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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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Weekend Eats and Experiments in Kombucha.

Good morning! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Mine was pretty quiet – it’s the weekend before Easter and I have a lot to do school-wise considering that it’s end of semester. So an easy weekend around the house it was.

After I got home from my morning of grocery shopping Saturday, I finished off the last of the buffalo tofu I made earlier in the week on an arugula salad with peppers, baby carrots and a spoonful of caramelized onion hummus. One of the last chunks of my Irish soda bread on the side.

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Saturday afternoon consisted of a quick trip to the gym for an ab workout and a quick HIIT run on the treadmill and getting some homework done. I also did a bit of Easter decorating, because apparently I like to decorate for every holiday.

So fun fact: at one of the Christmas parties I went to in December, I decided that I really liked the table centerpiece. So, I took it home with me.

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It is a ginormous, gold-painted branch with a bunch of icicle decorations on it. You know what’s awkward? Trying to carry that inconspicuously across a parking lot. In the middle of winter. Wearing a short dress and tall shoes. And getting into a limo. But totally worth it because it looks gorgeous and fills the empty spot on my stair landing perfectly.

And…I redecorated it. Easter-style.

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Tacky? Probably. But I love it. Open-mouthed smile

But, the most important part of my day was dinner.

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Hello, take out sushi Open-mouthed smile

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My seaweed salad…it was a bigger portion than I was expecting, which is never a bad thing!

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My rainbow roll ( california roll with salmon, tuna, red snapper, white tuna and avocado) and Eric’s black dragon roll (dynamite roll with eel and avocado)

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Eric’s AK47: deep fried roll with salmon, crab, avocado, fish roe and spicy sauce.

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My Odessa roll: avocado and eel topped with salmon and avocado. Easily my favourite roll!

And dessert:

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Yogurty’s, I freakin’ love you.

I’ve got:

  • a mix of peppermint white chocolate, chocolate coconut, and caramel popcorn froyo (I can’t even. They were all amazing)
  • chopped Reese’s
  • peanut butter chips
  • frosted animal crackers
  • sprinkles
  • cinnamon toast crunch

Best.dinner.ever.

And now I think I need a box of cinnamon toast crunch. That is my childhood cereal right there.

Sunday

Tasty breakfast to start my morning:

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Yup. In a jar.

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Banana oats topped with blueberry jam and a bit of Nature’s Path Dark Chocolate and Red Berries granola. Hit the spot for sure.

After breakfast, Eric was running some errands which happened to take him right next to Goodness Me!, the health food store in Brantford. Soooo I invited myself along.

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I mean, I had to stock up on my Zevia stash Smile with tongue out I also picked up digestive enzymes (the newest experiment in my quest to fix my stomach) and the Good Bean chickpea snacks in sweet cinnamon. I saw these on Allison’s blog last week and I was intrigued, so when I saw them at the store I decided to give them a shot. They’re pretty good – not too sweet, and they have a good crunch to them.

I also decided to give kombucha a try.

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A couple of people recommended it for stomach problems, so I picked one up. It’s…interesting? I like it, but it took me a little while to get used to the ferment-y flavour. Not something I’d pick up too often based on the price tag itself…yikes.

Dinner

Dinner definitely demonstrated my carnivorous side.

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Yes, that steak takes up half my plate. And yes, I ate all of it. To be fair, it’s a much less impressive feat when you take out the bone and all the little fatty chunks. Such a fabulous dinner.

Sunday night was spent watching TV and relaxing – prepping myself for the week ahead. Although, it’s a short week…yay Easter weekend!

Have a fabulous Monday!

<— What did you get up to this weekend?

<— What’s your favourite dinner/dessert combination? Sushi and froyo just might take it for me.

<— Fan of kombucha?


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The Christmas List.

One of my favourite things about my apartment has suddenly become my least favourite.

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Apparently, wooden stairs + socks = hazardous. Let’s just say that my back has had better days…ouch.

But, there is one thing that always make me feel better.

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An excuse to eat chocolate daily. Smile with tongue out 

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Every year, I get a calendar. I think that’s why I always associated December 1st with the beginning of the Christmas season.

Today I started with my Christmas decorations. I put up everything we have, but it didn’t feel quite Christmas-y enough. Thinking I’ll be looking for some more…you can’t be too festive, can you?

Hello, apartment-sized Christmas tree.

