Wandering Wildlife

Usually the only wildlife you find in our backyard includes 3 (maybe 4) cats, some squirrels, and the usual birds – Stellar’s jays, robins, crows, mountain chickadees, with the odd pileated woodpecker thrown in for good measure. Sometimes you’ll know after the fact that a skunk has passed on through. We’ve also seen the rare coyote in the yard, and even a bear on our street and in our neighbours yard. Way back in the day, we used to get frogs in our old swimming pool – this no longer occurs due to the houses built behind us and our lack of swimming pool. Yesterday during breakfast we had another visitor, one the cats definitely don’t enjoy.

I had sat down to enjoy my bowl of cherry almond oatmeal.

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Using some of the Maranatha Almond Butter I picked up on sale (buy one, get one free). I went with the raw.

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • fresh cherries, halved
  • splash of almond extract
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • almond butter

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Plus a glass of Happy Planet Mango Peach Party (just for you VeggieGirl!)

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And while I was savouring my breakfast I heard the unmistakeable sounds of racoons. Not exactly a rare occurrence in our yard by any means, but they aren’t usually out and about during the day. One look out the window, and I realized there was not one, not two, but 4 racoons – a mama and her 3 babies. I scrambled to grab my DSLR and frantically tried to get my long range lens on so I could get some photos. They must have known, as they walked around the perimeter of the yard, and were just heading under the fence into our neighbours’ yard as I made my way outside. But I still got a couple of shots in, while mama racoon growled at me like a mama defending her babies does.

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Shortly there after they hurried under our neighbours’ deck, probably to sleep away the day. Lucky buggers.

After all that excitement, I figured I’d get out for a walk. It was a little over cast with a nice breeze, which was a welcomed change from the hot days we’ve had lately. Soon enough, I was back at home, showered, and making up some lunch.

I went the “clean out random stuff from the fridge” for lunch.

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Sometimes we amass a large collection of containers filled with little bits of things, and they never seem to get used up. I hate when we have to throw out food, so I try my best to utilize what I can.

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I combined some wheat berries, leftover roasted veggies (mushrooms, red pepper and eggplant), as well as two chopped up Gardein Crispy Tenders, then heated up the whole lot in the microwave.

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I tossed it with some balsamic/olive oil/dijon mustard dressing, threw it on a bed of baby spinach, and added some cubed mozzarella to make a flavourful, filling lunch.

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It turned out to be really great combination of flavours and textures, and was totally filling. Or perhaps I was just still full from the oatmeal? It’s hard to say.

Later on the afternoon while I pitted two bags of cherries to freeze I enjoyed my second attempt at a frozen vanilla matcha latte. Still not perfect. But not bad enough that I didn’t consume the whole thing 😉

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After what seemed like forever, it was finally time for me to get ready for work. Yes, I had another one of those work shifts that started at 6 pm. I serious hate those. But what ya gonna do, right?

I packed up some Cream of Lettuce Soup and a corn bread muffin to take with me for dinner. I was still feeling rather full from lunch.

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But once I was at work, I had no desire to eat the soup. So I grabbed my favourite sandwich from our deli – proscuitto and edam.

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Check out how ridiculous this sandwich is – they definitely don’t skimp on the fillings.

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I don’t know if it was the filling lunch I’d had, or the fact that by the time I bought the sandwich and had them grill it I only had 10 min left in my break, but I was only able to eat half of the sandwich. Guess I know what I’ll be having for lunch tomorrow at work!

I did find room for a little sweet treat when I got back home though, in the form of a mini ice cream sundae.

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A wee scoop of peanut butter swirl ice cream, drizzle of chocolate syrup, dollop of whipped cream, and even a few chocolate sprinkles.

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Just because it’s small doesn’t mean you can’t go all out on the toppings!

From racoons to sundaes, it was a pretty full day. Anyone else have any random animal sightings lately? In your backyard or elsewhere?

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6 Comments on “Wandering Wildlife”

  1. July 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    you’re finding lots of use out of those new little bowls!

  2. Yuki
    July 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    One question – do you prefer the raw or roasted almond butter??
    I’ve never tried the raw one before and am just curious….

  3. July 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    you sure do have a lot of creature encounters up there in canada! raccoons are cute but i’d never get too close. rabies and claws and teeth and fleas freak me out too much.

  4. July 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    omg those little rascals are always getting into our garbage.. even when we put bungee cords on to lock the lids down they still manage to crack it open!!

    see what happens when u make delicious food, they’ll come searching for some scraps!
    hehe

    mm the salad looks incredible!

  5. July 24, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I pretty much CANNOT throw food out. I just can’t do it. So more often than not random leftovers always end up thrown into random giant salads. It works, why not??

    I’d say if a sundae is small that’s MORE reason to go all out on the toppings. Got to make it worth it 😉

    The raccoons are kinda cute… too bad they can be little buggers. I had a random chicken-rabbit hybrid sighting that I mentioned on my last post. I also saw a deer by the road the other day, which is a first for me. Kinda cool though I thought it was going to run right out in front of my car, which definitely wouldn’t have been nearly as cool that’s for sure…

  6. July 24, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Cute coons! We have a BIG one that hangs out in back at night. He’s bigger than my neighbours dog. LOL

    That sandwich looks amazing. I love when the meat is piled high.

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