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Now That’s A Deal

December 2, 2010

Just call me the chicken lady ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday as I arrived at my mom’s house after work to change my clothes before heading to the farm, I was greeted with a bundle of excitment.ย  I was barely in the door, when my mom proclaims “Wait until you see what I bought! they’re so cute!” She then came out of the kitchen with these little chickens which she purchased for less than $2 a piece!ย  I thought it was a joke! A Fluke! Something!

Come Tuesday, I thought I would take my chances after my run and head on over to the same store to see if I could score some sort of deal for myself.

I actually couldn’t believe it when I found the same chickens on for $.49/lb!!! If you do the shopping in your house, you’ll know that is an insane price for chicken – well around here at least.ย  Whole fresh chickens around here normally range between $7-$10 a piece. When on sale, they’re normally about $4 and that’s when I usually buy a few to stock up!ย  So when I see a whole bin for under $2 each, the crazy chicken lady in my comes out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I bought 6 that first night and yesterday went back for more!!

Although the shot is a bit blurry, this is what my freezer looks like

In the past 2 days, I have purchased 16 whole fresh GRAIN-FED chickens. Yes, I said 16!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Total spent = $28.00!!!!!!

I now have enough chickens in the freezer to roast a chicken every Sunday night from now up until 2 weeks before we leave for our wedding.ย  For $28!!!!ย  Now that’s a deal.

While on the topic of deals, I also picked up all of these for $5.40 last night too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yay for coupons!

This was my second time picking up a big batch of cleaners for such a low price and I am guessing that I have at least a 2 year supply of household cleaners in my stash now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was a hungry girl last night after all of my deal hunting and was craving spaghetti. Spaghetti has been one of my favourite meals since I was little.

The result of my craving – whole wheat spaghetti, topped with fresh kale and a turkey sauce.

Yum!

It was exactly what I needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

So… anyone else score a great deal recently?

Comforting Baked Goods

November 30, 2010

Good morning everyone!!

Hopefully everyone is now recovered from the weekend – and to my American friends, are you still full?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m pretty busy with work, so I have chosen to leave you with a photo montage of the baking that came out of my kitchen this past weekend.

Don’t drool too much ok? …recipes to come at a later date. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, I tried my hand at inventing some Gingerbread Muffins

Next up, Angela’s Perfect Chocolate Coffee Scones

I literally had to hide the last 2 of these from C so that I could actually enjoy them too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then last, but definitely not least, Soft Molasses Cookies (oh how I love these things)

Don’t you wish there was such a thing as blog smellavision right about now??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

We Were Going To Rake

November 27, 2010
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… But then we woke up to this sight at 8am.

Do you see that white stuff falling?????ย  And the millions of leaves that needed to be raked????!?!

Piper seemed pretty interested in it. Me, not so much.

We have been planning all week long to spend our Saturday raking and trimming in the back yard to prepare for winter.

Unfortunately…..

Not even 1 hour later….

This is what the yard looked like.

We even had to shovel the driveway!

*sigh*

Winter, I just wasn’t ready for you yet…

Now my kitchen is really calling my name. Off to make something yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Week Night Chicken & Dumpling Soup

November 26, 2010

This past Monday morning, as I sat at my desk and began catching up my blog-reading, I came across something that really caught my eye – and most importantly, my stomach. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Julie, over at Peanut Butter Fingers had made a post about her growing dumplings in a chicken soup, I just knew that I had to have that for supper that day. I literally could not stop thinking about and tasting chicken soup all day long!

It just so happened that I had a pack of chicken legs thawing in the fridge, along with 3/4 of a container of chicken stock that HAD to be used up. Awesome!

I rushed home from the farm and got cooking!

The end result:

This soup contains:

  • 3/4C of low sodium chicken stock
  • approx. 1.5-2C of water
  • 1 small onion – diced
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • 2 carrots – sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery – diced
  • about 10 mushrooms – sliced
  • 1 large red potato – chopped into small cubes
  • meat from 5 chicken legs – shredded
  • 2C kale
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

– First I sauteed all of the vegetables, then added the liquid followed by the chicken and thyme.ย 

While that’s simmering away, move on to your dumplings.

The dumplings contain:

  • 1/4C whole wheat pasty flour
  • 1.5 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a few shakes of thyme
  • a few shakes of garlic powder
  • 1/4C skim milk

– First I mixed all of the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture was crumbly.ย  I then stirred in the milk until it became a doughy consistancy.ย  Next, I dropped spoonfuls into my soup one at a time.ย  This made 5 little dumplings. Perfect for a little batch of week night soup.

