Too Many Awesome Things To Give This Post A Title!!!

Why hello there! Hope everyone got a great start to their weeks! My Monday actually went pretty well, all things considered. Had a good day at work, which will hopefully turn into a good week! However, spin class did not happen today, I showed up and the class was full! So I’m doing my own spin class in my living room tomorrow out of spite. It’s going to be a million times better. And fret not Brie, I’ll explain the trainer!

Aaaanyways! I have a bunch of exciting stuff to get to so I’ll keep the yummy food pictures to a minimum. First up: waffles!!!

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Who says waffles are just for Wednesdays? :P The usual ingredients were blended for the batter:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

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Torn up and eaten with my hands like a barbarian. Dipped in my favourite concoction – almond butter whisked with sugar-free maple syrup. Yes, sometimes, I eat sucrose.

Dinner was eaten in two courses! Started with a salad

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  • romaine lettuce
  • mushrooms
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • green pepper
  • olives
  • pickles
  • balsamic vinaigrette

The main course: leftover roasted zucchini, carrots + parsnip and mini turkey meatloaf!

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I actually intended to make a proper loaf-sized meatloaf, but I apparently don’t own a loaf pan. The downfall of relying on roommates for kitchen supplies then moving out on your own. I found a decent recipe here which I basically followed.

Ingredients

    2/3 cup old-fashioned oats (Quaker oats)
    1/3 cup milk (2% but other can be used) water
    3/4 pound ground turkey 1 pound ground turkey
    1/4 pound ground beef (the leaner the better)
    1/4 cup diced
    1/2 cup shredded carrots
    1/4 cup minced 1/2 cup shredded/chopped onions
    2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
    1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
    2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning oregano + parsley
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 teaspoon clove minced garlic
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup Heinz Ketchup 1/4 cup reduced-sugar ketchup

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Lightly mist a regular-size muffin pan with olive oil spray. Set aside.
In a medium or large mixing bowl, combine the oats and the milk and let stand for 3 minutes (or until the oats are slightly softened). Add the turkey and beef, carrots, onions, egg whites, mustard, Italian seasoning, Worcstershire sauce, garlic and salt. With clean hands or a fork, mix well. Scoop the mixture into the muffin pan, making level with the top of the pan. Spread the ketchup over the top. Should make exactly 9 muffins.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 180 degrees (I usually put back in for 5 minute increments until it reaches 180 degrees, which brings the total cook time to 40 minutes).
Number of Servings: 9

My only complaint is they were a little mushy which is entirely my fault. I shredded way too much carrot and onion because I’m a shredding machine. My stats on them are similar though – 128 calories, 5g fat, 152mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1g sugar, 1g fibre, 14g protein for each one. Wouldn’t make for a bad grab-n-go snack!

 

Okayokayokay. MY NEWS!!!! Click to play please! Turn your volume up :) (also, why does You Tube always pick the worst screen shot of my face?)

 

Sooo, if you missed it, not only is it my one year blogaversary, but I’m giving away a package containing each of the three Vega Vibrancy flavours!!

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In order to make it fair to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, I’m going to keep it simple. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, January 15. Pretty easy, eh?

My other big news is that my favourite Everythingtarian, Holly, and I are taking a bloggie vacation – and you’re invited!!  

We’re planning a trip to Banff, Alberta, Canada in June. We’ll be eating, hiking, biking, and adventuring our way through one of this continent’s most beautiful areas.

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Photo courtesy my mom, who says Banff is one of her favourite places on earth :D

If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, or at least part of the fun, e-mail myself at thegreatbalancing@gmail.com or Holly at healthyeverythingtarian@gmail.com. It’s going to be mind-blowingly awesome. I am SO excited!!!

 

Okay, that’s enough excitement for me, I’m about ready to bust :P On a sappier note, I just want to reiterate how much fun this past year of blogging has been for me. I started it as a way to track my progress to a fitness goal, and enriched my life in ways I never thought possible in the process. Most of all, I’ve met amazing people. Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the interwebs (almost) everyday. Blogging is often one of my favourite parts of the day, and I’m one helluva lucky gal to get to do it :D

 

Question of the Day: Well?? Do you want free stuff or not!?

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Posted on January 11, 2010, in Fun, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 66 Comments.

  1. Banff is almost my favourite place on earth…my favourite place is just down the road: Canmore! I’d love to win some bars.

    Congrats on your blogiversary!

  2. Happy blogiversary! You are too cute- I love your accent! I also love the scholarly background- we share the same taste in books (I love me some HP and Twilight).

    I’m a fairly new reader but I can honestly say you write one of my favorite blogs- very “real” and down to earth. Congrats again on your one year!

  3. I’m totally trying the waffles – strange combo that I think I’ll love. Glad you had a good Monday!

  4. I love your video posts! You have such an awesome accent. I’m from New Zealand and we really love canadians (not being a kiss ass or anything ;) )

    I am a non-blogger but reading through all of these awesome food blogs makes me want to start one one day. Perhaps when I’ve finished uni!

    Congrats on the 1 year of awesome blogging!

