Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Eating, Teething, Rolling, Laughing.

There's not much to this post except for these super cute pictures.

Hello there.

Trying 'real' food for the first time: carrots mixed with rice cereal.

He loves to play with the spoon!

His feet are cute.

I think they're the cutest.

Loves jumping in this handy dandy Jumperoo.

Sometimes he takes the blanket with him whilst rolling.

He often finds himself under this table.

He think it's funny.

Monday, March 15, 2010

B's Food Revolution: The Vegetarian Chili.

 [Photo from Honest Fare]

I've been wanting to make a veggie chilli for a while now but didn't come across a recipe that really jumped out at me. This one did. It's from a great food blog called Honest Fare. Check it out.

Check out the part that says MAPLE SYRUP. That's what intrigued me. Except I couldn't use it because I bought the maple syrup today on my grocery run, and lo and behold, I pick the one that had the broken safety seal. Forget that song and just to let you know, it still tastes awesome without it. I also didn't have the oregano or cloves, and I only had 3.5 cups of tomato juice. I also added mushrooms and a dash of cumin.


You need:

5 cups tomato juice
1 ½ cup chick peas
1 ½ cup red beans (I used kidney beans?)
1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped yellow squash
1 ½ cup chopped yellow+red peppers
1 cup chopped carrot
¾ cup chopped white onion
½ teaspoon chopped jalapeño
Olive oil
1 large clove diced garlic
Handful of fresh oregano diced
Salt, blk or Cayenne pepper to taste
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 Tablespoon paprika
1½ Tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Chop veggies. Sauté garlic, onion, peppers, squash and zuc in a large pot with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil on med high heat for a couple minutes. Add a teaspoon of salt, the beans, the paprika, chili powder, clove, cinnamon, oregano and some black pepper. Saute uncovered (mixing occasionally) until veggies become tender but not soft.

2. Add tomato juice, carrots and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Stir in about 1/6 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and another dash of salt. Cover and continue cooking on low until carrots are soft. Taste and add more salt and/or cayenne pepper if needed.

3. Partially uncover and continue cooking until chili thickens. The longer you cook it the better it’ll be. Serve topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese and chives.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Third Anniversary

Chris and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary on March 10. It was a great day - Chris slept (he worked a nightshift the evening before), I made a trip to H&M and got a couple sweet clothing items, dropped by the Cupcakes store to get a treat for us and back. We enjoyed our cupcakes while Finn napped, then later Jenna came over to babysit while we enjoyed a dinner at Joey's and even caught a MOVIE. (I have not stepped in a theatre since before Finn was born, so it was an event) It was Alice in Wonderland, if you were wondering.

Then we came home and Jenna and Koby left. Finn wakes up. Finn does not go back to sleep until 12:45am. The bottle of wine is still sitting unopened on the counter.

So goes life when you have children - predictability goes out the window. Such is life...we're learning to adapt!

Trying to get the timer right...

There. Our sole anniversary photo. I am eating a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, Chris a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache. He's a chocolate freak.

Last week we went for a LOVELY stroll at one of our favourite spots, the Westminster Quay. Here are some photos for your personal enjoyment.

This a view of the mountains and the Patullo Bridge. Photos never do the view justice, really.

This is me and Finn. You can't see Finn, but he is there.

Chris and Finn. Finn's having a good time.

Just us. Finn wanted to get a photo of the two of us.

Sucking on his lip equals this cute face.

A day ends with a lunch at the Heritage Cafe. YUM.

 "Don't mind if I do." Yoink.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

First Teeth!

 Here are his first teeth!

We're just firing off all six cylinders here with the milestones this week. We discovered Finn's first two teeth! At first we assumed it was one but discovered that he does, in fact, have two. See the scary diagram below (I Googled "baby teeth chart" and this was the best, most awesomest photo I cam across - although I might have nightmares of this child eating me) I will post a photo of Finn's actual teeth when you can actually see them with a camera lens, and when he will sit still long enough for someone to take a photo.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Life Just Got Messier.

Two weeks shy of turning half a year, we started Finn on his first 'solids', which as you know typically look like white mush. Or, what looks like a thicker version of milk. The results were so adorably cute, and it is safe to say it was a success! He's hooked. I don't think he knew what to think - no smiles, just a face of pure concentration. The next day he was a bit more ravenous - really leaning in to get that spoon in his mouth when I wasn't going fast enough. It occurred to me that there is no turning back now...that from now on I will be feeding this hungry boy FOOD. Real food. Crazy. Life just got a whole lot messier.


Here are some other pictures from the past few days: