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MIMM: Staying In.

Good morning and happy Monday! Hope yours has started out marvelously Winking smile

Thanks to the Diva herself for her fabulous weekly linkup!

So, I had a quiet weekend. Lots of relaxing and hanging around with Eric – exactly what I was hoping for! Last weekend was busy and we’re back in London next weekend, so I was all too happy to keep this one quiet and (mostly) confined to our apartment.

Friday night started off with a tasty dinner of homemade “fried” chicken (skinless chicken drumsticks breaded in cornflake crumbs), sweet potato fries, and salad.

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I found myself with a froyo craving and it was pretty nice out, so we took a walk down to Yogurty’s (A few days ago, Amanda was talking about those sorts of cravings where you’d run someone over that got between you and the desired food. Yea, it was one of THOSE cravings).

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In the mix:

  • a combo of cookies and cream, snickers, and birthday cake froyo
  • frosted animal crackers
  • yogurt covered pretzels
  • s’mores topping (!!!!) – definitely a new one, and of course I went a tad nuts with it.
  • caramel truffles

And then we managed to stumble across a random fair. Kind of surprising – I thought fairs were a fall thing?

It made for a nice walk, anyways.
Side note: how awkward is it to be a couple walking past all the carnival games when there isn’t a lot of people around? I’m pretty sure every single one of them tried to play off the “win the lady a prize!” thing. I’m pretty sure I could never do that job. That’s some intense sales pitches right there.

Saturday was shopping…so much shopping. April-June is pretty crazy around here, birthday/holiday wise. In a time period of about 7 weeks, I have 4 birthdays to buy for, plus Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Insane.

I usually don’t cook Saturday nights, so when Eric requested Harvey’s for dinner, I went with it.

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That would be a veggie burger with everything, onion rings and a diet Coke. Yup, I eat fast food sometimes. It’s obviously not something I would eat all the time (or even more than once every couple of months) but once in a while, it’s fine. And Harvey’s actually does a pretty decent veggie burger, whole wheat bun and all. It used to be something I was absolutely terrified of and would not touch, but now I’m fine with it.

It’s interesting how healthy living bloggers are fine with decadent desserts and sweet potato fries once in a while, but fast food seems to be completely demonized. Just something I’ve noticed!

Sunday

Sunday involved so tasty snacking:

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So I was powering through those all afternoon. They are awesome – definitely reminded me of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Right down to the orange powder that gets everywhere afterwards.

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And some homemade applesauce. I swear, I will never buy commercial applesauce again. Just does.not.compare.

And I spent some time doing a bit of blog work behind the scenes. I’ve got some exciting changes and announcements for Better With Sprinkles coming up soon – so keep an eye out Winking smile

And I put that applesauce to good use for dinner – pork chops with applesauce, quinoa, and green beans.

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Yes, that pork chop is massive. And yes, I dominated it. Open-mouthed smile

So the weekend for me was basically: relaxing, reading, eating, shopping, and couple time. Absolutely what I needed – an easy weekend smushed in between two busy ones. Now I’m feeling charged and ready to go for the week ahead. Sometimes, you just really need a simple weekend at home!

Hope your day is fabulous!

<— Do you have a certain couple of months that are just full of celebrations? Everyone in my family is born between April-June, and I’m over in October. Awkward.

<— Fast food: once a week, once in a while, only in emergencies? 

<— What did you do this weekend? Best thing you ate? I’d say the froyo, of course.

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No Entrees, Just Apps.

Yay Friday night!! I had a nice Friday, I hope everyone else did too 🙂

After breakfast this morning, I was on the phone with my best friend when she mentioned that Starbucks was sampling their new Refresher drinks today from 12 – 3. As I’ve stated before, I cannot stand the taste of coffee. It’s just bitter and gross to me. But she was convinced I would like these, so I took her up on it.

About 2:30 I collected Eric and we headed down to Starbucks at Masonville Mall. They have a Lime flavour and a Very Berry Hibiscus flavour in the tall size (absolutely free) so we grabbed one in each flavour.

(Ignore the catastrophe that is my hair. Just out of the shower and thrown into humidity is not pretty).

If you haven’t tried one of these yet, Refreshers are drinks made from fruit juice and green tea coffee extract. They promise all the boost of coffee (although they don’t have quite as much caffeine as coffee does) without any coffee flavour. The berry option is made with blackberry and hibiscus juices with pieces of blackberry thrown in, while the lime option has lime, citrus, cucumber and mint flavours with lime slices.

My verdict? Refreshers is the appropriate name for them – super refreshing!

The lime version tasted like a virgin mojito (as my bbf explained to me on the phone, which I 100% agreed with) and weighs in at 40 calories and 9 grams of sugar for a tall size.

The Berry option tasted juicy and sweet – much sweeter than the lime, which I prefer. For a tall size, it had 60 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Whenever I’ve been  to Starbucks in the past (and by that, I mean the 5 or so times I’m been willing to pay their outrageous prices) my usual order has been a Chai Tea Latte with nonfat milk. Considering that that option has 32 grams of sugar, I think I may be changing my usual order!

We took our drinks and wandered around the mall for a little while. London just put a new Apple store – the first one the city has.

Eric and I were laughing at the sheer number of blue shirts – I feel like they just employed half the city!

Lunch

Today’s lunch was a good one.

A big salad with romaine, carrots, tomato, and chicken with a honey dijon yogurt dressing. On the side, I had a bag of BBQ Popchips and guacamole (the last of the batch). BBQ and guacamole – an amazing combination! But I mean, I could pair guacamole with an old shoe and I’d still love it. 🙂

Dinner

For dinner tonight, my lovely future MIL offered to treat Eric and I to dinner at the Kelsey’s down the road.

The beautiful Nadine and I!

We decided to go the family style route – order a bunch of appetizers and share them for dinner. One of my favourite ways to eat!

To drink, I ordered a Berry Good Time.

I just switched the 7Up for Diet Sprite.

This was so yummy! It tasted like a very sweet, fruity wine – how I prefer my wines anyways!

Then it was time for the food.

Four Cheese Spinach Dip

This is definitely the most popular appetizer at the restaurant – cheese, spinach, red peppers and onion, served with baked pita triangles.

LOOK AT ALL THE CHEESE.

I can never handle more than a few bites of the stuff – so rich and cheesy.

Feta Bruschetta Flatbread

Baked flatbread topped with pesto, tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese. I completely dominated this! I absolutely love bruschetta – it just tastes like summer to me. This one had the perfect balance of tomatoes and basil, without being too soggy or oily from the pesto. I would just order this as a meal all to myself next time.

Caesar Salad

The salad was just kinda eh. But to be honest, I’ve yet to see a chain restaurant make a well done Caesar. The dressing was watery and a little too citrusy.

Butternut Squash Soup

I was all over this as well. Butternut squash is my favourite kind of soup, even in the heat of summer. While this wasn’t the best one I’ve ever had, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings with Ranch Dipping Sauce

These were definitely a boyfriend indulgence. I had two (without the sauce, I’ve never been a fan of dipping sauce with wings) and they were pretty crispy and sweet.

Although I mainly focused on the soup and the flatbread, I had little bits of everything and left the restaurant completely stuffed.

Thanks Nadine for the lovely dinner!

Now, we’re back at home and the three of us are preparing to watch some Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the American version) so I will bid you goodnight!

<– Favourite restaurant appetizer?

<– What’s your usual Starbucks order?