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Five Things Friday: 04/12/13.

So, exciting news. As of 2:30 pm, I will officially be done with graduate level classes! Open-mouthed smile Next year is Thesis work, so I’m not graduating until 2014, but the fact that I never have to take a class in school again if I don’t want to is a good one.

But on to…lists of things!

5 Things I’ve Eaten Recently:

1. Oatmeal with blueberries, Bee’s Knees peanut butter, and a fried egg. Yes, I love fried eggs on my oats (get on it Sara! Winking smile)

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2. Ribs.

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They were on sale this week and Eric absolutely adores them, so I picked up a package. I’m actually really happy with how these turned out – I made up a dry rub of salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, Montreal steak spice, and a mango chili seasoning and baked at 325. And of course, BBQ sauce for dipping.

And I made broccoli on the side, so it’s healthy, right? Winking smile

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Such a good dinner.

3. Slightly charred tuna melts.

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A lesson: keep an eye on the broiler. Still good though!

4. Eggs Benedict with hash browns.

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My choice of breakfast when my prof treated us to breakfast yesterday.

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I love eggs benedict, but never bother to make it at home. One, because poached eggs intimidate me. Two, because hollandaise does too. And yes, hollandaise was definitely dumped on those eggs before consuming.

5. Leftovers of the squash and perogie stew I made for dinner Tuesday.

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I love eating stew and soup leftovers – the longer it sits in the fridge, the more flavour it gets.

5 Things I Learned This Week:

1. The boyfriend loves Turtles (the chocolates). So, bringing home a Turtles cupcake does not result in a 50/50 split.

So this cupcake was amazing. The cake part was moist (sorry if you hate that word!) the icing was fluffy, and it had a caramel injection in the middle. The shop (Decadently Yours in Brantford) just opened up a few weeks ago…about a 5 minute walk away from my apartment. Yup, I will definitely be back.

2. Crazy violin a la Lindsey Stirling is fabulous running music.

Running to this on a sunny, warm afternoon…I’m not going to lie, I kind of felt like I was in some sort of Disney movie music montage. If I could play any instrument, I’m pretty sure it would be the violin. I remember the first time I saw the Trans Siberian Orchestra a few years ago, I was absolutely blown away by the female violinist. Something about a female violinist in a ‘punk rocker’ or whathaveyou getup is so badass.

3. 30 minutes in recipe time = an hour in real life. I don’t know if I’m just slow, but every time I follow a recipe it takes me double the amount of time to make it, at least.

4. Long papers are no longer really intimidating to me. For one class, I had to write critical summaries each week. These papers normally took between 8-20 pages for me to write…EACH WEEK. So now when one of my undergrads complains about having to write a 5 page paper, I laugh a little on the inside.

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(P.S. Does anyone miss this show as much as I do?!)

5. 3 inch stilettos are not appropriate footwear when it’s raining outside.

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Especially when you don’t have an umbrella…or a jacket. That was not pleasant, to say the least.

5 Things I’ve Pinned Recently:

(psst…follow me!)

1. Lime and Macadamia Pinata Cake from Claire K Creations.

Can you imagine slicing open a cake and having all that pour out?! That is freakin’ genius.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup by Baked by Rachel.

I’ve never made chicken tortilla soup before, but I’ve thought it sounded good. And we all know how in love with my slow cooker I am, so…yea. Need to make this.

3. Thin Mint Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake.

So I know there’s a million different version of puppy chow out there, but…I need this one. Thin Mints are amazing.

4. Other Ways to Say… From Jessie’s Resources.

So I’m pretty sure almost every blogger or writer out there would find this useful. Always good to find new words to spice up your writing! Just so you know, I’m going to start using ‘stupendous’, ‘congenial’ and ‘colossal’ more often. Ok? Ok.

5. And to end it off on a positive note:

A choice I try to make on a regular basis.

And that’s what I have for you today!

Remember this banquet I went to last December? Well, they have another one tonight, and this one is rumoured to be bigger and better. And…we get a limo again! Open-mouthed smile

Have stupendous day!

<— What’s something you’ve learned this week?

