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The weekend we made pie, and only pie

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We made 36 regular apple pies, and 6 smaller ones for a Grand Total of 42. Tastiest Christmas gifts ever! Filled every freezer we could find, and after all that making, rolling, decorating, and test-tasting, still took 2 home. SO MUCH PIE! My mom asked me to come the following week to make meat pie, but I told her she was on her own (teehee).

 

In the making

I realize that’s it’s been a while since I’ve posted something. You may thank skating and Christmas planning for that. But I’ve cleaned my kitchen and now I’m baking cookies!

3 batches 2 nights, why not? I also got my first batch of cookies from the cookie swap, and they were amazing! I think my boyfriend just caught on that there are still more boxes coming in the mail (he’s not excited at all…).

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So here is some evidence that I am actually baking

My Very First Race!

Earlier this year I decided to do something crazy for me. I’ve wanted to get healthier, since I’m not at an ideal weight. So I thought that this would be the year that I would give it a try to do something I’ve never done before. And then I taught myself how to run. I had a very fit co-worker that wanted to learn how to run on the balls of his feet. I did a couch to 5k app with my phone. It took 6 weeks, and a lot of early morning starts, but I did it! We kept running and I kept getting a little better, and I can now run 5k.

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So this is me.

The race we did was super low key. Running room did a race called Running Scared, with the proceeds going towards the Canadian Diabetes Association. My aunt has diabetes, and I wanted to support something close to home. This was also a costume race, because it is so close to Halloween. So I went as a highlighter. Since running is hard to do for anyone to do on a regular clothes, let alone a costume, I decided to make due with neon colours I had.

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I ran the race in 51 mins. Which isn’t my best, but considering that I could have been sitting on the couch, I was very happy to make that time. My goal was to finish the race and not come in last, which was completed when I came in 172nd out of 185.

This, me and running are obviously a work in progress. I used to be a figure skater when I was younger. Although I was never slim, or even athletic as a kid/teenager, I always did something. So I’m trying to keep with that theme, so I can do a little better size wise.

I’m looking to do another race in the spring, so I can keep up with it during the winter. And another one again in the fall. Just to see if I can get faster and if I can get leaner too.

Happenings

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!

We’ve had a good week of poor eating. And by poor, I mean not healthy, except for the turkey that was roasted with a bacon weave and like 2 lbs of butter. mmmmm….. bacon and butter. So I roasted my first turkey. I named him Simon. Since I was the only one up while stuffing him, and I was putting my hands up him, I figured I should know more about him. So Simon, my turkey, used to be a turkey accountant. Which means he was a very conservative turkey. Either way, I still stuffed him, all while imagining Bird Brent from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. So I gave him a nice stereotypical persona, so he wouldn’t animate himself.

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Simon was sooooooo tasty! And stuffed with “Turkey Tyme” Bread via Brownberry breads, which is absolutely impossible to find in my area. I had the bread frozen for a few months, when I picked it up in Northern Ontario.

Also, we started a hockey pool at work. I know…. some hockey. Not enough to make better educated guesses on who is going to be the best goal scorer of the year. So it was a bit of remembering names and who is ranked closer to the top. I have a feeling that I will never really know as much hockey as I want to know. Anyways after the starting week, I am in last place, :(. However, it is still the first week, so I might be saved in weeks to come. Wish me luck!

Revenge of the pumpkin spice

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Thats right… Its coming… its here… there’s pumpkin puree in my fridge, ready for another go. It was bound to happen soon. It finally came to Starbucks in Canada. It also has been spotted here and there among the blogs I follow religiously.

Also if you read last week’s things post, you saw that I freaked out about rose water. I’m definitely not making that from scratch. There are so many different ways to make rose water. Enough that there were conflicting ideas as to the best way to make the rose water. So instead I walked to the natural food store and exchanged my pennies. Small problem solved.

I’ve been starting to think about Christmas lists (mostly because my mother gave me hers). And was thinking that for some folks that the funny t-shirts over at lookhuman.com would be good.

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Ok, this one might be for me, but still, they’re pretty cheeky.

