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Cleaning up and Clearing up

Hiii!!!!

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I got my hair did!! Not sure if you can tell by the picture on the side, but my hair was getting looooong. I’m pretty sure the longest parts were midway down my back! I didn’t let it go on purpose. I got a trim before my graduation in May, then forgot all about it!! You can tell where my personal priorities lay – gym first, grooming second :P

I also picked up a medium mahogany brown colour to dye it as well. I’m naturally quite fair-haired, but it washes me out, so I darken it. Don’t worry, I’ll obnoxiously take pictures of that as well :P

On to the day at hand…

As you could probably tell from my post last night, I was not on the top of my game. Thus, no breakfast cookie was prepared before my drug-induced sleep. I slept almost solid because of my handy dandy Nyquil. Reading the news on the radio irritated my throat all morning, but I’m hopeful after another 8-hour coma + rest day tomorrow, I’ll be back to somewhat normal :)

Oh, yes, no breakfast cookie. Breakfast sandwich instead.

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Back in my pre-weight loss days, I used to eat a fried egg sandwich for breakfast almost every single day. Except, those old-school sandwiches were made with two whole eggs, thick-sliced old cheddar, huge pieces of “birdseed bread” and lotsa butter along the way. Today’s was dry, with one egg, and a pre-sliced piece of light cheddar. For the most part, I really enjoy my “new” foods. But I gotta admit, this did not live up to its former glory.

I chased it down with an orange, in case you were dying to know :P

I rushed through my early morning tasks so I could head to the farmers market before it got busy. I was there at 7am and it was still pitch dark out!! I think it was a little too early, as not all the vendors were set up. It was pretty slim pickings.

Got back and snacked.

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I really enjoy these caramel ReBars. 12g protein and 4 servings of fruit & veggies.

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I mean, they taste like they have four servings of fruit and veggies, but I genuinely enjoy it! Put chocolate and peanuts on anything and I’ll like it :)

Lunch was from the market. Dolma:

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Aka grape leaves stuffed with rice and a few surprise chickpeas.

Pita bread with hummus and tabbouleh.

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It was like a pizza! A very messy, garlicky pizza.

My afternoon snack featured more market goodies. Homemade smoked herring.

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On crackers with laughing cow. The lady I bought this from is known for her smoked salmon, but I bought the herring because it was cheaper. Ohmygodsooogoooood. It was the first time I ever had smoked fish that actually melted in my mouth. Definitely splurging on the salmon next time!

I partnered it with a small McCowan apple.

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The vendor told me it was “a very good eating apple.” Which I would have to agree with. Very crunchy inside and out with a nice hint of tartness. It reminded me a lot of a McIntosh.

Aaaaand a quick Google search just told me it’s the child of a McIntosh! Also known as a Macoun. I probably won’t be eating a lot of them though. I bought a big bag which is destined for apple sauce and other baking projects.

Then it was off to the mall to get my hair done. Dangerous location for a hairdresser, as I also did a little shopping after. I swear I really needed that purse and matching wallet!

If there’s one good thing about doing an 8-hour work day so early, is that it allows me plenty of time to prepare dinner after. I decided today was the perfect day to step up to Janetha’s kitchen clearing challenge. While I may not be moving, I do have tons of dried legumes and grains in my pantry that should really be used up. Personally, I prefer getting my grains from bread and oats, so I never feel inclined to cook them with dinner. Plus, I’ve somehow convinced myself that it takes tons of time, which it doesn’t!

Kitchen clearing dish #1: stuffed bell pepper.

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  • 1 package Yves Original veggie ground round
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 jar basil tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked with 1 cup water
  • 2 laughing cow cheese wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • parmesan cheese to garnish

Every single one of those ingredients, minus the cheeses, have been taking up room in my kitchen for-ever! Even the bell pepper, I bought a huge bag of them weeks ago!

Kitchen clearing dish #2: Dazzled carrots with pears and balsamic

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This dish was 100% inspired by Zesty Cook, whose original recipe can be found here.

