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Seriously, one ingredient ice cream in minutes!

Oh yes I said it.  I just made ice cream in minutes, with just a small food processor.  And it is healthy!

Do you have Bananas?  Frozen Bananas?  Well then you can have creamy ice cream in minutes.

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I was so excited about this treat it has brought be back to my blog after a super long absence.  I haD barely finished inhaling this treat and jumped on my computer to share it.  I had seen “one ingredient ice cream” on Pinterest a few times so thought I’d try my luck.

The elevator pitch to make banana ice cream is this:  Take a frozen banana per person, peal them, cut them into coins, drop into a small food processor and pulse away until smooth and creamy.  You can eat it right away- kinda like soft malt ice cream or freeze it and have a colder, harder ice cream.  HOW FLIPPING EASY!

We added a teaspoon of Trader Joe’s Cookie and Cocoa Swirl once the bananas had become creamy and smooth.

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As I was jumping up and down in the kitchen i decided to add a few coconut flakes and a bit of chocolate sauce to garnish.  As you can see I couldn’t wait long enough to make it a perfect shot – I had to eat it!

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ONE INGREDIENT BANANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients

2 bananas

Directions:

Peel frozen Bananas and cut into coins

Pulse them in a small food processor

Scrape the bananas down every minute with a spatula, continue pulsing.

It will go from frozen chunks, to a bit like gooey oatmeal then all of a sudden it will smooth out and become creamy – soft server ice cream style

Add any extras at this point, pulse to blend them in  and to aerate the banana ice cream a bit more.

Eat or Freeze in an air tight container to eat the next day for a more solid style ice cream.

 

Yep Thats it.  Now you can get creative and add other yummy things…. like a few almonds, or peanut butter, or honey, or maple syrup, or Nutella, or maybe Kahlua (ohhhh that’s my next one).  Wonder what a bit of ginger or cinnamon or cocoa, butterscotch chips… toss in anywhere from one teaspoon to a couple tablespoons depending on how your tastebuds.

I can’t wait to make this for my daughter tomorrow night.  Beats a donut any night.

 


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PNE – Almost Missed a First

Although A is only 2 an a few months I don’t think I’ve missed a first.  First steps, first word, first smile, first fall down the stairs, first cupcake, I even caught her first roll over with my old blackberry video – I apologize for the bad quality , the Blue Rodeo blaring and me screaming (so you might want to turn down the volume for this, there’s a very slow build up so feel free to skip to about 1:45)

A’s First Rollover – video link

But wait I have missed A FIRST.

I went back to work full time when A was 10 months old, she wasn’t walking yet, to me she was still so little.  The contract was a year long and another like that wouldn’t come available to me for some time.  I felt I needed to work.  I was a going to be a working mom.

IT WAS HARD.

One of the hardest  days was the day I missed a FIRST. In the beginning a friend nannied  for us (we lost daycare  a week before going back to work).  She was great, sent daily photo updates to my phone and I had absolute faith in her.  I devoured every message she sent me.

But then she sent me THE MISSING FIRST VIDEO!

I had taken A to Strong Start several times and she’d never gathered the courage to go thru the tunnel.  But while I was working – She did it. I was happy for her, devastated for me.  I put my head down and didn’t talk to anyone the rest of the day.  I couldn’t speak, the tears were one breath away.  I rushed out the front doors at 6pm and burst into tears, my heart racing, the cold February air not cold enough to numb my feelings.  I wanted to quit work right there.  What if I missed her first full step, her first day of school, her first dance recital, her first soccer game, her first heart ache.  My brain ran wild with failure, missing everything for what- My own stubbornness to be a women who can do it all:  Career and Motherhood. I was raised to have a career, I could do both.

Missing A FIRST shattered all future paths I had laid out. I cried and cried in front of the my friend and her boyfriend (who I met that evening), I cried in my husbands arms and I cried to sleep.

I needed to work, but I needed flexibility if I was going to survive trying to have a Career and be a Mom.

