December 18, 2014

December Blues

I have been in a slouch the past few weeks. Something about the Christmas holidays has got me feeling sad and glum. It shouldn't as it really is the happiest time of the year but it has been a hard month on me mentally. For starters I have something I desperately want to share with you about my health but that will have to hold off until it is sorted with my medical malpractice lawyer. Let's just say it is juicy as heck and will create quite the buzz about a certain someone doctor and where their practice is situated... I have been dealing with a whirlwind of bad health news within my family too which is even more important than my own!

As suspected there is something wrong with my mom (I always have a feeling about her when she is sick, I guess we have a strong connection). This is the hardest and crummiest thing on earth about being an expat. She has been diagnosed with an untreatable auto immune disorder. It's called Sjorgen's disease and she has been suffering many years but only recently was diagnosed. I feel so bad because there is nothing I, nor any doctor can do to help her. She does not deserve this one bit. The worst thing, is that I am not even able to see her often or be there for her in person :(

Next up...my dear sweet father...He is having issues with his heart which runs within his family. He exercises daily and eats a well balanced diet of foods, yet he now has to have a heart surgery. I am scared as hell just thinking of it. Why is this all happening at once! My poor parents...

In March 2015 my little Nate will also have to have a surgery on his thumbs. He has been diagnosed with Congenital Trigger Thumb on both of his hands. I hope the surgery will be a success and he will be able to use his thumbs as normal:(


I too in March 2015 will have to have a surgery to repair the mess a doctor made here in Dubai (which I can't yet tell you about).

On a positive note, my mom and dad both decided that they would get their butts here for Christmas which is the greatest gift I could ever get. My mom has been incredible. She has been helping me out so much around the house and with the kids. I needed her here now more than ever. I am especially happy that we were able to beg and persuade my dad to take the long haul journey over here! Now we can celebrate Christmas as a happy little family just like the old days!
That about sums up my family tree of illnesses! Which explains my funky mood I have been in. I won't lie to you, I have been feeling REALLY low the last few weeks. Which is why I took a slight hiatus on my blog. I needed to rest and recharge my brain from the cyber world! I didn't want to flood your news feed with nonsense posts about things I don't believe in or stand by. I wasn't going to sell myself short. A break has done me real good! And I am now looking forward to sharing lots of new and fresh content with you.

Throw in some last minute Christmas shopping, wrapping and preparing for family visits and I am ready for a holiday to the Maldives! Definitely won't be happening, but maybe I can squeeze in a spa day instead :)

Hope your December is going better than mine and a very merry Christmas and happy new year to all of you who are celebrating this joyous time of year! Wishing lots of love and happiness to you and your family.
 
I now leave you with the most adorable video of Ruby being reunited with her Grandpa after not seeing him for 4 months!
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December 14, 2014

Thank you Shoe Mart!

Thank you sweet Shoe Mart for these awesome new kicks! My kids LOVE them! Ruby & Nate were parading the Dubai airport on our recent European getaway in their flashy new shoes. They stopped by the duty free to assist in some shopping and they were super proud walking hand in hand showing off their shoes.
Ruby and I were checking out their website {here} as she has started to outgrow her school shoes, which I will have to replace shortly. Priorities, priorities, she spotted these Disney flats! They are on her wish list and I was thinking of popping them in to her stocking asking Santa to put them in her Christmas stocking! That is the great thing about shopping at Shoe Mart, always affordable with cute finds!
 
I think these are cute as a button:)

 

November 27, 2014

Recipe: Canadian Blueberry Grunt

Truth be told, I have been missing my Mom like crazy lately...being an expat away from your family royally blows! I wish I could pick up the phone and say "Mom, can you please come rescue me and come over and take the kids for a few hours?" OR "Mom can we come to yours for dinner tonight" OR...OR...OR you get the point! The options would be endless if I lived a hop, skip and jump from my parents. I miss them SO much especially with the Christmas holidays just around the corner:(
 
Everywhere I go or look, I think of my Mom. The other day I ventured off to Lulu's for the first time in AGES! They had a sale on blueberries, 7 AED per pint. What a deal! I took 4 containers. The first thing that came to my mind is that I would make my Mom's famous recipe which I just loved as a child.
Blueberry Grunt! I remember smiling ear to ear as I sat at the white cast iron kitchen table on a leather maroon chair watching my mom cook in our first family home in Montreal. Patiently waiting as I could hear the blueberries bursting in a skillet, simmering and bubbling with sugar, completely enveloping my mother's cozy kitchen with their fragrant smell. We often handpicked these blueberries up at my Babcia and Dzadzia's (grandma and grampa's) country home. Nothing beats the taste of wild blueberries.
 
I treated my children this morning to my Mom's famous blueberry grunt. As it is the last day of school before the weekend and the kids were up early, I had enough time to prepare this easy, comforting & warm recipe.

Ingredients ( I followed this recipe but cut it in 1/2):
  • 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
*To make a smaller portion, cut whatever ingredient is called for in half*

Directions:
  1. In a saucepan combine the blueberries, water, sugar & lemon juice
  2. Bring the blueberry mixture to a boil and then simmer on low
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  4. Cut butter into flour mixture
  5. Add milk and mix until just combined
  6. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto simmering blueberries
  7. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes
  8. DO NOT open lid while cooking
  9. Serve with whipping cream or ice cream