  5. I’ll have to watch the video tomorrow from my other computer…but until then…

    Gimme some free stuff!! :)

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!

  6. Happy blogiversary! That is SO cool about the vacation. Sounds like a blast!

  7. Yes, I’d love the bars! Your vid was great and so is your blog. Getting some great recipes! Thank you!

  8. Happy Blog-Anniversary!! I love you and your blog!!

  9. happy blogiversary!!!! i would LOVE to try these bars – i’ve never had one before but they look wholesome and tasty

  10. Happy Blog-a-versary! Woohoo!

  11. happy 1 year blog anniversary my dear susan! i LOVE your canadian accent and cant wait to hear it for a week straight in BANFF!!!!!!!! the emails are already coming into join us, and i LOVE it!

    okay, we need to chat soon to do more planning of course! love ya!

  12. Woohoo!!!! Congratulations on an awesome year of blogging!!!!!!

    And dude!!!!!! I live in the BC Rockies – not super close to Banff but definitely driving distance away!!!!!!!!!!! I’d have to check my work schedule but I could join you for at least a couple of days!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Yay for blogiversaries!

    yay for fun healthy treats!

    Yay for bloggie trips! Unfort, I’ll be honeymooning in Mexico in June. ;) I’m sure Jodus wouldn’t mind if you joined us there instead!! haha…

  14. Is there a deadline to join that? I wish I can! I really wanna join you guys! What an adventure! OMG!

    And sorry, I couldn’t see your video…the roommate is snoring beside me and I can’t wake her up since I disturbed her sleep this morning with my alarm clock…

    But! CONGRATS on the one-year blogoversary! I’m so happy you entered the blog world, Susan! Love your blog, but love you more!!

    Keep us posted on the June trip!

  15. Happy 1 year of blogging! I love the idea, but I think you should switch the locale to San Diego…just sayin…really though, I’m SO excited for you! What a fun trip.

  16. I wishi could go on that vacation! I have always wanted to see Canada! I have hears about those bars and would love to try them! Congrats on your blogoversairy!

  17. Happy Bloggiversary!! I love the video. You are beautiful. What do you use on your skin ? (if you don’t mind my asking)

    • Aww, thanks Jenna! My skin actually isn’t all that great at the moment – but I’ve been using Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer stick. It works wonders! The usual routine though involves Spectro Gel, Clean & Clear astringent and Cetaphil cream. Most importantly anti-wrinkle cream for under the eyes cause you can never start too young ;)

  18. Happy Bloggiversary!! I love your accent :D

  19. How exciting for you and Holly! I’m sure it will be a blast. I’ve loved your blog the past year, keep it coming! And yes I like free stuff! ALOT!

  20. OMG! hahaha i had mini turkey meatloaf tonight!!!! that is so funny.

    WOOOOO i love the video! do it more often. youre so cute and i love your accent. pick me ;)

    annnnd i am jealous of your adventure to come :( i wonder if i could figure out how to get into canada before then? i would not even hesitate to come. maybe i will call the embassy this week. im not even lying… shit i want to come.

    HAPPY 1 YEAR MY DEAR! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

  21. Happy Anniversary!! My son lived in Canmore and now lives in Edmonton :) Beautiful province!! Have never tried Vega bars but would love to try them!

  22. Hi Susan, congrats on your 1 yr bloggiversary!!! how awesome!!!! I thought you were more about 6 mos, had no idea you’d been in this game a year :) Congrats!

    Enter me for the Vega’s. Please :)

    And the trip w/ Holly. As I said on her blog, if i didnt have a child to think of, i’d be so down with a trip w/ your hotties, ilke no holds barred and we would be livin large and in charge. But, i need to bow out on account of mommy duties.

    Anyway though hon, happy 1 yr!

  23. Happy anniversary, Susan! So excited for you.. and for that meatloaf :) I can’t wait to give those a go. I’ll probably throw in the extra carrot & onion as well, since a dry meatloaf is a very unhappy meatloaf.

    And, duh, who doesn’t like free stuff?!

  24. happy blog anniversary!!
    LOVE free stuff!!
    great waffle recipe girl! and meatloaf!!

  25. Oh my godness! I adore Banff! My boyfriend lives out in Calgary, and that’s definitely our go-to getaway spot.

  26. CONGRATS! YAY for blog anniversary celebrations! That trip looks wonderful. You’ve accomplished so much this past year. You should truly be proud of yourself!

    Nicole G

  27. Sweet! I live in Calgary, so I’m really close to Banff. Depending on my schedule (I have some races in June) I’d love to meet up with you. I’ve never met any bloggers before and I know my way around Banff pretty well so I can try to be a tour guide :)

  28. I want free stuff! Would love to try the vega bars!

  29. Gah!!!! Happy Blogiversary! Happy Canada Trip! I am sooooooo jealous! I am emailing you two! xoxoox

  30. Happy Blogiversary! I’m happy that I stumbled across your blog this year – it’s one of my faves!

  31. Happy belated Blogiversary!!!!!!!!! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year. I think I found your blog around March time. Last year went fast!

