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Weekend Eating + Workout Playlist

So the Cuba recapping is all done. Back to ye ol’ regular grind over here, meaning nothing too exciting has been going on.

This weekend was pretty low key. My friend Sherrie left for the Dominican on Sunday (am I allowed to be jealous even though I just came back from somewhere hot? because I am), and she has this tradition where she has a going away party whenever she leaves the country. So that’s what was going down on Friday night. I love a good friend gathering so I was all for that.

Evan and I stopped on the way for dinner at a Thai restaurant in my old Whitby neighbourhood called Sweet Basil Thai. I used to get takeout from there all the time and it was just as sweet as I remembered. I got the red curry chicken, which I can never seem to stray from.

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With coconut rice on the side. DELICIOUS. As you can see in the above picture my curry bowl is on top of another shallow decorative bowl, and my favourite way to eat curry is to put a few spoonfuls of rice on a separate plate and then spoon some curry on top, and then repeat. I thought that little half bowl would be perfect for that, so that’s what I did. Evan noticed this and said “I don’t think you are using that bowl correctly… I think it’s just for decoration.” I was very adamant though that the little dish was PERFECT for eating my curry the way I like. The server came over when we were finishing so I asked her if I used the serving bowl correctly and she immediately started laughing and said “No, I’ve never seen anyone eat out of that dish before. That’s why you have a side plate.”

Oh well. The dish was clean and adequate for getting curry into my mouth so that’s all that matters, right? We were really laughing about this.

We also got complimentary shrimp chips to start, which…tasted pretty shrimpy in chip form and I was not a huge lover of them.

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But I did love the peanut sauce it came with.

We eventually made it to Sherrie’s intimate gathering of about 8 people. It was REALLY fun. We played games all night and I laughed so hard I thought I was seriously in danger of having a heart attack. I took no pictures at all. Eventually everyone either left or went to bed and it was just Sherrie and I still up. We ended up staying up and talking until nearly 5am. I feel like I am still paying for that decision. My usual bedtime is around 10. I lived with Sherrie and her parents for a month about two years ago after a breakup and Sherrie and I would frequently have late night talks for hours, so it felt like old times.

On Saturday Evan and I had plans to visit Dawn and Mark and baby Scarlett, so we picked up Taco Bell for everyone and headed over around lunchtime. No pictures again, but it was a fun visit with them and the Taco Bell was pretty delicious. I got the taco supreme combo with soft tacos and it was so trashy and good. I haven’t had Taco Bell in YEARS.

We didn’t eat the most healthy dinner either… We came home and were both feeling lazy, so we got butter chicken and rice from an Indian takeout spot near us that Evan calls “Buddy’s Chicken.”

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Again, trashy and delicious.

Sunday was spent doing the usual groceries, laundry, etc. And we finally made dinner for ourselves. Stuffed green peppers (okay so those were purchased from the grocery store, but still a step up from the fast food we had been eating all weekend), steamed beets and salad with oil and vinegar.

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I felt like I ate crap for the majority of the weekend, so that was a nice change.

And that was my leisurely weekend.

I have still been trying to run a few days a week, and since the weather is still hit or miss (it’s snowing today, ahhhh!!!!) I have still been doing the mindless treadmill thing. Which means I need good tunes to run to, to distract myself from wanting to cut my legs off. Enter my Spring 2014 playlist!

Bad Blood – Bastille
Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
Cardiac Arrest – Bad Suns
Come With Me Now – KONGOS
Coming Of Age – Foster The People
Counting Stars – OneRepublic
Lightning Tent – Wildlife
Love Me Again – John Newman
Monster – Imagine Dragons
Shot Reverse Shot – Jack Johnson
Sleeping With A Friend – Neon Trees
Speeches – Walk Off The Earth (okay so this was on my last playlist, but I still really love it)
The Walker – Fitz And The Tantrums (playlist highlight!)

Yin Yang – USS (also a playlist highlight!)

