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Seeing that Hurricane Sandy seems to have stolen Hallowe’en’s spotlight this year, I decided to make the hubster a lil care package for him & his co-workers. Something about a canceled office potluck on Monday? I think this cheered everyone up, even if only for a lil while.

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Aren’t they just so darned cute? Who could resist Pilsbury sugar cookies & Lindt chocolates?!

How was your Hallowe’en? Did you run out of candy OR do you have plenty of leftovers that you’re praying wont go to your straight to your hips, butt & thighs? ;). We had a whopping 9 kids total plus 1 parent. Im sure our rainy weather didn’t help. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hide the leftover candy. Out of sight, out of mind right?

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Well its nearing Hallowe’en and the garden has been dug up and composted.  We did have a few warm spells throughout the month but now,  the weather is getting much cooler and rainy. Typical fall weather has finally set in.

Our last harvest included:  10  eggplants, 3 butternut squashes and plenty of tomatoes.

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We also found 2 mini eggplants hiding and harvested them.

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As well as 2 mini butternut squashes.

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Aren’t they so cute when they’re that small?!

Alas, our 2012 gardening season has come to an end. The hubster and I seemed to have done a decent job according to our bounty that we’ve been able to enjoy throughout the summer as well as my packed freezer with processed veggies and homemade tomato sauce.  We’ve gained a lot of insight on the quality of our soil and what grows best where according to the amount of sun each garden bed received.  Now we can start planning for our 2013 garden! 🙂

Its a blustery, nippy and rainy Monday here.  The province is waiting for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.  I know its nothing to balk at but the constant in your face news coverage is kind of upsetting. I mean, yes its nice to be warned that the hurricane is coming as well as learning how to prep for it but after a certain point, one needs to just tune it out.  I have.  After a certain point, it sounds more like fear mongering to me.  Now I’m not trying to put down the severity of any weather phenomenon but sometimes, its better to be ignorant for a few hours.  Just for peace of mind.

What have I been up to last week? Dad took me on a wild goose chase trying to find some socks and while at the store, he eyeballed this fleece lined hooded jacket.  He really wouldn’t stop staring at it, touching it etc so I told him to just try it on. Then he guffawed at the price and it was on sale.  I shared with him the price of a regular fleeced lined brand name hoody and his jaw dropped. So this version of one though not brand name and being rated to -15*C was totally worth the discounted price.    Then he started going through the rack with vigor, checking out each colour & pattern pondering whatever 81 yr old men do when looking at fleece lined hoody’s before he settled on the one he wanted to buy.  The bonus – its easily washable, no special care. Trust me, I plan on washing this thing often with the amount of splooshes this lil man experiences. 😉

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Basically, this is very similar to dad’s new hoody except he chose an offwhite/beige colour.

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Other then that, been watching plenty of PVR’d tv shows & movies, laying low and just relaxing. I’m trying to avoid catching a cold/flu that seems to be making its rounds over and over.  The flip flopping weather doesn’t seem to be helping either.  While hiding out at home, I was doing some tidying, purging & re-organizing when I came across this. I was gifted this candle holder a while back but never put it to use.  Its not the kind you find at Bath & BodyWorks but similar.  Better yet, it was free AND its cute, don’t you agree?

How was your week? And are you prepped for Hurricane Sandy?

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Woohoo! Finally…I can report that there’s nothing wasted this week!! 😀  Everything was not overbought, eaten, used up or frozen before it was able to spoil.   I think the not overbuying really helped.

There is one item that’s iffy – a 2c carton of 35% whipping cream. Its getting close to the expiry date and well…we have no need for whipping cream so I’m very tempted and close to trying to my hand at making ‘homemade’ butter.  I’ll have to post about that experiment when it finally takes place LOL

So, how’d you do this week?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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This weeks waste…not so minimal if you ask me. 😦

In the pic:
* 1/2 kg plain yoghurt
* sad green pepper
* jar mango chutney
* zucchini seeds (saved for roasting)
* homemade strawberry jam (that was pulled from the freezer)

The yoghurt was pushed to the back of the fridge by – guess who – dad. He told me it was his leftover soup in the “Chinese Tupperware”. That will teach me to listen to him when my ‘spidy senses’ are tingling. Next time I’m opening it to check.

Same story with the zuc seeds…had saved them to see if they roast up the same as pumpkin seeds but they too went MIA.

The mango chutney – have no clue where that came from. Never tried it before so why would I buy it? I suspect it was my sisters doing when she was visiting…you know, trying to give food a chance when she’s gifted something she wouldn’t eat. I know she wouldn’t buy it either *lol*

The jam was an experiment. It was tasty when it was freshly made but something about the texture that just didn’t carry through after freezing. Ick.

The green pepper is self explanatory and the lemon actually was not wasted. Hooray!! I thought it was a goner but it was still good to go so I finished it off last night. I had only used part of it for the juice but there was plenty of juice left in it. Oh, FYI those round Ziploc containers are really airtight!

So, how’d you do this week?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

Got a chance to meet up with a girlfriend for lunch the other week.  Since the weather has gotten cooler  we decided on Vietnamese – Pho.  For those of you that don’t know what ‘pho’ is – its basically rice noodles in a flavourful broth/soup.  There are several variations available – beef, chicken, seafood, beef balls, fish balls, beef tendon, tripe etc.  One must study the menu carefully to ensure they order what they want.  😉

Read more about pho here.

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To start, we had fresh rolls with shrimp. It’s a very soft rice paper noodle wrap and inside is rice vermecelli, basil, mint, cilantro and cold boiled shrimp.  There are other options available but we chose shrimp. It comes with a peanut dipping sauce – shown on the right.

