Sunday, February 28, 2010

Carby Sunday


he hubby and I were out late last night at a friend's house. Throughout the night I had 1 drink and about a handful of chips. We had fun visiting and dancing with friends!

We woke up late this morning and were both craving cheese of all things. We got a double dose with a cheese stick and some Annie's Mac and Cheese:

Then we spent the afternoon with this little goober.

(My nephew Giovanni). "I see you!"

I had some guacamole and organic tortilla chips for a snack:

And then a carb-laden dinner at the in-laws:

(Carbonara pasta)


My portion:

How was your weekend? What do you have planned for the week?
Are you a pasta fan? What is your favourite kind?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oven Pancake


loved reading all your comments to the "kids" question!!

I took the day off from blogging yesterday, but here are my Friday eats:

Breakfast was a bowl of coffee oats (1/2 cup coffee, 1/2 cup almond breeze, 1/2 cup quick oats) with 1/2 a banana cooked in, and almond butter, maple flakes, and yogurt raisins for toppings.

I went out for lunch with people from work, and I had a Cajun chicken wrap with about 1/3 of the chips:

Last night I went to a friends place for a girls get together.
I knew there would be food there, so I just had a couple pieces of toast for "supper" before heading over.

I was right about the food. I nibbled throughout the night ...

I also had 2 drinks throughout the evening.

This morning I made a fresh juice with 1 pear, 1 grapefruit, 1/2 pineapple, and an orange:

I also made an oven pancake that I topped with some pumpkin yogurt.

Oven Pancake

- 1 T butter
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup almond breeze
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 t salt

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the butter in a 9" pie pan and put it in the oven to melt. Brush the butter around the bottom and sides of the pan. In a bowl, beat the other ingredients just until mixed. Pour them in to the pan. Bake 25 minutes until the pancake is golden brown and puffed.

For the pumpkin yogurt I mixed some plain Greek yogurt with the pumpkin butter that I made a while ago and froze.

I met some girlfriends for lunch at the Creek Bistro. I got crepes filled with veggies, and Asiago cheese, topped with a mushroom sauce. On the side were some roasted potatoes. It was excellent!

This evening the hubby and I went to Korea House, one of my VERY favourite restaurants (3 restaurants in 2 days - yikes!)

Miso soup and kimchi were brought out first:

And then we each got the hot stone bee bim bop:

The bowl is sizzling hot, and you stir it up real fast so the egg cooks and some of the rice gets crispy. Nom. Nom. Nom.

I absolutely LOVE Korean food! I crave kimchi (fermented cabbage).

What is your favourite type of cuisine?
What are your plans for tonight, or the rest of the weekend?

The hubby and I are headed to a friend's party tonight!

Don't forget to enter my Skin MD Natural giveaway!
Another BIG giveaway announcement on Monday!
Ask me anything!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kids? A BIG Giveway? Coming Soon (Enough)!


n Monday I was contacted by Jason from CSN Stores.

CSN Stores has a number of websites with great products ranging from modern decor to kids furniture and cookware. Of course, I was instantly interested in the cookware, although maybe one of these days I will be thinking more about kids furniture - *Nudge nudge, wink, wink.* (Don't get too excited - see the Q and A below!!)

Jason presented me with the opportunity to either try and review a product from one of CSN Stores' sites myself, OR do a giveaway with my readers.

I decided that I would like to let you, my lovely readers, in on the action and do a giveaway instead of a product review.

The stuff on these sites is AMAZING, and I don't need to try it out to know that!

I am very excited that on Monday I will announcing another BIG giveaway!!
You won't want to miss out!!

Now for my eats ...

Breakfast was a smoothie.

Open up!

Mmmm, chocolate smoothie goodness. This was made with 1 cup unsweetened almond breeze, 1 T almond butter, 1 pack Chocolate Amazing Grass, 1 pack Kids Chocolate Amazing Grass, 1 scoop chia seeds, 1 scoop of the power blend that Navitas Naturals gave me to try.

This smoothie kept me full all morning.

I didn't have anything to take for lunch today, so I had to pick something up. I decided that Booster Juice would be the healthiest option. I had a vegetarian Greek wrap:

And some fresh juice (4 carrots, ginger, and apple) that I just about gagged on.
Too much ginger - blech!

The hubby and I were craving breakfast for dinner this evening. We made omelets and then put them on top of toasted whole wheat bagels, topped them with cheese, and broiled them for a couple minutes. I smothered mine in Sriracha. I have a problem.

Dessert was a grapefruit with a sprinkle of stevia (thanks to NuNaturals for the stevia).

I was recently asked this question as part of my "Ask Me Anything Feature":

It seems like you have a good career and a happy marriage. Are babies the next step?

