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Hi guys!! Because I’ve been working the last three days and I have to work again tonight, on NYE :(, I won’t have time to do a regular post. I guess I could just do it next year…..heh heh.

Anyways, I just wanted to stop in and say hello and to wish you a safe and happy New Years!!

2011 is going to be the best year yet 😀

Lots and lots of kisses and hugs ♥

Paije xo

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I did not think that I would have time to post before Christmas, so if you’re reading this there has obviously been some kind of Christmas miracle 🙂

I have been running around like a chicken with no head these past couple days. Starting with Monday.

Ah Monday.

I got off work early to get some shopping/baking/laundry/cleaning/etc. done and walked in the door to find vomit all over our house. Bright green doggie vomit to be exact. Cuba had somehow managed to jump up onto the counter and grab a bag of green chocolate candy discs from a tied bag and eat the entire package. And then proceeded to throw it aaaalll up. We immediately took him to the vet hospital where they checked out his vitals and made sure he was all right. We took him home about 1 1/2 hours later and spend the next  3 hours cleaning puke off of the leather couches and floors. Magical.


I took Tuesday off work and spent the majority of the day monitoring him to make sure that he was feeling better and now the little monster is fine and is totally back to himself. Another Christmas miracle 😉

I finally got all my Christmas shopping done!! Well like 99.2% done. I have one more to pick up today and then I’m finito!! I totally love giving Christmas gifts. And birthday gifts. Any kind of gift giving is fine with me really.

And speaking of giving, I have my December donation finished! I chose to donate 4 Kuranda cat beds to the Saskatoon Street Cat Rescue. These beds are soo cool!


From their website:

Thousands of dogs in animal shelters across the country sleep on cold, wet, concrete floors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cats in cages have little alternatives to sleeping in their litter pans.

Kuranda Cat Beds provides the same orthopedic comfort as our dog bed. It allows cats the opportunity to jump up to another level increasing their amount of floor space. The PVC frame and solid vinyl fabric is non porous and can be easily wiped clean.

  • The raised bed provides a comfortable and cozy perch.
  • Increases valuable floor space
  • Offers a cozy nook for a shy cat
  • High strength, lightweight frames crafted from furniture-grade poly-resin.
  • Thick 40oz vinyl fabric
  • Easy to clean and guaranteed to stand up to repeated cleaning.
  • One year warranty

Another cool thing about their website is that there is thousands of shelters to choose from all over North America. And if a shelter in your city/town isn’t on there, you can email them and ask it to be added! 😀 If you aren’t particularly fond of cats they have dog beds, too!!


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On the food scoop I have been OVERLOADING with Christmas sweets. Like ridic. And I don’t even really like sweets all that much. Give me a box of crackers with some dip aaany day over a cookie or cake. I have been trying to make up for it by drinking some green smoothies. I’m pretty sure they cancel each other out 😀


  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 of a banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • handful of ice cubes

I have been trying to eat as many salads as I can, too. Gotta get those 20 in!!

Salad #10

  • organic mixed greens
  • stir fried zucchini and yellow squash
  • brown rice
  • tofu
  • Hickory Farms Honey and Pineapple Mustard(I eat this sh@!t on everything)

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Salad #11

  • organic spring mix
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 sliced tomato
  • tofu with italian seasoning
  • 2 huge mushrooms stuffed with Kiri cheese and spinach and baked
  • Hickory Farms Honey and Pineapple Mustard

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Salad #12

  • organic spring mix
  • pecans
  • chopped salmon
  • steamed broccoli
  • celery
  • Hickory Farms Honey and Pineapple Mustard
  • Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard

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Salad #13

  • baby tomatoes
  • bocconcini (mozzarella balls)
  • basil
  • Safeway brand Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing

We are having a salad night tonight at work and the caprese salad above is what I’m taking.

Sorry for another post about salads but besides shortbread cookies, cheesecake pops, marshmallow squares and fudge this is all I’ve been eating 😉 And I only have 7 more salads to go! Which might be taken care of tonight!

Tonight is my last night shift and then Andrew and I leave for my parent’s house tomorrow morning at around 8 am. I am not planning on sleeping but because Andrew is driving I might nap in the car. We are having a very untraditional Christmas Eve supper at my parent’s house tomorrow and I am soo excited!!

I hope you have the most wonderful holiday and for those of you traveling, please drive/fly/bike safe!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

PAIJE ♥

PS. Check out the one of the bossiest auditions.


Ommmgshhhhh can you believe it’s 1 week until Christmas Eve!?!?!

And I just started my Christmas shopping TODAY??

And I have to work 4 days out of those 7??

Gaaahhhh!

I’m such a procrastinator. I used to think that I worked well under pressure, but I more so think that I am able to just get ‘er done.  I will be that person on Christmas Eve shopping for last minute stocking stuffers.

Besides working (and not blogging obvi) I’ve been pretty busy this last week! Just with life stuff. You know, lifing 🙂

Some examples of lifing this week:

Making Recyclabows (a tiny home based business my brother and I started).


Putting up and decorating the Christmas tree

Doin’ the Christmas party thang (there was waaaay more food than this)

Making Mama Peas dough balls – finally!!! And of course they are amazeballs.

