Monday, February 8, 2010


This morning I awoke to the smell of something cooking ... it was the steel cut oats I had put in the slow-cooker overnight. I topped them with a tablespoon of almond butter, because oats just aren't the same without almond butter on top.

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I won't share the recipe just yet, because I have not perfected it. I used water instead of something more flavourful as I was worried about another type of liquid (such as almond milk) burning.

It was so cold outside today that it was really hard to leave for work. I despise the cold. I really should be living in Hawaii!

Lunch today was leftover Mexican casserole:

We still have MORE leftovers. This casserole from the BIG Cook is going to last us 3-4 meals!

I also had an orange and some cheese:

After work I did something special to take part in Jessica's Random Acts of Kindness challenge. I wrote 4 feel good messages in 4 cards and sent them to random people who's names/ addresses I found in the phone book.

It was fun!

The hubby threw dinner together while I was out buying some groceries earlier this evening. He tossed one of the dinner's I made during the BIG Cook into the oven and made some rice to go with it. We had sweet and sour pork on brown rice:

Look what I found at my local health food store!!!!!!!

I have been looking for this for AGES! It is made with coconut milk instead of dairy! I couldn't wait to dig in.

Don't worry. I grabbed a bowl.

This was the most amazing "ice cream" I have EVER tasted. The coconut taste was very present, and so "real" tasting. There were little pieces of coconut in every bite. I LOVE this flavour and also want to try the chocolate, cookie dough, etc..

I enjoyed about 1/2 cup with a fresh juice (1 green pepper, 1 grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 apple, 1/4 lime):


In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I am going to do my first Giveaway!

A Few Little Things That I LOVE

(I want it to be a bit of a surprise, but some things I will be including are: My favourite tea - Coconut Truffle Black Tea, Amazing Grass packets, a favourite bar or 2, and a few other goodies).

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

To enter this giveaway:

Leave a comment telling me about a few little things that you love!

I will use a random number generator to choose a winner on Sunday February 14th, and the package will be shipped out Monday to the lucky winner!

You can get an extra entry by blogging about this giveaway, and leaving another comment letting me know that you did.


Anonymous said...

that is some good eating right there! too bad i'm not a fan of rice! I KNOW I"M SO UNASIAN IN THAT ASPECT!!!!

hmm things i love? getting comment emails in my email. new shoes for running. opening a new jar of peanut butter.
running outside without worrying about freezing.

Anonymous said...

my favorite thing are ALMOND and peanut butters. things EVER!!! I want that icecream! I've seen them but haven't bought it yet!

Simply Life said...

Oh that ice cream looks great and what a good idea of putting oats in the slow cooker! Some of my favorite things are good coffee with company, granola and dried banana chips!

Kelly said...

That's such a great idea to send random letters :)

My favorite things: great restaurants, ice cream, brand new books, and so many other simple pleasures!

Anonymous said...

The mexican casserole looks awesome!! Some little things that I love are family, friends and my hubby.

Amber said...

What an AWESOME act of kindness! Those people are going to love getting the cards in the mail!!

I LOVE coffee, chocolate, tea and m&ms! Hehe.

Fun giveaway, I'm excited :-)

Alaina said...

Please tell me which store you got the coconut milk ice cream at! Sounds amazing...

A few things that I love:
1. Cuddling with my hubby and my pup all together in our bed in the morning. We feel like a little family.
2. Cooking whilst drinking wine with my mom.
3. A fabulous dinner with great friends.

Kacy said...

Little things I love: chocolate, snoozing, bubble baths, the perfect cup of coffee.

I need to try slow cooking oats!

Deb said...

A few things I love: waterfalls, sunsets, days spent at the ocean, a good book, and being with my family.

deborah150 at hotmail dot com

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

I loveeeeeeee that you are doing the random acts of kindness!! :) So awesome. I think I might write some little cards today too!! Yay for a great giveaway too!!

ikkinlala said...

Some things I love: knitting, tea, cross-country skiing, libraries.

Stacy L said...

