Mini Shepard Pies and Unique Ceasar Salad

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The finished product! Deeeeelicious.

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Ramekins

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Boil cauliflower for topping. Add butter, salt, pepper and cheese. Blend with hand mixer to make it smooth.

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Leftover roast, onions, carrots, peas and corn mixed with gravy.

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Fill ramekins and add a little cheese before topping with cauliflower …my secret!

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Bake for 30 minutes on 400 and broil at the end to bubble up cheese.

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Ceasar salad with Epicure dressing.   Kale, cabbage and buttery greens make this salad UNIQUE. ;)

I did it! Now what?

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I made a goal last week to continue with my real estate work blog and today I posted my first blog since February (We all need a good pat on the back some days!).  I feel this small step to be a huge leap forward for me.  It is hard to find the time to do these things as my number 1 job right now is to be a mom. Soon my daughter will be old enough that I can leave her alone and thats when I am back in business.  For now I am doing all I can and that is just enough to keep my brain working and the moolah flowing.

Luckily today my oldest is in daycare – he goes there once a week to play with the other kids.  This has helped me get things done for myself and I am so lucky it worked out.  Who knew that one day a week without Baby N would make for such a successful week.  Days like today are for me to catch up on cleaning, cooking, meetings, and most importantly, blogging. ;)

As a business person I am always growing my business, and I know it is important to stay active and in the public’s’ eye as much as possible.  So, I did it!  I wrote the blog with the help of some awesome announcements from the real estate board and bingo-bango! Now, I am jotting down ideas for my next blog, and blog after that.  I even put a reminder into my phone so once a week I know that this has to be done.  If I remember maybe I’ll even be able to write an extra blog here and there; one that reflects on my work week.  I think this will bring more personality to my business.  This balance that I strive for needs to include me being me and being the best realtor I can be.

 

2 Blogs, 1 Life

I have thought over and over again about how I can commit to both work and home life and by now you know that this is what I strive for. This balance is what I write about along with the daily musings of my life.

I made a decision to keep going with my real estate blog but not post as frequently as I will with this one. This blog is like a journal for me and is personal even if I sometimes disscuss my work. My real estate blog is 100% professional.

Once a week I will find the time to reflect on my work week and throw in some information on the market and my plans, as well as feature developments, projects, buildings and people around town. Let’s see if I can pull this one off. I will start getting back to it next week.

What’s in a profile? I always change mine…has to be perfect

I have been on a hiatus for over a year from writing.  I got married and had a new baby girl. My husband started a new business and during this last year I have also had a very rewarding career selling real estate in Kelowna, better than ever! Life has been busy, stressful, yet so fulfilling. We are all happy.

And so I am back to get myself straight and balanced again.  Writing and documenting helps me with that.

Today I got on the computer and realized how much I care about what my profile reads.  Do people actually read profiles of bloggers? Do people care how many kids you have or what kind of wine you like most? Whether you’re a foodie or fitness freak? What shows you like on TV or if you binge watch Netflix and stay up all night? Hmmm… I know I do! I want to know who is behind the words I read. I like to investigate. Do people have the time in their busy hectic lives to read blogs anymore let alone profiles? Do you?

I notice that some people are very open with their names and lives on their profiles – I am not sure that I am there yet.  I guess those who know me, know me, but my blog is world reaching isn’t it? Is it even possible for me to be an open book considering my career and privacy of my family life? I strive very hard to keep my personal life and work life separate to a degree.  I only let in what is appropriate and try not to over do it by “friending” all of my clients.  Is this the right thing to do or should I be an open book? I do work with people on a one-on-one basis and the business of real estate is one of relationships, trust, communication and guidance.  Do people need to know everything about me to trust me in the real estate world? It’s a fine line I think.  I think it is a hard balance to find.  This is a goal of mine: to find THE RIGHT balance between clients and family….is there one? So many questions and such a journey to find the right answer. This may take a while.

