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Will It Cotton Candy??

 

I was recently at one of the local thrift shops and wandered through the housewares department.  A thrift shop is a little like an appliance graveyard for trendy appliances of years gone by.  I admit to being a bit of a kitchen gadget whore in the past and had done a major purge of all my wacky, single use appliances and gadgets.  Well, I fell off the wagon and came home with a cotton candy maker for $10.  Now what does one put in a cotton candy maker?  Sugar?  Yeeess, but what kind?  I had no idea, so I did some Googling and read that people have put hard candy in their appliances, and I wanted to try it.  I came home with Jolly Ranchers.  Will Jolly Ranchers cotton candy?

Yes, yes they will!  I am likely going to need dental work from all this sugar after!  Jolly Ranches make great cotton candy!  It sticks to your teeth like crazy when the sugary strands dissolve in your mouth though.  I think I am going to need some practice rolling the cotton candy onto a stick too (I used a wooden spoon lol).  I think Jolly Ranchers are vegan too.

Happy thoughts,

Amber

P.O Box Surprises, Knitting, Martinis and Weight Watchers (again)

DSC00316It was an awesome day at the post office today.  I found this unexpected package waiting for me.  I LOVE getting surprises in the mail!  So sweet and thoughtful!  It made my day.  To the lovely lady out east, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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I’ve taken up knitting again.  I saw this chunky yarn at the store on a cold day and I knew it was meant to be a scarf.  The greatest thing ever about chunky wool is how fast it knits up.  I managed to double the length while watching a movie on Netflix.  The pattern is just one I thought up on my own which it just four rows of knitting and then ten rows of knitting and purling, while keeping the four stitches on each end knit with no purling.  I was hoping the four rows of straight knitting would keep it from curling, but it still curls.  I will iron it out once I am finished.  We are expecting some snow Saturday and Sunday (yayyy!  That is not sarcasm folks, I  want me some snow!).  I want to finish the scarf before Sunday as I am going for a walk along one of my favourite paths in Kitchener(and maybe some geocaching!).  I lost my favourite scarf last year and in need of one.  A scarf is a Winter necessity, along with long johns, a hood and warm mittens.

I am drinking my second martini of the night (raspberry vodka, casis and soda water with a couple black berries floating in it).  It’s okay, but it needs work.  I want it sweeter.  Maybe grenadine?  Apparently I like my martinis sweet as candy and loaded with sugar.  I have until this weekend to get the martini phase out of my system; starting Monday I am revisiting Weight Watchers.  It really does work for me, but I usually end up screwing it up because I get sick of counting points and being prone to binging, I’ll screw it up and then never get myself back on the wagon.  I have managed to gain around 5-7lbs and my clothes aren’t fitting properly anymore.  Enough is enough.  Maybe I will finally stick with it this time?  Maybe that flattering (err WAS flattering) red Ralph Lauren will be looking fab again by the holidays!  Wish me luck!

Amber

Pug Sitting

I have a shadow, it’s a pug.  He is tiny, adorable, and likes to walk at my heels.  This little loud mouth likes to follow me around, including when I’m having a bath (there is not a lot of privacy in this home lol).

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Tanuki has never spent longer then a day with another dog and I am not sure she knows what to make of it.  She is pretty intimidated by this tiny little creature (that’s my brave baby), but they pretty much ignore each other all day long.  I am going to have report to my little visitor’s fur parent that he likes tofu and noodles in squash sauce 😀

Be well and have a happy weekend!

Jalazepuss The Snapping Turtle

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It’s the long weekend!  At least here in Canada it is, for Thanksgiving.  I think American’s have theirs at a later date, maybe sometime in November? It’s the first day of the long weekend and I spent a lazy morning hanging out with my dog and watching Netflix.  Brunch was a monster bowl of oatmeal with maple syrup, defatted peanut butter powder and an apple.  I have mixed feelings about defatted peanut butter.  I think things should stay in their natural whole state, but low fat peanut butter… yes please!  What are your thoughts on it?  I am iffy and leaning towards almond butter ground from whole almonds in my food processor.  I forgot steel cut oats make way bigger portions than the rolled ones, so my bowl of oatmeal was gigantic.  The dog was happy, she got my leftovers.

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The afternoon was a round of golf with my besty.  She spotted this unfortunate infant snapping turtle that had managed to make its way onto the green.  It is Fall now here in Canada and all our turtles are hibernating.  It was a warm sunny day and possibly the warmer air managed to wake this poor little turtle.  It was too sluggish from the cold to do much and could barely move.  We tried to put him back in the pond to see if it would be able to swim down and redig itself back into the mud, but it just floated there not moving.  I took the turtle home and it has perked up a lot.  I fed it some turtle food, but I think it’s too nervous and scared to eat.  I hope it survives the weekend.  I might call a couple wild life rescue agencies on Tuesday and see what they advise.  I am not sure I want to pet sit a snapping turtle for the next six months until it’s warm enough to put it back in a pond!  I named it Jalazepuss after the bully in one of C.K. Lewis’s stand up comedy bits.  This turtle is anything but a bully though.  It hasn’t tried to bite once.

