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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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?


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Five Things Friday: 04/19/13.

Happy Friday! Despite the fact that I haven’t had classes all week, I’ve been insanely busy. I don’t really have exams in grad school, but I’m definitely weighed down with final papers/assignments. Plus, I’m trying to work on my thesis proposal AND job hunt.

So…yes. Glad it’s almost the weekend. Open-mouthed smile

Lists of things!

5 Things I’ve Eaten This Week:

1. Homemade applesauce (?)

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I don’t know if I can really call it applesauce, because I let all the liquid soak up so it’s just the cooked, cinnamon-y apple pieces. Suddenly I understand what all the applesauce fuss is about (Khushboo and Amanda!). I’m pretty sure most of this stuff has been eaten directly out of the fridge with a fork. So good.

2. Annie’s Mac and Cheese with hot dogs, broccoli, and ketchup.

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Note: mac and cheese of any sort must include ketchup. But, it must be squirted on top and never mixed in. Mixing the ketchup in just ruins it. Smile with tongue out

3. A turkey and hummus wrap and a cheese string, eaten for lunch at school.

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Usually I arrange my schedule so that I don’t have to go to school until after lunch, or I just go home during. I kind of hate packing lunches…it’s going to suck when I have a job that requires me to actually leave my house for most of the day.

4. The wafflewich.

I’m pretty sure that this is the reason why freezer waffles exist. The best things you can do with waffles, in my humble opinion. Especially when you go for maple cinnamon waffles and throw some jam on there…sweet and savoury at it’s best.

5. Chicken tortilla soup.

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I’ve never actually had chicken tortilla soup before, let alone made it. So this was a “throw-together and hope it works” sort of meal. Worked pretty well, actually – although really, it’s hard to go wrong with anything that’s topped with grated cheese, avocado and crumbled tortilla chips.

5 Things Happening This Week:

1. The first really warm day of the year (Monday) this happened.

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That would be a vanilla and chocolate swirl soft serve cone with a cake batter dip. It is just as fabulous as it sounds. I made a trip with some friends to the Dairee Delite in Brantford, which is a soft-serve, seasonal, walk-up ice cream place. I knew I wanted a cone with a chocolate dip, but then I looked directly above my head and saw a list of at least 15 kinds of dip – white chocolate, peanut butter, cotton candy…but cake batter seemed like the way to go.

When I got the cone (regular size) I took one look and thought “wow! that’s really big, I should have got a child’s, I won’t be able to eat all of this!” Then I laughed at my silliness and proceeded to devour it. So.good.

2. It was 25 degrees yesterday. 25!!! It was amazing. I wore flipflops. In April. Day made, right there.

Except I will never complain about warm weather…I kind of thrive in humidity.

3. I won Vice President for my Student Council for next year!! Open-mouthed smile

And by I won…I mean I ran unopposed. But nonetheless, I am excited. Smile with tongue out

4. I’ve presenting in and volunteering at a conference on Saturday. When handing out roles for the volunteers, I was offered the role of the official “tweeter”. Umm, that is pretty much the coolest volunteer position either. You guys set up the food, I’ll sit on my computer and tweet about things Smile with tongue out Awesome.

5. Between Boston and Texas, I think we could all use some happiness next week. Still sending positive thoughts to all those who have been affected.

5 Reasons I Can Waste Hours on Buzzfeed.

1. The 40 Greatest Dog gifs of All Time.

I actually can’t even handle how cute that is. Jesus, I need a pug (so do you Caitlin!)

2. The 7 Funniest Frustrated Gordon Ramsay Memes.

Yes, it is vulgar. But it is hilarious. And my inner nerd always appreciates a Mario reference.

3. 25 Foods You’ll Never Be Able to Eat Again.

Please tell me that you remember these. And you miss them. The jalapeno cheddar flavour was amazing.

4. 26 Ridiculously Amazing Sweatshirts you Can Actually Buy.

Umm, I just posted a recipe for donuts yesterday. And the sprinkles go without saying. Clearly, I need this.

5.Peter Dinklage’s Hottest Moments as Tyrion Lannister.

He’s already the wittiest character on the show, but he’s also compassionate? I’m sold.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

<— Regular ice cream or soft serve? What would be your ideal ‘dip’ for a soft serve cone? I might have to go back and ask them if they can mix the peanut butter and chocolate varieties…

<— What’s a discontinued food that you wish still existed? The green/purple Heinz ketchups was on that list too…as gross as it looked, it was oddly compelling.


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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.