Monday, April 30, 2012
- make a list, and stick to it *I very rarely stray from my list, unless I find an un-advertised sale that is REALLY good (like paper towels for less than $5.00, or Peanut Butter for WAY cheaper)
- shop the outside aisles (produce, bakery and meat) the pre-packaged foods are in the center and can really make your total add up - plus they are a lot more appealing for impulse buys
- get to know the layout of your grocery store - this way you will know exactly where your items are, and avoid walking aimlessly through aisles with treats calling out your name
- price match: search the local flyers for the BEST sale (you need to know your prices for this) and then find a local store that price matches (RCSS, Walmart, FreshCo, Giant Tiger) and do all your shopping at one spot. You will need the current flyer to prove the price (or use the Reebee app on a mobile device)
and, my last tip for the day
- buy generic (store) brand whenever possible. It will save you tons of money, and often times there is very little taste difference *I don't ALWAYS buy store brand, but for the majority of items (never paper products, find they just are not as durable; and we are a kraft peanut butter family) but for salad dressings, pasta, sauces and rice etc, there isn't much of a difference.
I hope your enjoying my money saving tips - check back next Monday for more - and feel free to leave your tips in the comments!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I...........HATE.........laundry. There - I said it....what a load off my shoulders. No matter how hard I try and keep up with it, the laundry always gets ahead of me somehow.
I used to have a "laundry table" in the basement. Meaning that when I emptied the dryer, the clothes all went onto the table.
In the fall, hubby walled off the laundry area to make a playroom/laundry room so that I could contain the kids down there when I was doing laundry, in an effort to help make things easier and allow me to stay on top of it. Well, the kids LOVE it down there - but, they don't let me stay on top of the laundry. IF I happen to get it folded and put into a basket, Kyle comes along and dumps it all out in his attempt to help me.....and since I lost my laundry table when the renovation occurred, the clothes now sit on the floor (it's clean - promise) so I have a pile beside the washing machine that is dirty and needs to be washed, and a pile beside the dryer that is clean and needs to be folded and put away.
So - my secret is out. Now, I can be held accountable for staying on top of it. I am going to show you a picture of my laundry room - which I will take every Sunday and hopefully there will be some progress....so, here it is - please don't think too badly of me.........
|the "need to be cleaned pile" - pretty caught up|
|the "clean" pile - - needs A LOT of work|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
When Julien was born, at 36 weeks, his lungs didn't work properly - he was early, and they were not yet fully developed. The pediatrician on call at the hospital hoped that within 24 hours, his body would compensate and things would progress. However, that didn't happen. His condition actually worsened and he was transferred to CHEO. On the way there, his lung collapsed. They were able to insert a chest tube and that helped but he was intubated to increase his oxygen levels. Over the course of the next 10 days we spent many hours in hospital with him. Travelling back and forth from home or work - it was a very stressful time. For me, dealing with the hormones and emotions of being a new mom and also being seperated from my little one; for my husband - dealing with the emotions of being a new dad. Living in Ottawa, we are fortunate that we were able to go back and forth from our house to hospital (20 -25 minutes each way) - but there are many that are not. They live hours away, and money on hotels is often not possible. This is where Ronald McDonald House Charities come into play.
May 2nd is the 19th annual McHappy Day - please head over to your local McDonalds and buy a Happy Meal, Big Mac or hot McCaffe beverage to support this wonderful charity - McDonalds will donate $1.00 from each sale of these items.
McDonald’s® Canada community involvement efforts are yearlong. Since 2004, the company has raised more than $36 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) Canada by donating 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal. McDonald’s Canada covers all of RMHC’s administrative and operating costs, making it possible for 100 per cent of every directly donated dollar to go to Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs.
RMHC Canada is the national organization that supports Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country, which provides families of sick children a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.
Ronald McDonald Houses help give sick children what they need most – their families.
I am participating in the McHappy Day Blogger Program by ShesConnected. A donation in my name was made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada in exchange for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are honest and always my own*
First, a little background. A few years ago, when bleach pens came out I started some experimentation with their magical powers on cotton-knit clothing that belonged to my kids. Over time, I managed to mess up quite a few projects thinking that the bleach pens would be as easy to use as my extensive collection of 80s puff paints. From my more recent and successful attempts, I've come to refine the process into an almost foolproof approach that's slightly less traditional than the others you may see on places like Pinterest these days. Included below I'll overview the two ways to accomplish this textile art that I'm calling "The Bleach Batik."