Apple Picking Day And Other Shenanigans

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Last weekend I did something I look forward to every year; apple picking!  I went with my two best friends to Myer’s Farm ( http://www.myersapples.com/ ) out in the Hamilton area.  The weather, although not sunny was pretty nice and it was a good day.  I got my usual HUGE haul of apples.  I picked the bag you see in the above photo which was a mix of mutsu, courtland, spartan and empire.  My favourite apples of all time are not available for pick your own there so I also bought a big bag of honey crisp apples inside their store.  I mostly just eat the apples as they are but I am feeling apple tarts this season, or at the very least an apple crisp!  Yum!

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After apple picking we ended up going out for dinner at Beertown (love the veggie burger!) and then ended up in Party City looking through the Halloween section (good times had by all).

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Usually I don’t buy these child like things, but I loved this hat.  It might end up being my ski hat, but then again I have a pair of heart shaped fluffy ear muffs that I also adore.  The inner child is strong in this one.

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We stopped by my friend’s garden along the way and I had my usual wander around and snack session (concord grapes and raspberries) and saw these beautiful black chili peppers.  I have never seen black chili peppers before!

Be well

What’s Your Version Of The After Work Bra Removal?

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We all have that after work thing we do when we get home, or the weekend has arrived.  For some, it’s removing the bra, while others kick off the tighty whities.  Me, it’s a hair clip and head band.  I don’t want a single strand of hair to touch my face.  It’s a little odd, since most of the time I just leave my hair down.  This is usually a good indication I am not going to go anywhere else that evening and I am done for the day, almost a signal really.  It’s time to kick back and chillax (Do people still say that anymore, or is it just me?  Is there a new slang word for relax these days?  What are the kids saying these days?  And please please tell me it’s not cray cray anymore.  That makes me cringe.).  What is your quirky, after the day is done, comfort plan of action?

It’s Friday night, and I just got home from manipedis and shopping with a girlfriend, I’ve got my hair up (not a strand is touching my face), having some fresh squeezed lemonade, and getting ready to watch a movie on Netflix.  The movie is “Leprechaun:  Origins”, I started watching it last night and I am 24 minutes in.  I am pretty sure this is another one of the Leprechaun movies that Jennifer Anniston was in back in the day.  You know, the horror movie with the angry leprechaun that goes around slaughtering people while he searches for his gold?  But, since I still haven’t seen any leprechauns popping up yet, I can’t be sure…   I can’t remember my thoughts on these movies as it has been so long since I’ve seen it, and I don’t think Netflixers loved this one.  I think they gave it one or two stars.  Meh, I’m going to hang out with the dog and watch it anyway.  Night folks!  Keep your hair up and your feet warm.

Day 4 Of The 22 Day Vegan Challege

Day 4: 149.4lbs Whaaaaaat?

So this diet seems to be working out for me, 4 and some pounds lost in three days!  I am guessing it’s also a result of giving up the hoards of beer I have been drinking as well.  It was pretty awesome to see under 150lbs on the scale again.  I unfortunately didn’t finish eating my dinner, which was a pretty large bowl of pasta until 11:40pm which is when I started to write this post and I am sure the scale will not be so kind tomorrow.

I did one of my twice weekly exercise classes today a few hours ago and my whole body is aching all over.  It must have been a good one!  So far the meal plan hasn’t called for any leftovers and with things to do after work like an exercise class and a dog to walk, it gets late fast.  I don’t use canned beans (they taste tinny and I like dried for storage and cost effectiveness) and that can make cooking take forever.  I’m also a horrible cook and have no idea how to properly time things.

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Today’s meal plan had it’s ups and downs.  The breakfast was a vegan bar and fruit salad.  I love love love sweet, dark cherries and mango.  I thawed them over night and they were soo good.  The bar was okay.  Lunch was just meh, but then again I don’t have a big love for raw kale.  Kale cooked in soups is my way of loving the kale.  Raw kale is just thick and not all that good.  It is not easy to eat kale fast and I only managed to get half the salad down during the lunch hour.  I ate the other half later at work.  The snack was also kind of blah to me too.  It was just raisins and almonds.   I had an overwhelming urge to eat when I got home between work and class and I ate something not on the list.  It was the second half of an avocado from day 2 I think.  I also had 1/4 of a pear at work that someone was sharing.  The dinner (although the photo doesn’t make it look all that appetizing) was pretty good.  It was eggplant and zucchini pasta sauce with beans.  The pasta noodles were rice noodles I picked up at the store.  I definitely prefer corn or wheat flour over these, but it was still really good and I just finished eating it now.  I was hungry after I got home from class so again I ended up eating my dessert first.  They were the raw macaroon bites and holy amazeballs they were freaking good!  They are packed with sooo much fat though and all I wanted to to was chow down and eat all 15 of them (I only ate the suggested two).

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As you can see by my CRON-o-meter stats I had a lot of calories today and I am not feeling good at all about it.  I am really regretting the avocado and kind of wish I skipped the snack for the day.  Maybe low calories isn’t what this is all about.  Maybe day 4 just happens to be a higher calorie day.  Maybe it’s all going to vary.  I will find out day by day.  Maybe I’m just tired and cranky pants. I am uneasy about the amount of fat in this diet, but so far it seems to have been working out okay.

Sleep well!

Amber