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Toronto Women’s 5k Run Recap

Hello all you Halloweenie boppers!

I am in fantastic mood today. How could I not be? It is Halloween weekend! Ando and I are hitting up a Halloween partay tonight and I just put the finishing touches on my costume. I am so excited to wear it!

It’s not a repeat costume like I originally thought it would be. Barbie has officially been retired. I don’t want to say what I am being just yet, but I will be sure to post pictures tomorrow.

I love dressing up for Halloween, as I feel like it’s the only day of the year my outfit is completely “put together”. I am pretty low-maintenance in my day-to-day life, I suck at accessorizing, and something is usually off with what I’m wearing. I’m usually missing the right shoes, the right purse, my nails aren’t done, or I’m sans neckless.

But not on Halloween. It is the one day I truly plan out what I’m wearing, and I enjoy getting really into it. Anyone else feel like this?

I also love looking at other peoples’ costumes, and the day after Halloween is pretty much my favourite day of the year on Facebook. I will creep anyone and their mother in their costumes (if you are on my Facebook just be aware, I will be checking you out).

Toronto 5k Women’s Run

This morning I had a hot running date (but not an actual running date) with my coworker Lexy!

A little while ago we decided we wanted to run a 5k together, so the Toronto Women’s 5k Run sounded perfect. Lexy is pretty athletic and used to be big into triathlons (she actually came first in her age group in a triathlon a few years ago), but she said running was always her least favourite part ;). She just had a baby (Hudson!) four months ago, so today’s race was kind of her comeback tour, if you will.

I was not concerned with time at all for this race, I just wanted to run with Lexy. We ran the entire thing, at a fairly easy pace, though we did push ourselves the last kilometre. I’m pretty sure we completed it in about 32 minutes (I don’t know the actual time yet, and I didn’t bring my iPhone with me to track our time).

The kilometres flew by when we were running. It was a gorgeous sunny day, though pretty chilly, and the park is beautiful. Especially at this time of year with all the colourful leaves in the trees. It was actually in the same park as my first 5k in the spring, and it was definitely not as colourful then.

Chatting with Lexy throughout the race made the running go quickly as well. This was my first time running with a friend, and I loved it! I am hoping to rope more of my friends into races.

There were also firemen handing out water at the 3k mark, so that was, uh, a nice distraction…

Yes, You May Put Out My Fire

(I just found that pic online from the 2010 race, but same thing, you get the idea.)

Lexy’s husband Mark and their baby Hudson were waiting for us at the finish line. Our own personal cheerleaders.

Yep, cutest family ever.

And then I photo bombed.

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Annnd the award for the cutest cheerleader definitely goes to Hudson (sorry Mark).

He kills me with his cuteness.

We snagged some snazzy medals, which I was pretty pumped about because this is the first running medal I’ve ever received!

I am going to build a trophy case for that bad boy. Just kidding, just kidding… Seriously though, I think I have only gotten one other medal in my entire life, for some figure skating competition in elementary school. Other than that it was all participant ribbons for me! So yeah, I was excited.

I was also excited about the post-race food.

Of course I was.

I ate those chips immediately, and rest of the food swag was pretty decent as well.

A couple mini Luna bars (LOVE Luna bars), a mini bag of fibre crisp cereal (I’ll be eating that with Greek yogurt this week I am sure), a banana, a Dairy Milk thinsation, and a cinnamon raisin pita. I saved everything besides the chips, because afterwards the three of us (plus Hudson) went out for a little brunch party.

My Brunch Plate

We went to a Fox and the Fiddle pub in Toronto (pretty sure they are a chain), and I ordered a western omelette, which came with homefries and toast. I wasn’t sure what to expect for breakfast from a pub, but my omelette was amazing! Though I had a bowl of oatmeal before I left for the race, I inhaled it! Highlight of that plate, for sure.

This was such a fun race, and I am so glad Lexy and I did it together. I have now ran in three 5k’s, and I gotta say, I think I am ready to step it up. Perhaps a 10k in the spring? We will see. I think I have caught the running bug.

I am off to get ready for tonight! I hope you all enjoy your Saturday, and if you are hitting up a Halloween party have a great time! And please tell me all about your costumes!

