Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wasabi Flank Steak Soup

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This is my Go to soup, especially during the winter.

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Ingredients:

1 or 2 lbs of flank steak

Enoki mushrooms (I tell my kid they are mini trees)

Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Kale, Spinach mixed up big salad bag

Garlic

Puréed red onion x 2

2 tbsps of sesame oil

1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce

1/4 oyster sauce

2tbsps of wasabi paste

Optional seasonings:
Red chilli powder
Cumin
Turmeric
Vegeta

Method:

Slice steak in to thin strips or bite size pieces.

Sauté steak, onion, garlic until steak is medium rare, in sesame oil, add mushrooms, after about 5 mins throw on seasoning to taste but I do whatever is in my cupboard, all the stuff listed above as optional.

Once everything looks cooked, add the greens and sauté down.

Then add water to the pot, more or less 3/4 of the stock pot. Bring to a boil and you are ready to eat. I paired mine with fresh brown bread I picked up from the bakery for a buck fifty.

Everyone in the family likes this, from Grandma to baby and everyone in between!

Enjoy!

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Hazelwood Home Over Toilet Storage

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I purchased this unit from Wayfair.com out of Sheer necessity, due to the fact that I had initially stored extra toilet paper rolls on the floor in a decorative basket. This led my 1 year old to think up a new game of ripping the toilet paper up and shoving into the tube part of the toilet paper roll, kind of like he was feeding each roll its own skin lol

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The unit is beautiful once put together, but holy fuck is it very frustrating to put together. It came with one sheet, that was double sided so you had to keep flipping it to check the names of parts or pieces! There wasn’t one word of instructions, nor list of tools you would need, and the piece that anchors around your toilet goes right through the water source, so I drilled an extra hole in that piece and then flipped it up so the original top hole was now the bottom hole and the new hole I drilled was used as the top screw.

It will take about an hour if you have two people doing this, it is soooo flimsy, and you need glue which also is only mentioned in one small picture within the second part of the instructions. Even the pics for the instructions are placed in an up down sequence instead of reading from left to right.

I’m super annoyed that the predrilled holes for the doors make the doors slightly uneven bs haven’t thought of a fix for this yet, mostly because after 4 hours of struggling to put this together and getting so frustrated I ripped it apart and began assembling it right over the toilet. The pegs are lame. It isn’t secure at all! I used metal wall anchors and that baby is now stuck to my wall and isn’t going anywhere! I also glue with silicone every fucking nook and cranny of this unit and I’m a little tempted to even do it to glue the whole unit to the wall just for safety.

Buy a lot of industrial adhesive if you buy this unit, just for the piece of mind if you have children.

I do love the look of it though!

My whole body is sore as hell today feels as bad as boot camp lol so that was a bonus!

My Hubby’s birthday gift

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The hubby’s birthday is around the corner and I finished the laundry early, and decided to get takeout for dinner so I could finish doing the decor in his office.

Thanks to Decal Lab for the skyline of T.Dot. We used to be able to see the C.N. Tower from our Condo before we had our second little man, so I thought since we moved away to the suburbs, this could be his very own view, and my thank you to him.

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Dinner: Wagyu Burgers on Garlic Naan

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This was a frozen meat kinda day, these burgers are from President’s Choice, I topped them with old Fort cheddar, avocado, and chipotle hot sauce(no hot sauce on the kids burger, but plum sauce on my 4year old’s burger since he hates ketchup) all on top of a PC Garlic Naan!

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I fry up these burgers in a pan, with no oil or butter, they are fatty burgers but so yummy on a day when you just want a burger! Sprinkle some shredded cheese and wrap up in a garlic naan for a change in scenery from your normal burger!

Why I Love Disney’s Frozen for my Boys!

