Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mid Week

Thanks for all your comments yesterday.  Before I get into today's post, I want to say I wouldn't just eat sushi anywhere.  I will only eat it at the one place I have spoke to the chef, and trust them.  If I'm out of town, I won't hit the local sushi joint, and I HIGHLY recommend that everyone check with their own sushi place and feel good about the choice before eating it.  I am not saying that all pregnant women should go out and eat raw fish anytime, anywhere. ;)

I had a great breakfast, take a guess!  haha...
Midmorning some cottage cheese and a banana.  I don't eat many bananas.

I had a lunch appointment, so before I left I had an english muffin, toasted with Laughing Cow cheese.  I love that cheese.
On the way back to work I had a pictureless plum.  And once at work I had a salad.
We had friends arriving for an early dinner and The Shepherd requested burgers.  I didn't have time to make homemade and wasn't feeling like frozen burgers, so I had an Yves veggie burger on an english muffin.  Chili sauce, zucchini relish on the side and 2 helpings of salad.
More frozen yogurt in the evening. 
Thursday is my Friday this week, then off for a weekend away solo.  Love these weekends!

Also, a shout out to Pam - I can't access your new blog?  Is something wrong, all of a sudden, it won't load from my blog list or any other way I try?  Are you there? :)

Cheers ladies,Jess

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pregnancy and Sushi

If you've been pregnant, or researched what you can/can't eat while pregnant, I'm sure you've read that you should avoid raw sushi fish.  When I found this out I was devastated.  It is a weekly staple in my life, I love it, crave it, almost need it.  So, I started researching.  I learned, that by flash freezing fish for a minimum of 24 hours, any parasites that MAY have been in the fish would be killed.  I decided this wasn't enough proof to make me feel safe, so I decided to speak to my sushi chef.  He told me the same thing, and that all of their fish comes frozen.  Then, I decided before having it, I'd speak to my doctor, who confirmed this as well.  So, for the past 3 months, I have continued to eat raw sushi weekly, and will continue to.

I may eat/drink things you question during this pregnancy, but believe me, I have done my research and feel safe in everything that enters my body.  Feel free though, to send me an email anytime about what I eat, I'm happy to talk about it.


So, for lunch, a wonderful serving of salad and sashimi. :)

And breakfast early in the morning...Dorset cereal, strawberries, skim milk.
Morning snacks were an apple and cottage cheese.  I find I like the 'runnier' cottage cheese better than a thicker brand.  What do you prefer?
I didn't eat in the afternoon, sashimi lunch fills me up!  But when I got home I had a handful of nuts or two.

Dinner was leftover lasagna and a salad that resembled this.  I didn't take a photo.

More great frozen yogurt while watching American Idol.  Who is your pick?

Have a great day,
Jess

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Longer Than Usual

We had a great weekend.
Saturday breakfast was..I forget exactly, but looks like yogurt, granola and berries!
I hung out in the greenhouse for a few hours, watering and weeding.  It was so warm and cozy.  Then out to the garden to do some weeding.  Veggies grow slow, weeds grow quickly.


Lunch was 2 Yves veggie dogs on half an english muffin with Laughing Cow Cheese.  !/2 the english muffin had raspberry jam.  On the side, was my FIRST SALAD FROM TEH GREENHOUSE!  Simple Chinese greens and radishes so small...but I HAD to sample.


Our lawn in 100,000 square feet and I fertilized it on Saturday as well.  I'm prepping this post Monday afternoon, and my upper body and ass are still so sore!


I also transplanted some tomatoes for my brother and my brother in law.
After having lamb the other night, I realized we haven't been eating much of it lately, so I decided on a lamb lasagna.  DELISH!  Layers of fresh ww noodles, ground lamb, sooo many mushrooms in the sauce, and a THICK layer of cottage cheese, ricotta and spinach.  SO much cheese in this baby, almost too good to be true.

Sunday was a little quieter than Saturday. 
Breakfast looks like a Kashi cereal, yogurt and strawberries. 

I had some leftover lasagna for lunch.

