Thursday, February 17, 2011

Farewell Dear Squishy!

 Our little Squishy (formerly known as Shere Khan) is moving in with his girlfriend.  It's sort of an arranged girlfriend since he's never met her yet, but I think he's pretty excited.  He gets picked up tomorrow.  We are sad but it's for the best. 
 Moving from our big apartment in Winnipeg to a smaller place in Toronto and adding a baby to the mix has made things difficult.  Three cats, one baby and two adults in a small place is, well, squishy, lol.  We'll keep our other 2 cats for the time being and see how that goes, but we may need to find better homes for them too. 
For now, the cat that was once a kitten that we intended to find a home for in the first place will now be moving.  I'm both happy and sad but so thankful he's going to a good home, it makes the guilt less intense!  Have a good life little Squish.  We'll miss you.  xoxoxoxox.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cloth Diapering Mum!

We have gone cloth!  Yep!  The best decision ever.  We ordered a bunch of AMP diapers after much research, trying to decide how I wanted my cloth diapering system to work.  Thanks to our families and a dear friends Mum (one of the coolest Mum's around) we had enough money to buy them which makes this the ultimate gift.  We have been using them for almost 2 weeks now and it's SUPER easy and I just LOVE the diapers, they leak far less then disposables and are WAY cuter and so fashionable, lol.  Seriously, check out the colours!!
We ordered 20 bamboo inserts, 5 of each size of the microfibre inserts, and 21 of the one size pocket diapers in all different colours that fit babies from 7lbs to 35lbs.  I cut up a bunch of soft cotton fabric in squares about the size of my hand to use and wiping cloths.  I have a spray bottle and I filled it with water, olive oil, vinegar and baby soap.
I got the recipe from the AMP diapers site:
2 Cups of previously boiled water
1 Tbsp of baby shampoo or baby wash
1 tsp of cooking oil or baby oil (we prefer cooking oil such as canola or olive oil)
1 Tbsp Vinegar (anti fungal) 

Pour over wipes in an old wipe container or a similar plastic container of your choice.
Cloth diapers are much easier then I imagined.  With what I ordered it seems I can go 4 or 5 days before having to do laundry.  My system is something like this...I will fold a bamboo inserts in 3 on the short side (they are rectangular) and lay it on the diaper, this way when I change her I can reuse the diaper if it's not soiled and just throw the soiled insert in the diaper pail bag.  And sometimes I will stuff the diaper with a microfibre insert if we'll be playing or going out because they seem really soft and cushy that way and it's much easier and quicker to deal with when you're just throw your diaper in the wet bag instead of the garbage. Here's a short video:

When it comes to laundry day, I just throw both of the pail liner bags in to the front loader and do a cold rinse and then add 1/8 of a teaspoon of Allen's natural laundry soap and do a hot wash.  Then I throw the clean diapers in the dryer with 2 clean dry towels (to shorten drying time.)  Ta-da!  That's it.  It sure beats going to the shops and spending like $20 a week on a pack of diapers and lugging them home, only to collect bags of dirty diapers which then end up in the garbage. 
These specific diapers will fit Adelaide for her whole diapering life and if we decide to have more babies, we can use them on them too!  My opinion after just 2 weeks is obviously grand, but I will do another review in the near future as an update letting you know how things are going with them.  But I seriously can't imagine ever going back to disposables!    

Friday, February 4, 2011

Coconut Crepes.

Coconut crepes are something I fell in love with in Goa.  I ate them on the beach like everyday! These are pretty inexpensive fruits and if you use the mature coconuts it's a great source of protein!  With a little google searching, I discovered that coconuts are very beneficial for you!  They:
   Help you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight
   Reduce the risk of heart disease
   Lower your cholesterol
   Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
   Improve Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders
   Prevent other disease and routine illness with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents
   Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
   Boost your daily energy
   Rejuvenate your skin and prevent wrinkles

Now that the weekend is here, it's the perfect time to whip up some coconut crepes!  My crepe recipe is my Mum's which is a bit of this and a bit of that, lol.  It's a great recipe for gluten free crepes too, just use rice flour!
In a large bowl mix:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 tablespoon oil
some salt
some sugar, if you want
some cinnamon, if you want
and add mushed bananas or other fruits you love, if you want!
Once it's all mixed, just pour some into the middle of a hot frying pan and tilt the frying pan in circular motions to spread out the mixture to make it big and round and thin.  They take little time on each side, but fry them until they're done just the way you like it!  When each crepe is done I stack them on a plate inside a warm oven until there's no more mixture left.

While you're frying these up, break open your coconut and take out the meat.  And then grate it all in to bits.
And then it's time to eat!  Put some coconut into the middle of the crepe with syrup or honey.
 Roll it up and top with more coconut and syrup or honey.  ENJOY!!!