Hockey Mom

Canadian HockeySimon is out of town at the moment so I am hockey mom tonight.

As we get ready to leave for the rink, it occurs to me that there is something kind of weird about hockey in September.

Four seasons in a cold arena…isn’t it extraordinary how much Canada loves its hockey?!?

My New Mantra

More than enough. Always enough.

My new mantra came to me today as I was driving through the sunshine and the beautiful fall colours of the Niagara Escarpment on my way to a lunch date with my girlfriend, Cheryl.

As I drove through the splendour of fall, my mantra literally downloaded into my consciousness. And, at that very moment I felt a rush of joy so big and so wonderful my eyes stung with the beauty of it. And I realized that I have never felt more abundant, alive, and on purpose than I do at this very moment!

MagicAnd there is so much more on its way;

  • More fun
  • More love
  • More laughter
  • More peace
  • More joy
  • More money
  • More abundance
  • More balance
  • More play
  • More prosperity
  • More bliss
  • More attraction
  • More manifesting
  • More happiness
  • More of the work I LOVE so much
  • More creativity
  • More passion
  • More appreciation
  • More magic
  • More connection
  • More fulfillment
  • More energy
  • More health
  • More fitness
  • More wellness

More than enough. Always enough.

An extraordinary Friday indeed! 🙂

Cookies

I’m back in Toronto this morning for a workshop and have another little Toronto tid-bit that I just have to share.

I am a people watcher. There is just something about observing people that really fascinates me. One of my favourite places to indulge in my little passion is on the downtown streets of Toronto when all the daily commuters are out in full force.

And I see it all.

I see people who are exhausted, beautifully dressed, surly, happy, rushing, chatting with fellow commuters, talking incessantly on the phone, checking texts and e-mails with alarming frequency, buying coffee and going about their weekday lives.

One of my favourite types to watch is the beautifully dressed and uber-professional executives. They just look so important and so serious I often find myself wondering who the man or woman is beneath that stony exterior.

This morning, I got a little glimpse.

As I walked north on Bay Street past the subway, I became aware of a very well-dressed man in his mid-thirties walking briskly ahead of me. Perfectly groomed, sleek-looking suit and tie, cuff links, expensive shoes, and a gorgeous briefcase in one hand. Everything about him spoke power, prestige and dominance. And, that feeling of inaccessibility that often goes along with this personality type.

That is, until I looked in the other hand.

My heart just melted when I realized that the box he was carrying was full of Girl Guide cookies. And, suddenly, rather than the ball-busting exec, I got to see him as the devoted father who would be willing to sell his little girl’s cookies at work.

I find it truly extraordinary to be gifted these charming glimpses of life and love and family as I go about the business of my own day. And recognizing that these doses of deep human connection truly feed my soul.

My New BFF

I have fallen head-over-heels for my Crock Pot!

I know, I know, not very sexy, right?!?

Crock PotWrong!

There is just something so wonderful about throwing all kinds of fresh and yummy ingredients into my Crock Pot in the morning and having dinner perfectly cooked for me eight hours later.

My Crock Pot relationship has always been tepid at best. However, we have really ‘turned up the heat’ since I started experimenting with vegan cooking. At the moment, I have a quinoa and red lentil stew slowly bubbling away on my counter and filling the house with a mouth-watering aroma.

Just gotta share my recipe.

As with all my recipes, I have combined a few to come up with this version. I am still tweaking so this might not be the final version but I couldn’t wait to share. I like to serve it on a bed of chopped raw kale.

Enjoy! 🙂

Crock Pot Quinoa Red Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup raw quinoa
  • 1C cup raw small red lentils (masoor dhal)
  • 2 med onions
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1” piece of fresh ginger, chopped fine
  • 6 cups water or unsalted soup stock
  • 2 tsp. ground fennel seed
  • ½ head fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. gr cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste and fresh ground black pepper

Crockpot Directions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa and red lentils in a bowl or pan, then drain into a colander and, when drained, add to Crock Pot
  2. Peel the carrots, slice lengthwise, then slice in chunky pieces
  3. Chop the onions
  4. Cut the cauliflower into large chunks – these will break up into smaller pieces as they cook
  5. Combine quinoa, lentils, herbs & spices and fresh ginger in the crockpot
  6. Add all the vegetables and cover with the 6 cups water or stock
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or more if needed
  8. 20 minutes before serving, turn the heat up to high and stir in optional greens (like kale, spinach or swiss chard)

Just before serving, add salt & pepper to taste and remove the bay leaf

My Morning Giggle

I caught a 6:12 bus this morning headed for Toronto to do some coaching before my 9:00 workshop.

After arriving in the Big Smoke, I made my usual stop at Starbucks for a big cup of tea. As I stood at the counter waiting for my tea (which seemed to take an inordinate amount of time) I had to giggle to myself as men of all ages, shapes and sizes strolled up to the counter to place their orders.

Am I the only one at King and Yonge who thinks it’s funny to hear these Conservative business-suited men confidently asking for; “a tall blonde?”

I mean, really!?!

Mom

A busy Sunday night when your husband is in Seattle and you are leaving for work at 6:00am the following morning…

What do you do?

You call your mom for backup!

What would I do without my mom?

Here is what mom has done tonight;

  • Shopped for dinner
  • Made a peach crisp
  • Made a Sunday dinner to die for…roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the cob and peas
  • Folded laundry
  • Driven Max to work (and will be picking him up at the end of his shift at 10:30)
  • Put clean sheets on Michael’s bed
  • Put away dinner food
  • Done the dishes
  • Tucked in Zach and Michael

Really…what would I do without my mom?

Extraordinary!

I love you Mommers! xo:)