If you like, check out my playlists page!

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Absolute Comedy, Babies and Burritos

Is it okay to recap your weekend three days after the weekend happened? I feel both like it has been a decade since Sunday and also like Sunday was yesterday. Anyway, I meant to write this on Monday, but you know how it goes…

I have been working later than usual lately (just temporary until my event on February 3rd, which cannot come soon enough but also needs to be further away so I can get everything done), so to make my life easier Evan has been handling dinner in the evenings. He really is awesome. I would recommend he become a cook, but then he probably wouldn’t be home to make me dinner, so…conundrum. Guaranteed if I was still living on my own I would be eating English muffin pizzas every night. Well, here is Friday’s dinner, I believe it speaks for itself.

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I was pretty excited when I arrived home after a looooong week and that was plated and looking like heaven. Immediate mood changer right there. The way to my heart is absolutely through my stomach and Evan has it DOWN to a SCIENCE. The steak, by the way, is from Highland Farms. Any GTAers shop there? They have really great meat! And their bakery is pretty dynamite also.

After dinner we headed out to my old stomping grounds of Yonge and Eglinton to meet up with these two lovers:

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Dorothy and Ian

(and some other friends as well) for a little Absolute Comedy action. I need to take a minute to mention that I really miss living in the Yonge and Eglinton area. I love living with Evan, but if I could just transport the condo over there that would be a dream. Or Yonge and Davisville, I’m not picky. Because maaaan it was nice to be within walking distance to basically everything imaginable and steps from the subway. I also really like that Yonge and Eg is close enough to downtown without being quite as crazy busy or expensive. If you’re moving to Toronto I highly recommend checking that area out.

Anyway, Absolute Comedy. I have seen a few stand-up comedians now, but I hadn’t been to that venue before. I have to say, it was the most hilarious comedy show I have seen. The headliner, Matt Davis, absolutely killed me. He was definitely a physical comedian and his facial expressions really made his act. I am a visual learner, so I like this. Good thing I had my trusty new glasses so I could see!

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Yes, we are now glasses twins. It was very necessary for me, but more on those bad boys later.

It was really great to see Ian and Dorothy and friends. Ian lived with Evan until I moved in (well, we had about a month overlap) and it has been weird not seeing him all the time. We all went out for a drink afterwards, and though I was exhausted when I first arrived home and really debated going out in the first place…Hops & Bolts just perked me right up.

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And then we walked home from the bus stop in the snow.

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Because of course it was snowing…what else has it done all winter? If it’s not -20 or ice storming, it’s snowing. I can’t remember a colder, more snow-filled winter, and coming from a Canadian gal that is saying something!

Saturday I slept in and it was GLORIOUS, and then it was my good friend Lisa’s baby shower!

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Fran, moi, Lisa, Amy

Lisa is my friend from way back in Journalism school, and you may also know her as my running date, and my High Park hiking pal. Above is my favourite Journalism foursome. The four of us haven’t been all together since Fran’s cottage in June, so it was good to see them, and of course celebrate Lisa’s impending baby boy. It’s that time, I guess…I turn 3o and BAM everyone’s knocked up. Exciting though. Babies are exciting.

Lisa’s sister (who is clearly an avid Pinterest user) had a pretty sweet cupcake pyramid going on…

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And I loved the boards with the pictures. On the left is Lisa’s fiancé’s son, and the picture on the right will be of their new baby. Also, the Disney books were for shower guests to write messages in. My message was of course in the Lion King and told him to be strong for Mufasa and mayyyy have also included a note about JTT’s sultry voice and how excited I was for the new baby to experience it. I really miss JTT in his prime. I know I’m not alone.

It was a good time. Pretty great food spread also, but I was too busy shoving it all down my face to get a picture of it.

Sunday was spent running errands, doing some work from my post on the couch while these two leisured beside me…

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Nap Buddies

And I decided to repay the favour to Evan and make him dinner. Chicken and black bean burritos (<- recipe there! Originally found in Cooking Light) and a quinoa salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, green onion and olive oil + vinegar dressing.