Bleach Pen Method
Recently I had a creative itch that just needed to be satisfied and it just so happened that I had a rare splash of time to myself, on top of that. I whipped out a shiny new Clorox Bleach Pen along with a kid's t-shirt I bought on clearance at Target and went to work on my quest to perfect my bleach batik process. Here are the steps I followed to get the end product.
At this point, you're going to draw your design. Don't be scared—just go for it. Follow the tracings you've laid out or just let your freehand be your guide.
As you're working you may begin to see the bleach converting the color of the shirt under the design you're creating. Typically, I try to have my design completed within about 15 minutes so the shirt can process (letting the bleach do it's job) without having one part sitting for an extended amount of time while the other parts I'm bleaching are still being worked on. Keep an eye on the shirt. Depending on the pigments in your fabric, the processing could take 15 minutes or could take 30-45 minutes (average processing time for me has been around 30 minutes). If you wait too long, the bleach bleeds too far and the overall design is compromised by a huge bleach halo AND the composition of the fabric is weakened by the bleach if left on too long.
Gel Dishwasher Detergent Method
After completing about 6 shirts with the bleach pen method, I started to research a cheaper way to pull off the same effect. I typically used up all of one Clorox bleach pen between two kid sized shirts and ultimately wanted more mileage out of the product. After a couple of days brainstorming, I discovered that Costco brand (Kirkland) gel dishwasher detergent has a bleaching effect. Coupled with small clear squeeze bottles with metal tips I suddenly had my own bleach pen...
Thus the birth of the new Bleach Batik process. If you're serious about playing around with this medium long-term, I suggest you invest in these little bottles, as linked above. The dishwasher gel is much more manageable, comes out with greater ease, and is more precise. Additionally, the dishwasher gel is much more cost effective. Lastly, unlike the white Clorox bleach pen gel, the dishwasher gel is clear. I find that it's much easier to track it's processing because you can see through it. The only drawback I've found to this method is the overall finished product looks a bit less organic than the straight bleach from a Clorox bleach pen. The lines are much more defined and the color of the bleached fabric is more white and less of a faded pigment of the shirt.
Whichever route you decide to take, just imagine all the projects you can create with these methods. Customized birthday shirts, holiday shirts, gifts, hats, shoes, aprons, totes, dishtowels, socks, tights, etc. There's no end.
Good luck and Happy Bleaching!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
At 2.5 - he had his first word explosion - I credit this to nursery school and being around other children. At 3, he had another one and the vocabulary on this child was amazing - however, no one knew what he was saying. I could understand about 50% of what he said - but that was it. People that didn't know him didn't understand hardly anything.
When he started school, the teacher mentioned that he should be seen by first words (the speech/language program run through our children's hospital). I knew about the program, but never sought their advice because I was under the impression he would get speech therapy in school should he need it - I was partly correct. CCAC comes into the schools starting in senior kindergarten - when they are 5 and first words no longer sees them.
Cue horrible, guilty mom feelings - I had delayed putting him on the waitlist, and now it would be even longer as he was only in junior kindergarten.
I took him to a first words assessment clinic to have him looked at, and they put him on the wait list - to which I found out was over 8months long.
Fortunately, we have private coverage - so we sought out a private Speech/Language Pathologist who we have been working with since October of last year. The progress he has made has been amazing. I am so thankful that we found his SLP - she knows just how to handle his personality. We have a ways to go in terms of his pronunciations etc, but he is getting there.
I am so proud of my little guy and his hard work - he loves going to see Mary Jane and playing games with her. One of the tools she uses in her therapy regime is an ipad 2 and apps geared at language and speech. I was amazed - I had no idea that they had apps for this. You see, my hubby and I don't have smart phones (we actually cannot even access the internet from our phones - yes, we are lacking in the technology department).
My goal now is to save up for a tablet / ipad so that we can help him out at home with these apps. They are things that he can do on his own if we set him up.
So, I am looking for recommendations on any kind of device that you have - and if you have used any apps for this type of thing, what would you recommend?
And hey - if your in the technology business and would like to offer us a tablet to use for our sons therapy - I would be happy to provide advertising for you on the blog, twitter and facebook - just contact me and we can get things started immediately.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The book practically cried for me to spare its life, and for a moment I thought I'd rather burn in Hell than lose something my brother had given me in love. The pastor nudged me, though, and my heart turned to ice.
I thought of all those hours my brother had read to me. I thought of all that time he'd invested.
I couldn't throw it into the fire; not the last book of the trilogy. That funny little dwarf stared at me from the cover. Then, I closed my eyes. I stepped so close to the flames they almost ate my skin. I tore the book in front of those kids. I put on quite a show throwing in a section at a time because I couldn't stand sending the whole thing in at once. When the last pages went up in flame, and the dwarf on the cover curled with death, I dropped to my knees and cried. The kids all hooted and screamed in ecstasy, thinking I'd been freed, when the ropes of religion had just twisted tighter.
Elisa isn't your regular nerd. She's not the kind of person who quotes Monty Python, or has a periodic table tattooed on her butt. No she's a different sort altogether. She carries a duct-taped Bible, wears bright-orange polyester pants, and dyes her hair with red Kool-Aid.
Although she tries slipping by apart from the crowds, it doesn't help that her best friend happens to be the "Boarder," one of the cutest and most popular boys in school.
It isn't until Elisa realizes she's surrounded by hypocrites that her foundation starts crumbling. She doesn't know who to turn to. That's when she meets a mysterious man. But maybe she shouldn't trust him after all.
Will he help her, or make things even worse than they were before?
Monday, April 23, 2012
When I was 15, my father died. He had a heart attack - all of a sudden, he was gone. At the time, it was the biggest life event I had experienced (and even now, 17 years later is still pretty high on the list).
I want to help raise money for research into Heart Disease and Stroke - and you can help too! This year, the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart is taking place in Toronto on Sunday June 3. For more information on the Ride for Heart, to register or to donate - visit the website.
Unfortunately, I cannot make it for the ride - but I did just make a donation in my fathers memory - who do you know that has been affected by heart disease and stroke?
Friday, April 20, 2012
|Picture from one of my awesome price matching and coupon shops; total out of pocket was |
$74.16 the total VALUE was $140.24 - I saved almost HALF of my bill!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The sunshine vitamin in just one drop!® for adults
Ddrops sent me 1 vial (180 doses) of the Ddrops booster to review:
The best thing (in my opinion) about Ddrops (any of them, not just the booster) is that all you have to take is ONE drop. That's right folks - it is not a pill, it's a liquid and 1 drop gives you your dose. You can add it to a drink, food, a baby's bottle, or just lick it off a spoon or a clean hand. That's it - simple as that. Also, it is completely odorless AND tasteless!
I have worked with Ddrops in the past, and you can check out my review of Baby Ddrops.
Don't forget to connect with them on FaceBook andTwitter.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Viking Sandals has paired up with Infulential Media to do a giveaway! The prize is 1 pair of Viking Sandals (Value of $64.99). The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) and will close on April 23rd at 12:01 am. Use the rafflecopter form below to enter!
Thank you to Viking Sandals (www.vikingsandals.com) and Influential Media (www.influential-media.com) for hosting this giveaway.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
They will be kept under wraps for now - but just know that there are some great things coming YOUR way - and keep checking back.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Last year, when I first REALLY got into blogging, I somehow came across the UBP11. I decided to join, and it opened up a whole new world for me (my UBP11 post).
I gained a few followers on the blog, twitter and facebook - and learned about twitter parties (so much fine BTW - if you have the chance, check it out!)
A few weeks ago, I got to thinking that it must be time for UBP12 - so I did some searching and found out the dates - I got to work on my party post right away... I was so excited, it brought back such fun memories (which as a non blogger may be hard to understand - the relationships we build - yes, even without ever meeting - are quite amazing.)
Here I am - in the midst of UBP12 and enjoying all the blog hopping , twitter visits and facebook pages! Please check out 5minutesformom to find out more about UBP!
