Student Life

Lucas and I hit up Costco yesterday, and I was curious enough to pick up some Larabars. I was skeptical (I’m always skeptical with new packaged food), but as it turns out I’m in love with the Pecan Pie flavor. Or in lust. Whatever, these things are good!

I think I could probably replicate them at home. Perhaps after exams are over I’ll give it a shot!

Between those silly exams and finishing up assignments, I’ve been keeping busy! Truth be told I’m not much of a studier…I tend to do my thing throughout the term, and then go over the old material during the week or two before exams. I’m a solid Honour Roll student, so I must be doing ok…right? I’m definitely not in the majority when it comes to exam-time stress levels, that’s for sure!

Since I love input, here’s a little exam inspired question for you:

What are/were your exam and test-time study habits, and how did you keep yourself from going crazy with stress?


Show-Off Extension

So I think the 21st may have been a little ambitiuos for the Kitchen Show-Off. How about we shoot for Tuesday, April 28th instead? If everyone could send me their stuff by the 27th, that would be great.

See previous post for instructions.

Happy Monday!

Ok folks, on Tuesday, April 21st, I will host the 2009 Kitchen Show-Off. Woohoo!

Here’s how it’ll go down: I ask that all of you send me a picture of your kitchen, and prepare a post about it for the 21st.  I will be posting the pictures and a link to your blog on that day, so be prepared! Be sure to include your kitchen likes, dislikes, how you overcome difficulties, and what your dream kitchen would be in your post.

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

  1. Drop me a line at last-nights-leftovers at hotmail dot com before Monday, April 20th. Include a picture of your kitchen and your blog address. Please include your blog name in the photo file name, just to make it easier for me to keep track.
  2. Write a post at your blog on the 21st about your kitchen. Best way to do this is to write the post ahead of time, and schedule it to post on the morning of the 21st.
  3. Tell your friends! Send them to this post for instructions. Everyone is invited to participate, provided they follow the 2 steps above.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited to see all of these kitchens! If you have any questions leave me a comment, email me, or see me on Twitter.

P.S. Let me know if this is too soon. We can push the date back a bit if need be!

Show it Off!

Yesterday was beautiful here in Winnipeg, so of course I spent the morning cleaning off my patio/wiping down furniture. The result was a very bare looking space (I can’t wait to get some flowers out) and a very inviting bistro chair. I ended up making this super yummy supper and settling down outside to enjoy the sun:

Grilled (broiled?) Cheese (Ched + Feta), Fresh Green Beans/Mushrooms tossed with butter and parsley

Lucas and I split a Half Pints Bulldog Amber – one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery! Love it.

You might notice that those are, in fact, sushi dishes. I like to use sushi dishes for pretty much everything because they are the perfect size…no matter what you put on them, it always looks like you’re eating a LOT. Besides, they are pretty and I love them. J

So I have an idea. I think it’s a good one. I need a little input though!

I would love to coordinate a Kitchen Show-Off Day. As in a day where either a) Participants write a blog (with pictures!) about your kitchen, what you like about it, and how you overcome the things you don’t like so much or b) Participants can send me a picture of and tidbit about your kitchen and I’ll post them all here.

The Internet is plastered with food blogs. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the workspace behind some of the meals posted there?

So what do you say? Shall we have Kitchen Show-Off Day sometime this month? If so, would you prefer to do your own post (and let me know so I can link), or send me pics to post here?

Good Eats

Last night I made soup. Not just any soup – cream of potato soup with turkey sausage!

Progression from pot to bowl (with salad and a hunk of yesterday’s homemade bread):

I ended up eating the salad and half of the bowl/half of the bread hunk. Soooooo good.

You want the recipe? Good, because I snapped a photo of that too. I replaced the ham with turkey sausage, and added carrots. I could have added more veggies but I didn’t feel like chopping any more, so there you have it.

I dressed my salad with a drizzle of this heaven in a bottle:

Followed by angel food cake and this AMAZING yogurt. Yes, that says 8.5% m.f. That is why it is a sometimes food, and part of my dessert.

We picked up a lighter, more “every day” Liberté yogurt as well. Not light as in fat-replacer filled…just not made with cream. Apple Crumble or something. I don’t remember, and I’m not walking the whole 5 feet to my fridge to find out 😉 Why am I explaining myself, anyway? Geeez.

That’s all I’ve got. Make the soup, seriously.

Looking Up!

It’s funny how one good day can really turn things around.

I unplugged yesterday and spent the day cleaning/baking bread/prepping meals/grocery shopping/exercising. I was rewarded with a fully stocked fridge (after 2 hours and 4 stores…I love grocery shopping), and an excellent night of sleep.

Speaking of grocery shopping; Lucas and I hit up La Grotta yesterday, which is somewhere we have absolutely NO business shopping as we are far too poor. Nevertheless, I was on a mission for good, wholesome yogurt without an ingredient list a mile long or a pile of artificial sweeteners (difficult to find in your average grocery store – at least in Winnipeg). I found Liberté. I almost died. I also bought some ridiculously expensive salad dressing with…get this…real ingredients. I’m basically going to have to stock up over the summer while I have an income, because I doubt I’ll ever be able to go back to Krap…er…Kraft. On second thought, why don’t I just find some bottles and make my own dressing? There’s a thought…

We’re looking at +17 here in the Peg today, so I’m thinking it’s time to take the puppy on another long walk. I really can’t wait to get my bike back into the city and take it out. I love my bike. It is definitely my favorite thing about spring/summer…camping being a close second. So with that in mind:

What is your favorite spring/summer activity?

I have a confession to make: I have been a terrible Food Snob for the past couple of weeks. Too much fast food and drinking, and not enough exercise or real food. I feel flabby and weak, and I don’t like it. Who I am and who I want to be are two completely different things right now, and that needs to change. So I’ve come up with a few steps to get myself back on track:

  1. Go back to journaling. I always have greater success when I keep a food journal, especially the loosey goosey kind with no measuring/weighing/etc.
  2. Eat at the table. If I’m actually hungry and the food in front of me is worth eating, then I should pay attention to it – right? Odds are I’m not going to sit at my kitchen table shoveling crackers in my mouth, but it’s a different story in front of the TV.
  3. Turn of the computer. I need to be a little more creative with my spare time. It is far too easy to waste time playing on the Internet, and it needs to stop. I really don’t need to update my FB status several times a day…do I?

Time to get back on the eating/exercise wagon so I can think about other things instead of wasting my time wishing I didn’t feel so terrible.

What do you do to fill your spare time that doesn’t involve TV or the Internet?