Remembrance Day

Hello eveyone. How did you spend your Remembrance Day (or Veteran’s Day for those in the US)? Did you attend any ceremonies? Take a few moments out of your day? Anything? I’ll be honest – I’ve never been to a Remembrance Day ceremony that wasn’t held in school. I don’t buy poppies to wear. I don’t even know anyone who has served in a war. It makes it harder for me to really connect to the meaning of the day. I know that those people who have gone to war have made the freedom I experience possible, but at the same time I find I have a disconnect to the whole thing, because it hasn’t influenced me directly. Does anyone else out there feel similar?

I did take my day off school to be productive though – no point in wasting that freedom that has been granted to me, right?

Since my whole family was at home this morning, my mom cooked up bacon & eggs for breakfast. I’m not an egg person, and wasn’t really feeling the bacon and toast, so I went with cereal.

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Just a bowl of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise, topped with craisins and shredded coconut.

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With a glass of Oasis Black Currant Elderberry juice.

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Just what I wanted.

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But I’ll admit it, I totally snagged a piece of bacon that went unphotographed. What can I say, I love me some bacon 😀

I had an appointment to get my hair cut today, because it was getting just a little out of hand. I don’t like when it gets too long, because it doesn’t curl nicely. I went to the salon my sister goes to, and I think they did a pretty good job. Plus they blew it out straight, which I always enjoy. What do you think?

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Yeah, I know, more pictures of me not smiling. I’m just not good at fake smiling for pictures! So deal with it 😉

I also browsed the mall for some boots, as I seriously need a waterproof, stylish, well made pair. Le sigh – why must they all be so expensive? Like I have $200 to spend on a good pair of shoes. But I refuse to buy shoes that are shoddily made, that have no arch support, and that I can’t wear in the rain. So demanding, I know. This is why I really need to find a job

I came home from the mall, and had some leftovers for lunch. It started with some salmon loaf (for those who asked for the recipe – it’s coming!)

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Orzo with parmesan, olive oil, herbs, and spices.

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And steamed broccoli & cauliflower.

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Hurray for leftovers!

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After my lunch, I set out on a mission to get me a job! I printed off some copies of my resume, and went out to flog them at a few grocery stores around my house. I figure if I’m going to get a part time job, it should involve something I enjoy. Can’t go wrong with food! It took me a good couple of hours though, seeing as almost every place I went wanted me to fill out an application form as well.

Once home, I was in need of a snack. The double pumpkin cranberry cakie from Sprouts was calling my name (plus I didn’t want it to go stale).

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A few bites in it hit me that this would be awesome with some pecan butter.

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And I was right! Yum 🙂

Dinner was another collaborative affair between me and mom. Mom’s component: Baked Mac & Cheese.

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My components: Steamed green beans.

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And a caesar salad. My sister did a good job of setting the table too.

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My plate, with a little of everything.

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Close up on the cheesy crust. Mmmmm.

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Shortly after dinner, my sister and I were off to my cousin’s place to partake in some Cardio Striptease a la Carmen Electra with my cousin’s wife. He always hides when we do the video tape, it’s quite funny. We bumped it up a level, and tried some harder routines, so it was fun.

We raced home to make sure we didn’t miss all the key shows we needed to watch tonight – ANTM, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY. Heaven forbid we miss Wednesday night tv! I spent the time multitasking on the computer, and enjoying a snack.

I was craving popcorn and cinnamon toast, so I combined the two into cinnamon toast popcorn – popcorn with a little butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

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And a mug of rich Ecuadorian hot chocolate. I’m almost out, it makes me sad.

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Question of the moment: How do you make your hot chocolate? With water? With all milk? With water, then add some milk for creaminess? I’m a water + milk user myself.

Now I’m off to watch the rest of the news, then hit the sack. I have a full day of school ahead of me tomorrow. Night!

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9 Comments on “Remembrance Day”

  1. littlemissminny
    November 12, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    I always like how your meals look like, so comforting and “homy”.

  2. November 12, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    I wana a pumpkin cranberry cakie!! I love that name 🙂

    Your hair looks fantastic! I don’t remember, do you normally have curly hair? I don’t think I knew that if you do.

    I usually make my hot chocolate with water, then add Purevia for more sweetness. If it needs more creaminess, I add a bit of soymilk (maybe 2 T). Nick likes his with milk, always!

  3. November 12, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    What’s Ecuadorian hot chocolate like?!?!? I’ve never heard of it – I wonder if it’s like ours (basically like the Mexican one).

    As for my Remembrance Day – I spent it in bed. Convalescing. Boo!!!!!!!! 😦

  4. November 12, 2009 at 8:35 am #

    To answer your questions:

    1. Remembrance Day. I watched the Vancouver ceremonies on TV. Observed the moment of silence. And then went about my day. My grandfather was in the merchant marines in WW2 and my brother in law did a short peace keeping tour in the middle east a few years ago. I’m a huge history buff and the WW1 and WW2 eras are very interesting to me. And I’ve been to the d-day beaches and CDN war memorial in France. It’s very humbling.

    2. Last night I had creme brule hot chocolate made with 100% milk. I chose my mix depending on what type of hot chocolate I’m making.

  5. November 12, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    The crust on mac and cheese is the best part! I’m going to have to remember that popcorn combo!

    PS. It’s game day 🙂

  6. November 12, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    I feel the same way about Remembrance Day as you. To a tee.

    Love that hair. It looks really soft and flowy…. 😉

    I like my hot chocolate with water and a bit of cow stirred in at the end to cool it off a wee bit!

  7. Lizzy
    November 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    omg i havent had baked mac and cheese and i dont know how long. it looks amazing! 🙂

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  8. ohhmay
    November 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm #

    Your hair looks cute!! I bet you were smileing on the inside haha..
    For hot cocoa: I just got an espresso maker so I’ve been mixing cocoa powder, sugar and a wee bit of corn starch+cold water, put in small pan and cook until bubbles, add it to 6 oz almond milk in mug, froth with steamer attachment on espresso maker!! woohoo milk+water people!

  9. BroccoliHut
    November 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Ooh! That mac and cheese looks good n crusty–just the way I like it:)

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