Mr Content – Passion for Purple

Why are men so afraid of colour? I assure you that executive or not, no matter what industry you work in, you don’t have to be afraid of colour! I highly encourage having a ‘signature’ colour, it makes wardrobe building so much easier and eventually makes outfit creativity so much easier.

OOTD Purple power

And of course, the details;

OOTD Purple Details

 

By now you’ve noticed Mr Content’s passion for purple, it’s a great colour to work with all your basics – Navy, Greys, Black, Brown, etc. When you have a variety of accessories that have your ‘signature colour’ mixed in, or in varieties of that particular colour it really makes wardrobe assembly easy in the mornings, and you always look polished.

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Kitchen Content – Grain Free Granola

This recipe is great for paleo & primal diets, as well as anyone who enjoys tasty granola. Mr Content is hooked on it so I make a large batch every few weeks so he can add a few spoonfuls to some full fat yogurt before heading to the office. I love knowing what is in my food, and I also love great tasting food. Plus it’s a great gift if you ever need a hostess gift. Just fill up a mason jar and tie some raffia or straw around the jar in a bow and voila!

Now here’s the thing about this granola. I don’t measure. I’m sorry! It probably differs a little every batch but the basic ratios stay the same. And you can alter it to remove anything you don’t like, or add some items you do like. I have some nut allergies so I don’t put cashews in it, but i bet they would be super yum if you added them in.

The base of the granola is Almonds – both sliced and in pieces (mix up the texture), pecan pieces, and walnut pieces.

Granola nuts

Then I add coconut flakes (the larger the better, and preferably unsweetened), ground flax seeds/meal, hemp seeds, and sometimes sunflower seeds…

Granola seeds

Next is the dried fruit; apricots (i dice them up to make chunks), raisins, cranberries, and apples (unsweetened and also diced into chunks)…

Granola Fruit

Then comes the seasoning. This is the key to the flavour, well that and baking perfectly. Coconut oil melted it in the microwave, then add vanilla extract, a lot of cinnamon, and some rich/dark maple syrup. How much maple syrup you add is up to you and how large your batch is. Really you don’t need to sweeten it up too much because the fruit has a lot of sugar in it already. But i do go heavy on the cinnamon. Mix up the seasoning ingredients together then add to your fruit, seed, nut mix to coat thoroughly. But you don’t want a puddle of seasoning at the bottom of your bowl. Just enough to get everything nicely coated.

Granola seasoning

Your ratio should look something like this, i made an extra large batch so i divided it into two bowls so i wouldn’t spill everywhere while trying to coat the mixture;

Granola mix

Now you want to spread the mixture flat onto baking sheets, ideally lined with parchment paper. Set the oven for 200 degrees fahrenheit to slow bake. Stir the sheets every 10 minutes or so, so they don’t burn up and bake evenly.

Granola baking

Your granola is ready when it’s all a nice deep golden brown, the house smells amazing, and your apricots and raisins have plumped up.

Granola close up

Take your baking sheets out of the oven and let them cool completely. The raisins and apricots will shrink back down and the whole mixture will go from soft to crunchy. I absolutely recommend eating this with full fat organic yogurt for the best ever start to your day. Let me know if you make any alterations that you loved!

Style Content – The Pregnancy Files

It’s hard to get inspired with clothes these days with Spring only coming at us in short teasers, but I’m trying! I refuse to buy anything new until the weather turns and i can start getting some spring/summer items. I’m still doing prenatal yoga three times a week, swimming once a week, and in the last legs of getting the house ‘ready’. I’m dying to have my weekends back – as in no painting, no furniture assembly, no reason for a 7:30am alarm on a Saturday morning! I want some quality time with my husband. We live in the same house, sleep in the same bed, spend all weekend together working on the house – and I miss him! It’s just not the same as having ‘us time’. y’know? And the amount of weekends we have left where it’s just the two of us are decreasing rapidly, so I really want to make the most of it.

Whoa tangent, back on track; Yoga/Swimming/house etc = busy me who needs outfits that can take me through all the day time errands that need doing and are still comfortable. The bump is more of a mountain these days (11ish weeks left to go) and only getting bigger, this makes for some very uncomfortable waistbands in some of my regular go-to items. This week i rediscovered my harem pants – i know they are a hit or miss style with most folks but for this on-the-go-pregnant-yogi they were a key item this week. These exact ones were from the lululemon lab, so they were made in luxtreme which is a very soft flowy fabric and felt so comfortable around the bump.

Yoga mama w jacket

So this was me on Tuesday evening, heading off to Hypnobirthing with the Mister. I added one of my basic white maternity tshirts (from Thyme Maternity – great basics!), a scarf from lululemon (doubles as a shawl or a blanket in savasana), my husband’s sweatshirt and my good ‘ol denim jacket (levi’s).  Comfort to the max.

