Category Archives: Life

Pantry Purge, Weeding Out the Wardrobe, and Making Space

Pantry purge.

Weeding out the wardrobe.

Making space, both physically and mentally.

Back from our mini-vacation, and starting to put away the new things I acquired from Santa and my family, I realized I needed to make some room in  my closet.  Quite frankly, it was a mess.  A mess that begot a bigger mess, simply because it was difficult to put anything away.

I had started to weed out, thin out, my wardrobe before Christmas but due to the busyness of the season, never fully completed the task.  So today, while half my family was out getting groceries I started in on my closet.  The end result: three bags of clothes to give to charity, all the socks with holes tossed, storage boxes reorganized and re-stacked at the top of the closet, and enough room for new items and the ability to easily access my clothes – SUCCESS! Continue reading Pantry Purge, Weeding Out the Wardrobe, and Making Space

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Do you work from home? My tips for being efficient.

It appears to me that there is great momentum for the self-employed/stay-at-home-parent/entrepreneur, or even employees allowed to work from home a few times a week.  I think this is great on many levels though I find staying on task and working efficiently is sometimes difficult.  Anyone else feel this way?  I’m sure I’m not the only one!

It has been a long time since I worked in a traditional office setting, and I am grateful that I have been able to continue, albeit in a limited capacity, my original career as an engineer, from home through contract work, while my children are small.  Essentially self-employed, less than part-time.  I am grateful to my husband for getting a consistent pay cheque for many of those years, so that I could stay home; we are really fortunate.  That all changed in 2013 and you can read that story here. Continue reading Do you work from home? My tips for being efficient.

The #5amClub

As I’m sure any busy parent knows, there are many hats we have to wear.  For me, as a work at home mom, besides being a parent and spouse, I am also a student, business owner and sometimes an engineering consultant.  So how do I get things done for me? I felt like I was missing something.  And I’m not just talking about dentist visits,  haircuts and pedicures (although that’s fun too). Continue reading The #5amClub

Loss: One of Life’s Constants

This is not my usual post on food and recipes.

Today I lost my maternal grandmother.  And although it was not a total surprise (she was 87 and had been having small strokes for about six months), it still shocks and hurts and brings tears.

As I think most families are, my extended family is a little bit dysfunctional – you know, this branch of the family tree isn’t speaking to this one, and so on.  Which left me to wonder if my grandmother’s brother had been called.  So I called him. Continue reading Loss: One of Life’s Constants

School Lunch Update

So my attempts at providing my 4 year old with Paleo lunches has been a magnificent failure.  She has developed a love of ham sandwiches.  And for the moment, I am going to live with it, knowing that for the majority of other meals and snacks, she eats like our Paleolithic ancestors.

The one day I tried ham roll-ups with cucumber and red pepper inside, her teacher told me she surreptitiously dropped the red pepper on the floor.  Ahh, I don’t understand the eating habits of children…red pepper is something she regularly eats raw.  At least she ate the rest of her fruit and veggies.

Back to the drawing board…I may be investigating coconut bread…stay tuned.

Back to School (and a recipe)

And back to routine.

I like summer holidays but for the first time I’ve experienced a bit of relief that my oldest is back in half-day pre-school.  I miss her, for sure, but it also gives me some one-on-one time with my youngest and it also means that I am no longer solely responsible for M-F event planning.

This year though, pre-school also means staying for lunch but I’m off the hook until next week.  So stay tuned for Paleo-inspired lunch ideas for kids.

With the end of summer near, it is also our last chance to enjoy some our favourite foods – like blueberries, zucchini or fresh baby beets and carrots.  Right now, we are eating blueberries by the kilogram – and that barely lasts us a day!

In the meantime though, here is a quick recipe for chimichurri sauce which goes great with a freshly grilled, grass-fed steak.  There are many variations of this sauce but I like to keep it pretty simple.  By the way, for this sauce I don’t really measure, I just throw some ingredients together, taste and adjust, if needed.

Chimichurri Sauce

  • big handful of parsley (italian flat leaf or curly leaf), approx. 1 cup, packed
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil (enough to blend, and some more to thin to your preferred consistency).
  • salt to taste (start with a pinch)
  • dried chili flakes to taste
  • splash of lemon or lime juice

Put in a food processor or blender and puree.

This is just my version that I made last night for our steaks.  Some recipes add a bit of cilantro and cumin and red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice, which is also tasty.  Or be creative and add some spinach or kale.  It also tastes great on grilled chicken (and I imagine, grilled prawns too).