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Five Things Friday 4/26/13.


Woot Friday!

Confession: With classes being over, I tend to lose track of days of the week. Oops. But, I can still be excited for the weekend!

Which of course, I will celebrate with my usual Friday lists. Smile with tongue out

5 Things I’ve Eaten This Week:

1. The return of the giant salad.


Apparently, my body was missing out on some veggies because I put together some ginormous salads this week. This is basically the only way I can eat a meal time salad and be satisfied: It has to be absolutely loaded. This was romaine, baby carrots, bell pepper, sweet potato, chicken and almonds, all topped with a pineapple curry salad dressing. Delicious.

2. The best thing about taco night:


The taco salad that occurs the next day, of course. I could easily eat these multiple times a week. The absolutely best way to eat salad, in my opinion.

3. Salmon and bacon-wrapped asparagus.


The ultimate solution to get someone to eat vegetables: wrap them in bacon. It works, I promise – Eric ate three of those bundles. I follow Jessica’s recipe, and it is absolutely amazing.

4. I’m pretty sure this qualifies under Laura’s Strange but Good category.


That would be two buttered popcorn flavoured rice cakes with guacamole and imitation crab meat. I made it again for lunch two days later, so apparently I liked it Winking smile

5. Homemade gnocchi.

My first time making them, and I have to say – I’m pretty proud of myself. They turned out awesome! I made a really basic recipe (potatoes, flour, an egg and salt) and tossed them in marinara sauce and topped with a bit of parmesan – plus a bit of greens on the bottom. Although they definitely look a little haphazard, I don’t quite have the “rolling them over the fork” thing down yet.

5 Things I’m Loving this Week:

1. One of the best things about Nature’s Path Maple Cinnamon waffles is the smell that wafts out of the kitchen when you toast them.


That smell needs to be bottled and sold as a candle at Bath and Body Works, because it is incredible. Think I can sell them the idea?

2. Apparently, today is National Pretzel Day. I’m not much of a salty snack person, but I absolutely adore pretzels. I’m pretty sure they’re the most versatile snack ever: They’re good with chocolate, dipped in peanut butter, hummus, honey mustard, regular mustard, mixed in trail mix, eaten on their own…and of course, Sally had to post this yesterday, and now I want to make ALL OF THEM. After reading that, I threw this together for lunch part 2/lunch dessert/snack that happened 10 minutes after lunch:


Pretzels, almonds, and chocolate chips. I kind of wish I had peanut butter chips to throw in there too, that would have been fabulous.

3. This guy wins for most inventive marriage proposal I’ve ever seen:

Wow. How freakin’ awesome is that?!

4. This salad dressing.


When I mentioned salad dressing earlier in the week, almost everyone said that they make their own. I usually do too, but I’m really happy I bought this one – I credit it for maximizing my salad love this week. It’s sweet but with a bit of kick to it, which is fabulous.

5. Real maple syrup.


I convinced myself for so long that sugar free syrup was amazing and just as good as the real thing. Umm, no. 100% real maple syrup is unbeatable. In fact, I don’t think I could even do table syrup nowadays.

5 Awkward Google Searches that Brought Someone Here:

1. “Royalty free images of deep dish pizza”

I don’t know how I would feel about Kate Middleton all up in my deep dish pizza, either.


2. “where can I dispose my rainbow trout’”

Not here. Why would you want to dispose of it, anyways? Trout is delicious.


3. ‘”monkey attack trainer high def pic”

I don’t even know.


4. “leapin’ lemurs cereal sprouts”

DSCF5206Now all I can picture is yesterday’s green smoothie breakfast growing little sprouts. Creepy.


5. “barbie sandals for 10 to 11 year old”

Well, my feet are fairly massive, so any sandals of mine probably won’t fit a ten year old. Nor does barbie adorn any of my feet, except these barbie shoes:


But your ten year old probably can’t walk in those.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

<— What’s your favourite thing to do with leftover taco filling? Making burritos is pretty high up there too.

<— If you could create your own candle scent, what would it be?

<— Salty, crunchy snacks: pretzels, chips, nuts, other?

55 thoughts on “Five Things Friday 4/26/13.

  1. That homemade gnocchi looked yummy

  2. I wish I could wrap my asparagus in bacon!!!

    I LOVE your #strangebutgood – it’s like a gourmet rice cake! You know I adore crab. 🙂

  3. I want someone to propose to me like that. Seriously, that would be the greatest thing ever. Also, those heels- wow. I just learned how to walk in wedges last night and I thought that was a big accomplishment!

  4. Dip your pretzels in Nutella, girl!

  5. That was the best proposal I’ve ever seen!!! So awesome. LOVE your shoes.

  6. WAIT are you in my head? no lie on Wednesday night when I tweeted I am embarrassed by what I am watching I was watching wedding proposals including flash dance ones. I have seen the one you posted but have you seen the disney world one.. it has to be my favorite. I am in tears every single time

  7. i just had taco night and it was delicious. i’d forgotten how much i LOVE tacos. i did not know today was national pretzel today! must celebrate accordingly. and oh my gosh that proposal. my standards just got a little bit higher.

