Let's Help #ClearTheLists
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We’re all about the #ClearTheLists movement and we would love your help spreading kindness and generosity in the world!

Teachers spend so much of their own money (an average of $479!) on their classroom each year, and we want to help them out. So we’ve decided to clear out the carts in North America, gifting teachers the school supplies they’ve added to their Amazon wish lists for their students.

We asked y’all to send in your info and links to your lists so that we can continue promoting this amazing campaign and help the deserving teachers in our community. Teachers are literally everything. Please join us in giving back to those who give so much to our children every single day.

Check out the lists here and give what you can! Even a little is a lot 💗

Ps. Our list is on-going and names will continue to be added!


xx Cat & Nat








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RECIPE: The Paloma Cocktail
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For our very first live show back in 2017, we had a Nat drink (wine, obviously 😜🍷) and a Cat drink (a delicious cocktail) option available at our bar. And for our most recent Virtual VIP event, we decided to throw it back to that very first show and re-create "The Cat" cocktail!

Now it’s time to share the recipe with the rest of you, so you can sip on something fresh and amazing as you wrap up the summer and enter into a new year!

All you need is…

  • 1.5 oz Tequila Tromba Blanco

  • 3 oz Grapefruit juice

  • 0.5 oz Agave Nectar

  • Top glass with Soda Water

  • Rim glass with salt

And ENJOY 🍹

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RECIPE: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie?! It’s the perfect treat for a snack or dessert (or for whenever, really!).

Cat got the recipe for her (and Coco’s) chewy chocolate chip cookies off of Tasty, but she uses a little less flour than the recipe calls for and sprinkles sea salt across the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. Another thing to note when baking is that you should remove the cookies from the oven when they’re still soft on the inside because they’ll continue to cook even after you take them out.

We’ve added the recipe below for easy access! It makes 12 cookies, so feel free to double up on the ingredients if you want to make a larger batch.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks

  • 4 oz dark chocolate chunk, or your preference

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.

  2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.

  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).

  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavor and deeper color, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavor will be.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  6. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10 cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.

  8. Cool completely before serving.

  9. Enjoy!

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RECIPE: Heirloom Tomato Bocconcini Pesto Salad
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Nat made another tasty dish over the weekend (and shared it on Insta stories) so we had to do a post about it! Heirloom Tomato Bocconcini Pesto Salad… it sounds fancy but it’s actually super easy to make, and it’s the perfect salad to accompany grilled meats. 

Summer is the best time for tomatoes, so the time to enjoy this fresh salad is NOW. All you’ll need for this dish is a bunch of heirloom tomatoes (winner, winner, chicken dinner if you can find ripe, multi-coloured ones) and a few other ingredients. Keep reading for the full recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • Heirloom tomatoes (a lot of them! They can differ slightly in size, flavour and texture, but they’ll look beautiful in the dish.)

  • Bocconcini cheese (slices or halves based on size)

  • Red onion (thinly sliced)

  • Basil (chopped)

  • Garlic clove (finely chopped)

  • Parmesan (grated)

  • Dijon mustard 

  • Salt + pepper

  • Olive oil 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix together a bunch of chopped basil, a finely chopped garlic clove, a couple tablespoons of grated Parmesan, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and one cup of olive oil (add more or less of anything depending on how big your platter is).

  2. Slice large tomatoes 1/4 inch thick and smaller tomatoes in half, and place on a platter.

  3. Slice or half bocconcini based on size and add to platter.

  4. Thinly slice a red onion and add to platter.

  5. Pour basil mixture over platter and voila! You’ve got yourself a salad.

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RECIPE: Cat's Quicky "Quesadillas"
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How many of you find dinner painful? Thinking of it, finding it, buying it, making it, spending money and time on it when half the time your kids don’t even eat it… The struggle is so real, ya’ll!

Cat’s solution is to just straight up simplify it. Get food in their mouths and call it a freaking win 🙌🏻 It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be food. And this is the mindset that inspired last night’s dinner - a quick and easy “quesadilla” if you will? 🤣

You’ll only need a few ingredients and a few minutes. So if you’re all out of dinner ideas, give this a try tonight!

INGREDIENTS

  • Tortilla wraps

  • Tomato sauce

  • Shredded cheese

  • Veggies

DIRECTIONS

  1. Lay the tortilla flat and add a layer of tomato sauce and then a layer of cheese.

  2. Fold the tortilla wrap in half.

  3. Throw it on a pan in the oven and bake it until it’s golden brown.

  4. Add some kind of veggie on the side for a “well-balanced” meal.

  5. Call it dinner (because it is… Good job, mom!).

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RECIPE: Summer Steak BBQ Platter
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Nitty Nat has done it again! This weekend, she grilled up some cauliflower steaks and paired it with a kale + corn salad (we’ll save that recipe for another day), and the result was amazinggg. She pre-grilled everything at home and then brought it over to Cat’s, where the adults and kids ate every last bite!

