So, I guess today is a p.a. day for my kids.....?
They already had a p.a. day earlier in February (and on a Thursday, no less!), and there has been at least 5 snow/ice/buses cancelled days this month, there was Family Day, and good grief, I should have just kept my children home all month! I estimate the children went to school for 15 days or so this month......golly. I'm not complaining really, I'm just getting it all out there.
Oh, anyway, today is February 29th, so happy birthday to all those who haven't had a 'real' birthday to celebrate for 4 years!!! : )
Alright now, a meme (rhyming with "team") is "an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the internet" (thanks Wikipedia). I've included a clever meme about memes below. Anyway, that's what an internet meme is. The 'real' meaning of the word is similar but different, and too boring to mention, so let's move on! Haha!
I wanted to share some funny health food memes with you today because they all made me laugh out loud, and if you're feeling like me, and like this February was possibly the longest month EVER, then ya'll need to laugh!!
Good, right? So good.
Well, on my Health & Fitness post for today I share a little piece from an article by Maddy Moon. It talks about how we often weigh our value on what we've eaten. "I'm a strong person because I ate clean all day!", or "I am a failure because I totally broke down and ate a tub of ice cream" are things we consciously or unconsciously tell ourselves, but shouldn't.
So, check out my post, You Are Worth More, to read the article from Maddy Moon, and a few of my own thoughts too.
My sister and brother in-law reintroduced me to the fry supreme a while ago (I think I'd only had the "real one" once or twice) when they came to visit and they suggested we make it for dinner one night. So, we cooked up a huge batch of fries, and went fry supreme nuts!
If you're asking yourself, "what is a fry supreme?", fear not, I'll fill you in! Basically, a fry supreme is potato fries piled high with what you would normally find on nachos.
The "real' fry supreme (in Canada, it's from Taco Bell) is simply seasoned meat, cheese sauce, green onion, tomato & sour cream, so if you're a purest, you can stick with those items!
I, however, love adding seasoned meat, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, salsa (sometimes con queso-which is a cheese sauce and salsa mix), finely chopped lettuce, diced pepper, green onions, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole. I like to also add a drizzle of spicy bbq sauce, and a drizzle of ranch dressing. I mean, if I'm going for it, I'm really going to go for it! : ) Basically, anything you love on nachos also tastes amazing on french fries....but seriously, no, seriously.....it tastes 100000x better on "Tasti Taters" as they are called in Canada.
"Tater Tots" is the name of these lovelies in the U.S. (and made by Ore-Ida). According to the (all knowing) Wikipedia, names from other countries include: "potato gems", "potato royals" or "potato pom-poms".in Australia and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom there was once a similar product called "oven crunchies" which are no longer available, but are still produced and sold under the name "potato crunchies". Canada also has an organic version from Cascadian Farm called "Spud Puppies".
As for the 'recipe" today, it's less of a recipe and more an idea, a few tips, and a lot of drooling while dreaming up what you would add to your "Tot-Chos" Supreme (Ya get it right? Tater-Tots, nachos, Supreme-d?) Yes! : ) I'm sure I didn't have to spell that out for you, but I did anyway!
This meal is actually a great one to throw together for company (uh...not fancy company, obviously!) : )
Really though, if you set up all the toppings like a bar/buffet, then when the tots come out of the oven everyone can pile up their taters with toppings as they so desire. Sometimes, per gram, the price of Tasti Taters is cheaper than corn chips too, so, bonus!
Welllz, my parents are coming up to visit this weekend, which we're pretty excited about! And, it's my hubby's birthday today, so we're going out for dinner tonight, which we're also very excited about! We usually go to a fancy-schmancy, locally owned restaurant in Belleville where we can get amazing steak, so, yuuummmmm........
This week has been an odd one 'round here.....Monday and Tuesday seemed like long and stressful days, the kids had Wednesday and Thursday at home because of snow days (so they seemed like long days too)......but now it feels like Friday is suddenly here! How confusing is that?!?
Anywho....it looks like the kids finally get to go back to school today, and I'll just be busy baking a cake for Adam, making cookies for Sunday's "The Music man" rehearsal, and cleaning the guest room and house for my parents arrival!
