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I’m back for What I Ate Wednesday (hosted by the lovely Jenn over at Peas & Crayons) after a couple of weeks off.

My husband and I went to Spokane, WA on the weekend for some time alone while Lincoln stayed home with Nanny.

As a result, this edition of WIAW will feature some of the things I ate while in Spokane, WA. All the pictures were taken with Andrew’s phone so excuse the poor quality.

We are still talking about how huge the portions were compared to most restaurants here in Canada…unless you order salad.


The eating adventure began with a salad for lunch.

That evening we tried to go out for Mexican food but there was some kind of event happening downtown and parking was too expensive for our liking. Instead, we went back to the hotel and walked over to Applebees.

I had another salad.

One of Andrew’s wonton tacos (yum!)

A Mojito.

And a Peach Sangria.

What can I say? We were on vacation πŸ™‚

Our hotel included a free continental breakfast. It was standard and I didn’t take any pictures of my toast with peanut butter. But I just have to ask: What is the appeal of gravy and biscuits in the morning?

Things kind of went downhill from here.

For lunch we went to Winger Bros. Restaurant and Brewhouse located in the parking lot of the Spokane Valley Mall.

We both wanted the ham, artichoke, sun dried tomato and olive pizza so we ordered one to share.

But that’s not all.

We also decided to try the fried artichoke hearts.

And the largest onion rings in the world.

We barely put a dent in all this food and took two takeout containers, bursting at the seams, home with us. The containers sat in the truck until even the thought of all that fried food made us sick and we threw it out on our way home.

Yes, it all tasted good – especially the pizza which was amazing – but it was just too much food.

Let’s just say that when it came time to eat supper we were both still full.

But I really wanted fish tacos.

I ate one, plus the filling of another, and left the rest on my plate.

They were delicious but I couldn’t eat another bite.

I finished the trip with an undocumented chicken and spinach salad.

It’s a good thing we don’t go on vacation very often πŸ™‚


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What a day we had on Tuesday. I actually thought I was going to have to miss the What I Ate Wednesday party (hosted by the lovely Jenn at Peas & Crayons) but I made it!

The day started way too early as usual.

I’m talking 5:30 am early.

I managed to keep the Doozer on the couch for an hour before he got hungry and I needed some faux coffee.

The Doozer loves to help me make coffee and I let him sit on the counter to do so.

Our coffee grinder has been missing the part you push to make it grind for a long time. We have tried buying a new grinder but nothing compares to the one we have. As a result, we use a fork to make it work.

He already knows the sequence of events required to make coffee.

I made Cinnamon Raisin French Toast using raisin bread for breakfast and served it with blueberries and real maple syrup.

At about this time I realized I was going to have to take this guy to the vet.

My husband tried to bring him to work, but after Glenn jumped in the car he yelped in pain and wouldn’t sit down. We felt it was best if he stayed home so I could keep on eye on him. Later I decided to conduct a test and told Glenn to jump on our bed. He tried and then yelped in pain and fell to the floor in a heap.

It was so sad 😦

I called the vet and they were able to fit him in later that afternoon. Glenn could walk fine it was just when he tried to jump onto something you could tell it hurt his hind legs.

I wasn’t looking forward to taking both a dog and a toddler to the vet so I called a friend to see if she could watch him while I went to GF. It was all arranged and then she had the opportunity to have a kid-free afternoon. I know first hand how important those are so I decided to suck it up and take him with me.


Let’s just say it was adventurous and there were lots of tears. At one point he threw himself onto the street as we were crossing it so we had to have a little chat on the sidewalk.

It turns out that after 7 years of running through the bush (both in the summer and the winter) Glenn has arthritis. The vet gave us some anti-inflammatories and we were on our way. I was also advised by a friend on Facebook that Glucosamine and Omega 3s will also help so I will be adding those to his treats.

Shhh, don’t tell him.

All was not lost on our trip though.

I found two new salad dressings by President’s Choice at the grocery store.

Artichoke & Asiago dressing and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus dressing. Both are also available in dip form. I was most excited about the Artichoke & Asiago dressing because it is made with yogurt, unlike the dip that is made with my most hated (and I do mean hated) food ever – mayonnaise.

