Edibles

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!

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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.

HEAVEN.

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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.

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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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