Monthly Archives: October 2013

Please Excuse the Hiatus

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Hiatus…such an odd but fitting word.

I do apologize for the extended absence! Mike and I have not cooked anything together in awhile due to a horrible case of the stomach flu, and we have been quite busy with a whole lot of adventuring with minimal blogging.

But fear not! We have a pumpkin carving shindig this Sunday which promises to be an exciting time of interesting carving, delicious food featuring the pumpkin and good times with friends. So stay tuned!

In the meantime…is anyone currently watching House of Cards? My friend Mona recommended I watch it so I’m starting on episode uno tonight! Let me know what your favourite shows are to watch! I’m always looking for a new show to delve into.

Stay classy,

~E

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And I would walk 500 miles…

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Hello…welcome to the humble abode of my mind…it is not very well censored…and sometimes is broken up with rare moments of profound genius that hopefully I post; because how many people are actually willing to share their ideas and thoughts without fear of criticism? Yes I am aware that sentence was outrageously long.

I’m not quite sure where I’m supposed to go in life. (Or what this post is about for that matter)

I’ve got a  job that challenges me to think and innovate. Actually I have two jobs because I am just that hardcore and like to eat good food which requires more money.

I have a wonderful boyfriend who tolerates my childish ‘I just need to sleep’ moods and random moments of falling asleep as soon as I find something relatively comfy to put my head on. Believe me people, I can make a table seem like a plush king-sized bed in my mind if I’m tired enough and need to catch a few zzz’s. I wake up after an hour nap to find things like home made fried chicken with truffle bacon cream corn and roasted potatoes ready to eat! Yep, he’s awesome.

My family is amazing to the point that I know I am a very lucky lady to have such a strong connection with my siblings and parents.

And my friends. Oh my friends! I show my face on occasion; usually for one-on-one coffee dates and the odd social event, but I don’t go out nearly as much as when I had my ‘wild days’ of university living. Let’s face it: I’ve settled down. Not as in I’m settling down for good, but in the way that I don’t need to party like a rock star every time I am out with friends. Sometimes I think to myself that I am reverting back to the young bookworm who would come home from school and read for hours on end. I would shut myself away in my room and read until supper, then go read some more after supper and then be told to shut my light off already and sleep at 1AM. I had two best friends and lived on an acreage, hours from any large city. You see where I’m going with this? And so, now my friends see me a little less, I read a little more and go to bed at a decent time. Is that so bad? Sometimes I feel guilty for turning down an invitation to go out, but 7:00AM shows up fast with a blaring alarm clock entrance and 8 hours of work is a long time to be groggy and tired for.

Maybe what I am getting at is I see the value in strong connections with people more than the collective inebriation with a mixture of close friends and random strangers in a bar? Perhaps the thought of staying out super-duper late makes the old woman inside of me cringe? But hey! The fat kid inside me cheers for the 2AM donair I would eventually eat. Donairs never taste so good as when you’re a wee bit tipsy and waltzing down the street with close friends.

What I THINK I am getting at with this post is that strong connections matter. The people who are there for you through thick and thin are reliable and don’t mind seeing you once every few weeks. They understand that sometimes sleep trumps going out. However, don’t let these connections shrivel up and die. The people who invite you out even after three declined invitations truly care and want to see your beautiful face! Which is why I still make the effort to have the odd coffee date with these people. Even if I show up in sweats and a tank top with a tired face to the hipster cafe’ that serves really good coconut lassi’s my friends don’t mind sitting next to me. True friendship right there!

So the point…hmmm…well I just hope someone finds a little humour and maybe is able to relate to what my brain decided was something profoundly blog-worthy. Let me know if this was just a pile of steaming rice noodles gone soggy. Not very appetizing but still edible if I am hungry enough!

 

Stay classy,

~E

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Fall 2013 4-H Alberta Magazine

That’s right people! I work for the 4-H Alberta Magazine!

We publish four times a year on all the happenings of 4-H. This summer I had the chance to travel all over the province taking photos and interviewing some really cool 4-H clubs, members and leaders. I worked along a very talented lady by the name of Nathalie Batres. She’s currently in Spain for 9 months and loving it! I hope she eventually comes back haha

I am so proud to present the Fall 2013 issue of the magazine. We worked long and hard to make it happen along with our editor/supervisor Jalisa Barnett, to make it happen. Lots of extra hours in the office and driving out to programs were seen throughout the summer. It was sooooo worth it!

I believe, if my math skills are firing on all cylinders, that I have seven articles in the publication. Please feel free to correct me. This is the coolest career experience I have had yet! Albeit, I am only 21, but it is still pretty darn awesome!

So, take a read. Enjoy 🙂

 

Stay classy,

~E

To all the Supporters

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You know what is so cool about social media? Anyone around the world can look and see what someone else is sharing. I think being able to communicate with someone you have never met before through the power of photos, blogs, news, etc. is an exciting experience. Yes, yes of course there are downfalls to social media, the internet and communication in general, but today is a day of good vibes and being excited about the world we live in.

This post is dedicated to all of the people who read my blog. Thank-you for following me! My friends, you willingly clicked on my blog and decided to jump on the bandwagon. Where we go, no one knows! Not even me! But truly, thank-you to the 35 wonderful WordPress followers, a choice few Facebook friends and countless Tweeters who take the time to check out what I’m up to from time to time. You are all awesome!!!!!! I’m making a commitment to try and personally thank every person who follows, likes or comments on my blog. Also, comment more people! I would love to hear feedback on my posts. Constructive criticism along with light banter and/or praise are always welcome 🙂

To keep the good times rolling, check out a blog run by Jordan Ferney called “Oh Happy Day”! She has some really rad costume ideas! It’s October people! Get your costume on!

Stay classy,

~E

Meal Fit For a King

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Hockey Games and a Meal Fit For a King

Edmonton versus Winnipeg!

Perfect time to chow down on a fancy hockey game spread of course!

Here we have confit potato and duck leg, roasted butternut and acorn squash, blueberry and fennel crabapple braised red cabbage accompanied by fresh heirloom tomatoes, steamed sweet corn and a pumpkin. Why the pumpkin? It’s October 1st! Of course we would go buy baby pumpkins to make our place look extra awesome for Fall.

Stay classy,

~E

Believe it or not…this started off as a snack

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Believe it or not...this started off as a snack

We had just bought some nice squash from the Farmer’s Market and Mike decided we needed to taste some.

A little back story on why this started off as a snack: We had spent the day out at my parent’s place and ate a big supper before heading back to the city. We were both feeling full but that squash just looked too good to pass up.

Mike roasted off half the squash in the oven and cubed up and froze the other half while holding back a few cubes to fry up. I had cooked off some chicken with various herbs for lunch meals during the work week. Cooking up a storm together in the kitchen led to yet another huge food baby. The end result being the photo featured here.

On this plate we have blanched then pan-fried cubes of acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. The last of the garden’s tomatoes and roasted squash seeds along with a piece of rum and maple glazed chicken breast, topped off with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh herbs.

Stay classy,

~E