Been doing bootcamp as of late. It’s been pretty good. Not the traditional yelling at people and super defeated working out, just a more constructive environment. So thats why the muffins are healthy in the last post.

Otherwise, yay October!

Things…

Alright so things that are going on as of late:

Rose Water. Never seen or have made or have ever needed it. But apparently, I can add it to icing to make goods even tastier. I want to try it, so I think I’m going to go all in and buy a few roses and see what I can make of it. Wish me luck!

Construction. They recently diverted traffic on the bridge over the major highway to one lane on both sides, and it is the absolute worst. If I decide to sleep-in in the morning, then I still have to leave for work an hour and a half early to make it there in time. If I leave 20 minutes later I’m just destined to be late.

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Muffins. I really want to make muffins. Healthy ones. Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon muffins. I want to make them on a weekend, you know. for the week. But I don’t think that something that simple was ever done. I don’t just mean muffins in general. I mean the task of getting-something-done-on-a-weekend-for-the-week is just never done in my apartment. I’ve been trying to return empties to the beer store now for 3 weeks (exhibit of me tripping over bottles that I have tripped over day after day because I put them near the door, to further help the escape of our apartment). Point and case.

Sailor Moon. I’ve finished watching the specific Sailor Moon episodes and it was wonderful, but I pouted at the end like a four year old. **Spoiler Alert** (So we’re just going to go back to the very beginning…so you can go ahead and watch it all over again). Grumble grumble. Oh well, at least there are many more episodes of Sailor Moon R, and Sailor Moon S, etc, etc. in the meantime to keep me occupied, and continually obsessed.

Nerdy Nummies. Speaking of sailor moon… Just when I was into it, she made Transformation brooch cookies! Definitely have watched this youtuber since I discovered it a year ago. You can watch this episode here.

Gym, bootcampy goodness. Apparently I like torture. Enough to keep up with my “bootcamp homework assignments”. Hello 7 am dumbbells. Also, we get this cute little booklet to write everything down in, and these are pretty much my thoughts on the whole thing.

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Thanksgiving. Also going to be known as how to keep a second year student busy for a week. My boyfriend’s sister is spending Thanksgiving with us, and is spending the subsequent reading week with us as well. Which firstly means that we need to clean up Nick’s Computer Room (oh yeah! said with waaaaay too much sarcasm). Secondly means that I also get to take a day off of work, and play hookey with her (that actual yay with no sarcasm…promise). Also turkey, and picky stuffing eaters. Like it HAS to be a certain way NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. It is the end of the world if this stuffing is not cooked to perfection (also no raisins, which is against my french canadian religion). Did I mention that we’re in a 2 bedroom apartment? With no kitchen table and a make believe sofa (fouton)? So turkey in front of the tv watching netflix it is!

Decorations. Not Halloween ones. No, I found Christmas lights, and Snowmen..

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Monday Madness

So I wanted to add some flavor to this space, besides just food. Not that food isn’t amazing, (I love it soooo much), but there are other sides to me than that of food and baking.

I wanted to show you what I do on my time off, and when I’m not dreaming up Oscar the Oven Mitt drawings and cleaning my kitchen, this is what you can typically find me doing.

I volunteer with a sports organization which takes up a lot of my spare time in the winter. Yay sports!

Also I am happy to say that I am a nerd/geek/science fiction enthusiast (whichever way you want to mention it.) For example you will find an entire bookshelf decked out with Star Wars/Mario and other franchise gear. Also I have a small obsession with tiny robots. I think they’re cute! Which is why, if you check out my Pinterest boards, you will find an entire board dedicated to cute little robots.

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See what I’m talking about? It’s so cute!

Also in light of the new Sailor Moon Crystal coming out, I have watched that, as well as gone back and watched the anime version from the beginning. Which at first always seems a little ridiculous, because you’re watching Sailor Moon, but I’m on episode 33 at the moment and it’s really drawing me in. Damn you Tuxedo Mask and your suaveness!

If you’re interested you can find episodes from the very beginning here.

But I love how it is classically animated (tear drops and cartoon animation alike). So find cute little Luna and Artemis earrings here.