The next morning, for yoga – same pants but i added one of those extra long cool racerbacks I’ve told you about before.

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I had to give you a profile shot so you can see the bump is growing! (this is me at 28.5 weeks). So find your one piece that gives you your mojo and work it as many ways as possible, that’s my advice this week.

Style Content – Analyzing KK

Ok so I’m the first to admit pregnancy is not all rainbows and unicorns – your body is completely out of your control from the very moment of conception (except you just don’t know it yet). And adapting to the roller coaster is a full time job, and then when your body starts to change – and rapidly at that, adapting your wardrobe and style to that is also a challenge. I can’t even begin to imagine how someone who lives (and thrives?) in the public eye and whose pre-pregnancy body was constantly under scrutiny. So kudos to Kim for really embracing her changing body and trying to maintain her personal style throughout her pregnancy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but the girl keeps trying and my hat is off to her for that.

When i first saw this photo my gut reaction was ‘What was she thinking?!’

Kim Kardashian curves-1724150But then i saw this photo from another angle and I understood her thought process, from just about any other angle it looks like a totally different dress. But let this be a lesson to us all to check all angles before heading out – and also be weary of colour blocking. Sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t.

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Another lesson from KK – leave the peplum for when we have our waists back, and prints/shine just draw the eye so be careful where you’re drawing that eye to. Now if the black top had little more coverage (so you couldn’t see her bra through it) and it went down to her hips and the peplum was attached to the top – it’s possible this could have worked. But as it stands, I’m learning from her mistakes, and so should you.

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Now this on the other hand… Why would you strategically put embroidery that increases in size, with the biggest size right over your chest? She’s already known for her curves, and if she’s anything like me her boobs started getting bigger the second she got pregnant (true story I noticed how painful my boobs were before i figured out i was four days late…). So this move is just questionable. And then adding more bulk to the mid section without actually giving you shape, I have to assume she has one of those mirrors at home that lengthens and thins. Kudos to her for putting pants on under the dress and not attempting to wear it as a dress. Points to you Kim for having that insight through those crazy pregnancy hormones.

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In my books this is her biggest miss yet, I personally find exposed skin/cutouts/mesh inserts around a baby bump inappropriate, but more than that it’s just unflattering. It makes her boobs look bigger than her head (which they may very well be but why highlight them?!) and the hem slit curves up at a very unflattering point of her body, and goes a wee bit too hight for my taste. This is my biggest fashion miss of the year.

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For all the risks she’s taken, and misses she’s endured, she’s had a few hits as well. White is a tricky colour when you’re growing in size but i believe this was a white party so what choice did she have? All in all I think she did pretty good! I love all the ruching and no defined waist, very slimming. The draping on the right draws the eye down and also cuts the body down in width. How she’s holding the girls up is anybody’s guess but they’re at the right height and not pouring out. And her hair and makeup? Perfection!

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And on a more casual note, this was a win for me;

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It’s had mixed reactions from the press and bloggers alike but I like it, in fact I’d like to borrow it. I love this type of blocking, the oversized repeat and the strategic princess seams that draw the eye in. The top ‘V’ appears to drop a little too low to offer much in the way of shape, but with a jacket on it’s hard to tell what it might look like on it’s own.

Pregnancy is hard kids, staying fashionable and pregnant – even harder. She’s got at least 2 if not 3 more months to go and I for one am anxious to see what else she attempts as she gets into what my mom so lovingly refers to as ‘the elephantitus stage’.

Style Content – Pastel Power

The forecast for last night & today was so miserable – I just refuse to let Spring think it can drag it’s butt any longer. So I did my best to pretend the warm sunny weather is on it’s way by opting for a pastel mani/pedi. I wish I had had the presence of mind to take note of the colour names – both are Essie. Obvi i went for mint green on the toes and a pretty soft coral on my hands, my sincerest apologies for not knowing exactly which colours they might be.

Pastel Power

A fresh mani/pedi will cheer any girl up – well at least it always cheers this girl up. Especially these days as I can barely manage to shave my legs, never mind paint my toes. It’s the one indulgence I’ve tried to maintain through my pregnancy – because when you look good, you feel good. And some days when the hormones are through the roof and you don’t know if you are happy or sad or coming or going – you need all the help you can get. A little pastel polish goes a long way.

Kitchen Content – Potato Salad

I’m a major lover of potato salad to accompany just about any meal in the Spring/Summer. This recipe I must credit to my friend Shawn, it’s been my go-to since he first sent it my way and instantly became my signature summer dish for any/every potluck I attended.

