Getting To Know You

Happy Waffle Wednesday!!!

Yup! I ate that whole stack :)

Fear not, for they are Van’s Mini Waffles. 

This is the other kind of waffle I chose to buy with the free coupons the company sent me. I love mini foods (mini bagels also come to mind).



Nutritionals aren’t as great as the gluten-free Apple Cinnamon waffles, but they are mini, so I will cut them some slack.

I had my pile o’ waffles dipped into a syrup/almond butter mix and a side of egg whites for protein.

Thoughts on the waffles? They were sweet! I felt like I was eating little waffle cookies! If you like dessert for breakfast, then they’re the one for you.

I ate this while reading the responses on my last post on muscle toning shoes. Some great thoughts were shared! Just a snippet:

Lori (Finding Radiance)

Those shoes. First off, I despise the word “toning”. Ugh! And, they are just another gimmick to get people to think they can be exercise-free and get in shape. However, if they actually get people to put them on and move about, it’s better than nothing.

Fattie Fatterton

I’m so glad that you wrote about those shoes. It proves again that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Madeline – Greens and Jeans

My mom had a pair of MBTs when they first came out and she thinks they helped her posture, but that’s about it!

Kelly @ Kelly B Well

I actually participate in a Reebok ‘new products’ forum to test the water. They recently sent me a pair of these goofy shoes to try.
I agree with everything you’ve stated above. I am supposed to wear them for 3 months, and I can’t stand them. It feels like ‘corrective shoes’ for being pigeon-toed, or something, but…worse than that.
They’re uncomfortable, and they don’t do anything.
There are no shortcuts to fitness and health.

Good reading!! Thanks for all the feedback!

After breakfast, I drove 20 minutes to the other side of town (okay, technically, a different municipality) just to go to a spin class. It’s a really nice gym – worth the drive!

I do not like those particular Star Trac spin bikes though.

The class was great! It was only 40 minutes long, and the instructor chose music I actually enjoy and would listen to outside of class. Because it was shorter than I’m used to, I went straight across to the gym’s yoga studio for a 60 minute yoga class. Very strange to go from a high-energy spin class to a very mild and gentle yoga class. It was very easy and more about the breathing, still fun though!

Busted through the door once I got home because I was staaaarving. Started throwing ingredients into a frying and pan and ended up with this:


I did however stop to snap photos of the funny looking veggies as I chopped them up.

Long red pepper.

And a baby carrot with a core??


It was like a chopstick in the centre of my carrot. Weird.

Anyways, back to the stir-fry at hand.

Other notable veggies included celery, broccoli, mushrooms and collard greens. Protein was two scrambled eggs, flavoured with feta cheese and hummus.

Oh yeah, and bacon. Bacon makes everything better ;) Hit. The. Spot.

Polished off with a Newfoundland chocolate.


Milk chocolate. With something in the centre – marzipan? Whatever, it was good.

Oh, and there may have been a few sugar-free Mr. Freezes today.

And by a few, I mean four.

I was struck with inspiration this afternoon while reading Naomi’s blog. She made Dreena Burton’s Super Charge Me Cookies.  I’ve been hearing how amazing these cookies are for what feels like years now, and I still haven’t tried them! I glanced at the ingredients and saw my mom had them all on hand. Score! It was finally time to get baking :)


1 cup quick oats rolled oats
2/3 cup spelt flour whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp (rounded) sea salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 –1/3 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit
3–4 tbsp carob or chocolate chips (optional; or use more dried fruit, nuts, or seeds)
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup flax meal (not flax seed)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp almond butter (may use cashew, peanut, hemp seed butter)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp organic canola oil

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, coconut, raisins, and carob or chocolate chips, sift in baking powder, and stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine flax meal, syrup, almond butter, and vanilla and stir until well combined. Stir in oil. Add wet mixture to dry, and stir until just well combined (do not overmix). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon batter onto baking sheet evenly space apart, and lightly flatten. Bake for 13 minutes (no longer, or they will dry out). Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.

