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Most Creative Gift Ever + Sushi with Blends.


Happy Monday!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was busy (ridiculously so) but it was one of the best weekend’s I’ve had in a long, long time. Full of time with family and friends, great food, and wine. That sounds pretty ideal to me.


On Friday, my dad drove up to Brantford to take my back to London for the weekend. I was only home for a few days over Christmas, so I wanted to take an extra weekend before I got to busy with school to head home and catch up with everyone. The fact that I planned this over the London Food and Wine show just might have been a bit more than a coincidence. Smile with tongue out

When my dad got to the apartment, he set up the Christmas present he got for me. If you were a reader back in September, you might remember that I absolutely adore the “grains-in-a-mason-jar” trend.


Well, as pretty as they are, having them a few inches away from the ceiling makes them a tad hard to get at, even for a 5’7 girl like myself.


So my dad built us a mason jar rack and attached it to the wall.


And he built it on a whiteboard, so I can change the labels as necessary, and use the other side to write grocery lists, recipe ideas as the like. Seriously, one of the most inventive presents I’ve ever received. Thanks dad!


Of course, I’m always eager to get back to my mom’s cooking.


Roast beef, potatoes, and a yorkshire pudding, all covered in mushroom gravy. Not a particularly colourful plate, but delicious nonetheless. Smile with tongue out

And I got to enjoy one of the tv shows I miss most (I don’t have cable):


Yup, Jeopardy is amazing. Eric and I have had many conversations that if there was ever some sort of tag-team jeopardy, we would own. He’d take all the geography, history and English questions, and I would take the social sciences, exercise and nutrition questions. We’d be pretty unstoppable.


And as I said yesterday, I watched this movie with my mom (I actually saw it with her in theatres too).  Love.

I’m going to save Saturday for another day and skip right into Sunday.


After getting in a quick treadmill interval workout, breakfast, and brownie baking (my mom had one of those recipe-in-a-jar things) I drove into London to meet the lovely Chelsea for a sushi lunch!

When she asked me what sort of restaurant I had in mind for lunch this weekend, I suggested sushi, because I know she loves the stuff just as much as I do. Although it took us forever to actually find an open sushi restaurant (the first three or four we passed were closed. Fail), we ended up at Green Tea on Richmond Street.

Green Tea offers both All-You-Can-Eat and a la carte, and we went with the latter. We both got a seaweed salad to start:


I will never understand why I love it so much, but it is amazing. Green Tea gives a healthy portion too, which is always a bonus.

The first roll I ordered was a B.C. roll:


BBQ eel, avocado and spicy sauce. I always seek out rolls with BBQ eel, and this one did not disappoint.

For the second roll:


Although it was delicious, I had three fails when it came to this roll.

One: I ate half of it before I remembered to snap a pic. Bad blogger.

Two: I’m not 100% sure what it was called. I think it was the London Roll? It was smoked salmon and fish roe rolled in a Japanese tea leaf. Not something I would usually order, but it was pretty good! Smoked salmon is always amazing, and the lead added a really nice crunch.

Three: I managed to demonstrate my extreme grace and coordination by dropping a piece on the table and sending fish roe flying everywhere. Yes, I am that good.

It was a fabulous lunch! I had never had a blogger meet up before, so Chelsea “popped my blend-meet-up cherry”,’ so to speak. And it’s definitely something I’m going to need to do as often as possible; we chatted non-stop the entire time. One of the (many) reasons I wanted to get into blogging was to meet people with similar interests, so lunch demonstrated that I am definitely accomplishing that. It was awesome and I can’t wait until I can hang out with Chelsea again Open-mouthed smile

Although, we realized when we left that we had forgotten to get a picture together. Blogger fail – but there’s always next time!

After a bit more running around town (I met up with my parents and my aunt and uncle at Costco, and then I went to visit a friend I hadn’t seen since before the move) I headed home for dinner.


My mom made pepper steak – although I make it from her recipe, hers is always that much better. Just a mom thing, I suppose!

Afterwards, they drove me back to the apartment, where I had a lot of food (and laundry) to unpack. Of course, Costco means stocking up on some necessities:


  • Egg whites
  • Fish oil capsules
  • Jalepeno yogurt dip
  • Roasted red pepper hummus (both of those came in packages of two, so I took one and my parents took one)
  • Food Should Taste Good brown rice crackers – I’ve had a few different flavours of FSTG chips, but I hadn’t tried their crackers before. A little plain, but with the aforementioned yogurt dip or hummus, they’re great.
  • Batteries (always good to have extras of those)
  • MaraNatha almond butter – I’ve been on a peanut butter kick for so long, I figured it was time to mix it up a little. It’s not my beloved Justin’s Vanilla Almond, but it’ll do for now
  • Massive sweet potatoes
  • Gum
  • Rainbow baby carrots


I pretty much had to have these just for the cuteness factor. Yes, I think food can be cute.

