Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The last man standing

Last week, I got food poisoning and was in the ER for 7 hours and in bed for 2 days.  Then my daughter got a fever over the weekend.  She got better yesterday but today, she woke up with rashes all over her face which spread to her entire little body by early afternoon - poor thing.  The doctor took one look at her and said it is just roseola.  Thank God.  My husband is also sick with a cough and flu-like symptoms.  My son is the last man (or boy) standing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I just sold the following on kijiji to subsidize my new camera purchase:
- Graco Stroller frame $30
- Ikea Coat rack $20
- Combi stroller $34


Monday, July 18, 2011

Easy homemade baby food

Here are some of the baby foods that I have been feeding my daughter:

No cook:
- Avocado - Peel and mash with fork or puree in food processor.
- Banana - Peel and mash with fork.
- Mango - Peel, cut into chunks, and puree in food processor.
- Canned beans - Drain and puree in food processor.
- Canned chickpeas - Drain and puree in food processor.
- Hard cheese - grate or cut into small pieces.

Microwave: Add enough water to cover.  Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Puree in food processor.  Add baby cereal to thicken if desired.
- Frozen peas
- Grated zucchini
- Blueberries

Roasted: Roast in the oven at 350C until soft.  Mash with fork or puree in food processor.
- Sweet Potato - 60 minutes
- Potato - 60 minutes

Steamed: Peel and cut into pieces.  Steam for 30 minutes.  Puree in food processor with some of the cooking liquid if needed.  Add baby cereal to thicken if desired.
- Apples
- Pears
- Green beans
- Sugar snap peas
- Carrots

Boiled: Boil for 15 minutes.  Mash with fork or puree in food processor with some of the cooking liquid.  Add baby cereal to thicken if desired.
- Egg yolk from hard boiled egg
- Chicken
- Fish
- Beef
- Pork
- Lentils
- Rice
- Oatmeal


Here are a few criteria I am looking for in our new church.

Must haves: sound doctrine
Nice to haves: parking, children's program, anonymity, later service time

So far, the three churches we have visited have all only met 4 out of the 5 criteria.
- The Peoples Church has no parking
- The Meeting House has no anonymity
- Faith Church doesn't have a children's program

The church-hopping continues...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Amazing cottage weekend

We just came back from a 4-day long weekend in Muskoka.  This was the first time that we vacationed with my in-laws and it turned out to be a fantastic weekend.

Two weeks ago, my father-in-law said he wanted to go somewhere for Canada Day long weekend but hadn't booked anything so my husband asked me to book something.  I was doubtful that I would be able to find something for the 7 of us but I ended up stumbling upon a 3-bedroom chalet that ended up to be perfect.  The place was called Lakeshore Marina & Chalet.  There was something for all of us to do.  My father-in-law went fishing (we even ate a few fish that he caught!), my mother-in-law enjoyed sitting by the lake and didn't have to cook, my sister-in-law got to paddle boat and kayak and play with the kids, my husband and I got to swim together (we got pulled over by OPP when we were kayaking because I didn't have a life jacket and we saw a huge sea turtle like the ones we saw at Seaworld), my son got to play in the sandy bottom lake, and my daughter... well, she just needs to eat and sleep.

The best part was that we went as a family.  We didn't have to ask for permission.  We didn't have to find coverage.  We just went.  Amazing.