  8. Haha, the searches make me laugh. I once had the search word ‘Porno Blogs’. I felt a little offended 🙂
    Congrats for the Gnocchi Win!! They look delicious!! And I absolutely adore asparagus wrapped in meat – I wrap them in smoked ham, SO GOOD. Happy Weekend girl!!

  9. Burrito bowls are my jam- it happens at least twice a week around here, love it! And that crab/ricecake/avocado sounds rather fabulous. Maybe it’s optimistic thinking on my part but I am imagining those rice cakes to taste like microwave buttered popcorn?

  10. All these photos have successfully made me so hungry! My favorite salty snack lately has been sea salt Indiana Popcorn. Can’t seem to get enough of it 🙂

  11. I love using leftover taco filling to make taco salads. Your burrito idea sounds fantastic, though!

    And that gnocchi…wow, that looks fantastic. Do you want to come make some for me? 😉

  12. I love the waffle scent, too! PRobably an “eggo waffle candle” would be perfect for me 😉

  13. Haha those searches are hilarious! Happy Friday!

  14. Loaded salads are without a doubt better and more filling than plain lettuce leaves. I usually buy balsamic dressings at the store but this flavor is making me think I should start to expiriment with more flavors. Hope you have a great Friday 🙂

  15. Sweet potatoes in salads = WIN! I love to create a “mess of a dip” with leftover taco filling & scoop it up with chips! Yum! I just bought a very lightly scented lemon candle on clearance yesterday & am loving it. Happy Friday Sam!

  16. Giant taco salads (or spooning leftover guac straight into my mouth ;)), mm i’m not sure…love cherry, jasmine, coconut, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon so if someone could create one that incoporated those and made it smell good, I’d be all about that ;), and all of the above…i don’t discriminate snack foods 😉

  17. Your gnocchi looks fantastic! And all that talk of you making it yesterday has totally got me craving some now… thanks for that 😛 I may just have to spend some time in the kitchen this weekend myself. And I’m so behind when it comes to all these national food holidays… Is this like a thing that people actually celebrate? Or is it more of an excuse to dote on the foods that we already love and eat all the time anyways? In any case, pretzels are fantastic, but when it comes to salty, crunchy snacks, I have to say that Popchips are my favorite ones. Their sour cream and onion or nacho cheese tortilla chips? Heavenly.

    Happy Friday, love!

    • I figure it’s an excuse to eat the foods I already love 😉
      I’m hitting up Bulk Barn this weekend and I am absolutely buying popchips. I hope they have the nacho cheese ones!

      Hope yours is fabulous my dear! ❤

  18. Loving the giant salad. 🙂 That’s a regular dinner or lunch for me! Those maple cinnamon waffles are a must buy!

  19. So I actually really prefer Aunt Jemima’s fake maple syrup over the real thing…but not the sugar free version! I like the thickness of it compared to real maple syrup and it’s what I ate as a kid so it’s the only syrup I love now! And I agree that I am not satisfied with a salad as a meal unless it is completely loaded with things aside from lettuce!

  20. I’m loving all of your eats, seriously – avocado, waffles, rice cakes, taco night, chocolate, pretzels… And I had honey for the first time in ages with breakfast this morning [not sure why it’s been so long?] and loveeed it!

  21. I LOVE your shoes. Shoes are my obsession
    And I also love Mexican. Probably my favorite cuisine ever.
    For some reason I am not at all a crunchy salty snack lover or food in general. Give my sweet any day.
    And that proposal was amazing! Definitely one of the top ones I’ve ever seen.
    Happy Friday love!

  22. Your gnocchi looks fantastico 🙂 if you visit Genoa my nonna would be so impressed with your cooking skills I’m sure -the simple recipes are the best xo Sophia

  23. I feel the same may about losing track of days after classes end! lol espically because for my job I usually don’t get the weekend off so I lose the concept of the ‘weekend’ or TGIF! haha:)

  24. Haha the imitation crab meat scares ,e!

  25. LOL I serve almost all of my vegetables with bacon. I am a child.

  26. Taco salads are the absolute best! I seriously crave them all the time. Also I’m so impressed you made gnocchi – it looks awesome. That’s definitely something I want to try making soon.

    I’m more of a sweet snack girl, but when it comes to salty, I really like flavoured roasted almonds!

  27. Omg, awwwww! That video is SO cute! I love how he stopped and got popcorn first! Haha!

    Taco salad is a MUST after taco night! Yum!
    My candle scent would be toasted coconut s’mores…oh yeah, from the weekend at the cabin with the man-friend! Still have yet to repeat those but it WILL be happening soon for sure!
    And I love me some pretzels! But honestly, salty AND sweet is what I love most so slap some chocolate on those pretzels (or some jam, OR pumpkin butter…ahhhh!) and I’m in Heaven!

    Seriously, all of Sally’s creations are KILLING me!! Those chocolate covered pretzel cookies are GENIUS!

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