and good for you! I am gradually going all Organic (or as much as I can get hold of in my small town) so I will let you know what I used as Organic below.
These really are so delicious - so delicious in fact that I didnt have time to take photos - they were gone that quickly!!! Shia, my 17 month old loved them, as did I. Note: if you are not planning on eating them all in one day its best to put some in the freezer and get them out as you need them - that way they will stay fresher longer.
I also have an AMAZING zuccini bread recipe that was given to me by my best friend so if anyone wants that one just let me know.
RASPBERRY OAT BRAN MUFFINS
1½cups (375 mL) whole wheat pastry flour (organic wholewheat flour)
1cup (250 mL) oat bran
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
3/4tsp (4 mL) salt
1 omega-3 egg (organic free run eggs)
¼cup (50 mL) canola oil (organic)
2/3cup (150 mL) unsweetened applesauce (organic baby apple sauce - perfect size)
2/3cup (150 mL) agave syrup or honey (organic honey)
1/2cup (125 mL) toasted, chopped pecans (optional) (loved adding these)
1½cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen raspberries (organic fresh - taste was amazing)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a large bowl, beat egg and oil. Whisk in applesauce and agave syrup.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet in thirds, combining until just mixed. Add nuts, if you’re using them, then gently fold in raspberries.
5. Line muffin-pan compartments with paper cups, or oil lightly, and spoon in batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean. Cool on rack.
6. In 1 muffin: 198 calories, 4.4 g protein, 5.9 g fat, 35.5 g carbohydrates, 3.8 g dietary fibre
Here are some quick photos just to get a flavour of what is to come - I will add more content soon. Any comments would be welcome.
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When I first started down the road to finding the perfect cloth diaper for me I didnt know where to start. When I took a closer look at one of my retailers (Huckleberry Baby Shop) I came across these very cute wool covers and was immediatly drawn to how practical they were. I had been using pre-folds for a while but wasnt happy with my covers. So I purchased 3 covers just to try them out and LOVED THEM. I would throughly recommend them to anyone. I have found them extremely easy to use and clean. Shia looks super cute in them and just loves wearing them. As a side note, Melissa, the creator behind Bramble Bean, was in active labour when she was finishing off my wool covers! Way to focus Melissa.
SO MANY BENEFITS: Naturally anti-bacterial, breathable, able to absorb 30% of its own weight before it even gets damp. They are tempreture regulating and once lanolized they are water repellant, an excellent choice for sensitive skin, reduces and/or even eliminating diaper rashes. They need a little extra laundering care but do not require washing as often and are essentially self cleaning - urine reacts with the lanolin to form a soap, only needing a gentle wash every couple of weeks, sometimes longer and are naturally odour resistant.
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My littlest hobo Shia has been quite ill recently with a suspected broncial infection which has left with him with a very raspy voice, a runny nose and he is not happy AT ALL. The only time he seems to actually seems to rest is when he can sleep on Mummy. I feel like I have a newborn again which has its cute factor but also the no sleep factor that we were just getting out of.
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As a women I think I I lack one essential gene - I DO NOT HAVE A SHOE COLLECTION! I don't know why that is! Don't get me wrong I can appreciate a great pair of shoes as much as the next women but I maybe have 3 pairs of 'girly' shoes and 3 pairs of runners. My husband has more pairs of shoes than I do!! HOWEVER.....I am definatly making up for it with my two boys. I have lost track of the amount of shoes I have now bought them, and they are only 3yrs and 16 months. I just love the fact that (generally) they are under $40 and that I can buy good quality shoes that are actually good for my boys feet (unlike my high heels and wedged toes!).
This is my latest pair I bought for Shia, my youngest. I was immediatly drawn to the cool factor and the fact that they were leather and a great price (Jam Tots in Victoria, B.C). I absolutley adore them, and I was very surprised when they arrived in about 3 days!! I was also impressed by how super soft they were! To be honest my best friend had been talking about them for years but I had been fighting getting them as I had never heard of them before and loved my Pedipeds and Robeez. I love the fact that they actually fit Shia. I have found with every pair of my Robeez that they fit very long and boys have average size feet so when it says 16-20 months they still fit Maxwell at 36 months.
So I guess my "shoe collecting gene" was just laying dormant and waiting for my boys to arrive so I could live vicariously through them - I am loving my new gene!!
Do you have a favourite 'shoe designer' for your little one/s? Would love to know..
Features of these shoes are:
• A true soft-sole shoe that can be used Indoor and Outdoor • Non-toxic, breathable, premium 100% cowhide leather • Soft, flexible and skid resistant TPR sole • Genuine suede lining • 3mm cushioned soles and cushioned ankle protection • Ultra-light and flexible providing ultimate comfort • Velcro makes it easy to put on and stay securely in place • Perfect for pre and new walkers • Recommended by Podiatrists