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theme week: WIAW

of all of the themes that i’m participating in this week, what i ate wednesday baffles me the most.

1. for the uninitiated, there is a genre of blogging called “healthy living blogs.” some of these professional bloggers (example, example, example) make their living by photographing, writing about and posting ( up to three times daily!) what they eat (an how they work out) every day. kudos to these ladies for their devotion, i could not sustain that pace! i also cannot believe the popularity of these blogs – it’s a huge industry! i take it that we are to gather inspiration and ideas from these website food logs –  and that is also the purpose of WIAW.

2. to my mind, what i ate wednesday translates to what i ate ON wednesday. so i would take pictures on wednesday then post WIAW on thursday…ok, that’s confusing, i am obviously over-thinking things!

3. i would not want to open myself up to the criticism and scrutiny of posting every bite that goes into my mouth. snarkers are gonna snark, and it would not be fun to constantly receive comments that you eat too healthy, eat too many carbs, eat too much, eat too little, spend too much on food, get too many freebies…not my cup of tea. maybe i would think differently if i actually could make a living off of blogging?!

ok, so let’s move on to my version of WIAW

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or!…

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[i do not read jenn’s blog, peas and crayons, (jenn is the founder and host of WIAW) but i think i am supposed to link to her if i use the WIAW button??!]

1. haha, again – things work out as they’re meant to be, because i have a great foodie photo from last week wednesday! remember when dad and g’ma and i went to swiss chalet for lunch?!

here is my quarter chicken dinner, dark meat, with fries and a roll, dipping sauce, and perrier water

all right! i am thumping my chest in glee that i have at least one interesting pic for you!

2. here is a new-to-me product that i tried this week:

i pan-fried the tempeh then added it to my salad!

ok, i am seriously laughing so hard because i am trying to picture the look on dad and the brother’s faces if i ever presented them with this *bacon* – even i can say that this is NOT anywhere CLOSE to “real” bacon!!! this product is tempeh pre-cut into bacon-ish slices, that is all.

this tempeh bacon was ok – i do love tempeh, but in future, i will go back to just buying regular tempeh. the smoky maple flavoured marinade was not bad, but i do prefer plain tempeh.

3. here are four photos of items that are regular staples:

i like an appetizer of fresh veggies dipped in that blue cheese salad dressing

those cherry tomatoes were a gift from my neighbour who has a garden plot and has been blessed with a proliferance of baby toms this summer. they’re delicious! and the taste exactly like the little tomatoes my grandpa c grew in his garden when i was little. nature’s candy!

yogurt, frozen, with choco chips on top

i’ve shared this *exciting recipe* with you before: you plop your favourite regular yogurt in a freezer-friendly container, add on some choco chips, and freeze. defrost, then enjoy!

a nutrient-balanced snack!

this concoction is a brainwave i am proud of: take a scoop of pro powder, add just enough water to make an icing-like consistency, then spread your mixture onto apple quarters. this is one of my favourite quick ‘n’ easy snack options.

i MUST have cereal before bed! this was a great bowl – there are at least six types of cereal in this mix! and i always use that pottery bowl!

i do have a dilemma for which i need to find a solution: i NEED cereal before bed! how am i going to transport several nights’ worth of cereal to florida for disney?? cereal is a totally necessary part of my carb-loading routine! again, i am chuckling because i can just see me checking a whole suitcase of cereal and almond milk on my flight down south…i need to think on this some more. either i seriously DO just pack a sh!tload of cereal or i have five months to find a new evening carb that fuels me up…good thing i have some time!

ok – your turn! what’s one thing you ate yesterday and/or a new product you have tried and/or would you ever want to be a food blogger?? today mom and i are off on a shopping adventure and we will be partaking in food court offerings!

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the return of the may grocery challenge

happy first of may!

i don’t know about you, but for me, may kicks off the summer season. it is blissful to think about the upcoming four months of summery weather that lie ahead [september first = autumn, in my book, and we have to start thinking about the return of colder temps – ick].

last year this month, i conducted a personal grocery challenge. at that time, my goals for the thirty-one days of may were simply to track my grocery spending and use coupons/take advantage of sales. i wanted to get a grasp of where i was at – it was an eye-opening experience!

this year, i’m reinstating the grocery challenge, but with a twist. here is the theme for this month:

if it’s not on sale, i am not buying it.

and here are the rules and escape clauses details!

