Today’s post is all over the map….be warned….
I have a dating tip for any single men looking to meet women here in Vancouver. When I was walking to meet Michelle this morning, there was torrential rain and the wind was REALLY strong. I have a big umbrella (ella, ella, yeah, yeah – thank you Rihanna) for mornings like this. As I was standing at a light to cross a road, a very sad, cold looking man was waiting at the crosswalk too. Being the helpful woman I am, I asked him if he’d like to stand under my umbrella (ella, ella, yeah, yeah – I’ll stop) to be dry. I’m certainly not in the market to pick up men at stop lights, but I couldn’t help thinking that would be a good way to meet women if you were single. Find a woman with a big umbrella, look cold, wet and sad and voila….new acquaintance.
I was also paid a very big compliment from my friend Renee today. Renee and I used to work together until she moved to a different city in a different province….and her energy is very missed in our workplace. However, we keep in touch and I’m always happy to get a note from her in my inbox. Today, she sent this, with the subject line “this made me think of you”.
Some would be embarrassed by being “that friend”….I see it as a badge of honor! A DIRTY badge of honor! Thanks Renee, you made my day!
The recipe I used to make this morning’s breakfast is an adaptation from a recipe I saw on my Las Vegas blog buddy Kristen’s Swanky Dietitian site. Seriously, she lives in Vegas! But I don’t know if she’s ever met Barry Manilow!!! I love Barry Manilow, and if I ever get to Vegas, I hope his show is on. And I hope to meet Kristen too! I digress….
I was looking for a new baked oatmeal recipe to have on hand, and changed up Kristen’s recipe just a bit to make it softer. It turned out really well, thanks Kristen!! I heated it in the microwave and put some sugar free syrup over top.
PB and Raisin Oatmeal Bars (adapted from food.com)
- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (Kristen mentioned that she would omit the sugar next time, so I did, and it was fine)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk (you can use any milk you’d like – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten (I added an extra egg white to soften it a little)
- 1 large mashed banana
- 2 tablespoons raisins (or dried fruit of choice – I used dried cranberries)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (we had natural crunchy peanut butter in the house, but I’m sure smooth would be fine too)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients first: quick cooking oats, brown sugar, baking powder, kosher salt and ground cinnamon.
Add in the vanilla extract, milk and egg. Mix the ingredients together well.
Lastly, mix in the mashed banana, peanut butter, and raisins.
Pour mixture in a lightly greased pan (I used an 8 by 8) and bake in oven for about 20-25 minutes. If you want a crunchier bar go closer to 25.
After breakfast, and after coming to the aid of drenched men, I met Michelle for our usual pre-work Wednesday coffee. Nice thumb Mi, this is the better of the two photos from this morning…the other finger you showed, well…
Later in the morning I had some honeydew melon.
Lunch was a bento box of “bits and pieces” that I had on hand, a little piece of leftover chicken, some cherry tomatoes, a few olives, an apple, rice crackers and 3 tbsp artichoke pesto.
The pesto recipe was in last week’s weight watcher’s weekly from my meeting on Saturday. It’s very good, I think I’ll be making this often.
- 1 1/4 cups canned artichoke hearts (without oil, drained and rinsed)
- 1 garlic clove, quartered
- 1 1/4 cups packed fresh basil
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (I used almonds, we didn’t have pine nuts in the kitchen)
- 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade. Pulse a few times, then process until well-chopped but coarsely grained. To refrigerate up to 2 days, spoon into a small bowl and press plastic wrap right against the surface to minimize the dip turning brown. Serves 12, 2 tbsp per serving.
Speaking of weight watchers, my afternoon snack was a pack of ginger snaps I got at our meeting.
After work, I went over to Helen’s place. She lives about a 30 minute walk away. Dennis dropped me off, and I walked home for a couple of activity points. (the wind had blown away the clouds and rain for a while, and though still windy this afternoon, the sun was out) I was given a good stink eye by this cat who looks just like my friend Suz’s Sootie. (who has also given me stink eye at times! )
Several people have told me about the free photo editing site Picmonkey. Today’s collages were created there instead of my usual Picassa.
Helen has got some new plants in her garden. Today, I took a few “early season” shots, and it’ll be fun to see the garden as it flourishes over the next couple of months.
And because I couldn’t resist, I took a few more “soon-to-be-gone” blossom shots.
I know they are soon to be gone, because sidewalks and grass beside them look like this.
When I got home, Dennis had dinner ready….lean meatballs, peppers and onions in blue menu plum sauce. Dennis had his on couscous, I had mine “straight up” as I chose to spend a few points on half of his beer instead. (love the graphic on the label)
So there you have it, my all over the place Wednesday post. Time to go and check out this week’s Modern Family episode. Hope your weeks are all going well!!