Yes, the hubby and I are happily married (nearly 6 years now!!) and we both have our careers in full swing. We own our own home, have two cars, and a landscaped yard. I'd say babies are the next step :-) But we might sneak another trip or two in first! I think 28 would be a good age to get pregnant. I would also like to try and convince some of our couple friends that they should have a baby around the same time!! None of our couple friends have kids yet!! Crazy hey!!

So, tell me about your thoughts on kids.
Do you have them? Want them? When?
How many?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010



s it just me, or is time really flying by these days?

I swear we just had a weekend, and now it is almost Thursday. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE weekends - but I just hope that all of life doesn't pass by this quickly.

As a kid every moment seemed to last an eternity, like time was frozen around our excitement, our delight, our anticipation. As I get older it seems as though time is speeding up, while I am left behind wondering where it all went, and what I was doing while life was happening. What happened to all the BIG plans I had for January, and February? How is it nearly March?
Wasn't Christmas just last week?

Maybe it is because I don't feel like I have accomplished a lot over these past couple months.

Maybe it is because this is the first semester of my life that I have not been in school, and I don't know what to do with myself. I don't know what Jolene the "non-student" does. The only other time I have not been a student is occasionally in the summer - but that is a lot different than not being a student in the winter. In the summer there is so much to do, and I am on "Vacation."

But THIS is not a vacation. This is my life.

Maybe it is because the hubby and I just went to see "Tuesdays with Morrie" at the live theater, and it got me thinking.

Whatever it is, I am thinking about it.

What about you? Does time get away on you?

I had a little extra time this morning, so I made a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast with homemade oatmeal bread. I covered the eggs in hot sauce. Nothing like a good kick in the morning to get you going!

(Looks like ketchup, but its Sriracha. I just use the stuff like ketchup!!!)

I will spare you the photos of my lunch because although it was excellent, the photos are unappetizing. I had left over fajita mixture on some rice. I also had an orange and some cheese:

This evening was a date night for the hubby and I. We went for dinner to Moxies, where I had a Bellini (I'm sure it is Friday somewhere. No? Ah well.)

I also had a burger with sweet potato fries.
It was GINORMOUS. I didn't eat it all, don't worry!

Speaking of time ... why the heck did it take people SO long to discover the wonder that is sweet potato fries!!!!???? They definitely were not around when I was a kid.

Now is the time for my answer to yesterday's 6 Lies and 1 Truth:

1) Brushing my teeth with warm water disgusts me. TRUE!!!!!
2) I have issues with people touching my hair. False, I like this.
3) I have never baked a cake in my life. False, I have many times.
4) I have never thrown up. False, I always throw up. Check this post. And this.
5) Onions don't make me cry. False, I bawl.
6) I can write equally well with both hands. False, I am a lefty.
7) I had an extra toe when I was born. False, unless my mother is hiding something.

I loved all your guesses!

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Have a question? Ask Me Anything!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blogger Award


o, grapefruits = not too popular!

My hubby doesn't like them either. I still love 'em.

I had the worst sleep last night. It took me hours to fall asleep, and then I tossed and turned all night, waking up multiple times. I kept hitting the snooze button and didn't roll out of bed until 8:00. I was out the door by 8:15. I can be pretty quick when I need to be! I didn't have time to sit down and eat breakfast, so I had half a Glo-bar on the way to work. I had every intention of eating the other half at work, but got completely distracted.

Oh well. Crappy breakfast day.

Lunch was leftover veggie pizza:

Olives on pizza = Awesome. Crust on pizza = disgusting.

I was away from my classroom this afternoon at a workshop. I had an oatmeal cookie for an afternoon snack along with this tea:

I want to thank Jessica over at DairyFreeBetty for the tea! It was one of the goodies I received as the winner of her "Random Acts of Kindness" giveaway.

Do you remember those cards I sent out randomly a while back?
Well, she chose me as her winner because of them!! How nice!!

I got all this loot in the mail the other day!!

Every item is something I haven't tried, so I am pretty excited!!

After work I coached my boys b-ball team - we won our fifth game in a row, so now we are 5-0!! I was very hungry when I got home, so I had some cheese and about 4 rice crackers while supper was cooking:

Dinner tonight was a saucy chicken with polenta:

This was my first time trying polenta, and I wasn't a huge fan.

Any tips for making polenta taste good?

My snack this evening was a grapefruit :-) And some edamame with soy sauce. I had the munchies this evening (I blame it on my unsubstantial breakfast):

I also need to thank Diana at MyMarbleRye for this lovely award she gave me:

To accept this award I have to come up with 6 outrageous LIES about myself, and 1 TRUTH, and you need to guess what the truth is.

Here goes:

1) Brushing my teeth with warm water disgusts me.
2) I have issues with people touching my hair.
3) I have never baked a cake in my life.
4) I have never thrown up.
5) Onions don't make me cry.
6) I can write equally well with both hands.
7) I had an extra toe when I was born.

ONLY one is true. Which is it?

I would like to pass this award on to:


Have a good night peeps!!

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