Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#recipe Potato Leek Soup in my Circulon Prime cookware

It's been so chilly here lately, which is perfect timing for a nice pot of homemade soup simmering away on the stove. A favourite of ours is Potato Leek, which I recently made in 2 pieces from the new Circulon Prime stainless steel cookware set.

 
Ingredients:
  • 5 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 7 cups of broth  (I used veggie)
  • 2-3 leeks (I ended up with about 2.5 cups of chopped leeks)
  • 1/5 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp of pepper)
  • optional: other herbs/spices (I used a few shakes of herbes de Provence)
Directions:
  • Cook potatoes in broth in a stockpot until soft. Set aside. Do not drain.
  • Half the leeks lengthwise, and soak in water to clean. Finely slice. Saute in butter until transparent. Add white wine, and cook for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Add the leeks into the broth and potato pot, and mash well or blend quickly with immersion blender. Add salt/pepper/herbs, and simmer until desired consistency. (You may need to add more broth, I only added about 1/2 cup more.)
Cook time is approx. 40 minutes. I ended up letting mine slowly simmer on the stove for an additional 45 mins until everyone was home and at the table..and more simmer time means better flavouring. YUM! Hope you enjoy!
 
* Simmering away...ahhhh...smells delish *
 
Designed to be a kitchen essential, the new Circulon® Prime range combines quality and versatility to bring a refreshing new choice of cookware that delivers a superior cooking experience. This is made possible by Circulon’s Total non-stick system, a patented hi-low circular groove technology that enhances non-stick durability. The system promotes a healthy lifestyle by delivering high performance food release without the need to cook with oils and fats. Further, each pan is induction cooktop suitable, oven and dishwasher safe, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
 
I absolutely LOVE my new stainless steel Circulon cookware pieces. I love the heavy(!) durable feel to them that just scream quality. Can you see those awesome handles in the pic above?! They've been an absolute dream to cook in, and quickly replaced the similar quality cookware I was using previously, which I had loved! Circulon cookware is available now, exclusively at Canadian Tire, and if Santa could please bring me the 12 pc Stainless Steel set for Christmas I would be a happy HAPPY girl! Ok, and maybe the griddle too..that looks so handy and awesome.


#wordlesswednesday - That's not a window DerpyCat!

So PatchyCat is not the brightest crayon in the box...here he sits staring out the 'window'...I kid you not he sat there enthralled for a solid 5-7 minutes just staring at the fireplace which was NOT even on..

 
Your turn! Link up your WW post! :)
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Welcome PatchyCat! #wordlesswednesday

It's been silly excitement in our home for the last 6 days...we have a new kitty in our home!


PatchyCat is my boyfriends cat, and he has moved in to our busy house! He's a 10 yr old Flamepoint Himalayan and is the sweetest thing in the world! So far we have kept him and GeorgieCat separated in different parts of the home, but they can still smell and hear each other, etc. But soon will come the actual togetherness...wish us luck!

 
Have any cat blending tips to send our way?


And be sure to link up your WORDLESS WEDNESDAY post!
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PB Banana Strawberry Smoothie! #recipe

Recently I've been trying to get back to healthy eating. I had totally fallen off the eating breakfast bandwagon, which is soooo key to kickstarting that metabolism for the day! So this morning I noticed I had a bunch of bananas that I was going to be needing a recipe for soon. I honestly thought that I was going to make some healthified muffins or cookies...but a SMOOTHIE recipe caught my eye! Now this is weird for me as I HATE bananas! I love a good banana bread, but raw they totally make me gag! So this smoothie recipe, had a bunch of stuff in it that I didn't want, ie sugar, yogurt (I can't have it), etc..so I kind of just decided to whip something up and hope for the best! Well it totally worked out and here I am to share with you...my very first smoothie, ever, recipe!! Seriously, I haven't made a smoothie until today, like ever.


Ingredients:
  • 1 medium-ish banana
  • 5 medium-ish strawberries
  • 1 tbs of natural pb
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
Directions: Blend ingredients in blender until desired smoothness. ENJOY!

Yields: approx. 16 oz

Approx Nutritional Value (I entered my recipe in myfitnesspal.com)


Please let me know if you try it, and what you thought! Or if you're a smoothie nut, I would love to know what your favourite recipe is!


PS..I finally cracked open my Hamilton-Beach Single Serve Blender for this..and I gotta say that I was totally impressed! I questioned whether it could handle ice or not but it took it like a champ! It's retail value is only about $20ish and you can take the blender cup right with you for on-the-go ease! LOVE IT!!!

