What have I been up to?

December 20, 2008

Dinner last night was quiet and tasty.

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I took a photo of one assembled jam cookie for you to see. All the rest will be put together right before giving them.

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Meh, not the best at all. The recipe was from the Martha Stewart Christmas special magazine. I won’t even bother posting it. I was disappointed.

This morning, I had French Toast. Three pieces. Yum.

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Graham had an omelette, but I’m not a big fan of eggs.

We went out for errands, getting ready to have Graham’s parents and grandmother for dinner.

For lunch, we bought “Montreal” bagels. They were quite good – fairly close in taste to true Montreal bagels. I think I’ll get them again!

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Back later with a dinner recap!


Here we go again

December 9, 2008

Another week has begun and since I’m writing this Tuesday morning, it’s already a fifth over!

I had a great run at the gym after work – 8.46km, or 5.1m for FitnessNYC’s running challenge. I am definitely motivated to run longer, knowing that I want to see a good number logged on the Google spreadsheet!

For dinner, I kept it easy – soup and a sandwich.

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My sandwich had turkey, Swiss, green pepper (sliced thinly… great for crunch!) and mustard, and the soup was my homemade butternut squash.

Then, I might have had some shortbread… and maybe some red and green jelly beans… but I was working hard, researching our possible January trip. I’ll keep you posted!!

Gotta run now – hope you have a great day!


Butternut Squash Soup

November 30, 2008

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Pureed Vegetable Soup
Everyday Food – Jan/Feb 2008 

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped 
coarse salt and ground pepper
Vegetable of choice*
1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 to 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice 

*Ideas:
– Parsnip: 2.5 lbs peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
– Carrot: 2.5 lbs peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
– Broccoli: 2 lbs cut into florets, stalks peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks, plus 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
– Celery Root: 2 lbs peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
– Beet: 2 lbs peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks. 
– Mushroom: 20 ounces button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered, plus 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks.
– Butternut Squash: 3 lbs peeled and seeded, cut into 1 inch chunks.  
– Cauliflower: 2.5 lbs cored and cut into florets.
– Celery: 2 lbs cut into 1 inch thick pieces, plus 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks. 

1. In a large dutch oven or pot, heat oil oven medium. Add onion. Season with salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add vegetable, broth and enough water (4 to 5 cups) to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer until vegetable is tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Working in batches, puree broth and vegetables in a blender until smooth, transferring to a clean pot as you work. To prevent spattering, fill blender only halfway and allow heat to escape: Remove cap from hole in lid and cover lid firmly with a dish towel. Adjust soup’s consistency with a little water if necessary. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.

I will have this to freeze and also to eat this week for lunches. One giant bowl of soup!


Good morning instead of good evening!

November 19, 2008

Sorry for no post last night! Just got lazy, I guess!

Anyway, when I got home from work, I snacked on some w.w. chips. I’ve been meaning to get a Toronto library card for awhile, so I finally went over yesterday. It’s a small branch, but cute! I picked up a few books. Lucky it’s so close by!

I had a reading dinner, while eating this…

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The soup was so tasty! I have a small container for lunch today.

Guess I’d better get moving. I’m staying over at my parents’ tonight, so I will probably post from there. Have a great day, readers!


Not helping…

November 9, 2008

We went to Graham’s parents’ house for dinner. My stomach was still off, so I just had a bowl of soup and sat with them while they ate. Graham’s mum gave me a slice of apple pie to take home.

We were on our way around 7:45… in opposite directions. I’m not sure that it has sunk in yet.

I came home, hoping to run, but really not feeling like it. Instead, I did three loads of laundry, ate the pie and watched CSI.

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Also had some candies and pumpkin seeds. Hence the title. I can’t really complain about feeling sick and crappy and unhealthy when I eat like that, can I? Well, can I blame it on being alone on Sunday night? Not wanting to go back to work? Not wanting the weekend to end? Not wanting to be alone. Yes, I can. But for tonight only. Tomorrow, it’s back into routine. Please, hold me to that!

Night.


Feeling rotten

November 9, 2008

Hi all. We had a great weekend in Ottawa, but I am really feeling bad right now. Upset stomach – not sure if it was something I ate, or just the collective bad stuff over the past four days. Here are the highlights (lowlights??)…

Friday
– Breakfast: oatmeal
– Lunch: potluck at work
– In the car: brownie from potluck; half a mini bag of Cheetos
– Dinner: 2 glasses of wine before dinner; jelly beans; nachos at the restaurant, then a chicken salad (no dressing)

Saturday
– Brunch: French toast (2.5 thick pieces), maple syrup, banana
– Snack: about 4 small Halloween chocolates
– Food & Wine show: about 5 wine tastes (30mL each, I think), 2 small glasses rum punch; some small food plates
– House party: about 6 crackers with cheese, then a whole bunch of plain crackers (many, many…) and a few broccoli florets

Sunday
– Breakfast: apple and everything bagel with butter, coffee
– Lunch: small bowl of soup, bread, carrots

On the whole, that doesn’t look so bad… it was just food at the wrong times, which then made me ravenous at later times. I didn’t drink too much, so I can’t really blame that.

Anyway, here was our lunch today…

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Graham is packed for Sarnia. We are going to Mississauga now, and then he’ll leave from there. I’ll post later tonight – have to run for now.

Bye.


Happy face, happy face

October 2, 2008

Ok, I know you, my loyal reader, have had enough of my job complaints. It seems everyday I am posting something about it. Well, today I really wanted the title of my post to be “Crappy Day”, but wanted to keep it a little happier. Hence… happy face, happy face. 🙂

On to the food. It’s what I’m here for, right? Graham, once again, wanted a “warm meal”. Hence the soup (more veggies than broth!) and grilled cheese. We needed bread and wanted brussels sprouts for the soup (store was out), so I stopped on my way to getting Graham from the station. I really wanted a snack, so had some of these… straight from the bag… while driving.

Oops. But they were tasty. So meh. (Sorry for the blur. I was in the car, in the parking lot.)

On to the real stuff… soup and grilled cheese. The salad was there for a little colour and nutrition – to balance out the white bread and cheddar. 🙂

I’m watching CSI, catching up on my Google Reader. The debates (Vice-Presidential and Leadership Debate) are both on, and being a little bit of a political junkie, I will definitely be flipping between the two! And I will also be eating some pear crisp. Think of me around 9 – I’ll be enjoying myself!

My first question to my readers… 
Are you watching the debates tonight, too? Do you have a snack to munch on?