The Sweetest Year

My son makes every day sweeter! (poop explosions excluded)

How I dress my baby on cold runs

A post about a brownie recipe needs to be followed by a post about a run. Especially when you have no self control like me and end up eating about 3/4 of the pan.

That’s 3000 calories you guys. I added it up this morning. To burn that much calories running, I’d need to run a MARATHON.

Still full from my evening of brownie fiesta, I got myself and the baby properly dressed to go on a cold morning jog. It was in the 20s outside. Many minutes later, we were out of the door.

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It was a beautiful morning, but it was COLD. It took me a good 10 minute of jogging before feeling confortable.

Baby was happily sleeping in his car seat.

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His hat kept covering his eyes, poor baby. But he ended up liking it, it helped him sleep, so I left it like that.

This is me trying to take pictures with my frozen camera. The lens is foggy from the low temperature.

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A good 40 minutes later (and about 350 calories, only a tenth of the brownies.. *sight*), I headed home and began to undress the baby. I thought, hey! I should take pictures to show all the layers he had on.

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Winter hat, a bigger blanket, a smaller one in cotton (in case I need to clean the baby’s mouth in a hurry) and his soft snowsuit.

There he is with no blankets on to show the snowsuit.

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Oh, he wake up while I took the suit off. You can tell he just opened his eyes, he looks sleepy!

Mittens, cardigan, sweatpants, winter boots. The zipper of the cardigan opened, lol. I guess his little tummy is getting bigger! Oh and yes I know nothing match, but it’s all about fighting the Canadian temps!

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Cotton pyjamas with baby gap thick wool socks.

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He’s always trying to take his socks off. Clignement d'œil

At that point, I could feel that humidity had formed on the socks making his feet a tiny bit cold. His hands were warm, his face too. So I guess I put a little too much on his feet, they got hot and sweated. I think it might be because the socks were thigh on his feet? I’ll try to find looser socks for our next outing. I’ll also check if they make his boots too small because that could also cause the problem.

Other than that, baby had a great ride outside and mommy could enjoyed her morning jog. I’ll keep the outing less than 45 minutes in the winter. I wouldn’t want him to get cold 5 km away from the house.

Do you have any special gadget to keep the baby warm outside? Any tricks? Thanks!

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Halloween Leftovers Brownies

What to do with those mini chocolate bars that will make them taste a thousand times better? Brownies!

(Adapted from Ricardo’s)

140 g of mini chocolate bars (I used 13 Toblerone mini bars)
3/4 cup of butter or margarine
2 eggs
2 cups of brown sugar (loosely packed)
1/2 cup of flour

Preheat 350F. Put parchment paper at the bottom of a squared pan (8 inches).
Melt the chocolate with the butter (or margarine) over a pot of boiling water. Once melted, set aside.IMG_5484
In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the brown sugar. When there are no more lumps, add the melted chocolate, then the flour and whisk away.
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Pour in your squared pan and cook for about 30 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbles.
Let it cool down for 2 hours (or only 30 minutes if you can’t wait like me) and cut in squares.

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It is yummy, gooey, real heaven in a pan. IMG_5499

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City framed

I’ve been trying to decorate my apartment to make it feel more homey and less I’ve-just-moved-in. I went through my frames box and came across prints I bought on my last trip to New York City.

I love NYC. I’ve been many times, but each visit is still vibrant, intoxicating, magic! If I could go every year I would. I can’t wait to show my baby the city, walk in the parks, play in the fountains, see all the lights, even see a play! I’m sure he’ll love it as much as I do. But that’ll have to wait until he’s a bit older. When he’s..3? 4?

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I wanted to have a corner to represent my favorite city. It makes me smile every time I pass by it. It’s on the way to my bedroom.

The first frame on the left is a print I bought from a street vendor. It’s NY under the rain. It reminds me of all the time you get off the subway and realize there’s torrential rain outside. Running on the sidewalks, flip flops in puddles, smiling at strangers, the umbrellas dance to avoid umbrellas collisions.

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I cut into a tourist map I got on my last trip. I choose this neighborhood because I did a little improvised Sex and the City tour (Carrie’s apartment, Magnolia Bakery) and it was the favorite part of my trip. New Yorkers, Farmer’s market, Courtney Cox and ex-hubby sighting (while they were still together), Outdoor bookstores, Calm streets, Brownstones.

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I bought this in Washington DC I think, but every woman needs a little encouragement from time to time. It’s a Second World War poster asking women to work in factories. I love the pop of color it brings to the ensemble.

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Another print I bought from a street vendor. It’s the first and only Broadway I’ve ever been to. Loved, loved, loved every minute of it. The performers were amazing, the live music, the décor, the singing, everything was perfect.  I can’t wait to go to another Broadway show, I’m hooked! (I stood in line that same morning to get my ticket. I paid $70 for an orchestra ticket, not too shabby!)

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I’m thinking of hanging a blackboard on the opposite wall next to my fridge to balanced it out a bit more. I’ll keep you posted!

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