Quick Eats

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Sep 24, 2013

A big theme in our kitchen these days is fast food. Not like ‘can I have some fries with that’ fast food. More ‘I want to cook good eats without spending my day in the kitchen’ fast.

So I found a recipe on Pinterest that inspired this creation:

Lasagna Veloce

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This one pan Lasagna is made on the stove top in a skillet in about 30 min if you have some sauce handy.

So easy. Take some thin meat sauce and spread it in the bottom of a skillet.

(I made from scratch but you can always add some browned ground beef to jar sauce to save time.)

Add a layer of lasagna noodles. Then a layer sauce and some fresh spinach. Then noodles. Then put lots of little small bits of noodles around the edges so you get lots of tasty noodles…then cover with a little more sauce.

Add about 3/4 of a cup of water, cover and simmer for about 20 min.

I opened the lid and double checked the noodles a few times. I added more water to one skillet and turned the other up a little to make sure the liquid was bubbling around the noodles.

After the noodles are cooked, dob some cottage cheese or ricotta onto the noodles and cover with mozzarella cheese.

Put the lid back on and cook for another 5 min.

I also added a little parmesan cheese at this point.

To finish, I put the skillet in the over and broiled the Lasagna Veloce for a few minutes to get that crusty “baked in the oven lasagna taste”.

For a lactose free option:

As you read I made 2 skillets. In the second I used lactose-free cottage cheese and goat cheese mozzarella. As parmesan is lactose free, I added that too.

It’s really, really as good as the real thing. It’s currently my favourite food.

I have some photos of the steps, but once again, my food photos aren’t fab. Honestly, it tastes better than it looks in my pics.


Awesome has three sides

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Sep 9, 2013

Especially when all three are pumpkin perfection with 2 kinds of glaze.

Oh yes, thanks to Joanne at Inspired Taste I baked up a batch of pretty-close-to-the-mark Starbucks(like) pumpkin scones.

Which are my favourite thing to eat. So good.


If you want the recipe, you should pop over and visit them. It will be TOTALLY worth it.

Oh yeah, and in case you are one of those people who needs to eat dinner before downing a plate of scones, this Chili-Rub pork recipe from Martha Stewart is lovely.

Ours looked like this.


Bad lighting, but good, good food.

Last thing I made was a person

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Aug 27, 2013

I’m feeling the need for a little creative project. I’ve been in survival mode – feed the family and myself, make sure all are alive at the end of the day and have clean clothes to wear the next, work, sleep if possible, shower if the gods are looking favourably upon me. That’s it. Maybe a little bit of housekeeping but not enough for it to be a category (ick!)…

But I feel like making something just for the H E Double Hockey Stick (hell) of it. Who knows? It’s almost September. Maybe this can be my Christmas craft.

With this feeling in mind I scoured Pinterest, and this tutorial stood out for me.

It’s over on Saved By Love creations


and it really caught my eye. Check out these distressed wood signs.


I think they’re stunning. And, in addition to possibly be the perfect thing to wrap up under the tree, one would make a fine addition to the work-in-progress nursery.

So I’ve now been searching for the right thing to say on there.

I’m considering:

i carry your heart with me from the ee cummings poem

This too shall pass – words of wisdom from my Dad

These are the days of miracle and wonder – paul simon

The world may be broken but hope is not crazy. – John Green (long but perhaps worth it).

Anyway, I’m hoping to gather some supplies, settle on a quote and maybe even get started this weekend.

Let me know what you’d want on a sign. I could use the inspiration.

Nursery story Part 1: Shame on me

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Jul 11, 2013
nursery before picture

This is one of those moments where you do something totally embarrassing to try and use the moment to shame yourself into finishing something.

As you are aware, baby girl made her early appearance in late Dec of 2012. As she wasn’t due till the end of January, I figured we had all of that month to complete her room.

Yeah, that was a super bad idea. So then she came along and everything baby – all the hand me downs and rescued from the garage items, and pulled out of various storage items and anything else that was hanging around the house before the holidays got tossed, and I mean TOSSED into her would be space.  And well…let’s just say if we had a spare kitchen sink, that would have been thrown in there too.