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Superman and Candy Land

Hello little pallies 🙂  I hope you guys are having a great weekend filled with lots of shenanigans.

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday.  This weekend has been flying by for me.

Yesterday morning after a 4k run outside with A-Rod, we hit up his ‘rents for a little bit of brunch action with the rest of his fam.

Brunch Spread

We enjoyed the usual spread (turkey bacon, sausage, broccoli and cheddar quiche, Tortilla Orlando at Dawn, pancake).  And as usual the egg salsa tortillas (Tortilla Orlando at Dawn) were my fave, but I loved everything and cleaned my plate.  I think brunch may be my new favourite meal.

This brunch was in honour of Ando’s grandma’s 90th birthday!

Birthday Girl!

Which you may remember us already celebrating, but her official birthday was on Friday.  I guess if you turn 90 you are worthy of two birthday parties.  I’d take it.

I think this was A’s G-ma’s first birthday in 10 years that wasn’t celebrated at the Mandarin.  Meaning no Mandarin birthday polaroid this year, which I guess isn’t really a big D since she has at least 9 Mandarin birthday polaroid’s that look exactly the same, since she is always the only one in the photo.

Just found this on our fridge, actually:

Anywhooz, obviously I scored some cake, and I also had a little slice of Skor DQ Treatza Pizza.

Dessert Plate

It’s been so long since I’ve had a Treatza Pizza!  I forgot how good they are.  I’m going to start buying these bad boys asap.  My pants say no, but my tummy says YES YES YES.

I’m pretty sure I worked off all of that brunch being Andy’s niece and nephew’s human jumping castle for the rest of the afternoon.

sam-superman

I am almost sad I introduced them to “Superman”, because they are both big fans and request it all the time.

Auntie Lindsey is in high demand.  It’s a tough life.

And then Caitlyn wanted to brush my hair…for 8 bagillion hours.

And I wasn’t allowed to talk, touch my hair, move any body part, and my legs had to be crossed and my head had to be back.  And I had to listen to her repeatedly say “Not beautiful yet!”

Nope.  Not yet.

I sound like I’m complaining, but it’s funny and I like it 🙂  She is the cutest ever, so I will do pretty much anything to play with her.

I also played two rounds of Candy Land with her, and she beat me pretty badly both times.

Candy Land!

Do you guys remember that game?!  I used to DIE for it when I was really young.  The ice princess was my favourite (because she was the prettiest, and closest to the end).  I kept getting stupid Jolly with his gumdrops and had to go back to almost the beginning.

I know there is absolutely zero skill or strategy involved in Candy Land, but I officially suck at it.  I played a few years ago with A-Diggity and Taylor and lost like 5 games in a row also.  Terrible.

I will stick to Guitar Hero (which I have a really weird natural skill for.  I play on expert, and sometimes I don’t even know what my fingers are doing.  I once randomly won $100 in a Guitar Hero contest in a mall.  Those 12 year old boys didn’t stand a chance.)

I have to get a bunch of shtuff done today, so it looks as if my leisuring days are over.  Ohh well.

Have an awesome Sunday!

Question for ya:

  • What was your fave board game when you were a kid?

I LOVED Candy Land, Operation, Hungry Hungry Hippos and TROUBLE!

  • What game or sport are you naturally good at?

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Goodbye Eric!

Goodbye to my brother Eric!

Me and Mah Bro

Unfortunately Eric’s visit to Ontario is officially over :(.  He headed back to BC this afternoon.  But we definitely had a great time in the two weeks he was here, and squeezed in some exciting activities!

Annnnd we did a lot of just hanging around.  I know he had an awesome trip and is sad it’s over.  I’m sad to see him go, but I know I’ll see him again soon!

We celebrated Eric’s last day by going out for brunch with my Dad, stepmom Mona, stepbrother Rusty and his girlfriend, and my stepgrandmother.

My Squinty-Eyed Fam

We went to a restaurant called Egg Crepes, which is my favourite breakfast/brunch spot!  I knew I wanted a crepe, but I also wanted eggs.  I ended up settling on two over-easy eggs with ham, a strawberry-filled crepe, potatoes and fresh fruit.

Brunch

Sorry for the crappy pic…the lighting wasn’t the best in there.

It was a LOT of food, and I barely touched the ham, sadly.  Everything else was delicious though, especially that crepe!

Afterwards, A-Rod and I said our goodbyes to Eric (sniff), and headed to Ando’s sister’s to celebrate his niece Caitlyn’s 4th birthday!

Birthday Girl

Since we basically came from eating our faces off, I just scored a plate of fresh fruit.

Oh fine, and cake 😉

My Lover

The girls in attendance had fun playing with all of Caitlyn’s new presents, including the princess party set that Ando and I got for her,  including four of the following: crowns, sashes, rings, bracelets, clip on earrings, and light-up microphones (to accept your award for being awesome).

Princesses

It was a good day.

I am off to squeeze in a run before a marathon TV session.  All of my fave shows are on tonight – Breaking Bad, True Blood, Big Brother, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the premier of Entourage!!!  I think my DVR is going to be busy.

Have a great night!

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Summer Event Eating

Bonjourno!

I have had a really fantastic weekend that has been jam-packed with good times (recap in un momento).  I’m sure you can guess what else it has been jam-packed with… EATING.

One of my friends had a girls’ night last night, and I find that any time a bunch of girls get together, the conversation inevitably finds its way to diet, exercise and health in general.

We talked a lot about how you would think winter is the time for unhealthy eating, since people tend to hibernate a bit more, couch it up, and binge on nachos and pizza.  But after some reflection, we all agreed that it is not winter that is the dangerous season, it is the summer!

You think it’s better because you’re outside and you tend to be more active, but the summer is sneaky.  It isn’t even July yet and my weekends are already almost booked with events and functions until mid-September.  Barbecues, showers, weddings, camping trips, cottage trips, birthday parties, etc.  All are fun times, and they make me love the summer, but these are the places I tend to go to absolute town in the eating department.

I eat pretty well when I am in my regular routine.  My meals and snacks are almost scheduled, and this helps me to keep my appetite in check and not overeat.  But I’ll tell you what is bad for me (if you haven’t already discovered this from reading my blog)… EVENTS.  Any sort of event out of the reg makes it almost like…the food I eat doesn’t count?

And though my stomach and I are BFFs and I don’t really have any allergies or issues with food, overeating does make my tummers feel like bummers.

I don’t really have a suggestion to overcome this.  I guess try to make healthy choices as much as you can and continue to be active and you’ll be alright?  I dunno, ask me at the end of summer.  I don’t want this to be a “do as I say, not as I do” thing, because I am still learning how to keep my eating in check.  I think I am just going to try to make eating something I’m conscious of when I’m at a party or event.  Conscious of, but not obsess over.  I still want to enjoy my eats and not stress about how many calories are in a piece of cake.

And I want to keep up with the working out three to six days a week.

Anyhoozle, now that that’s out of the way, weekend recap time!

Yesterday we spent most of the day at Android’s parents house to celebrate his dad and nephew’s birthdays.

birthday-boys

Birthday Boys

The brunch spread was ridiculous, as per usual…

BrrrrrUNCH!

On my plate from left: turkey bacon, chicken and broccoli quiche, egg and salsa wrap, french toast casserole, pancake.  I snagged some fruit on the side that went unpictured, so this is not unhealthy, but more than I would usually eat and I was FULL afterwards.

But of course I had cake…

Yummy Cake!

It was a beautiful little cake, and it was even more beautiful on my plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

A Thing of Beauty

I love how often Andrew’s family gets together.  It is always a good time.

girls

Courtney, Taylor and I

Ah, teen angst ;).

The glasses made a reappearance…

Good Glasses Times

And there were some decent basement disco dance parties…

Disco Dance Party!

And doll-playing…

Doll Time

Caitlyn’s doll had some trouble keeping her nungas covered up.  Such a hussy 😉

A fun day, fo’ sho’.  I had some other fun stuff going on as well, but my camera took a vaycay…and I don’t want this post to be a million years long.

Bridal Shower

Today was my friend Beth’s bridal shower!