I hope you have a great weekend, whether working, staying home, visiting people, etc., etc., etc.! Just enjoy whatever you're doing! Don't waste time being grumpy or unhappy! Ok? Ok. : )
Week 4 of my "Keep It Real" series on the Health & Fitness page ends in a few words about doing the typical "health & fitness" things (getting some exercise and eating right) so that you are being you in them, which can promote longevity in your pursuit. But more importantly, it ends with (what I hope is!) encouragement to dig deep, figure out who you are, why you do what you do, and to become a better and stronger person because of it. It's called Keep It Real: Real you!
So here I wanted to pass on some encouragement, support, confidence, or hope for whatever you're facing today. The encouragements may seem a little cliche, but I mean them. I especially like the "diet" at the end. Best. Diet. Ever.
Take a moment, be still, and listen to what you're reading. Ok? Ok : )
Mmmmm, I want to eat this again right now! But, it's pre-sunrise and "whipping up a batch" of sesame chicken seems like a little too much....? Yes? No?
Anyway, when I made this for the first time, my husband said he would gladly eat it every week. That's saying a lot for him because he quite dislikes eating the same thing week after week. That's legit. Who wants to be bored with dinner? What a waste of a meal if you're bored with it!?! I love to love my meals! I love to enjoy my meals! And this dish is one I really love to enjoy!
It is really simple to pull together, and tastes so great. I can't say "it's better than take-out" because, truthfully.....I don't think I've ever had take-out sesame chicken....? But I can say it has such fantastic flavour; it's sticky, sweet, garlicky & gingery! Wonderful, wonderful!
Paleo Sesame Chicken
From Wicked Spatula
***If you use frozen veggies, run them under some warm water to thaw out slightly***
For the Sauce
I like to serve Chinese dishes with stir fried cabbage (I just dump the pre-cut coleslaw mix into a pan with some oil, salt & pepper and fry it quickly). I also love using "miracle noodles" (I buy mine from Vitacost)
This week was like, "whaaaaaa?" for me.
Family Day was on Monday, so it was a holiday. Then Tuesday the buses were cancelled because of the wintery weather. Wednesday my kids school was closed due to burst water pipes. The kids finally went back to school on Thursday, but, I mean, that's confusing! My eldest child (who has autism) couldn't figure out what his day would look like ("free time for french?", "popcorn day?") because he was so thrown on what day of the week it was, and my youngest came out of her room and asked if we were going to church thinking that maybe it was Sunday! I felt the same!
Wednesday I had a dance rehearsal for The Music Man and I got home late, so that was exhausting. Then last night my husband and I were at week 7 of a 10 week course we're taking, and we get home late from that, so I was even more exhausted!
I want my coffee to be administered intravenously this morning.......
When I finally sat my sorry self up in bed this morning, I mumbled to my husband, "guess what we're doing first thing tomorrow?", and he answered, "not getting up early?". He guessed right!!!
Ok, whining over! : )
Have a great weekend!
Yup, it's Tuesday!
Yesterday was Family Day in Ontario, so it was a holiday!
We took the kids skating (shamefully, it was our 6 and 7 year olds first time ever skating!), and just enjoyed the day together! I also felt like it was a Sunday until I went to bed, which is when I remembered it was actually Monday and I hadn't posted a blog, but I wasn't about to do it at that point!
So, here we are, another Motivational Monday post on a Tuesday!!! At least you know I am a very real person, right?!?
And speaking of real, my Health & Fitness post today is about "Keeping it Real" Real Interesting", so check that out if you ever have been, are, or will be in a health & fitness rut!
Here I'm sharing an image of some famous foods renamed that crack me up! It's a "it's funny because it's true" kind of humour. I found these at smooth.com (there's 20 total, I'm just sharing 6)
Anywhoooo, it's snowing like crazy here, and the buses are cancelled, so the kids and I will have another fun day (hopefully!), and I hope you have a good day too!
Another pile of recipes? Uh huh! With valentines day approaching, I wanted to share some lovely treats with you!
This roundup of goodies are all gluten-free, and all the recipes I choose to share have 5 or less ingredients, and most are no-bake, so, we're talking super awesome, quick and easy!
The collection features some kid friendly treats (though I would love them too!), as well as some "grown-up" treats (though my kids like them too) : ) Basically....everyone will like them!!!
Rice Krispie Treat Hearts
How darling are these?
Find them at Intimate Weddings
These are light and airy, and are paleo too, FYI!
From me here at Bushel & A Peck
Rice Krispie Treats
These treats come in 2 varieties: regular with a white chocolate top, and a mars bar, coco pop (or chocolate rice krispie) version! Yum!
Find these treats at Mandy Mortimer
Skittles marshmallow Pops
I mean. what?!?! Pulverized Skittles coat these mallows for a crazy amazing treat!
Dine & Dish will show you how it's done!
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Dark, rich and simple to make. They're paleo too!
I'll give 'em to ya right here at Bushel & A Peck
Flourless Chocolate Cake
It only takes 3 ingredients to get this rich and fudgy cake ready! It's primal too!
You'll find the recipe at Gimme Some Oven
That's all I have for you today!!!
I am not really a "I need a gift!" for valentines kind of gal, but I will take any excuse for a box of chocolates! So, I've told my husband many times that I am the dream wife for valentines day; get me the most cliche gift, a box of chocolates, and I am really happy! Well, as long as I don't have to share with anyone, that is! : )
Happy weekend to you all, happy valentines (or gal-entines day to the single ladies), and I hope you come back to see me here again soon!
It's Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as pancake Tuesday!
Shrove Tuesday is the day that precedes Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent leading to Easter.
The name Shrove Tuesday comes from shrive (to absolve), meaning absolution for sins by doing penance (desiring to repent and to do so by works). The day gets its name from the tradition of Christians trying to be 'shriven' (or having a clean heart) in preparation for Easter. So, some people make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent from, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with, and they do so by restricting certain foods (some people now participate in Lent by giving up certain habits that are bad, distracting, or not useful to a full life).
On the day before the 40 days of Lent (shrove Tuesday), families would want to use up all the rich foods in their homes (fats, eggs, milk and sugar) because those foods weren't eaten during Lent, and they likely wanted all that yummy and tempting stuff out of the house for the 40 days of fasting for the Lent season! And eventually, it became (for some) to be called Pancake Tuesday because of the fact that pancakes are a pretty obvious dish to make from the ingredients being fasted from!
There are all sorts of stories about the real start of "pancake Tuesday", and about different traditions through history and around the world regarding pancake Tuesday. Very interesting stuff! Listen to this one:
On Pancake Day, "pancake races" are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated in 1445 when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning.
The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, especially England, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan while running.
The most famous pancake race, at Olney in Buckinghamshire, has been held since 1445. The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race over a 415-yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wear an apron and a scarf. Traditionally, when men want to participate, they must dress up as a housewife (usually an apron and a bandanna). The race is followed by a church service (found this story here).
Anywho, every year I post some pancake recipe, but this year I wanted to point a few of my own recipes out, and also some super delicious recipes that I love from a few other bloggers!
In this round up I've got the perfect (regular) pancake, specialty pancakes, gluten-free and paleo pancakes. There is something for everyone!
Just click on the name of the pancake to see the recipe!
Perfect Pancake Recipe
Easy peasy, simple-as-can-be pancakes
From Grace & Good Eats
Chocolate Monkey Pancakes
Gluten free, paleo, primal, dairy free
From Buchel & A Peck
Crispy Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes
Gluten-free, primal, & seriously delicious!
From The Roasted Root
Just a strait forward g.f. pancake recipe (with a few chocolate chips hiding in there)!
From Bushel & A Peck
From Cooking Classy
2 Ingredient Pancakes
Gluten-free, paleo, primal, sugar free, dairy free
From Bushel & A Peck
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
Gluten free, and like a large, soft, pancake-y oatmeal cookie!
From Chelsea's Messy Apron
It's a pancake and bacon in one!
From Bushel & A Peck
Perfect if you don't have time to stand in the kitchen flipping pancakes!
From Eating on A Dime
Just a little ditty to close here.....last night while cleaning up from dinner, I took the lid off my slow cooker to get the leftovers out of it, and a ladybug came careening out of no-where and landed right in the food in the crock-pot!
And I dropped an f-bomb (that's the f-word, FYI).
Confession time. I have a serious potty mouth. I mean, it's pretty bad. I don't say things my kids think are bad, like dumb or stupid, but I sure do say the ones I really don't want them to use!
So, last night when I swore about a lady bug ruining the leftovers (I know it's just a small bug, but you agree with me that it ruined all the food?!?), I looked at my husband who's face was saying, "really? An f-bomb because of a bug in the food?" , so I said, "maybe I should give up swearing for Lent?"