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I have been catching a bit of weirdo looks my way lately for letting my boys obsess over Disney’s Forzen.  First of all all you people who think that this is a princess movie, with the same old lesson, need to actually understand the movie, or better yet, watch it with your full attention. I’m not going to be Rosie O’Donelle and yell at you to watch this great movie (but I’m also not knocking her for doing so, because I can understand why she loves the movie so much!)BUT you really have to understand that this is a great movie for children to obsess over, just like Despicable Me, Up, Toy Story, or whatever.

I love this movie for a few reasons, the first being that it shows girl power. Ya, I know it is cliche, but we have two princesses and neither are saved by a man. In fact one Princess is saved by another Princess, and visa versa. It shows this generation of women that they can do for themselves but to also not be too stubborn, and ask for help where and when it is needed. In the case of Anna, she has Christoph, Sven, and Olaf (he is my favourite character, right up there with the Minions for all time!) helping her along the way, but not, I repeat NOT BEING HER SAVIOURS! She shows that she has a pure heart and can sacrifice herself for someone she loves, her sister, and that True Love, between a man and a woman isn’t the only kind of powerful love.

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Also the fact that Disney has chosen to tell this story this way, makes me as the mother of boys so happy. It shows my sons that they don’t have to be a knight in shining armor, they don’t have to save some damsel in distress.  For far too long, this has been my biggest gripe with Disney movies, why, because I never needed saving in my life, because much like Anna and Elsa, I did it and faced every heart stopping moment in my life head on. I want my sons to be with women (if that is what they choose) who are strong, oh God, I truly hope they don’t find women exactly like me, I would probably cry. Strong women are good, copies of your Mama are baaaaaad!

Maybe by the time they are ready to get married it will be the women proposing, giving them rings! Either way I might just die a little if they bring home some helpless waif, who giggles instead of laughing, who asks for permission to do anything and apologizes for everything. I would be upset! Oh man I’m shaking my head just thinking about it. But I digress.

So I have two other reasons why I Love this story, they are more so for me, than for the sake of my kids, but anyone who doesn’t watch movies with their kids, I mean, seriously why not? I hate adults who just can’t be kids with their kids for what the span of like 2 hours. Oh you are too good for Cartoons now that you are an adult, pfft, bitch please move on! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cartoons, I watched them with my family growing up and I watch them with my kids, I hope I will watch them with my grandchildren. Anyway, I particularly love cartoons that show some kind of power that a protagonist is born with or acquires. The reason why I love this, is the same reason why I love the Xmen, because it shows children that we are all special in our own way, even if we look different, or have some sort of anomaly that makes us stand out. I was born with webbed fingers, and so were so many people in my family, and I passed it on to my children.  Since the first time I read an Xmen Comic, I have always considered myself a mutant! I wear the term with pride, and I tell my boys too also!

I love Elsa because she is Mutant like to me, and she LOVES the Cold! Whaat!?!?  It is as if the Disney writers wrote this for me! Since I was a child, I was that one Canadian kid who could literally stay outside in shorts when it was below zero. I actually one of my friend’s older brother better me I couldn’t stand outside with my sweatpants and sleeves rolled up when it was zero degrees…umm now that I think about it he may have been trying to get rid of his little sister’s annoying friend, but meh, I remember standing outside and being proud to having adapted to the cold like no one else in my family could! Ha what a strange thing to be proud of! When she undoes her cloak, lets in flyaway in the wind and says; “The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”, I shit you not I almost jumped out of my seat. Even my husband looked and me and said; “Did they base Elsa on you? The white hair, the cold loving, even her dress is the snow version of your wedding dress” lol I couldn’t believe he made the connection…I guess he does pay attention!

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I think those count as two reasons, but the bonus reason why I love this cute movie, is that damn snowman, Olaf! I couldn’t get enough of him! The faces that Olaf makes, I mean come on, how could you not love that little snowman!

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Thank you for reading my blog, and to those loyal readers (wow I cannot believe I have loyal readers) you make my day checking everyday for a post, I apologize for taking so long, life has been hectic, and I would rather post quality as opposed to quantity! I see you Brazil! I thank you!