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Today marks the BIG 3-0 for me!

Hubby was working. So I had a quiet day at home with my little mister. With cake, of course. 😉 And we’ll celebrate for real on the weekend when we both have a day off. 🙂


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This past week has been such a whirlwind. Hubby’s grandfather, who has been in a nursing home for a year and a half with progressing dementia, took a physical turn for the worse and passed away on Saturday. The couple of days leading up to it were hectic and busy, and the days following were even more so. And, before I knew it, January was nearly over.

So meal planning and grocery shopping went out the window for at least a week. We’re only now starting to get back on track.

But I’m not going to let it get me down. Life happens. Circumstances get in the way. We had a crappy week. Time to get back on track and move on.

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January goals!

A few years ago, instead of doing a New Years resolution, I did monthly goals. At the beginning of each month, I’d set a goal (or goals) that I wanted to work on for the month. Every month, there were some things I’d continue from the previous month and I’d add something new in. This year I’ve decided to do the same, because taking it a month at a time is a lot more reasonable than planning to do something for an entire year. And you can change things up as necessary as circumstances change.

January is almost half over. But I’ve been doing really well with my goal for January. So it’s time to put it in writing!

My goal for January has been to make a meal plan and stick to it. I get hubby’s schedule well in advance and mine usually a week or two in advance. So when I get my schedule, I’ve been sitting down and planning our meals. Right now, I’m planned up until about the 24th. And we’ve been sticking to it every day so far. 🙂

Along with this goal are a couple of sub-goals: to use the meal planning to be better prepared with lunches for work so we don’t end up buying unhealthy takeout, and to try some new recipes instead of eating the same things over and over. Those have been going well too! Neither of us has resorted to buying lunch any day this month yet. And tonight marks new recipe #2, along with the awesome muffin recipe I posted a few days ago!

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Hello 2015 readers!

I’ll spare you the long drawn out “it’s a new year and I’m going to blog more and eat healthier” post because I say it every year, and I never follow through. Instead I’m going to skip straight to a fabulously delicious recipe I made this morning and let you question my sanity when I tell you that these bran muffins are actually AMAZING. They’re seriously so good!

Let’s give credit where credit is due. I found the recipe on Pinterest, and it seems to have originated here on a page called “The Recipe Rebel”. And I definitely plan on perusing through the page some more because this recipe was such a hit! Hopefully the rest of the recipes on the page are as impressive!

Anyway, enough with the suspense!

1¼ cups All-Bran Original cereal
¾ cup milk
3 large overripe bananas
1 egg
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
½ cup chocolate chips, plus additional for top if desired

In a large bowl, combine cereal and milk. Let sit 3-4 minutes until soft.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with about 16 paper liners.
Add bananas to bowl and mash with a whisk. Whisk in egg, applesauce and brown sugar.
Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the bowl. Stir in with a spatula. Stir in chocolate chips.
Ladle into prepared muffin pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes (Mine baked exactly 19 minutes) until a toothpick comes out clean or mostly clean.
Let cool to room temperature (you can dive in before that, but the paper liners are difficult to remove from warm muffins!).

Yield: 16 muffins



Surprisingly enough, this recipe actually did yield 16 muffins. Sometimes I find that muffin/cookie/cupcake recipes are very unrealistic with their predicted yield. But I used large size muffin pan liners, and this turned out spot on!

And they’re delicious.

Seriously, go make them!

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I haven’t posted in forever, but I need the outlet. So here goes…

I usually do pretty well about missing my mom. I mean, I do well with accepting that I don’t get to have her around. It’s hard and it sucks, but I do okay. Except when I don’t. And then it hits me like a brick wall.

Today was a brick wall.

It’s almost Christmas. And my son is two, and is really going to be FUN at Christmas this year. And she LOVED kids. I mean, lived for them. They were her life. She was second mother to all my cousins and all their children too. So she would have just been the.most.amazing grandmother. The most amazing. And she loved Christmas. So much. So the combination of him and Christmas would have been such a fantastic thing for her to experience. And it kills me that she never got that opportunity. And I just miss her in general more this time of year because everything is so family-oriented. And I heard a Christmas song on the radio called “Hello Mom and Dad”, and I cried so much. And I thought it would get easier as time went on. But it doesn’t. At all. I actually think it gets harder. Because as time goes on, she’s missing more of the things she would have loved to experience.

So today was a brick wall.

Tonight I have a sooky boy who refused to sleep anywhere other than in my bed, and I’m letting him. I will snuggle that boy so tight and give him so much love from his Nanny that he never got to know.

Because today was a brick wall.

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Happy Canada Day!! :D

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

Today is one of those very rare days that hubby and I both have off from work together. Normally, I work on his days off. But one of the few perks of working in retail is that the mall is closed on major holidays. So we’re actually both off today, and the weather forecast looks awesome. So we’re planning a full day of family fun! 😀

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We’ve never taken Alexander to any of those kiddie shows that have come to town. The Backyardigans, Toopy and Binoo, Sesame Street – they’ve all come here. And we decided not to take him because he’s young and they’re not his absolute favorites. He’d recognize them, but I don’t think it would be the experience of a lifetime for him. What would be? Seeing The Wiggles. He freakin’ LOVES those guys. So we’ve always said that if The Wiggles came nearby, we’d definitely take him. Well they’re coming. Just not exactly nearby. They’re going to Halifax. A whole province away. But we decided to go anyway. Because our boy ADORES them. And they’re coming a week and a half before his birthday. And we have family in Halifax.

So we’re going. 😀

September 21st, we will be at the Wiggles concert! 😀

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