Getting my ass kicked Working out with Jillian.

Hanging out with these two hooligans.

Custom wrapping the world’s biggest gift.

Making, and eating TONS of, santa salsa

Getting a pedicure – early Christmas present from Andrew’s mom!! ♥

Dressing Beasley up in ridiculous Christmas outfits.

Singing/listening to lots of Seger.

And some new stuff, too.

Playing around in the snow.

*outtake

Absolutely still participating in 20 salads in December! I’m just a little bit behind in posting!

Salad #4

  • organic spring mix
  • steamed carrots, parsnips and beets
  • basil pesto

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Salad #5

  • organic spring mix
  • steamed beets and carrots
  • mushrooms cooked in balsamic vinegar
  • meatless balls
  • yogurt honey mustard dressing

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Salad #6

  • organic baby spinach
  • deconstructed sweet potato and roasted vegetable burrito
  • mexican rice
  • bean salad

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Salad #7

  • organic baby spinach
  • steamed broccoli
  • frozen roasted veggies
  • veggie burger
  • pepper cheese
  • lemon juice
  • salsa -red/green

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Salad #8

  • kale
  • mushroom
  • carrots
  • celery
  • veggie burger
  • pea shoots
  • yogurt honey mustard dressing

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Salad #9

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That’s about it! Tomorrow I have to do some more Christmas shopping, wrap gifts, hopefully do a little bit of baking and go bowling!!
What are you up to this weekend? Are you all ready for Christmas??
Paije xx

    There is only one good thing about working weekends.

    And no, it’s not the getting up at 4:30am thing.

    It’s coming home to this:

    That would be Andrew’s spinach cake. Gah. This is one my favorite things ever. He’s only made it once before but I swear I could eat it everyday.

    I wish I had a recipe for you. Unfortunately I’ve never been around when he makes this but I can give you his scribbled down ingredient list.

    He says it’s supposed to be egg white, not egg yolk. Just FYI 🙂

    And I know it’s baked at 400F for about 20 minutes. Or the length of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Level 2.

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    I came home to supper again last night too 🙂

    Yes that would be the carrot chickpea tagine AGAIN. I request this about 4 times a week. I will get it once for sure + leftovers.

    Salad #3 for the 20 Salads of December.

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    I have 2 night shifts to get through and then Thursday is my work Christmas party! I am hosting it at my house this year and there will be about 6-7 girls 🙂

    I need your help with the menu though!!

    If you were coming to my Christmas party (and I totally wish you were!!! ♥) what would you want to see??

    Stuffed mushrooms, homemade hummus, salsa, crackers, cheese and pitas are on the list but that’s it!!

    Any ideas/suggestions would we GREATLY appreciated 🙂

     

    Paije xx

    In my excitement for the 20 Salads in December Challenge, right after I pressed publish on my last post I shoved the last 3 gingerbread santas in my mouth and got to work on a lunch salad. (No life much??)

    I saw a deelishish picture in Martha Strewart’s Living mag of a lentil salad so I got to work semi recreating it.

    You can imagine the resemblance to Martha’s salad right? Mmhmmm. Almost identical 🙂

    Lentil Salad adapted from Martha’s French Lentils with Caramelized Celery Root and Parsley Salad

    • 1/2 cup green lentils
    • 1 1/2 cups veggie broth
    • kale, chopped off the stems
    • 3 radishes, sliced thinly
    • 2 ribs celery, sliced
    • 2 tbsp walnuts, toasted
    • 2 tbsp goat feta
    • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • juice from 1/2 lime
    • 1/2-1 tsp cumin
    • salt
    • pepper

    Cook lentils in veggie broth for about 30 min or until tender. Drain and toss with kale, radishes, celery, walnuts and feta. Mix together the remaining ingredients and adjust seasoning to taste. Pour over salad and chomp.it.down.

    The salad was great! I forgot how tasty lentils are!

    I didn’t stop the salad train for supper. Yes I just said that.

    Warm Yam Salad

    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large yam, diced
    • 1/2 white onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 tomato, chopped
    • 1 tsp tumeric
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tbsp curry powder
    • salt
    • pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk, optional
    • 3 tbsp cilantro

    Heat oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, add chopped tomato and stir. Cook for 30 seconds and add turmeric, curry, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add yams and stir. Add greek yogurt, almond milk, water, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat for about 15-20 min, until potatoes are cooked through. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add the cilantro. They are done when the sauce has thickened and yams are tender.

    Served along side baked cajun cod and steamed broccoli.  Leftovers are even better cold on a bed of kale with some edamame beans, goat feta and pea sprouts. Just so ya know 😉

    I’m gonna go do some cuddling with the boyf (well maybe not too much cuddle as he has strep throat 😦 ), slurp down this cup full of warmed chocolate almond milk with chocolate dipped peppermint vegan marshmallows and watch The Office.

    Have a great night!

    Paije xx

     

    This may or may not be the only thing I’ve eaten in the last 3 days….

    But I’m starting Lisa’s 20 Salads in December challenge tomorrow so everything will be forgiven right? Right.

    At least that’s what I’m going to tell my dentist today 🙂

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