<— If you were to break open a pinata, what candy would you be hoping was inside? The candy you’d be disappointed to see? I’d want kisses and mini Reese’s. I always thought it was rip-off when it was full of tootsie rolls and suckers.

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MIMM: Blog Friends and Leapin’ Lemurs.

Happy Easter Monday/April Fools day!

1. Is Easter Monday actually a holiday? I know elementary/high schools get the day off and banks are closed, but pretty much everyone else is back at work/school, right?

2. April Fools’ Day scares me a little. I’m terrible at pulling pranks, so I just try to hide and hope that no one tries anything.

But long weekends are pretty marvelous, no? I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Mondays, but I figure it’s better to look at the positive side.

Yup, I’m jumping on the lovely Katie’s MIMM bandwagon.  I’ll save Friday for later, but I will show you some fun Saturday/Sunday things!

You know what’s marvelous? Easter chocolate.

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This is why my chocolate stash will never die. As soon as I’m running low, people give me more Smile with tongue out Between Eric and I, there’s four chocolate bunnies, a chocolate rose, and a box of cereal.

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My mom told me that when she saw this at the store, she had to pick up a box for me because she loved the name so much. I’ve fallen out of cereal love lately (those eggy oats have my heart right now), but this is one way to return me to my cereal loving roots. Loooove this stuff.

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She also managed to find me a chocolate bunny with sprinkles in him. Seems pretty appropriate.

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Chocolate bunnies in a cage. That is some good presentation, at least.

It’s pretty marvelous to have a mom-cooked Saturday breakfast!

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Eggs, bacon and rye toast – one piece with butter, one with honey. I love rye bread, but I never think to buy it!

A yummy Easter dinner is marvelous:

Saturday Easter

Saturday dinner with Eric’s family: an appetizer of little veggie roll sushi things (how’s that for a description?), a full turkey dinner, and Black Forest Cake for dessert. I’m pretty sure the last time I remember eating black forest cake was about 6 years ago, but that stuff is good. Chocolate, cherries and a ton of whipped cream. Amazing.

And something that is EXTREMELY marvelous:

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Blogger meet ups! Open-mouthed smile

Devon was in town visiting a friend for the weekend, so of course, we made plans to meet up. I’ve been talking to Devon for a while and she’s such an awesome girl, so I was thrilled we could meet up.

When we were trying to figure out where to go for lunch, I suggested Indian – it’s been a while since I’d had it, and she’s pretty much an expert on the stuff Smile with tongue out We went to The Raja in downtown London for their Sunday lunch buffet.

I think buffets have to be my favourite approach for Indian food…there’s so many different options that I like having the opportunity to try a bunch of different dishes.

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so we’ve got:

  • some sort of salad/salsa stuff (I’m doing really well on the food descriptions today, aren’t I?)
  • tandoori chicken (always one of my favourites)
  • channa masala (chickpeas)
  • sag aloo (spinach and potatoes)
  • an onion bhajee
  • some sort of okra dish (the first time I’ve ever eaten okra, actually. Might be picking it up again, I liked it!)
  • mystery chicken (it wasn’t labeled. It was good though)
  • basmati rice

When it (finally) came around, the naan bread.

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I always judge an Indian restaurant based on their naan bread. My ideal naan bread is buttered but not too greasy, and stable enough that you can use it as a proper scoop. The Raja passed Smile with tongue out

Dessert round:

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Fresh fruit and a gulab jamun (which are basically little fried, syrupy dough balls of delicousness)

So basically, lunch was awesome, but the company was even better! Devon and I just talked for hours about everything from blogging to travel. We have a ton in common, right down to the matching nose rings Smile with tongue out We were probably getting a bit of a stink-eye from the staff, we lingered for so long!

Fortunately for me, she’s only about an hour away so I will be making the trip up to see her again soon.

Being the awesome person that she is, she also gifted me some PureFit bars.

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She recommended them on her blog a while back, but I haven’t been able to find them anywhere in my area. They look awesome – anything that’s supposed to taste like cookie dough is good in my book.

