Quick Update

Vegan Caesar Salad
Vegan Caesar Salad

Not much time for posting today but I wanted to share my pics of yesterday’s kitchen experiments.

Yesterday was a really good day. I watched shows on my computer in the kitchen while I cooked and did dishes and cooked some more. I made a vegan caesar salad. Everything from scratch. The dressing, the faux bacon bits, and the croutons.

Sweet potato fries with spicy mayo
Sweet potato fries with spicy mayo

It tastes pretty damn good if I do say so myself. Not quite the same as a caesar salad, but a delightful salad on its own.

I also made some homemade sweet potato fries in the Actifry with a spicy mayo dip that I made myself. Delish! Tonight I might have to attempt the vegan mac ‘n cheese recipe I’ve had my eye on. Comfort food in the wake of what they are calling the worst nor’easter that we’ve had in 12 years.

These are a Few of my Favourite Things

My newest obsession, Celebrity Big Brother.
My newest obsession, Celebrity Big Brother.

A few months back I discovered Filmon, a website and app in the Windows store where you can watch free, legal, live TV from the UK. You can even record up to 10 hours of free programming. You can buy extra DVR hours and purchase HD subscriptions, but there’s a lot of free stuff. Over 600 live tv channels from around the world that you can watch in SD for FREE!

I’m a big fan of UK television. I love Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Coronation Street, Sherlock, Midsomer Murders, Mr. Selfridge, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, The Fall, Happy Valley, Wallander, The Bletchley Circle, Peaky Blinders … and the list goes on. So the idea of being able to watch these shows live as they air in the UK and not a few years later when they air here or get to Netflix was amazing! Sign me up!

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Alive With Pleasure

Birds of a feather
Birds of a feather

I started smoking when I was 13 years old. This was in the early 1980’s before smoking and smokers became taboo. My dad smoked. A lot of people did. It started as a way to look older, be more cool, and just rebel against my parents and other adult authority figures by doing something they told me I couldn’t. Yeah, mostly that last part. I never wanted to do anything someone told me to do. I am still kind of that way.

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Rainy Day People

Tofu scramble with home fries toast.
Tofu scramble with home fries toast.

It’s a rainy day, mild temperatures above zero, which makes my place kind of chilly because the heater doesn’t run as often, it’s damp and there is no sun. On the positive side it is warm enough to go outside to walk. On the negative side it is very wet out and now all the snow has been washed off the ice leaving slippery trails. It is supposed to stay mild all week though, so maybe on another day with less rain I will venture out. For today, I am housebound.

I didn’t blog yesterday because other than cooking and cleaning in the kitchen I really did little else. What a fabulously relaxing and rejuvenating Sunday! I got up around 8 am, had some fair trade organic Ethiopian dark roast coffee while I tidied up the kitchen from the night before in preparation for a day of cooking, eating, and more cooking.

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Super Saturday!

Excited and nervous to try this baby out!
Excited and nervous to try this baby out!

I didn’t blog yesterday because I slept in my bed and I slept late again (why does this have to become a trend?!) I had a lot of things on my to do list, making it a bit overwhelming. And I went shopping with my sister in the late afternoon/ early evening. I needed groceries in the worst way and I knew my sister wouldn’t be buying much this week and likely wanted to get home asap so she wouldn’t be lollygagging around the store, so I took about an hour in the early afternoon to go through the sales for the stores I knew we were going to and make a list of all the good deals.

Then I combined that list with the running list I had been keeping of things I needed to get, and then I ordered it in the same order that I would be walking through the store. Produce, bulk nuts, bread, then my natural vegan foods, etc. I had a pretty big list and I was trying to make it as efficient as possible so I could zip quickly through the store and not keep my sister waiting for me.

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Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’ …

timemanagementYesterday was not a great day. I stayed in bed too late, just managed to eek out the bare minimum requirements for a work day and ended up carrying over a whole lot of tasks from yesterday to today.

Because I slept late yesterday, I really wasn’t tired last night so I stayed up super late watching shows on my computer. I knew if I went in the bedroom to my comfy bed and a room that stays pretty dark all day until the sun comes around the building to set in the evening, I would sleep late again this morning and begin a dangerous pattern. So instead I slept on the couch in the living room.

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Only in My Dreams

We saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert early last spring. Photo by Sherry Sturgeon.
We saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert early last spring. Photo by Sherry Sturgeon.

I had a pretty good day yesterday. The Time Management session at work was brief but good. It turns out I have seen that video before, but it’s always good to watch again to refresh and remind yourself. I took a page of notes that I’ll perhaps transcribe and make a post out of when I have more time.

Today I am a bit short on time because I slept late. I was awake at 5 am, 6 am, 7:30 am, and even 9 am, but these super cold mornings with every joint and bone in my body aching and my bed so terribly toasty warm and comfortable … it is freaking hard to motivate myself to get up when I don’t have anywhere to be. Especially when I’m having vivid crazy dreams …

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