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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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The Eating Weekend (aka Thanksgiving Weekend)

Saturday morning Evan, Brotherman, and his fiance Kelly and I headed to Evan/Brotherman’s Dad’s place to celebrate Thanksgiving. The plan was to spend Saturday and Sunday morning there, and then Sunday and Monday morning at Evan/Brotherman’s Nana’s with their mom to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. Sorry, that sentence is confusing.

By the time we got on the road on Saturday, got through all the traffic, made a few pit stops, etc., we arrived at their Dad and stepmom Loulou’s place just in time to eat. So, perfect timing really. Showing up just before eating time is the way to do it. I felt bad for not helping with the preparations for about .2 seconds. And then I saw this spread:

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I have said it before and I will say it a million times more, I LOVE THANKSGIVING. I want all the food! I crammed all the delicious things onto my plate.

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Clockwise from 12 o’clock: peas, squash, cabbage, turkey, stuffing, roasted potatoes and other veggies including carrots, parsnips and celeriac (a root vegetable that tastes a lot like celery), bread. I took that picture before I covered everything with gravy, which, good thing because the aftermath of the gravy was way less photogenic. I went back for seconds of turkey, stuffing and the vegetables. It was all so amazing, I could not get enough and I wish I was still eating that plate right now.

I had to save room though, for all the dessert!

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That may be the best apple pie I have ever had, no lie. I had it after dinner, as a late night snack, and as dessert for breakfast the next day. I wish I was eating that right now also.

And then Evan’s grandma had made her famous kugluf, a Slovenian (or from that area of Europe, but Evan’s Dad’s family are Slovenian) pound cake, also known as kuglof.

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And hell yes is all I have to say about that. Evan needs to get the recipe asap and start making this. Brotherman has been making a lot of their grandma’s apple cake recently, and I think it needs a kugluf friend.

It was a nice Thanksgiving dinner with Evan’s fam on his dad’s side. We told a lot of stories, and though Evan’s Uncle Gino had some good ones, I think I really impressed him with the tale of the piggyback fail.

After dinner Loulou brought me a little friend to snuggle with.

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A chicken. This would make the first time in my life I have snuggled with a chicken, and I have to say it was not as awkward as I would have thought. She was quite a nice chicken, and she didn’t poop on me, so that’s a win.

We spent the rest of our time there making the rounds to see alllllll the animals. The only two new additions since the last time we were there were these two turkeys.

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Like, literally turkeys. And no these turkeys will never be Thanksgiving dinner, I know you’re thinking it!

I like how all the birds just hang out together. The turkeys, the chickens, the roosters, and the guineafowl. They are all friends. No discrimination there. They’re an inclusive group of birds.

The baby guineafowl are all grown up now so the grown-up gang has increased by a few. They were really making me laugh. For hours they just circled Evan’s truck.

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Over and over. Just kept circling. I guess because it was new to the driveway? I do not know, but they could not get enough of the truck. It is quite a sexy truck though, so I don’t blame them.

Peanut the piglet has also grown up quite a bit since we last saw her.

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She was only 9 pounds when we first met her, and I think she is now 25. She’s a friendly little piggy (though she is a bit moody), and she is pretty hilarious when she eats. I took a video to demonstrate this.

Peanut the pig!

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She might eat faster than I do.

And of course, if you have read about the other times we visited Evan’s Dad and Loulou’s farm you know I love the donkeys. I LOVE the donkeys!

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Rosie and Zeke

Love those donkeys! Just the cutest/coolest donkeys I have ever seen. I never would have expected donkeys to be affectionate, but they really are. They love to be close to you and be petted (Winnie?!). Zeke especially really nuzzles his face up to my body.

Zeke is just so nice that I climbed into their pen to hang out with him, and then out of nowhere Rosie came up behind me and squeezed between me and the fence. I was not expecting this and she kind of nudged against me, which caught me by surprise.

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What the…?

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Oh Rosie, it’s just you

Sneaky little donkey.

Evan’s ‘rents have an apple tree in their yard, and after our big apple picking fail a couple weeks ago, I was excited to do some apple picking!

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Fun times on the farm all around with this guy:

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And these two:

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And the horse also.

After breakfast on Sunday we headed to Evan’s Nana’s to visit with her and his mom. That was really fun also, but because there were no animals there I didn’t take very many pictures.

But ohh I got dinner on Sunday.

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Evan’s Nana grew up in British India so she is alllll about the Indian foods and I can’t get enough. This plate includes curried pork, vegetables, and shrimp, lentils, coconut rice, ham, roasted potatoes, squash and carrots. It was so amazing, and after all the turkey the day before I loved that it was something different. I was in heaven. I went back for seconds of all the curry stuff.

So it was a really great weekend. I had a great time with Evan and his family. And eating. I really enjoyed eating.

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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?

baby-chicks

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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