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Fresh Monday

Even though my Saturdays feel like Tuesdays and my Wednesdays feel like Sundays, I can still relish the “tabula rasa” feeling of the start of a new week.  I thought to commemorate this freshness, I should take a photo of everything I eat so as to motivate myself not to eat half a jar of MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Peanut spread.  Let’s see if my theory works.

For Breakfast, I had some vanilla yogurt with blueberries and walnuts…

Along with a slice of plain no-knead bread I baked yesterday with cherry jam.

I am trying to figure out how much it costs to bake a loaf of no-knead bread.  A 2.5 kg bag of all-purpose flour is about $3.50.  The Internet tells me that there are 20 cups of flour in a bag, and if the bread recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, there is $0.53 worth of flour in a loaf.  With 1/4 teaspoon of yeast and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, along with the energy needed to heat the oven at 450F for 45 minutes, I am going to say it costs about 85 cents to bake a loaf of this amazing bread.  A lot cheaper than the $4 or so this would cost from a bakery, plus no added benefit of a house that smells like a bakery!  In conclusion, the frugal life is the good life.

For lunch, I had a green salad with some leftover bean salad on top!  This salad was made exponentially better by the fact it included avocado.  It was made exponentially more complicated in that I was wearing Henry who refused to let me sit down, thus I had to eat it while standing up and trying not to drop salad dressing on his head (Which I did anyway).

Along with a plain old smoothie!  Since I used my spinach in my salad, I just had a smoothie made with:

1 cup of almond milk

4 large frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

It was nice to have a smoothie that didn’t look like sludge

I plan on having leftover lasagna, bean salad, steamed vegetables, and a whole wheat bun for dinner.  Possibly a spoonful of crack, i.e. chocolate peanut butter, for dessert.  I would try taking a picture but a certain someone keeps me pretty busy in the evening hours so I doubt I’ll be online.

He recently discovered the fact that he has hands!  Very exciting in the F ‘n’ F household!

There is also that Heavy show on A&E tonight.  Watching TV involving morbidly obese people always helps keep my snacking habits in check.

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Since the New Year, I’ve been diligently keeping track of my budget and have been saving quite a bit.  I give myself $80 a week for miscellaneous purposes, and have proudly amassed $316.  We’ve been wanting to get extra insulation put into our attic to save on heating and cooling costs, plus we will get some money back from the government because of an energy audit we had done last year.  The cost to have the insulation put in?  $850.  Split between the two of us, that’s $425 (I am so good with math eh?).  So my awesome $316 is already spent, plus I am in the hole $109 (told you I was good with math).  Luckily I’ve got plenty of savings, but still.  Adulthood is the pits!  I want to blow my money on candy bars and skip-its instead!

On the plus side, being an adult means I get to have cats and babies.  Even better, I get a cat who thinks he’s a baby!

One diaper I won’t be changing anytime soon

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January 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm 10 comments

Leftovers

As you know, I am a huge fan of the resolution-making process and love to read about others’, but by January 3rd I am sick of hearing about it.  Anyway, they say that most people break their resolutions by the beginning of March.  If my resolution is to fail and I have done nothing but succeed, does this make my resolution a failure?

(Ooh, thought-provoking.)

Now that the holidays are over, life has returned to normal.  Since I am currently a stay-at-home-mom, this only means that I’ve put away the Christmas decorations and anxiously await the return of my favourite television shows.  That is about the only difference.

For kicks, I’ve given myself the goal today to eat three square meals a day with no snacking in between.  I honesty don’t think I have ever done this before!  It has been a lifetime of snacking, let me tell you.

So far, so good.  I have reserved the right to have dessert at 7:30 tonight (there is ice cream cake in the freezer!).  For breakfast, I had a bowl of rice chex with all-bran, topped with plain non-fat yogurt, a sliced banana and some berries, and a spoonful of almond butter.  For lunch, I had a giant garden salad with a goat cheese medallion and a GIANT hard-boiled egg.  For dinner, I had leftovers!

Baked pasta, broccoli salad, and chick pea salad

With a small bowl of fruit.

All together now.

I love leftovers.  You get a little bit of this, a little bit of that, you don’t have to cook and it’s frugal (especially when the food was purchased by your in-laws!).

Speaking of my in-laws – and to totally go off-topic but it’s my blog so I will! – they won $3000 in the lotto today and they are giving us $500.  Score!  We are setting it aside for our vacation fund so that we can go somewhere cool with Henry this summer.  So not only do they bring us broccoli salad, but they give us their lotto winnings.  I married into the right family, of this I am sure.

I took these photos with my camera rather than my iPhone and I can really tell a difference.  It’s a bit more work to upload (download?) the photos to the computer, but I think it’s worth it.  The pictures are much more clear.  It’s tough enough taking pictures of food in the early, dark evenings.  I might as well use all the help I can get if I want my blog hits to increase to Dooce-like proportions (yeah right!).

