Recipes

Salmon Chowder

I have this thing with not wanting to cook on weekends. I don’t know where it came from!  So I like to use leftovers for something new to speed things up (I call this a “rollover meal”).  Therefore today’s lunch!  I used our leftover roasted sweet potato and carrots and rolled them into the most delish Salmon Chowder (every time I say this word I always think of the Simpsons).

I’ve never made a chowder before so I’m pretty excited to try it. I love chowder though so I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do. I took a quick peek on Pinterest (follow me here) and I was reassured that I was heading in the right direction. 
Here’s the recipe:

Serves 2-4 people (or 3 if you are a breastfeeding eating machine)

Ingredients:

1 medium onion
1 tablespoon oil (I use coconut)
2 cups leftover roasted carrots and sweet potatoes (probably about 1 cup each of using fresh)
2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/4 cup cream (I just wanted to use this up)
1/2 cup milk
1 can of salmon
1 cup corn
1 cup of cheddar cheese
3 cups chopped kale
Directions:
Heat oil and cook onions until they are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add in sweet potato, carrots and spices. Mix well and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes (or until veggies are soft). 
Add milk, corn, salmon and stir well. Add cheese and kale. Turn off burner. Put lid on pot to steam the kale for a few minutes (mine probably steamed for about 10 minutes).
Give it a good stir, serve and enjoy!
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Uptown Baby – Teething

Teething = NOT FUN!
Just the screaming cries at 4am aren’t fun.  But the drool-monster that is your child is super fun (when not screaming because of teething)!

So a few weeks back, I asked my Facebooks followers what they did with regards to teething.  It was super helpful!  Here are some of the things they recommended and my experience so far with teething (please note – we still are toothless):

Chew Toys or a Soother – E-man enjoyed them but our beloved dog, Betty, ate them.  We haven’t replaced them yet because of the next item…

Frozen Wash Cloth – He totally loves them and it’s what he plays with while we are eating dinner since he isn’t on solids yet.

Frozen Toys – He only likes them fresh out of the freezer.

Tylenol – Haven’t used it yet.  I’m nervous too for some reason.

Camilia for Teething –  I’ve given this to him twice.  Probably the best thing ever.  He claimed right down.  My favourite part is the doses are pre-packaged and small.  So I have them at home and in the diaper bag!

Gnawing on fingers/toys/receiving blankets/anything he can get his hands on – This is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it.  Some of our favourite unusual things to gnaw on are the snaps on a onesies while getting a diaper change, the zipper on the sleep sac and the heads on toys while playing with other toys.

My mantra for teething “be strong Mama, little one is just trying to tell you something.”

The first picture is my fav!

Have anything else to add leave it in the comments and I’ll be sure to try it!

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Uptown Baby – First Halloween

I’m so late on this one but if you follow me on Instgram then you’ve already seen the pictures!

We didn’t go tick or treating because E-man is only 6 months.  However, we did go to my office, a mom’s group party and a get together with some friends.  So we made our rounds!

Once I had the idea for our costumes, I just went for it!  I was so excited.  You see back in 2009, I started sewing for this very reason.  Growing up my Mom always made our costumes and I wanted to do the same thing.  So I did!

It was a great first Halloween!