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It’s little, but I think it’s cute. Smile

Although, I think we need a new topper. The angel on the top is clear and she’s missing a wing, so from a distance it’s hard to figure out what it is. I pointed it out to Eric and he said “It looks like a mushroom cap.”

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Going to have to agree with him on that one. And it’s red too – Mario, anyone?

My front door is 100% perfect though –

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Yup, those are little cupcakes.

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With “sprinkles”…it doesn’t get much more fitting than that, does it? My mom picked this up at a Christmas Bazaar for me a few weeks ago and I absolutely adore it.

Dinner

When I told Eric I was having a sushi craving and that we should pick some up, he 100% agreed – he’s as sushi-obsessed as I am. We usually go for all-you-can-eat, but last night we decided to order in from Sushi Eight, our favourite sushi place in Brantford.

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Eric’s Black Dragon Roll on the left, my Odessa roll in the middle, and his salmon roll on the right. The Odessa roll is eel and salmon topped with avocado and more salmon – my favourite roll in existence.

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A California hand roll for him and a mango one for me.

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It was my first time ordering a mango roll (it had crab in it as well) and it was different! Not my favourite, but not bad either.

Black pepper tuna sashimi (excuse the poor photo, I was hungry).

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Another different choice for me – it was pretty good! Although, I don’t think anything beats my salmon sashimi.

What’s better than following one of your favourite dinners with one of your favourite desserts?

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Not much…that is a happiness-guaranteeing decision. Smile with tongue out

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  • red velvet and ginger spiced cookie froyo (and now I’m thinking I need to make some gingerbread cookies in the near future…)
  • chopped Reese’s
  • cinnamon streusel
  • maraschino cherries
  • frosted animal crackers
  • mini M & Ms (kinda like really big chocolate sprinkles, right?)
  • caramel sauce

Delicious. Smile

Day 2

It actually works out nicely that day 2 challenge is my wish list – a couple people have been asking me and I keep giving the answer of “I don’t know!” Now I actually have to think about it, don’t I?

Ok, here we go!

1. A new set of pots.

My old ones are like tinfoil, they’re so thin – I’m actually afraid I’m going to burn through them eventually. I love Rachael Ray, so some of her cookware would be fabulous. The purple is just a bonus.

2. An Immersion blender.

I love soup, especially pureed soups. I don’t make them often because making a pureed soup when all you have is a Magic Bullet is pretty much the biggest pain in the ass ever. Still going with purple. Smile with tongue out

3. Gift Cards.

I could really use some new workout clothes, so a card to Lululemon (and then maybe I would actually own something from there) or Sport Chek would be lovely. Or GNC – I wish I could own stock in that store, I love it so much.

4. Fun-flavoured alcohol.

I’m not a huge drinker by any means, but I have a collection of fun flavoured vodkas. When I was hunting around the LCBO yesterday I found some fun looking ones:

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The S’mores one just looks awesome. Smile

5. Cookbooks.

I collect two things: cookbooks and shoes (that being said, I wouldn’t mind some new shoes either. Size 9!) Anything by Rachael Ray, Gordon Ramsay or Bite Me Too by Julie Albert and Lisa Grant. (I have the original Bite Me and it’s one of my absolute favourite cookbooks).

6. Video Games.

These ones are both calling to me:

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Little nerd girl at heart. Smile 

7. Concert Tickets.

I don’t have a specific concert in mine or even know of any of my favourite bands playing anywhere near here…but it’s been way too long since I’ve been to a show.

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(my friend Mel and I at Warped Tour last July – the last big concert I went to. It was storming and poured rain for over an hour, but we still had a fantastic time! Wear a bathing suit under your clothes for large outdoor concerts – seriously the best decision I’ve ever made. And yes, absolutely guilty of the occasional duck face-d picture Smile with tongue out)

Edited to add: I thought of another one this morning:

8. Magazine Subscriptions.

I already subscribe to Cosmo (I know, but I love it) and Women’s Health, but I wouldn’t mine getting a few more delivered to my door monthly. I’d love to get a subscription to Oxygen, or to a cooking magazine like The Food Network magazine, Cooking Light or Rachael Ray.

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And I think that’s it – at least, all I can think of right now. Enjoy the last day of the weekend!

<— What’s on your Christmas list? Any similarities to mine?

<— What was the last concert you went to?