I am open to any subject - as long as it is family friendly and legal!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Julien's school is having a raffle this week - and they asked for donations of baked goods. I wasn't sure what to make, so I asked on a FB group and one of the girls mentioned a cake she had seen - the very hungry caterpillar. As soon as I googled it - I knew I had to attempt it.
So - here it is!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
My total coupons were valued at $8.99; PM savings of $10.00 and almost everything I bought was on sale! It was great way to help save up my points.
I accumulate them (mostly on 20x point days) and then use them for a double redemption day around Christmas - this is how I fill the stockings in our house!
If you don't have an optimum card you should look into getting one!
Friday, April 13, 2012
With Kyle - I was hoping to make it to 1 yr....and then we hit the 1 yr mark with no signs of stopping. He had put himself on a pretty much set nursing routine around 8mths - he really only nursed at wake up in the morning, and then before nap and bedtime....if he woke at night he would nurse then too. But that was it - he was never really a comfort nurser and other than sleep times, the only time he nursed during the day was when he was sick. I knew I had no intentions of leading the weaning process, and over the last 8 mths there have been a few days with little nursing - but this time, it has been 5 days. He hasn't nursed ONE time in 5 days. I am a little sad, but happy that it is on his terms. I still offer the breast at bedtime - he just hasn't taken it. I am hoping that it is just a nursing strike, but fear that I will dry up as he nursed so little to begin with. So I do believe that at 20 mths, he is done. I will continue to offer for another week or so....but that's for my own emotional needs.
I will now leave you with a few pictures from a photo session I had done - I have no pictures of nursing my oldest, and that saddens me. So I made sure to have a nursing session done with Kyle.
ETA: He actually continued to nurse until 22 months!
Today, however - Julien asked the inevitable question - "mommy, how about we get a pet fish?". Now, to most people, your probably thinking that it is a great idea to get a pet fish. Pretty simple to take care of, no walking involved and relatively little impact on your life.
However, you don't know my history with fish. When I was 11, I begged my parents for a goldfish. They finally gave in, and off to the pet store we went. I found a cute little fishbowl, and decided on the goldfish I wanted. The pet store clerk bagged it and home we went. I was so excited to have my fish. The next day, I decided that Goldie was lonely and needed a friend. Back to the pet store I went, and another goldfish was brought home in a bag. A couple days later, I noticed the bowl needed to be cleaned. My parents were on their way out, and told me they would help me when they got home. That wasn't acceptable to me - these were my fish, and I was going to take care of them all on my own.
I grabbed a large plastic container, filled it with water and transferred the fish...what happened next scarred me for life - honestly, it did. The fish swam down - - and then they floated right up. I screamed for my brother to come and help me rescue the fish - but by the time he got there it was too late. I was heartbroken - who knew that fish don't need to be kept warm in hot water? Really - please keep in mind that I was 11, and I had the best of intentions. I didn't want them to be cold while I was cleaning their home.
I was in tears, and it was not made any better by my loving brother that kept reminding me I boiled my fish... (really, 20 years later and it is still something he teases me about) My parents arrived home to find me heartbroken and in tears, and to make it up to me my dad took me to the pet store, bought me a very nice aquarium and let me pick some tropical fish - with the promise that I not ever clean the tank without his help.
So, now that you know the back story, you will maybe, somewhat understand why I was praying that my children would never, ever utter those words. Julien didn't really understand why or how I killed my fish, but when he saw the bunny rabbit he wasn't even paying attention to me - as I was trying to hide the tears welling up in my eyes.
It took many, many years for me to even be able to speak of my first fish owning experience.....and now I can kind of see the humour in it. But my poor, poor niece - I found out last summer that she also boiled her fish......
