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Boston.

I had a post up this morning, but I pulled it. Today, it’s about Boston.

I went for a run yesterday morning. I’m not a hardcore runner by any means, but when I go running, it’s because I truly enjoy it. I can’t imagine what it’s like, to have that feeling of joy and accomplishment ripped away like that in a single moment.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families. And my thanks go to the supporters and those who jumped to help. The volunteers who ran to the explosion to the finish line to help out in any way that they could. The runners who ran to the finish line and onwards to the hospital, to donate blood. You demonstrate true human nature; a willingness to help those in need. The running community is amazing, and I know we will get through this. I don’t have my race shirt kicking around (from my one and only race) but I will be wearing blue and yellow today.

Sending nothing but love and good thoughts.

Pray For Boston


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Five Things Friday: Feb. 15th/13

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s yesterday, whatever you did! Mine was pretty tame, but I did get a nice surprise delivered:

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You guys over at Mott’s, you’re too nice Smile

I have one class today, and then I am officially on READING WEEK! I’m pretty sure if you listen carefully, you can hear the collective sigh of students everywhere.

So while I’m enjoying the beginning of my week of freedom, here’s my Friday list for you:

5 Awesome Things I’ve Eaten Lately:

1. Simply Protein Chips (chili flavour) dipped in Skotidakis Jalapeno Greek yogurt dip.

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Deliciousness.

2. Ice cream.

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With sprinkles, of course. Gotta live up to that blog name Smile with tongue out

3. Banana pancakes and bacon dinner.

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This was on Wednesday, so I guess we were a little behind on the pancake Tuesday thing. And I had some maple syrup on the side for dipping – including the bacon.

4. Smoked salmon with spinach cream cheese on a whole wheat English muffin with a side of roasted red pepper and tomato soup.

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The soup was missing something (and side note – clearly exploded in the microwave a little bit) so I added dried basil and cracked black pepper. This also served as a reminder why I don’t buy smoked salmon often – $7 and I got two small portions out of it.

5. Sick-boyfriend Valentine’s dinner of chicken breast and mashed sweet potatoes.

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Eric’s still on the mend from the flu, so instead of our planned lobster meal I made chicken and mashed sweet potatoes. Hopefully, he’ll be feeling recovered enough that I can break out the lobster tonight.

 

5 of My All-Time Favourite Books:

1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Now that is one hell of a love story.

 

2. Pet Semetary – Stephen King.

I’m a huge King fan and I’ve read the majority of his books. But this is the one that I keep going back to – freaks me out, but I love it.

3. Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin.

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So, if you’ve held a conversation with me that lasted more than 10 minutes, you probably already know that I adore this series, both the books and the TV show. I’ve read them all (there’s a fifth, but I borrowed it from someone) but the first one is still my favourite.

4. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown.

The movie, not so much.

5. Intuitive Eating – Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch.

This book was seriously vital in teaching me how to listen to my body signals and just eat what my body wanted me to eat. Whenever I feel like I’m losing that connection, I read it again. Apparently, they’ve released a new edition – thinking I’ll have to find a copy!

 

5 Better With Sprinkles Search Terms:

Because really, it just makes me laugh.

1. ninja saw teeth.

sounds dangerous.

2.I am queen of cupcakes.

I will be challenging your title.

3. hummus good for hair.

Well, it has olive oil in it so…maybe? it might not smell the greatest afterwards, though.

4. toned girl lifting a barbell.

Why, thank you. Smile with tongue out

5. cheese crackers cure for headaches.

Let me know if that works for you?

5 Best Ice Cream Flavours (in my humble opinion)

1. Chocolate chip cookie dough. Really, who doesn’t have this as one of their favourites?

2. Reese’s. My love of peanut butter and chocolate extends to ice cream.

3. Moose tracks. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cups and fudge swirls. Cannot go wrong with that!

4. President’s Choice Candy Cane. I’ve been trying to ration it, but I only have about one serving left. Sadness.

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5. Bubblegum.

(source)

That right there is essentially childhood on a cone.

Enjoy your Friday!

