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Can I Eat That? And Other Things (A Healthy Lifestyle Post)

One of the most important things I thought about before deciding to do Isagenix was: Will I be able to eat regular food still??

The answer?

YES!

Even though I’m doing a “strict” diet, I’m still eating real food.

I’ve been sticking to having at least one meal a day under 600 calories that is good for me. At first, I thought 600 calories wasn’t enough. Then I did some research…

A lot of salads, sandwiches, soups, and meals with protein and veggies are well under 600 calories!

I also love doing rice or green bowls with avocado and making your own is easy. And guess what??? Most of them are under 600 calories! 😍 When I’m out, I like to go to Freshii. Most of their bowls and salads are under 600 calories and are a WAY better option than other fast food places.

Today I got the Oaxaca Bowl from Freshii for lunch and I was literally dancing in my seat while I was eating it. (My coworker can attest to this, she was giving me a WTF face the whole time I stuffing my face).

I also really love to go to BGood. My favourite thing is the Southwestern Chicken Salad:

LOOK AT THAT.

SO FREAKING GOOD.

And it’s under 600 calories!!

Just goes to show, if you do just a little bit of research and thought into what you’re eating, you can make 600 calories go a long way. (And taste delicious!)

 

Now for the first week I was doing this, it was a little hard. I’m not going to lie.

I wanted cake.

I wanted pizza.

I wanted a Richmond Station burger (Heaven).

But by the 2nd week, my body started craving other things.

I couldn’t WAIT to eat my veggies and hummus.

I was SO EXCITED to eat my cherries.

I appreciated the taste of healthy food so much more.

My whole body had changed.

I had a lot more energy than before and I felt stronger after my workouts.

And I wasn’t bloated!

I honestly had no idea that you could go through the whole day without feeling bloated. I thought it was normal.

BUT NO!

So life is pretty good.

Some things I got in my first Isagenix order! :

With the kit I got from Isagenix, I got a lot of great things to help me through cleanse days, I got snacks to have between shakes or meals and supplements to help boost metabolism and digestion. I also got a blender and of course, the shakes!

This is just a few things that I got in the kit.

I love everything that I got in this kit but I especially love the Cleanse for Life. If you’re like me and your body LOVES vitamin B6 and B12, it’s going to love this. It’s full of it, amount other great ingredients and every time I have it, my body feels SO good. (I used to get shots of vitamin B12 so it’s nice not having to anymore!)

I also got a great schedule for regular days and cleanse days that my friend gave me, so it’s easy to follow along and know when to have all of these products.

If you want to know what else was in the kit, shoot me a message! I’d be glad to tell you about it 😄

 

OH! And guess what flavour came out today??? Peach Mango! I already ordered one and I won’t be surprised if it sells out. It looks delicious. I’ll let you know how it tastes when I get it!

Cooking with Cassie: Matcha Muffins

Hi World!

I’m sorry about being MIA for a while. What can I say? Life is busy.

But I had some extra time tonight and decided to try something new.

I decided to make Matcha Muffins.

Say whaaaaat?

I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store to get flour, sugar and all that stuff to make it from scratch, so I cheated.

Plus, if these turn out ok then it is an easy recipe for all of you out there!

Because if I can make this work, so can you.

So I took an instant muffin mix from the cupboard and my favourite matcha from Teavana and went to work.12696745_10153142120220904_1291641171_o

 

The muffin mix only called for 1 cup of water but I added a little bit more because I added 2 tsp of matcha and didn’t want them to be dry.

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So far so good.

Matt just came home, and he says they smell good!

Anyway, back to making these muffins.

Once I mixed them up it looked like this:

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Looks soooo good right?

…not.

Ugh. Why does Matcha look so gross all the time but taste SO GOOD?

I mean look at that:

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Ew.

 

Anyway.

I also decided to add some chocolate chips I found in the cupboard into my muffins. (Just incase they don’t taste very good. Always got to have a back up right?)

Damn, I forgot to take a picture before they went into the oven.

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Oven photo! Can you see the chocolate chips?

No?

Me either.

But they’re there, I swear.

… I hope these turn out well.

I never follow baking and cooking recipes and just hope for the best.

Maybe that’s why everything I make is never that good.

Maybe Matt has something going there…

So the bag says to take them out when the muffins are golden brown.

…But they’re green?

HOW WILL I KNOW?

 

Matt says that some of them are looking a little brown on the outside so I’m going to say they are done.

 

Ok so the first batch is out of the oven and I’m putting the second one in. I remembered to take a picture this time!

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There!

Now you can see the chocolate chips right?

…In all honesty, these muffins look like something that came out of my dog once.

…Yum?

Ok here is what the finished product LOOKS like:

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They don’t look too bad right?

Slightly green, as if they ate something that didn’t agree with them but also a little golden as if they went to California for the week.

Ok.

Moment of truth.

Tasting.

They’re good!

They’re not too matcha-y and chocolate chips give it a little bit of more flavour.

I can’t say they that this is the best muffin I have ever had, because let’s be real, I made it. So that can’t be true.

But they’re good!

I’ll take good!

And I’ll consider this evening experiment a success.

…I just realized that the muffin bag I used expired in August.

… But I won’t say anything if I get sick.

I’m going to keep this as a win.

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And with that, I’m off to bed.

Goodnight world.

A Very Merry Star Wars Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Or Happy Holidays.

Whatever your holiday is at this time, I hope it was amazing!

Matthew and I spent our Christmas in Toronto this year. I only had a few days off from work this year and tickets to Calgary are expensive!

So it was just Matt and I this Christmas for our first Christmas together as a married couple.

And even though it was just the two of us, we certainly had a great time!

Our tree went up the first week of December:

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Decorated with our favourite colours, red and purple!

I love our tree. There is something so soothing about sitting by the tree at night with just the tree on while listening to Christmas music.

Ahhhhh.

On the night before Christmas (hahaha see what I did there?) we watched the best Christmas movie ever.

Ant-Man

Ok, not a Christmas movie, but we wanted something different this Christmas eve.

I was so excited to go to bed and wake up in the morning. (And not just for Santa, haha).

I couldn’t wait for Matt to open his Christmas gifts! I think I picked up the best gifts for him this year 😀

We woke up fairly early Christmas morning (we both have been waking up early lately so this was nothing new except that it was CHRISTMAS!) and made breakfast!

Pillsbury Strawberry Turnovers!

 

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Matt helped me make them. That’s why they aren’t burnt.

But he let me ice them!

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I started with the ones on the bottom and made it look all pretty then quickly ran out of icing and had to get creative with the rest… Can I do anything right in the kitchen?

They were really yummy though.

Opening gifts with Matt was fun, we got stockings filled with socks (you know you’re becoming an adult when you’re excited about getting socks for Christmas) and I got 3 new scarves!

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This scarf is from and Matt and my mom got me that pretty headband! Well done to both. I love sparkles.

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I also got two new giant mugs so I can make giant matcha latte’s with. YAY MATCHA!

 

When Matt started opening up my gifts, I told him that I was giving him a Star Wars Christmas. (Que excited Matt here)

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I got him a Start Wars watch, a Darth Vader Mug, a POP! Darth Vader, a Darth Vader alarm clock and the new BB-8 droid! (Can you tell his favourite character is Darth Vader?)

I think I nailed it on the head! He spent most of the rest of the day playing with BB-8. He’s so cute! He runs around and checks things out and you can talk to him and give him commands.

After we did gifts, we turned on the TV and found out that the Comedy network was doing a marathon of The Big Bang Theory so we kept that on in the background the rest of the day.

We are such nerds.

I love us.

After watching an episode or two I realized we didn’t have any dessert for after dinner!

So I decided to bake Red Velvet Cupcakes.

On a whim.

Because I’m spontaneous like that.

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From the box. Of course.

I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil because I find it makes the cupcakes lighter.

And I had no vegetable oil.

 

And guess what??

They turned out ok!

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Look at that pretty cupcake!

Now, all of them didn’t turn out as pretty as this one, but they all tasted good so I’m counting that as a victory.

I also helped Matt make dinner!

And by help I mean I peeled the sweet potatoes, cut them and mashed them with brown sugar and nutmeg.

So I did the sweet potatoes.

Matt did the potatoes, carrots, green beans, gravy, and roast beef.

….

But I still helped!

And friends, when I say that this dinner was delicious, it was TO DIE FOR.

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I mean, it was so good that all we could talk about for the last few days is how good dinner was.

Matt put garlic and onion powder into the mashed potatoes and he cooked the beef “low and slow” and gave it a lot of “love”. IT WAS SO GOOD.

We should all give our meat some love.

I wish there was a way I could let you all taste it.

The people who run the internet should get on that. (Tasting the internet!)

We had white wine and rum all night. (Or maybe Matt had one glass of wine and I had the rest of the bottle… but who’s counting?)

So that was our low-key Christmas.

We watched Big Bang for hours, made a kick ass meal, delicious cupcakes, drank alcohol, played with BB-8 and cuddled on the couch.

Even though we wished we were home or in Wawa with our families, we had a great day together and I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.

Because I love him.

And Christmas is about being with the ones you love right?

Right.

 

Que. cute Who’s singing that Christmas song around the Christmas tree at the end of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Cooking with Cassie – Crumbling Brownies

So after a few weeks of no baking, I thought today would be a good day to break that dry spell.

Or sweet spell.

Or I really don’t know what I’m talking about.

On to the baking!

Today I am baking brownies from a box.

Want to know how I bake such delicious good things from boxes?

It’s what I was taught in Home Economics in school.

No joke, we did muffins… from a box. Cookies… from a box. Mac and cheese…from the trusty KD box.

And that is all we did.

Anyway.

Until we get a tea cupboard for all of my teas, we don’t have room to keep flour and shit in the cupboards. So cooking from a box is all I can do!

And there is less of a chance that I can screw this up.

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My chosen box brownies.

I want to make two boxes of these so I just have to double the recipe right?

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So after pouring box of the mixes into the bowl, I realize that there is a lot of mix in this bowl.

Mixing this is not going to be fun.

So the eggs I’m using are all the way from when I made soupy Reese cupcakes. They expire on Friday, it’s a good thing I’m using them today!

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I doubled the water and oil for the recipe.

You can use canola oil for this right?

Because my coconut oil is finally running out after 2 years of having it so I don’t want to use that.

Canola oil it is!

Oh thank God.

I don’t have to use my mixer!

It says to stir. Approximately 50 stokes. (It literally says that.)

So stir with a spoon?

Like this one?

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Because that’s what I’m going to use!

50 strokes.

No problem.

….

I lost count.

Somewhere around 36. My phone dinged I lost count.

Damn it.

But wait.

I have to double the recipe.

So 100 strokes?

My arm is getting sore.

It was arm day at the gym.

Oi.

Ok so I’m just giving up. The mix looks mixed to me and I don’t want to stir anymore.

Uh oh.

I’m supposed to grease and coat the bottom of an 8×8 pan with flour or something.

I don’t have any flour or grease!

Or a pan that is 8×8!

….

So I’m going to use parchment paper and our pan we cook chicken in.

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Hmmm. I hope this works.

Ok, the batter is getting all over the parchment.

Gaaahhhh.

This doesn’t look right.

Do brownies rise like cake?

Will this get to tall?

I have no idea

THEY’RE STILL DRY MIX IN HERE!

I should have counted to 100.

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So here’s what it looks like. I  cut off the extra parchment with mix all over it and into the oven they go!

Wait a minute.

It gives me baking times for 8×8 and 9×9. What about my pan?

I’m going to put it in for 25 and go from there.

Ok so they aren’t done yet. The tooth pick is still covered in batter.

So back in for 5 minutes?

Sure why not.

Omg they smell SO GOOD. FINISH ALREADY!

They’re done!

Well, done enough.

Just a little bit on the bottom that didn’t come out clean.

But I don’t want them to burn.

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They look a little messed up and they didn’t rise!

Good to know.

Or else we would have had overflowing brownies on our hands.

I’ll let them cool off then cut them up and taste!

Holy, these are rich.

And maybe I should have left them in for a little bit longer. They’re falling apart!

Why do all of my baking adventures end up falling apart?

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So they’re ok. They’d probably be better if I made them from scratch or put icing on them.

I have icing in the cupboard!

I’m too lazy to ice them now. Save it for another time.

Brownies for dessert!

Cooking with Cassie – Easy Cherry Chip Cookies

Two Cooking with Cassie’s in less than a week?

Man, are you guys lucky.

Or rather, Matt and I are lucky because we get to eat said food.

Or maybe no one is lucky because Matt and I get to eat said food.

Yeah, it’s probably the last one.

Well, I finished everything that I wanted to do early today so I thought I would whip up some cookies. (I’m turning into a housewife. Yikes.)

But no one will catch me walking around my apartment in heels, an apron and pearls.

No one.

Anyway, I decided to make cookies out of the Cherry Chip Cake Batter I bought in the massive sale the other day.

I found a simple recipe on Pinterest to make any cake mix into cookies.

1 Box of Cake mix

1/2 of vegetable oil or canola oil

2 eggs

 

Then you mix everything up, let it chill in the fridge for an hour, then roll the batter into little balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.

Simple right?

Ok.

Here’s what I need:

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That’s all!

How awesome.

I can’t mess this up. Can I?

So now I add the mix.

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Then the 2 eggs

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No egg shell this time!

I’m on a roll!

 

Now the oil.

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Just as I dumped the oil in there, I realized I could have used coconut oil.

…Ah well. So they might be a little worse for me. But hopefully they’ll taste good?

Now I mix it all up with my new beater.

I love this new beater. The little prong-thingy’s don’t keep a ton of batter on them so there’s more in the bowl to use. How clever.

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Look! It’s kind of like a doughy texture!

I would have never thought of this by myself.

Who knew? Eggs and oil?

Ok, in to the fridge they go. For one hour.

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…I guess I didn’t need to set the oven to 350. I got a little a head of myself there.

An hour had passed and the batter is thick!

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My spoon stands up straight! Crazy.

Well I’ve spooned them onto the cookie sheet but I didn’t want to get my fingers dirty so they’re not really ‘ball’ shaped.

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Ah well. It’s the taste that matters right?

Now they bake for 8 minutes. (There are two other batches I have to bake after this because I don’t have enough cookie sheets.)

 

So I put them in for an extra minute and look how fluffy they are!

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Wow. They’re like little cakes!

 

 

Ok, wait a minute. By the time I put them on the cooling rack, they have shrunk!

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What is this sorcery??

They are pretty good! They aren’t really cookie-texture and they kind of fall apart but they taste good!

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So if you’re looking for an easy cookie recipe, this is the one for you!

And maybe yours will turn out actual cookie shaped and cookie texture.

 

I didn’t mess this one up though!

The cookie messed up. It’s their fault.

Success!

Cooking with Cassie – My Favourite Fall Soup and the Disappearing Nutmeg

Ah Fall.

This is the time when root vegetables are plenty. Everything is pumpkins and apple cider and deep maroon shades.

The weather is mild enough to wear a light sweater and a nice pair of jeans and not sweat or freeze to death.

The sun is still out and the days are getting shorter.

All of the best TV shows are back and premiere week is glorious. Have I mentioned I LOVE Castle and Murdoch Mysteries? (I could do a blog post on both on each of them expressing my love, but maybe you guys don’t want to read that.)

This is the time when white girls drink Pumpkin Spice lattes, wear leggings with Uggs and big wooly sweaters and they “Can’t Even”. (Can’t even what? Finish a sentence?)

Luckily I’m not the last one. No Uggs and no lattes for me. (Bleh, coffee)

But I do love sweet potatoes. And butternut squash. They are my favourite veggies and they are is season now!

Yay!

So this Cooking with Cassie is the first Fall edition!

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup with my crock pot!

I looked up a couple of recipes on Pinterest and chose ingredients that I wanted so we’ll see if this turns out all right.

Just to let you all know, it is 8:30 in the morning and I’m starting dinner. Matt said I didn’t have to start it until 12 if we wanted it to be done by 6, but I’m not taking any chances. He gets off early today! (Hooray!)

So the recipes say that I should get a medium size butternut squash, but I love butternut squash so I got a big one 🙂

Let’s start peeling and cutting up the squash.

I had to peel some squash for Thanksgiving last year and I remember my fingers getting this weird texture all over them while doing so. (And DO NOT get that stuff in your eye. Ouch) So I grabbed a pair of surgical gloves my mom stole from the hospital when I was there a few months ago.

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Better to be safe than sorry!

After 45 minutes, I am done peeling the squash.

FORTY FIVE MINUTES PEOPLE!

God, that took forever!

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It may not be pretty. And I got a little mad at it closer to the end of the peeling.

So I start to cut.

HOLY SH*T THIS THING IS TOUGH!

Pardon my language but it took me an HOUR to cut up this thing. I thought I was going to lose a finger or an eye. I was cursing and swearing at it and swinging the knife around. (Don’t tell Matt.)

… My mom just called me. She said that it’s much easier to cut after you cook them in the oven for a bit.

GAAAAHHHHH

I am literally sweating and my arms are sore. At least I don’t have to work on my arms today?

Butternut Squash is not my favourite vegetable anymore.

Matt makes cutting this up look so easy. Maybe he is stronger than me. But I go to the gym!

Ugh.

The squash is also taking up more than half of the crock pot. Maybe that’s why the recipe said a medium size squash…

Now the sweet potatoes. I have peeled and cut sweet potatoes many a time before so this should be easy.

But it’s not.

The peeling was easy but now I’m convinced that this knife is not sharp at all. This is taking forever.

Or maybe my arms are too sore from the squash.

The recipe also called for 2 sweet potatoes but I got 3 because I love sweet potatoes.

And now my crock put is full.

I should really pay attention to recipes.

Onto the carrots.

I KNOW HOW TO DO THIS!

Peel and cut. Easy.

3 medium carrots. I do have 6 but I only did 3 because maybe the recipe knows what it’s talking about.

One Granny Smith Apple.

I’ve never thought to put an apple into soup but one of the recipes called for one, so I thought “Why not?”

Apple’s are so easy to cut.

It’s like butter compared to the not-so-butterynut squash.

And one onion. The recipe didn’t say what kind of onion to use and there are different kinds. (Learned that from Matt a while ago!) So I picked a sweet onion.

Even an onion is nice to cut.

Of course, by this time, I am so frustrated with peeling and cutting vegetables that when it comes time to dice the onion, I slice it up then start whacking my knife on the board to dice it.

Ain’t nobody have time for nice squares.

I’m supposed to add 4 1/4 cups of vegetable broth but I am going to use some chicken broth that Matt brought home from the restaurant a few months ago.

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Oooo secret ingredient!

I also added a bit of vegetable broth too.

And don’t tell Matt… I didn’t measure it.

I’m tired, sweating and frustrated so I added the chicken broth and half of the veggie broth willy nilly.

Don’t judge me.

Ok, now that my crock pot is over-flowing, I squish the veggies down as much as I can.

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I put it on low for 6 hours.

Now I wait.

Don’t you love the mess I made in the background?

Who knew that making soup was such hard work?

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Ok so 6 and half hours later, my apartment smells like Thanksgiving Dinner. Yum.

It’s also really hot in here. I thought it was supposed to be Fall?

Anyways.

Since I don’t have an inversion blender, I’m going to use my fancy new Nutri-Ninja my mom bought me.

Ooooo.

I haven’t used it yet so we’ll see how this goes.

I scoop out part of the soup and put it in the blender.

I took a video of my first try with this thing but unfortunately, when I play back the video, the screen is black.

So all you can hear is me being really scared with it and screaming at how fast it’s going and thinking it’s going to explode.

Which is actually kind of funny.

So I’ll put that here I guess.

 

Well that was fun.

 

Now my soup looks like this:

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It’s orange! So that’s a good start.

And it looks like baby food.

… Kind of tastes like baby food too. Pretty bland. How did I eat so much of this when I was a baby?

I was a greedy, food loving, fat baby. That’s why.

 

Now I have to add 3 1/4 cups of coconut milk. I keep some in my fridge so I can have cereal and smoothies with it. I think I have enough.

… I only have 3 cups.

GAH.

3 cups it is I guess!

Now add a teaspoon of cinnamon. My measuring spoons are in the dishwasher and I don’t want to clean them so I’ll eyeball it.

 

I think I put too much in.

 

Now 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg,

WHERE IS MY NUTMEG?

I bought some yesterday!

I remember putting it in my grocery bags.

WHERE IS IT?

I spent 7 dollars on that little tin when I only needed 1/2 teaspoon, so I better find it.

This has become the hunt for the nutmeg,

I have checked EVERYWHERE.

The whole kitchen, all the drawers, heck, I even checked the bathrooms and bedroom because maybe I wanted a little nutmeg snack before bed for whatever reason?

I can’t find it!

I bet I will find it later and I’ll rip out all my hair.

But not actually.

I really like my hair. *Tosses hair around like a diva*

 

So I guess I’ll just add a little salt then blend this up again to make sure everything is smooth.

Since Matt isn’t home yet, I’m going to put the soup into containers so we can eat together later.

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It actually tastes pretty good!

…Needs nutmeg though.

WHERE ART THOU NUTMEG???

 

So my kitchen is a mess. There is orange goop everywhere and I have managed to use the crock pot, a regular pot, tubberware, blender, and pretty much every other utensil in my kitchen to make this.

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Isn’t soup supposed to be easy?

So Matt figured out the nutmeg situation. There was a tin of powdered mustard on the spice shelf. I grabbed that blindly since it was in the nutmeg section on the shelf in the grocery store.

GAAAHHHHHHHH.

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Looks pretty good, tastes pretty good.

Needs nutmeg.

 

Complement your chef’s guys. They have a hard career.

Cooking with Cassie – Wrinkly Stuffed Bell Peppers

Alright people.

It’s hot in the city of Toronto. We have been gong through a heat wave so it has been very tempting to just eat out every night and hide in bath full of ice for the rest of the day.

So I will be cooking in my sports bra and shorts today again and I have hooked up the fan on a stool so it will be blowing beautiful air at me the entire time.

We really need to get our AC fixed.

Today I decided to do a stuffed bell pepper recipe I found on Pinterest. (Ahhh Pinterest… what would we do without you?)

You can find the link to the recipe here. It is in another blog and you have to scroll through her pictures and story to get to the recipe but it’s worth a read! Very cute kids.