So definitely kept myself busy! Unfortunately, today is all about catching up on the homework I didn’t get done. Oops.

Have a great one!

<— If you were on Jeopardy, which categories would you kick ass in?

<— What are your Costco necessities? I was hoping for Greek yogurt too, but they didn’t have the plain Greek. Unfortunately.


37 thoughts on “Most Creative Gift Ever + Sushi with Blends.

  1. Love the jar shelf!! So awesome. Costco necessities are HUGE bags of chicken breast, almond butter, cinnamon, and oatmeal!

  2. Looks like a super fun weekend! As nice as relaxing weekends ate, jam-packed ones are sometimes even better! I’ve actually never been to Costco but oats, peanut butter & Greek yogurt would undoubtedly be on my list!

  3. That is an AWESOME gift idea!! I am totally asking my dad to make something similar since he’s awesome like yours and can haha 🙂 Your meetup with Chelsea looks like it was so much fun! I have my first blend meetup in a little under two weeks, and I can’t wait!!

  4. This makes me smile! Chelsea said she had sushi with a fellow blogger and lo and behold you have a cute blog (surprise surprise!). I love blogger meet-ups! I also love mason jars.

  5. That is such a great gift Sam, you have a very clever Daddy!

  6. that is so nice of your dad to make, it looks awesome! I am dying to go to a costco, it is like heaven to me but sadly there is none I can conveniently get to. sad!

  7. Yum! I had sushi this weekend too, and it wasn’t enough! I swear I have a second stomach for that stuff, and that gift from your dad is so cool! How creative and awesome of him lol

  8. Yay for Dad’s giving practical yet awesome gifts! I love your new cabinet.
    On Jeopardy once I answered every single fashion designer question right.. so I’d go with that category!

  9. I looove putting anything and everything in mason jars, so that cabinet thing is amazing. I eat sushi a lot but never have tried BBQ eel in it…sounds good! I never go to Costco and have never had a Costco card :/ if I did go, I would definitely stock up on greek yogurt, dark chocolate, and coffee. 🙂

  10. Okay that gift from your dad is seriously epic. I don’t store a lot of things in mason jars, but I love the way it looks, and I love the idea of the whiteboard to change labels. I have a white board in my study which I literally write on all.the.time. As for Costco, I actually don’t end up going in there that often, mostly because the crowds are insaaaaaane and I get overwhelmed with how much stuff there is. The last time I went, I stocked up on gum, cereal, Popchips, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and frozen berries; but it’s been so long that most of the stuff is gone already 😆

    • Hehe I still have laundry detergent from when I went in the summer…only problem is that actually lifting the thing to put detergent in the machine becomes a problem, considering how heavy the damn thing is! I knew I lifted weights for a reason :-p

  11. Yay for blogger meet ups! I’ve only met a couple of bloggers but we seem to get on great given how similar our interests are 🙂 That sushi looks divine!

  12. I had SUCH an awesome time with you too! I can’t wait to take you to Chil (or for you to take me to your favouite sushi restaurant in Brantford :D)!

    I adore Jeopardy too. When I go home to my parents’ house, we always watch it after dinner together. I’m good in the science and literature categories – I suck at history and politics haha.

    My favourite things at Costco are Mary’s Crackers, almonds, and massive bags of dried fruit!

  13. I love gifts that are so personal and thoughtful, they’re the best! Nice to see you got that almond butter and the egg whites too. Those are some of my fave Costco purchases 🙂

  14. Wahooo yay for blogger meet ups, aren’t they the best?! I have one to go to on Thursday in Boston and I seriously cannot wait! And uhhh that gift from your dad is pretty darn cool, loveee stuff like that. I hope you are having a lovely day Sam!

  15. I freaking LOVE that your dad do that for you!! GREAT gift.

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  17. I love your mason jar rack!! So cool. I used to keep mine in jars, but I eventually wanted to store them in something larger, so now I just use these plastic containers from Walmart, but eventually I want to switch to something glass. I have too many to put on a shelf I think, though! I have EVERYTHING in them. Probably 15 jars so far?? I love them.

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