Chai Crinkle Cookies

Chai Crinkle Cookies

Twice a week, I pick up my friend’s little girl  after school. I pack up Peanut, stop for a soy chai latte, and wait outside her classroom while people come up to me to tell me how big my baby is and, for some reason, the exact circumference of their child’s head when it was born. I chat and smile, sip my latte, and count the seconds because I am too socially awkward to handle this small talk minefield. The bell goes,…

Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash & Red Lentil Soup

There’s nothing better than comfort food that you can whip up on a whim; this Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup is just that. With minimal effort and just half an hour of your time, you can sit down to a steaming hot bowl of velvety butternut squash soup that also packs in a little protein,  thanks to handy dandy red lentils. It tastes rich and creamy, but is actually dairy free- which is a requirement these days, since my…

white bean winter squash pot pie vegetarian

White Bean & Winter Squash Pot Pies

In my house, meat is a bit of a contentious topic. I love to make and eat vegetarian and vegan food; my other half, on the other hand, will be upset if the meal doesn’t feature a large hunk of animal flesh. My man is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I mean, he’ll eat almost anything I put in front of him, but his heart lies with meals like steak, pulled pork, and bubbling chicken pot pie. It’s…

autumnal-stuffed-portobellos

Autumnal Stuffed Portobellos

These mouthwatering stuffed portobellos are brimming with Fall flavour. Meaty portobello caps are stuffed with a savoury saute of sweet potato, kale, apple, cranberry, and sage and roasted to perfection with a crunchy topping of ground almonds and cheddar. They are vegetarian as well as gluten and grain free, and can easily be made vegan with the omission of the cheese on top. Head over to Stimuli Magazine  now to get the recipe!

Real Postpartum Experiences

Seven Real Postpartum Experiences I Didn’t Expect

During my third trimester, I all of sudden became very anxious about the postpartum period. I was primarily concerned with the physical recovery, so I read lots about it to prepare myself. As it turned out, I had very little to physically recover from thanks to a smooth delivery, but my research completely failed to prepare me for all the other aspects of postpartum experience. In hindsight I really wish I had had some real, no-punches-pulled stories to read from…

tacos carnitas, mango salsa, red cabbage slaw, cilantro crema

Tacos de Carnitas with Mango-Pineapple Salsa, Red Cabbage Slaw, & Cilantro Yogurt Crema

I grew up in England, and after moving to Canada my very English mother would occasionally make us “tack-ohs”- a.k.a. one of those crunchy taco kits from the supermarket with shredded iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese. As a notoriously picky eater, it was a small miracle that I would even touch this distant cousin of something vaguely Mexican. As an adult I looove Mexican food, but I find that most of the dishes I have tried are missing a fresh vegetable element- not…

Sweet Potato Toast 4 Ways

Have You Tried Sweet Potato Toast? Here’s 4 Easy Ideas

This week, two life-changing things happened: 1) We invested in a MamaRoo for the baby, and 2) I made sweet potato toast for the first time. The MamaRoo (which I refer to as the baby spaceship) has allowed me to put my movement-loving spawn down for more than 20 minutes at a time and actually get things done. This sounds ridiculous to those of you without offspring, I know, but trust me- this is a big deal people! During one…

Dear Peanut

Dear Peanut

Dear Peanut, It’s been a whole three weeks since you came into the world. I really want to write “kicking and screaming” at the end of that sentence, but the truth is you came into this life a bit purple and quiet. I don’t know how long I held you on my chest before you were whisked away by the nurses; it can’t have been more than 45 seconds. Your dad stood in between me and the mob of people caring…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

So, I’m a bit of a psycho. While five months pregnant and full of raging baby hormones I decided that I needed to perfect a chocolate chip cookie recipe for my unborn child. You know, the one that wouldn’t actually even taste a cookie for another couple of years and wouldn’t be able to articulate a preference in cookies for several years more after that.  Yeah, I wanted to create the recipe that would cement “my mom’s chocolate chip cookies” as…

DIY Change Pad for $15

DIY Change Pad for $15

Friends, let me tell you the story of this DIY Change Pad. When I first started planning our nursery, I really thought I would be able to power through the entire thing in a weekend and emerge on a Sunday night with a pristine styled baby room to share. In reality, the room sat there full of moving boxes for several months, while I purchased bits and pieces to decorate with and piled them on top of the existing cardboard…