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You do not want what I have got.

by Carol Browne on December 29, 2014 · 5 comments

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It's what's for dinner. Blargh.

I misjudged how rotten I felt this morning and by the time I got to work, I was a zombie. I was walking very slowly, listening to my breath and the crackling sounds in my chest. EW. After a whopping 2 hours in the office, I marched (slowly) back to the skytrain and went home to bed. I got up at 5 pm and had my dinner. THIS is my dinner. I double fisted tea and the world’s blandest turkey broth I made after Christmas. For dessert, I had some lovely grape cough syrup because my throat is also on fire. It’s sugar and alcohol free, so I am not having a cheat meal. I promise.

The best part of being sick (besides the crackling sounds and the burning throat) is that I get to watch hours of Netflix in bed. I know. It’s like New Years Eve has come early to the Brownes! I’ve been watching mostly stand up – Jay Mohr, Morgan Murphy and Maria Banford. Then I switched it up a bit and started watching a whole new season of 1000 Ways to Die.

The kitties have been keeping me company and have been taking turns laying right on me.

I’m sure I’ll be okay. But man, if you can avoid this strain of the flu, SKIP IT. I can’t remember the last time I felt so crappy.

Anyway, onward and upward. And CRAPPY is not going to be the theme of 2015.

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Advent 2014 – Day 17, I scream, you scream!

by Carol Browne on December 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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Yes! Candy cane ice cream!Peppermint candy ice cream. I’ve been thinking about it for the last few days. I can’t believe I found it in my travels after running away screaming from Honey badger yesterday. Such a jerk! But I have a sneaking suspicion he’s not always mean and awful. I just know it. My fairy senses are tingling about that mean old honey badger. But first, let me take a closer look at my delicious, mouthwatering candy cane ice cream.

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Warm Blueberry Soup

by Carol Browne on November 19, 2014 · 0 comments

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Blueberry soup

Mike and I have been celebrating Faturday since about April 2013. All week long we only eat meat, veggies and beans and legumes (it’s called the 4 Hour Diet). We did this in order to lose some weight and feel better all around. Since that time, Mike’s lost many pounds and since I don’t weigh myself, I measure by clothing size. I’ve lost 3 dress sizes since we started this “eating system” as my mom calls it.

A few weeks ago, we decided to incorporate 1 piece of fruit per day into our regular food days. If you follow this way of eating strictly, this is not, “allowed”. However, the author did mention he drinks 1 glass of wine per day. SO, after a year and a half of only having fruit on Faturdays, we made this allowance (in lieu of booze. I think that’s fair) 1 piece (or equivalent) of fruit every day. Usually we eat an apple (cut up with some peanut butter) or a Christmas orange. This week, however, I found a recipe for the beautifully named, Warm Blueberry Soup. It is warm blueberry puree with cinnamon. That’s it. The recipe I found had all sorts of other ingredients in it. But all I wanted was blueberries, some water and cinnamon. I brought it to a boil and then blended it up in the blender on high. The texture is lovely – very smooth.

On top I whipped some coconut cream. If you put a can of coconut milk (allowed on the 4 hour Diet due to the low carbs in the cream) in the fridge overnight, the cream separates and floats to the top. Just scoop that thick cream off, get out the mix master, and boom! It whips up just like whipping cream. I added a bit of vanilla in it. YUM. Done. Dessert.

This is a lovely dessert, and could work as a breakfast as well.

But the best part is the name. Warm. Blueberry. Soup.

Such comfort.

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My favourite layer of all the layers – scones & cream. So. Good.

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This weekend, well, these last two days, actually, have been filled with awesome things I suddenly love. Today, Johanna He-man-way and I dressed up in animal sweaters, hopped in the car and headed over to the Vancouver Airport for afternoon tea. Thanks, Groupon! WEWT! Seriously, that coupon was a great deal. We were served 3 tiers of lovely sandwiches, two delicious scones each – my favourite of all the layers (shown above) – and the top tier of beautiful and tasty desserts. I have to say, those cranberry orange scones with Devonshire Cream were ALMOST my favourite parts of today’s afternoon tea. HOWEVER, the tiny square of matcha green tea cheesecake was the very, very best cheesecake I have ever, ever had. The best.

After our relaxing meal, we drove down to another part of Richmond to IKEA. The good news is, after a very long lock out, the dispute has been settled. The downside? Not really ready for business as usual. No soft serve ice cream was available. SAD. I guess things will be up and running in the next couple of months. ALSO, I wanted to buy a Christmas tree panel of fabric for our office, but apparently, someone had bought the entire bolt of Christmas trees. Seriously. They bought the whole forest. Greedy. I only needed 1 tree. Not the whole forest. SHEESH.

SO, the second thing I love is this phone app that Mike found on Friday – it’s called tintype. So. Dreamy.
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BOO! For 4 bucks!

October 22, 2014

I’m showing another thrifty win from the weekend. Mike was reluctant to buy this quality Halloween decoration, but he relented after a little discussion and BOO is sitting in the living room right now with Doug. YES! I didn’t want to leave him outside because he is very light and would most likely blow away. […]

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How to eat a turkey dinner

October 13, 2014

While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening.  Eventually […]

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Community service

September 27, 2014

Over the last few days, we noticed someone had left his or her shoes on one of the lawns near our place. After several days of seeing them out in the rain, we decided to bring out the snow shovel (ew! Don’t touch them with your hands! GROSS!) and put them to rest in the […]

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My endless tomatoes

September 23, 2014

Well, I found a sweet spot in the garden for tomatoes. I think they’re a little late, but they are growing like CRAZY and show no end in sight. The plants are weighed down with little green tomatoes and every day there’s a 4 or 5 nicely ripe ones for me to pull off and […]

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More words to live by.

September 14, 2014

I agreed to go with Mike to take photos at a BBQ event in Langley today. It probably would have been more fun if we had gone when we were hungry. We wandered around, listened to the country band – who sang old school country songs – which always reminds me of being a kid […]

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Are you feeling okay, little seagull?

September 9, 2014

Yesterday in between volleyball sets, I walked down to the water where I found this little seagull. I was hoping he felt okay because he was just sitting on the rocks (right near the sea) and didn’t seem to be worried that I was getting very close to him. Oh no. Not another sick bird. […]

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