these guys

are the cutest.

and even though i wish time would slow down, i secretly can't wait until they are running around, wreaking havoc together. i hope they are always the best of buddies, these cousins that are just twenty seven days apart. our due dates were originally more than seven weeks apart, but with drews extra time cooking and olivers early arrival, these two are closer than we thought they would be. my sister and i like to think that they didn't want to part company in heaven, and once they did, ollie promised he would come soon.

drew totally man handling ollie.
ollies like, "mama! help!"
ha ha. ollies only defense at this point is to eat drews hand.

aaaand, one last one...
relaxing after a hard day. 
p.s. thanks for the delightful week, sister! i loved hanging out with you guys & your littles!


what we've been eating

this is the post where i dump a whole bunch of recipes on you.
you've been warned.

i have had a lot of fun these past few months. settling into my new full time job as mama & homemaker has been interesting. i have learned a lot and i still have a ways to go, but it is lovely to be able to be in my home and strive to make it a wonderful place to be. if you know me, you know that i really like to cook & bake. i love to try new recipes, but when i was pregnant and working full time plus doing apartment managing stuff, i didn't feel like being too adventurous with my meals. now that i have a little more time on my hands i am loving perfecting some new recipes for my repertoire. here are a bunch that i think are worth sharing...

*note: most of the recipes are links, so just click on the coloured words to find them...

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let's start with breakfast, shall we?

we begin pretty much every day with a green smoothie. we don't have a set recipe for this, but it generally includes:
-about half a can of pineapple + juice
-one half to a full banana
-fresh canteloupe + the seeds
-handful or two of spinach
-some frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple, nectarine, honeydew & grapes)
-a bit of kefir
blend it up, and enjoy!

i've also tried this banana oatmeal smoothie. brian didn't really like it but i thought it was quite good. quick & easy & super good for you!

and although baked oatmeal is an oldie, its a goodie! we love it. 

okay. lunch time! i usually just send leftovers from the previous nights dinner with brian for school, but sometimes on the weekend we like to have a yummy, fresh lunch. we tried these quinoa and black bean lettuce wraps a few weeks ago and quite liked them.

because i am nursing ollie, i often find that i eat smaller meals more often throughout the day. i usually have a craving for something sweet in the afternoon. i try to keep my snacks fairly healthy, even if they are sweet!

these almond coconut muffins are insanely delicious. they are moist, dense and have a wonderful nutty flavour. also! they are dairy-free AND vegan. so good!

now, for one of my favourite new recipes; quinoa granola bars. they are sweet & yummy & FULL of good stuff; quinoa, oats, flax meal, chia seeds, cinnamon...the list goes on. they are SO GOOD. now go bake them. like, right now. go! (you can come back and read the dinner part of this post later.)

alright, time for dinner!

pesto orecchiette with chicken sausage. only, we made it with cubed chicken breasts instead of sausage. also, next time i would add the green beans to the water a little earlier; they were still a little tough when the peas & pasta were done. this recipe was good.

here's a super easy crock pot recipe. i whipped up this teriyaki chicken one night when we had company and everyone really enjoyed it! it was sweet and totally tender. serve it with jasmine rice. delicious!

and while we're talking about teriyaki, these teriyaki meatballs are definitely one of my new favourites. i absolutely love fresh ginger. there is nothing better. these meatballs are so dang good. again, serve over rice and enjoy!

i went and visited my sister for a week, and while i was there we had these fresh shrimp tacos. they just...tasted like summer. i made them for brian for fathers day and he loved them. we served them up with some fruit salad (watermelon, canteloupe, strawberries, blueberries and mango) and it was a wonderful meal, one that i will definitely be repeating.

now for one last dinner recipe. i just made this last night and we really enjoyed it. it was really easy (a one pot meal) and the combination of ginger, lime & coconut flavours was so yummy.

coconut rice with sweet potato and edamame

10 oz shelled edamame
1 tsp canola oil
1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 1/4 cup jasmine rice
15 oz coconut milk
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 tsp grated lime zest
1/2 chopped peanuts (optional)

heat oil over medium low. add sweet potato, scallions and ginger and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
stir in the edamame, rice, coconut milk, lime juice, salt and water.
bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
use fork to fluff the rice, then stir in the lime zest. if desired (we did!) serve topped with peanuts.

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well, there you go! i hope that some of you enjoy these recipes, because i know we sure have!


daddys day

(a few days late never hurt anyone, right?)

i am thankful for the fathers in my life. there are a constant example to me in my life.

growing up, i watched my older brothers become fathers and saw a completely different side of the boys who used to tease me so. they love & care for their children very deeply. that's not to say that they aren't goofy with them, too. isn't that what daddies are for?

i am grateful for my own father and for brians father. they are wonderful, strong men who are such good grandpas to oliver. i hope they can each be an influence in his life and teach him about the things that they love.

a few months ago, i watched as my best friend and husband became a father. it was a moving experience, to watch him as he held our tiny baby; he was so comfortable and at ease. i am so thankful for you, brian. thank you for supporting me in the decisions i made while bringing oliver into this world. it has been my pleasure to watch as you have grown & changed & become the father of our ollie. he adores you.  i hope that as he grows, you are an example to him of righteousness and steadfastness, as you have been to me. i also hope that you continue to laugh with him and make him smile as you do now. you always seem to catch the funniest pictures. i am so happy he has your smile; i think you're both so darn handsome. i hope that you teach him about building models and making jokes and that you help him with his math homework (because we all know that is not my strong suit). thanks for being such a good daddy to our ollie, bri. i love you.


the many faces of ollie

um...yeah. he's the best.