Excellent Culinary Creations!

January 31, 2009

Evening, all! Graham and I have just finished dinner, so I thought I’d recap tasty meals over the past two days!



Penne a la Vodka with Salmon 
Cooked by Graham
Salad by Sarah



French Toast and Fruit Salad by Sarah
(Heart-shaped) Coffee by Graham



Lamb Burgers by Graham


Hope you’re having a great weekend! 


Daring Bakers January

January 30, 2009

Daring Bakers January was a nice, light recipe!

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.


I made the mistake of waiting ’til the last minute this month. The days just got away from me, after getting back from vacation on the 10th, then going back to work, then just getting caught up in day-to-day life!

I think I will try these again and make the butterfly shape! The black food colouring turned a little purple, so I decided to add a few blueberries with a splash of cream.


Check out Daring Bakers’ blogroll for all the great creations!

The way pancakes should be!

January 29, 2009


Enough said. TGIF! 🙂

Serves me right

January 28, 2009

I had a boring dinner tonight (salmon again, with salad), so I was going to skip right to dessert… banana bread! I just discovered Vanilla Bean Cafe and thought this recipe looked good. Plus, I had three bananas just calling to me… please, Sarah, we want to be baked into bread!

But then this happened…


Oops. There’s my impatient streak! And, even though I tested it with a toothpick, it wasn’t done. I ate some of the crusty outside pieces, but had some undercooked bits too and my stomach is feeling it. Ayayaye, the crusty pieces were good, too! Guess I will try again another day. 

I’ve watched two Gossip Girl episodes and I should probably get ready for bed. I’m going to do 30 Day Shred in the morning, so will be up at 6…


Here was a recap of the day with the most meetings ever!

8:00-9:00 – worked at my desk
9:00-1:00 – plan presentation meeting * had two cups of coffee, fruit at 9 and then fruit and cheese & crackers (3) at 11:15
1:00 – grabbed lunch * salad bar and a raisin tea biscuit * but only had a few bites before…
1:30-2:10 – meeting with project stakeholders
2:10-3:00 – worked at my desk * finished lunch
3:00-5:30 – 2008 recap & 2009 goals meeting


no workout 


bad Sarah

Ah well, tomorrow’s a go for sure!! 🙂

Just call me the stripper

January 27, 2009

Paint stripper, that is!


This is the very ugly before! Sorry about the junk on top, too. My dresser’s getting a make-over and I can’t wait!

Ok, but back to breakfast. Inspired to get back into oats, I had a satisfyingly tasty bowl!



Here was my bowl:

  • 1/3 c. oats, 1/3 c. water, 1/3 c. milk
  • 1/2 small banana, stirred in while cooking
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Pecan Granola
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • some frozen blueberries, heated first

YUM! 🙂

We had a budget conference call ’til 5 today and none of my colleagues were going to the gym. I couldn’t find the motivation myself, so instead ran errands (bank, grocery store), started the dresser and worked ’til 7:30.

Dinner was fast and used up some nearly-wilted spinach…



Again, YUM! I love a sandwich dinner.

Of course, I needed something else…


This was sort of a big dessert, considering I didn’t even work out today. Ah well, that’s ok. There’s always tomorrow, right?

Speaking of tomorrow… we’re supposed to get 15cms of snow, so that’s kind of exciting. I have a day jammed with meetings… 9 to 1, 2 to 2:30, 3 to 5. Eep, I will need a run at the end of that. 

Night, all. Sleep well!

One Photo Monday

January 26, 2009

Hello my loyal readers,

Hope you all had a lovely Monday. We had some more ups and downs at work today – seems to be a weekly occurrence! Overall, I had a fairly nice start to the week.

After work, I knocked out 8k (7 run, 1 walk) and then some weights, basically simulating Jillian Michaels’ routine, but at the gym. 

I made a trip over to Shoppers’, then perused the magazines at Chapters. Nothing like reading for free! 🙂

Dinner was easy tonight – maple salmon and leftover roasted veggies.


Hence the title – easy meal, easy post!

I had a little dessert (sin bowl with gummi bears and Nibs, amounting to 150kcal) while watching streaming Gossip Girl. I’ve found a great site and I’m excited to try the show! It’s the perfect pastime for Graham-free evenings! Oh, well, except that I’m supposed to be stripping the dresser and bookshelf, in preparation for painting this weekend. And there’s Daring Bakers to finish. And skis/snowboard to pick up. And ironing napkins. Ah well, guess that can be done tomorrow!

Night, all. Sleep well!

Sarah’s Resolutions

January 25, 2009

Finally! 26 days into the New Year and I am ready to put my resolutions into words, beginning today.

  1. Food: I would like to try one new recipe per week. I would also like to stop my grazing habit. To do that, I’m going to write down everything I eat in my Moleskine until I get tired of writing down all those little bites and just stop doing it!
  2. Exercise: New PBs in the 10k and half-marathon. Exact races TBD.
  3. Personal Goals: Learn more about wine and photography. Read from the Modern Library 100 Best List.

So, there you have it. Deliberately a little vague. These are the things that are important to me, so I figure as long as I keep these ideas in my mind, I can change course as I go. I know this is late into the beginning of the year, but again, these are not new ideas to me. Just ones that need tweaking.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress 🙂