Garlic Soup

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Colds are the worst!  The worst!  I would much rather have a stomach flu which comes on intense for a few days and then lets you get back to living your life.  But not colds.  Oh no.  Colds like to linger and make a nuisance of themselves for what feels like an eternity.  The sniffling, the congestion, the coughing.  The coughing is the worst!  I always seem to be in the middle of something with someone of importance and I can fee the tickle in the back of my throat start.  A couple muffled coughs later, I try as I might to hold it in until I’m red-faced and feeling like I’m going to pop vein in my head.  Then all hell breaks lose and I start coughing like an angry dog barking at a passerby (not to mention gasping for air), usually to the awkward horror of the other person.

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Roasted Strawberry and White Chocolate Muffins

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I was at the Farmer’s Market one afternoon and was entranced by these Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins.  “Must. Make. These.”  was all I could think.  Thus began my mission.  Only to come to a crashing halt when my eyes met the price of some perfectly plump Raspberries.  (Well duh, Kendra, it’s winter.  In Canada.).  However, God must have liked my baking idea, for right next to them was some big, fat (Imported) strawberries with a giant 2 for 1 sign!  Fate!  “That’ll do!” I said as I scooped up 2 large baskets, drooling o.  Then it came time to roast the strawberries.  And once again, a new obsession began.

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Ham and Cheese Scones

Hello?  Anybody there?  Of course you are, look at that delicious pic of a scone I posted, how could you not come running!  Buttery, flaky, drool-inducing scones aside… you guys, I’ve been so terrible!  Look at how long it has been since I have updated this blog!!!  Actually, don’t look, it’s terrible.  I have been thinking about it for a long time but life got super crazy busy!  I’ve gone back to school (hello future Accountant!) and work has been sending me all over the country!  Seriously, 6 provinces in 8 weeks!!!  But as of Sunday I should be home for 2 months so no excuses on the blog front.  Don’t hesitate to hold me to my word!  ;)

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Acorn Squash Tart

Acorn Squash Tart {Apartment 302}

To be honest, I don’t really like cooking for myself.  I like cooking for other people.  That’s part of the reason I don’t get around to posting on my blog nearly as much as I’d like.  That and I just get so busy (bad excuses, I know).  But cooking for myself is sort of a necessity since I live alone and don’t usually have anyone to cook for (plus I can’t exactly afford to have dinner parties every night to feed all my friends).  But occasionally I get tired of the cereal and sandwiches I scarf down during my busy life.  Today I took the time to enjoy my day off and make an actual dinner.  It was super simple and tasty.  And I ate it on the couch watching Netflix.  Indulgence at it’s best!

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad {Apartment 302}

It suddenly dawned on me that I will be wearing a swimsuit in 3 weeks.  I can not.  I am not physically or mentally ready for this.  Yes, it could be a lot worse.  But putting on a swimsuit is tough enough as it is, and now all I can see is my extra 7 lbs of bad eating habits staring back at me.  I’m going to do the rational thing in this situation and not freak out.  HOLY CRAP! EATING STOPS NOW!!!!  Ok, staying calm may be something I need to work on.  Now I have two options: I can bare my belly loud and proud or get my ass in gear and get back in shape.  I am choosing the latter, starting with cleaning up my diet.  It became a disaster out of a busy schedule and a little bit of laziness. I don’t think my life is going to get any less busy any time soon so I have to find quick and easy (hence the lazy part) meals to whip up while I’m whizzing through my life like the Tasmanian Devil.  Now I am not starting a diet.  Noooooo.  I never said the word diet.  In fact, if I call it a diet, I immediately fail because all I can think about is cheeseburgers.  I am making a “healthy lifestyle choice”.  That’s what I’m calling it.  So if I eat a cheeseburger one day, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  In fact, I the eating of a cheeseburger (perhaps with a salad instead of fries…?) once in a while to avoid overindulging later.  But I will also make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and veggies that day.

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