Cleaning up and Clearing up



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.


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.


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


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:


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

Pita bread with hummus and tabbouleh.


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

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


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.


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.


  • 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


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!


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

Posted on October 17, 2009, in Challenges, Fun and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Honeycrisp all the way! Have fun with the applesauce. I have a four pound box of apples I think might be destined for some as well tomorrow!

    Also, now we are almost hair twins. It looks great!

  2. I love your hair – it looks very sophisticated!

    I am trying to grow my hair out, so I haven’t been to the salon since February! I clip my own bangs and John trimmed up the back for me a couple times. (scary, but he did a good job). It’s almost annoying me now, so not sure if I am going to get it cut again or not.

    Those apples are called macoun, here. They are pretty good. My favorites are granny smith and macintosh, although pink ladies are quite good.

  3. I am so glad you loved the carrots and balsamic!! Royal Galas are by far my favorite!


  4. I love galas! I get my hair done not enough. Maybe every 6 months, sometimes longer though.

    Have you tried grilling the new breakfast sammie? I bet it would taste awesome that way. I’ve been doing grilled cheese for brekkie and I grill it in my waffle maker because I don’t have a panini press.

  5. i love gala and pink lady

  6. oh susan…your dinner looks soooo good! and i never would have put together carrots and pears, but that is genius.

    my fave apples: haralson, braeburn and honeycrisp.

    i am a 6 month kind of girl too, and yes i get some looks for that too :)

  7. Your hair looks super cute! I love your glasses too!

    Honeycrisps are my favorite apples.

    I don’t get my hair cut nearly as often as I should. Usually every 6 months or so. I hate going so I put it off as long as possible.

  8. YUMMMM your stuffed peppers look great. And I love dolmas. Delicious :-)

    1. Fuji apples all the way!
    2. I honestly only get it cut like once per year. It’s been over a year now – I really really desperately need it done!

  9. You look BEAUTIFUL! Well you always look beautiful but the haircut looks adorable!

    Those re-bars sound really good! I’m going to check them out.. thanks for the info!

  10. Your hair looks super cute! I really need to get my hair cut. All your food looks delicious! I love that sammie and the pita/pizza thing. Yum!

    1) pacific rose! honeycrisps are 2nd.

    2) definitely not as often as I should! Prob 3-5 months. lol!

  11. I get my hair cut + colored RELIGIOUSLY every 8 weeks. But now I am growing my hair out for the wedding so I do a trim every other color, so every 16 weeks. :D It’s my one vice. I used to get my eyebrows waxed every 4 weeks but stopped that to save some money. And in the summers, I usually get semi-regular pedicures but since I have a crap paying job now, that was also nixed this summer.

  12. Love the hair! I think my fave apple is pink lady or gala…I’m trying to get on the honeycrisp train but I think I’m not there. I mean they’re good but not OMG amazing like blog-land makes them seem. To me.

  13. When I was blonde, I had to get my hair (roots) done every 3-4 weeks! Now, I just get a trim and only every 8 weeks. In fact, I just got it done today! I save about $75 a month now!

  14. Your hair looks AWESOME! Sassy yet sophisticated ;)

    I used to get my hair trimmed every 6 weeks, but now it’s more like every 4 months ;) I am tryin gto grow it out long again.

    The dazzled carrots are lovely…out of a magazine or something. Great idea with the pears.

  15. Aw Susan, you look so purdy! I’m so sad our Farmer’s Market is over :( Way to go go on clearing the kitchen. I’m sure I’ll be working on some of that when D is out of town this week. He thinks any cooked grain except rice is very strange. xoxo

  16. Oh my goodness, I LOVE your new hair do! You look gorgy-gorg!!

    A very messy, garlicky pizza sounds and looks awesome! Greek food is the best! Thanks for the apple 411. My dad told me there are something like 700 different varieties of apples, crazy.

    I’m a gala girl and my hair gets done about twice a year sadly!

  17. i LOVE your hair! it looks so chic and healthy and sophisticated!

    mmm lovin the greek! never heard of that apple but if it is good for eating then it is good in my book! hooray for clearing the kitchen, those peppers look incredible. i am guilty of having 2 year old quinoa in my cupboard! i need to use it!

    fave apple, honeycrisp! hair did every 10 weeks!

  18. i love your hair :) you look so pretty !
    mm that bar sounds delicious!

    my favorite apple is honeycrisp. hands down – its like candy :)

  19. yeah egg and cheese used to be a standard deli order brekkie for me. i rarely get my hair done – sometimes i’ll be a hair model and get a cut for free but that’s like once a year. the other times i will go to supercuts for a cheap trim. my hair cooperates pretty well!

  20. I am jealous of EVERYTHING in that post, particularly the smoked fish (<3) and the dolmas (I realized how ridiculously delicious they can be when I had them in Greece, but am too lazy to make them myself and can't go back to canned).

  21. Just discovered your blog and I LOVE IT. :) Your are so cute and I love the new haircut. Definitely post pics of your new color.

  22. Ooooh, I love the new ‘do!

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