Yummy Mummy Recipe: Zucchini Brownies

I’m always up for trying new things, and I love finding ways of adding nutrition to my cooking & baking. Now don’t think I’m delusional or anything, I’m not trying to say brownies are healthy, but I’ll take the chance to add some fibre, etc. And hey, if they fool the hubby, they’ll fool the kids too! 😉

I found this recipe on Rumbly in My Tumbly. Yum Yum! Seriously deadly chocolate territory!
Check out Shannon’s delicious recipe here.

(I swapped the walnuts for chocolate chips and only used 1 cup of icing sugar for the glaze, and the result is to die for!)

Photo Source:
http://sorumblyinmytumbly.blogspot.ca/2012/04/frosted-zucchini-brownies.html
Honestly, these things are SO MOIST it’s incredible! They actually remind me of the giant double chocolate muffins at Costco! 😉
Enjoy!

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas

I found this recipe while looking for inspiration for canned salmon. We have plenty of it since my hubby’s family catch it fresh, then can it for future use. It’s an excellent ingredient, since it packs a ton of valuable omega 3s, and versatile; it’s great hot or cold. 
I downloaded a salmon cookbook from Eating Well.com, so am trying out some of the recipes. You can check it out here. I made a few minor tweeks: I bought tostadas (see photo) instead of using tortillas. I also heated them in the oven for 5 minutes, then added the bean spread & salmon mix, and heated for another 5 before topping with the other cold ingredients. 
Some of the yummy ingredients
Yummy Mummy Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas:
(Source: Eating Well.com)

Makes: 4 servings, 2 tostadas each
Active time: 25 minutes Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

6-inch corn tortillas
Canola oil cooking spray
6- to 7-ounce can boneless, skinless salmon, drained
1 avocado, diced
2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeños, plus 2 tablespoons pickling juice from the jar, divided
2 cups coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared salsa scallions, chopped
Lime wedges (optional)

1 Position racks in upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375°F. 

2 Coat tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Place on 2 baking sheets. Bake, turn- ing once, until light brown, 12 to 14 minutes. 
3. Combine salmon, avocado and jalapeños in a bowl. Combine cabbage, cilantro and the pickling juice in another bowl. Process black beans, sour cream, salsa and scallions in a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on High until hot, about 2 minutes.
Serve with brown rice cooked with diced tomatoes and onions or salsa.
The finished product 🙂
As I mentioned, I made a few minor modifications. I also skipped the cooking spray and used a non- stick baking rack. The recipe made plenty, but I only made 6 for the hubby and I, and that was enough for dinner, allowing for leftovers the next day. We both agreed this is a funky recipe, worth trying again.

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Cabbage Soup

Last night my in- laws loaded us up with a ton of goodies from their veggie garden. Amongst all this edible goodness was a massive green cabbage (It was the size of a basketball!) , and some other yummy root vegetables. Being that we’re approaching the end of Summer, my cooking style is starting to shift away from lighter meals to hardier comfort food.

With this in mind I decided to whip up a batch of cabbage soup while the lil one napped. (Who says cabbage soup is just for people on diets?!) Here we go…

Yummy Mummy Cabbage Soup
Prep Time: Approx. 30 min Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes approx. 10 servings

For this rendition, I used:

1/2 a very large green cabbage = to one whole regular cabbage, sliced thin & centre removed
3 white onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 turnip, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, sliced
10 cups water
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil and/ or butter
Optional: 100g bacon or ham (adds extra flavour)

Directions:

Start by warming some olive oil and/ or butter in large pot. Add diced onion & garlic.

Cook until onion is translucent; add 1 cup water, followed by turnip, carrots & celery

Once carrots & celery have softened, add bouillon cubes, remaining water & cabbage

Add salt & pepper to taste

Bring to a boil for 5- 10 minutes; cover & reduce heat for approx. 45 minutes to an hour

I let mine stand & cool on the stovetop for a while before transferring. With this batch I put some aside to eat right away, and portioned out the rest to freeze. This way, when the hubby has to work in the cold Fall & Winter weather, I can pull a bag to thaw overnight & send with him in a thermos.

I love when I get the chance to plan ahead!!! Any way to make life a little easier when you get the chance is a golden opportunity.

I hope you enjoy 🙂

Image Source: Simply Recipes

Retail Therapy: Swap Meet!