** NOT sponsored in ANY way, I was just genuinely IMPRESSED and thought that I should share!
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you managed to settle back into routine yet? #pgmom #giveaway

Summer vacation is long gone and hopefully you've all settled nicely into a nice and easy routine. Ok, who am I kidding...it's chaos in our house! I'm a working single mom, with one kiddo in elementary school, and one that just started high school. It seems like someone is always running in the door or out the door or needing something like yesterday!

So the Back to Routine box from P&G is certainly a blessing in our home! I'll tell you right now that I CANNOT live without the CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer for these so-tired-always-seem-to-be-on-the-go eyes or the Secret Clinical Strength for my GO-GO-GO life!  And my new to high school teen is a big fan of the squeaky fresh face that Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!} Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Clearing Scrub gives her first thing in the morning, and the wake-me-up tingle from the Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer! My teen is really good about getting to bed at a decent time, but those crazy early mornings are taking a bit of a toll!


Give Her a Good Foundation

Not only is this time of year a big change for mom, but it’s also a huge adjustment for teens, and we all know a little help from the wise goes a long way during a period of transition!  This is a great chance to bond with your daughter and pass along some of your key beauty tips, giving them the tools for success when it comes to confidence in the classroom.  Help give them a fresh face this back-to-school season with Olay Fresh Effects {Acne Control Scrub!} Salicylic Acid Acne and Blackhead Clearing Scrub, designed to provide unstoppable freshness that lasts all day. Also, for those early school mornings, Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer will awake and energize skin with its feather-light gel, packed with an instant boost of cooling hydration and COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer will help cover those imperfections and dark circles that we all hate.  As a final part of your teen’s morning routine, COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation will even her skin tone while pulling oil and sweat away from the skin instead of trapping it under the foundation.


GIVEAWAY TIME!
One lucky CANADIAN reader will win this sweet P&G Back to Routine prizepack!
This giveaway is valued at $122* and includes:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.
*This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom/#mamanPG program.  However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway.
*By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize.  Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Baby Event ends TODAY at your participating Loblaws retailer! #pgmom

Oh baby! This is not to be missed if you have a little one in the house! Have you seen the special flyer? There are some AMAZING deals to be had, but the 2 weeks of everything baby is ending TODAY (Oct 10 - Oct 23) at participating PC stores listed below.

 
Oh those busy sleep-deprived days...my girls were 3 yrs and 11 months apart. I had the little one almost always attached to me, and then the older one who wants to run and grab everything and be 'helpful' or wanting to also be attached to me depending on how she was feeling at that minute. And then trying to get everything that was needed? One stop shopping was a saving grace! And our retailer also served the much needed cup of COFFEE, to give me that boost I needed while trying to get it all done!
 
When it comes to shopping, you are a savvy mom looking for a store that has everything you need for baby, and the whole family. At participating retailers, you can shop for quality food, baby necessities and at some locations, even clothes for the entire family! By choosing a retailer that offers everything in one place, you save time and have more time for the little ones.

Participating retailers include: Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart and Real Canadian Superstore


Tips for Making Your Shopping Trip More Efficient
 
Can grocery shopping feel daunting? Check out these tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your trips to the store.

1. Always go with a list. Do you often find yourself aimlessly wandering around the grocery store, forgetting what you’re missing at home? By making a to-buy list you can target exactly what you need, allowing you to get in and get out. And, you can save money by only purchasing necessities!

2. Navigate the store like a pro. If you visit the same store each week, organize your list by aisles to save you from backtracking.
 
3. Schedule a shopping day. Pick one day a week and designate as your "shopping day". This way everyone in the family knows to request the items they need before then, which will help you avoid multiple trips to the store.
 
4. Pick a store that has everything you need. Don’t waste time travelling, going from store to store. Instead, visit a store that meets all your needs – from food, to clothing to baby necessities like Pampers.
 
5. Look for specials & shopping events that’ll help you save. Visit Loblaws, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs Markets, Valu-mart or Real Canadian Superstore from October 10-23 for the baby event. The event includes exciting offers on all things baby to make shopping even more convenient! Check out the flyer from your participating banners for details!

 
What will you be shopping for today?
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#wordlesswednesday - KW OKTOBERFEST (linky)


Pretzels, Yummy German buffet and Polka, events downtown, silly pretzel selfies, floats with lederhosen and dirndls, BEER, Onkel Hans, singing beer steins, and Orangie taking silly parade selfies = AWESOME time! :)

Your turn! Link up your WW post, and grab my button too!
 
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