And, even though I don't always give something up for lent, I am going to do this. I swear more than is useful, and I should tame this beast! So, that's what I'm giving up for Lent!
Are you giving anything up for Lent? Are you having pancakes for dinner? Are you sick of all my questions!?! : )
Today, for a little laughing to get you feeling good, I have some clips from the Ellen show from a segment called "Puh-Lice".
I only just recently heard about this segment, and I can't stop laughing until I'm crying every time I watch a clip! It's just Ellen reading real police reports, but golly-gee, they are too funny!
So, I've included 2 clips because I couldn't decide which one made me laugh harder!
So, to see the other side of my Jekyll & Hyde personality, hop on over to my Health & Fitness page to hear me rant about crap food that is being peddled as health food! It's part of my "Keep it Real" series I'm doing this month, and this one is called "Real Food" I ramble a little, but I think the point is clear!
Anyway, have a great day! Please keep coming back to see what's happening in my whacky world, and leave a comment if you'd like to say hello!
S'mores in February? Is that even a question?!? If you love s'more the way I love s'mores, then any occasion is a s'more occasion! : ) Needing a campfire for a s'more is for amateurs....haha, I take s'moring (the art of making s'mores) very seriously!! I made up that verb "s'moring", but I like it!
Wow, anywhoooo......with Valentine's Day approaching, people start thinking about special treats they can make for special people in their lives. I'm not just talking about people in a romantic relationship, either. I'm talking about people who want to show love to anyone they love (or appreciate)! I'm talking about neighbours, co-workers, parents, children, friends--anyone you think could use a sweet little treat to say "you are valued, and I love (or appreciate) you!".
Years ago, when we lived in Bancroft, we were invited to a New Years Eve party by a good friend who, at the time, ran a catering business with a friend of hers.
That night, they made the most ridiculously yummy and simple dessert--they took store-bought two-bite brownies, smooshed half of a large marshmallow on top of each, stuck 'em under the broiler for a quick melt and roasted top, then drizzled dulce de leche over them.
I mean, c'mon! Doesn't that sound amazing! I couldn't get over how yummy they tasted, and how simple they were to whip up!
I've been making variations of this dessert now for years, always starting with a store-bought two-bite brownie, and a half marshmallow, then drizzling with melted peanut butter, cookie butter, Nutella, butterscotch, or a dollop of raspberry jam
It's easy to make this gluten-free too, as you can now find gluten-free two-bite brownies and graham crackers in most grocery stores.
The version I am sharing with you today is a favourite version though. A lovely two-bite brownie, topped with a perfectly roasted mallow, then a piece of graham cracker shoved into it?!? Oh yeah.....
Two-Bite Brownie S'mores
These little treats are the ultimate in lazy-lady desserts!!! Right?!? Bonus (for me) is that I most often get the bag of two-bite brownies for 50% off! Don't know why, but there always seems to be a few bags marked down, so I like to grab one, and put it into a zippered plastic bag and toss it into the freezer until I want to use them. If you do this, just be sure to pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw before you start.
**Side note.....because I think gluten-free graham crackers taste like cardboard dipped in sawdust (ok, not exactly, but they are basically the nastiest gluten-free food item ever! P.S., the brand I tried was Kinnikinnick. I'm not trying to bash them, but I want to spare anyone the grief of wasting their money on those graham crackers), I will sometimes cut a gluten-free cookie in half (my sons' favourite are the chocolate vanilla cream kind from Glutino), and I'll shove that into the brownie and mallow. Still really yummy and pretty, but of course that wouldn't make it a s'more anymore though! But hey, if you have found a brand of gluten-free graham crackers that don't taste awful, go with those! And if you want to share your finding with me, please do! Pretty, pretty please!
So......I've been trying to wake up early again, like I used to in the "old days" : ) These "old days" are really just a year ago or so, but I sure had gotten used to sleeping until I needed to get my kids up for school around 7:45....then my husband pointed something out to me. He said I always seemed a little less frustrated with my day when I woke up early and got my blog post published. What happens when I wake up with my kids is that I sit down to publish my post after they get on the bus at 9am, and if my post isn't totally ready, I could be sitting at the computer until 10:00....10:30......11:00.......it can take hours and hours to get one single post ready!!! By the time I'd send my thoughts and recipes into the world wide web, I'd feel like my day was half gone--which it basically was!!! So, with time stolen from my day, I felt like everything else I was doing should have already been done, and I was behind in my list of to-do's. So, by evening, I would feel defeated, like I hadn't gotten as much done with my day as I wanted, like I had un-finished business with my day. Bleh. All because I was lazy and wanted to sleep in (.......I love sleep.....).
