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Aug
23
2015
Aug 23, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - mushroomsI am a big mushroom fan. The big kid also happens to love mushrooms. On this particular occasion, we decided to have a quick and easy dinner with leftover steak, mushrooms, a carton of mushroom soup (I know, not the best choice but at least it wasn’t in a tin can), and some penne pasta.

That was the plan. It was a hot and muggy day and we wanted a decent meal at home that wouldn’t require too much effort (ergo the carton of mushroom soup).

As luck would have it, we get to the grocery store and THE MUSHROOM SOUP IS GONE! I guess a bunch of other families had the same idea we had because that store shelf was EMPTY. – Continue Reading

Jul
28
2015
Jul 28, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - mushroom phyllo pocketsYes, they’re made with phyllo pastry but it’s so much more than just little bundles of delicious goodness.

No folks, these are little mushroom phyllo pockets that my daughter and I put together a while back. I should have completed this post years ago but never got around to it. Then, one day, I’m reviewing all our images and realized a)I never posted about these mushroom phyllo pockets and b) we haven’t made them in a while.

We love phyllo pastry but don’t use it quite as often as we’d like. Using phyllo pastry is easy enough but it does take a little TLC. The end result though, is almost always miraculously decadent and delicious.

What makes phyllo so amazing is how incredibly versatile the fillings can be. Savoury or sweet, the options are endless. Translation: a big kid’s culinary paradise! – Continue Reading

Jul
18
2015
Jul 18, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Many moons ago, the hubby and I went to a Greek restaurant. The courtesy appetizer that everyone received at the restaurant: olive oil with balsamic vinegar and some bread. It was the first time we’d ever had that pairing and it was nothing short of pure magic.

Fast forward to 2015 and we still enjoy dipping bread into an easy plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The big kid prefers to dip her bread into olive oil sans balsamic vinegar. Hey, to each her own!

The best part about this pairing: dinner becomes this really relaxed and comfortable event. I almost feel like we’re on vacation! We dip our bread, we chatter, we eat. We laugh, we complain, we talk, we debate, we talk about today, we talk about tomorrow.

The key: it’s a ‘we’ event. It’s social, it’s engaging.

Truly, meal times should always be like this but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, there’s a rush to get food on the table. Sometimes, there’s not enough time to eat. But, whenever possible, we try to have these ‘we’ meals.

Why?

Bottom line: each day consists of only 24 hours and none of us move as fast as The Flash so there’s a limit to how much we can cram into one day. Subtract sleep times and work times and only a few hours are left to enjoy as we please. Why not spend those rare hours with loved ones and do so meaningfully?

All that from a plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Who knew?

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Jul
11
2015
Jul 11, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - kiju lemonade frozen juice box

The sun is shining. The air is warm and there’s just a slight breeze in the air. The birds are chirping. Yes, it’s a gentle Saturday.

I wish every summer day could be like this.

What better way to enjoy a Saturday summer day than with a frozen juice box. Cut off the top, squeeze it out, and you’ve got an instant summer hit. It costs much less than all those other frozen treats at your local convenience store and the ingredients in it are also a million times better (slight exaggeration but you get the idea).

The best part about a frozen juice box is that it also takes its time to melt. It’s also got a built in straw so you can slurp up whatever’s left in the juice box!

I mean, does it get any better than this?

Here’s to an amazing weekend. Wishing you all a very happy juice box.

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Jun
14
2015
Jun 14, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - chia seeds

I first started talking about chia seeds back in January 2015. It came to me to write this update post when I realized that half the year had gone by and I’m still eating those same chia seeds! I purchased 2 containers of chia seeds for a great price and it’s been happy chia eating ever since. Advised by the nutritionist who worked at the health food store, I started slowly and gradually worked my way up to the recommended 1 tablespoon daily serving.

Well, fast forward to June 2015 and I’m still eating chia seeds and I love them! At the time of this post, I eat the recommended 1 tablespoon serving in coconut almond milk. I leave the mixture in the fridge overnight and I’m left with a decadent tapioca like pudding to enjoy the next day. I eat half in the morning with my breakfast and the other half in the evening after my dinner. That way, I feel like I’m having a special treat twice a day!