I rewrote my profile today to match what my life is looking like lately.  I am a wife now, a mother of two, not one, and still striving to be the best at LIFE.  I guess only a few details changed but man oh man do I care what is on that profile “About Me” page.  I could probably sit here and dissect it for hours to try and make it ‘perfect’. BUT WHAT IS PERFECT IN A PROFILE?? Is it even important?  I say it is but not to the degree in which I am obsessing over it.  I’m going to save you and leave you alone now profile page. Bye!

Always Ask – Being Married is Empowering and Beautiful!!

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Yes you heard it right… Mommy M is now married to Daddy C!  It has been a hectic couple of weeks but the wedding jitters are all gone and the wedding stress has all gone away. All of the family who flew in have recently departed our home and Daddy C and I are slowly getting back into the swing of things.  Not only was the wedding a HUGE success, I am also the happiest bride/wife on the planet!

I could never imagine how empowering marriage could be until the day after my wedding day.  It was strange to feel such strength and adoration at the same time.  I want to try and explain this feeling because for all of those who do not believe in marriage – you are simply missing out on a huge, life changing moment. I never really thought much of marriage until it actually happened. I knew I always believed in marriage and that I only want to be married once and now that it has actually happened, I know why.

I guess the feelings I had after we said our I dos, was that of being proud, accomplishment, responsibility, and somewhat of an eternal love. It is so hard to say this to the world as everyone has their own opinion and belief, but I truly believe that if you have found the right person, the act of marriage can accelerate your life to something much more enlightening.

For someone who had not felt their true calling in life quite yet, I now feel closer to that calling than I ever have before. I understand my role as a mother and as a wife, but for some reason being a Mrs. has really pushed me to be better, make better decisions, and do more! Being a wife is a big responsibility and the more I think about it, the more empowered I feel, and the more I want to succeed.

I wish my feelings upon every woman in love… to be lucky enough to have found someone to share your life with is a true accomplishment on its own. I believe there is someone out there for every single human being and it is just a matter of time until you find that person. On that note however, I also believe some people are often too preoccupied with themselves to even take notice of those around them who care for them. It is as much our responsibility as it is the next persons – we need to be equal in our actions and our desires and the more we try at love, the better chance we have at true love.

I follow a simple rule in life and that is to always ask. Asking will give you an answer to whatever it is you want. Whether it be in business, or in love, what is the worst thing the other person can say? No? At least you asked.  You can learn so much and do so much more without wasting time if you just follow this one rule.

Daddy C asked me to be his wife. I said yes. Imagine if he didn’t – would I ever get to experience this type of feeling?

Day after day I am getting stronger, wiser, and more in love. Marriage is great and the vest thing ever as long as you know that you are 50% responsible for the rest if your life. If something goes wrong you are responsible to try and fix it, better yet do the right things and you hopefully wont have any problems to begin with.

Well, as I re read my post, it looks like my happiness really is showing. I just cant express my happiness and honour I feel. ♡  I wonder if any one else has felt this way from their marriage??

~ one love, my love. May 17, 2014

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Here is another spectacular recipe that I am abso-friggen-lutely in love with.  It’s a twist on the original Butternut Squash soup and has just enough zing to keep you coming back for more.

I grew up on soups and in my 30’s now I have a thing for soup.  I really like soup.  I really, really like soup.

Soup is healthy;

Soup is relatively inexpensive to make;

Soup is delicious;

Soup gives you variety in the kitchen!

I love SOUP, but Daddy C doesn’t like it so much.  He is very  much into stews and hearty soups and that is just great but mymission right now is to get him into other kinds of soups.  Creamy soup. Runny soup. Noodle soup. Polish soup – every kind of soup imaginable. I am on a soup frenzy!

So the point of this post is that for the first time Daddy C said, “Wow, Mommy M, this is really good!”, and I didn’t make him say it!  Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large Butternut Squash
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon of red curry paste
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 regular can of coconut milk
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 – 4 cups of stock (chicken, beef, vegetable – whatever!)
  • sweetener of your choice to cut acidity if needed

I peeled and cut the squash into cubes then seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Preheat oven to 450 and roast the butternut squash for about 30 min until outside is a bit brown.

In the meanwhile, dice up the onions and saute in a bit of coconut oil in a pot big enough to make soup in.  Add the red curry paste and curry powder as well, and saute until onions are translucent. You will smell some beautiful aromas at this point.

