Thursday, December 11, 2014
TOTALLY EMBARASSING CHOCOLATE POT DE CREME
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 T sugar
1 T vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp instant coffee
1 cup chocolate chips
In a small saucepan, warm up the first 7 ingredients, whisking til smooth. Keep the mix on medium to medium-low until small "simmering" bubbles appear, then turn off the heat. Whisk in the chocolate chips. When it has cooled just enough to not instantly heat-smash the glasses you want to serve it in, pour each serving into its own glass and let cool for a few hours. Top with whipped cream and berries if desired.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
fgfgWell, it’s official, for the second time around I am a working mama. I returned to my job at the hospital a couple weeks ago and it’s actually been a smooth transition.The first time I returned to work after being off for Oliver’s maternity leave I scheduled myself back after 10 months of leave so that Calvin would stay home for our final 2 months of leave. Having him at home with Oliver was such a load off of my mind and was also very convenient to drive to and from work without worrying about a babysitter. I always knew that Ollie was safe at home with his dad and could even keep specific foods ready for them, crafts planned, etc. It made going back so easy. Also, at the time I was only working 4 hour shifts, 5 days a week, so I could nurse him once in the morning before work, then immediately upon getting home, and not miss a nursing session. He was a decent solids eater and did pretty well with the transition of not seeing me 24/7. When Calvin returned to work, when Oliver turned 1, we scheduled “fun with Grandma” days when Calvin and I were both working. We also had a number of amazing women/friends from church help with watching him.Having two children now it really is a different ball game. Whoever agrees to watch the children is now taking on an energy-filled three year old and a spirited 10 month old: not an easy task. It also ups the expense greatly if day care is considered. This time, Calvin and I have again gone with the 10-month-2-month split for maternity leave, so he is currently home until the end of January when Dakota turns 1. (Well, I’ll let him leave the house sometimes…)Now I am working 10 – 12 hour shifts, a few days a week, on an inconsistent pattern. It definitely has pros and cons. On one hand, there can be many days in the week that I’m home with the family and we can spend time, get little house tasks done, go on fun road trips, etc. However, 6am to 6pm is a long time for kids to be away from their moms (especially breast fed!) and it’s a long time for me to be away from them too. Calvin will periodically send me emails to reassure me that everyone is doing great and it makes all the difference. I feel confident that they are being well taken care of.As far as breastfeeding, on days that I work I typically still nurse Dakota once through the night and then I leave the bed at 5am. Around 9:30am and again around 2:30pm I find a spare office with no windows and pump a bottle for her. I store it in my lunch bag in the staff fridge. This becomes her primary bottle for tomorrow (and I try to leave another in the freezer at all times – just in case.) She actually likes her milk room temp or colder so Cal just offers it to her with lunch and if she doesn’t finish it she will have the rest later in the afternoon. We throw milk away on the 3rd day in the fridge. She also drinks water. As soon as I get home and settled I nurse her again. It’s a good system for us. Dakota is eating at least 3 meals a day, plus snacks: she loves food. She will eat a piece of buttered whole grain toast and a full scrambled egg by herself, and then still polish off whatever chopped fruit I offer to her. At lunch she loves pasta, carrots, cheese and meat. The only thing she spits out is cucumbers. She does quite well with not whining about missing me, and she actually naps better for Calvin than myself.I see all of the benefits of being a stay at home mom, and with Calvin’s great job I think it could be a possibility for me, but I love my job and I’m a better mom when I’m not a 24/7 mom. The adult interaction, the varying pace, the intellectual (vs physical or emotional) challenge of the job recharges me and gives me more energy to do the mom-job the rest of the time. I love that I still have tons of time with my babies and I know our family will always find a way to make it work
Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Four names that people call me other than my real name:
- Haimer haimer
- Soy duck
Four jobs I’ve had:
- Christmas wrapper
- Freelance writer
- Food service technician
Four movies you’ve watched more than once:
- Bruce Almighty
- A Walk to Remember
- Into the Wild
Four books I’d recommend:
- How to Raise a Spirited Child
- Sacred Marriage
- How to be Parisian Anywhere
Four places I’ve lived
- Pond Mills backing on to the Environmentally Sensitive Area
- The Harriston downtown
- Marigold St
- Now, Cedar Hollow
Four Places you have visited:
- Curitiba, Brazil
- Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Chicago, US
- Huntsville, Canada
Four places I’d rather be right now:
Four things I don’t eat:
- Gummy candy
- Overly dry desserts
- Poor cut/improperly cooked beef steak that's super chewy and I'm scared I'll choke on it
Four of my favorite foods:
- Black cod, rare
- Buttered toast
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Costco's quinoa salad
Four TV shows I watch:
- 19 kids and counting
- Saturday Night Live
- Brooklyn Nine Nine
Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
- Family vacation
- Ballet class
- Making friends in our new neighbourhood
- Ollie starting JK
Four things I'm always saying:
- Is there coffee on?