Let it all cook for about 7-8 minutes and add your kale.ย  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes and serve away! ๐Ÿ™‚

This soup was a definite hit and one for the vault.

Have a great weekend!!!

I forsee a lot of baking for me in the next couple of days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This Is Love

November 26, 2010
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One of MANY reasons why I’m marrying C in April.

Found this note on our menu board last night. (We were obviously too busy to do a menu this week, but I like looking at this much better)

So cheesy, yet so awesome.ย  I had to share ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hello Blog + A Burrito Bowl

November 26, 2010

Why hello blog readers!

Are you still around?

The last few weeks have been very hectic and stressful.ย  Things are looking up now though and I am finally able to dedicate time to my beloved blog.ย  I miss it!!

With a change in food and LOTS of TLC, my little Piper seems to be on the mend – phew!ย  As I watch him eat more and more as the days pass, I can feel my stress level slowly get lower and lower.

Speaking of stress, I really need to learn how to manage it better.ย  I’m ashamed at myself over these past weeks.ย  When I get super stressed, I can’t bring myself to do anything but curl up on the couch with a blanket and block out the world. My diet has been less-than-stellar and my workouts have been way too sproatic.ย  Thankfully this crazy month of November is almost done and although the crazy holiday season is upon us, I am determined to get back on track with all of my workout plans starting Monday. This girl is getting married in just over 4 months! She needs to be looking her best! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I don’t even want to talk about last weeks meals, but I will say that I had two pretty stellar ones this week.ย  Monday I had a craving and made a chicken soup with dumplings. Sound good?ย  it was INCREDIBLE. Recipe to come via a post later this aft.

Last night, I had a last minute idea of something quick and tasty to make. It was vegetarian too! (I actually like eating vegetarian once in a while)

Meet my burrito bowl!

What you need:

  • ย 1 can of red kidney beans (or any bean actually)
  • 1/2 C your favourite salsa
  • 1/2 C frozen corn
  • 1/2 of a large tomato (chopped)
  • 1 green onion chopped – I didn’t have any and wish I did – an onion would make this dish even better!
  • 1 taco shell (or nacho chips) crushed
  • just under 1/4 C grated cheese (I used low-fat mozerella)

First I made up my version of refried beans by smashing together the beans and salsa over a medium heat.

Next, I spooned about half of the mixture into a small casserole bowl and added the corn and tomatoes. Then I gave it a good stir. (I would add the green onion here)

For the topping, I took a taco shell and crumbled it on top

For the final touch, I sprinkled on some mozerella ๐Ÿ™‚

I then baked for 15-20 minutes. Until the cheese was melted and started to get a golden colour.

What an AWESOME meal.

With a tummy full of warm burrito bowl goodness I settled to watch Tuesday’s episode of The Biggest Loser. I just love that show!ย  To make it even better, it was makeover week!ย  Dang those people are doing a good job!

Next thing I knew, my sweet tooth was calling my name for a little desert.

Enter this beauty:ย 

We picked up this beauty on sale last weekend and it was finally ripe enough to dig into. When thinking of what to do with the pineapple for dessert, I opted for something simple but totally satisfying.

I sprinkled the slices with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon.ย  Then I baked the pineapple at 400 for 15 minutes.

The result = golden brown pineapple slices with a hint of cinnamon.

It was so delicious that after I finished eating 2 slices for desset, I immediately thought – OATMEAL!

So this morning, I had sort of a tropical-themed oatmeal bowl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 1/2 C oats
  • 1 heaping tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp no salt/sugart peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana – sliced
  • 2 pineapple slices
  • 2 tsp unsweetened coconut
  • a few splashes of skim milk

It was a little bit of warm tropics all in one bowl.

Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so happy to be posting again.ย  Stay tuned later today for some awesome soup!

Things Are Looking Up?

November 19, 2010

Piper still has everyone baffled, including me.

The cat is bright-eyed, playful, snuggly, a purr machine… his coat is silky and smooth, yet he still refuses to eat.

I’m stumped. The vet’s office is stumped.

So what’s the next course of action?ย  All I can do now is leave him be and hope it’s just a tummy flu or something and that it passes.

On a positive, we’re heading on a little road trip this weekend to my hometown to get my wedding dress altered!ย  Hopefully it’s a niceย stress relieverย of a weekend and we’ll be back so normal blogging come Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone!