Friday, November 30, 2012

November Foodie Penpal!

Reminder of what a dickie is
Another day, another dollar! Or something like that, what? Ok.. I don't even know what that means. For the record, I'm not making any dollars today (well,  I am because I'm a salaried employee) because I'm sitting at home covered in hives. Head. To. Toe. Hives. It starts at my ears and I actually have some on my feet, no joke. I've taken Reactine, spread hydro-cortisone cream all over my body (it reminds me of diaper cream), taken an oatmeal bath, itched, whined, etc. etc. and nothing has stopped it. I suppose you're wondering how I found myself in this wondrous position. Well, on Tuesday I started to get a terrible sore throat which could only be strep throat....and the hives slowly started on my neck. When I woke up on Wednesday, my neck looked like I was wearing a dickie of hives. Remember dickies? Those fake turtle neck things...yeah, it was like that but it was hives. Anyway, the clinic gave me penicillin. I took it. Turns out I'm allergic. When it was prescribed to me a small voice mentioned that mom had said something about being having a childhood allergy. Guess what?! It's an adult allergy as well. So, I'm a hive monster. My plans for the weekend are pretty much cancelled. BUT, on the upside, the sore throat is dissipating quickly! Eating my first solid food meal since Wednesday afternoon as we speak. VICTORY!

Ok enough of that BS. It's Foodie Penpal time! Remember that Foodie Penpal program that I rant and rave about!? Yes, it's another month of it. It was, once again - fantastical! I did, however find a glitch. I got it delivered to work and then proceeded to eat all of the delicious things Alissa sent me without taking a picture. OOPS. I will however give you a quick recap and post the measly little picture I did take of what I didn't inhale. 

Alissa was super generous, she gave me the following:
3 handwritten recipes I can't wait to try
A foodie magazine
Eggnog flavored coffee
Maple flavored coffee
Ginger chewy candies - SO GOOD.
Dark chocolate covered blueberries - Eaten instantly.
Roasted Soy Nuts

I sent my package to Mojgan out in Toronto! You can see what I sent when you visit her blog here.

Happy Friday People! I need to get back to tending my hives! ha.

Friday, November 23, 2012

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Hello Again Everyone! Today is Friday. And today is over a week since I've written for this! Shame, shame, shame.... But at least it's still coming along! I'm afraid to report that baking hasn't been a first priority lately. I've been doing a lot of cooking but it's been boring old repeats. I made that delicious Pumpkin Chili again and then I fed Stacy with it after spin class on Wednesday. I added extra pumpkin and honestly, I think it was better the second time I made it. The other thing I made over the weekend that is not picture worthy but delicious was a Cilantro-Lime-Coconut Shredded Chicken in the slow cooker. There was no real recipe but I imagine if there was, it was something like this:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 bunch of cilantro

sliced peppers, I used red and yellow
sliced yellow onion

1 can of coconut milk
1/4 cup (ish) lime juice

Put it all in a slow cooker and cook it real slow! Once it's done, get in there and shred up the chicken. Eat it! YAY.

Ok so now that, that's out of the way - it's time to share a few of my favorite things. I'll relate them all to food and cooking. 

Favorite Blogs (in no particular order):
PaleOMG - I've made so many things off this blog I should be paying her for her ideas. Most everything has turned out perfectly and has been so delicious! She's really a food genius.

Dinner With Julie - I really like looking at her recipes and pictures, plus she's local so that's a bonus. I haven't made a ton off here, but again - what I have made was SO good! re: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake complete with chocolate ganache and cream cheese peanut butter icing. FLIP that was good!
Health-Bent - they've got a lot of creative recipes! It's awesome. They were the ones who created the Pumpkin Chili with Avocado Cream. SO. GOOD.
Epicurious - They basically take every delicious recipe in every magazine ever created and put it on a website. I've taken a lot of ideas off here and I don't seem to be the only one! YUMMY!
SmittenKitchen - Just go here. She has lots of really good recipes and her pictures are pretty! I made some really delicious things off here - all baked goods of course!

