Monthly Archives: December 2010

Feline Frenzy

As you all know, I’m a dog person. Well, for the most part. I’m that annoying person who loudly goes “awwww” every time I see a dog on the street. But just because I constantly plaster my blog posts with cute pictures of dogs, doesn’t mean I don’t love their feline counterparts.

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I don’t warm up to cats as quickly as I do dogs. That’s because they require a little more coaxing. Unlike dogs, cats don’t immediately demand your love and attention. But once they get used to the idea of you, they can be sooooo sweet.

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Few things are cuter than a kitty pawing at your belly while purring loudly.

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And few things are funnier than a cat going nuts and jumping all over the place.

I got to hang out with the above Lennox and Simon while visiting with my bestest friend Meghan.

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Meghan and I were roommies in university and have been friends for almost 20 years now.

She’s studying science-y things in Halifax now. And apparently knows one of my blog readers! Hi Abby!!

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Don’t Meghan and I look like we’re related? We’re totally sisters from different mister (and mother, I suppose. But her mom is still my Second Mom).

After catching up with Meghan and the kitties, I swung over to my dad’s abode to hang out with him and the step-family.

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And look at what was there!! A baby Siamese my step-sis got for Christmas. SO CUTE.

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She slept for a long time, and then starting trying to climb up everyone once she awoke. I want. She’s just small enough to fit into a purse ;)

In other news, the final sister has arrived! I’m the baby of the family with two older sisters. The three of us are usually only together at Christmas.

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My sister Sara and I had just returned from a hot yoga class, hence the sweaty look. Tonight was Moksha style and it was just what the doctor ordered!

Alright, that’s all I got. Consider my kitty quota met ;)

 

Question of the Day: Would you classify yourself as a dog or a cat person?

Christmas Dinner, Redone

Woke up to some pretty yucky weather this morning.

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It called for one thing: pancakes.

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For some reason, you can only buy 28oz cans of pure pumpkin around here. So regardless of what you’re making, it always seems like you’re left with tons leftover.

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I’m kinda scared of pumpkin. The canned stuff seems so far removed from the actual vegetable itself. Creepy. But it does lend itself wonderfully to spiced desserts.

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Or, err, breakfast ;)

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I tripled Jenna’s recipe for Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes to serve the whole family, with a few modifications:

1 3/4 cup + 2 T whole wheat flour

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp ginger

1 1/2 cup milk

3 eggs

3 T brown sugar

3 T melted butter

1 cup canned pure pumpkin

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So fluffy. So spicy. It’s cold outside but ohsowarm in my belly.

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Dipped in my favourite E.D. Smith sugar-free syrup.

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Paired with a couple boiled eggs for my protein and healthy fats.

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Chased down with a couple mugs of Jumping Bean East Coast Roast.

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I don’t know what makes this roast East Coast though. It didn’t taste like Tim Horton’s!

Har har. Local humour.

The leftovers continued into lunch. I think I actually like eating up leftovers better than the dinner itself.

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My step-dad got a George Foreman grill for Christmas, so I christened it with a turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich.

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SO much better than the version I had at Starbucks. Why is stuffing only ever enjoyed over the holidays? I want it once a week pleaseandthankyou.

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Along with the last of the layered salad. I shed a slight tear with my final bite. One of the few salads that gets better with a couple days of sitting in the fridge.

I then proceeded to stay in my peejays until 4pm only to shower and change into yoga pants. Aahhh… I love the holidays.

 

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to use up pumpkin? Preferably ways that aren’t mushy and won’t make me gag. Thanks :)

Christmas 2010: The Food

Hope everyone’s Christmas was merry! Even if you’re not into the Christmas thing, hope your Saturday was at least stellar ;)

We’re missing a sister this year so it didn’t feel quite the same. But she’ll be here for New Years to party. Which in my opinion is way more important ;) Muhaha.

My mom and I were up early Christmas morning worrying about things we still had to prep for dinner. We got started right away while the others slept.

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Mom assembled her layered salad. Something my sisters and I request every year and is one of our favourites!

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A layer of iceberg, sweet peppers, celery, red onions, carrots, peas, mayo dressing, cheese and bacon. Peas may sound strange in a salad but it is SO DANG GOOD.

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Meanwhile, I was assembling The Wife Saver. Aka “savory bread pudding.” Called the wife saver because it can be made the night before and just thrown in the oven on Christmas morning.

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Much like this savoury bread pudding I made last month, but with the addition of spinach and green onion.

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Recipes for some of these dishes to come in a future post!

Mom also assembled a meat pie to add to our brunch line-up.

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Mom’s meat pies are a mix of chicken, pork and beef slow cooked in spices and put into a pie crust.

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My whole family makes meat pies every year for Christmas. As a kid, I always loaded them up with ketchup. But this year, I’m obsessed with the fancy relishes I keep finding in my mom’s fridge and pantry.

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We patiently waited for the step siblings to arrive to finish unwrapping presents. It was tough! ;)

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I asked for mostly camera stuff this year – including a Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens. I am in love with it already. I can’t stop snapping photos. I’ll do a post on the lens soon too!

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Other gifts included a Snuggie for my Nana, and a cute specialty apron for myself.

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Mom and I did quite a bit of food prep in advance so we wouldn’t have to spend all Christmas day in the kitchen. But we still had a couple hours where all four burners were going.

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And in this household, the booze is always flowing.

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I was DD so I stuck to a club soda with frozen raspberries. Deeelish!

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We added a new dish to our rotation this year and it was a total hit! Scalloped tomatoes. A mix of tomatoes, croutons, basil and cheese. Super simple and waaaay delicious. The flavours fit in well with the rest of the dishes.

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I insisted we have some roasted veggies on top of all the mashed ones. Sometimes I feel like I’m eating baby food on Christmas :P

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My plate!

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A bit of the tomatoes…

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Roast veggies…

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Mix of white & dark meat (later loaded with cranberry sauce) & stuffing…

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Lots and lots of layered salad.

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The annual Christmas table shot!

Last, but certainly not least, dessert!!

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I am so proud of this – a pumpkin roll! I thought for sure my family was going to end up with scrambled cake. Rolling up a sheet cake was a stressful affair. But it held up!

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And boyohboy, it was goooood. Very spicy with lots of cream cheese. Paired with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

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And a cup of decaf with a splash of eggnog (new addiction alert).

In all, a fabulous day filled with fabulous food and even better company. Best of all, is knowing I’m still here for another week!

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Fret not, recipes for some of these dishes to come! For now I’m hunkering down for the 30-40cm (12-15 inches) of snow we’re supposed to get tomorrow. Finally – the snow I’ve been wishing for!!

 

Question of the Day: What’s are the best things you ate over the holidays? Mine include pumpkin roll, scalloped tomatoes, meat pie and chocolate trifle. Ohmy!

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