Or more like “croak croak”. Yes, I still sound like I swallowed a frog. Which reminds me of that old children’s story “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly”. Does anyone else remember that one? We had a great big picture book, where the “old lady” would get bigger and bigger, as she swallowed more animals. But when you look back at the words – it’s kinda morbid. Every verse ends with “Perhaps she’ll die”. Then again, when you really look into alot of kids nursery rhymes or classic stories, they really aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. I wish we still had that book…
So anyways – how was everyone’s weekend? Get up to anything fun? Me and my
croaky sexy throaty voice spent a good amount of time at work. Talking to customers. You can see how this probably didn’t go well. I may have consumed an entire package of Ricola throat lozenges in two days. And yet, I still can’t yodel like the guy in the commercial.
Fortunately, this has not hampered my appetite, so I have plenty of photos to share!
Okay, so I can’t totally remember what happened Saturday morning. But I know at some point in time, I removed myself from the comforts of my bed and made breakfast.
And thanks to my ever present camera, it turns out that a) it was a beautiful, sunny day, and b) I had cereal. If it weren’t for blogging, I can only imagine how many things I would forget!
Of course, a bowl of cereal is rarely just a bowl of cereal when I’m involved. This one started with 1 gala apple, chopped up, sprinkled with cinnamon, and heated in the microwave until it started to soften. Then I added some Kashi Cinnamon Harvest and Honey Puffed cereals, craisins, milk, and Almond Budder Extreme. For someone who didn’t remember the breakfast 5 minutes ago, I sure can recall details like that once I see a photo!
Also present – some orange peach mango juice.
As much as I was still playing the sick card due to my sore throat, I decided that I wasn’t wasting the first day of true sunshine by hibernating inside, so I went for a walk around the ‘hood. And I even ended up with a tan line! Oh yeah!
To celebrate the arrival of a non-rainy day, I made me a smoothie.
I had half of a banana in the fridge that looked lonely, so I threw it into the Magic Bullet with 1 cup almond milk, 1 serving Choc-a-Lot Vega Shake & Go Smoothie, plus some ice, and whirred it around until the ice was no more.
Frothy and delightful!
Worked beckoned me in the afternoon, so I packed a snack as my second lunch (the first being the above smoothie). It started with a Kind bar – Macadamia Apricot flavour.
Then I chopped up a whole mango, and many of those delicious local strawberries. A tupperware full of summer.
And the sun was still shining!
This was probably the best work snack I’ve brought, hands down. The mango and strawberries were awesome together, and the bar was the perfect chewy, crunchy accompaniment.
By the time I got home though, my voice was shot, and I was tired. I had thought about making myself a tasty dinner, but then I saw what my parents were eating.
Frozen pizza. Frozen garlic bread pizza. I think it was a bruschetta flavour, but mom added a little turkey pepperoni to it, because she had actually thought she’d bought pepperoni pizza. So instead, I had that piece…times 3.
Frozen pizza will never trump order out or homemade, but it was garlicky, and I like that.
The evening went by as I wasted time with the Wii. Eventually, my sweet tooth came a’ calling. Good thing I had the perfect answer.
Eaten with a baby spoon, because that’s how you eat miniature sundaes.
Alas, I was up way too early for a Sunday morning, as I had a full work day ahead of me. Being the thinker that I am though, I mentally planned out breakfast and lunch the night before. Actually, I even prepped some of lunch the night before. At least sometimes I do myself some favours.
Breakfast was a menagerie of items.
Like half of a grapefruit (also suitable for eating with baby spoons).
And a toasted raisin scone with peanut butter and raspberry jam.
Plus some pomegranate berry juice.
Since I didn’t think I could fuel myself through an entire work day on throat lozenges, I packed a healthy lunch.
As you can see, I may have turned mine into a noodle dish. I cooked up some buckwheat soba noodles, adding the kale near the end to blanch it per the original recipe. In didn’t ice bath them, because I didn’t want to refill the ice cube trays afterwards, so I just rinsed the lot under cold water, and drained it. For the dressing, I used the ingredients as listed, but only made 1/4 of the amount. Then I decided it was too thick, and thinned it with some extra tamari and rice vinegar. I combined the kale, soba, dressing, and a grated carrot for good measure, tossed it all around, and topped it with sesame seeds.
I actually only ended up using half of the dressing I made (which, if you remember, was 1/4 of the original recipe), so now I have a tasty peanut dipping sauce that needs dippers! Summer rolls perhaps?
To go with my peanut kale soba salad, I hid some yogurt underneath fresh sliced strawberries (local, duh).
And brought along some granola to add later.
Like I said – healthy and delicious. You didn’t think I was lying, did you?
After testing my customer’s hearing with my lack of voice for 8 hours, I was set free (with a newly purchased package of Ricola in hand). I knew that my family had gone out for dinner for my sister’s birthday next week, and I had declined on going with them because a) I had to work, and would arrive late, and b) they were going to an Italian pasta place, and it’s not really my thing. So instead, I decided to pick up something for dinner on my way home, that wasn’t from my store.
That, my friends, would be a donair from The Donair Affair, conveniently located in the same plaza as my store. I’ve heard fellow employees rave about their food and prices, so I figured I needed to check it out. They definitely don’t disappoint in the amount of food – and that’s not even the super size!
They have beef, chicken, lamb, and falafel donairs, which come with your basic toppings – lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, feta, garlic sauce, and tzatziki. They also have some “extra” flavour add ons you can choose, like Caribbean, Lebanese, and Mushroom. I went with a mushroom lamb donair, hold the tomato.
As you can see, that baby was packed! I have no idea why anyone would even need to order the super size one, because the regular comes with tons of meat already. It was all very tasty. The flavours blended nicely, the meat was tender, and I liked the addition of mushrooms. I would have liked crisper/fresher lettuce, but it was the end of the day, so I’ll let it slide this time.
Was it messy? Yes! Did I eat that whole monstrosity? Ummm…yes! It was too tasty to let it go to waste. Next time I totally need to try the falafel.
I enjoyed my dinner out on the back deck with the cats, and decide to play around with the camera a bit.
Can you guess what this is?
I needed something refreshing to wash down my heap o’ donair, and this Kombucha Wonder Drink just happened to be in my fridge. Lemon is my favourite.
I also found spit bugs on our parsley.
And then watched Sienna while she stalked a crow in the yard. And by stalked, I mean, watched intently from the deck. She’s too chicken to go out on the grass.
The crow flew over the house.
And she tried to find him, but to no avail.
She hates the crows. Every time they land on our lawn, she’s at the window giving them the stink eye. She’ll even run from the front window to the back when they fly over the house, just in case. Silly monkey!
Other than a quick jaunt down to the gym for some fun with weights, that about sums up my weekend. And now – I have 4 days off work! Woot! So while I’m sleeping in tomorrow morning, why don’t you go and check out my Vega Shake & Go Giveaway. Later!