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Those burritos may not look like anything special, but they are VERY delicious. I followed the recipe exactly. The grilling of the actual burrito really brings them up a notch and Evan actually said he was blown away by that. Highly recommend them.

And that was my weekend. Maybe with a bit of Sons of Anarchy season 2 thrown in there as well. I have finally jumped on the SOA bandwagon and I am liking it a lot!

Hope your week is going just swell.

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Niagara Falls Adventures

I have been very excited to share my and Evan’s Niagara Falls trip with you. We were only there from Sunday to Monday so only slightly more than 24 hours, but we packed in a lot of stuff.

It was kind of a one year anniversary celebratory trip for Evan and I, but also just a nice winter getaway. I am a big fan of experiences and creating memories. I am also a fan of saving money, so we booked our hotel through Travelzoo and scored a huuuuge deal. If you are looking into a Niagara Falls adventure I would HIGHLY recommend doing this. Our hotel was half the price of what it would be usually, and it included a bunch of coupons for restaurants, etc. as well. The deals are usually Sunday through Thursday, but since it is the Christmas hollies that was no biggie. It actually worked out really well since it was less busy than a weekend, and we weren’t there to party.

Anyway, we were staying at the Ramada hotel in the Fallsview district and arrived on Sunday in the early afternoon. Our room completely exceeded my expectations. I knew we had a king bed, but I’m pretty sure the jacuzzi was an upgrade from the front desk guy.

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So that was a nice surprise. Definitely made up for the view.

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So scenic and beautiful. But we weren’t planning on spending a lot of time in our room anyway, so no worries there.

We immediately bundled up and headed over to the falls, about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

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The bundling was pretty unnecessary though, as Sunday was a balmy 9C degrees (48F) and it was in fact so warm that the ice rink was flooded and closed.

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That got a big thumbs down and a sad face from me because I was VERRRRRY excited for some romantic nighttime skating overlooking the beautifully lit falls. And we would hold hands and drink hot chocolate and take rosy-cheeked selfies. So that dream was crushed. Maybe for the best though, as Evan has informed me he does not know how to skate, and his dad used to call him The Zamboni when he was trying to teach him because he would just fall and clean the ice with his butt. We probably could have gotten him a pylon or something to push around though, to keep him upright. I guess his graceful water ability (aw, the porpoise!) doesn’t apply to frozen water. He is naturally good at a lot of things, so maybe he has magically learned after not skating in 20 years? We’ll never know (except we will know, because we’re going downtown for skating at some point this winter, and it will be just as romantic as I am picturing).

Digressing, digressing…

The falls were just beautiful, if a little foggy. I’ve never seen them in the winter.

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It was still chilly, so we were still rosy-cheeked (or red-faced).

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A romantic selfie

After wandering around for a while and taking in the sights, we decided to go on an adventure. The JOURNEY BEHIND THE FALLS! I have always wanted to do this.

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An elevator takes you down 150 feet (googled it), through the rock, to tunnels that lead to two portals behind the falls, and a viewing area to the side (where I took the photo above). It was a really cool experience, and pictures do not do it justice.

It was tricky tricky to get a picture down there but we still tried.

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The guy who is taking this took about 4 and his thumb is in all of them. Not ideal conditions, but you make do.

The coolest were the two portals behind the falls looking out.

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Evan has a cool video of this, the water just constantly rushing by the little tunnel. It was very loud, like THUNDA!

Afterwards we stopped by the giftshop, and since this is obviously a very popular American tourist spot being on the border, it was pure moose, mounties, and maple paraphernalia in there. And beavers, a lot of beavers. I promise you there is more to Canada. Come hang with me, I’ll show ya the sights.

Eventually we headed back to our hotel and got all gussied up for dinner at the Fallsview Keg, and our table had GORGEOUS views overlooking the falls. On a clear night it would have been ridiculous.

We had a coupon for the Keg included in our hotel package, which was helpful because the Keg is $$, so we went all out and even ordered an appetizer.

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Warm goat cheese and toast and brushetta-type tomatoes. And hooooooly that goat cheese. Holy moly. I loved it.

Plus bread for the table and a Keg-sized Caesar for meee (like a Bloody Mary, but spicy and with clamato juice – it’s a Canadian thing, they should serve these in the gift shop)…

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And then dinner.

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Apologies for the bad photo quality, but steak, scallops and shrimp with a little cream sauce and garlic mashed potatoes made up my entree. It was all delicious. ESPECIALLY the scallops. Both the steak and the scallops were melt-in-your-mouth.

It was a really, really nice dinner. Evan and I haven’t been out for a dinner of this calibre together in a while and it was so great to just enjoy each other’s company and stuff our faces. Good times.

Afterwards we did some walking around in the nighttime falls…

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It was really foggy, but the falls were still beautiful. I had always thought when they lit the falls it was from behind them, but they have these huge spotlights that light them up. They changed to red and green periodically also, all festive for Christmas.

And then we hit up the casino.

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I am not a big gambler and the thought of losing money just makes me feel sick to my stomach, but once in a while I think it’s a fun time. Usually when I go to the casino I put my designated $20 gambling money into the slot machine and I lose it almost immediately. I LOVE blackjack tables, but the minimum is $25 a hand and that’s a little steep. At the casino in Port Perry where I used to frequent occasionally when I was freshly 19, the minimum was $5 a hand so you could play for hours and win/lose a minimal amount. In the end we stuck to slots and Evan lost $10 and I broke even, so not too shabby for an hour or so of entertainment. Also, the Michael Jackson slot machine is awesome. If you find one, play it. It has so many fun things going on (random MJ songs playing, and MJ himself moonwalking all over your screen periodically) and mini games. I like slot machines that keep me entertained like that.

At the end of the day we headed back to our room with the upgraded jacuzzi, and The End.

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Romantic.

Not sure how I feel about posting a picture of myself in a bathtub HOWEVER, I might just be wearing a bathing suit under all those bubbles. You just never can tell 🙂

Part 2 Niagara things to come!

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Buffets and Engagement Parties

It was a pretty leisurely weekend over here. I ate a lot. It’s a good thing I have still been seeing Gillian and have two appointments with her this week (I will post an update about that because I have been making some progress!).

On Friday Evan and I had a romantic date night at Chef India, an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet…

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I had read that there was an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet near me and Evan thought it sounded too good to be true and that such deliciousness couldn’t possibly exist, so I had to prove it. They had quite an ample selection. But all-you-can-eat Indian is really just one plate (but a big plate) for me because Indian food is very filling. I was dying after that plate. We came back to my place after and watched the 6th Harry Potter movie and were asleep by 11pm. Pretty good night.

And we had some more all-you-can-eat buffet action at the Golden Griddle on Sunday morning.

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It reminded me of hungover breakfasts in my college days. I haven’t been to Golden Griddle in years! Anyway, stuffed my face once again and afterwards went back to Evan’s and promptly had a two-hour nap.

On Sunday night Evan made me dinner, and it was significantly more healthy than the rest of our meals this weekend. To start he made one of his grandma’s famous soups that has these dumplings made with egg, cream of wheat, and parmesan cheese in the broth…

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Interesting combination, but it was heavenly

And then he grilled steak while I cut vegetables for salad (I’m very helpful).

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Evan tossed the salad though, since he is an oil and vinegar dressing pro. Everything was delicious.

Saturday was the most exciting day of my weekend. My oldest friend Emily recently got engaged to her longtime lover Corey (as you may know), and Emily’s parents hosted an engagement party for them.

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Such lovers. They just warm my heart. And isn’t Corey handsome? We always tell him that he is classically handsome like George Clooney.