    OMG… The trip sounds insanely awesome. I want to come! I am planning a trip to NY in the summer…*going to google flights from NYC to Banff*

  32. Happy Blogging Anniversary!!

    So excited you are coming to Banff!! I live in Calgary, so I’m super close to Banff :)

  33. I can’t watch video at work! :( I’ll catch it when I get home though! Happy Blogiversary! That trip sounds awesome, wish I wasn’t so far away!

  34. Happy Anni. That’s so cool. It’s been such a pleasure to have found you. You’re real, honest, down to earth and a fab person. I am so excited to see you continue to grow…

  35. yay! It’s been a year!! I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it.

  36. Hi Susan, my first time commenting on your blog, but I’ve been reading it for 9 months now. I love it. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! You inspire me!

  37. You have SUCH a great broadcasting voice :)

    Happy Blogaversary, Susan! I really love your blog and consider you one of my most awesome bloggie friends. I feel like we go “way back” in blog-terms ;)

    How wonderful about the vacation! Wish I could go. PLEASE let me know if you ever visit CA :)

  38. Happy Blogiversary!! I just started reading your blog about a month ago, and I have to say – I’m totally addicted! You are definitely one of my favorites! I haven’t gotten up the guts to start writing myself, but that probably will change sometime in (hopefully) near future.

    Anyway, keep up the amazing posts!

  39. I might be interested, Banff is only a 5-6 hour drive from me. It’s SO beautiful there, what a great trip idea!

  40. Happy Blogiversary! I remember finding you on foodbuzz when you first started your blog! How far it has come since then – and how far *you* have come! I look forward to all of your posts to come :D

    I wish I could go on that trip. Sounds absolutely phenomenal.

  41. Happy BlogVersary- that is so exciting.

    Yes I can totally see that you had training in front of the camera and I love the scholarly librarian shot! :-)

    I’ve never had those bars, so sure, why the heck not enter moi!

    As you know I heart banff but with many other travels already scheduled this yr not too sure if it would be in the cards for summer, but never say never, right!!?

    Hope you celebrate with a nice meal and NO wine (know that you hate that stuff! :-) )

  42. Yay happy blogaversary! I keep seeing those bars about the blog world and I have to say they sound very tasty!

    Your holiday sounds like so much fun x x

  43. Omg those turkey muffins are such a great idea! Have never heard about them before! I just saw them on janeethas blog! Look fab!
    Jenna

  44. Happy Belated Blogiversary!

    Umm, I don’t think you have an accent. ;)

  45. Thank you for thinking of us less-inspired non-bloggers! would love to try all three of those flavors!

  46. This is my entry into the giveaway AND to say keep me posted on the blog get together! I might be interested!! :)

  47. That’s so cute that people think you have an accent – that must mean I do too :-)

    I guess everyone does actually.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  48. Enter me in your contest, please! And have fun on your trip :) The picture is really lovely!

  49. oooo I love free stuff! duhh

  50. Congrats!!
    Enjoy Banff, it’s beeeautiful! Being from Halifax, I think it’s hilarious that people say you have an accent!!! too funnnnnny! ;)

  51. Happy Anniversary! I read about your trip with Holly on her blog, and I wish I could go so darn bad!

  52. Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for the last couple of weeks (I somehow discovered you in the comments of another blog that I found while reading a food website that I love) and I absolutely adore it. You are such an inspiration to me. I would love to be able to do a triathlon or a half marathon, like you did. IAlso, I love that you are Canadian, like me. I live right near Banff, so I would love to go hiking or do whatever you all are doing when you come out here, even though you have no idea who I am. :P

  53. Thanks for the great recipe – and happy blogging anniversary!

  54. I haven’t had waffles in ages, but that is the perfect healthy recipe to incorporate them back in :) .. And of course, Happy Blogiversary!

  55. Happy 1 year Susan!! that is crazy! I’m so glad you’re my bloggie friend.. soo, so glad. :)

    And I already told Holly that as much as I’d probably take a whole week off of school to come do this with you guys (eff culinary school for being year round) the 2 day trip itself (or pricey plain tickets) is prob gonna be too much for me. (But just wanted to let you know I may just e-mail you anyways, because I’m the type of person, if I want to do something, I MAKE IT HAPPEN.)

    And alsoo, I’m pretty much obsessed with your turkey load muffin recipes. I make turkey loaf ALL THE TIME. Soo yummy!

  56. Happy 1 year Susan!! that is crazy! I’m so glad you’re my bloggie friend.. soo, so glad. :)

    And I already told Holly that as much as I’d probably take a whole week off of school to come do this with you guys (eff culinary school for being year round) the 2 day trip itself (or pricey plain tickets) is prob gonna be too much for me. (But just wanted to let you know I may just e-mail you anyways, because I’m the type of person, if I want to do something, I MAKE IT HAPPEN.)

    And alsoo, I’m pretty much obsessed with your turkey loaf muffin recipes. I make turkey loaf ALL THE TIME. Soo yummy!

  57. oh damn. i just commented twice. i hope that doesn’t screw up the odds for winning your giveaway.. hehe

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