I also stocked up on bubbly water.

And I decided to be a lazy cook and bought a pre-roasted chicken for supper.

It did not deserve to be photographed but tasted great on top of my supper salads.

That’s right.

There was no way I could decide between my two new dressings so I had not one but two salads for supper.

I was impressed with both of them but the Asiago won out tonight.

I also had a few (too many) date squares from the weekend.

Don’t forget to head on over and check out the other WIAW posts. Something is guaranteed to catch your eye.

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WIAW No. 10

This edition of What I Ate Wednesday is all about our Fall Harvest. I decided it was time to cut into one of the squash we grew in our garden this year and I am so very happy I did.

I chose a buttercup squash.

I simply scooped out the seeds and then roasted it in the oven.

The raw squash smelled a lot like a melon to me but the end result was perfectly squashy. I kept taking spoonfuls all day, and had a bowl for lunch, so now there is only 1/4 of the squash left.

We also grew spaghetti and acorn squash but they are being saved for another day.

The Fall Harvest continued with apples from our friend’s tree. These apples, which I think are Galas, are the sweetest, crispest, juiciest apples I have ever had. The apples stayed on the tree until after the first frost which is why they taste like perfection. The fact that they were grown in our friends back yard is just a bonus.

I made a raw apple crisp using a date/almond/oat/cinnamon combo for the topping.

Until I realized that the Fall weather actually called for a hot apple crisp so I baked it in the oven for 20 minutes so the apples were still a little crisp.

Tip: soaking the dates in boiling water softens them to make processing them easier. Plus, you can use the ‘date water’ to thin out the mixture without adding any additional sweetener.

Our two-year-old ate a bunch of the topping before the apples were even sliced.

Now head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out what Jenn and the rest of the WIAW bloggers are eating this week.


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In keeping with the half-marathon theme so far this week, today I present to you What I Ate (the day of my first half-marathon) Wednesday.

Thanks to our lovely host Jenn at Peas & Crayons! Wednesdays would still be dull and boring if it wasn’t for her πŸ™‚

Sunday morning was all about fueling my body to run my first half-marathon (13 miles or 21 Km).

First things first, water.

Quickly followed by some instant coffee from Starbucks. I like to keep this on hand for the days when I don’t feel like making a whole pot of coffee, when I’m camping or for when I want to add a little caffeine kick to my smoothie. Be warned though, caffeine plus Greens+ powder results in A LOT of energy (hmmm, maybe I should have done that before the race…)

I also ate some oats, chia seeds and blueberries.

During the race I drank water, some GU Brew and a lemon-flavoured GU energy gel (all provided).

This was my first time trying a GU and it wasn’t too bad.

After the race was over we headed to the food table where I grabbed a banana, a mini bagel and a bottle of ruby-red grapefruit juice. I ate the banana, drank the juice and threw the dry bagel away. In retrospect I should have kept the bagel so Lincoln had something to feed the ducks we discovered on our walk back to the car.

I decided I wanted to shower before eating so we headed back to where we were staying. I got clean and Lincoln had a nap.

Then we headed out for lunch.

First stop was Jugo Juice because I was craving fresh juice. I chose the Max veggie option which contained beets, carrots (I saw four large carrots go into the juicer!), spinach, cucumber, green pepper and apple.

Just want my body wanted.

And then I went and topped it off with this:

A grilled chicken burger with fries.

It was not what my body wanted.

Oh well, I just ran 13 miles πŸ™‚

When we got home we decided to make an East Coast style meal – Donair Pizza complete with the oh-so-wonderful sweet sauce.

I took two pictures. One with the sauce:

And one without the sauce for my husband who thought the above picture was gross looking πŸ™‚

The donair meat was imported all the way from Moncton, New Brunswick and was living in our freezer. I make the sauce myself using four ingredients: evaporated milk, sugar, garlic powder and white vinegar. Trust me, it is addicting.

I also drank a lot of water including two bottles of bubbly water.

Even though it was Thanksgiving here in Canada we did not make turkey dinner at all this weekend.

And I’m OK with that πŸ™‚

Happy WIAW everyone!