  1. i will only buy groceries that are at a specially reduced/temporary sale price.
  2. i can shop at any store. between valumart, zehrs, sobey’s, food basics, shoppers, bulk barn, the health food stores, etc. [yes, specialty stores do have sales! i scored a box of envirokids peanut butter panda puffs for $2, the other day, at eating well organically!] i have many easily accessible shopping options at my disposal, and it will be easy to hit any of these stores at pretty much any time.
  3. coffee and carbonated water are exempt. i need my diet coke substitute morning java and i need my bubbly. the good thing is that some brand of carb h2o is very often on sale somewhere. and i have a well-stocked pantry of instant coffee. [oh the irony….it is not lost on me how much money would be saved by drinking diet pop in lieu of water and coffee…eesh].
  4. i can mooch all i want. watch out mom and dad, sil ana – your cupboards may be ransacked – haha! free handouts are allowed.
  5. i am going to try to come in at under $400 total grocery spending for the month. for some of you, this may be a high amount, for some of you a low amount, it matters not, but according to my tracking, this is a feasible budget to aim for.
  6. if i end up spending less than $4oo, the extra money gets specially marked in my disney fund [so, for example, i can say, “this is the tshirt i bought with my may grocery challenge savings!”].
  7. money spent during coffee shop outings with friends is exempt because this falls under ‘”entertainment” in my budgeting system.

the hypotheses that i hope to prove:

  • you can eat healthfully while purchasing only sale priced goods
  • you can save a lot of money by reading store flyers and searching out sales
  • you can enjoy a wide variety of products even when only buying sale items
  • it’s ok to deviate from the norm: for example, i always use lite catalina dressing on my salad. what if it is not on sale and i have to try something else? that’s ok!
  • you can save a sh!tload of money by shopping this way. or will this theory backfire? will i see that x is on sale and buy it just because it is a deal??

this is going to be a fun – and funny? – experiment. the worst case scenario: luckily, cereal and milk are always on sale, somewhere!

i think i’ll do a once-a-week update for the month of may about the challenge….so, stay tuned!

bland/boring question: do you like grocery shopping? i do! dad does! mom does not!

nosey/prying question: how much do you spend on groceries a month, and do you think this is a lot or a little? it is probably a good thing that whole foods is not in my ‘hood (although we do have the indy vincenzo’s which is very similar) – i love that place and would have no control on spending, if given easy access to their products!

yogurt: it was greek

boy, do i wish today’s post was entitled YOGA: A BIKRAM NEW EXPERIENCE. i am so sad that i still have not made it to hot yoga. that was supposed to be a new experience last year, for heaven’s sakes!

instead, you are stuck with a yogurt review. lame, i know.

this is the yogurt:

i've had greek yogurt before, just not this brand

this is how i like to eat it:

frozen, with choco chips plopped on the top. see, i DO know how to cook! 😀

this is what i thought of this libertĂ© brand: it was fine. to be honest, i didn’t taste much difference between regular yogurt and this greek yogurt. i bought the greek because this brand delivers a whopping 18 g of protein per 3/4 cup serving. so healthy, so satisfying! (although, is there anything that does not taste delightful with the addition of chocolate chips?!).

this is funny: back on march 20th, the globe and mail taste-tested various greek yogurt brands which are available in canada. this libertĂ© 0% did not make the grade! i quote: “On taste and texture, we disqualified Quebec-based LibertĂ©’s 0 per cent (“Thin, lumpy, chalky”).”

ok, then! since i did not mind this yogurt (i repeat, the consistency was similar to non-greek types) at all, what does that say about my taste buds??! you can read the globe and mail article here, if you wish. [i had forgotten that libertĂ© was on the yuck list when i made my greek yogurt purchase – it was on sale, that was the motivating factor].

at this moment, i have a second greek yogurt just waiting to be taste-tested:

the latest and greatest??

we’ll see if there’s much of a difference!

what is your favourite type of yogurt? (this mundane question is perfectly fitting for a less-than-scintillating blog post). i like silhouette or president’s choice brands for regular, plain yogurt. i also quite like kefir which is like a really runny yogurt, if you have not tried it. question, bloggies: does chobani live up to the hype, in your opinion?

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YIPPEE!!

i finished the seed stitch baby blanket on monday (seven days ahead of *schedule,* i will remind you):

seven balls of yarn later...(the colour sequence is 1,2,3,4,3,2,1).

whew, that was quite the project! it is a one-of-a-kind because i do not anticipate ever again knitting a blanket entirely in seed stitch on 2 mm needles with sock yarn.

close up - i'm pleased with how the seed stitch pattern works well with the variegated yarn -> texture + colour!

and i will reiterate that i am banned from making any more baby blankets until i deplete my stash!

two new projects are on the go!…

salmon swimming

last evening, andrea and i met up at the princess twin to see this movie:

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here‘s the synopsis from the princess website!

here’s andrea and me!

ok, a bit of a miss on sandwiching the film title between us! oh well!

when i first had seen the movie poster outside the cinema building, my interest was captured by the fact that emily blunt and kristin scott thomas were main actors. i’ve admired kristin scott thomas since i first saw her in four weddings and a funeral [how can that film be from 1994, already?!], and i’ve been a fan of emily blunt since the devil wears prada.

andrea and i both loved this charming and delightful movie. it has all the ingredients of a winning film: breath-taking scenery; intrigue and drama; passion and sorrow; gentle humour and laugh-out-loud moments; questionable politics; take-home life lessons; skilled acting, and highly likeable characters. emily blunt (so pretty!), kristin scott thomas (so funny!) and ewan mcgregor (so endearing! – and, first movie i have seen him in) are each just wonderful in their respective roles. i can highly recommend this little gem! it earns a solid *** out of a possible **** stars in the kiki movie-rating system!

**eta: andrea and i were laughing because neither of us could remember the name of this movie, all week long…for today’s blog post title, i honestly thought i was giving you the first two words of the movie’s real title – i obviously thought wrong!

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i got me my aviators!!!

just in time - it was a sunny sunday!

i lucked out at smart set at conestoga mall yesterday, during my outing with mom (and thanks, mom, for the treat!). i wore them all around the rest of sunday (well, not in the movie). i think they will be my signature look for summer 2012!

next up: the peacock feather earrings!

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what actors draw you into seeing a movie? i also would see practically anything (except a war movie) featuring helen mirren, meryl streep, or julia roberts. i’ll leave men out of the equation, today – esp since it’s such (yawn) old news that i ♄ george clooney and tom cruise!

has there been a phase in your life where you have felt like a salmon swimming upstream? i’d say i more relate to feeling like a fish out of water – and that would date back to grades 7-11, roughly. i clearly remember feeling like a misfit, at times, and of being unsure how to act in a social group with my peers – just the typical teenage angst! can’t say i miss that life phase! i’ve never been one to aggressively buck the trend, so to speak, so that metaphor of swimming upstream doesn’t resonate with me all that much.

congratulations all you around the bay-ers!!

100 foods to eat before you die

my ottawa friend karen posted a link to this app on facebook. i don’t *do* apps because i don’t *get* them (you know me and my lack of techno intelligence), but i was intrigued by the title. so, a little googling found me the list…from someone who states she, too, doesn’t like apps! here is where i found the list, and here is the list!

you know me, i love quizzes and questionnaires, so i took the liberty of inserting my answers in blue and green.

100 Foods to Eat Before You Die (the non-app version)

[i’ve erased the original poster’s responses and inserted my own].

