Wednesday, January 5, 2011

So far, so good.

This is the mirror that is up in my daughter's bedroom.  Notice the "I heart me" sticky note that she stuck on it.
.  I am using this image for my blog today because it is how I am feeling as I write this.
Thank you, Maya, for reminding me that it's ok to admit that, "I heart me."
Make that so far, so great!

2011 is so rocking!  And honestly, I have to take all the credit.  I am making it happen.   It hasn't be easy, but it is soooooo worth it.  I really have been trying to live by my anti-resolutions, the most important one being make every day count.  This one resolution encourages me to persevere even when I just want to give up and go to sleep hugging the TV converter and a bag of peanut butter M&Ms (my rebound relationship since my Peanut Butter cups breakup).  Sometimes that takes the form of bundling up and taking the dog for an actual walk instead of just opening the back door (this is actually fulfilling another one of my goals:  confronting my fear of cold weather). Sometimes that takes the form of taking a deep breath (or a thousand deep breaths during an hour of yoga) before continuing to help Billy with his homework.    And you know what?  It so works!  Last night, we were in the midst of a typical homework feak-out but instead of me eventually taking over and pretty much doing it for him  or worse, freaking out on him and both of us walking away feeling awful about ourselves and then promising myself that next time I would handle it better, I stepped back, reconsidered my approach and came up with this:

"Billy, I am so proud of you that you are so upset about not being able to do your homework because it shows you care.  And I know that right now it seems impossible, but one day you will be able to write an essay.  You will learn how to do it and everything will be ok."

I decided to use this approach because I know that I like to put my trust in others and if they say it's gonna be ok, I believe them and I feel better.  And it worked.  Billy was finally able to exhale and that day counted...even without the essay being done.

PS.  Tonight I made the best dinner ever!

My husband is trying to eat healthier but I refuse to eat steamed fish and brown rice.  I tried that on Monday and it ended up with a disaster (the disaster being I was completely unsatisfied and demolished about a thousand chocolate-covered wafer cookies an hour later).  So my new "make it count" goal for the day became dinner.  This is what I came up with:

Oven-roasted tomato flatbread pizza

Cut 6 plum tomatoes in half lengthwise & scoop out the seeds & core.  Sprinkle with olive oil, a pinch of sugar, and s & p.  Put cut side up onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 min at 425.  15 minutes before they are done, toss in a handful of crimini mushrooms, halved (you could also use button mushrooms...I just think these are more flavourful). This step can be done earlier in the day and then the roasted tomatoes & mushrooms can just hang out on the counter until you are ready for them.

Brush a piece of naan (or other similar pre-made flatbread) with olive oil.  Place the tomatoes in a pretty way on top of that.  Then add the mushrooms artfully.  Then sprinkle with a small handful of feta cheese (you could toss on bits of goat cheese instead but my kids hate it so its not worth even trying).

Bake at 400 for about 5 min and then serve.  Yum!

I also made...

Chicken & Quinoa Salad

Buy a cooked rotisserie chicken.  There.  Chicken's done.

Bring 1 cup of water & 1/2 cup of quinoa to a boil.  Turn down to low & let simmer for 15 min.

While quinoa is cooking, chop up 1 bell pepper (go crazy and choose whatever colour you want: red, orange, or yellow), 1 tomato (seeded and cored, of course), and the chicken into bite size chunks and put in a pretty bowl (this will be your serving bowl...see?  easy on the eyes, easy on the tummy, and easy on the clean up).

Make the dressing:  2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp minced chives, s & p to taste in a small mason jar.  Put the top on and shake it like crazy.

Add a few cups of arugula and/or baby spinach to the veggies & chicken along with the dressing and quinoa.  Toss to combine and then let sit for a bit so the flavours come together.

Then eat.

Sigh... So good.  What a day.


  1. Haha, I clicked on your blog for the running and recipes parts, but I LOVE the first part of this post. What a fantastic outlook, thanks for reminding us how important it is to remember how awesome we are sometimes!

  2. I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this quinoa widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about quinoa,Thanks!