Virgin Coconut Oil
There is no industry standard definition for "Virgin Coconut Oil" as there is in the olive oil industry for "Virgin" and "Extra Virgin" olive oil. Today, there are many coconut oils on the market that are labeled as "Virgin Coconut Oil." Tropical Traditions was the first company to publish standards for the use of "Virgin Coconut Oil" in terms of edible oils, and here is what we published over ten years ago:
Virgin Coconut Oil can only be achieved by using fresh coconut meat or what is called non-copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, since the natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years. There are currently two main processes of manufacturing Virgin Coconut Oil:
1. Quick drying of fresh coconut meat which is then used to press out the oil. Using this method, the coconut meat is quick dried, and the oil is then pressed out via mechanical means. This is the most common type of "Virgin" or "Extra Virgin" (see below) coconut oil sold in the market today that you will find in stores. It is mass-produced. (see our Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil)
2. Wet-milling. With this method the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. "Coconut milk" is expressed first by pressing. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge. (see our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)
**Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.**
Win It: if you want to win your own 32FL oz jar of coconut oil, use the rafflecopter form below
Canadians - please note that Tropical Traditions and Tales of Mommyhood are not responsible should you be charged customs or duty charges upon delivery
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ontario residents can enter to Win 1 of 5 Rogers Smart Home monitoring systems – the contest is open until May 16, 2012 – so hurry over HERE and enter to win. Once you have entered, you can share it with friends, family and co-workers, and if they use your link to enter, YOU will get an extra entry into the contest!
- real time 24/7 monitoring,
- instant customizable alerts,
- view and control your home remotely,
- automate sensors, thermostat, lights and appliances,
- save energy and save money,
- and more.**
When you go to rogerssmarthome.com contest there are 4 quick 'n easy steps to enter:
- 1 Touchpad
- 3 Door/Window Sensors
- 1 Motion Detector
- 1 Key fob
- 1 Camera
- 1 Thermostat
- 1 Lamp Control
- Service for one year
**The system is both connected via wires and also cellular. The components are wireless so if you move, you take them with you!
Disclaimer: Tales of Mommyhood or those affiliated with this blog are not responsible for any changes Rogers may make, choosing the winner or shipping this prize. Tales of Mommyhood has been hired by a marketing company on behalf of Rogers Smart Home to share this contest with you.
I will be participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash 2012 this year! I am in search of a sponsor, so if you are a Canadian company that wants some exposure - let me know if your will to provide a prize to a Canadian winner!
If you want more information on what TGCBB is, then click the button at the top of this post and it will take you over to Mom Vs. The Boys where you can get the information!
Check back here on June 25th to see what I have come up with for a giveaway!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I am taking party in #UBP 12 this year (The Ultimate Blog Party). I stumbled across it last year and participated - you can see my post HERE. Enter using the rafflecopter form below to WIN $25.00 via paypal!
My name is Ashley, and I am a 30 something woman. I have 2 boys - Julien is 4.5, full of spirit and definitely knows his own mind. He is in half day JR kindergarten, and he absolutely loves school.
Kyle is 20 mths, a little devil - that is for sure. He knows what he wants and when he isn't happy he is sure to let you know. He seems so much older than his age, and I am not 100% sure if that is because of his personality or because he is a 2nd child. I hope you will settle in here for a little while and peak around getting to know me!
I have never been one that is hugely into parties; I am a home-body and would much rather have 1 or 2 friends over than attend a HUGE party. We do host a few good sized get togethers every year (a boxing day party and a Canada Day party!)
I am looking forward to partying with all of you during UBP12 though! I will grab a glass of wine when the kids go to bed and plan on visiting lots of blogs throughout the week!
Interested in a giveaway? click here and here for your chance to win - and scroll down further for my UBP CASH prize!
I will leave you with a picture from the best party of my life - February 4, 2006 - my wedding day!
Being home definitely has it's ups and downs. I LOVE that I get to spend the time with my kids; being able to witness the majority of their firsts is something that I treasure.
Then, there are the days where they drive me to rip out my hair. There are days where I would love to run away and go back to work full time (well, not really but in these instances it seems like a vacation!)
My house is never clean; my kids are often dirty; but they have fun and that's what matters. Helping to create the happy memories that I hope they will have - is what makes me stay home. I can clean my house when the kids are old enough to not mess it up as I go!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Lisa Marie and I chatted over email for a few days and I gave her a few ideas floating around in my head (which weren't many - I really am not a very creative person).
Lisa Marie was able to pick through the muddy ideas I had and pull out pretty much exactly what I was envisioning - and here we have it! My new look!
I hope you like it - and keep stopping by to see what's happening around here.
You can learn more about Lisa Marie over at her website. She doesn't have a design page up and running yet, but you can find her email and contact her!
