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Can’t Wait

I can’t wait…

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For it to Be Friday.

I can’t wait…

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To finish up my homework (it’s never ending…).

Nope I just can’t wait

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For shopping, seeing friends I’ve missed, in Vancouver this weekend.

I definitely, absolutely, just cannot wait

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For these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars to be finished so I stop eating them! Based loosely on the ones found here.

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Fall

Frost greeted me this morning.

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But so did the Sun, and he stayed around all day. Maybe that was why I was in such a good mood today. Or maybe it had to do with this girl.

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Meet Sadie, cutest, sweetest girl alive. But don’t we all say that about our dogs? She’ll be 5 months this Sunday, and she’s still scared of the camera. This was about as still as she would get.

Or maybe I was in a good mood because I got an early afternoon to work on some project work. And I might have made some half decent granola bars.

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There is a granola bar sold at the hospital in their cafe that is TO DIE FOR. It’s sweet, gooey and chewy, with chocolate and raisins, and peanut butter I think. But it’s also huge, oily, and full of SUGAR. I think it might be worse than a cookie. So I needed to replicate it. This version is a good start, but they’re not perfect.

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I’m not sure what to change, I’d like them to be gooier, maybe some more peanut butter? No egg? I’ll write the recipe, and if you have any advice, let me know!

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (natural pb, none of that kraft krap)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup currants (I couldn’t find any raisins!)
3/4 cup nuts (I used walnut pieces, but I think sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds would be wonderful too)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325*. Grease a regular sized cookie sheet.
2. Beat together the margarine, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract until a smooth mixture occurs.
3. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips, currants, and nuts until it becomes a cohesive mixture.
4. Pour mixture onto the greased cookie sheet. Use your hands or a spatula to press the mixture flat, equal in height to edges of the pan (I couldn’t get it to quite cover the pan, there was an inch or two without any.)
5. Bake for 20minutes, allow to cool, then cut into however big of pieces  you want. I made about 18 smallish ones.

So blog readers, writers, what changes do you think might be made? What would leaving the egg out do to the texture?

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Kitchen Sink Granola

Well, it’s been a long week.

And it’s only Wednesday. My week has honestly involved a lot of me napping and watching Sex and the City. I know. How can that be a long week? Well, I’m sick, so doing anything is basically out of the question.

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I did however, make granola. And maybe it’s because I was sick when I made it, and basically can’t stop eating it, that I’m still sick. Just a theory.

It was seriously a gorgeous day on Monday. But I ran one errand, and felt too exhausted to do anything. Except make this granola, based on granola we made in class one and a half weeks ago.

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Do you see that sunny day?

It actually looks a lot like that now, and the courtyard outside my window is full of people happily enjoying some vitamin D.

Maybe I’ll join them.

But first I’m going to eat more granola.

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The best part of this granola is how flexible it is, you could through just about anything in. Well, maybe that’s what’s great about any granola right? But just to give you an outline to work with, here is what I did.

Kitchen Sink Granola

Ingredients
1/4cup Honey
1/4cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice.)
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 cups large flake oats
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2cup chocolate chips
1/2-1cup raisins
1/2-1cup almonds

1. Preheat oven to 325. (I accidentally had it on 350, and some of my granola is definitely more on the burnt side).
2. Melt honey, oil, and peanut butter in microwave so it can easily be blended together and poured.
3. mix together the oats and ground flaxseed, then pour in the honey and peanut butter mixture. Thoroughly combine until all the oats are coated (there will be a few clumps of granola goodness).
4. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet, and spread into an even layer. Throw in over for 10minutes or so. Remove, toss around a bit, and again put in oven for 10min; repeat another 1 to 2 times, until oats are toasted and fragrant. Allow to cool.
5. Once cool throw the oats into a bowl, and add in remaining ingredients; mix and try not to eat too many while you’re at it.

WARNING this granola is addictive. I’ve already eaten one jar, even if it was the smaller of the two jars, it is still GONE.
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Yep it’s that good. And you could basically use any ingredients you have on hand; almond butter, peanuts, walnuts, apricots, dates, carob chips… Try whatever you like.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go and take another nap. All this writing has been exhausting.