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MacBeth and I

I seem to be having a similar wardrobe malfunction as Caitlyn’s doll…

In addition to my shower gift for Beth, I framed this gem for her, a pic of us taken about 10 years ago at our Grade 12 prom!

Prom Pic

Hello yellow hair and punk Beth.  Hehehe.  I love old pics.

The shower included a ridiculous food-spread…

Appetizer Spread

I brought the goat cheese and honey dip (what else would I bring?), and the other dips were quite fab as well.  I actually thought this was it for food, so I definitely hung out by the table and did my fair share of snackage.

But then, there was more!

Lupper

All the food was amazing.  Such a good combination of flavours and I truly enjoyed everything on my plate.  From left: salad with goat cheese, walnuts and craisins (SO GOOD. I WILL be recreating this), bun with salmon, small scoop of potato salad, tuna salad sandwich, hard-boiled eggs, crackers with goat cheese and honey dip (I can’t stay away from it!), bean and chickpea salad, pickles, Babybel cheese.

Yumfest.  I was stuffed.

And then there was cake!

Best Wishes to Beth!

Obvs I snagged some of that…

cake-eater

Face Full o' Cake

We played some fun games as well!  The first game was how well you know the bride, which I would have KILLED had I been a participator rather than a moderator.

The second game we played I was in charge of, and it is my very favourite bridal shower game.  Toiler paper bride!

toilet-paper-bride

Beautiful Brides

In groups of three or four, you designate one person to be the bride, and then you deck them out in a toilet paper wedding dress.  I did participate in this one, and my group’s bride was Allison, Beth’s Maid of Honour, who is on the left.  All the brides were beautiful in their dresses ;).

bridal-party

Bridal Party

Beth and her bridal party 😀

Good times!

In keeping with my promise of summer workouts, I am off to squeeze in a long run before the season premiere of Trueblood.  I’m hoping to do at least 5k, so wish me luck!

Hope you all had a great weekend as well!

One question: How did you keep your eating in check at summer functions?

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Happy Easter, Ya Coconuts!

Happy Easter, ya coconuts!

In high school, my friends and I were on a trip and we made this random sign that we brought around with us that said “Happy Easter, ya coconut!” (it was not even close to Easter), and for some reason it has stuck with me.  Even now whenever I say “Happy Easter” I want to add “ya coconut!”

Today has been, surprise surprise, another awesome day of eating.  Ando and I went to my Dad and stepmother Mona’s house for brunch this morning with my step G-ma, stepbrother Rusty, and his girlfriend Leslie.

Dad & I

My Dad continues to be a fashionista

We once again arrived to a beautifully set table.

Easter Table

And I once again loaded my plate with an assortment of goodies…

My Plate

Egg wrap, which I made (I’ll put up the recipe at the end of this post), ham, smoked salmon with cream cheese, a few veggies, puff pastries, sausage, cheese, and meatsticks.  There were also bagels, but I skipped those and opted instead for a hot cross bun, which went unpictured.

I have noticed that I have an eating pattern.  I will first eat the thing I dislike to get it out of the way (nothing in this case), and then I will rotate around my plate, saving bites of everything, but the very last bite must be of my favourite thing on my plate.  It has to be the last taste in my mouth.  In this case it was the egg and salsa wrap.  I have been saving that for last lately whenever it’s landed on my plate.

Does anyone else do that?  Or am I a weirdo? 😉

For dessert I had some vanilla yogurt with strawberries and cantaloupe…

Dessert

(Isn’t that little dish beautiful?!)

And then I had a second dessert of strawberry kiwi cake and a little Italian cookie.

Second Dessert

Pretty yummy.

Both our families have been big on mid-day Easter meals this year, which has meant no turkey!  I have thoroughly enjoyed eating breakfast/lunch food though, so it has been A-okay with me.

Sadly, my mom and 17-year-old brother Eric live in BC, so I wasn’t able to see them for Easter this year.

My Bro & I (last year in BC)

Shmanyways, this was another good little Easter celebration, and we spent the morning and afternoon hanging out and chatting.

My dad has a seriously awesome kitty cat.  He is huge and fluffy and snuggly.

Ando + Kitty

I always want to take him home with me when I leave.