Lisa Marie - thank you for all your hard work this weekend - I am super happy with the new look here at Tales of Mommyhood!
Next year, the only chocolate they will get is what the Easter Bunny leaves for an egg hunt. Other than that, they will get a few outdoor toys - and I think that will be it. (someone please remind me of this while I am doing my easter shopping!)
The kids have had chocolate for breakfast again today - I think I will be hiding their Easter stash this afternoon.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Tulips are sprouting up in our neighbours yard; the birds are chirping and the sun is shining!
I hope that all of you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy whatever traditions it is that you have!
For us, the Easter Bunny will leave a hunt for the kids on Sunday morning, and we will be heading over to my In-Laws place for dinner Sunday night. Monday, I will take the kids out with another family and we will head to a farm. This will be the fourth year that we will get the families together - the boys always have tons of fun!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
soft ripened goat cheese, warmed
1 pepper, sliced and roasted (red, green or yellow)
balsamic vinegar (for drizzling)
**you could sub cream cheese for the goat cheese**
Friday, April 6, 2012
I boiled some eggs this morning and then let them cook/cool down.
I poured some vinegar (I didn't have much) into a few containers and then added some colour. When Kyle went down for his nap, Julien and I got to work
|getting them dyed|
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I was sent a copy of the book "Super Blake and the Cavity Monster" to review with my son. At the moment, he is getting a little bored with the current selection we have so this was the perfect time to receive a new book!
Tracy Bickhaus has done a terrific job creating a story that involves a super hero (complete with super hero outfit) for little boys and girls to relate to. In this story, you learn about Ginger Vitis, Sir Plaque and the Cavity Monster. Super Blake and the Cavity Monster is the first in the series of Super Blake books.
My oldest is getting pretty picky with the books he reads now - and he is really into rhyming ones - and this fits the bill perfectly. The illustrations (by Korey Scott) are also bright and colourful, and Julien enjoyed it so much we had to read it again.
I have partnered up with Tracy to offer 1 of my readers the chance to win their very own copy of Super Blake and the Cavity Monster - as well as a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Check out the Rafflecopter forms below for your chances!
Head on over to www.superblakebooks.com to learn more. You can also connect with Super Blake on Facebook, twitter and you tube.
ETA: I am changing the end date to April 20, 2012
Buy It: Purchase your own copy of Super Blake and the Cavity Monster on facebook to receive 10% off
Win It: Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win a copy of Super Blake and the Cavity Monster
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
We'll be participating in the upcoming "It's Raining Cash" Giveaway Event!
This event is hosted by Giveaway Promote and will be held from April 16th-29th.
You can sign-up until April 7th.
Their most recent cash giveaway event, the $700 Winter Blast of Cash Giveaway, had an incredible turnout with over 120 blogs participating and 275,000+ entries. Participants in that event gained hundreds and even thousands of new followers!
We’d love for you to join us in the next big event. The prize is already at $400. Links are only $4!
Sign up for the “It’s Raining Cash Giveaway” event
Please mention that I referred you!
I have been experimenting with some of the recipes provided by Astro, and so far my 2 favorities are the Egg Plant Dip and Cranberry/Blueberry Smoothie
Grilled Eggplant and Yogourt Dip
1 eggplant (about 1 lb/450 g)
¾ cup Astro® Original Plain
1 clove garlic, minced
1½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1. Pierce eggplant all over with a fork. Place on a greased grill over medium heat; close
lid and grill, turning once, until charred and wrinkled and flesh is softened, about 20
minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
2. Slice eggplant open and scoop flesh into a bowl, discarding skin. Mash and let drain
in fine-mesh sieve for 20 minutes.
3. In a bowl, combine yogourt, eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, oil and salt.
4. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
Garnish with parsley. Makes 1½ cups.
I enjoyed this dip with a sliced up baguette and pita wedges - delicious!
You know what though? The Astro Original Greek Yogourt is great on its own also. It is so thick and creamy, and it doesn't have a too strong tartness to it like some plain yogourts do. Go on out and try it for yourself!
I would like to thank Parmalat Canada for the opportunity to work with them on this giveaway, and for supplying the winner with 3 FPC's!