The party was at Emily’s childhood home, out in the boonies near where I gew up!

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It should be noted that this was Winnie’s birthplace 20 years ago. She lived in that barn at the very back of the picture until I got her as a young kitty when she was old enough to leave her mom. Barn cats are sturdy, let me tell you. 20 years later and she is still a spry minx!

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I did just find out from the vet yesterday that she has Stage 2 (out of 4) kidney disease, but apparently it’s not as bad as it sounds and it’s manageable (I have ordered her special food). The vet says it’s possible for Winnie to live for several more healthy years. Fingers crossed. And that’s the only health issue she’s really ever had, so she is a lucky kitty. She reminds me of my Nana.

Anyway, back to engagement activities. All my best pals from high school were in attendance.

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Except for Crystal because she lives in Calgary, but Emily had printed her photo and brought it around for pictures, so it was almost like she was there.

And the lads were present as well, including Evan.

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He liked to wear my nametag in addition to his own.

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I’m pretty sure he is just going to have to take my last name. If his last  name was Lindseyoff I would be all over that!

The party was outdoors and luckily it was a beautifully sunny day. It was pretty nice in the sunshine, but since it has become fall overnight it was COLD in the shade, and even colder when the sun went down. But by then there was a bonfire, so that was a good time.

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I have discovered where Emily gets her party hosting skills from.

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The picture clothesline was a nice touch

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There was even a DJ who played karaoke. I am pretty sure he was the only one who sang, but he sang beautifully. By that point it was nearly dark so we were all over by the fire.

It was a fun night with fun people!

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I love Emily’s parents. They are just a good time. Her dad is especially hilarious and asked Evan and I if we would be sleeping over so we could break into the whiskey with him. Sadly we had to leave that night, but next time. Next time for sure because I have a feeling I will be a part of a lot of wedding shenanigans. Emily asked me to be a bridesmaid! She gave all her bridesmaids a Ring Pop and a wedding themed movie with a little note that said “Now it’s my turn to pop the question, will you be my bridesmaid?” It was really cute.

I am so happy for these two and I can’t wait to be a part of their big day. And the fun activities leading up to it.

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Ah, young love.

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The Cottage Birthday and Chicken Balls for Breakfast

We went to Evan’s cottage again this past weekend, likely the last time until next summer for me, although you never know.

Evan and I arrived Friday night, and sadly all of Saturday pretty much looked like this:

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Overcast and quite a lot of rain. But that is A-okay, it was pretty relaxing just hanging out inside. Evan’s friends Ian and Dorothy were with us, so the four of us decided to go out for brunch on Saturday morning at a local Chinese restaurant, the Rice Lake Harwood Restaurant.

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It was an interesting brunch choice but there was not really anywhere else to go in the area. We went to a more touristy spot first and found that the restaurant was closed for the season, so that was disappointing. But only disappointing until I saw the menu at this place, because where else can you get chicken balls with your breakfast?

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I really love chicken balls and I have eaten many of them over the years. I need to say that those were the BEST chicken balls that I have ever eaten. EVER. I mean it. They actually had real chicken breast inside, were more chicken than ball (a problem I find with many chicken balls) and were just deep fried to golden perfection. I could not get enough. Best brunch I have had in a long time, and I excitedly told our server this as we were leaving. Dorothy actually grew up in Hong Kong so we were asking her about all the North Americanized Chinese dishes. Chicken balls are not a traditional Chinese dish in case anyone was wondering. Nor are spring rolls. But chicken feet sure are, and Dorothy says they’re actually really good!

Anyway, next time we are at the cottage we are going there for dinner. I need to try out the best of the Americanized Chinese deliciousness.

