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Ok – so I might be dating myself but who remembers this commercial?
While I was cleaning out/re-organizing our treat stash/stockpile cupboard, I stumbled upon these lil babies and immediately started singing the song from the commercial. (Yes, I said ‘treat stockpile’ people. Judge me if it makes you feel better lol I like to buy and keep a few treats/snacks etc on hand for when the mood strikes or last minute guests drop by but don’t always want to eat them ASAP. Plus if the hubster see’s them, he’ll go for them ASAP. This method totally works for us. And yes, I know that he knows where the stash is. However, out of sight, out of mind right? 😉 )
I must say that I do enjoy these individually wrapped (aka portion controlled) treats. I find them to be just the right size/portion to go with a cup of tea or coffee.
So tell me, when was the last time you took a broke off a piece of that Kit Kat bar? 😉
The other night I was craving something sweet but not overly indulgent. As I rifled through the cupboards, I stumbled upon a box of After Eight hot chocolate mix and decided to give it a whirl. I added whipped cream to make it that much more indulgent (and to prevent me from wanting a ‘do-over’ the following day shelling out $5)
Totally did the trick. :). What’s your fave way to enjoy hot chocolate?
At dad’s request – we made an effort to gather the entire family for Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner. Dad’s request was made very last minute despite all his children checking in earlier within the month to see if we were going to gather for the annual tradition.
This year that happened to take place on the eve of Thursday January 30th, 2014.
Below are pics from our feast 🙂
BBQ Combination Platter (with Cold Jellyfish Salad)
Fried Pork loin with Chef’s Sauce
Double Lobsters With Ginger & Green Onion Sauce
Shrimp, Octopus, Candied Walnuts On Broccoli
Dried Oysters (reconstituted) With Mushrooms On Bed Of Lettuce
Fried Pickerel In Soya Sauce
Fried Pickerel In Soya Sauce
House Fried Rice
E-Fu Noodles w/Mushrooms
Sweet Red Bean Soup
(Almond Cookies & Red Bean Cookies)
Everyone left with full bellies, QT with dad and the rest of the family and leftovers (*lol*) to ring in the new year.
2014 – The Year Of The Horse!
I feel our summer was a bit ‘off’ this year with a few stretches of hot, hazy and humid days and hot sunny days. One day it was hot and the next you needed fall clothes. What gives Mother Nature? Feeling nostalgic for a good old traditional summer, I decided to make these popsicles. They sounded non typical, refreshing and summery tasty 😀
What I threw into the blender:
* 1 can coconut milk (not coconut water)
* 1/2c – 1c water
* juice of one lime
* 4 large’ish basil leaves
* healthy squirt of agave syrup
Blend until everything is well incorporated and smooth. Adjust ingredients to suit your taste preferences. I opted for less water so it’d be richer and creamier and put in as much lime zest I could grate off and added a bit more basil because I like bold flavours. I opted for a tiny squirt of agave b/c I didn’t want it to be too sickly sweet. Pour into popsicle makers and let set/freeze overnight.
A friend shared her vegan carrot cake recipe and it sounded so simple yet tasty enough that I really wanted to try my hand at it. Like, literally after reading her recipe. However, I used what I had on hand therefore making it not vegan. What I ended up with was something that was super moist and tasty! The hubster has been asking if I had made it again since that one time…I think that’s a clue? 😉
See this deliciousness?
When its all mixed together, it looks like this.
And once baked it looks like this.
And once cooled, looks like this 🙂
I bought the hubster and I some sherbert treats to try the other day. I had never seen this brand before (Gooble) and figured they’d be fun to try especially since they were on sale – 2/$3!
Check it out…its a scoop of pineapple sherbert, served in a hallowed out mini pineapple. It even comes with a tiny plastic spoon so it literally is an all in one packaged product.
See! How cute is that!?
I’ll admit, it was mighty tasty. Too tasty in fact – hence the empty bowl. 😉 I found the portion to be just right size as well and both the hubster and I prefered the pineapple flavour over the orange, which I had chosen for him. Of course it came in a hallowed out orange!
Anyone else every try sherbert like this?
There’s something to be said about finding a bargain on banana’s. I know in the US, the store Trader Joe’s sells 5/$1 or a pound for a buck. Here the prices range anywhere from $0.49/lb right up to $0.89/lb and even higher for organic. Much to my delight, I spotted the clerk filling up the discount, dent & ding rack so I scooted on over to see what she was putting out.
This mammoth bag of banana’s. I weighed the bag when I got home and counted over 20 banana’s …. for $1.69. That’s right – the entire bag was only $1.69! BTW – The bag weighed 12lb’s. The best part, 90% of them were still firm, green and just starting to go yellow. I’m guessing a new shipment of banana’s came in and there were only so little left from the old that they decided to put it out for clearance? I have no problems with that if that means I can snag such a deal!
After a week, they started turning as we can only eat so many banana’s in a day. I mashed the remaining and froze some and used the rest to make up some wonderful muffins! These baby freeze great as well.
Walnut, coconut, choc chip banana muffins.
Plain old raisin & banana muffins.
Snack time! Nothing like a freshly baked muffin still warm from the oven paired with a nice cold glass of milk. Hey…don’t judge! Someone had to be sacrificial lamb and do a taste test. May as well enjoy myself! 😉 Don’tchas just love great bargains?