Monday, March 31, 2014

The "To Do List"

It's April!  Hooray!  I'm so ready for warm weather and long runs (or sprints). 
Easter is getting closer.  I'm looking forward to baking "Pasca".  The smell of freshly baked easter bread, ah my favorite!  We will have so much fun going egg hunting with Stefan for the first time this year.  

Though, I think he is more likely to pass them around thinking they are tiny soccer balls.  
He knows how to hit a soccer ball even though he is not walking yet.  He started taking steps, exciting!

Soon he will be running around the house.   After Easter we will be on the road, VA to NV.  
A challenging trip for me because I don't really enjoy long drives.  Will be fun!  I'm positive.  

I'm anxious about how Stefan will do in the car.  I've to find games or toys that will give him a great entertainment.  Let's not forget Daisy!  Yes she will be with us.  I wish I can teach her tricks so she can entertain the baby.  :)

Packing out.  A nightmare!  Multiple packing outs make it worse.  We will be living out of suitcases for three months.  Should be interesting.  I'll imagine I'm on a big adventure around the world.   A suitcase packed with clothes nuts and canned sardines is all I need for the road.  
Of course a healthy and cheerful family too!  I'm off to save the dog from Stefan.  He is about to bite her tail off. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Daisy has gone PALEO

While the baby is sleeping I'm enjoying a bowl of cereal (milk, nuts and fruit).  Daisy is also taking the advantage of the quiet house.  Laying on the sofa and chewing on a bone without anyone harassing her.

I'd like to express my feeling about dog food. Don't you guys agree that there are too many treats and dog foods in the stores?  Insane!  I bought my dog the other day two cans of turkey stew and salmon stew.  Crazy right?!  Salmon stew for dogs!  Those poor African children are starving and Daisy will eat Salmon Stew!

In Moldova my dogs eat only bones, grits and bread.  I believe they are almost 10 years old, and still healthy.  

PS:  Occasionaly, once a year, if they are lucky they catch a chicken who escaped at night from its cage. 

Treats for dogs.  Don't give them to your pets!  Daisy started getting fat when she was given treats in the AM and PM.  Now that she is on a diet she has lost some fat and eats only twice a day.  NO TREATS only real food.  Daisy has gone PALEO! :)

Anyway enough talk about dogs.  

I talked before that I'll speak about my favorite cook.  Well I think it will have to be Giada De Laurentiis.  I like the fact that she cooks healthier and looks great! I also like Sarah Fragoso!  She is awesome and super inspiring!  Has three children but her body is in an ideal shape! 
I found her listening to the "Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast".  

I have new favorite podcasts I listen to when I walk the dog or go for runs.  There is so much good information.  Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to listen to it all.  "The Fit Fat Fast" and "Nutrition Diva" are some I really like. 

Good night sleep tight! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dor de biscuitii bunicii!

Mi-a venit un dor atit de puternic si melancolic de biscuitii bunicii!  Toata ziua am incercat sa-mi aduc aminte gustul si mirosul acelor biscuiti. Dor... Imaginatie... Eh!

Cei mai simpli dar totodata cei mai scumpi!  Biscuiti facuti cu untura de miinile bunicii mele dragi.  De fiecare data cind o vizitam.  Ea avea o gramada de biscuiti simpli cu o aroma deosebita.   Atunci, nu am stiut cit de mult ii voi pretui apoi.  Era ceva obisnuit, eh picene dea lui  mica!  Ceaiul puternic de minta si maceiese!  De abia cel beiam!  Nu-mi placea acel gust puternic.  Prea puternic si memorabil in inima mea.  Incit ma aduce inapoi in timp la casa ei mica cu suflet mare.  Nu voi putea sa uit gustul ceaiului facut de bunica si acei biscuiti care ne asteptau intotdeauna.   Ah ce as vrea ca ea sa-i poata face pentru mine inca o data!  Ah ce tare as vrea sa beau acel ceai de minta impreuna cu ai mei!

Ps:  Rau ca apreciem momentele mici de atunci mai apoi!  Acum ele par grandioase! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let it snow!

Hello all.  It's been a while since I wrote anything.  The past few weeks the weather was just wonderful.  I made sure to take advantage of it.  Too bad is getting cold again.  

A snow storm is coming tomorrow.  What?! Snow again?! :(

Anyhow, I started learning Portuguese.  It's sort of a relaxed class.  Only once a week.  I wish I could take the full course.  It's better than nothing though.  I'm sure I'll pick it up quickly in Angola.   

The departure date is getting closer too.  Oh Gosh!  Soon, I'll be traveling again.  Nevada - Moldova - Angola ... and the next destination is yet to be decided. :)

The "TO DO" list is getting longer.  The excitement is there too.  

Traveling with a baby and a dog is not easy.  Oh wait!  My dog is on a diet!!  I need her to be light enough so I can carry her in the plane with me.  No biscuits for her anymore.  She's got to get her six pack back again. 

I've been of course cooking a lot and experimenting with food.  

Daydreaming of becoming a "Chef" in the future and opening a coffee shop when we retire (a long time from now) is a fantasy that's in my head whenever we watch Chopped. :) 

Do you have a favorite Chef you follow?  I do.  Will talk about it in the next post.  

Stay warm guys! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's Valentine's Day!

How did everybody spend their Valentine's Day?  Another day to trick ourselves that is ok to indulge with chocolates.  Hooray for excess! :)

I was wondering today if anyone has ever been on a chocolate diet?  

There is a lot of talk nowadays about diets such as the Vegan, Paleo and so on.  What about a chocolate diet?  Doesn't it sound wonderful?

For real.  I wonder what would happen to my body if 80% of my daily meal, for at least three weeks, was only chocolate?  Would I gain weight?  Would I lose weight?  How would I feel...?

It's definitely not the greatest idea because I would certainly become deficient in many nutrients.  

Anyways, today I treated myself with the best homemade hot chocolate.  I basically warmed up about a cup and a half of (organic) whole milk and added two squares of 100% dark chocolate and about a 1/2 cup of dark semisweet chocolate chips.  A decadent and real chocolate treat.  That's what I'm talking about!

Happy Valentine's Day!