Saturday, September 22, 2018

One of My Favourite Creatures

It's shaping up to be a busy Saturday in Toronto. Lots of fun on the agenda, but I probably won't have a chance to blog tonight, so I'm going to share a photo of one of my favourite creatures. Lulu is so smart and photogenic. She has gotten the hang of posing for the camera; however, she likes to come in real close. Every time I back up, she comes closer and sits down again. So here's a huge photo of Lulu.

Friday, September 21, 2018

UNIQLO Pop-Up

A series of happy coincidences led me to discover a UNIQLO pop-up today, where I received a free HEATTECH shirt!

The pop-up is promoting the UNIQLO CA app. All you need to do is head to the pop-up, download the app, sign up for an account, line up, and choose a size for your complimentary shirt. UNIQLO is giving away the version with the thinner material (not the extra warm), which retails for $19.90 in Canada. I already had this in dark grey and navy (and now, black!), and it's one of my favourite styles.

The pop-up is located at 451 King Street West and will be open until 8pm today (Fri Sep 21) and from 11am to 7pm tomorrow (Sat Sep 22).

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Instant Pot Adventures - Turkey Stroganoff

Even though I have a lot more time now, I still find myself in need of some fast go-to recipes. Hubby mentioned a while ago that one of his colleagues brought beef stroganoff for lunch and that "it looked SO yummy." Yes, this was another one of his hints. I found an interesting recipe for the Instant Pot, and I filed it away in my memory, which basically means I forgot about it. When I finally remembered last week, I decided to try it with ground turkey to lighten it up a bit. The resulting dish is so quick, easy, and delicious that I've already made it twice.



I adapted the recipe from this one. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, one tablespoon of butter instead of two, chicken stock instead of beef stock, smoked paprika instead of regular paprika, whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, and green onions instead of parsley. I also omitted the mushrooms, and I added another 4 oz of noodles and 1/2 cup of broth. It's quite rich with 14% sour cream, so I may try 5% next time to see if I can lighten it up even more, without significantly impacting flavour. In any event, it's a tasty one pot meal that takes no time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baked Goodies

It's been a while since I've baked. I used to bake regularly - muffins, cupcakes, cakes, loaves, cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones, bagels - I pretty much love any and all baked treats. However, the more I baked goodies, the more I ate baked goodies. It was impacting my waistline, so I stopped. Now I only bake on rare occasions, and today was one of those occasions! We had some ripe bananas to use up, so I made banana bread this morning. We also have some frozen fruit that has been sitting in the freezer for a while, so since I was in a baking mood, I made a dozen little muffins as well.



Both the banana bread and the muffins were delicious. So delicious that I can't wait to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow so I can eat more. The banana bread was adapted from Jamie Oliver's Earl Grey Banana Bread Recipe and the muffins were adapted from this recipe.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

THINX Pop-Up Shop

I was recently invited to check out the THINX pop-up at the Drake General Store. THINX is a New York based company that makes period-proof panties. I've never tried this type of underwear before, so I was intrigued. I woke up bright and early today for the event, and it was time well spent!





Our morning started with an energizing yoga class at Good Space. The studio is bright, beautiful, and airy, and it smells incredible too! Our instructor led a short, period-appropriate practice that got the blood flowing, so to speak.







After our yoga class, we headed over to the Drake General Store to check out the THINX pop-up. We had a light breakfast, which included this super delicious ginger kombucha by Vams Culture.





THINX offers a number of different styles, ranging in absorbency level. The most absorbent style is the hi-waist, and the least absorbent style is the thong. Samples of the different styles are available at the pop-up. The underwear feels well-made, and I was surprised by how "normal" they felt. The absorption area did not feel overly thick, even on the hi-waist style. I took home a pair in the bikini style, and I'm excited to give them a try. The THINX pop-up is located at the Drake General Store (flagship location) at 1151 Queen Street West and will be around until Sep 22/18 in case you want to check out the period-proof panties in person!



Note: not sponsored. THINX provided a sample for PR purposes.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Current Mood

I'm feeling rather uninspired. I'm in good spirits, but I don't have much to say. I guess you could say I'm feeling creatively lazy. This is my first creative lull since I started blogging daily, and I'm sure it won't be my last.

It was a beautiful day today. I met my bestie for lunch. I took a long walk. Hubby and I had a healthy dinner (I made sous vide steak with salad). I'm planning to curl up with my book and relax for the rest of the evening. Enjoy the rest of your night, and I will see you again tomorrow!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Two Little Surprises

Two little surprises made my day today, and I wanted to tell you about them.

Surprise #1
Toronto has some beautiful art walls. One such wall is the Love Wall. Covered with beautiful pink doodles and endearing messages, the Love Wall is always jam-packed with people wanting to take photographs of it or with it. Hubby and I walked right by it today, as we often do, and I did a double-take because there was hardly anybody there. I doubled back so I could take a photo. Then I doubled us back so we could take a photo together. I didn't have my camera with me so we used Hubby's old iPod.



Surprise #2
Every year, audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival vote for a film to take home the People's Choice award, and there is a free screening of the winning film on the last day of the festival. This is the first year we've gotten tickets to the screening.

This morning, when I told Hubby I got the tickets, he asked me what the film would be. The winner hadn't been announced yet, so we decided it might be fun to allow ourselves to be surprised at the screening. The winner was announced in the early afternoon, but we diligently avoided Google and Twitter. It's oddly strange and exciting to line up at the cinema with no clue as to what you'll be watching!

During the introduction, we learned that we would be watching Green Book. I had read a little about this film a few days ago but could only remember that it was highly regarded by audiences. Oh. My. Goodness. Audiences were right. Hubby and I LOVED it. This film is a crowd-pleaser that felt much shorter than 130 minutes, and I didn't want it to end. The film is simultaneously gut-wrenching and hilarious, and the acting is superb. It is an incredible film that deserves all the accolades it will no doubt receive. Highly recommended!

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