Remember how I mentioned I was craving chocolate cake? C1 randomly suggested that we bake a cake for dessert tonight. I think he could sense my desire for chocolate! I was raised on big Sunday family dinners and we try to do the same around here. Sunday means a hearty sit down meal including, of course, dessert. So tonight we made this :


C1 helped me mix, ice and decorate (and he did ask for the centre where all the sprinkles ended up) while C2 did nothing but stick her fingers in the icing bowl (we still permitted her to have a taste of the final product)

While the oven was on and hot I also made a tray of zucchini banana bars. I’ve made this recipe before and it is delish! This time I opted out of the glaze as my intention was to cut into squares and freeze for C1’s lunch (which is only a few short weeks may I add!!) . Trust me when I say that it is MUCH better WITH the glaze. Just adds that extra “umph”.

I have the recipe Pinned as its a go-to when I have zucchini in the house……….


 and I will confess that the taste corner has grown a bit since this picture was taken.

Baked goods + pregnant mama = trouble!






The “me” I always wanted

I was walking through the mall today and I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror as I walked by. I immediately stopped and assessed the girl looking back at me: stretch capris, birkenstocks, striped shirt, hair in a pony-tail, and not a stitch of make-up on. I sighed and thought “man, I have let myself go, I should have at least put some cover-up on and brushed my hair before heading to the mall”. But then I looked up again, and it hit me. I was the “me” I always wanted. Reflecting back at me was a mom who got to go to the mall in the middle of the day while I was stuck at work with only an hour to rush around and get what I needed. It was the mom who got to wear comfy clothes and didn’t have to spend 20 minutes putting make-up on and making sure her hair looked professional. It was the mom who has two beautiful happy smiling children by her side and a few bags of goodies she actually had time to browse and shop for. I was staring at the girl who I used to be jealous of. Today is was really nice to run into the “me” that I always wanted, frizzy pony tail and all………….what a lucky gal 🙂

Taking Stock :: August

Making : piles to be donated (decluttering + nesting = a lot of piles)
Drinking : milk
Reading :  Today’s Parent Magazine (back-to-school tips)

Listening: to the silence of two sleeping babies

Wanting : to snuggle with my hubby

Looking : at weekend getaways for C and I for a babymoon
Sharing : my homemade jam with neighbours
Playing : not so much playing, but preparing C1 for kindergarten with games

Wishing : I wasn’t so hard on myself for letting C’s watch tv. Dear Amy: It’s okay, all children watch some television, its a chance for them to relax for 1/2 hour while you cook supper…………especially if its educational”

Enjoying : the constant waves and jabs coming from my tummy

Waiting : for windows

Liking : all the adorable clothes for kids (Carters has the sweetest little boy clothes)
Wondering : if Claire will be at home playing with a little sister or little brother??
Loving : that my sweet little girl is a snuggler (and a mama’s girl)
Hoping: it warms up again for the last few weeks of summer (not crazy hot, but warmer)
Marveling: at how grown-up and independant my little man has become
Needing : to clean my house (thoroughly)

Smelling : the garbage (we had salmon yesterday, thank god tomorrow is garbage day)

Wearing : long sleeve jammies (go home Fall, you’re drunk – it was 12 degrees today!)

Following : my mom swap too closely….I feel like everything is “such” a good deal
Noticing : leaves falling off our trees
Craving : chocolate cake with chocolate icing (ugh oh)
Bookmarking : school lunch ideas on Pinterest

Opening: new undies and socks to be washed in preparation for school!!

Feeling: a little more pregnant than last month