I was sourcing things and buying things and making plans, but the putting of the room together seemed daunting. And for good reason… (here comes the embarrassing part)Image

This photo was taken a few months ago. There have been some changes since then. I’ll tell you more about them in coming posts.

So follow along over the next few installments and watch as I transform that DISASTER into a room that looks much more like some of the inspiring photos I found on pinterest.

You can see them here http://projectnursery.com/projects/romans-giraffe-nursery/Image

Here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/noelles-grey-coral-nursery-my-room-172107

Or here. http://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5975667/il_fullxfull.332311626.jpg.

I haven’t really done any “home decor” posts before so bear with me as I try and capture what I’m up to.

Mommy needs a new pair of shoes…er, boots.

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Feb 8, 2012
Fern green FIORENTINI+BAKER boots

I didn’t make these from Pinterest, but I did find them there. They’re pinned on the “my style” board in case you’re looking for them on my page.

I ordered them a couple of weeks ago and they came in pretty fast, which was good, considering the whole “oops, there goes my job thing.” They are about 100 times better in person. Although they are a little small and a little pinchy. I did call the company and ask about the fit but whatever. Such is the way with boots purchased from the internet. I don’t really have much more to say than that. I got boots. I love them. I’m wearing them now to stretch them a bit so they stop pinchy pinching and we can move on to the love, love, love part.

Roasted Beans with Mushrooms from Pinterest

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Jan 18, 2012

I have quite suddenly, despite loathing them for years, become a great fan of green beans. After been combing the web for different ways to serve them up, I landed on this Pin on Pinterest.

It’s really simple, really delish and looks super impressive. A combination I love.

It’s from kalynskitchen.com.

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (I used brown crimini mushrooms, but any mushrooms will work)
1 lb. fresh green beans, preferably thin French style beans
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 T finely grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450F/230C. Wash mushrooms and let drain. While mushrooms are drying, trim ends of beans and cut beans in half so you have bite-sized pieces. Cut mushrooms into slices 1/2 inch thick.

Put cut beans and mushrooms into a Ziploc bag or plastic bowl. Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour over, then squeeze bag or stir so all the beans and mushrooms are lightly coated with the mixture. Arrange on large cookie sheet, spreading them out well so beans and mushrooms are not crowded. Roast 20-30 minutes, starting to check for doneness after 20 minutes. Cook until beans are tender-crisp, mushrooms are cooked, and all liquid on the pan from mushrooms has evaporated. Season beans to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper, then sprinkle with finely grated parmesan. Serve hot.

The best part is you can throw these in the oven along with whatever main you are also cooking at the same time. I’ve tucked them on the bottom rack under roast beef, tri-tip and roast chicken 25 min before the meat was done and perfection!

Here are mine with broccoli!

So far I have made them with and without mushrooms and I’ve also made them with bacon (with and without mushroom) and with broccoli with excellent results. This is my new go-to veg. I heart Pinterest.

Do you have a great way to serve green beans?

Pinterest – Are you Pinning Yet?

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Jan 5, 2012

Are you on Pinterest yet? I’ve been pinning since about May last year and have been singing its praises from Day 1. Check it out.   It’s gaining popularity fast. In fact, there are about 11.7 million unique users. Everybody’s saying Pinterest is “just for girls”. But the biggest change I’ve noticed lately is how many guys I know are now pinning away. Anyhoo, if you’re not there, message me and I’ll send you an invite. It’s become my go-to search spot for just about everything. Clothes. Recipes. Activities for the Boy. Baking ideas. Party ideas. Decorating ideas. I even combed through it to find ideas to design my new business logo. Sure, I still google. But I head over to Pinterest first. Every time.

Here are a few choice finds I’ve pinned in the last few days.

pinterest find sloth necklale

Great sloth necklace found on Pinterest from etsy


pinterest, kids clothing, cute

Cute Dino Sweater discovered on Pinterest


And if you wonder “Who actually does any of the stuff you see here?” I do. I’ll show you some of my “I made it from Pinterest” creations over the coming months and give you a little review of each.

Have you made anything from Pinterest lately?

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