1. Venison – no
2. Nettle tea – no
3. Huevos rancheros- no, but i saw a recipe on a blog!
4. Steak tartare – no
5. Crocodile – for sure, no
6. Black pudding – i assume this is not chocolate?? no
7. Cheese fondue – yes! we had a fondue set when i was small! so 70s!
8. Carp – no
9. Borscht – yes! family heritage
10. Baba ghanoush – yes!
11. Calamari – no
12. Pho – no, but i know i want to try it.
13. PB&J sandwich – yes! [don’t you find it funny, too, that this is on the list?!]
14. Aloo gobi – i do not know what this is
15. Hot dog from a street cart – yes! this summer was the latest one!
16. Epoisses – qu’est-ce que c’est, exactement??
17. Black truffle – no
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – no. i dislike wine.
19. Steamed pork buns – no, but i bet sil ana’s mom could make me some!
20. Pistachio ice cream – no. i always take choco something for ice cream.
21. Heirloom tomatoes – i think not??
22. Fresh wild berries – yes!
23. Foie gras – no
24. Rice and beans – yes! have made myself, even!
25. Brawn, or head cheese – no, ew.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – no
27. Dulce de leche – no, but have heard raves
28. Oysters – yes! the brother and sil ana’s engagement party!
29. Baklava – questionable, so i have to say no.
30. Bagna cauda – i do not know what this is
31. Wasabi peas – no, but i want to
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – no, not the bowl part
33. Salted lassi – i do not know what this is
34. Sauerkraut – yes! when i was likely about five. ick.
35. Root beer float – yes!!! many, many as a kid!!
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – no!!!
37. Clotted cream tea – no
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot – no
39. Gumbo – no
40. Oxtail – no
41. Curried goat – no
42. Whole insects – no!
43. Phaal – i do not know what this is
44. Goat’s milk – does goat’s milk ice cream count?? no
45. Single malt whisky – no
46. Fugu – i do not know what this is
47. Chicken tikka masala – no, but would be willing to try!
48. Eel – no
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – yes! not as good as tim horton’s!
50. Sea urchin – no
51. Prickly pear – no
52. Umeboshi – say what?
53. Abalone – no
54. Paneer – no
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – no!
56. Spaetzle – no
57. Dirty gin martini – no
58. Beer above 8% ABV – no
59. Poutine – yes! and in quĂ©bec!
60. Carob chips – yes!
61. S’mores – yes yes!!
62. Sweetbreads – no
63. Kaolin – not sure what this is
64. Currywurst – no
65. Durian – no
66. Frogs’ legs – yes! grade 8 quebec trip! (tastes like chicken!)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – yes! cne in toronto!
68. Haggis – no
69. Fried plantain – not fried
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – no
71. Gazpacho – yes! marbles restaurant, waterloo!
72. Caviar and blini – no
73. Louche absinthe – no
74. Gjetost – i can’t even pronounce that!
75. Roadkill – heavens to betsy, no!
76. Baijiu – i do not know what this is
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – no – does a twinkie count, instead??!
78. Snail – no
79. Lapsang souchong – i do not know what this is
80. Bellini – no
81. Tom yum – no
82. Eggs Benedict – not my own order
83. Pocky – no but i DO know what this is!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – no
85. Kobe beef – no
86. Hare – no
87. Goulash – no
88. Flowers – no
89. Horse – thank goodness, no!
90. Criollo – i do not know what this is
91. Spam – i think no – maybe at grandma’s in goderich?? i say no.
92. Soft shell crab – yes! marco island, i do think.
93. Rose harissa – i do not know what this is
94. Catfish – no
95. Mole poblano – no
96. Bagel and lox – yes! chicoutimi, first evening i arrived!
97. Lobster Thermidor – no
98. Polenta – no
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – no
100. Snake – no

wow, what a diverse list, eh? who came up with this thing?!

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apparently, according to karen’s link, most people have tried less than twenty!

hmmm, sounds like “getting a score of 100” would be a good (if expensive) project to take on as a year-long challenge, eh?!

i hope you kept a tally of your answers, too!

what’s YOUR total? me =19! ah…so close to that 20 mark! where can i get that #99 coffee?!!

if you care to enlighten me on any item about which i am clueless, please feel free! i like to decrease my states of ignorance!