WIAW #23

Good Morning! Hope you are all enjoying this short week and looking forward to Thanksgiving. I have been busy getting settled in Phoenix. After hearing people complain about the DMV system and the long waits I got to experience it first hand this week. After going to three different offices and waiting at over an hour at each place I now have an Arizona driver’s license. On Saturday I went out for a hike after breakfast at a local trail near where I am living. Beautiful scenery and views of the valley. I am definitely looking forward to exploring more of the local trails.
IMG_1654Here is a look at some of my meals from this week.

I had a busy day ahead of running errands and waiting in long lines. My usual breakfast of Kodiak Cakes, coffee, and an apple kept me full till lunch which was a huge bonus.
IMG_1675Lunch was a turkey breast sandwich with some of the blackberry currant mustard from Trader Joe’s that I mentioned last week. I have really been enjoying the pack of mustard. I had a issue with my sink in my condo this weekend which made my kitchen sink unusable. I ended up having this same meal for supper over the weekend as it required minimal sink involvement.
IMG_1665I have been drinking a lot of tea lately. I am trying to force myself to drink what I have on hand before buying more. Today I had a pot of Trader Joe’s decaffeinated green tea candy cane variety.

On Sunday morning I went to check out a local farmer’s market near my place. I tried this mango salsa and was really impressed. It is more spicy than sweet and made locally in Arizona. I like mango salsa but often varieties much more sweeter than spicy. They sell a bunch of other flavours that I am looking forward to trying.

IMG_1664When thinking about that to make for supper the idea of a potato appealed to me. I hadn’t had a microwaved potato in ages. I used this method by Hannah and the potato turned out perfect. I topped it with tuna that I mixed with the mango salsa and some sun dried tomatoes. It was a strange looking but good supper. I have been loving roasted veggies lately as well and had a bunch of them as well.

IMG_1671On the weekend I had a craving for apple crisp. I decided to try and make a single serving variation to enjoy. I cut up an apple and sprinkled a ton of cinnamon on it. I microwaved it for 2 minutes and then added a handful of frozen cherries. It smelled amazing as soon as I took it out of the microwave. I topped it with a scoop of greek frozen yogurt from Trader Joe’s. I was looking for a substitute for the traditional topping and when I saw these cookies at TJ’s I thought they would be a good replacement. I chose the ginger variety of the cat cookies. They provided some crunch and spicy ginger flavour. This evening snack was excellent and I have enjoyed it with a cup of tea each night lately.
IMG_1672Hope you all have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy some great food.

Are you planning on doing any shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? I am hoping to find a TV for a good price. I also still need to get a few more kitchen items and some clothes which I hope I can find on sale this weekend.

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WIAW #22

Hello! Happy Wednesday Everyone! This is my first WIAW post from sunny and warm Arizona. I arrived on Friday and have been super busy getting settled in my new home. It is so nice to be away from the cool and rainy weather and in the sun :) I don’t start my new job till Dec 1 but have quite a bit of paperwork and tasks to complete before officially starting. I am hoping to have some free time next week to relax and get to know my new neighbourhood…and hit the Black Friday sales for some of the items I need for my new place :) I did end up taking a chance and buying the Costco memory foam mattress without being able to test it out. It is so comfortable. If you like memory foam I highly recommend it….and the price can’t be beat.

I enjoyed a batch of Kodiak Cakes, an apple, and a huge cup of coffee. I had a lot of errands to run and needed the fuel for the day. This meal kept me going till lunch.
IMG_1637I stopped in at one of my favourite places in Tempe. Desert Roots Kitchen. This tiny restaurant/cafe is amazing. It has the most freshest and flavourful food I have ever had. All items are made from local, farm fresh ingrediants (when possible) and are organic. All items happen to be vegan as well. Everyday they have a completely new menu. If you are ever in Phoenix or Tempe you must stop in and have a meal. Today I had half of the cilantro lime chick pea and rice wrap with a side of kale salad that had a interesting dressing of pineapple, orange, and cinnamon. It was delicious. I couldn’t resist the pumpkin, cranberry, and flax square. It was just so fresh and flavourful. I love meals like that.
IMG_1627 IMG_1629After surviving a trip to Ikea I made my next stop at Trader Joe’s. Have any of you had this pack of mustard from TJ yet? I was looking for their whole grain but they were out of stock so I picked this pack up instead. I am so impressed. I highly recommend it. Check it out if you have a TJ near you.
IMG_1630I got home and was starving so I roasted some mushrooms and opened a can of tuna. I added some sun dried tomatoes and some of the basil mustard. It was excellent! So tasty and flavourful. I am looking forward to trying out the rest. I am thinking maybe trying the blackcurrant with salmon? I topped my mushrooms with some Hope Foods curry lentil dip. I couldn’t find that variety at home but found it down here. I had tried that variety at Blend and loved the curry spice.
IMG_1632I ended the day on the couch with some popcorn and a cup of hot tea.
IMG_1634Have you spotted any new foods lately?
Are you a fan of mustard?