Me + Kitty

We felt bad when we arrived home and saw our own two kitties.  We felt like we had cheated on them by snuggling up with another one, so we made sure to give them some love.

Dexter & Winnie

(Note, that is not my hairy arm sneaking in from the side.  This photo is making Andmo look like a caveman…)

I do love my kitty cats :).

Dexter

Even though the above kitty cat is crazy.

Speaking of cats, my friend Catherine has the best blog about her cat, Kitten.  I highly recommend checking it out, click here: www.kittenthecat.org.

And here is a sample of what you’ll find there…



Like I said, highly recommend.  www.kittenthecat.org – go there!

Tortilla Orlando At Dawn

As promised, here is the egg wrap recipe.  It is seriously so good!  It is from Looneyspoons: Low Fat Made Fun!  By Janet and Greta Podleski, who also wrote Eat, Shrink And Be Merry, and Crazy Plates.  Shout out to Andrew’s sister Sharlene for introducing me to this recipe.  It is always a hit with everyone!

Tortilla Orlando At Dawn

(You can click on the above photo to zoom.)

It’s pretty easy, and super delicious!  Perfect for brunch and breakfast parties.

Yummy!

I’m off to squeeze in a run before dinner, which will probably be something light because I feel like I have been constantly full since Friday!  I am slightly excited to get back to regular eating, I feel pretty _____… (I hate this word, but it starts with a B and rhymes with goated.)

Enjoy your Easter!

Did you have an Easter lunch or dinner with your fam?  What did you eat?!

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Birthday Brunch Party

I know I have already detailed my birthday shenans, but the fun isn’t over just yet!  Andrew’s mom and brother-in-law are birthday twins on March 10th (like the Biebs and I), so Andrew’s entire family celebrates the three of ours together every year.  Today we celebrated with a delicious brunch.

BrrrrrRUNCH

Clockwise from left: Pancake, egg and salsa wrap, turkey bacon (and a slice of regular bacon), sausage, french toast casserole, and in the middle is Andrew’s mom’s chicken and broccoli quiche, which was delicious.

Andrew’s sister Sharlene makes that amazing egg and salsa wrap for all family brunch occasions, and I have really come to look forward to it.  I don’t know why I never make it myself, but I’m going to get the recipe from her and I’ll post it on here when I do!  It’s from Looney Spoons (low fat made fun!) which is by Janet and Greta Podleski, who also wrote Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, which you may remember from my Mexican Lasagna post.

I made that french toast casserole this morning and the recipe was definitely a keeper.  I’ll put it up at the end of this post.

I was so full from all of this yumminess, but of course I saved some room for cake!

Caaaake

And here are the birthday buddies in the flesh.

Birthday Buds!

Plus Andrew’s little niece (and nephew, who is sneaking in about to make a mad dash for that cake).

I enjoyed mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Cake + Ice Cream

I love birthdays.  And cake.

It was a good time.


Yes, we have the cutest little niece ever.

Oh, and Andrew’s hilarious grandma had this attractive old coat of hers that she thought would be perfect for me!

Meow.

I guess because I like cats?  I didn’t take it, but looking at it again now…what was I thinking?! I might have to go back for it.

Now for some recipe action.

This morning after the gym, I got to work in the kitchen.  I wanted to bring something to brunch, but I knew Sharlene had the egg’s covered, and Andrew’s mom had the pancakes taken care of.  I settled on a french toast casserole that I found on AllRecipes.

I used this recipe, only I doubled it.  I also subbed brown sugar for white.

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 5 cups bread cubes (I used whole wheat toast, cut into cubes)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, divided (I used brown)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter an 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. Line bottom of pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. pour egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50 minutes, until top is golden.

French Toast Casserole

It was pretty good, but it could have been better.  I think because I doubled the recipe (I used a bigger pan also), the cooking time was a bit off.  I put it in the oven for a bit longer, but it made it kind of crispy on the top, and the bottom was a bit on the mushy side.  I am sure following the above directions would work out well though, because this casserole did have a delicious flavour.  I will be making it again, as-is.

Welp, we have a dinner date with our friends so we are off to do some more eating!  Catcha lata!

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