Thursday, September 11, 2014

Backstage from our Bay Downtown fashion show!

More to come soon, just a quick tease from backstage and today was a day of great fashion inspiration. And my sweet boy was in it too!







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time for our BAY downtown fashion show AGAIN!

If you enjoyed our 100 years in BIZ anniversary show last september...you may enjoy this one tomorrow on September 11 at the Bay Downtown Calgary.


Here is my make up inspiration for the super make up artists at NARS:



And my son Radovan is in it for the very first time! Just 2 looks but very exciting as he just turned 5 today and he is always insisting on being well put together. 


Chose a great ponytail for hair. Actually, 3 different style ponytails...here is a preview:



and the Calgary crazy weather is helping to set the fall/winter mood for changing up our wardrobe fast and furious! Yes we are furious I think...look at this...





Either way, back to work, loving the white collar shirts and quilting and Chanel ...smiles...and off to bed I am, XO Z








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Garden Greens:

Among all our roses, evergreens and hydrangeas, or Linden tree blossoms...yes there was some devine "kale" to be found and our dinner was revolving around it tonight!


P.S. I will be making a Linden flower tea from our own Linden tree: (yes picking up blossoms and killing ants at the same time...)


Truth be told, kale is amazing in a smoothie but it did cause me stomach acids (can be hard to digest) when raw as I found out the hard way, also, some claim that lightly steamed kale is healthier, more nutritious etc.


So here is my lightly cooked kale salad, about 10 minutes of prep work:


1. In olive oil and a little butter, fry onions on low heat, but very golden;

2. Add 1/4 cup rasins, 1 minced garlic and 1 tbsp capers;

3. Almost immediately add washed and cut up kale and on medium heat fry very lightly so it is still very raw tasting with a superb crunch to it!

4. You may add few pine nuts and sprinkle some grated cheese (I use german eidam).





Enjoy the summer greens!

XO, Z

Sunday, August 3, 2014

eating cherries:


We can probably all agree that cherries are the best when eaten fresh & in season with nothing else and us Canadians we agree that BC Bing cherries are the one and only we want!


If you feel like enjoying a light European style cheese cake with this amazing fruit, do what i did today and bake one!



Really easy and light (also fast), but I have to warn you, not very sweet as I use minimal sugar in the batter! What makes up for it is the delicious flavour of ricotta and butter!


1. 4 eggs in a bowl;



2. add 1/2 cup sugar (some brown & some white mix) and some vanilla extract;





3. beat it well with an electric mixer and stop when light in colour & fluffed up;



4. add  and blend in well with the mixer: 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder and melted 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1 cup luke warm milk;






5. add gently and with a spatula 500g of ricotta cheese;



6. pour batter into a baking dish (9 x 12 inch, sprayed with a non-stick greese) and add pitted cherries (about 5 cups);



7. sprinkle with a crumb topping;



The Topping:

- melt 8 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan;


- add even amounts of flour and confectioner sugar (3/4 cup each);


- blend well.



DONE! (after about 40 min in the oven, do a tooth pick test)




SERVE AS IS!












Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Please Immunize Your Child.

In the Czech Republic you can't place your child into any kindergarten or school if not properly immunized. I hope they won't change the law because it is one that protects others from getting sick or worse. 


I feel I have to protect my children from danger of getting measles or polio and other scary disease that we have once eliminated by vaccines and now people seem to question that.

I love my perfect (buy outfit at Hudson Bay Company - little Canadians) children and want them to be safe when it is possible.





Here is some reliable information (just because I wanna help with what ever I can) on why vaccines are safe and not dangerous:


Why can’t I let my baby’s immune system develop its own immunity, rather than having all these viruses and bacteria injected into him?

Your child cannot develop immunity to something he has never been exposed to. While your child can develop immunity if exposed to a certain disease, before developing the immunity they will likely actually get sick from the infection and have to endure the possible life-threatening complications that may occur.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccine safety is a priority in Canada. Vaccines are one of the most researched and monitored areas of medicine. They are approved in the same way as new medicines are approved. They must go through a series of steps to show that they are safe and able to prevent the disease they target before they are approved. They are given to thousands of children who are very closely monitored before they can be approved for general use. Once approved, the vaccines continue to be monitored to make sure that they remain safe. A program called IMPACT (Immunization Monitoring Program ACTive), occurring in 12 children’s hospitals across Canada (including CHEO), reviews all hospital admissions for certain serious illnesses and collects information to see if the illness happened after vaccination. Canadian doctors and nurses must also fill out a report to Health Canada, if a patient develops a serious health problem after being vaccinated.

Is it true that my child can develop autism, brain damage, mental retardation, attention deficit disorder or learning disorders from the mercury that is in vaccines?

In a few vaccines, small amounts of thimerosol (an organic mercury compound used as a preservative) are still used as a preservative to make sure that the vaccine will not get contaminated and will continue to work. Large studies over the past ten years have proven that there is no association between thimerosal containing vaccines and autism or other brain damage. In fact, one recent study compared the rate of autism in children who had been immunized with thimerosol containing vaccines and those who had not, and found that there were slightly more children with autism amongst those who had not been vaccinated.

Secondly, many studies have recently shown that there are genetic differences in children with autism and it is now believed that this is likely the main reason why some children develop autism.

What about the side effects from immunization?

It is true that vaccinations may cause side effects. The most common ones are tenderness where the vaccination is given, mild fever and irritability. Giving acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra) before and after can help treat these side effects. Other side effects are rare and the risk of getting sick from the diseases themselves far outweighs the small risk of reacting to an immunization. Your health care provider should review both the common and rare side effects of each vaccine before your child receives it.

Is there anything else I should consider?

In the last 50 years, vaccinations have saved more Canadian lives than any other health measure. There is so much research, testing and monitoring of vaccines that parents should really trust the medical experts on this issue. You should share any concerns and questions you have about immunizations with your health care provider to ensure that you have all the information you need before making the decision to vaccinate your child. There are so many things we cannot anticipate where our children’s health is concerned but vaccinations is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child healthy.


http://www.cheo.on.ca/En/vacc

It is important that the immunization information you read is accurate and up to date. 


Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/index-eng.php


Thank you for immunizing yourself and your kids!

XO, Z

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sexy Summer:

Feel sexy, look sexy and drink sexy as our 4 year old boy has learnt to say about everything ... Sexy is the word we use daily now! Kinda loving it. 

Either way, try this Avocado smoothie above by Julie Daniluk or better yet my version of it...!


1 avocado 

1 inch English cucumber

1/2 ripe mango (sweet)

1/2 lime squeezed 

1/2 cup rich coconut milk

1 scoop of organic whey protein powder or 1 tsp spirulina 

1 1/2 cup natural coconut water or more (add as needed during blending)

10 to 15 ice cubes

Optional: a few mint leaves 



ALL in the vitamix blender...

DONE, ENJOY!

Personaly, I enjoy the protein powder or spirulina as they give me fantastic benefits and it also can replace a meal (i.e. In my case during breast feeding perhaps in addition to a meal..... Like the oooh so wonderful schnitzel with potatoe pancakes ...) and all that while reducing body inflamation and creating collagen and muscle growth ... so very needed when you turn 30 .... Smiles! 


And if drinking your food just is not the best on any given day, our family summer favorite has become the Japanese OKONOMIYAKI (great easy summer eat) and here is how I make it or try some other online versions:

1. Fry (in medium frying pan) what ever you have: onions, peppers, zucchini and mushroom (some of my favs) in canola oil (make sure onions are fried golden before you add other vegetables);

2. Optional: add diced leftover roasted chicken or BBQ steak or shrimp, sausage or just any meat you have or like;


I used chicken leftovers!


2. Prepare pancake-like dough: 4 eggs, water (1 cup), some all purpose flour and some whole wheat flour (2:1 ratio) (total 1 3/4 cups) and whisk well, adding water or flour until thick but runny batter is ready:



Get a skilled helper!



3. Add all fried ingredients into the batter;

4. Add 2 cups of green cabbage (finely chopped);


5. Return to the non-stick frying pan with enough canola oil heated;



6. Flip after 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat, I do it simply by tossing into another pan!



Result: thick rich pancake, and serve with mayo or mustard...and OKONOMIYAKI sauce. 



Eating it on a terrace outside is the extra bonus in summer.


Then .... Go have fun with kids or enjoy Bryan Adams concert during the infamous Stampede! 

Yahoo Calgary!



Another Armani boy is here...








Real boy this one I tell you....




My 2 little cowboys!




Adam's comment was: "I have never played to so many hats before LOL"


Hope your summer is going great too! 

XO,  Z