Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 6

A great day! I had so much free time. It was cold, but the sun was shining and I had about 100 little lambs to visit!

I started the day with 2 eggs, 3 veggie breakfast sausages and an Ezekiel english muffin with butter.

The Sheppard came in after a long morning - it began at 2am! He had a hearty breakfast, I had a ww tortilla with chicken, red peppers and lettuce mix. I also had a bowl of this weeks broccoli soup.

Throughout the day I had several bean brownies.

Dinner was ground lamb, ww noodles, tonnes of sauteed veggies and some fresh Parmesan cheese.

I always weigh my pasta and usually only eat a 1/2 serving. Tonight I ate 30g of pasta, which would be about 120 cal...but I never feel gipped out of pasta, the extras, the sauce and veggies, are the best part to me!

Back to work tomorrow. I wish I could stay home and help the Sheppard in the barns and hang out with our puppies. Today Jazz, aka mamma dog, took a walk outside and left the pups alone. I think that's good. She's hardly moved since they were born. We have her eating canned food because it tastes better and she just didn't want to eat her regular dry food. She needs to be nourished to feed those 6 little fatty's! SOOO CUTE!


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 5 (of 7)

I have decided to give myself a 7 day trial period to see how this blog goes.

I was up really early this morning. My husband was in the barn all night delivering lambs and we had the alarm set for him for 5am, but since he hadn't come in it woke me up. Sheppard came to bed around 6am and I laid there for about a half hour and got up at 6:30am. I don't know why, but lambs seems to be born a lot in the night rather than the day time.

My usual breakfast: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Joy, Dorset muesli, blueberries. Along with the recent clean eating mag and a few cups of java.

After breakfast I went in to town to do some grocery shopping. Then home to see the puppies! Jazz was letting me hold them and take better pictures today! SO CUTE!

For lunch I made a quesadilla - spinach, leftover chicken, cheddar and mushrooms, with a hefty helping of salsa.

Then I decided to make some Chicken Tikka Masala as I had the time. Of course, got so excited about eating, I forgot photos, but here is one from the cookbook: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF INDIAN COOKING. I really like this cookbook, easy, step by step, outlines where in the country the dish comes from, I learn a lot from it, not just the recipe.

I also made some bean brownies, pretty good! I can't remember where I got the recipe, but you can see they are good by looking at the dent I put in them 10 minutes after being pulled from the oven.

I had more too.

I love these weekends where I don't have any real plans. It's not that I relax, it's just I enjoy the freedom to relax if I really wanted to.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 4

Today I started with a very usual breakfast: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk, Dorset muesli, blueberries.

I always weigh my cereal or measure it. This way I'm not eating 2 portions. I always look at the bowl and wonder how I'm full, or how I last so long without eating again, but it does last!

Snack time was the rest of yesterdays carrot cake Cliff bar and an apple. I had an unexpected phone call from the Sheppard and he updated me on the lambs that were born overnight and how the puppies are doing. All is well.

I FORGOT MY LUNCH AT HOME! AH! It was going to be sooo good too. Leftover broc. soup, a big chicken salad...such is life. So, I went for sashimi again. I know I have to watch my Mercury levels...too much next week I'm not going to have sushi at all, and aim to bring my lunch everyday. I love eating out so it may be tough.

cMy afternoon snack was an apple.

Dinner was crock pot. I'm not sure what to call it - on the bottom are cut up chicken breasts, white wine, water, oregano, pepper, parsley, then covered with mushrooms. I left it on low from about 7am to 6pm. With it, my husband had some potatoes and we both had a salad

I didn't take a photo after it was cooked. This weekend my mission is to remember to take dinner photos!

After dinner and a few glasses of wine, I had a hand full - or three of chocolate chips.

Off to the winter farmers market in the morning!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 3

Yesterday the greatest thing happened at our house - our dog Jazz had 6 AMAZING little puppies! Beautiful. I haven't picked them up yet, I like to wait until they are a few days old and mamma feels more comfortable. She's resting nicely in the warm hay loft and she seems so proud. In about a week their eyes will open and then it's time to play! Here's a great shot of puppies that were born last spring, they are 3.5 weeks in this pic.My breakfasts tend to be similar each day. I'll eat something until I exhaust it, eat something else until I exhaust it, then move back to the previous breakfast. The one thing that does not usually change are berries. Blueberries mostly. I try to eat locally, especially in the summer, but berries are something I do not live without.

Today's breakfast - Dorset muesli, skim milk, blueberries.

I buy coffee in the morning maybe once a week from Country Style, but most days I make my own and bring along my Tim Horton's travel mug. I'm not so much of Tim's fan, but this mug works great with the easy sliding lid.

