Friday, June 20, 2008

Fav Summer food

My newest favorite food consist of Nectarine or Peach or Juicy apricot with Greek Yogurt and a touch of sugar.
Sometimes I add some pecan, praline granola from Tradder Joes for a healthy breakfast

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Running in summer ...

Well I'm trying to keep up with my exercize regimen which isn't allways easy. Errands, sick kids, work deadlines and meeting are often getting the way of my lunch run but now the weather is not helping me. Well it is summer in San Diego after all and I shouldn't be complaining about the beautiful weather we have been getting but hey running at lunch when it is 90 degrees is not easy for me.
Some people I know love to work out in the heat. It justs cuts my legs and energy and after a painful 2.5 miles with stops, I have headaches all afternoon.

I am proud cuz I did it but I will have to figure something out for the rest of the summer! I will try one of the following:
- get up early 6:30am and go for a run then
- get up as usual but get to work around 8am and run there
- run in the evening - not likely to happen since I like to spend time with the kids by that time and have my evening glass of wine to end my work day and start my evening ; )
Will keep you posted on the progress of my new workout regimen! I hope I can find something that works because running is so good for me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Busy busy busy....

Oh boy am I busy right now... I am squeezed like a lemon between tight work deadlines, sick kids, the need to go exercize and life in general.
Today I had to take my son to the pediatrician because he had headaches and it is always good to check things out. So instead of going for my planned run I picked up my son from daycare and took him to the doctor. It was a great visit, he is fine which helps a lot and he was so happy to have this unplanned time with me. He talked about it all afternoon!

So tonight when I picked up the kids I was looking forward to Miles asking to go eat out like he does. I was tired, I had a headache I didn't feel like cooking!
But no no mention of Sammy's woodfired pizza so like a reasonnable person I took the fish out of the freezer and decided that we would have a healthy dinner tonight.

So after the kids went to bed I looked in my french cookbook and found the sauce I wanted to make to go with my fish... Well I should say my version of the sauce because french gourmet cook have a tendency to lighten a sauce using butter which is for Californian heresy ahahah.
Anyways I sauteed some shallots and garlic in olive oil added a dash of ginger,
Then I added a glass of white wine followed by a little bit of beurre manie (which is a mixture of butter and flour used to thicken sauces) a little cream always for a sauce. I let it thicken a little and finished the sauce by adding a dash of curry powder.

Bryan likes fish only with sauce to distract him from the fish hehehe! except when eating sushi.
I breaded some orange roughy fillet and sauteed them in a little olive oil, boiled some brocolini which I find much more tasty than brocoli, along with some rice noodles I needed some carbs and was felt like experimenting.
We drank some Honeymoon Viognier from Tradder Joes.
It was a really nice dinner which helped put the tension from the day away!

I am dreaming of a vacation in the carribean.... Maybe one day! My bed is calling me along with my laundry.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hmm my posts are few and far in between.... Is it because I am lazy or maybe because I don't really have a whole lot to say... Hmmm but yet I can't ever shut up when I get started on things...

Yeah the construction started in our house, we are turning our loft into a real room with a wall and a door and even a built in closet so that we can sale our house as a 3 bedroom. But wait a minute when we bought the house 3 years ago it was advertised as a 3 bedroom... go figure. The only oddity will be a big glass panel instead of a wall but I think it will look real nice.
So as a built in closet we decided to buy the Pax closet from IKEA and have it built into the wall... So yesterday after dinner we started building this closet. We measured everything to make sure that we could build it laying down and could still tilt it back up. It was just but according to the tape measure we were good... Needless to say that we were short a quarter of an inch. After trying to force it make the ceiling buldge ahaha dig into the carpet we gave up! Unfortunately instead of playing it safe once more and undo everything to start over following the instruction properly we decided to be smart. Well the all thing collapse so we have to redo it tonight ; (
My husband was really mad which I totally understand, the contractor and his guy had a forced day off and another evening will be spent building IKEA furniture....

Besides that I started working out again, went to the gym on monday, ran on tuesday and of course Maia is now sick so I will have to summon the courage to go for a run tomorrow and push her in the stroller!!!! I can do it I can do it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Chick lit part 2

Since we are watching less TV I have been reading much more. In an earlier post I shared my fondness for chick lit.
We had some friends over for dinner, our guest picked up one of my books from the counter and asked me to describe the book to him. When I described it as a chick lit he immediately asked me if I went to see the Sex in the city movie.
I like more the romantic comedy type chick lit, The holiday, Notting Hill, Sweet Home Alabama, Just like heaven. I'm not a big fan of sex in the city, desperate housewives and the like.
Since I drained my two favorite author Marian Keyes and Jane Greene I tried a third one Sophie Kinsella. I like her shopaholic series although the main character is a little upsetting. I mean how many times is she going to put herself in serious debt before realizing that she needs to shop less!!!
I liked her two other books better.
Since I am planning on studying for the Microsoft .NET certificate I won't have as much time to read : ( I am going to need to find myself new books!!!!

Flowers flowers I love flowers ....

Something you need to all know is that I love flowers. I even worked at a flower shop when I was in highschool on sunday morning.
It is one of my secret dream to open a flower shop.
So my friend Jessica is getting married and since they try to keep a reasonnable budget and that flowers in this country are insanely expensive I opened my big mouth and offered to help. Since then my brain has been fizzing with ideas literaly ideas are popping like bubbles in a soda... yes that many. Trust me I think Jessica is wondering what she got herself into. I NEED creative outlets...
Anyways the wedding is not until december but since I want to deliver something professional looking and different I did play around this week end with different ideas and made my first "wedding bouquet". To get a feel for what she likes but also to show what I do. Here are some pictures so you can judge for yourself.

I only had 10 minutes to do it so it is not as finished as I would like it to be but it is a first idea. She is looking for a longer, simpler bouquet rather than a round bouquet.
The color theme is green and white which I think is really beautiful. The flowers I used in this bouquet were green calla lily, bells of Ireland (green bells), lys, bear grass, some twig, tea leaf, and another flower I don't remember the name.
For my next try I would need to replace the lys by another white flower. They are beautiful but their perfume is too strong. I would chose white calla lily instead of green.
I then added the rest of the flowers and some deep red gerberas to finish my weekly bouquet.