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To help enhance or boost the broth’s flavours they offer a dish of bean sprouts, lime wedges and basil to mix in.  I guess the big thing about pho is the entire experience. The taste – hence the lime, the texture – hence the raw bean sprouts and the fresh basil – to enhance the aromas already tempting your nose.   Some people add some or all of it in, some totally opt to leave it out.  I’m an ‘all in’ type gal especially after learning to love basil this summer 😉

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And here it is, a big bowl of pho.  This was their ‘Pho Mi 99 Special’ which has a bit of everything in it:  well done beef, brisket, rare beef (which cooks in the broth – no worries!), beef balls and tripe.  All served scalding hot.  The magic (and skill if you ask me) is trying to eat it while its giving you a piping hot pho steam facial.

Luckily for us, we ordered the same pho. I traded off my tripe for her beef balls – both things we weren’t a fan of so it all worked out in the end. BTW: things taste better with sriracha hot sauce 😉

The only thing that isn’t shown here was my avocado shake.  I first developed a love for it from a pho restaurant. I saw it on the menu and was curious and then I was hooked.  I have since learned to make them at home for a fraction of the cost and healthier but for nostalgic reasons, I thought I’d try it again in its original form.  Just as awesomely tasty as I remembered but then the more I sipped…the more I began to realize how much I loved my homemade recipe more.

The service is always speedy and the price is always right at Pho Mi 99.  Small bowls start in the $5 range and the jumbo bucket/wash basin sized bow  goes for just under $10 approx.   Again, pricing will vary depending on the type of pho you order.

I. LOVE. PHO. 🙂

So tell me, have you tried pho before? How’d you find it? Do you make your own at home?

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While out picking up a few things at the discount grocery store one afternoon, I happened to pass an end cap with the HERR’S brand of chips. I’m talking floor to ceiling display offering a variety of flavours.  Then I saw the price tag at the top of the display. $1.99. Let me tell you – these bags are huge! Larger then the normal big bag of chips (without bordering into the ‘family’ or ‘jumbo’ sizes)

Tempted by PMS? fate…I had to grab one to try especially since I’d never heard/seen this brand before.  Figuring since I was all on a risk taking mood, I grabbed a flavour that was very out of the norm – Baby Back Ribs.  I mean, c’mon..there’s buffalo wings, blue cheese, bacon flavoured chips but RIBS?!

The hubster and I finally got to cracking open the bag this past weekend. Let me just say that after the first few chips we ate, we turned to each other with this uncertainty.  Then we started analyzing it.  There was a hint of smokiness, sweet, tangy-zip like a BBQ sauce along with a bacon’ish flavour. Just like ribs! (imagine that) It was an odd combo but it worked!  Would I buy it again? Sure, only if the hubster requested it.  I’m more of a plain regular chip kinda gal.

So if you’re out and about and see this brand, give it a whirl and let me know what you think.   What’s the most oddest flavour potato chips have you tried? Was it a hit or miss?

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This weeks victims are small but still wasteful. Better safe then sorry right?

I had thawed out some leftover veggie stew I had made over the summer when the garden was in full “overproduce” mode. It was enough for three average servings and I guess dad didn’t want to eat his share because here it is, Friday and it’s being listed as a waste.  I’ve already frozen it once, twice would be a no no. Out it goes.

The other poor soul…a lonely pb&j sammy that the hubster didn’t want to eat at work. He brought it home and put it back in the fridge for the following day but it was forgotten. Guess where I found it? That’s right – pushed all the way to the back of the shelf.  This was from last Friday. It’s beyond stale and I’m starting to question its salvageability. Out it goes as well.

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How’d you do this week?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

I have found another strong love for a flavoured coffee. Timothy’s Perfectly Pumpkin. It’s right up there with Sweet Summer Raspberry, probably sitting at number two.

Every fall, everyone comes out with their version of a “pumpkin” something. It’s usually got some spice to it along with cinnamon. I usually find the spice part too overwhelming. I’m not a huge flavoured coffee person but I tried cup of this stuff last fall and before I could make my way back to buy a pound of the beans, it was gone 😦

I made a coffee store run for the hubster and his co-worker friend and well between the two of them, their order totaled seven boxes. The store’s promo is: buy 7 boxes, get the 8th free. I know, I know…who buys 8 boxes of K-Cups at once right? And we’re talking the big boxes – 24 count. I took the liberty of selecting the free box for myself once I saw the Perfectly Pumpkin on the shelf. I just couldn’t help myself.

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Do you have a favorite fall flavour of coffee?

I was nominated for the Seven Things About Me by Katy over at Purposely Frugal.  I feel honoured to have been chosen.  Thank you Katy! 🙂

1 – I am an iced coffee addict.  Of course I have to limit it to one/day unless its homemade which would be decaf and then it’s GAME ON!

2 – I still haven’t sent out the formal ‘Thank You’ cards from our wedding.  Its just a lil over a year.   (Is that so wrong?)

3 – I have more books then I have time to read. I dream of having a home with several built in bookshelves filled with old favourites, new hopefuls as well as plenty of travel books.

4 – Two TV shows that I can not stand are “Honey Boo Boo”  and any Kardashian reality show.  There’s something about them that just grates on my nerves.

5 – I live in a house that’s caught somewhere between an episode of DIY reno’s and Hoarders.  It definitely needs to be updated and de-cluttered.  Yes I’m going bonkers living in the middle of it all but who’s home *isn’t* ‘in transition’?

6 – I used to take line dancing lessons AND really enjoyed it *blushes*

7 – And lastly – I’m a closet tea hoarder 😉

And there you have it – 7 random facts about myself.  Now to nominate 7 more great people!

* Zoo View Home

* A Table in the sun

* The Keswick Blog

* When Life Gives You Lemons Add Vodka

* Cherry Blossom Adventures

* THE ASIAN PEAR

* From Overwhelmed to Organized

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