Favorite Ingredients:
Spinach - I swear I put it in everything I can
Coconut Oil

Favorite Kitchen Items:
Garlic press
Good knife
Cookie sheet

Silicone Mini Loaf Pans
Frying Pan

Favorite Things to Eat Right Now (this will change):
Eggs - pretty much everyday
Chocolate Covered Almonds - duh

Coffee - but that's not really eating but it's sort of a food
Spinach - yeah, I actually like it and as mentioned above, it's in everything I make

Pumpkin - pancakes, chili, smoothies, soup, etc.
Peppermint Tea 
Coconut Milk
Mini Loafs - turkey, pork, beef, who cares! It's mini and it's cute.

Ok folks, that was pretty boring but at least I wrote something! There are going to be some events worth documenting coming up here shortly - Cookie Exchange with the girls! In lieu of brunch - we all bring cookies or some sort of Christmas Treat and a container and fill your container with different treats than you made yourself! I can't wait! YAY!

Side Note: Faye sent me this picture at work one day. I printed it and put it on my bulletin board. Isn't it awesome!? 
Happy Weekend Everyone! xo

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Next Chapter(s)

I should forewarn you - there isn't much about food here tonight and this post will be a rather short post, but I am trying my best to stay committed to this little endeavor of mine. Can you believe 7 people looked at my blog yesterday!? And no, I haven't even looked at it since last weekend! That's a success. I think I can thank the wonderous Foodie Penpal for this!

So, I want to talk about how friggin' cool life is getting. Many of the special people in my life (and of course myself too) are moving into the next new and exciting phases of their lives. I've talked about all the pregger ladies that are in my life and well, their babies are arriving!! On Monday, I got a happy little text from Michelle telling me that her water had broke and baby was on the way! Sure enough, later that day little Baby Cole arrived! Welcome Cole! I have yet to meet him but pictures indicate he has a head of beautiful dark brown hair. I can't wait to snuggle him. Then, I got a text from Faye on Wednesday saying that her water broke. Sure enough, later that day little Reagan Marie arrived! Welcome Reagan! I have got to meet her and hold her and she is so so so beautiful. She's going to be a looker I suspect - she does afterall, have a very beautiful mom!! THEN, Stacy (soon to be Dr. Radics) tells me she's performed her first neuter this week! SO PROUD. THEN, Rebekah and Bethan ran a half marathon yesterday. I should mention that Rebekah has a 3 year old running around, a full-time job, plays rugby (and got MVP 2012 nobigdeal), organizes rugby and still found the time to train for this. Bethan just had a baby girl like 6 months ago and looks hawthawthawt and has been training her buns off for this. HOLYEFF. You ladies rock!!! They are both running a marathon in 2013. Yeah, a marathon....they are nuts. Yes, I know... babies, a neuter, a half marathon - all so different, right?? But this is just exactly what is so cool about this..... Everyone is achieving their goals and moving forward in their lives. It's not the same for everyone, nor should it be! I'm so proud of each of them for doing these things and moving ahead in the way they have wanted to! YAY LIFE. You guys inspire me so much! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!

Ok - on a food related note. I made these Chocolate Truffles this weekend. I've made them twice now. I gave them away the first time and then ate a few that I made yesterday. They tasted like brownies but weren't. Make them! They are good! The first time I subbed the pepitas for almonds and yesterday, I didn't have chocolate to dip them in - for the better! Both times, they were delicious and they are super easy to make. I love my food processor. Sometimes my food processor and I have more fun on Saturday nights than anyone else in this city - I'm sure of it. I used it like 3 times this weekend - I made soup, truffles and cauliflower/spinach mash. 

In other news... I've declared my winter uniform to be leggings. I hate jeans right now, like a lot. And also, the size of my shirt is directly proportionate to the number of pull ups I can do. Lots of pull ups = bigger shirt size. No pull ups = smaller shirt size. UGH. But good! I mean, I am getting stronger and faster and my energy levels are great and I really, really, really like the workouts (sometimes not while I'm doing them).... but the trade off is my big legs and big arms. I guess maybe I should consider returning to rugby again!? I could make use of these puppies! :)

Stuff I bought at the Christmas Market this weekend! YAY!
Anyways, that's the random post for tonight. Happy Monday! xoxo

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happiness Is....

That title is deep, hey? It's been a good weekend - just to give you the boring play by play - here's how it happened:
1) Friday - work with nothing special to report. Did I mention that I am terribly satisfied in my new gig? LOVE the work. There is no doubt that I've chosen the right profession. I went to spin class after work where the spin teacher kicked our a$$es. She's awesome. She runs the joint and she has this ability to make you feel so special and like she's known you forever and that you're actually friends, when in actuality, she's not your friend and she's running a business. But really, those are the sorts of people I want to give business to. She knows what she's doing - I'll keep buying! After spin class, I headed to Jackie's where she made me delicious fish tacos. That recipe is A-MAZING. Jackie, you do good stuff! And make me laugh really hard. You're AWESOME.

2) Saturday - woke up nice and early. I made myself some Pumpkin Pancakes (I got a free pumpkin from Safeway and have SO.MUCH.PUMPKIN). They were delicious. I put some coconut spread on them and drank a coffee while reading a cookbook. This was all done before 730am since I had Part 2 of the most boring class ever as well. After class, I came home and made a turkey meatloaf that tastes like stuffing. I LOVE IT. I didn't take pictures and can't even write the recipe because it was a mash up but this is what was in it: ground turkey, cranberries, pumpkin, egg, sage, salt, pepper, onions, garlic.... Then, met up with a great group of ladies to check out a concert. The band was called Plants and Animals. They were good!! I love, love, love live music! :) The song "Lightshow" is my fav at the moment. Listen to it NOW. 
3) Sunday - productive day!! And my favorite day of this weekend. I am currently writing this with the warmest fussy feeling ever. I'm going to start backwards.... I just had my little sista who I just adore, her boyfriend and my 2 cousins over for dinner. I for one, love hosting dinner!! I made them roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, carrots, asparagus, gravy and yorkshire pudding and they had oatmeal butterscotch cookies for dessert. We played "Shoot, Shag or Marry" for about an hour of their 3 hours here. I suppose you're wondering what that is - choose 3 celebrities and then say which you'd shoot, shag or marry. Seems easy right? It's pretty funny depending on the combos of people you choose. Anyway - it was so great to have them over. I'm feeling unbelievably thankful for them. And super motivated to host another dinner. Happiness is: hosting dinner for ones you love! (at least for today anyway)
Ok - so to start - ran 6km this AM with some hawt mamas who are running a half marathon next weekend. There was no way I wanted to long run with them so when I heard they were tapering and doing 6km with coffee after, I couldn't say no! Then,I came home and made these. I also did prep for dinner, made some muffins which were a total fail...why? Texture was off, I put in too much nutmeg and there wasn't enough pumpkin taste to them and they were supposed to be pumpkin muffins. NO DEAL. Then, I met Jessie and her little guy Cohen for a quick coffee. He was a bit fussy, but super good to see her! I'm so proud of her. He's so cute and he has these little dimples to die for. I can't wait to see them again! He's changed so much since the last time I saw him! It's insane how quickly those babes grow! 

Time for a recipe! Here you go... the original is listed but this is one with modifications made to it. ENJOY. They were good!

Chicken Pumpkin Curry Mini Burgers, original here
Approx 1 pound ground chicken
1/2 cup almond flour

1 egg
1 cup spinach, chopped
1/2 white onion, diced
approx 2 tablespoons curry powder

1 - 2 tsp of ginger, minced
1/4 cup pumpkin

Saute your spinach and onion. In a bowl - put in your chicken, pumpkin, egg, flour, spices and ginger. Add your sauteed spinach and onion. Mix it up really good. Make it into patties. Fry them up in some cooking oil until done all the way through. EAT THEM. 
Review: mostly delicious. I would have added more pumpkin and would have added more ginger. YOUR CALL THOUGH! I don't know your taste buds. 

I need better pictures
Have a super happy Monday my peeps! I love that we had an extra hour today. Check ya later!