Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Turkey Lurkey

Last Friday I decided to make turkey burgers. Neither of us had ever had them and I was curious so I went to a food blog that I read and searched and found this recipe for Spicy grilled turkey burgers with coleslaw.

Spicy Grilled Turkey Burger with Coleslaw


They were amazing. I will definitely make these again. I thought it was interesting how much lighter they were than regular ground beef burgers. They reminded me of summer. I served them alongside baked homemade french fries which were a big hit with CC.

We were in Winnipeg this past weekend and we were able to get some foods that we aren't able to get here. We stocked up on some arugula, fresh herbs, polenta, and some italian sausage that jumped out at Scott. Last night we used up my other pizza crust I had froze and made an italian sausage and arugula pizza. I still have piles of arugula left and will be trying to find things to make so I can use every last leaf up. I have been wanting to make an arugula pesto sauce so I will keep you posted.

I had a wonderful lunch with the most wonderful ladies at the Falafel Place. It was my introduction to falafel and I loved it. I will definitely be going back. At lunch we were able to talk about many things and we cemented our plans to partake in the YMCA's Annual Spring Run at the end of May. It will be a fun thing to do with the "30" girls and a little challenge to stroke off the life list.

Speaking of life lists... my SIL convinced me to purchase my very first pair of skinny jeans. Yikes. I've always wondered if I could pull them off and on Saturday night I finally rocked them... I think. ha ha.

This being the year of the big 3-0, I'm going to try and challenge myself to do things I normally wouldn't. Any suggestions?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Monday

Things I love this dreary Monday morning;

  • My daughter calling her glo-worm "baby" Kara Shaka. It took my mom to realize she was trying to say Frere Jacques.
  • I'm down another 3 pounds!! Only 7 more to go to get to my goal weight.
  • I start Zumba class this Wednesday.
  • Short of snow, I'm dusting off my running shoes today and going to hit the road.
  • Scott is getting a broken tooth fixed this afternoon and is coming home right after, probably at least 1 1/2 hours earlier than usual! Boo to a broken tooth but yeah for being able to go and get groceries by myself.
  • A nice strong cup of java.
  • Being done vacuuming, breakfast dishes and a load of laundry already this morning.
  • A big gummy smile from a handsome man in the exersaucer.
  • A girl with attitude watching Sesame Street and Curious George pretty quietly.
Happy Monday to everybody!! What are you happy about today??

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's for Dinner Tonight

Last night I made pizza, but rather than making just a boring plain old ham and pineapple, which is pretty common around here I decided to make a spinach and artichoke pizza. It turned out delicious.

It started out with my basic pizza dough recipe which I love and is really simple.

2 1/2 cups to 3 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg quick rising yeast ( The jar says this is 2 1/4 tsp)
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
2 tbsp olive oil

Mix 2 cups flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Stir hot water and olive oil together and mix into flour mixture. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball, cover and let rise 10 minutes.

*This dough can be refigerated up to 8 hours or frozen for up to one month ( thaw in refigerator).

Topping:

1/2 can marinated artichoke hearts
3 cups fresh spinach
3 cloves of garlic
Olive oil

Heat pan on medium heat, add olive oil, garlic and spinach and cook until greens are wilted. Stir in chopped artichokes and about 2 tbsp of the juice. Cook until heated through and some of the liquid has cooked off.

Roll the crust out and put it on a pan. This recipe will make two 12 inch pizzas if rolled out fairly thin. Then rub the crust with a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle some finely chopped basil. Add grated mozza and then spinach and artichoke topping. Finish with some sliced roasted red peppers.

Crumble on some feta before serving.

Yummy!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm back!!

Is anyone out there??

Okay, so I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. I just had a baby and had nothing interesting to say. Not sure if I do yet but still I'm back.

Having two children has been interesting...

Reese is kind of potty trained. She's good with #1 but was holding it for days with #2. So now she asks for a pull up and does her business and then asks to be changed. I've given in until she's ready to do it on the potty because it isn't healthy for her to hold it as long as she was.
Her vocabulary is amazing and it's hilarious to listen to her talk and sing. Her new thing is wanting to pick her own clothes out and get dressed herself. This has made for some interesting fashion choices!



Sullivan is a huge chunk. He is about 26 lbs and has just recently started rolling. He's a super happy baby and adores his older sister. She can make him laugh like no other! He has such a hearty little laugh it is hilarious.



Apart from the kiddies, which let's face it is what my life is all about right now. I've been doing alright. I really want to try and talk about other things than just the kids here, so I might try and venture into other things I enjoy.

I'm doing ok with the weight loss - Back to where I was before Sullivan but I want to lose 10 more pounds. I have been using the exercise bike about 3 days a week and sit-ups, push-ups, planks, and other strength exercises when I can. I plan to start running again once the snow is gone and the road dries up. Hopefully this will help jump start my metabolism and get me past this plateau I've reached. I've subscribed to Women's Health magazine and if you haven't read it, it's a great magazine. Touches on lots of different things - exercise, healthy recipes, fashion and even a bit of raunchy topics. Recently we tried a new recipe out of it for salmon steaks with red wine butter. Quite simple, and pretty good. The quality of salmon steaks you can get around here is disappointing and honestly kind of killed the dish. Also I think the flavor of the red wine butter might go better with a steak.

I have been doing quite a bit of reading at night when the kids are in bed. Mostly light reads as I find by 9 at night that is all I can handle. A few you might want to check out if you're so inclined are:
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

That's all for now... I will try and update again soon.