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WIAW #21

Happy Wednesday Morning Friends! I have been busy wrapping up life here and preparing for my move to Phoenix this Friday. I will keep this post short as I have more packing and organizing but will have more to say next week from my new home in Phoenix!

I have started my day with a coffee from Starbucks along side a peanut butter sandwich and an apple. Quick breakfast with minimal use of the kitchen equipment I have left.
IMG_1544Figs and La Croix have been staples during my packing. So tasty and refreshing during my countless trips hauling items to from my apartment to the garbage and recycle room. Please excuse the recycled photo :)
IMG_1473I have been having a peanut butter sandwich for lunch but today instead of having an apple on the side I sliced it up and put it in the sandwich. Instant crunch and sweetness! I am desperately trying to use up the food I have and not buy any more. I am down to bread and PB now!
IMG_1521I enjoyed supper out with a group of friends. It was so nice to catch up and see everyone. I had been craving the sweet potato fries from this restaurant but they were kinda disappointing. I had a few but left the rest. Decided to have some popcorn when I got home instead. The grilled mahi mahi tacos were really good however.
IMG_1564I picked this beer from a huge list of craft beer for the name alone…Creepy Uncle Dunken. It was a dark lager which I usually don’t pick but it was surprising good. I will often pick up things based on cool names and while some things don’t taste good it is cool when they do taste good :)
IMG_1575Hope you all have a great week. I am off to finish cramming a suitcase and hoping it is’t over 50lbs! Random question….have any of you bought a memory foam mattress from Costco? Do you like it or hated it? I need to buy a bed and mattress among a lot of other things in Phoenix.

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WIAW #20

Good morning! Hope you all had a great week and a great halloween. I made a quick trip down to Phoenix on the weekend. I toured the apartment complex that I had signed a lease for sight unseen (It looked great. Always kinda a worry though when you make a big decision like that without seeing it in person!). The goal for the weekend was to try and find a car as Phoenix is not a transit friendly city. I spent most of Saturday doing that and finally decided on a 2015 Honda Fit. I was so surprised with the amount of space inside the car and it should be great on fuel! I move down for good next Friday so it would be an understatement to say things are a little crazy in my life right now :) I decided to snap some photos of the food I ate while I was away over the weekend. Enjoy!

Started the day at Starbucks with oatmeal, banana, and a blonde coffee with one pump of pumpkin while sitting out on the patio.
IMG_1530The car shopping took a lot longer than I had thought. After signing the deal I decided to treat myself to a green juice from Nekter Juice Bar. I had seen Megan rave about their juices and wanted to try them out. I got the greenie flavour with tons of veggies. It also had some ginger for a kick. It was really tasty on a warm afternoon.
IMG_1537I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some salads and a sandwich for supper. Relaxing at the hotel instead of eating out was definitely more appealing after this exhausting day. They only had these veggie sandwiches left which were okay but not great. The salads I chose were really tasty however. The coleslaw is mayo free and made with tahini apparently. It was so fresh and good. The kale salad had parsley in it and was good as well.
IMG_1541I had a flight back home at 9pm on Sunday night so I decided to stop by Whole foods and grab supper and eat it at the airport. These roasted veggies were amazing. The lady recommended them so I picked up a container. They are oil free and just have a little Italian dressing on them. Delicious! I love roasted veggies!
IMG_1558The brussel sprouts and sweet potato salad was on sale so I got a few sprouts to try too. Good choice again. The sprouts were huge!
IMG_1556I picked up a tuna, tomato, and lettuce sandwich which was ok but not outstanding. Better than the veggie one the night before but did the trick for a portable food that I could take through security!
IMG_1559I am off to finish packing and keep checking things off my ever growing to-do list! I only have five more days of work left :)

Hope you all have a great week. Don’t forget to head over to Jenn’s blog and check out all the great eats!


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WIAW #19

Good Morning! I can’t believe this is the week in October. I have had a really busy week. I found out on Friday that the apartment that I applied to lease in Phoenix was approved. Finding a place to live was at the top of my to-do list and it was such a relief to have taken care of that. It was nerve racking to apply for the place without seeing it in person but I think it will work out. It is about 10 miles from work so my commute will be manageable. I am off to Phoenix this weekend to look at some cars and take care of a few other things before I move in a few weeks. It is going to be a crazy few weeks! Here’s a peek at my meals this week.

I enjoyed Kodiak Cakes, a sweet and juicy gala apple, and a cup of coffee. I was going to spend the morning packing and needed the fuel!
IMG_1486I took a break from dis assembling a bookshelf and end tables and snacked on some figs (recycled photo).
IMG_1357I hauled all the pieces down to the garbage room in my building and was starving by lunch.  I whipped up a quick lunch of a peanut butter sandwich and another apple. I munched on a carrot while making the sandwich. I went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up more PB to last me till I move. Totally into PB lately!

I had some friends over for supper. All of our schedules are hectic so this was the only day we could all get together before I leave. I wanted supper to be really easy so we could relax and visit. I broiled some porobello mushrooms and topped them with lentil dip. I had some organic frozen asparagus spears from Costco that I cooked up and topped with smoky salsa. I cooked up the last three Mahi Mahi fillets and toasted some bread (I topped mine with mustard and tons of sun dried tomatoes!). We snacked on this bowl of raw veggies. It was a very simple, easy, and not fancy at all but we all had a great time visiting!
IMG_1492IMG_1436Isn’t it great to get together with friends and catch up!
Hope you all have a great week and a happy Halloween!

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WIAW #18

Happy Wednesday Friends! Hope you have all had a great week so far. It is hard to believe that October is almost over. This month has flown by. I have been really busy this week sorting out my upcoming move. I gave my notice of resignation at my current job last Friday and will leave for Phoenix in just a few weeks. So much to organize and figure out before I go! I am hoping to sign a lease for a place to live this week. My to do list seems endless but I am so excited, nervous, and happy about this change.

My meals this week have been a continued attempt at eating foods in the pantry and freezer. Other than buying fresh fruit and veggies I am hoping to use up what I have already prior to moving.

I usually have one cup of regular coffee per day and have been working my way though my stock in the pantry. This morning I had Archer Farms Kettle Corn variety. I didn’t immediately love it. I had read people raving about it and picked it up to try it. Now that it has been cool and rainy here starting the day with a warm drink is quite enjoyable. Kodiak Cakes (gotta use up the stock!) have still been on the breakfast menu but this morning I paired it with this organic gala apple that I picked up from Costco. So crunchy and juicy! I usually don’t buy apples from Costco because they are huge but yesterday I found a pack that were more reasonably sized.

IMG_1470I was working all weekend so I had the day off today. Lunch was a peanut butter sandwich with couple of chopped carrots and another cored and sliced apple. I have half a jar of PB left and am hoping it will last until I move! (Not likely though!)


I took a break from car research online (totally exhausting! Too many choices and opinions) to enjoy a few dried figs and a can of La Croix. This is the Cranberry Raspberry flavour. Definitely not my favourite flavour but still refreshing.
IMG_1473Supper was another freezer use up meal. I had 2 remaining frozen pieces of salmon fillet left so I broiled it in the oven. I put it on top of some broiled baby portobello mushrooms which I topped with some habenaro lentil dip and a few sundried tomatoes. I had some sugar snap peas and carrots on the side. I am on a sugar snap pea kick lately. Love those crunchy pods! This came together quite quickly and was a good use up meal.

IMG_1469Later in the evening I snacked on popcorn while catching up on the latest episode of The Good Wife. Love that show!
IMG_1459Have you ever gone through periods of using up foods in your freezer or pantry?

Thanks again to Jenn for hosting this weekly linkup. Don’t forget to head over to her site and check out everyone else’s great food ideas.


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WIAW #17

Good Morning and happy Wednesday everyone! It seems like almost overnight the days are suddenly a lot shorter and the weather has gotten cooler. It is supposed to be cool, gray, and rainy all week. It makes me forward to the warmth and sunshine of the desert soon!

On Saturday I had run errands all day but  stopped by the farmer’s market first thing to pick up some apples. I was able to come home with a huge bag to snack on throughout the week. I love seeing new and unique vegetables that are locally grown. I was almost going to buy one of these but I was unsure what to make with it. It looked so vibrant I had to take a photo! Anyone tried this variety before?


For breakfast I decided to use up a bag of Buttermilk Flapjacked mix that I had left in the cupboard. I sliced up an apple and enjoyed a cup of this coffee along with the cakes. Perfect relaxing way to start a Saturday.

IMG_1457I happened to be at Whole Foods at lunch and decided to pick up a Power Cookie from the bakery. I headed over to Starbucks and grabbed a blonde roast coffee and enjoyed one of the apples from the market. Quick but tasty lunch while sitting in the parking lot!
IMG_1441I continued my goal of eating food left in my freezer. I baked a fillet of salmon and added some really delicious cauliflower tabbouleh that I picked up from the deli at Whole Foods. It was so fresh and flavourful (and on sale!). I had the other half of the salad the next night. I didn’t end up eating all the pretzels as I started snacking on some raw veggies instead.
IMG_1449After dinner I had some frozen fruit and air popped popcorn while watching Project Runway.

Hope you all have a great week!

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