Spring is trying desperately to join us so I thought I’d continue to channel it by a pastel mani/pedi today and bbq ribs and potato salad for dinner tonight. C’mon Spring, I’m rootin’ for ya!

Feel free to try different variations – today I omitted the basil and just have dill and parsley in there and it’s still fantastic. Also let it be known I’m a big fan of high fat yogurt – full fat is the only way to go folks. Trust me.

potato salad

Serve this salad with a batch of your favorite barbecued ribs or chicken for an old-fashioned summer picnic. If desired, add 2 chopped hard-cooked eggs or 1/2 cup chopped red onion with the potatoes.

Ingredients:

3 lb. red potatoes, unpeeled

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

8 green onions, white and light green portions, 
  thinly sliced

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 
  parsley sprigs for garnish

3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs 
  for garnish

3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil, plus basil sprigs 
  for garnish

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and boil until tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cut the potatoes into 3/4-inch dice.

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, green onions, celery, and the chopped parsley, mint and basil. Add the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently to mix.

To serve, transfer the salad to a large serving bowl and garnish with parsley, mint and basil sprigs.

Kitchen Content – East Coastin

My husband is an East Coaster – a Newfoundlander to be exact. I could go on and on about my love for both the East Coast and the people of the East Coast but I won’t, or at least not in this post. This post I’m focusing on one of my favourite East Coast meals.

I have been slowly trying to learn some of his mom’s recipes so I can incorporate them into our own family traditions and special occasions. This weeks special occasion was just that it was Wednesday, so why not? We’re both big fans of fish cakes and so we picked up a salt cod and called up Mr Content’s mom for her recipe and i gave it a go.

I do have to say that it’s really easiest to get recipes from Alice when you are standing right beside her while she’s making them because they are all in her head and she cooks and bakes on auto-pilot so when getting information over the phone we get instructions like ‘add a little bit of this’ as opposed to ‘add a table spoon…’ and ‘cook for a little while…’ instead of  ‘simmer for 15 minutes…’. So when in doubt I turned to the interweb to see what other recipes had to say about the matter.

Now Alice I know you are reading this and I am sure mine don’t compare to yours but I did my best and there were no leftovers so I think I passed the test! Also i made a couple of variations just to suit our preferences.

So first off – we went to Little Portugal and picked up a Salt Cod. The one we got was huge so i cut it in half and have the leftover piece in the freezer for next time. I put the fish in a bowl of water to start soaking the salt out – i changed the water after about an hour (you can visibly see the salt in the water at first)

fish cakes soak

Really you should soak the fish overnight but I forgot so after a couple of hours I put the fish in a pot with fresh water (again) and brought the water to a boil then let it simmer for 15 minutes or so, then repeated that process again. I got this tip from the interweb and it worked great. After the second boil I could flake the fish by hand – which is what you’re going for.

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While the fish was soaking I was busy chopping potatoes and setting them to boil. (just like you would boil any potato – until tender, about a half hour-ish)

fish cakes boil

And I diced a couple of onions but instead of leaving them raw i sauteed them in a healthy does of butter until they turned a bit clear.

fish cakes sautee

Then I mashed the potatoes and added the satueed onion (butter and all, no need to drain) and mixed that all together. Then i flaked the salt cod into the mixture (remove any bones if necessary) by hand and mixed it all up together. There’s enough salt left over in the cod that you don’t need to add any more so i just cracked some fresh pepper into the mix and left it at that. Then i formed the fish cakes by hand – this is completely up to your own preference. Mr Content and I prefer them really crispy on the outside and proper potato-y on the inside so i made them round and thick for maximum pan contact (aka crispy exterior). Now Alice would have added flour to the whole mixture before forming the cakes but I found i didn’t need the flour, they stuck together just fine without. And then I fried em up in bacon fat. But you could use butter too and get the same result. I just like to fry anything possible in bacon fat when the opportunity presents itself.

Ta-Da! Newfoundland style fish cakes;

fish cakes

So here’s the ingredients, sort of;

  • About 6 to 8 white potatoes (depending on how you like your potato to fish ratio)
  • About half of a big slab of salt cod
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced.
  • Pepper to taste.
  • Some Butter for sauteing
  • Some more butter or some bacon fat for frying

Also I would like to add that in this quantity i ended up freezing half the cakes for a second quick fry dinner in the near future and we still had enough leftovers from the first fry to have for breakfast the next morning with eggs. Best breakfast ever. Trust me.

Enjoy!

 

Baby Content – Bee Decisions

Ok folks, those brilliant folks at Bugaboo have gone and done it again. This time they are offering limited edition Andy Warhol prints on their canopies for all stroller models. But which one to choose??? Let me know your vote!

Flowers?

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or Cars?

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