#TastyTuesday Thanksgiving Treats Wrap Up

What a weekend of eating and treating! I couldn’t be more excited to hit the gym at lunch today to help get myself back on track. I really tried not to feel guilty for all my weekend cheats and frankly, the weekend was far more relaxing as a result.

While I am bubbling with excitement to share with you some of my favourite creations, I also avoided working over the weekend to spend time with the two people who I am most thankful for in my life (my husband and my sweet pea!).


We spent a wonderful weekend, enjoying above average temperatures exploring local pumpkin patches, swimming and local parks and visiting with family and friends. Unfortunately, neither of us have our immediate families in the city so we celebrated and gave thanks in spirit.

So here it is friends, a wrap up of our weekend.

A taste of how the H-family spent Thanksgiving 2015.


A glimpse of our successful trip to the local Pumpkin Patch. An afternoon spent running through Hay Stacks, playing in corn fields and picking pumpkins for Halloween.


Beautiful sunny day! Enjoying the GG’s property.


Fall leaves, and watching my two loves playing ball!

On Saturday evening, we hosted a few of our friends for a delicious paleo inspired dinner. While it was not 100%, I feel like we were able to enjoy a “healthier” dinner, which was focused on foods that help to fuel and energize our bodies.


Lots of dark greens, leafy vegetables and delicious stuffed chicken breasts. We started the evening with a delicious potato leek soup, with sweet potato, new potatoes and coconut milk. It was creamy and delicious!

I am sorry, it turned out so good that I forgot to take a picture of the final product!

The next course was a delicious kale and beet salad, with homemade citrus salad dressing. The dressing itself was light, but with the dash of cayenne I added it was enough to pack a bit of punch.


All salad ingredients were sourced locally, and from one of our favourite farms – Rochon Gardens. Our CSA basket has certainly treated us well this year. Keeping us on track with our eating and providing high quality ingredients for our family meals.

The meal itself was a combination of brussels sprouts sautéed with cranberries and bacon, with a slight hint of cranberries. I also prepared local carrots and cauliflower rice, given how heavy the stuffed chicken breast (with homemade wine sauce) was going to be, I figured there was no harm in changing up those traditional sides.


Fresh ingredients for the chicken stuffing, which included homemade sun dried tomato pesto.


Steaming my cauliflower, once this was done I sautéed it up with fresh onions and garlic.


Stuffed chickens just as we were going to back them.


Delicious, local brussels sprouts.

#Springtime is here! #toddlerfun

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So here I am spending the day with 2 “almost” two-year olds …

What’s a girl going to do? 

Entertaining two (independent) little girls can be a challenging task (Hats off to all the caregivers, grandparents and moms/dads who do this on a daily basis).


Who needs to work out on a day where you are chasing two toddlers around the house, climbing play structures covered in snow and dredging through two feet of snow to reach the swing set that two sweet little girls insist they need to try to complete their playground experience for the day.

I was thankful for being able to be home today to care for them, and to be able to also enjoy the beautiful sunny spring day! We took advantage for sure. A nice long walk around the local market and the nearby park. For some, such a busy day with these two little toddlers would be hard to swallow, but for me I enjoyed every moment of it.

Here are some tips and tricks that helped me today:


1. Prepare breakfast the night before (We always prepare my LO’s oatmeal and scones the night before. She loves her oatmeal ready the moment her feet hit the ground running).

2. Have a plan. On a nice sunny spring day, two toddlers certainly don’t want to be stuck inside. They want to be walking and running, playing and climbing. That’s exactly what the three of us did!


3. Take them on an adventure. They have no idea that walking in the market isn’t terribly exciting this time of year. But they don’t know that! They love watching all the new faces and dogs walking by. They love the fresh air and the luxury stroller ride.

3. Today proved to us why weekly meal planning is key! Thanks to having prepared our meals on Sunday I was able to easily pull out a prepared delicious home cooked meal.

4. Today proved to us why weekly meal planning is key! Thanks to having prepared our meals on Sunday I was able to easily pull out a prepared delicious home cooked meal.

wpid-img_20150311_195522.jpg 5. Not going to lie, but nap time could have been a challenge. Thankfully our wonderful caregiver arrived just in time to help with that step ! It could have easily been a disaster because for my little one she loves to snuggle with either her papa or me …