I’m doubling the recipe because we have to feed Matt and I for the week and if you know Matt, he eats a lot. (6 feet, 4 inches with zero fat on him. And he’s a cook… WHAT IS HIS SECRET???)

Preheat the oven to 350. I really didn’t think this through. it is going to get even hotter in here. I think I might need a cold drink to get me through this. (Not alcohol of course… could you imagine me cooking while intoxicated?? Scary.)

So I put parchment paper on a pan and now it’s flying around the kitchen because of my glorious fan. I’ll have to put my water bottle on it so it doesn’t fly away and I give up on this whole escapade.

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Yes that is a Captain America water bottle. I love him (Sorry Matt)

 

 

… I have to confess something.

Matt is here.

He is playing video games and I told him not to help me.

But I’m doubling the recipe and it calls for 3 cups of quinoa so I have to do 6 cups right? So that means 12 cups of water? That’s a lot of water! (It’s a good thing I asked because I thought it was 2 cups of quinoa for every 1 cups of water… that would have been a burnt disaster.)

I have also been told that this:

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Is for “dry” ingredients and this:

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Is for liquid ingredients.

I don’t really see a difference but let’s continue.

I am putting all of this (plus the quinoa) in the peppers:

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Not the bowl obviously… it wouldn’t fit. And it’s metal. We shouldn’t eat metal.

 

This is probably the most ingredients I’ve ever used. Kraft Dinner only needs one extra ingredient that doesn’t already come inside the box! And sometimes I don’t even add that.

 

Guys, look how well my dicing of the tomato is going!

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Aaaaand I messed it up. Now I’ll have to cut all of them secretly to make them smaller.

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And I also overestimated how much tomato one cup is. I have all of this leftover…

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Tomato sandwiches tomorrow it is!

 

So getting the spices in were a little hard. Trying to shake it out onto a little teaspoon was not easy and now my sink is covered in cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and sooooo much chilli powder.

I decided to use my marble cheddar cheese and havarti cheese instead of the feta and pepper jack. I don’t want a tonne of cheese in my fridge. And I didn’t really feel like measuring out the shredded cheese so I just eyeballed it. (Matt hates it when I do that but what he doesn’t know won’t kill him. Unless he ever reads these, which he hasn’t yet. 🙁 )

Shredding havarti is not easy.

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It’s all squishy :S

Guys, I screwed up the quinoa. We don’t have 6 cups of quinoa. We only have 5. And I put them into the water before realizing this.

I asked Matt what I should do. His advice?

“There’s nothing you can do about it now!” And continues to play his Marvel Lego video games. He didn’t even look at me.

Men.

 

The water for the quinoa also took really long to boil because I didn’t set the stove to the “full burner”

Oops.

So now I wait.

So far, my bowl of food looks like this:

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I didn’t put the cilantro in because it doesn’t really agree with me and I didn’t add the can of green chills because… what are those anyways? I walked around the whole grocery store and couldn’t find them.

Ah well.

THE PEPPERS!!

I almost forgot them!

I have to cut off the top and clean the inside and that took FOREVER. 12 peppers? And those stupid little seeds? I left a lot of them… Never again.

So as I’m looking at my finished quinoa, I’m a little troubled. There is a lot of it.

I mean, a lot.

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That is a sh*t tonne of quinoa.

So I looked back at the recipe and guess what.

COOKED quinoa.

Hm.

We are going to be eating quinoa for the next two weeks.

I stuffed the peppers and placed them so they would stay sort of up right. (They kept falling over. It kind of reminded me of watching my cousins when they were babies and couldn’t sit up by themselves and they would just keep falling over. That’s what these peppers were doing. Except there were 12 babies not 1 or 2.)

I also forgot that I got chicken thighs to go with the peppers!

Oi.

So I throw those into a pan and put pepper, salt and some garlic powder on them. (I really didn’t know what to put on them so I made that up… hope it tastes alright!)

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They are both in the oven right now and I am sweating up a storm. It is the evening now and it’s still SO HOT.

And I have a pot full of quinoa to deal with.

Oi.

So after 35 minutes in the oven here’s what they look like:

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Not bad right? And the chicken is actually cooked! No getting food poisoning tonight! Point Cassie!

Matt has deemed them “good”. He says I could have added more tomato (I did what the recipe asked for once!) Less quinoa, more beans, corn and tomato and more spice.

He says not all recipes online are perfect, so it’s not my fault.

Yay!

I’m personally not a huge fan. Maybe it’s the lack of spice or the fact that I have NO CLUE how to eat it but hey, it’s food. Maybe one day I’ll make something that actually tastes as good as what Matt makes.

 

 

Haha that was a good joke.

 

So they turned out a little wrinkly, a little under spiced and only slightly burnt.

I’d say that calls for a glass of wine.

Or two

Or three.

 

What? It’s hot out.

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking with Cassie- Too Much Meat

Ok so before I get to this episode of Cooking with Cassie I have to tell you all what happened to me in March…

I’ll be brief.

I caught to the flu, thought it was nothing (and might I say, the walk-in clinic doctor I saw also said it was nothing), I didn’t go to the hospital until it morphed into pneumonia. I got some antibiotics, they didn’t help, went back to the hospital, got more antibiotics, tricked myself into thinking I was getting better, (surprise, I wasn’t) then went back to the hospital and then they trapped me there.

Not really. I should have been admitted sooner, the pneumonia had taken over half of my right lung and almost half of my left. It was a little hard to breathe. (And by that, I mean that my oxygen levels were at 75%)

In the end, I spent a week there getting every kind of test done on me until they finally let me go home.

It took me a month to be able to dance and sing again and I’m still dealing with the repercussions of it. (I have an inhaler now.)

…That wasn’t so brief. And probably not so relevant except that I was cooking at a slower pace than normal due to my lack of oxygen.

ANYWAY!

While I was recovering, I decided to make dinner for my fiancé because he took care of me so well and it was the least I could do to repay him. (In hindsight, I should have just ordered him a pizza.)

So this is my Cooking with Cassie functioning at 85%!

Commence flashback lights and crap:

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(This will now be my official FLASHBACK! Image)

Today I cooked my first dinner since getting sick 3 weeks ago. (Actually, I don’t remember the last time I cooked dinner… Love you Matthew!)

It only took me 20 minutes to chop up 6 peppers. A record-breaking time! (Seriously, it usually takes me 45 minutes to cut up peppers, I can’t walk very fast nowadays…go me!)

I went to Costco (another huge accomplishment for me, that place is HUGE! And traffic in Toronto? A nightmare.) and bought some ground beef. And you know Costco, everything is in bulk! So this wasn’t a little bit of ground beef you get from the local grocery store… I’m talking 3 huge things of ground beef.

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You get three of these babies! IT’S A LOT OF MEAT.

Anyway, being the genius that I am, I decided to cook them all at once. (Don’t want any raw meat going bad. Knowing me, I’d probably still cook it up and feed it to Matt…Sorry Matt…)

Only problem with cooking up all this meat is that it took up the whole pan. No joke. It went right to the top.

And do you know how long it takes to cook that much ground beef??? FOREVER.

We are going to be eating this pasta sauce for weeks.

When we run out of pasta noodles, we will still be eating this sauce.

When the country runs out of pasta noodles, we will still be eating this sauce.

I am going to get sick of eating this sauce.

So after what was close to an hour and the beef was finally cooked, I had to take half of the meat out so I could fit some of the veggies and marinara sauce in.

You know, at least we won’t have to pay for dinner for the next two weeks! Saving money! Yay!

It took forever to cook up the sauce and guess what? I forgot to turn the burner on for the noodles. Go me. At least I didn’t burn them this time!

Let’s just say that it took me 2 hours to make pasta. You know how long the cooking time says on the pre cooked pasta boxes? 8 minutes.

I really should have just ordered a pizza.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures to go along with this catastrophe because I wrote some of these Cooking with Cassie episodes before I decided that pictures would be a hilarious addition to these stories.

Sorry guys.

At least it tasted good. I bet it was all that meat.

 

Cooking with Cassie! – The Beginning

Now I am sure you are all wondering… when did I know that I had a talent for ruining everything I touch in the kitchen?

It started years and years ago… (insert flashback sound effects and lights here)Lines-and-Lights-HD-Wallpaper

(Flashback image….)

I was 14 (or 15, I can’t quite remember). But I do remember that I was home alone, sick. I had a fever so I like to blame my boiling head for what transpired that day.

My brothers birthday was the next day so I thought that I would be the best big sister ever and make him a cake. I had made a couple with my mom and grandma before so I didn’t think it would be too hard.

I looked through the pantry and the only cake mix we had was for an angel food cake. I’ve never made angel food cake before but my Grandma did it for Easter and Thanksgiving every year and obviously I am just as good of a baker as her right? (This lady makes home made cinnamon buns from her own recipe that puts Cinnabon to shame. I was way out of my league here.)

But of course, in my feverish state, I thought the making an angel food cake was a grand idea.

I pre heated the oven, (which made the kitchen even hotter, smart Cassie) and took out a mixing bowl. I put all of the ingredients in the bowl except for the water.