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Ok, the rest of this blog post is probably only of interest to the Canadian readers, or those non-Canadians with access to CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Not since the days of Anne of Green Gables have I been excited for a show on CBC!  Have you heard of Village On a Diet?  It’s a reality show about a village in British Columbia trying to lose weight all together.  I think it will be like a more quaint, more Canadian The Biggest Loser.

“So how’s about this calorie counting, eh?”.

“Don’t know what to order at Timmies now that I can’t have my Iced Cap and fritter”.

“This Canadian bacon sandwich is just no good without the Canadian bacon”.

/cultural stereotyping

Anyway, I am excited to watch it and I think Henry is, too.

Soon to be starring in The Biggest Cutie Pie

January 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm 2 comments

Flava Flaaaaaav

To welcome the first day of the new year, I spent it watching five consecutive episodes of his old reality television show, the one where everyone is given a nickname like “Smiley” or “Hottie” and these women compete for the affections of a man who wears a giant clock around his neck.  Some interesting tidbits that came out of watching five consecutive episodes of Flava Flav’s reality show:

1.  Flava Flav is now in contention for being Henry’s Halloween costume in October.  Viking hat, clock around the neck — Just think of the hilarity.

2.  I am really glad I have never been on a reality dating show, especially one in which the prize is a set of gold teeth.

3.  Due to a post I made sometime this summer that mentions Flava Flav, I have received so many blog hits from people who have made searches for him.  I can just imagine their disappointment when trying to find something Flava Flav-related, only to stumble upon this blog full of quinoa recipes.

At least I got to watch Flava Flav with this cat on my lap!

His name is Kitty.  Don’t you forget it.

While my friend, Sarah, occupied someone else on her lap…

She managed to get him to fall asleep in this position!  If there is one thing I have learned, it is NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY, so even though her legs were getting sore and tingly, I pretty much demanded she stay in this position until he woke up.  Am I a great friend or what?  In my defense, I was heavily invested in the antics of Flava Flav and did not want Henry’s cries to disturb my viewing of the spit fest between “Pumkin” (No P!) and “New York”.

Mother of the Year, I am.

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Today we’re having Husband’s family over for dinner so I better get crack-a-lackin’.  Have a great second day of the year!

January 2, 2011 at 10:57 am 4 comments

Books I took(s)

Greetings from this side of Christmas 2010!  I hope that yours was an enjoyable one.  Mine involved a sick baby and a sick self, but was still an enjoyable time regardless.  One thing I have learned this Christmas is that now that I have a child, Christmas is no longer about me.  Huh, who woulda thunk?  I didn’t realize how relaxing Christmas was until now, when it no longer is.  But I am not complaining even though that’s exactly what it looks like!  I am just grateful to have a (relatively) healthy baby boy, family and friends with whom to spend it, and a giant pile of gifts all for me me me me me 🙂

I won’t bore you with tales of what I specifically received, but I will tell you about the books!  I LOVE to read, but having a wee babe 24/7 doesn’t leave much time for perusing the ol’ library looking for the next Curtis Sittenfeld or Alice Munro.  A couple of weeks ago, I actually checked out six books from the library and was excited to stimulate that part of my brain again, only to have read through a mere half of one of the books!  Piddly!  And I call myself an English Major?!  Unacceptable!

So I am very happy to have received five books this Christmas.  There is no due date so I can take my time with them.  At this rate, my goal is to complete them by the end of the year.  Way to aim low, Robyn!

Books I received for your voyeuristic information:

1.  Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi

I love biographies, especially autobiographies.  I was disappointed to see there is no glossy section in the middle full of pictures of her.  However, I guess a book about struggling with anorexia and self-image doesn’t really benefit from readers staring at pictures of her during this difficult time, eh?

2.  My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

I’ve always found Russell Brand funny, but it wasn’t until I saw him on Conan about a month ago that I realized how intelligent this guy really is.  What a wordsmith!  (Note: I have never referred to anyone as a wordsmith EVER, so this really counts for something).  Since his life is pretty much the polar opposite of mine, I was interested in reading this and mentioned it to Husband in passing.  Well, he remembered and got me this!  I am already 1/4 through.  Given my recent track record, this is noteworthy and deserving of many accolades.

3.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

This tome is about as highbrow as I get these days.  I had this in my library queue but after seeing him on Oprah and hearing some of the glowing reviews, I figured I should own this one.  Plus, since it is so large, there is no way I could finish it within the three weeks permitted by the library.  I am hoping that once I read this, I will be ready to read heavier works that I don’t just hear about on Conan or Oprah (where, in fact, I heard about all three of these books!  Oh my).

4.  Quinoa 365

Every recipe calls for quinoa!  I am really excited to try some of these out, especially since I have two Costco-sized bags of quinoa in my possession.  Many call for quinoa flour, which gets me a bit less excited (I imagine quinoa flour is $$$).  However, I have a $50 gift card to Bulk Barn as well, so perhaps all of my culinary aspirations can come true in 2011.  Let’s hope.

