Better With Sprinkles

The Colourful Side to Healthy Living.


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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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Surprise!

Good morning! Did you have a good weekend?

I definitely did…first with a Christmas party, then second with a surprise trip home. Well, it was only a surprise to one person…my dad!

After more than 30 years with his company, my dad is retiring; his last day of work will be this Friday. In celebration, my mom has secretly been planning a surprise open house for him for MONTHS.

I woke up and had a quick breakfast before Eric and I were off to London.

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Banana oats – oatmeal, unsweetened almond milk and egg whites with maple extract and cinnamon stirred in. I added a chopped banana and topped it with peanut butter and jam. Always does the trick. 🙂

Then it was time to get ready – my uncle had taken my dad to the gym and out for breakfast that morning to get my dad out of the house so my mom could get it ready. She had done a great job – she had been stockpiling snacks, appetizers and beverages for months, and had a few decorations thrown in there too.

SURPRISE!

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Happy retirement!

My dad said he had honestly been surprised – he had no idea it was coming!

I don’t have a lot of pictures, because I was enjoying the social time. Bit I did make sure to grab a few for blog purposes!

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This is probably less than half of all the food my mom had prepared – all sorts of crackers, chips and dip (hummus, yogurt dip, spinach dip…), chicken wings, meatballs, cheese and meats, tons of hot appetizers (sausage rolls, samosas…I had my first mozzarella stick in about a decade, and it was wonderful), and a dessert table with nanaimo bars (my absolutely favourite) and macaroons.

My contribution? I had secretly been working on it all weekend…

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A golf bag chocolate cake! Keep in mind, I have never really decorated a cake before, plus I can barely draw a stick figure (to give you an example of how atrocious my artistic ability is) so I was pretty happy with how it turned out! My main goal was for people to be able to figure out what it was, so I accomplished that Smile with tongue out

My dad is a huge golf fan – which was evident by the decorations.

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I loved this!  I was reading through them before we left, some were absolutely hilarious. You can come up with a lot of creative terms and expressions involving the word “ball.” Smile with tongue out

I wouldn’t even be able to begin to tell you what I ate during the day – I just munched my way throughout. So much good food!

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And, a lot of party-goofiness, of course. Smile with tongue out

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Shots are a lot more interesting from a test tube. Smile with tongue out

Of course, I pertook when it was time to cut the cake.

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One small piece, plus another shared with Eric. Delicious, if I don’t say so myself. Smile with tongue out

Overall, it was a fabulous party – my mom did an amazing job putting it together. Happy retirement Dad! ❤

Workout

So, this last week was week nine of my Slim and Sculpt program with Carrie of This Fit Chick. This was the first week in the final phase, which has a little bit of a different set up – workouts are more cardio and small-muscle focused. When I woke up yesterday, I could barely lift my arms above my head to wash my hair – they were so sore! Clearly, it’s been a good week of exercise.

workouts skipped: none

workouts changed: I switched Sundays workout to Saturday in the interest of time, but other than that, no.

And today is another busy day – TA class, my class, a GSA meeting, and hitting the gym in there too. Better get to it!

<— Do your parents like to golf? Both of my parents golf, but my dad does it more often.

<— How was your weekend? Do anything fun?