Thanks for the bars, and for an awesome lunch Devon!

I just need to take a moment to gush about how fortunate I feel that blogging has lead me to some amazing individuals that I would not have had the chance to meet (or ‘meet’) otherwise. There are some wonderful people in this community, and I’m so happy that I get to talk to you guys regularly and consider you my friends!

Oh goodness, the marvelous-ness. Have a great Monday!

<— Are there any cuisines you love but find too intimidating to cook? I love Indian food, but I’m afraid to actually attempt it from scratch. Same story with sushi!

<— Tell me something marvelous about your weekend!


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Once, I Met a Celebrity’s Mother.

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Anything good planned today?

A few days ago, the wonderful Amanda at Running With Spoons nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award.

Rules: Share 7 things about yourself and then nominate 7 others.

Thanks love! I am all for sharing random tidbits of information (and learning them about others) so I’m happy to bring you seven random bits of info. Open-mouthed smile

1. I’ve never met a ‘real’ celebrity, but I have met a celebrity’s mom.

So, I’ve mentioned before that I used to work at a group home for teenage mothers. The big ‘claim-to-fame’ we had was that Justin Bieber’s mom, Patti Mallette had been staying there when Justin Bieber was born. AKA: we were the first home of Justin Bieber.

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When she was writing her book, she came back for a tour – and by some crazy coincidence, I was actually working that day (I was working relief at the time so I usually didn’t get day shifts). She was an absolutely sweetheart and gave the girls a great pep talk about how their situations would not prevent them from being fantastic mothers to their kids. It was so inspiring and uplifting for our girls, which I really respected.

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And yes…I read the chapter in her book where she talks about her stay. But that was the only part of the book I read – I’m pretty much the furthest thing from a Bieber fan!

2. I have really weird pinkie toes.

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I bet you’re excited you got to see a picture of a foot today.

 

My baby toes have a weird little hunchback to them, and my pinkie toenails are pretty much non-existent. And the nail that is there, has basically no nerves – I won’t notice if it splits or comes off completely. When I’ve gotten pedicures in the past (and evidently I will be needing one as soon as we’re back in sandal weather) they’ve had to actually paint a toenail onto my toe. Awkward.

 

3. Years of nail abuse has left me with insanely brittle nails.

I’ve been wearing gel nails on and off for years. I got them for the first time for my grade 8 graduation, had them on and off throughout high school, and wore them pretty much nonstop from when I started university up until this past summer. So now, I have the shortest, most brittle nails ever. As soon as they get past my fingertips, they crack. Don’t abuse your nails, ladies!

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I’m not going to lie…I really miss them.

 

4. There are three reasons why I could never go vegan.

And those are eggs, cheese, and pulled pork. I eat egg almost every day without fail. If I don’t eat them for breakfast, I’m eating them for lunch! And cheese improve everything. Literally everything – I cannot imagine eating pizza or lasagna without it. Pulled pork is just amazing. When I go to London’s ribfest in the summer or to any BBQ joint, I guarantee you I’m getting pulled pork. Best thing ever.

 

5. My specialization school-wise is in media.

So, I’m currently in the midst of obtaining my MA degree in Criminology. I didn’t expect this when I started, but almost every paper I’ve done has been related to the media in some way – fictional, news representations, or social media. The meanings that are portrayed in our chosen forms of entertainment and news and how we respond to them are fascinating to me.

 

6. One of goals for the next (school) year is to start learning French.

I live in Canada. If you want to work in government (which I think an MA in crim is gearing me towards) knowing French is a huge asset. Unfortunately, my French teacher from grades 5-8 traumatized me from the subject, so I stopped taking it at the first opportunity. Clearly, I’m now wishing I stuck with it!

 

7. I’m a fidgety person.

I’m forever twirling my hair, tapping my feet/fingers, shifting positions, playing with something…I kind of suck at sitting still.

 

And there you go! My seven nominees:

 

 

Have a good one!

 

<— What is one food you eat without fail pretty much every day?

<— Ever met a famous person?

<— If you could learn one other language what would it beI wouldn’t mind learning Italian!