The recipe says 11-12 cookies, but I got 18 decent-sized ones out of the mix,

I licked the bowl clean – baker’s rights!!

I didn’t think the cookies looked quite done after 13 minutes, but I trusted the recipe. Plus, being vegan, there were no raw eggs that needed to cook anyways.

Sure enough, they came out perfectly!

I was going to save one for after dinner, but my mom suggested having one for an appetizer. Who am I to argue!?


Verdict?? Heckyes. These are good! Plain ole’ chocolate chip cookies with eggs and butter will always be my favourite, but these are definitely a fun alternative. I love how you can really taste the maple in them too.


And they get the thumbs up from my three step-siblings, who are definitely tough critics.

While my cookie business was going on, my mom was working on dinner beside me.


We seem to have a plethora of tortilla chips in this household. Which clearly called for a mexican dip


Mom dug out her recipe from the 1970s for this one. Made with buffalo meat, black beans, salsa and spices. The cheese-free section is mine :)


Mom also made a smooth guacamole, which I did not partake in because I can’t digest avocado :(


Instead of dipping the chips in the dip, I assembled a salad, then put the good stuff on top.


With extra salsa for good measure ;)


Solid meal!! Well done mom :)


Tamzin tagged me in a questionnaire for getting to know bloggers a little better. I thought it would be fun to do! Here are my answers:

Where would you be able to spend hours and be happy?

My bed. In fact, I have spent hours there and been perfectly happy doing it ;)

What’s your favorite kind of doughnut?

Chocolate glazed donut from Tim Horton’s. These days though, I limit them to the Timbits ;)

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

Just my earlobes! I’m scared of needles, and didn’t get the guts to do my ears until I was 18 years old.

What is your favorite movie?

High Fidelity. John Cusack + Nick Hornby + Good Music + Top 5 Lists = Perfection.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My mom! I called her while I was out today.

Are you still friends with the people you knew in middle school or high school?

Yes, my closest friends are those I’ve had since childhood. My BFF in Halifax I just visited went to kindergarten with me. My other best friend and old roommie, Meghan, as known me since Grade 1.

What is the last thing you ate?

The above salad! Although, there will be a microwave protein cake in my belly very soon.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Everything. When I was really young, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then I wanted to be a rock star, high school English teacher, flight attendant, journalist, and now personal trainer. I don’t think anyone ever figures out what they want to be when they grow up!

Name three things that are close to you right now:

My camera, Women’s Health Magazine, and Rudy.

What was your best subject in school?

Surprisingly, Chemistry! I took Level 1 Math and Chemistry and got 90s in both. Actually, I got 98% in grade 12 Chemistry. And then I went to a Liberal Arts university…

What is your favorite restaurant?


Any hidden talents?

I just asked my mother this and she says it’s my wicked sense of humour. Hm. How bout that!

What is your middle name?

Elizabeth. Common, but I still like it :)

What is your favorite website?

Gmail!! Ha! I go through phases, right now it’s 1000 Awesome Things and The Pioneer Woman.

How old were you when you had your first kiss?

I was in Grade 7… sooo…12 or 13?? It was sloppy.

Chocolate or vanilla?

If it’s flavour we’re talking about, then vanilla. But I will choose a piece of plain chocolate above all else at any time.

What is your favorite girl’s name?

I’m holding on to the name Wendy in case I ever need it for a baby. It’s my mom’s middle name and I LOVE Peter Pan!

Favorite store?

The Running Room.

Would you rather be a rock star or a famous athlete?

Rock star (see above)

Favorite food?

Chocolate chip cookies (see above)

What are you wearing right now?

Jean shorts (not cut-off!!) a flowery top and a black cardigan. See, I get out of my yoga pants sometimes ;)

What is your favorite animal?

Elephants are number one, owls are number two.

Did you graduate from college?

Yes, although in Canada colleges and universities are two different things.

What does your last text message say?

Haha…of course.” From a friend when I told him I expected pictures of his upcoming Vegas trip on Facebook :)

Do you have any nicknames?