I have been excited for this cottage weekend for a while because my friends Dawn and Emily were coming up with their lovers Mark and Corey and they had never been to the cottage before. I had also not seen the girls since our sushi/Pravda night and that is just way too long, so I was anxious for a catch-up session. Emily and Corey had just spent a week on the east coast and were driving back from Nova Scotia on Saturday morning, so they weren’t arriving until later in the evening, but Dawn and Mark got there in the early afternoon. Just in time for a hat party.

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There are a lot of good hats at the cottage…

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So we all tried them on.

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Sometimes several at once.

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Dorothy brought out the best snack plate ever while we sat around chatting.

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And Dawn was all “Lindsey, this is blog material!” And it was. There are few things in life I enjoy more than good cheese and crackers. And fruit I guess. And that was hot pepper raspberry jam, which sounds like an odd combination, but it was really good. Especially with a little brie on your cracker. I appreciate people who are snack-oriented so I loved Dorothy for busting this out.

For dinner Evan made us all vegetable and pork skewers on the barbecue. And he gets extra points because he cut both the pork and the vegetables up himself (and you can see all the other reasons why he is awesome here).

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He also toasted the pitas with butter and picked up three different kinds of hummus and Helluva Good Dip (the dip was my request). I loved all the selections. Such a good dinner! We were all praising Chef Evan.

Since this was only a few days before Evan’s birthday we had a mini celebration for him. Dawn and Mark brought him this “special rum” from Jamaica that apparently everyone has to have a shot of on (or near) their birthday.

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We all decided to try it, and at first I wasn’t sure about it…

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Hmm…what is this?

But then it was pretty clear that I did not like it.

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DO NOT LIKE.

And I really regretted drinking any rum the next day. Beer! I need to stick to beer all the way! It is bad news when I forget this.

Evan took his shot much more gracefully than I did.

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I think he might have liked it.

The six of us played Cards Against Humanity for about four hours while we waited for Corey and Emily to arrive (and no one had to go lie down because they were laughing too hard, so that is a success). Serious kudos to Em and Cork for even coming at all, because they had been driving all day long after a week’s vacation and I’m pretty sure if it were me I would have wanted to just go home and dive right into my bed. But they made it and they were in good spirits!

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I was so excited to see them and hear about their trip.

And I was waiting for them to get there so I could bring out Evan’s birthday cake!

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I don’t have any good pictures of the cake but it was so good! I picked it up at a bakery near my work and it was a Dufflet (apparently they are well-known) vanilla with buttercream icing. Seriously so moist and so good. Everyone was going on about it and there was none leftover, which I was very disappointed about in the morning. I think it would have cured my hangover.

Dawn and Mark also got this sweet party game for Evan.

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Stick the pterodactyl on the pterodactyl spot. Sounds like a party and a half. We didn’t end up playing, which is sad because it looks like a fun time. But Evan saved it and we may have to bring it out in the future. And Emily and Corey brought Evan moonshine. It was quite the array of birthday presents. Looking back I wish we had combined the moonshine with the stick the pterodactyl on the pterodactyl spot, because that would have been pretty interesting.

When we woke up on Sunday morning it was just BEAUTIFUL. The entire day looked like this:

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Sunny and clear skies!

We made a quick bacon and egg breakfast (I was on toast duty and I mentioned that there is no glory in it and toast duty is a thankless job and everyone started clapping and yelling “YEAHHH TOAST!” when I sat down, so that was nice) and then we spent the rest of the day outside. Emily discovered how amazing the hammock is…

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We did a lot of fishing (well, the boys did) and tube leisuring…

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And poor Dawnald got stung by a wasp on her pinky finger. Poor muffin. I hope that doesn’t make her associate Evan’s cottage with bad things because I believe this was a rare occurrence. I think they all had a great time, and I had a fun day with my beautiful friends.

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Evan and I ended up staying all day and didn’t get home until about 10pm Sunday evening. I really just wanted enjoy it I knew it was going to be the last cottage day and winter is coming and city winters suck. So I achieved my goal and spent the entire day in the sunshine. Yes yes. It was a good weekend.

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Roosters and Donkeys and Pigs, OH MY.

