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To my mom…

Today she turns fifty-fi…I mean forty-five ;)

My mom is the person I look up to most in the world. She studied for and obtained her third degree while raising three children.

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She taught me the importance of education, hard work and dedication.

She’s also the type of person who will entertain a room and is the life of any party. She’s passionate and opinionated, quite fiery despite her 5’2” stature.

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Ever since my Papa passed away in January ‘08, she’s been caring for my Nana. I know it’s been a big life change for her, and I hope she knows her efforts are not going unnoticed!

Finally, she is a mother through and through. Growing up, she was full of love for her children. Even through some rocky times, I never once doubted she was there for me, 100%.

During my high-school years it was just me and my mom living together in the house. We did a lot of bonding during those years. Watching her struggles has taught me how do deal with my own. She is the strongest person I know. Every valuable life lesson I learned, I learned from her.

Happy Birthday Mom!!

My mom is also a great cook, who always fed us healthy, homemade meals. However, she’s not much of a morning person. Luckily, I learned how to make myself breakfast at a young age :P

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Went a little savoury this morning – egg, cheese, Yves veggie sausage patty, ketchup on a whole grain english muffin. Then a pear sprinkled with cinnamon on the side. I love my sweet bowls of oatmeal in the morning, but sometimes I just want some eggs!

I finally polished off that coleslaw for lunch today. It was getting close to the end, but still very flavourful!

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I mixed up some salmon salad to put on a whole wheat hamburger bun. The salad was canned salmon, canned peas, red onion, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, curry powder, pepper.

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Yum! I always forget about canned salmon. Tuna and sardines are usually my go-to’s. But this was pretty darn good!

I stayed with the curry theme for dinner. It started with some Amy’s organic butternut squash soup.

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I’m not a huge fan of “drinking” my meals though. I like to bulk up my soups! So I chopped up the rest of my wonky butternut squash and 1/3 block tofu and tossed it in maple syrup, curry powder and cumin. Then roasted/baked it.

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It was still missing a little green though, so I dug into my freezer and found some broccoli.

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Threw it all in a pot and let simmer to blend the flavours, then served in a giant bowl.

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Ohmygosh, this was delicious. One of my best “impromptu” meals in a while! The sweetness of the maple syrup blended amazingly with the sweetness of the soup. Then the curry gave it an exciting kick. I also loved having the chunks of squash with the puréed soup. 

Of course, it may have been my hunger talking as I’d just come back from the gym. I’d been psyching myself up for a bike today since the weather was absolutely perfect. But when the time came, I was so unmotivated. If you followed me during my triathlon training, you know I’m not very good at forcing myself to do to scheduled workouts if I’m just not feeling it when the time comes. For me, exercise is fun. And I never want to do anything to take the fun out of it!

I hardly ever blow a workout off unless I really need the rest day. So I considered my options and what jumped out at me the most was spin class. It felt like such a cop out, trading in a legitimate road bike ride with a spin class. But ya know what? I had a blast in class!!

The room was packed full of enthusiastic people, it was my favourite instructor, the tunes were awesome (how can Paradise City not pump you up?). I was able to put my whole heart into the workout, and loved every minute of it, even when my legs were screaming at me!

So my lesson today is if you’re going to be active, make sure they’re activities you really want to do instead of just going through the motions :)

Okay, time for me to go watch the last half of the Biggest Loser! By the way, you guys reminded me of so many shows I forgot about in my last post. I’m really bad at keeping up with things on a weekly basis, it’s so hard to keep track!

Question of the day: I bragged about my mom, tell me something awesome about yours!

A sweet treat

Hello friends!! First and foremost I want to say I’m behind on all of y’all’s blogs. But I will be catching up when I get home tonight. So expect to see me popping up in your comments sections again soon :)

So I left you off at breakfast yesterday. I was feeling kind of icky after my two whole drinks that got me almost drunk. There’s a reason why they call it a cheap drunk – I spend less money on booze! :P

I had something to soak up the liquor.

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Two pieces of fresh baked whole wheat toast, soft-cooked eggs, mini plums. I’ve been buying diet bread for too long, this bakery stuff was glorious. I was raving about it all day yesterday!

Chris actually came up with the idea for his breakfast, I was quite impressed by his creativity!

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Bruschetta omelette with onion and cheddar cheese. Doesn’t that sound awesome? It’s a three-egg omelette smothered in cheese and buttered toast. I called this his “man breakfast.” But something was missing…

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Thaaat’s better. A breakfast beer :P

Then it was off to my Nana’s for more visiting. We came home for a pre-bike ride lunch.

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I picked up one of those roasted chickens from the grocery store, and mixed the white meat with hummus and onions. Then topped it with sliced tomato, spinach and sprouts on more of that glorious bread. It was delicious. Another instance of where mayo is not needed!

It took us a while, but Chris and I mapped out a 44km (27 mile) loop for our bike ride. Chris wanted to just hit the road and see where it took us, but I needed a plan! It was a really great ride. Awesome rolling and steep hills, which I have a hard time finding in Fredericton. I really liked biking with Chris too. He’s much faster than I, so I liked the challenge of trying to keep up with him. I pushed a little harder than I would have had I been by myself. In all, it took us 1 hour and 49 minutes.

We quickly showered when we got home and got ready for dinner. We decided on another one of my favourite Moncton restaurants, Cafe Archbald. (yes, it’s spelled incorrectly). This restaurant is known for two things crepes and thin crust pizza. So that’s what we got!

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I was feeling really dizzy and nauseated from the ride, a familiar feeling I now know is from a loss of electrolytes. So I opted for one of the saltier menu items, smoked salmon crepe.Smoked salmon, asparagus, green onion, capers, mozzarella and dijonnaise sauce.”

I asked for it light on the dijonnaise.

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So good! They really did go light on the dijonnaise, I could taste it only faintly. The salmon was quality, and the crepe itself was obviously delicious. I immediately felt better once I finished it too. The salty smoked salmon did the trick!

Chris got the All American pizza with Caesar salad.

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I’m pretty sure the pizza was just green pepper, mushroom, green onion and pepperoni. He said it was good :)

Afterwards though, our tummies still had some room. And how do you go to a crepe place and not get a dessert crepe?

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We went back and forth a lot on what kind to get. Chris didn’t really want anything fruity, and we both wanted chocolate. So we opted to split a brownies crepe.Brownies, chocolate, caramel, nuts and ice cream.”

Oh. My. Gosh.

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I’ll put it this way. Afterwards, I told Chris this crepe was my favourite part of our vacay. It was stuffed with warm, gooey brownies. The caramel sauce was perfection, I even thought the ice cream was delicious!

Happy bellies again :)

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We had a pretty low-key night last night. My mom came home from the cottage, so we hung out with her and hit the hay early. I actually just got in from a morning 5k run, but I’ll save that all for my next post ;) Chris and I are spending the day shopping then heading back home after supper tonight. 

Hope you’re having a great start to the week!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite dessert? Mine is probably plain cheesecake, but I’m sucker for brownies and chocolate chip cookies!

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