Sus, Susie and Susie Q. Nothing fancy!


And now I’m off to get ready to snag a ticket to the Healthy Living Summit!!


Questions of the Day:
1. What’s your favorite kind of doughnut?
2. Any hidden talents?
3. What is your favorite girl’s name?

Posted on May 19, 2010, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. I’m drooling over the melted chocolate picture mmmm…..

    I’m not a donut eater but I’d have to say eclairs with the pudding in the middle.
    I can make cool fart noises with my hands.
    I’m liking Riley at the moment.

  2. Hey!! Those Super Charge me cookies look absolutely delicious!! I actually don’t like donuts—ice cream I’m all there but I’m not the biggest dounut fan. My hidden talent- I double jointed in my arms so I can bend them pretty far the wrong way. Cute right?!

    And I’m kinda obsessed with my name haha My mam did well!!

  3. Healthy Living Summit for me too!!! Yay can’t wait to meet you. I thought I ate a lot of veggies…I think you’ve now surpassed me. Love the stir fry mix with eggs and feta – so easy and healthy!

    Thanks for the info on the “tone up” shoes. Nice to see they made the “America’s Biggest Rip-Offs” list!

  4. Donut: All of them! If I had to choose one, however, it would be the French Cruller. Light and airy, it somehow tricks me into thinking that I’m consuming less calories.

    Hidden Talent: I can spot misspellings a mile away. For some reason they just pop out at me. Ironically, my fiancé is one of the worst spellers I know!

    My fiancé and I aren’t going to be ready for kids for another two years or so, but if we have a little girl we’re going to name her Kate. I have always loved that name.

    Keep up the good work – I love reading your blog every day!

  5. this post requires lots to say
    the 70s recipe.. cracks me up that you dont do cheese but may indeed be digging into some buffalo meat LOL

    the picures of the food are amazing. i meant to tell you this, but your food photography is supurb. I have told that to anna newlywedveg and danille coffeerun but yours too…i am also taking camera polls so if you love your cam, holla!

    i made the corn!! omg, perfect. blogging about it tomorrow! thank you and will be linking you!

    supercharge me. only vegan to have yet to try those. or daiya cheeze. ha! with vegan baking NEVER over bake. the stuff solidifes and gets even harder and dryer with time, no eggs or dairy to help w/ that so yea i not only bake less than the rec’ed time, if at all, but never more than the time listed, just fyi in case you go vegan on me :)

    and yes, cookies w/out butter and gluten flour and eggs cannot ever truly be a level playing field w/ cookies that arent :)

    love you hon!

    • I know, I totally get a kick out of chowing down on the meat, but saying no to dairy :P My camera is a Canon Rebel xsi 12.2 mp. A lot of people upgrade their lenses, but I still have the 18-55mm lens that came with it and am happy with it. I think my next upgrades will be a mini tripod and a removable flash. DSLR is totally the way to go!!

  6. You know John Cusack is my bf of all time/til death, so you better step off!

  7. gahh i’ll be so jealous if you get a HLS ticket! it’s too far for me to go but i for sure will be all about it if its every in ny haha

    yes please to supercharge me cookie dough! i think i’d have a really hard time not eating the dough right out of the bowl!

  8. I would serioulsy consider going broke for HLS but its the weekend of my half mary!

    My fave donut is maple-glazed…but it has to be good. You know? A crappy or stale donut is such a waste of calories!
    And…I used to love the name Natalie but Mitch hates it so he kinda wore me down. Now I need a new favorite!

  9. Taco salad is the bomb. End of. And it makes me happy that you baked cookies just because :)

    My fave kind of doughnut is the jam-filled, sugar dusted kind. They remind me of being little and getting to go to the bakery as a once in a blue moon treat!

  10. LOVE the surveys!!

    HIDDEN TALENT- i can lick my elbow!!

    fav doughnut- glazed baby!!

    love yo taco salad too!

  11. Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    I’m not a huge doughnut fan, but I like the cake ones okay!
    Hidden talent? I can do a cartwheel and land in the splits!