Fast forward to this week.  Daycare was going to the PNE… I was going to miss a First.  I tried to put on a brave face, my husband saw thru it.  I needed to go.  It might be silly to most but I can’t miss a first.  It makes me physically sick.

I’m amazingly lucky to be working at Atomic Cartoons right now.  They walk the talk about family comes first; I was able to work till noon then meet daycare at the PNE, and go back to work in the evening when my husband was home.

Let me now bask in the glow of PNE FIRSTS.

My daughter won her FIRST PRIZE

She popped balloons and “won” a pink bear. She was proud of herself and cuddled her pink bear tight against her cheek  as if  it was actually soft and cuddly. Two nights later that prize has been added to her bedtime collection of stuffies.

Our FIRST PNE RIDE TOGETHER.

The Carrousel – She picked the perfect horse, sat on it proudly watching the other kids around her, wondering what was going to happen. Then the carrousel started to turn and the horse went up and down.  She was amazed.  I watched her wonderment and fought back happy tears.  How lucky was I to share this moment with her. I tried to be quiet to let her soak it in. (not an easy feat for me)

She went on her FIRST RIDE BY HERSELF!

The little boat ride. An older girl who sat in the front of the boat with her own little brother asked her name and eased my daughters initial trepidation.  The ride started to move and with a big smile she grabbed the steering wheel and searched for me – she wanted to show me how much fun she was having!  I soaked up the visual and yelled her name every time she came around my way.

All I have left to say is thank you.  Thank you daycare for going, thank you Atomic Cartoons for being totally fine with my split shift, and thank you to my husband for knowing I needed to go and giving me just enough of a hand squeeze to help me feel I could go.


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Easy Nutritions in No Time at all…That’s My Style

I’m thinking this could become a reoccurring title for blog posts for me.

I work full time, and would rather spend my couple hours in the evening at the a park playing and watching my daughter enjoy herself… especially with the warm weather.

I’m also not a planner.  I’ve attempted to do weekly dinner lists but that never lasts more than a couple weeks.  They are fantastic ideas and make good use of the fresh food you have because everything is thought out before buying.  Saves money too.   But I’m not consistent.

I’m always on the hunt for fast and nutritious food for my daughter.

How about Strawberry Milk?

There are some nutritionally poor milk products out there.  Have you ever look at the nutritional factors of flavored milk.  I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and was dumbfounded at the amount of sugar found in flavored milk which is served twice a day to kids. (yes an American school) but it got me thinking.

So I went to the Food Facts website to have a look at Nestle’s Nesquik Strawberry Milk – it received an F  that’s right an F!  and here is why:

  1. Serving Size: 1 Cup
  2. Servings Per Container: 2   (sneaky cause what kid would only drink half a bottle??)
  3. Amount Per Serving  Calories 230    Calories from Fat 70
  4. Total Calories 460      Total Calories from Fat 140
  5. Total Fat 7 g    11%
  6. Saturated Fat   5g 25%
  7. Sodium 115 mg  5%
  8. Potassium mg0%3,500 mg
  9. Sugars 30 g
  10. Not to mention the artificial like: Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, Blue 1, Carrageenan, Red 40

(for the full review by Food Facts: http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Flavored/Nestle-Nesquik-Strawberry-Milk-16-fl-oz/836#)

So why not make your own.  Seriously it is so easy.  We are lucky to have berries in season right now.  The ones from the local farms are bursting with flavor.  Best Organic around, but I’d use frozen berries in the winter time too.

In Jamie Oliver fashion I didn’t measure anything, and you can have your little one help. Three simple ingredients  no preservatives, nothing to keep it on a shelf for years and years.  Just fresh and yummy.

Strawberry Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Some milk (1-2 cups milk) – Any kind of milk you use : almond, soy, rice, 2%
  • A handful or two of strawberries, rinsed, stems removed -I halved them
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp honey or agave syrup

Directions:

  • Drop them all into a blender, mix until strawberries are fully blended with the milk and serve!
  • If it a fancy day as my daughter likes to call them a dollop of whipping cream on top  adds pizzazz!

As you can see my daughter loved it, she even shared a little sip with me.