I love going for a great run on a sunny day :)

Anonymous said...

salad for breakfast is so nice. you don't get weighed down by tons of food!

Jocelyn said...

I LOVE that icecream. It's amazing. And dangerous ;)

Great giveaway!
I love...LOVE
Watching sappy movies (aka walk to remember)
My boyfriend
Carbs in general (:P)

Amanda Brown said...

I am so envious of the delicious variety your menus have from week to week! It's so easy for me to get in a cooking/food slump but you're always changing it up! Wish I had the same love for it that you do. :)

Some things I love include:

-an evening walk with a friend in the crisp air
-mochas from our local coffee shop
-the smell of fresh bread baking
-the taste of hot, fresh bread slathered in real butter
-the peaceful way my kids look when they're sleeping

Anonymous said...

i love: unseasonally warm weather (which we've been having), ultra fine point sharpies, fresh berries, and farmers markets

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

A few things I love
My daughter, husband, fresh produce, broccoli, coffee with friends, and warm sunny days :)

singerinkitchen said...

nice blog you have here! I enjoy spending time with my husband especially after a BUSY week. I like laughing with him and I enjoy meeting new people!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that you just cracked open a phonebook and sent these to random strangers. What a great idea. I have today off and I think this might be a fantastic way to spend some of it. :)

I am guilty of saying "I LOVE that!" to many, many things in my day and in my life. A few: sharing stories and experiences over a good meal, blasting a heartelt song and belting it out on a long drive, nights that unexpectedly turn out to be ones for the memory books, and if we are talking food, I LOVE mint. Mint anything! Ice cream, coffee creamer, shampoo, lotion - just can't get enough!

Anais said...

I absolutely love having waffles with hazelnut butter and the green crofter`s jam and my coffee in the morning :)

Anais said...

And I blogged about it!

Mom on the Run said...

You just reviewed one of my favorite products----Turtle Mountain Farms. SOoooo Good! I use the milk in my smoothies.

Random acts of kindness are just so nice.

Yay for your first giveaway!

misssarahlou said...

A few things I love? My adorable puppy dog, she is my little baby, food hence all the blogs I follow and all the weight I have to lose. And my favorite treat of the moment is twisted sisters chocolate covered pretzels - yumyumyum!

misssarahlou said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:

Jackie said...

The lasagna looky delish.

Things I love
1. Some cuddle time with my honey
2. My fur children (we have 4)
3. Dark chocolate, nice cup of tea, and a good book.

Andrea said...

some things I love, sipping hot cocoa by the fire, long showers, traveling, sleeping in, my kids :)
andreanathan at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

That's a hard one to narrow down, but I'd include my husband, my family, being healthy enough to take care of myself, a really perfect piece of fruit and a good massage among the things that I love!

Yelena said...

What an awesome giveaway! I love good coffee, dark chocolate, and a nice day outside!

Anonymous said...

Mmm..I love foodie friends! What camera do you use? I was afraid to roast a whole chicken but I did it!!! :) Have a fabulous 5 day weekend!

Kristin Pizzi said...

I Love SO Delicious frozen desserts.

Hope you have a happy friday!

Kristin Pizzi said...

P.S. I blogged about it here :)

NSGIRL said...

Some things I love...dark chocolate, discovering new healthy foods, my dog, anything coconut flavored!

NSGIRL said...

Blogged about!

The Triathlon Rx said...

one of the biggest little things i love is the feeling i get when i'm driving to a race at crack of dawn early. the only other people on the road are people also going to the race, and you know it because they have a super nice tri bike on the top of their car, or a 26.2 sticker on the bumper. its impossible for me to not crack out a huge grin :)

mean green mom said...

oh i love so many things....
avocados, warm spring days, baby feet, puppies, quiet beaches, tea on cold nights, long baths, home-made mac and cheese and on and on...


College: Raw said...

Hmm...I love receiving random texts, eating baked sweet potatoes and eating blueberries like popcorn, fuzzing my puppies, drinking chamomile tea, and laughing with friends...

College: Raw said...

I blogged about it: