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Five Things That Bring Me Comfort

15th November 2012

These are the five things (ironically, they all start with C) that bring me comfort

1. CHILDREN (mine, of course)

Yes, I do bribe them to sit pretty in the pictures. Worth every penny.

2. CAFFEINE

It’s a pricey, yet necessary comfort for Mommy.

3. COOKBOOKS

Cookbooks are glorious and  you can never have too many. Seriously, if someone could convince my husband of this, I would so appreciate it.

4. COLIN

Isn’t my husband handsome?

5. CHUCKLES

I mean laughter and the funny stuff, but chuckles started with the letter C so I went with it. Nothing is better than laughter and funny stuff and laughing so hard you can’t breathe, and that always brings me comfort.

This makes me laugh:

So does this:

And everything that comes out of this guy’s mouth is perfection:

UPDATED: I had to edit my post to add a sixth – CARDIGANS!! How could I forget CARDIGANS??? Also, coincidentally cardigans starts with a C, if you hadn’t noticed.

Thanks to the lovely MamaKat for inspiring this little post.

DK Canada Cookbooks – Review and Giveaway

2nd March 2011

DK Canada recently sent me some fantastic cookbooks to check out, and knowing that I am a cookbook fiend, I was happy to oblige.

THE COOK’S BOOK

The Cook’s Book – Techniques and tips from the world’s master chefs is a glorious and HUGE (600+ pages) cookbook that is fantastic for new and curious cooks alike. With contributions from chefs like Charlie Trotter and Rick Bayless, this book is a fantastic guide to help the reader become a better cook at home. The cookbook thoroughly explains various cooking techniques, for every section of the cookbook, which I really like since I’m no Martha. I also LOVE that each recipe has it’s own series of photographs that walk you through the recipe and a photo of the final product as well.  “Taking inspiration from hundreds of recipes, including many of the contributing chefs’ signature dishes, you will develop, improve and hone your culinary skills.” This one is a definite winner.

THE EVERYDAY EASY COLLECTION

First off, anything with easy in the title gets my attention. This is a six book series that includes,

  • Cheap Eats
  • Freeze Ahead Meals
  • 30 Minute Dinners
  • One-Pot
  • Cakes and Cupcakes
  • Chicken

Each of these books contain 90 simple-to-follow recipes, with a dedicated photo and symbols that explain servings, nutritional info, special equipment and even freezing instructions. With sections that outline useful techniques, and recipe planners, these cookbooks are perfect for the family cook.

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner is going to win the complete 6 book set of Everyday Easy cookbooks!!!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

1. Leave me a comment below telling me about a time you had a cooking DISASTER.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ENTRIES: (Remember to leave a comment for each additional entry)

2. Follow me on Google Friend Connect, or tell me if you do.

3. Follow my blog on Facebook or tell me if you do.

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:

Enter to win a @DKCanada Everyday Easy Cookbook collection on @BOREDMommy’s blog – http://bit.ly/fYpPLN #Giveaway

Contest ends March 10th, 2011 and is open to all Canadian residents.

GOOD LUCK!!

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CONGRATS!!! #3 – Mel Gallant!! You won the 6 cookbook set!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Mommy’s XMAS List

3rd December 2009

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when my husband requires a detailed list of things that I want/love/covet including detailed photos, store information and prices.

Isn’t it romantic?

My husband is BAD at gift buying, can you tell? He tries, but he fails, usually pretty badly. So, the least I can do is give him some help. I’m a giver.

Here she is:

1. Vanity Fair Magazine Subscription – I LOVE this magazine. I enjoy the articles, and love the photography, and except for the last issue that had Robert Pattinson on the cover (really?), it can do no wrong.

2. Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn – I heard about this book on Oprah the other day and it sounds amazing. Its written by Pulitzer prize winners, New York Times journalist Nicholas D. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl Wudunn, and follows the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. I can’t wait to read it.