Mid morning snack was canned pineapple. It's not something I eat usually but we were out of fruit, other than berries, and I found this little can in the cupboard.

Then, before lunch I had a sweet tooth, so I had just a bite of this carrot cake Cliff bar. I find the carrot cake flavour to be ok, but they were on sale last week so I thought I'd pick up a few.

Lunch was a beautiful salad - mixed greens, shaved carrot, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, left over chicken and Renees Japanese Ginger dressing. On the side (dipped in dressing on the plate) I had 1/2 ww tortilla.

During my lunch break I hit up the grocery store. Glad I did because around 3pm this apple was needed! I'm a Royal Gala or Ambrosia apple fan.

Dinner was camera shy - I totally forget to take photos! When I got home I noticed some broccoli getting a little limp in the fridge. I mixed it with some chicken stock, water, bay leaf and an onion and let it simmer for about 30 min. Then added some thyme and pepper, a bit of soft tofu, and blended it up with the immersion blender to make a great looking soup! With the soup we had gourmet grilled cheese. WW bread, real cheddar, spinach and some chicken breast baked with balsamic vinegar - delish! I was feeling munchi, and ate a good handful of chocolate chips in the evening.

Here are some not so great shots of mamma dog with her pups. She's pretty protective right now, in a few days I'll be able to get some better shots. Good night!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 2

Starting today, I hope to share my daily eats, or the highlights at least. I'll begin with lunch yesterday.

I love sushi. No, excuse me, I LOVE sushi. I eat it once a week. So, yesterday was sushi day, consisting of a small salad, probably too much fish, some wasabi and ginger. I have no idea what the dressing is that they use for this salad, but it is to die for! I order the same thing every time, Sashimi lunch. I quite enjoy raw fish, but want to keep my white rice consumption under control, so with this lunch, the rice is separate, and most of the time I ask them not to give it to me at all. Today there were some little extras, as their usually are, I like it best when they add the teriyaki tofu.

Then, to satisfy the sweet tooth that always follows too much wasabi, I had half a Luna bar, leftover from yesterday's sweet tooth.

After work I went to the gym. I did 45 min on the treadmill at intervals, then a Core Control class. After the gym I met a friend for 'fast food seafood' - Red Lobster. I know it's far from the greatest, but living inland in Canada, it's sometimes the only choice. I forgot my camera, not being used to taking photos of food yet! I had Wood Grilled Lobster, Shrimp and Scallops, a nice garden salad and 1 of their oh so tasty biscuits! YUM!

When home, I snacked on too many chocolate almond biscotti that I made last week. Tasty!

Day 3 will see improvements, until then!


Day 1

I've decided to start a blog, hopefully a food blog, without being sure if I'll be able to keep it up. It may be an everyday affair, it may be weekly, or even more sporadic than that. I try to eat healthy and exercise, running, lifting small amounts of weights and focusing on my core. I've been inspired to start this blog first by a great blogger who I met at a wedding last year. She told me about her blog. Since then, I've been reading many blogs almost daily and think it's really great way to keep accountable and share my daily eats.

A bit about me: I'm a 31 year old gal, living in rural Ontario on a sheep and fresh market farm. When people ask what I do, first I always say I'm a farmer. Summers are spent caring for my 1 acre garden and selling fresh, pesticide free produce at our local farmers market. I also have a day job, office work at a home health care agency - to keep the bills paid. My love is the country, the farm, all of our animals, including 6 Great Pyrenees dogs and a calico kitty, Annie. My husband of 4.5 years is a full time 'Shepherd' and I think he's fabulous. Really, he's the light of my life. I enjoy the gym. Treadmill and all. I know it might sound strange for a country girl to love an indoor gym, but the people keep me motivated, core classes keep me scheduled, it just works for me. I love trying new recipes, my husband jokes we never have the same dinner twice. From this blog I hope to get some enjoyment, to make a few friends and find a new way to enjoy life. show you a bit of what I've just talked about, here are a few farm photos:

Bottle Feeding a 2 day old lamb last week

My seedlings growing about mid-April last year

First day at the market: June 2009. Not a lot to show in June in Ontario, spinach, radish, green onions...wild flowers from the farm to look pretty and fill the table

In the tomato patch, summer 2008

A beautiful harvest day. Heirloom tomato's taking centre (or left) stage.

Some Sheep frolicking in the summer pasture

And last, but definitely not least, 4 of our great dogs: I couldn't get this photo any bigger...I'll be learning as I go.

So, to everyone or no one reading this first post, I look forward to what this blog will morph into, as of now, I really have no idea! Until tomorrow,