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I spoil myself…

For those of you foodies, you know how expensive a trip to Whole Foods, or Capers might be. Well this week I was out job hunting and I found myself outside Capers, and I knew I would go in…

And I did. Look at some of the loot I picked up!

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Some raw cocoa nibs, nutritional yeast, and greek yogurt. Yum.

Of course I had a snack of one today:

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Look at how thick it is!

Of course I did eat it from a bowl! And I topped it with some peanut butter, cocoa powder and some agave. And something interesting happened…

I wanted to melt the peanut butter a bit, make it more pliable for mixing… And I burnt it!

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Did you know you could burn peanut butter? In a microwave? I didn’t! Lol. Oh well, it worked fine.

Today I did a little “real” shopping and spoiled myself with new shoes, a sports bra, jacket and bikini! I didn’t mean to buy so much, but it sort of happened. *blush*

What has everyone else been up to this weekend? Anything exciting?

PS Storm the wall is tomorrow, hopefully I can get some photos and recap the race for you!

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16k Baby!

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Me: pre run. (you don’t wanna see the post run. 😉 )

I ran further this year. yay!

Stats:

Distance: 16.21km (10.07m)
Time: 1:31:30
Fastest km: 4:47
Slowest km: 6:35

So even though I only added on a little over a kilometer to my mileage my time was a lot slower. I had no pace buddy to really push me! But still, that’s not half bad I say.

After the Run

I broke out a new toy:

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A foam roller. I’ve read a lot about these, and I wanted to see how well it would work. I feel good to by honest. I don’t know if my legs feel better because a) I ran slower or b) I used this. Probably a mixture? It sure felt good to get into those muscles!

Also post race fuel:

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Cinnamon Oats:
-cinnamon, banana, milk, 1/3c oats, raisins, a little sugar and LOTS of chunky peanut butter. So good.

And that’s been my day, time to do some prioritizing and get some stuff done so I can maybe enjoy some Oscars tonight

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Another Wednesday. Another Day

Well Wednesday has come and nearly gone.

It started with this:
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wasa crackers + pb + fuji apple and some Tim Hortons Coffee. Yum.

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Snuck another one since I was still a wee peckish. 😉

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Lunch was a Green Monster in A Bowl (a mix of Angela and Kath). And a cracker with cheese:

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Then off to my three hour class.

Home and ate the following:

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That there white thing is a Birthday bun. It’s a Chinese treat thing. You steam a white bun, and it’s filled with a yummy lotus paste. A wee bit sweet, but not too bad.

I went to a meeting tonight for a Suite Style musical being held in residence! Oh! Exciting. 🙂 And I had my council meeting. Apparently in a week and a bit I will be going Paintballing…

Now I’m exhausted, and getting ready for some shut eye. Night all!

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Let the Weekend Begin?

YAY! The week is over! It’s the weekend or middle I guess to be honest. But all finished classes, and Remembrance Day tomorrow, so…. 😉 Party?

Only a school work party.

Monday was a good day, it started with cereal:

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Then tutorial, class, yoga and some scrumptious lunch:

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Dinner was leftovers my roommate brought back from a restaurant called the Foundation, for which I’ve heard mixed reviews. It was a super rich peanut sauce noodle thing. It was decent, not the best, not The Noodle Box spicy peanut. But it did the trick. However I inhaled it after my run far too fast to take a picture.

My run yesterday was good, just over 6k, no hurting.

I have a 10k on SUNDAY! AHHH! I’m starting to get nervous.

Today I started with cereal again, and now my box is empty of cereally-goodness! 😦

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Added in some raisins for kicks.

Then I had a class, a midterm (Here’s hoping I kicked butt, just so glad it’s done!). I had a Starbucks treat after my midterm: a tall skim milk caramel brule (so French) late and a lemon poppy seed loaf.

Despite that after my last class (wahoo!) and a short 3k run I was famished:

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I totally had two apples + pb (loads of the stuff 😀 ). And crackers with those two slices of cheese. Seriously so hungry. I was just a bottomless pit there for a bit. 😉

Now I’m off to run some errands; buying sweatshirts for my residence and get me some groceries, and maybe a movie for the off night. Though I do plan to do some catching up!

Later all.

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