Bye bye birdie

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I feel sick! I’m a huge animal lover, despite my fear of raccoons, and I hate to see animals get hurt. I was driving into work today and it was sunny and gorgeous so I was enjoying the country scenery. A cute little bird was flying in front of me but higher than my car and then all of a sudden he got low and I hit him 😦 Now I’m not sure if that killed him or just stunned him because I wasn’t driving very fast. I looked behind me to see if he was ok only to see the car behind me drive over him. Horrible!!!!

I know this is all part of the circle of life but I still don’t like it!

Cinema for the senses

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Hunger, curiosity and passion! This is what I feel after walking out of the movie theatre tonight. A movie about food, amazing flavourful food, has left me starving and wanting something better than movie popcorn, although I do love it! A movie about passion for cooking and flavours has left me curious about how food and spices blend together to make magic!

I think of myself as a decent cook, I experiment with some spices but only those I know very well, but where I lack is knowing what spices and flavours compliment each other. The Hundred Foot Journey has ignited my curiosity and left me wanting to learn more! The talk of food evoking feelings and memories makes me want to be a better cook! I think it’s time I find myself a class to teach me the basics of spices. Then after that it’s all up to me to make my taste buds dance!

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Sunday Rockout!

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It was hard waking up Monday and not because I had to be at work…no no I was off…woohoo! I was up super late Sunday rocking out to some 80’s music in Toronto! Alice Cooper and Motley Crue all in one night! Talk about a stellar line up…2nd time seeing Alice and 3rd seeing Motley. Awesome music, great landscape (Toronto lighting up as the night went on!) and fun hanging out with my cuz. Oh and who could forget the street meat 🙂

I seriously should have been a teenager in the 80’s!

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Some things change and some stay the same

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As time passes we get older, we get married, we have children, we move but with the number of things that change so many stay the same! This weekend proved that.

I was visiting a good friend from college who I haven’t seen in a while. Although it had been some time we picked up as if we’d seen each other every week! I love how great friends can do that! But the best part is we can change together! Soon we will both be married and she will have 2 sons!

After that I hung out with a new friend from work. We had some eats and then saw a movie at an old school local theatre. We saw the movie obvious child and it was raw, inappropriate and hilarious! We’ve only be friends a year or two but I can always count on her to listen!

Both old and new friends are like sunshine! This probably sounds corny but I’ve got great friends and I love spending time with them!

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The most interesting drive

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Generally my drives home are pretty uneventful. Lots of greenery, peaceful, a few cows or horses grazing the fields and very few other cars. Tonight not so much, the fog was thick, I was thinking about crawling into bed yet the wildlife was alive! I had a baby bunny, frogs, raccoons and farm kittens dart across the road in front of me. I missed hitting them all, ahem, but holy! At this point I’m glad to have it home but surprised at this rate I didn’t see a deer or cow in the middle of the road!!!!

Relaxation with my family…

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It’s Friday of the long weekend here in Canada and that means relaxation and family! I’m enjoying some quality time with my man on the back patio with some wine.
This wine is from a California vineyard called cupcake vineyard. It’s definitely a new fav of mine! It’s a sweet and smooth flavour…besides who doesn’t love things associated with cupcakes 🙂

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Weekend Recipe Success X2

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This weekend was full of family time, good food and tea! Friday night I got to hang out with my tea team for training, laughs and tea! Saturday was painting pottery with my mom; we created it for mother’s day and painted it for her birthday. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! At night we had a fire with the family and my cousins. Yesterday was FOOD TRUCK day and shopping for the charity Send em off smiling! What an awesome day! I got to eat amazing food, schnitzel poutine and chicken mango grilled cheese, and I got to help out some local children in need by getting them all set for the first day of school with supplies and clothes!

I had some free time between all that fun stuff so I decided to get creative with a few of my meals. I’m starting to love experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and personal creations. It’s keeping things fresh so I’m not eating the same thing every week! I’ve also started experimenting more with protein as I’ve upped my intake to keep me fuller longer so I can stick to my 3 meals a day.

I’m on day 4 of my 3 meals a day goal and I’m doing great! Day 1 was super hard but after increasing my protein the last few days have been much easier.

I hope you enjoy these delicious recipes

Turkey Schnitzel
Thin cut Turkey Breasts
Flour (Gluten Free for me!)
1 Egg
Bread Crumbs (Also Gluten Free)
Salt & Pepper
Paprika
Thyme
Rosemary
Garlic Powder
Onion Salt
Vegetable Oil

Put about 3/4 cup of flour in a bowl
Put 1 egg in a bowl and whisk
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl (use as much or as little spices as you like based on your taste buds….I used a lot rosemary, thyme and paprika because I like them)

Dip turkey in flour then egg then bread crumb mixture, coating completely at all stages
Heat a thin layer of oil in a pan and cook turkey until done, about 5-10 min per piece

Eat and enjoy 🙂

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes
Pancake mix (Gluten Free for me!)
Protein Powder (I like Vega or Progressive)
PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter….this stuff is awesome for smoothies)
Cocao powder

Mix pancake mix together following instructions (use 1 portion of the dry and 2 portion of the wet ingredients)
Add 1-2 scoops of protein powder
Add 1 spoonful of Cocao powder
Add 2-4 spoonfuls of PB2 (depending on how peanut buttery you want it….I add 4 because I can’t get enough peanut butter flavour)

Heat up pan and cook pancakes

Top with peanut butter and/or maple syrup or eat plain your choice….I added extra peanut butter crunchy style…oh yeah!

Eat all the pancakes

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