It's been a while since I've written about a food that sounds so wrong it has to be right.
May I present rice congee in a cup. Another one of those crazy food finds of mine from Costco. The congee comes in a box of six containing two each of chicken and mushroom, seafood and vegetable flavours. The retail price was under $8 if I remember correctly. Each cup is around 800kj a serve.
The first one I tried was the vegetable flavour.
To make up a cup, all you have to do is empty the foil sachet of dry congee into the polystyrene cup and add 300ml of boiling water.
Then, leave covered for three minutes.
I was pleasantly surprised at how things looked when they were reconstituted. There were a whole lot of corn kernels and other vegetable pieces. The taste was mild, I actually added some soya sauce and white pepper to mine. The consistency of the congee itself was fine. I think these will come in handy in the cooler months as an alternative to cup a soups.
|Birth announcment from tiny prints. The weird deidentifying smudges are my work....|
I ordered the cards from tiny prints. I've admired the tiny prints cards I've received from friends for quite some time now and finally got my chance to have some of my own made up. The web site is so easy to navigate and there is a wide range of card style to choose from. When you order your cards, there is a free service where a representative of the company reviews what you've created and fine tunes any minor issues for free. Customer service is lovely, with lots of friendly email communication. The company is based in the US and it only took a week for my cards and address labels to arrive in Australia. I'm definitely going to use tiny prints again in the future.
Aside from that deviation into the evil world of processed food via that congee, I'm embracing as much healthy living as I can. I'm saying yes to carrots and the daily gym plan is going well.
The gym isn't just about the fitness, it's a bit of an outing for me as well. I get to wear things that don't have to be breast feeding friendly and I leave the house with a relatively lighter load than the baby bag that is full of things to cover all the potential dramas that may unfold when you hit the road with a baby.
There's all the familiar benefits of a workout when my time is up at the gym but these days, the added bonus is coming home the little man and his need for a cuddle when he wakes up from his nap. Baby SSG has gotten to a size now where I'm not so afraid that I'll lose grip of him when I hold him koala style on my chest. We're currently experimenting with the Manduca baby carrier which has so far given me a half hour here and there to do my own thing at the computer, under Baby SSG's supervision, of course.