Now I don’t quite remember what the box read but I’m sure it was around 300ml of water.

 

I read 3 Litres.

For those of you who don’t know the metric system, 300ml is a little bit of water and 3L is a shit ton of water. You could probably bathe in 3 litters if you really tried.

 

But I had a fever, so get off my back.

 

 

I didn’t question it and added one litre into my mixing bowl. It nearly over flowed the bowl. Then I realized… that my bowl wasn’t big enough! So I got out one of out huge stainless steel bowls and poured everything into there instead.

I continued to add a second litre. It almost overflowed the bowl again.

I decided to not add another litre and mixed up my cake batter. The result was a huge, watery, slightly brown mess.

I poured my cake batter into 3 cake pans because it wouldn’t fit into one and put them into the oven.

I was so proud of myself. My brother was going to have a 3 layer cake for his birthday!

When the bake timer went off I checked on my cakes.

All that was left was burnt crust at the bottom of the pans. The water had evaporated from the pans and all that was left of my lovely birthday cake for my brother was a black, thin layer of crust.

I wish I had taken a picture of those cakes that day, it would have been so funny to look back on my first attempt at baking alone but alas, I had an old LG flip phone at the time which couldn’t even access the the internet, never mind having a camera.

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This is the closest picture I could find on google after searching “Burnt, evaporated, cake crust in a pan”. The rest of the pictures were pretty cakes and cake batter. I guess no one wants to document an evaporated cake from lack brain cells thinking that 300ml and 3 litres were the same thing.

 

So that is the story of the first time I realized that cooking wasn’t really my thing.  And that baking while having a raging fever probably isn’t the best thing do to.

Cooking with Cassie- Simple Sad Sandwich

So I decided to start off this segment with something simple. A grilled sandwich. Since Matthew (my husband) eats his lunches at work, we never really pick anything up for lunch here.

I got tired of eating our left over dinners for lunch (even though they are made by Matt and so delicious) or grabbing Tim Hortons for lunch (even though it’s SO CHEAP and who doesn’t like Timmy’s?), so I decided to be productive today!

Go to the store, get food for sandwiches. You can make those right?

So I start out with some semi-fancy multi grain bread (because that stuff is the best!) Now it’s not your yummy multigrain panini bread, but it will have to do. I’m on a budget.

I like a little mayo on my sandwiches. So I got one of those easy-squeaze bottles of mayo. Now I said a little right? I squeeze the bottle and now my sandwich is a MAYO SANDWICH. Yaaaayy. (I wish I had a sarcasm font.)

Matt and I just moved into a new apartment. Nice right? It really is. Only problem is, it has very tall kitchen cabinets. Now, I’m not short, but damn, these cabinets are tall. We had to get a step stool for me.  And guess where Matt likes to keep his cutting boards? On the very top shelf. Even with a step stool it’s pretty hard to grab one without them all tumbling down and wreaking havoc on my skull.

I almost forgot to turn the stove on! It takes a long time to get hot so that would have been a disaster. (Not really, but I’m really hungry and want this sandwich to be done NOW).

I got black forest ham, my favourite! I only got 100 grams though… didn’t think that one through. I’m going to be done this before the week is over. Sigh. I also asked her to cut it thinly. Bad idea. It’s falling apart in my hands! No nice slices for Cassie.

It’s really hot in here. It’s at least 30 degrees outside so I can see why it’s hot in here. Especially with the stove on.

 

WHY DID I THINK THAT TURNING THE STOVE ON WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TODAY??

 

I’m doing the rest of this in my sports bra and short shorts.

 

I got 2 kinds of cheese for my fancy ass sandwich. Marble cheddar and havarti! I’ve never actually made a sandwich with havarti but Matt likes it so I’m trying it.

THE CHEESE IT MELTING WHILE I CUT IT.

It is so freaking hot in here that it’s melting! At first I thought it was just the havarti, it’s kind of squishy but the marble is melting too! Lord, why is our AC not working???? It’s all over my hands (not while I type though, I cleaned them. No cheese on my laptop please.)

Finally, add spinach. I can’t screw that up thankfully.

… I accidentally put the sandwich on the pan without putting butter on it. God damn it. Matt always says “Make sure you put butter or oil in the pan before you use it!” and I always say “I know! I always do!”

I don’t. Sorry Matt.

Aaaaaaannnnnddd I burnt the one side of the sandwich. I only had it on for a minute! How does this happen so quickly??

The other side is burnt now too.

 

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My sad little sandwich.

It’s super cheesy, mayo-y and burnt… but all in all, pretty good.

I may not be a top chef but at least I can feed myself!