Husband Addendum (Any books of any nature are fine because as you know, I LOVE BOOKS)

3. Real Simple Best Recipes – Easy Delicious Meals – As you may know if you read my blog, I am a cookbook ho. I LOVE COOKBOOKS. Ironic, since I feel meh about the actual cooking aspect. However, a gorgeous or unique cookbook, and I am hooked. The latest Real Simple cookbook is on my list because I love Real Simple magazine, and really enjoy their other books as well.

Husband Addendum (Any cookbooks that are beautifully illustrated that I don’t currently own are fine because as you know I am infatuated with cookbooks).

4. GLEE CD – Volume 2 – Because my kids LOVE to listen to GLEE music, and its the only thing that will simultaneously keep us all happy in the car.

Husband Addendum – If you buy me a CD by John Mayer or Jessica Simpson, I may have to hurt you.

5. Pyjamas – Canadian winters demand warm pyjamas, and I do believe the penguin pyjamas that my husband so romantically picked up for me last year, are now past their prime.

Husband Addendum – NO PENGUINS or ANIMALS of ANY KIND on my PJS this year. The End.

6. Boots – I just noticed the boots I’ve been wearing for three years have a huge hole in the sole. So I can call this a NEED rather than a WANT item. I’m not sure yet, but I might want UGGS this year, only because they look comfortable, although I don’t want them for the same reason, because they kind of also look like slippers. I’m intrigued by the entire love/hate relationship I have for these things. I also hate the ridiculous price. I clearly have some UGG confusion.

Husband Addendum – Black Boots of any kind that are not hideous, will be accepted. Keep the receipt – in case of emergency, or if they end up being too ugly to wear.

AND, in case we win the lottery, or rob some of our rich neighbours, I will add some pricier items that I would like to have at some point, but won’t lose sleep over if I don’t get them right now.

1. CHI Hair Straightener – because Mommy has new hair that requires annoying upkeep.

2. Clarisonic Skincare Brush – because Mommy’s skin sometimes reminds her of high school, and high school sucked big.

3. Watch – because I’ve worn the same watch since 1996 – yes a sad fact to admit. Unfortunately, I have expensive taste, and probably should have bought that TAG watch I wanted back in the day when I worked and had no kids and we blew money like it was water.

4. KINDLE – Damn you elusive Kindle – I finally get one, and THEN you become available with an International version – YOU SUCK KINDLE. Why. WHY do you taunt me so?

The End.

Not a thrilling list for some I’m sure. But let’s be real – the economy is in the toilet, we just bought a new car, and I’m a stay-at-home mom. We have everything we could possibly need, and then some. Honestly, if I get one thing off this list, or none, I don’t really care. Truth be told, I get more joy out of watching my children be excited about Christmas and opening their gifts with crazy abandon, then I do about anything else. I think this year, our focus will be more about our kids and making their little Christmas dreams come true.

As it should be.

Santa addendum – Dude, I’m sure you know about my Kindle obsession – help a girl out already!


For the Love of Cookbooks

27th June 2009

I am obsessed with cookbooks. There is nothing better than buying a new cookbook, taking it home and going through it page by page. At last count, I had 145 which may or not be alot for someone to own, and who doesn’t actually cook all that much. I just like to hold them, what can I say. My favorites are the ones who have beautiful pictures for each recipe, although I have all kinds. Here are some of my favorites – new and old:

EVERYDAY FOOD – GREAT FOOD FAST (From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living)

everydayfood

This is a beautifully illustrated book with 250 recipes, each one paired with a photo of the finished product. The book is divided into Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter recipes and also a special section for Basics. With the prep times clearly stated for each recipe, even I (Ms. Amateur, slightly useless cook) could make something brillaint with this cookbook. Its one of my absolute favs.