<— Favourite ice cream flavour?

<— Favourite book of all time?


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Meal of my Childhood.

Happy Monday! It is actually a pretty happy Monday for me, it’s my last class of the year! I’ve also managed to get 2/4 final papers finished. One more week to do a research paper and a take-home exam and I am done for three weeks! Cannot.Wait.

Lunch

When I first started buying tofu as a cheap protein source, I could not make it in a way that tasted good to me. It didn’t matter what flavour or seasonings I used, the texture was always too weird.

Then I learned that you’re supposed to PRESS tofu – well, that was a silly mistake. Needless to say, I’ve gotten a lot better at making it now.

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Pressed, marinated in a steak marinade, and cooked on the stovetop until crispy on both sides. Yup, works much, much better than the bland, watery stuff I used to make. Salad with romaine, baby carrots, bell pepper, cheddar and Italian dressing on the side.

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Popcorn is one of those things that I love, but don’t buy too often. I love these individual bags – it makes for a fun whole-grain meal/snack option! I added a little bit of butter and it was fabulous.

(although, I really, really wish I had some M&M’s. The best friend introduced me to this – go to the movies, buy popcorn and a bag of M&M’s, dump candy into the popcorn. It’s ridiculous how delicious it is).

But…one night I’m going to have to drizzle some chocolate on it…and maybe throw in some crushed up peppermints? (I have that ice cream on the brain, apparently). Yea, going to have to do that sometime.

Dinner

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I was seriously the pickiest eater ever when I was a kid…right up until high school. Hell, probably right up until university. I went through a loooong phase (8-13, approximately) when I would order chicken fingers and fries in about 90% of the restaurants I went to (once in a while, I’d get a chicken club sandwich and fries. Or, if we were out for breakfast, I’d order pancakes).

So, whenever I see chicken fingers and fries, I think of my childhood, I decided to recreate that meal for dinner last night, just in a slightly more health-conscious way.

yup..child-like tastebuds right there.

There is a massive box of corn flakes in the pantry that I have not touched in about a month (because corn flakes as regular cereal is way too boring for my tastebuds. Give me Mini Wheats or Panda Puffs any day!). But, it does make for a great breading tool – it adds tons of crispiness and crunch to baked foods. Hello, healthified childhood.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Fingers

Ingredients

  • 4 small-medium sized chicken breasts
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (seasonings are all approximates, I don’t actually measure anything. Adjust to taste!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1% cows, but really any almond/skim/soy/whatever else would work)
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray. Crush cornflakes in a bowl. Add seasonings and stir to combine.

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2. Combine eggs, honey mustard and milk in separate bowl, Beat eggs until incorporated. Chop chicken breasts into strips (For small-ish chicken breasts, I made 3 strips from each breast.

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3. One by one, dip chicken in the egg mixture, making sure to coat entire surface. Then dip into cornflake mixture, again ensuring that you coat each side. Place each strip on the baking tray.

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4. Cook for 8-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Yea, definitely fabulous. Tender and crispy, without the super greasiness you get with traditional deep fried chicken fingers.

Of course, I made sweet potatoes fries to complete the meal.

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Each with their respective dipping pile: ketchup for the fries, plum sauce for the chicken fingers. Because chicken fingers are not complete with plum sauce. (and fries are not complete without ketchup!)

Definitely a fantastic dinner. Smile

 

Jenny’s Christmas Challenge, day 10!

So, my favourite Christmas scent is no longer available. I have no words for how depressing this is.

Seriously, best Christmas scent ever! I will never understand why it’s no longer in production (anyone have one stashed away somewhere?).

 

Slim and Sculpt

Yesterday I finished week 11 of my program with Carrie of This Fit Chick. 11 weeks down, only 1 to go! Still loving this program! I was doing jumping lunges as part of the workout yesterday and it made me realize how much stronger I’ve gotten – they were so much easier than I remember them being a few months ago. Love seeing progress!

Have a good Monday loves! ❤

<— What’s your favourite Christmas candle? I need suggestions for a new favourite!

<— What was your childhood meal?