Orange oil

by Carol Browne on June 17, 2015 · 0 comments

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Orange oil. YUM.

Editor’s Note: this is not a health or nutrition blog and I have not been asked to blog about this product. It was just dumb luck that I happened to have this in the cabinet. And it’s pretty old. I can’t remember when I bought it.

Now that I’ve got that sorted out, I just have to say that I’m glad I found this in the kitchen today. I’ve been pretty bored with our slow carb diet menu as of late. I could not bear the thought of another bowl of chilli. Tonight I tried to shake it up a bit with Lettuce Leaf Tacos (turkey chilli on lettuce), and made some dessert! It rarely happens! But Johanna posted this recipe for Homemade Orange Popsicles on The Facebook and I thought I could try something like that. So, I omitted the orange juice and just used coconut milk, orange oil essence, vanilla and added cocoa powder. I poured the concoction into a silicone cupcake tray and put it in the freezer.

The results were pretty tasty, all considered. The orange was a nice change in flavour. And I was pretty tired of chia seeds and coconut milk, so this was nice. And there’s no saying I can’t add some chia seeds in there next time.

AND, there’s all sorts of other essences, so I can get some other flavours.

YES! I feel rejuvenated!


Something different

by Carol Browne on June 14, 2015 · 0 comments

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Mani-pedi gold and green

I don’t know what came over me, but today I headed across the street to Queen’s Nails (that’s how they spell it) and asked for a pedicure AND a manicure. My feet turned out great. My finger nails? I’m getting used to. My friend Larissa wears the coolest colours of nail polish and I think I’ll follow her lead/copy her colour style. I like to keep my nails short and I don’t really like traditional nail colours (RED), so I’ll try some different shades. I’ll need to practice – left AND right handed.

While the manicurist was doing my finger nails, she asked me if I bit my nails. I told her I did. She then informed me, “NOT ANYMORE.”. So I guess those days are over. Just like that. My nail biting has become more “controlled” lately. Perhaps wearing polish on them will end my biting days forever. We’ll see!

After I had my nails done, I went home to clean the roof of the carport and the backyard. Makes sense. I wore rubber gloves and socks so all the polish was safe from scratches. I was super productive and got it all done. And now I’m considering making a cinderblock work bench in the corner for the little barbecue and to have a place to store the utensils and the garden tools. I like how this looks.

After that hard work, and when Mike came home from work (he had to be at the office at 7 am. OOF.) we had breakfast for #Faturday dinner:

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A good good night

by Carol Browne on May 29, 2015 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, Festivities

A farewell dinner

My buddies at work (AKA as my Sister Wives) organized a farewell dinner for me tonight. We went to The Italian Kitchen for dinner and guess who joined us? Vancouver Fashion Designer, Jason Matlo. SQUEEE! It was a lovely visit and it turns out his studio is right next door to where my new office will be. Hooray! I will be in his Gastown neighbourhood – which is only a few blocks from VCAD. I learned tonight there are a bunch of cool restaurants in that area and I will be visiting several of them in the near future. I really am on a new adventure! How an area only 5 or 6 blocks away from where I have been working for the last 3 years can be filled with such mysteries is beyond me. I will uncover them all.

It really was a fun night and I’m going to miss my old work pals.

Really miss them.

Tomorrow I will be resting and with any luck, seeing Mad Max again. So much WAR Boys! I’ve also got a full weekend of telethoning and a visit to a cheese place out in Maple Ridge. Speaking of cheese, I tasted some of the finest cheese in the world tonight. It’s called Burrata. It is the most beautiful cheese I have ever tasted – a mixture of mozzarella and whipping cream. If they sell it there, I will be buying it to eat with some sliced tomatoes.



The outside edge

by Carol Browne on May 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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Outside edge

Okay. Stay with me here. Firstly, I tapped out on the cobblestone and tiny squares row of quilting. I could NOT figure it out and somehow, the size was not even correct when I started piecing it all together. This is not unusual for me. Rather than throw the whole thing in the corner and stomp off in a huff, I moved on to the next round. I do realize that this will mess up the fabric squares a lot, but I will make do with it. I will have to get creative with that last row and make it work. One day I will finish a quilt as per the instructions. One day.

I thought for sure the addition of the green and yellow 5 inch squares would just make it look like the Christmas Vomit Quilt, but strangely, it’s works somehow. I really can’t figure that out. I’m going to roll with it.

Did you notice the menorah fabric? I thought that was pretty cool!

In other news, I made some delicious chicken and pea pod stir fry tonight for dinner. Mike’s on his way home from work, so we’ll be eating it soon. It was this recipe – I just omitted the cornstarch. So far it tastes great, but I get a weird aftertaste of bleach – which I think is really the baking soda.

Here’s hoping that taste disappears before we eat it all.

UPDATE: Sadly, Mike asked me if I was trying to poison him with bleach. I assured him I was not.

I will have to make some adjustments to that recipe before I make it again.


The Pork Man found us!

April 1, 2015

Poor Art. He was driving and driving around trying to find our place for ages before he found us and dropped off a great big bag of pork. He’s our pork dealer from up North. He owns Savory Farm – where they grow the pigs we’re going to eat. I know. The cycle of life. […]

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Doubling up on dinner

March 8, 2015

Daylight Savings time? AH BOO! I guess we just paid back the hour we took in the winter. Happily, today was a very, very nice one. Mike and I drove out to meet some pals in Fort Langley. We had a little walk around and checked out a few antique shops. Fort Langley is adorable. […]

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You do not want what I have got.

December 29, 2014

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 […]

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

December 17, 2014

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 […]

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Warm Blueberry Soup

November 19, 2014

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 […]

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Delicious matcha tea cheesecake (not shown)

October 26, 2014

My favourite layer of all the layers – scones & cream. So. Good. A photo posted by Carol Browne (@carolbrowne) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:22pm PDT 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 […]

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