Check out the recipe below and give it a try at your next BBQ!!

INGREDIENTS

Marinade:

  • Course salt and ground black pepper 

  • Chopped garlic 

  • Honey 

  • Soya sauce

  • Olive oil

Platter:

  • Steaks (from https://trulocal.ca/ Ps. you can get $25 off plus a free pound of bacon when you use code: CATANDNAT25. And FYI - they ship all across Canada!)

  • Grilled pineapple

  • Grilled onions

  • Grilled tomatoes

  • Grilled cauliflower (because Cat doesn’t eat steak)

  • Fresh avocado slices

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together in a large Ziploc bag and then add the steaks and smoosh everything around.

  2. Let the steaks marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours prior to grilling.

  3. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over the ingredients that will be added to the platter. You could grill any fruit or vegetable at all - zucchini, peppers, broccoli, fennel, peaches, and apples are all great options.

  4. Grill the steaks and the vegetables/fruits. Because Nat’s bbq had no gas, she grilled it on her oven top in a pan like this. It works perfectly and gives those grill marks we love. 

  5. Serve room temperature

    ENJOY!!

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TOP 5 PODCAST EPISODES

Since we’re taking a bit of a break before we dive into Season 4 of our #MOMTRUTHS podcast, we thought this would be the perfect time to do a round up of our Top 5 episodes!

A little bit of mom life, a little bit of business, a little bit of “off the rails” and a whole lot of fun - that’s what our podcasts are all about. Check out the episodes below and stay tuned for a new season launching at the end of the summer!


#1: Let's Start At The Beginning...

For our very first episode we're bringing it back to the VERY beginning when we first met. We're talking high school, some questionable choices, and what our life looked like before we became moms and before we became close friends.

#4: The Cool One and The Rogue One...

In this episode, we get into specifics about who does what in the business, and how our children really see us and our jobs. Oh, and we get a little bit off topic as per usual.

#13: Our List of "Failures"

In this one we get into the Mom Rut a little bit more and explain why we felt so compelled to book a vacation with our kids for two weeks in February. Spoiler Alert: It's all about smiling. We also go on a nice little tangent about what some of our "failures" have been and how we don't let them become setbacks.

#23: Living for Mondays vs Fridays

Do you think we could actually get through an entire episode being serious about entrepreneurship? Well, we didn't, BUT we did talk a lot about the types of jobs we've had and what our motivations behind them were. Lots of entrepreneur talk, but also the occasional masturbation discussion.

#25: We're Done Being Nice

As two women tackling a heck of a lot on a daily basis between our business and our families, we got to a point where we realized we are just done being nice to individuals before we've been nice to ourselves. Don't compromise yourself to try and be nice to someone else because that's when people get exhausted and defeated. Stay true to yourself and you'll be much better off. Oh, and swallow your balls.....that's an inside joke for anyone who listens to the full episode.

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RECIPE: Nat's Restaurant-Worthy Charcuterie Board
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In my opinion, a charcuterie board has no rules. It’s fun to simply pick your favourite cheeses, nuts, olives, fruits and cured meats and display them nicely on a platter. Because it’s a dish you can customize based on your own preferences, I never include blue cheese in my selection because I don’t like it! What I do like is mixing different colours and textures of cheese to give my spread some variety.

The first step to building a meat and cheese masterpiece, is choosing what type of board you’re going to use. I like to serve my spread on a wood board (any cutting board or wood platter will do) rather than a regular platter, so that people can cut the cheeses directly on the board without everything slipping off. 

As for the delish items I include on my charcuterie board, I’ve listed them all below!

INGREDIENTS

  • CHEESES

    • A soft cheese - Brie, Camembert or another soft, yummy cheese. 

    • A hard cheese - like Cheddar (the older the better)

    • A coloured cheese - Have fun with this one! Go to a cheese shop and ask to try different types of cheese. There is a Guinness Cheddar, which is so good, and its marbled brown look really adds to the platter. 

  • CURED MEATS

    • A hard salami - like a small link of salami cut into think rounds. 

    • A thinly sliced Genoa Salami

    • A spicy salami 

    • Prosciutto

  • OLIVES

    • Whichever kind you like best, but try to get different colours. I like red ones! 

  • FRUIT

    • Slices of Bosc pears and apples are the perfect option for those who don’t want to eat bread with their cheese. 

  • NUTS

    • Scatter any type of nut around the board. 

  • BREAD

    • Add your go-to cracker and/or thinly slice a crispy baguette!

  • EXTRAS

    • Spruce up your platter even more by adding artichokes, hot peppers, jelly or jams (anything from the olive cart) in small dishes or ramekins.

That’s it! All you have to do is pick out your favourite snacks and assemble them on the board any way you wish. Have fun, use cute cheese knives and load up that board!! And don’t forget to tag us @catandnat on social media or pin your board and tag us so we can see your creations!!! 

xx Nat

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PODCAST: Do It For YOU

SURPRISE! We are back for a special BONUS episode, and we're talking all about going after what you want and doing things for YOU. In both business and motherhood, it’s so important to focus on yourself and to do what is best for you in order to pave your own path, move forward and achieve success (whatever success means to you).

And that's why being a #FabFitFunPartner is the perfect fit for us, because anything that allows women to treat themselves, and puts a smile on their face, and offers value - that's what we're all about.

FabFitFun is a seasonal subscription box that offers full size beauty, fashion, home, fitness and wellness products (worth over $200+) for only $49.99 a box. It's the adult loot bag, ya'll, and you can customize it too! We love it, and you guys deserve it, so head over to fabfitfun.com to sign-up and use the promo code MOMTRUTHS to get $10 off your first box.


TOP QUOTES FROM THIS PODCAST:

BUSINESS TAKEAWAYS

  • Social media is an amazing thing but it's also a really hard thing because you see everyone else doing and being and achieving and you're sitting there watching. And you don't want to watch, you want to do.

  • For all the entrepreneurs out there, your eyes are always looking at everybody else to see what's working. It's natural. There is nothing wrong with being inspired by other people, but if you are looking around and it seems like everybody is doing what you've been doing for a while, it's time to make the next move.

  • We want to reach more moms, but we want to give them value and an experience, and I think in business that is forgotten. In business, if you can put aside strictly numbers and think about why you're doing what you do, it will lead you to success. If you want it and you love it, then other people will love it too.

  • If you're in the business rut - which means you don't know what your next move is, you don't feel like you're successful, you feel like you've been grinding but you don't know how to change the game, you feel like everyone around you is succeeding - often this feeling of anxiety comes from not knowing what's next.

  • What's success anyways? For some people it's setting a goal, crushing the goal and then setting another goal. The two of us have never set a goal, so maybe that's a problem. We don't have goals, we go wherever life takes us. Some people need goals and some people are intuitive people.

  • I don't know if it's an insult or a compliment when people are like "I can't believe what you've done!" I don't think anyone expected much for us at all. When we started this, I think people kinda rolled their eyes, but we worked our asses off like it was going to be something.

  • If you're struggling in any way, feeling like you're not enough or you can't do something, fuck that and figure it out. And don't wait for someone to do it for you. No one is showing up at your door and handing anything to you on a platter.

  • If you're an entrepreneur, stop sitting there and waiting for someone to show up and do something for you. No one has opened a door for us, no one has turned a key for us. People have taken chances on us, but that's because we put ourselves out there to allow people to take the chance. It's because we made the chance possible for them to take a chance on us. Everything we've done, we've earned.

MOMTRUTH MOMENTS

  • So many women, and so many moms especially, don't do anything for themselves. Even when they come to a live show, they feel guilty walking out the door, they feel guilty about having fun, they feel guilty about missing bedtime even though they've done it every day for 15 years. So for us, we want women to leave us feeling good and feeling like they have permission to have fun, so that's why this mission is so important to us.

  • As a mom, we figure everything out. Don't ever underestimate the power of your motherhood. We're a strong culture. So take some of the time that you dedicate to your kids and do something for yourself to fill up your bucket. Do something that makes you happy or maybe try something new.

FIND OUT MORE:

Click here for our Facebook Live unboxing of the 2019 FabFitFun Summer Box.

As for the Cat & Nat tank top we mention in the podcast, you can get that over at catandnat.ca/shop!

And stay tuned for our next VVIP Event happening in August.

If you're listening to our podcast, let us know what you think because your feedback helps us give you the content that you want! We appreciate all the reviews so so much.

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RECIPE: Cat & Nat's Favourite Cocktails
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During last week’s Virtual VIP event, we made our favourite bevvies and it was SUCH A GOOD TIME! Now we want to share the goodness with all of ya’ll! Check out the recipes below and grab the ingredients to make your own cocktails this summer ☀️

🍹 Nat’s Ultimate Caesar: (The Canadian version of a Bloody Mary)🍹

  • 1oz of your fav vodka Motts Clamato juice

  • Hot sauce (I prefer tobasco)

  • Worcestershire sauce

  • Celery salt

  • Celery stalk

  • Lime or lime juice

  • Salt and pepper

  • Ice

  • Horseradish (optional)

  • Dill pickles (optional)

  • Spicy bean (optional)

  • Any other garnish that you like in your Bloody Mary or Caesar.


🍹 Cat’s Aperol Spritz 🍹

  • 3 oz. Prosecco

  • 3 oz. Aperol

  • 1 oz. Soda Water

  • An orange slice for garnish

  • Ice

Ps. If you want to share your delicious creations with us, snap some photos, post them on social and tag us so we can see what a good time ya’ll are having this summer ☀️🙌🏻

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