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It’s time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday. This week it is all about what I ate at the Festival of the Grape on Sunday. This is an annual wine event where the cost of admission includes a wine glass and three tickets that can be used to sample three different (or the same if you choose) wines from the many wineries at the festival.

The tickets can also be used at the food vendors, which is what I chose since I was starving after running 10 miles that morning. I was there to help out my friend who had a booth for her crocheting business, Corkscrew Creations, and was not planning on drinking wine anyways so it worked out well.

First up was some delicious Shrimp Pad Thai served in a take-out container (loved this detail). The condiment table included fresh cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion, chopped peanuts, and a plethora of sauces for all levels of heat tolerance. In a word, awesome.

I also had a fresh Pineapple-Lime slushy juice smoothie drink. This was double awesome and so fresh.

After the fest I had to go buy groceries and saw that The Great One has his own tea: Gretzky’s Green.

He looks so regal and distinguished drinking his tea. Plus, it was a good reminder that it’s hockey season again – yee haw!

And then, for reasons I am still trying to figure out, I bought a coffee from Tim Hortons.

Again with the French! English translation: Always Fresh Coffee.

I worked at Tim Hortons throughout highschool and for a couple of years during University. I used to go home smelling like coffee and donuts and to this day cannot stand the smell of a Tim Hortons. But desperate times call for desperate measures and I needed the caffeine boost for the drive home.

I could only drink half of it.

Now head on over to Peas & Crayons and check out the rest of the WIAW posts – thanks Jenn!


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WIAW No. 7

This weeks edition of What I Ate Wednesday is brought to you by the letters ‘S’, ‘I’, ‘C’, and ‘K’.

Yep, the Doozer and I are sick. It’s not too bad, just coughing, stuffiness, tiredness (on my part, not his, I’m actually curious where he finds all the energy.)

As a result we have been eating a lot of this:

Drinking a lot of this:

And peeling a few of these:

We also had some peanut butter and honey on toast because we all know that honey helps with sore throats, right? Or is that just me? Either way, it was tasty.

The kettle was also on non-stop today for tea purposes. I’m one of those people who prefers hot food and drinks over cold when I have a sore throat. I like to try to burn away the sickness. This Mojito flavoured tea was today’s choice (lime and mint) plus I added in more honey, but the regular kind, not the fancy Ice Wine honey we had on our toast (does not contain actual ice wine).Β  Please note that I did not realize the French side was facing forward so let’s use this as an opportunity to brush up on Canada’s second official language, French: Mojito in French is Mojito, lime in French in lime. Got it? πŸ™‚

We also consumed a lot of soup today.

Some of it was purchased in a can:

And some of it was made with homemade soup stock, fresh veggies from the garden and love.

Now let’s all head on over to Peas & Crayons to spy on what Jenn and the rest of the WIAW crew has been eating this week.

Thanks again Jenn!

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WIAW No. 6

The family and I went to the Rock Creek Fall Fair on the weekend so this edition of What I Ate Wednesday is all about what we ate at the fair (it’s not as bad as you think).

But first, a big thanks to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting this event to help us get over the work-week hump.

We decided to have lunch at the fair so after we saw the animals (the pigs were Lincoln’s favourite by far) my husband went to wait in a long line-up while we stayed behind and played in the kids area.

Andrew really wanted some pulled pork and it seemed like everyone else did too. When he was only three people away from the front of the line they announced they only had 4 sandwiches left – phew! That was a close one.

Pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, rice with shrimp, BBQ sauce on the side.

We also got an order of sweet potato fries and chicken fingers. We thought the chicken fingers were something different based on the sign description, but nope, just chicken fingers.

Lincoln had a few fries, and a lot of ketchup, before decidingΒ  that ice cream was a better option.

Rocky Road ice cream to be exact.

Since it was the Fair I decided to not worry about it. He had some carrots at supper to make up for it.

We also shared a fresh lemonade. I didn’t get a picture and I was also bummed because after I ordered and paid for the drink I realized I could have gotten lime. Limeade is so much better than lemonade in my opinion.

That’s it.

I meant to grab some kettle corn too but the line was really long, and we were too distracted by the tractors to remember before we left.

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