  12. chillel williams

    Jeez i’ve always loved your cooking but MAN can your ma cook! Her food looks delish..So we need to hook not only Archie but also her up with a blog, yes?..
    Loving it! :)

    p.s. i did weights today! jeez do i feel like a WOMAN!…Twas awesome!

  13. Those mini waffles look so cute!

    And I LOVE supercharge me cookies. Mmmm…

    I love maple glazed donuts from Tim Hortons. SO good!

    I’m not sure if I have any hidden talents. I’m a black belt and not that many people know that, so I guess its hidden…

    And girl’s names… haven’t thought about it too much! I love the name Jordan, though…


  14. 1- Plain ole glazed are my favorite doughnuts!

    2- My hidden talent is that my elbows hyperextend. It’s just natural for me. It’s grossed many people out in my lifetime.

    3- I like the name Adelle. Stephen hates it though.

  15. Those waffles look good. And sweet is right up my alley.

    I think it’s no surprise that my favorite girl’s name is Makenzie. :D

  16. Love that mexican dip. Boston Cream has always been my favourite. The yoga should have helped you recover from spin class?!

  17. You’ve got some good eats in here! It’s making me hungry :)

    Questions of the Day:

    1. What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? I just had a doughnut yesterday! LOL! I love a chocolate glazed one..yum!

    2. Any hidden talents? I am really good at doing Limbo Contests and have won a few! I can also do the splits at any time lol

    3. What is your favorite girl’s name? Hm, right now it’s Alexa.

  18. 1- When I could eat donuts my favorites were the lemon filled powder sugar ones. Heavenly! Beignets in New Orleans are pretty awesome too.

    2- No real talent…I do seems to be a magnet for strange situations. My bff and I refer to these as Seinfeld moments. lol!

    3- My favorite girl’s name is Elise. It’s my daughter’s middle name and I wish it was her first name. My favorite song is the Cure’s A Letter to Elise.

  19. Those waffles look so fun!! I just polished off a mini bagel ;)

  20. Those mini waffles are cute! I love miniature food too. :)

  21. I wish I would have known it was waffle Wednesday! I had on omelet this morning, breakfast fail.

  22. Totally random, but my old roommate and her brother used to eat a ton of baby carrots and always found those weird stem things inside. I’ve never had baby carrots (!) so figured they all did? Maybe just British ones and the occasional Canadian! Haha. Need to investigate. Those mini waffles are so cute, and your mom’s dinner looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

    Did you get tickets to the HLS? I wanted to go so badly…next year, hopefully.

    1. What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? Custard filled with fudge topping was my favourite when I was growing up.
    2. Any hidden talents? does breakdancing count?
    3. What is your favorite girl’s name? Tough to pick just one- I love Adele, Sadie and Tara.

  23. Those cookies look amazing. And I’ll be the HLS too!! :)

  24. That carrot is too weird! LOL
    Looove me some super charge me cookies. That just might be the best recipe in the whole book. Love Dreena Burton!

    I’m on the waiting list for HLS :-/ I was playing volleyball when the tickets went on sale. So bummed!

  25. woah. that mexican dip looks DELIGHTFUL! those waffles are awesome! i have to buy some. hey, ALL baby carrots have a core! that is how i eat them. i eat the outside first and then the core. true story. i HAVE to try yoga.. i wish i lived there because i dont want to go alone. funny that we both did the survey last night! loved your answers. funny that some of ours were the same :) love ya!

  26. Those waffles look fab! Loved reading your answers x x

  27. LOVE Van’s waffles! I love when they play music in Spin that I actually enjoy-makes it SO much more fun!

    Fave girls name? Ah I have soooo many! :) Lena, Zoe, Madison, the list goes on and on and on…

  28. can i tell you? lately, i have been having the HUGEST cravings for bacon, which is uber-unlike me, but i am loving it.

    and i am so happy you are going to the HLS! and that banff is in like 19 days! happy friday :)

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