After our beach date Evan and I headed to his Nana’s house in Belleville for dinner and a sleepover. His mom was there also, and the three of them together are really funny and make me laugh quite hard. They just love Evan so much and are so proud of him, so they regularly say things to me like “But isn’t he such a nice boy?” (YES). It’s really cute.

They also love to tell me stories of when he was younger, which are my favourite. Like how Evan refused to ride in his uncle’s car when he was a kid because it looked like “it might go too fast,” and about young Evan’s dreams of becoming a garbage man because he liked to collect things. And my favourite, the time they were at a restaurant in Florida and their server accidentally brought four-year-old Evan orange juice with VODKA instead of the plain OJ his mom ordered for him. That is quite the mix-up. I am not sure how that happens. Apparently they had to leave the restaurant because Evan drank it and got all rowdy and started throwing silverware. I die for stories like this. I want to hear them all.

Evan’s Nana grew up in British India, so her staple dishes are pretty different from my own Ukrainian Nana’s, but her cooking is so good! For dinner she made us lentils, curried meatballs (curried meatballs!), and two different kinds of rice as well as vegetables.

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Yes yes

SO good. I see where Evan gets his amazing cooking skills from! He is always making his Nana’s lentils and saying that he just can’t make them as good as hers, but I think he is pretty close. I understand though…nothing I make of my Nana’s will ever compare, because Nana’s add their unconditional love. And a ton of salt.

It was a nice visit.

And then on Sunday morning we made our way to Evan’s Dad and Loulou’s, who you may remember have a hobby farm in Tweed.

Remember these little guys?

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They have grown!

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They are getting so big, and they are just getting more funny looking.

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So cute though still.

Evan’s dad and Loulou have been really big on rescuing animals lately, especially birds. Loulou was saying they will go to another farm expecting to bring home one chicken and will somehow get roped into taking home four. They have built quite the bird sanctuary to house all these birds.

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During the day all the different chickens and guineafowl just wander around the yard and get into mischief, and then at night they are put into their bird mansion.

They are so funny to watch.

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Mango the rooster has been steadily improving since they first rescued him (at his old home the chickens bullied him and pulled out his feathers), and he is looking a lot better these days. He actually let me pet him!

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He’s so funny.

I need to introduce you to the newest and cutest edition to the farm. Peanut the piglet!

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I die. I just die. How adorable is that sweet little face? She is just 6 weeks old and currently 10lbs and I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to snuggle her. What a little muffin.

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Just a baby piggy. Sadly Peanut does not like to be picked up, or I never would have put her down. Loulou said she just squeals like she is being murdered if you try.

Evan’s parents are hoping to eventually house train Peanut and have her live inside, so it will be interesting to see how that goes. I think she is supposed to eventually weigh 100-150lbs. If she stayed that tiny forever I would totally get one to take home as a friend for Winnie. I think Winnie needs a little pig in her life.

I think my favourite animals are still the donkeys Rosie and Zeke though.

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Remember those guys? That is the best picture of them.

They are such nice donkeys!

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I was feeling brave so I went in their pen and I am pretty sure Zeke fell in love with me. He just followed me around and kept nuzzling up to me.

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He makes me really want a pet donkey also, but I don’t feel like that would be ideal for my apartment situation.

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I can really feel the love in that picture.

I have to mention my friend Sasha also.

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Because she is the best dog ever and I cannot get enough of her.

I have said this before but I will say it again, all of the animals just seem insanely happy. You can tell they are all well-loved and taken care of. I love doing the rounds and visiting them all.

We had a really great time with Evan’s dad and Loulou, and they made us a really great dinner!

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Pork chops and sausages grilled on the barbecue, corn on the cob, and grilled bread. I never would have thought of grilling bread, but it was amazing so I am not sure why.

Fun farm times for sure! It almost makes me want a farm of my own, but it is a LOT of work, and I do like my leisure time…

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