Before my little lady came along I used to work on weekends, so was never able to go to any of the fun activities and events in the area. My sister- in- laws had told me about the swap meet held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, so I was kind of excited that I finally got the chance to go.
I was told to go early, since the best things go quick (don’t they always???) and to bring cash. I got there for 9am- the time it opened- to find a big line up of other eager deal seekers; by the time I got in, people were already leaving with armloads of goodies!

The line to get in at opening
As a first timer, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and came armed with my massive diaper bag(lol, it might as well be luggage!) and stroller. While this wasn’t the worst thing to do, I quickly found the more seasoned swap- goers came armed with slings & carriers, since it gets so crowded and therefore not too easy to manoeuvre a stroller.

The swap meet 10 min after opening 
I was in search of a Bumbo, but ended up with lots of other goodies instead. There were lots of tables loaded with clothes- most for $1- $2 per item!- toys, gear, and all manner of baby and kid items. I saw more practical things, such as baby gates & bedding, and the more impulsive: hair accessories & itty bitty shoes. Some vendors were selling brand new items, and there were the standard Tupperware, Norwex, and RESP stalls. There were also several cloth diaper sellers and a photographer.
Phew! Lots to look at! Some of the other ladies from my Mom’s group also went, with varying degrees of success. One of them has a little boy, and she made the observation there were not as many choices for boys; however, I’m sure the selection is different at each swap. We all agreed it was crowded though, so if you don’t like being surrounded by other bargain hunters, this may not be your shtick. 
Including the $5 admission, I spent $40. I think I did pretty well for the money I spent: Lots of clothes (not that Ari needs them, but I couldn’t resist!), bunny slippers, a Baby Gap backpack- for $1!, hangers, a shape- finder toy, headbands & barrettes, & a soother/ cup clip. And most of the sellers were willing to bargain. I’ll admit I’m not a seasoned pro, but I’m hoping my haggling skills will improve with practice. 🙂

How cute is this?! $1 Baby Gap backpack

BUNNY SLIPPERS!

Ruffles…

… and polka dots
The cute hair accessories by Princess Krislyn’s Boutique
(I had a hard time deciding!!!)

The pacifier/ cup clip by Passing Fancies
(I couldn’t resist the sparkles and bow!!!)

I can’t wait until the next swap! I hope you get a chance to check it out. 🙂
For more info on the Kid Swap at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, click here

Mommy Date: Bog Walk

One of the amazing things about living in BC is all the natural beauty around us.

I have lived here my whole life and am still discovering some local gems. This week my Mom group organized a walk through Burns Bog in Delta, and I can’t wait to go back.
If you live in or are familiar with the area, you’ve probably heard of Burns Bog. One of the Moms in our group is very knowledgeable about the Bog and offered to play tour guide for us. It was like having our own private eco tour.
To get into the Bog, you have to park at the local ice arena and enter off a paved path. There are 2 options for walking through this part of the Bog: a short, inner path that takes approx. half an hour to walk, and a longer, outer path that takes approx. an hour to walk. We were lucky to have cooperative babies, so were able to go along both paths.
Our Mommy tour guide told us about some of the plants and creatures that are indigenous to the Bog, how the early Natives used the plants (skunk cabbage diapers anyone???), and stories/ legends about the Bog. We were warned not to step off the plank path, since the Bog consists of 20 metres of peat! While the ground looks solid, it it hard to tell by appearance alone where the sink holes are (think muddy quicksand). A partially submerged tractor along one of the paths is a reminder to be cautious; legend goes that the driver sunk with the tractor, and it continues to sink at a rate of 1/2 inch each year.
The nice thing about the plank path (see photo above) is that it’s stroller friendly. Since the Bog is open year- round, there is chicken wire along one side for traction during the rain & snow. The path is built and maintained by volunteers, and they are currently in the process of adding an additional plank path to connect the two routes through the Bog. 
To find out some ways to support the Bog, check out their online store here. (I’m not sure if they sell it online, but you can buy a tea made from a plant found in the Bog- Labrador tea! I’m adding to my ‘gotta try it’ list).
For more info, check out the Burns Bog Society website. If you’re new or unfamiliar to the area, see the link for  a map & directions . I hope you get a chance to go to this beautiful place! It’s beautiful rain or shine!
Stroller dashboard shot!
Labrador Tea! Gotta try it!
The infamous sunken tractor.
Trying out the ‘safe’ part of the Bog to walk on. 
With 20m of peat below, the ground is very soft

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