- Have you seen Dakota's soother?
- Don't unplug that, the battery is almost dead.
- Go back to bed: It's still sleeping time.
Four people I tag to answer these questions:
Friday, November 7, 2014
But I had to laugh. Because my current "diaper bag" is not even worthy of being seen by me.
I mean if you could only see what's insi....
Here's the really-not-beautiful truth of my mother-of-two diaper bag:
- The bag: a black "I don't know what this style is called, you could cart a bowling ball around in it?" purse that I bought at Forever 21 with a giftcard from my brother Curt, who I've recently just started calling "my brother" instead of "my brother in law" because he gave me work out tips (he's a body builder type) on how to make my butt bigger and I feel like that makes us close. The bag is both a diaper bag and a purse because my kids are pretty important to me, but not important enough to make me carry two bags.
- The wallet: it came inside of a Nine West purse that my best friend (in Amsterdam!) bought me years ago and despite the fact that it was free inside, I still feel like an elitist designer snob when I pull it out (to get my coupon for a free coffee at Tim Horton's)
- Diapers, on diapers, on diapers: the thing is, days when we leave the house at 7am and return at midnight happen more often than I'd care to admit. Like, my best friend on my street thought we had already moved away because our car is never home. So when I have a little lady who still pees in her pants, the purse is getting filled to the brim with diapers.
- A broken travel wipes dispenser: which I have notified Huggies about because things I paid $2 for should not break.
- A pair of sunglasses but only one eye has a lens and I'm unsure why I haven't thrown them away. Like maybe if I really need them I could just squint one eye closed and give up depth perception while I'm driving for a minute?
- Usually my phone, well like 75% of the time, the other 25% it's still on the charger or laying on the kitchen table (Crap!)
- Usually my keys, well like 98% of the time, there was that time last week that I drove 40 minutes home then realized I left them with Calvin, so I drove all the way back to where he was got them and drove home. Just kidding I stopped at Starbucks midway through and poured hot espresso in my mouth to make the situation bearable
- Between 1 and 28 socks that don't belong to me, same goes for mittens and hats
- Enough wrappers from straws, Halloween candy and granola bars, coupled with receipts I don't need and parking tickets (like the kind you pay for, not the kind a cop gives you), to fuel a small fire for 24 hours
- A panic button for my job because I work in high security, I have never pushed it in jest, but I have accidentally broken it by storing it in the fridge with my lunch
- Eco-friendly organic alcohol-free hand sanitizer in "grapefruit & oil of oregano", for the kids; Bath & Body Works all-in alcohol-bonanza hand sanitizer in "harvest peach" for me
- 1 sole packet of stevia in case I become a diabetic who likes sweetened coffee one day soon
- A diva cup, because we all know lightening doesn't strike twice and my first round of motherhood I was blessed with a break from lady-cycles from October 2010 to Spring 2013. It's only fair that this time around, despite my passion for extended breastfeeding freakshow, my shark week's a-coming.
- A handful of stale granola, I've had plenty of opportunity to dispose of it but you never know when you'll be stuck in the car for a few hours.
- A few lip colours that don't look good on me, but never a plain lip balm when I need it
- Enough loose change to buy a muffin, minus ten cents usually, when I'm in the drive thru with 8 cars behind me
- Enough restaurants crayons to keep Oliver busy for 90 seconds
- 3 travel sunscreens that surely expired in 2001, why I'm unable to finish a 0.75 ounce sunscreen is beyond me
So there you have it! I think you can gather why this post hasn't been enhanced with photos. I need not prove this information. This information is real as it gets.
What do you keep in your bag of tricks?