I cut the recipe in half, using about 4 carrots and half a pear. I have a few pears in my fridge that are starting to look sad, so I knew this dish was a must when I saw it! I also didn’t use chicken stock because I don’t have any. Instead, I cooked the carrots in a little water, onion, garlic and parsely, then added the pears and balsamic until my tastebuds were happy. This was a stunning dish – I loved it!

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Overall, a delicious meal that I couldn’t even finish.

I would also like to add that the $25 I spent at the market today is the only money I’ve spent on groceries in over 10 days. I need to buy some essentials (*cough* yogurtandcottagecheese*cough*) soon, but I’m pretty pleased with myself. I spend soooo much money on food!

Time to wrap this giant post up with some questions:

1. What’s your favourite kind of apple? Honeycrisp, galas, and red/yellow delicious :)

2. How often do you get your hair done? I typically only get it cut/dyed every six months. I’m pretty sure that’s too long though! I always get a few horrified looks at the hairdresser :P

The Saturday Market

Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been workworkworking away. ‘Tis the tale of my weekends. But worry not, I’ll be livin’ up on my days off mid-week when all you normal folks are back at it ;)

Last night was my first “early night” in the new place. Ugh. Chris text messaged me and woke me up at 9:30, then the people upstairs started vacuuming at 10 pm. Needless to say, it was not awesome.

You may have heard me complain in the past about working every Saturday morning during our city’s Farmer’s Market hours. Well, a co-worker gave me the great idea of rearranging some of my work tasks in the morning to clear up time to go. Genius!

I really wish I’d taken pictures today, but I was too focused on getting food and back to work on time. So I present you with photos taken circa March 2008 for a photojournalism project I did on the vendors of the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market.

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That was fun actually! Brings me back to when I shot these photos. All super nice people. That old lady just warms my heart. Also, that juice man refused to stop juicing so I could take his picture. He was in “the zone” I guess…

Anyways, here’s my loot!

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  • Plums
  • Kale
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Blackberries
  • Purple potatoes
  • Zucchini
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  • Pita bread
  • Dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves)
  • Baba ghanoush
  • Smoked liverwurst

I actually went there with the goal of getting smoked salmon, but I came across this liverwurst and remembered loving it when I was a meat eater.

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Immediately brought me back to eating it on crusty bread when my family and I travelled around Germany and Western Europe. Yum!

The other items were bought at the Lebanese stand, which is always my favourite at any market. The baba ghanoush is the good stuff, made with eggplant and tahini, and not eggplant and mayo like many store bought varieties.

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Kinda like the eggplant’s version of hummus :)

I put many of my market goodies to use for dinner.

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Lets get a little closer, shall we?

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I stuffed a chicken breast with baba ghanoush and grilled it on my new George Foreman. Then I finally tried some of Kath’s kale chips. I tossed kale in a little olive oil, kosher salt and parmesan then baked at 350 F for about 15 minutes. They really did turn out crispy! Except, I accidentally over-salted, and didn’t end up eating them. I should have known better, I don’t like salty foods!

I did however eat these up, plus some :)

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I was pleased to find a few chickpeas in there! I dipped them in plain yogurt and went back and got the two extra ones since I didn’t eat my kale. Sosososo good. My dad used to buy Lebanese food at my hometown market., so I grew up loving this stuff. My mom always joked he was having an affair with the old lady who was Lebanese vendor :P

 

While not eating (or having power naps) I spent the day cleaning and unpacking. I didn’t realize how much I still have left to do, even though all the important items are unpacked. I started decorating too!

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This one’s for Janetha’s roommate who also loves elephants! That’s just a snippet of my elephant statue collection.

Some of my favourite art…

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I have a rule that I only hang prints of paintings I’ve seen. Impressionism is my favourite, so I’ve always gone out of my way to check out exhibits when they come here or when I’m travelling. I’ve got way more too, but you’ll have to wait until the official tour ;)

It’s no secret that I’m a messy person. So I want to work really hard to keep my new place clean. Health comes from many places, including the environment you live in. So want to surround myself with things I love and treat them well!

Question of the day: What are some of your favourite items in your home? Obviously, I choose my prints. But I also love having my instruments on display, music makes me happy!

And with that, it’s my bedtime. One of my neighbours is playing club music. Ugh. I may have to invest in earplugs…

Nightynight!

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