So, I've started doing something different. I realized that I used to get up early without a problem because I was bursting with ideas for blog posts! I used to publish a post every day! Geepers! I still have ideas, but that purpose that got me out of bed in the morning had faded a smidge....and I needs me a reason to get out of bed early! So, I stopped making my husbands lunch at night, and decided to leave it to the morning. To clarify for any feminists who are having a conniption, I enjoy packing my husbands lunch! I am the meal planner, the budget maker, the "make sure you eat your vegetables!" person in our house....I may also have a slight control issue, and all those things combined mean I want to (need to!) know what's going into my husbands lunch!
Saving this job until the morning (and me wanting/needing to do it) means I need to wake up early....like, 5:30 early.
This gives me time to make my love some lunch, (and some coffee!) before he heads out the door at 6am, and then I get 2 full hours to work away at my little passion of writing and blogging in my little (tiny!) corner of the internet!
This also gives me time to have at least 2 cups of coffee before my kids get up which really seems to make them more lovely somehow..... :)
This morning though, I got a better reward....I let our dog out for a wee, and stopped to look into the sky. At 6am at this time of year, the stars and the moon are still out. And I couldn't believe how brilliant and beautiful the sky was!!! I felt overwhelmed by how amazing it looked, and thought, "if I were still asleep, I would have missed this!". I felt so blessed, somehow.
I live out in the sticks with no lights from any city to cloud the view of the moon and stars. I felt empowered that I had started my day before my town had even started it's day with the sun. I beat the sun to this day! That's an accomplishment!!!
So, maybe you're really not into getting up early......that's ok! The point of my story wasn't to tell you that you should wake up early because I do! The point was really this....what is it that makes you put your head down on your pillow at night and think, "this day was good"? My (wonderful) husband saw that I was more miserable than I should be. He saw that I was getting a lot done in a day, but somehow still feeling crappy about my day when I went to bed in the evening. I hope you have a spouse, or mate, or best friend or sibling or somebody who knows you who can say, "Are you feeling you best? Maybe you should (fill-in-the-blank)? Or, I hope you can step back from yourself and say, "what used to make me feel like I'd accomplished something?".
I don't know what that might be for you, but I encourage you to find that thing (uh....within reason....don't do anything illegal or that damages the people around you!). Life isn't about making yourself happy (eeek! I know, I know! How contrary to what we're always being told!!!), life is about purpose. But, get this, well placed purpose will leave you feeling happy. What a trick, eh! I was trying to make myself happy by sleeping in....which left me feeling miserable! But having purpose & waking up, packing a lunch, and sitting down to write before the sun has even thought about coming up? That makes me happy!
Well, I've shared/rambled now for too long....and it's probable no one will even read this far....but that's ok! : ) I write for you out there, but I also write for me. This is an online diary of sorts. You get recipes, DIY ideas, parenting tips, or whatever, but you also get my inner thoughts, what my heart lets out when it's going to burst.
If you have read this far, thank-you!
I honestly appreciate everyone who stops by Bushel & A Peck. I don't know many of you at all, but I like to think we are connected by way of this site. So, if you want to, leave a comment. Let me know you stopped by! Share with me what gives you purpose!
Oh, and don't forget to share with me a brand of g.f. graham crackers that aren't terrible too! :)
Today, for Motivational Monday, I want to share some funny quotes from one of my favourite shows of all time!!! Parks & Recreation!
I have many favourite funny shows, and fear not, I shall in the future share quotes from those shows too!
For today though, I had a really hard time narrowing down the quotes! I think you should probably just find a place where you can binge-watch all of the seasons online. That would make me feel better about not putting ALL of my favourite moments on here! : )
Yes, that was a pared down version of all that I wanted to share! I laugh out loud so many time watching this show. It's good to laugh, remember, so watching this is good for me! I can the flaws in my thinking.....but let's move on.....
On my Health & Fitness page I am starting a mini-series called "Keep It Real". Today I talk about "real simple" and how health & fitness can be crazy-town overwhelming!
The quicky post just encourages you to start simple when it comes to eating better or getting some exercise. Seriously, it's a nice short post, so go and read it! : )
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