Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love Bytes!

Looking for new reading material? Check out my guest post, Love Byte #24 today on Priya's blog:


Friday, February 18, 2011

Well Fed: Kraft Sizzling Salad

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to review Kraft's Chicken Caesar Sizzling Salad kit, but haven't had a chance to post my thoughts until now.

Some of you may already have guessed that I'm not that adept in the kitchen, so anything that makes preparing dinner easier is always welcome! The kits each come with a cooking sauce to use with your protein and salad dressing for your greens. All you have to do is add the meat and salad fixings.

E sautéed some boneless, skinless chicken breasts while I prepared the salad. In just a few minutes, we had dinner on the table!

The simplicity of the meal was appreciated on a busy weeknight and it tasted pretty good too! The cracked black peppercorn cooking sauce smelled great, but I found it a bit too *peppery* for me. I loved the flavour of the salad dressing [who doesn't love a rich Caesar dressing?], I only wish it came in a low-fat version.

Overall, we were definitely satiated. Paired with a glass of vino, I'd definitely make another Sizzling Salad soon, maybe this time with beef instead of chicken.

caesar salad is never complete without croutons and parmesan!
If you have any foolproof, quick and easy dinners for me to try, please pass the recipes my way!


Monday, February 14, 2011

He likes it!

In honour of St. Valentine E and I picked up some sushi on our drive home. E is still under the weather, so I was surprised he opted for MY favourite cuisine instead of something more *comfort food* like, but I didn't argue! We chose an assortment of maki [rolls], including California rolls for Indy, though I was prepared to make him a separate dinner in case he didn't like them.

thomas chopsticks make mealtime fun!
Lucky for me, the apple doesn't fall from the tree, and my boy gobbled up his rolls and drank his miso soup with gusto!


Happy Love Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I know some think that Valentine's Day is a made up, commercial holiday, but what's wrong with a day to show your love? [And eat chocolate.]

I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening with my Valentines.

What do you have planned?


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekend Update

After a week that felt like it would never end, the weekend arrived and is now almost over! Both Indy and E have been battling illnesses, thankfully at different times of the week, but still not fun for them. Indy is finally healthy though E still has a pesky cold.

Our weekends usually include watching SNL and one of our favourite segments is Weekend Update. Here is my Weekend Update:

Friday -- 416BookClub: I didn't finish reading this month's book choice, The Hunger Games, but I plan to, even though the subject matter is a bit gruesome for me. Faiza, Judy, Marta, Naaz and I met at the new-ish midtown restaurant, the Burger Cellar for tasty burgers [mine was topped with Gruyere cheese and mushroom ragout], the best-sweet-potato-fries-I've-ever-had dipped in chipotle mayo, and Kawartha Dairy's delicious Moose Tracks ice cream. Oh, and I can't forget Marta's fantastic suggestion that we order fried pickles! Now I know why Snooki loves them so much!

As tired as I was, it was great catching up with the 416BC girls. Next month's my pick so I need to choose a fun eatery for us to try!

Saturday -- I took a couple of hours to myself while Indy napped to go shopping for a dress for next weekend's Pink Party [fun!] and groceries [boring]. E and I needed a low-key evening to ourselves, so we stayed in and caught up on our PVR'd shows while enjoying delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate with mini marshmallows. Kary's post put me on the quest to find some in Toronto, and I lucked out today while grocery shopping.
Sunday -- The weather is finally warming up . . . to a balmy 3 degrees Celsius today! We ventured to the park, which was desolate. Not a single other soul joined us in our trek through knee-deep snow, though if they did, Indy would probably have invited them to join him in a snow snack!

I hope this trend continues because my family has been missing our daily walks, which hasn't been good for anyone! I'm definitely one of those people whose mood is affected by the lack of sunshine. I've heard that taking Vitamin D supplements can help battle that.

Do any of you get down when the weather is bad? Have you found ways to help your mood?

Hope you're all having a restful Sunday and gearing up for a great week!


Thursday, February 10, 2011


Didn't the groundhog predict an early spring? Well, when is it arriving???


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow day!

our local snow clearing service hard at work
In preparation for a winter storm that was supposed to hit Toronto last night, wreaking havoc over the city, a snow day was called at school for today. How anti-climatic was it then when I woke up this morning to a new layer of snow, no worse than anything we've had so far? No blizzard, no whiteouts, definitely nothing to fret about. But who am I to complain? I get to stay home with my boys, enjoy the snow outside and then some hot cocoa by the window as we watch the snowplows clear our already-cleared streets. Bliss!


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