Nov 23

8 Days!

Posted by Katie on Nov 23 2014

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am currently using an HP laptop to blog because my Mac is being retired due to old age.  I will be blogging the details of our Disney World trip everyday and need to make sure I am comfortable with this other laptop!  So far, so good!

Speaking of Disney World, WE ARE GOING TO BE THERE IN 8 DAYS!!!!!

8 DAYS!!!!!

Today I will be trying on all of my clothes and deciding what I want to wear.  The average temperature in Orlando Florida this time of year is 23-25 degrees Celsius during the day and 12 degrees Celsius in the evening.  FAR BETTER than the -15 degrees Celsius with snow we have these days!  Sun dresses, here I come!

Our weekend began with a meal out with my mom and dad at Earl’s!

I had a mixed greens salad to start:

And a dynamite roll as my main!

It’s SO easy to overdo it when you go out to eat so my main piece advice for you is to check out the restaurant’s menu before hand!  I knew what I was ordering by 9:00 am on Friday morning :lol:

We had a lovely visit with my folks about our upcoming trip and then it was home time for a Christmas movie (Home Alone) and some popcorn!

We also moved our Christmas tree so it’s in our living room INSTEAD OF OUR KITCHEN!  That said, now we have a couch in our kitchen…Oh you have no idea how happy we will be to sell this house and move on to something with more space!

Yesterday morning we slept in (glorious!), sat and had a cup of tea and then I squeezed in a workout.  I’ve had an incredible week of workouts, filled with cardio (Leslie Sansone is my hero) and yoga!  My shoulders are still sore from my Wednesday night practice!

After my workout we got started on brunch!  I whipped up some apple cinnamon waffle topping (I wasn’t feeling syrup) and some whole wheat waffles!

I will share with you my super easy waffle/pancake topping this coming up week!  It was like eating healthy apple pie!

Yesterday afternoon we went shopping for clothes for Jefferson (for the trip), a few odds and ends items for our trip and groceries!  Upon our return I whipped up a Fall Vegetable Curry dish (courtesy of Cooking Light!) with quinoa:

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I am currently in the beginning stages of an intense love affair with chickpeas.  HOLY SWEAR WORDS BATMAN.

FULL DISCLOSURE PART TWO:  I am currently in the midst of a beautiful relationship with frozen fruit soft serve.  I’ve eaten it for years but for some reason I can’t seem to get enough.  Pineapple, frozen berries, mango OH MY!

Last night I blended (in my Nutribullet of course) 1 1/2 cups of frozen mango chunks with 1 cup of almond milk and a tablespoon of honey to get this:

There. Are. No. Words.

I don’t usually add honey or almond milk but I was feeling saucy yesterday ;)

It’s the perfect dessert!

So that leads me to right now, where I am sitting on the couch with a Mike Wozowsky mug full of Cold 911 David’s Tea (preventative measure for our trip!)

I am going to watch Beauty and the Beast, perhaps make myself another apple cinnamon waffle, do some yoga, pack for our trip AND THEN I have plans for a lentil loaf for dinner that will surely knock your proverbial socks off!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Nov 17

Simple Vegetable Soup

Posted by Katie on Nov 17 2014

As I type this the snow flakes are flying, Parenthood is on the television (which means teardrops are falling) and I am snuggled on the couch with my laptop and a big bowl of freshly made soup.

A perfect Monday if I do say so myself.

This particular soup consists of very few ingredients, it comes together quickly and easily and the end result is a really clean, simple flavour.

Sometimes, especially around the holidays which are often filled with far too much, well, everything, my body craves simple and nourishing.

This soup is just that.

Simple Vegetable Soup
Recipe type: Main
Author: Katie
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4
This recipe is adapted from the Good Food Made Simple-Soup Cookbook!
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 zucchini cubed
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot then add vegetables.
  2. Saute vegetables for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for 20 minutes then serve!

First Step:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot then add vegetables.
Second Step:
Saute vegetables for 5 minutes.
Third Step:
Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
Fourth Step:
Cook on low for 20 minutes then serve!

Nov 15

Feeling that Gingerbread Feeling!

Posted by Katie on Nov 15 2014

We are at my mother and father in law’s house for our annual Christmas Gingerbread making party!

This is most definitely a tradition now!

It is so fantastic to see our nephews get so excited to decorate houses, trains, trees, gingerbread men and gingerbread snowmen…and eat an enormous amount of candy too!

Here’s the 2014 Biss gingerbread village:

What a good team!

The kids are bouncing off the walls due to high sugar content…but I anticipate a crash shortly!

Well there is pizza for lunch and then it’s time to watch POLAR EXPRESS and drink hot cocoa!

This is what it’s about my friends.

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