December Updates

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you, Kate, for this template. Had lots of fun filling it out with a bunch of random ideas and thoughts.

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Current excitement: 11 more days until I’ll be home in good, boring old Coquitlam. 🙂 There truly is no place like home home.

Current need: A big hug. Virtual ones are cool too 😉 And maybe some nut butter.

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Current procrastination: Aside from schoolwork, baking! There are so many recipes I want to make, including banana chocolate espresso muffins by Jack, cornbread, and pumpkin cream cheese bars. Yum!

Current Book: My biology textbook. Finals are too close! My Sociology final exam is in three hours. I love this class and think it should be a good exam 🙂

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Current music: I’m starting to like Celtic music! It helps me focus when I read and do practice questions and equations. Adrian von Ziegler makes some incredible music and I love anything autumn-inspired or sounds like the sea.

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Current drink: Earl grey tea and hot water – just the usual. I have some pumpkin hot chocolate mix lingering in the cupboards but haven’t opened it yet! I’ll have to buy some milk from the grocery store next time just so I can enjoy some hot hot chocolate as a post-dinner treat.

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Current food: Applesauce! I’d always been iffy about applesauce. If you talked to me about applesauce last month, I would’ve told you it’s weird baby food. I was totally skeptical about what it could do for baked goods. Wouldn’t you taste the apple? Doesn’t it take away from the richness? Isn’t it… weird? It’s baby food! After making this healthy chocolate banana cake, however, my preconceived notions on applesauce were blown out of the water. I’m now a total convert – I can’t wait to start subbing butter and coconut oil with this brilliant, budget-friendly, fat-free, moisture-inducing substance!

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Current obsession: Chocolate… but we all know that’s not a current thing. I recently bought a butterscotch milk chocolate and it’s like a dream – melty, rich chocolate with chunks of crunchy, toffee-like crispy bits. I love it!

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Okay, and cheese would probably be my current obsession #2. Cheese is one of my top comfort foods. The gooier, the meltier, the more flavourful – the better. Ah, there’s truly nothing better than a crispy grilled cheese sandwich and a big bowl of soup. This sammie was filled with harvarti, goat cheese, caramelized onions, walnuts, rosemary butter, and honey, served with curried butternut squash soup.

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Current bane of my existence: Construction! They say there are two seasons in Waterloo – WINTER and CONSTRUCTION. It doesn’t seem to end, and all the buses are taking detours, skipping stops, and being 20 minutes late or 10 minutes early. Grrrrr.

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Current blessing: Free fitness classes at my school. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Since I’m on campus anyways, it’s so convenient to stop by and do a 50-minute yoga class or some cardio in the form of Zumba. The instructors are always so enthusiastic, but I think the best thing is how short the classes are. They fit right into my schedule 🙂 Thank goodness for cycling, yoga, and all the other classes my school offers – they’re really keeping me sane during this hectic exam season!

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21 thoughts on “December Updates

  1. Aaa, love all the food pics!! That pita, though…(‘course, I’m a sucker for anything that looks like Greek food 😜). And the grilled cheese had me nearly in a food coma just looking at it!

    I keep meaning to comment and tell you, Cindy, this kind of weird fact. I used to have a good friend whose last name was Wei. I’m sure it’s probably like the Chinese equivalent to Smith or Jones, but it just struck me as interesting…and who knows?? Maybe you have relatives in the Seattle area. 😉

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it 🙂 Oooh thanks for reminding me of grilled cheese. Even the thought of melty cheese and crispy bread makes me happy.

      Really? That’s very cool. Wei is not a very common Chinese last name (certainly not as common as Lee or Wang) and I’ve never met anyone with the same last name outside my family. That’s very cool! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 And no I don’t have relatives in Seattle! Wish I did, though… more opportunities to go to Trader Joe’s!


    1. I know! Woo! You are already in your single digits for this countdown, you lucky 🙂
      It went well! Had to guess for a couple, which is normal, but they were educated guesses. How have your exams been so far?! How many more do you have left?


  2. I love this template too- it is great for a monthly update! I am not sure who the originator of it is, but I thank them!
    I love the “vitamin sea” meme- I hear that!
    I am a full appreciator of cheese. It is the #1 reason I could not be a vegan (or wouldn’t want to be, I should say).

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    1. Hahaha I love the way you worded that: “full appreciator”. 😀 I am definitely with you on that! I am a worshipper of good cheese and good yogurt and good ice cream – like you, that’s why veganism wouldn’t work for me! I could totally use two weeks of sleep or a trip to Hawaii right now…


  3. Okay, I am totally jealous of that exercise schedule, especially knowing its FREE??! Ugh, I want that! I am so so so glad you’ve discovered apple sauce, I usually halve the amount of fat for apple sauce in a lot of desserts and NEVER notice a difference. I love it!! Hope your exam went well today!

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    1. Halving it sounds like a good idea. I was originally thinking about replacing ALL oil/fat in recipes with applesauce, but I can see how that might detract from the texture and flavour. 🙂 Thank you for the kind wishes! Does McGill have a free fitness program?


      1. Sometimes adding too much applesauce can make the product really wet, but it’s worth a try, especially if the recipe doesn’t have that much fat! We have free access to the gym but the classes given have a fee! I can’t say for sure that this is true for the main McGill campus, which I don’t go to (The dietetics program is given on another campus about 45 minutes away from McGill). I really wish it was the case though!

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  4. Hope the Sociology test went well. Great dishes … now I want shrimp. 🙂

    I know what you mean about construction. You know winter is over when the detour signs spring up rather than when you see the flowers peek through the ground.

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    1. Shrimp is one of many seafood favourites for me! How do you typically prepare shrimp? Do you marinate it?
      That is a perfect explanation of Ontario life! 😛 I love it. Going to use that to explain winter in Waterloo to all my friends!


      1. Sometimes I buy it uncooked but I usually buy it cooked and frozen so thawing it and then a quick warm through in the sauce is as much cooking at it needs. Combined with bang bang sauce it’s delicious over pasta or couscous and then there’s always Shrimp Alfredo or fresh basil pesto. There are some posts you might like under the shrimp ‘tag’. here. How about marinated in tamarind chutney over rice?

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  5. Hi baby , good morning. It’s Friday! Friday! The shrimps look so tender and delicious. The pockets meal are awesome. You are such a good cook. Maybe you can cook our Christmas meal. How do you think? It’s time for us to think what we should have on Christmas Eve. Throw me some ideas.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Mom! I hope you’re having a lovely morning so far. Pita pockets are delicious! I ate one and froze three more. They are fantastic for quick meals! I would love to help cook at Christmas time! Can we make a lentil loaf and some homemade bread and baked goods? I have a cheesecake recipe that I want to try.


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