Once cooked, add squash, lemon juice, coconut milk and stock to pot. Cook about 15 minutes then pulverize with a hand blender.  Once you reached the consistency you desire, add the unsweetened coconut flakes and stir.  Garnish with more coconut and green onions.  I checked the flavor and added a touch of stevia to counteract the lemon juice but this is all preference.

Taa-daa! Soup even the pickiest man will love!!

Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone

Gnocchi Chicken Minestrone Now this is a new favorite of mine.  Healthy and packed full of nutrients! Lots of vegetables and lean, delicious chicken breasts. I got the recipe from a lovely lady who takes care of Baby N sometimes, and I of course added my own personal Mommy M flare.  Daddy C usually says, “less is more hunny”, but this time I had to kick it up a notch! Bam!!!

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red peppers chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped prosciutto or bacon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • green onion garnish

I sauteed the onions in a bit of coconut oil until they just got a touch of color, added the garlic and then the oregano.  I add the spice in now so it gets a chance to release some flavors as it cooks.  To that I added chopped zucchini, chopped red pepper, some cooked bacon, s n p, and a bunch of tomatoes chopped up.  I then added a can of tomatoes and some tomato paste, turned down the heat and simmered for a good half hour.

In a separate pan I sauteed chicken with some coconut oil until cooked through and then added it to the Minestrone to bask in flavor as it simmered.

In another pot I heated some salted water and threw in the gnocchi once it was boiling.  Quick tip: You can always know that gnocchi is done when it rises to the top of the pot. I strained it and tossed in a bit of olive oil so it doesn’t stick.

Being a heat freak that I am I added some crushed red peppers to the adult version of this – Baby N gets it without the heat.

Thats it! Grab a beautiful, shallow soup bowl, load up the gnocchi and then the soup, and top with grated parmesan and green onions.  Ta-da.  A delicious, healthy, kid-friendly meal in a half hour.

I have to say veggie packed dish this was enjoyed by our whole family.  Great for us adults and Baby N absolutely loved the little gnocchis.  The next time I make this I will be making gnocchi from scratch – it can be made and frozen in packaged for future dinners. Happy cooking!

Flying with Toddlers – Part 2

Oh how fun this past weekend was…no seriously it was! Easter with the grandparents was awesome! Great company, the zoo, lots of fun with my sister, and an unfortunate 2 hour and 15 minute delayed fight on the way there with Baby N – 16 months going through his terrible 2’s early in life.

A 2 hour delay is not fun for a child, especially when it is around 6 pm.  The airline was kind enough to announce the delay in increments of 30-45 minutes,  If I had known it would have been two hours I would have went home and took a flight in the am. But no! First it said 6:00pm, then 6:30, then 7:20, and lastly the dreaded 7:45 – when we boarded.  Baby N and I didn’t arrive at our destination until just before 11:pm so nap time came around midnight.  The whole experience made me very aware of how prepared I really was.  My nerves about leaving last week only got me prepared for the worst, and prepared I was!

I have some advice to give to moms travelling with children under 2 because I have had to do it many times.  When Baby N was under 10 months old flying was much easier.  I would have a bottle ready for him on takeoff and landing so his ears wouldn’t pop and then he would fall asleep.  This way he never had problems with his ears.  If he wasn’t that hungry I would give him a pacifier so the sucking would also help with his ear popping.  Magically enough this worked for me very well.  When Baby N was older (12-16 months), he would stand on my lap and look behind me to the rows of people and giggle and play peek-a boo with them.  Sometimes I thank those who sit behind us in my head because Mommy M simply was not enough entertainment for the baby.

Another trick I have up my sleeve is waiting to get on the plane until last minute.  The airlines always give moms extra time to get on first but really thats just extra time to sit there on the plane with your child and wait….I don’t like to wait!!

Ok one more trick: Westjet has Plus seating so now when I travel I book a regular seat and once I get to the airport I upgrade to Plus for $15 and request a seat with no one in the row.  Seems as though people don’t like paying extra so on two occasions now Baby N and I have had an empty row – way to go Mommy M (patting myself on the back)!