Italian Comfort Food: Intensive Eating from Fresco by Scotto Restaurant

scotto

I discovered this cookbook after seeing the Scotto family on the Today show during a cooking segment. I adore that this book is filled with these great old family photos of this large Italian family, and that the book is dedicated to their grandchildren. They even make a point of thanking their staff by name. Love that.  The recipes are amazing – if you love Italian food, you will love this book. Our favorites include Spaghetti Pie, Meatball Lasagna and Penne from Heaven. Some recipes may be a little more complicated than others, but they are all doable and all delish.

Real Simple: meals made easy

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I subscribe to Real Simple magazine and was very excited when I found out that they had a cookbook coming out back in 2006. The cookbook follows the beautiful layouts of its magazine pages, with simple yet perfect photos for each recipe. The book has 75+ recipes and is divided into one-pot meals, no-shop meals, 30 minute meals, no-cook meals, freezer meals, shortcut meals and reliable sides. I particularly like that they have fresh takes on some common meals, but not too crazy so as to scare away a non-foodie. The shortcut meals are kindof hilarious and include french fry pie (oh yeah!) and ham-and-cheese waffle sandwiches.

Everyday Pasta – Giada De Laurentiis

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This is one of four Giada De Laurentiis’ cookbooks that originated from her cooking show on the Food Network. When I was pregnant, I could have watched her show, Everyday Italian, for hours. I love all four of her cookbooks, but since this one focuses on pasta (my bestest friend), I thought I would include this particular one in my list. Again, beautiful illustrations make this cookbook great to look at as well. Besides pasta, it outlines recipes for appetizers, salads and dressings. My husband loves to cook from these books, and I love to eat whatever he dares make. Seriously, who doesn’t love a yummy casserole – there are many of those to choose from in this book.

Martha Stewart’s CUPCAKES

cupcakes

This is one of my newest cookbooks and it was the cover that sold me. Don’t we all have a special place in our hearts for a good cupcake? I love this book. It is beautiful to look at, and is similar in format to the Cookie book she released last year (which I also have and love).  It has over 175 recipes and ideas for the most amazing cupcakes. Divided into Swirled and Sprinkled, Dipped and Glazed, Simple and Sweet, Filled and Layered, Piped and Topped, Birthdays, Holidays, and Celebrations, this book has something for everyone. My favs include the Tiramisu cupcake, Streusel Cupcakes and Mint Filled Brownie Cupcakes. I’ll be honest, I get as much enjoyment looking at this cookbook as I do using it.

Ready, Steady, Spaghetti – cooking for kids and with kids Lucy Broadhurst

spaghetti

The least I could do as full-time mommy is include a cookbook for kids, because that’s just the kind of mom I am. This cookbook is by an Australian food stylist and it shows. The photos are fun and colourful. The book is divided into the following sections: little food, dinner time, eat your greens, sticky puddings, biscuits cakes and fetes, and let’s party. The recipes range from some common mom staples like blueberry pancakes, smoothies and pizza to some more original fare like chicken noodle omelette, pork pumpkin and cashew stir-fry.

HERE IT IS – MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!

It has been great fun discovering Twitter and entering your giveaways, so I thought I would offer my own. I have a brand new copy of Martha Stewart’s CUPCAKES to offer to one winner, who resides in either Canada or the U.S. This is not a sponsored giveaway – I picked up this book just today, so that I could gift it to one of you.  One winner will be chosen randomnly, from the comments.

TO ENTER:

Please feel free to check out my blog and then come back to this post. You can get up to four possible entries – one separate comment for each:

1) Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite cookbook is and why.

2) Follow me on Twitter (@BOREDmommy) or let me know if you already do.

2)Tweet the following about the giveaway: Enter to win Martha Stewart’s Cupcake Cookbook @BOREDmommy http://bit.ly/16hmRI Please RT!!!!

3) Subscribe to my feed (or let me know if you already do) and I will love you forever.

THIS CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY, JULY 3rd at 9:00 p.m. EST !!

Thanks in advance to everyone for entering !!

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