5.  Muffin Mania

As the title suggests, this one just has muffin recipes.  It was originally printed in the early 1980s by a local printer and looks like something assembled in your neighbor’s basement.  It was so popular, however, that this edition was reprinted in 2008 or thereabouts.  It has about 60 different muffin recipes, including a chocolate cheesecake recipe and a “muffin that tastes like a donut” recipe.  All of the recipes are very easy and call for basic ingredients, so I thought I could challenge myself to try every recipe in 2011, like a Julie and Julia project!  Then sanity returned as I figured that baking 60 different types of muffins would turn me off muffins forever.  I’ve already tried the pumpkin recipe with success!  I am itching to bake a muffin that tastes like a donut.  I am a self-proclaimed Fritter Fiend, after all.

So there you have it.  Two biographies, two cookbooks, and one work of fiction.  Hopefully these keep me occupied and out of trouble until 2012!

December 28, 2010 at 9:42 am 12 comments

Five Confessions

1.  We have donuts in the house.  I thought “I would really like a donut for breakfast”, but instead I was “good” and had a bowl of cereal.  And then 10 minutes later I ate the donut anyway.  Now I feel full and sick.  After 29 years, you would think I could have predicted this result!

Source of picture

2.  I wish we bought our new bed before having Henry, because I would really, really, really love to have 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep on such a comfortable mattress.  Like, really.

3.  I feel a great deal of schadenfreude for all the poor saps who have to go to work on this cold and snowy Monday morning.  I knew I had a baby for a reason! <–Joking!

My front lawn (Stalkers, please ignore)

4.  I have 11 months of maternity leave left but I am already worrying about child care/work come November 2011.

5.  I like Sarah Palin’s Alaska much more than I am willing to admit.

 

December 6, 2010 at 9:59 am 5 comments

Cake. I like cake.

Yikes, I’m late with posting my lunch!  Work got in my way, as did the eating of cake.  Priorities people!

For a morning snack, I had some cottage cheese.  Delicious!  I should bring the ol’ CC more often.

For lunch, I had more pasta salad.  I really like this make-shift pasta salad.  I should do make-shift things more often.

Since my coworker is leaving (and I am temporarily getting her job starting next week!) we had a little good-bye party in the office.  This meant I ate a slice of chocolate cake.  It was delicious.  It went unpictured, because I am not keen on taking photos of my food in front of coworkers.

Don’t know what’s for dinner tonight, but I will try to contain my ingestion of cookie dough ice cream.  With it in the house, though, I make no promises.

Really, I am most excited about Big Brother!  I wonder if Andrew’s lackluster speech had any affect on the house guests?

July 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm 6 comments

Another Sunday

It has been a very relaxing, lazy sort of day in which I watched not one but TWO episodes of Jersey Shore.  I also showered at 3 pm, if that gives you any idea of how the day has been scheduled!

For breakfast, I had Breakfast Quinoa.  This time, it cooked up a lot faster and absorbed most of the milk.  I added the blueberries, sugar and cinnamon in while it was still cooking.  Excellent!

For a snack, I had some watermelon.  It was very juicy and ripe.  So far, today’s food has been stellar!

For lunch, two slices of reheated pizza.  This was a white pizza with basil, bruschetta, black olives, and goat cheese!

I have really not been eating enough coconut butter, so I decided to toast an english muffin and spread one side with peanut butter and the other with coconut butter for an afternoon snack.  To say I licked the butter knife clean is an understatement.  I don’t believe there was a molecule of coconut butter left anywhere in the vicinity.

I had it with a sliced peach.  I am on strike from taking pictures of whole peaches, not sliced 🙂

Because of my carb-heavy day(s), I decided to keep it light with a gigantic salad for dinner.  You would think that my weekday salads for lunch would make me not want to have one for dinner, but spinach is nature’s elixir, didn’t you hear?

There is so much going on with this salad, I’m afraid I will have trouble remembering!

I started with my usual salad fixings of:

  • Baby spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Mushroom
  • Tomato
  • Red pepper
  • Summer squash
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Feta cheese

But then I added corn and green beans that I had boiled for about five minutes.  The corn is straight from my husband’s hometown.  It is a bit sacrilegious to not have that first cob of corn slathered in butter, salt and pepper, but I really wanted it on top of my salad.  The green beans were grown in my in-laws garden.  Who needs a CSA when one has relatives with green thumbs, right?

I dressed this salad in my own concoction of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, and ground black pepper.  It was perfect!  I would gladly eat this salad every day in August while corn is fresh.

For dessert, I had a slice of almond coffee cake.  The texture of this dessert is more pastry than cake, therefore making it infinitely tastier and harder to resist.

I think that I am done eating for the day, but lately there has been no predicting when the hunger beast strikes.  I know that the wee babe is mostly just packing on the pounds now, which may explain my ever-growing appetite, but who knows?

Big Brother is on tonight and I still don’t know who won HoH.  Never been have I avoided online spoilers and exercised such restraint!

July 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm 4 comments

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