My big kid will also occasionally eat chia seeds sprinkled on top of her fruit, cereal, or oatmeal. I’ve even gotten my dad to eat chia seeds sprinkled on his oatmeal!

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015Lesson learned: trying something new isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I’m really glad I picked up those two containers of chia seeds. Honestly, if it weren’t for the sale price I probably would have never bothered to try them. Boy, am I glad I did!

Note to self: do a few more update posts. Must not let those slip or it’ll be New Year’s Eve and I’ll have messed up my end of the posting bargain!

If you want to read my earlier posts about chia seeds, see the links below:

Posted January 2015: Eating Healthy: Natural Factors Organic Chia Factors
Posted April 2015: Still eating those chia seeds. Are you?
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Jun
13
2015
Jun 13, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - nature 2015

I can’t believe it. It’s Saturday, June 13 and summer holidays are right around the corner. I’m trying to be more mindful of how quickly time is passing because there are a number of things to do before the school year comes to a close.

Things to do:

1. Get thank you gifts for the teachers
2. Plan events for the summer
3. Figure out dinner (wait, correction, that’s a daily thing)

Okay, so that may not sound like much but it’s a short list with a lot of complicated little steps. You see, I’m not a big fan of spending a ridiculous amount of money on teacher gifts. It’s not that I don’t think teachers deserve it. Good teachers are hard to come by and their plates are fuller than full. For me, I don’t think teachers care about the dollar amount behind the gift. Instead, I like to think of special thoughtful gifts that I think the teachers will appreciate. – Continue Reading

Jun
8
2015
Jun 8, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015
If you know anything about ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that I read ingredient lists and labels. My big kid, now 9 years old, is also quite capable of label reading. I think it’s an important skill to have and I don’t just mean reading. I’m talking about reading, gathering the information, processing the information, and then making conscious consumer decisions. That’s a serious skill that we should all master.

I should have posted this update ages ago but I didn’t want it buried among all the recalls and advisories. The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the second phase of Nutrition Facts Education Campaign. The theme for this new campaign? It’s called: “Focus on the Facts”. I LOVE IT.

thingsthatwedo.com - spice barsYou see, it isn’t just me talking to a wall! There is change and it’s positive change! In particular, the campaign is trying to encourage parents with children in the 2 – 12 year age bracket to focus more on the ‘Serving Size’ information on the Nutrition Facts table and the ‘Percent Daily Value’. Funny, that sounds like something I’ve been saying all along! I must be psychic!

It makes sense, really, to focus on the ‘Serving Size’ and ‘Percent Daily Value’. I mean, different companies package their foods differently. Some use larger portions to gauge their daily values. Others use these teeny weeny miniscule portions. You really can’t compare what’s an A+ to a D- unless you factor in the actual serving size.

A big thank you to the Government of Canada for this New Phase of Nutrition Facts Education Campaign.

Now, what you need to do?


Homework (even if you don’t live in Canada):
read up on this campaign to learn more details.

Government of Canada Launches New Phase of Nutrition Facts Education Campaign

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May
9
2015
May 9, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - lemon cake mistake with good results

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best baker. On most occasions, what I bake comes out decently enough. They’re edible and sometimes, they’re pretty yummy. Sometimes, I make mistakes and while my family graciously tell me the mistakes taste good I know they’re only trying to make me feel better (visions of rock hard muffins swim into my brain).

Sometimes though, I make really good baking mistakes that somehow result in miraculously yummy treats.

Case in point: the lemon cake featured on today’s post. No, today’s post is not about the recipe itself but about the mistake I made with that lemon cake recipe. – Continue Reading

May
6
2015
May 6, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - camino organic cane sugar

I’m attending a meeting at an offsite location. It’s a community meeting. It’s a busy place. It’s a big place but it’s really no different than many of the other meeting places that I’ve been to.

Time for a coffee. I’m not the only one that wants a coffee. I don’t think I need the coffee but hey, hot coffee is welcome even in warm weather.

Then I spot it.

– Continue Reading

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