Monthly Archives: April 2012

33 years young…

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Wow… today is my birthday!  It is funny how when you are a child your birthday takes forever to come again… days seem like weeks, and weeks seem like years as you are waiting for the day, and the all exciting presents! As an adult it creeps up on you quicker and quicker every year!

As an adult I find birthdays are more of a dread, and a day of personal reflection for myself.  I am not saying I do not like owning my age, as another year older is WAY better than the alternative.  I want to get old.  Just NOT so quickly! As much as I am fine with the number getting better I really hope I never look my age! A couple years… a couple days… I will take all or any mistakes in my age as long as it is younger 😛

I say dread and personal reflection… as I find it is a day to remind you of your immortality.  It is a day I tend to self-check and almost respect more than New Year’s for resolutions.

Am I where I thought I would be at 33??  NO, and YES!  I am happily married to a wonderful husband, and have two great boys —who are older than I thought I would have at this point! lol… Picky Hubby is 9 years my senior and was ready right after we got married. I wasn’t but  I was easily convinced 😉

I have a job that I love… I work for a program for Early Intervention working with kids with different needs, from extra speech supports, behavioral guidance, or physical and/or occupational therapy supports.  Every day is different, and their successes bring me joy!

I am more confident than I have ever been in my life, and have finally started realizing I do not care what others think of me to a certain point.  I need to please myself first!

I have a nice house, and a beautiful kitchen that I LOVE to cook in now!  Especially since I have been following a restricted elimination diet plan for the past 5 weeks.  Which also means I cannot have a traditional birthday cake. So instead of having hubby order one from a bakery I had to make my own… :'( 

When searching for a recipe that fit my plan, I struggled, then finally decided to go with one I found Here, and adapted it to fit my plan. It had great reviews, so I decided to go with it!

I lined a very large baking pan with parchment paper and used that instead of the round spring form pans as I knew I wanted to make it into a bar cake.

Changes I made to the recipe include: I subbed Krisda baking formula (Stevia) for the powdered sugar, and some lemon extract for the rum.  Since I cannot have sugar, I just skipped their icing recipe, and just make some real whipped cream with some stevia to sweeten, and layered with a little Barlean’s Omega Swirl Lemon Twist, and strawberries.

Fingers crossed it tastes good!  Especially to those who aren’t eating gluten/sugar-free!

 

I had a Wonderful birthday so far… I woke up to some great new loose tea being brewed for me, and a table filled with presents!  Here are a few of the favourites that  I had been hinting on for awhile!

6.25qt Le Creuset French Oven in Spinach, new Clean Eating Cookbook, and a new Glass measuring cup with Green writing!

Plus… Picky Hubby flew my brother out to spend the day with us!

We decided to drive the 2 hours to Edmonton to a matinee of American Reunion while the kids were in school… and I have to say it was a great movie!  It had a few parts that err…shocked me!  However for the most part it was a great movie that made me feel very nostalgic! It was great to see the cast older… Plus I survived the movie theatre without popcorn!!  It was a great accomplishment and speaks greatly of my willpower to stick with this elimination diet!

When we got home, we all worked together to make a great steak dinner, with Cauliflower Leek & White Bean Mash, and a garden salad for me, and baby potatoes, ceasar salad and garlic bread for everyone else.

It was SO good… well now we are off to play a new game expansion of Ticket to Ride my Brother and his fiancee got me! Asia :)

I had one of the best birthdays in a VERY long time, and am very grateful to all my friends and family who made me feel very loved!  Thanks!  …To another 66 years!!

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Flourless Lemon Blueberry Chia Muffin in a Minute!

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Here is another one minute flourless muffin recipe, which is actually my favourite one that I make!!  It tastes kind of like a lemon poppy seed muffin with blueberries.

What you will need…

Ground Flax, an egg, chia seeds, baking powder, packet of stevia, Barlean's omega swirl- lemon zest

This is filled with healthy Omega 3 fats.  Fats are good for you… don’t freak out– it will be okay! I promise! All but 4g (from the egg) are from the flax, omega supplement, and chia seeds.  :)

They are great for a warm comforting breakfast, or cut into thirds like a homemade vitatop.  Without the top 😉

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