I can't remember which blogger, but someone reminded me how good potato/leek soup is the other day, and I still had some leek from last fall in the freezer, so decided to make a batch.  Simply potatoes simmer in vegetable stock, with the skin on, leek sauteed in some olive oil, then all pureed with the immersion blender.  Some pepper and voila, delicious soup!
With it we had provolone and prosciutto grilled cheese.
Now...on to Monday.
Breakfast was super.  Vanilla yogurt, Kashi ...I forget what it's called, crunchy flax and something...and blueberries.
Cottage cheese and a plum got me through the morning.

Lunch was leftover soup and a huge salad.  Not from the greenhouse, nothing else to pick yet.

In the afternoon an orange.

Dinner was salmon baked with dill and lemon, steamed broccoli and potatoes.  Simple and good.
The last few days I've been indulging in the most fantastic frozen yogurt I've had yet.  Here it is.
If I hadn't bought it and didn't know it was yogurt, I'd swear it was real ice cream.

I'm sure there was more food than this in the last few days, but it mustn't have been photo'd, and that's ok with me.  No evidence.

Jess

Saturday, April 24, 2010

HAPPY FRIDAY!

It was a Happy Friday. 
At breakfast, I discovered the worlds largest raisin.  I think it's really a few mushed raisins, with some cereal, but it was huge!

I bought some new frozen fruit the other day, a mix of peaches, pineapple, honeydew, strawberries and grapes.  It made this pretty pink smoothie with a bit of milk and water.
No bugs in today's salad, and that's good, because this salad was 10 times better than yesterday's.

In the afternoon I ate too much.  It got a bit uncomfortable.  I had this handful of nuts, then about 3 more.  I love them, and when there is a bag at my desk, I can't say no.  Way too many today...it hurt a little.
A bbq dinner was on the menu.  Lamb chops, potatoes and broccoli.  It was so simple and so good.
Lamb chops cooked to perfections.  Thanks Shepherd!
Today was another exciting day.  When we moved into this farm years ago, it was pretty plain, no landscaping, not many trees, no flowers.  We have worked long and hard to 'cozy' up the place.  A few years ago we planted 10 maple trees out in front of the house, and today we planted lilac bushes in between them.  They're small right now (less $), and we're told they may not flower for 3 years, but when they grow and do flower, as the trees show leaves each spring, it should be a parade of colour!


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND LADIES!  ENJOY WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING!

Jess








Friday, April 23, 2010

Some Food, Some Farm

It was a good average day.  Sunny, happy, but work has been SO long this week.  Next Friday I have the day off, so it'll make for a short week and I'm really looking forward to it.

Breakfast was Dorset cereal, blueberries and skim milk.
Black plumbs have been looking really good lately, and this one was no exception!
Not long before lunch I also had some cottage cheese.  Still loving it.
Lunch was not too exciting, but REALLY good...until...2/3 of the way through my salad, there was a bug/beetle guy standing on top of a carrot staring at me!  AH!  I'm not scared of bugs at all, but in my salad, no thanks.  I don't know if he came from my house, or jumped in at work...but either way, the rest of the salad went in the garbage, I couldn't stomach it.
The Shepherd and I went out for Indian and it was great.  My belly is still full.

A couple years ago we planted a lot of daffodil bulbs in our ditch.  Our ditch is steep, and mostly we let it grow wild because it's really difficult to cut with the lawn mower.  In the spring, it is bursting with colour, I just love coming over the hill on my way home to see this.
These are a few photos of raspberry planting. 
This may just look like a bunch of sticks stuck in rows, but soon enough, they'll be green as can be.  The fall bearing berries should have fruit this fall.  In the fall, we'll also till between the rows and sew grass.  It's going to look SO great!
The Shepherd and his dad making decisions.
The Shepherd.  Always working so hard for us. :)
And my good buddy Rigger.  Hanging out, wanting to play in the garden, not allowed.  He just doesn't understand you can't walk on seedlings or play fetch with raspberry canes.
Have a great day everyone!

Jess