Books! Glorious books.

Supper last night was sweet and spicy meatloaf with alterations. If you don’t own this cook book yet, what are you waiting for? The recipes are healthy and delicious! So far I’ve made a shepherd’s pie and a sweet and spicy meatloaf; alterations follow:

Recipe Alterations
What the recipe called for What I did instead
natural bran oatmeal (not instant, especially
not flavoured instant)
1/3 cup chopped, dried cranberries 1/3 cups chopped, raisins, dates,
and cranberries I picked out
of a bag of trailmix (who knew
meatloaf would be so laborious?)
2 tsp cayenne powder 1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
(on account they are both red
powders like cayenne)
 blue cheese  cheddar cheese (we ain’t fancy)

The  meatloaf turned out wonderfully moist, possibly because it had been a bit underdone but I sliced it up and fried a few slices to finish cooking it through and it was fine! Plus, we had delicious fried cheddar bits to nom.

I’m reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Again. This is my second read-through so I’m using my judgey, critical eye. I’m only a quarter of the way through but already I’ve formed a very strong opinion about Jenny Lawson; her childhood could have been my childhood if my parents hadn’t decided to move to the big city when it was time for me to start school. Also, we should be friends. Also, if it wasn’t for her childhood being in rural Texas and my early childhood being in a mountain on the Alberta/B.C. border, her dad could have easily been one of the guys who’d stop by our house wanting to show off whatever dead/pissed off animal they had in the back of their truck. Hm, actually my childhood wouldn’t have been her childhood because my dad, crazy in his own way, wasn’t a taxidermist.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a funny book you feel sort of horrified at yourself for laughing at because it’s 90% true (as stated in the foreword).

Books! Glorious books.

Strawberry cake in a cup

I love chocolate cake and I’m lazy. The 5-minute chocolate cake in a cup recipe you find everyone online was my favourite go-to for a decadent snack.

Unfortunately, I suffer from migraines and a stomach that can’t take chocolate right now so my usual go-to snack has been crossed off my list.

Then I found this recipe for coffee cake in a mug. I love coffee cake! I didn’t have sour cream in the house so I decided to substitute sour cream with two tablespoons of strawberry yogurt. The result was a lovely strawberry cake in a mug!

The recipe was very simple to  make, turned out tasty, and if I’d had strawberries and ice cream to go on top it would’ve been perfect!

Strawberry cake in a cup

Cabin in the Woods

Easter 2012 - Cabin exterior
The exterior of the cabin seems safe enough.
Easter 2012 - View from the cabin
Looks pretty safe from the front porch of the cabin. No serial killers in sight!
Easter 2012 - Cabin living room
Oh look! Someone arrived before us! Well, as long as it's not... a serial killer!
Easter 2012 - Cabin kitchen
Maybe... no, the kitchen is clear, too. Phew! I think we might be safe but I have to check ALL the rooms out...
Easter 2012 - Cabin bedroom 1
This room is a bit scary-looking but there were no serial killers hiding in it. Not even under the bunk bed!
Easter 2012 - Cabin bedroom 2
This was my room. The windows were key for a quick exit should a serial killer burst into our cabin.
Easter 2012 - Tammy matches
Aw yeah, that's how I roll. My jacket matches my laptop. The laptop I may have smuggled to the cabin with me because I knew there'd be wi-fi and I knew I couldn't go without a computer for three days!

Things I learned while staying in a cabin just outside of Canmore, AB.

To live in Camore you must:

  1. Own a dog or have access to a dog so you can do outdoor activities with it OR walk it down main street or have it sleep at your feet while you drink a latte at an outdoor cafe on  main street.
  2. Wear at least one article of clothing from North Face or Patagonia. M.E.C. is passable.

What I’m saying here is, there are a lot of cute dogs in Canmore. Woof!

I felt pretty out of place, let me tell yah. Fat programmers who don’t, usually, go outside in the winter don’t fit into a town where the word ‘Nordic’ is used in official town signage.

Which is partly why I checked out Sports Experts. I needed camouflage! Also, there was a big 50% off sign. *cough* I bought a very fuzzy jacket, fuzzy gloves, and long underpants. It must have worked because, while we were on one of our walks, we were approached and asked for directions! My glee! It was enormous! We explained we weren’t the right people to ask and she said, wait for it, “Oh! I’m sorry. You looked like to belonged here!” BOOYAH! It took a 50% off North Face jacket and I was in!

I also learned the joy of baked brie! Delicious! I bought pop from Grizzly Paw and foccaccia from Bella Crusta and walked a lot in the fresh air. Weekend conquered!

Cabin in the Woods