Five Things Friday 12/13/13.


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Happy Friday (the 13th!) Does it feel weird to anyone else that we have a ‘spooky’ day so close to Christmas? Oh well…I’ll just make sure I don’t stumble across any black cats or shatter any mirrors today.

But as it is Friday…that means Five Things Friday!

5 Things I’ve Eaten Lately.

1. After braving the mall last Saturday night, I was in need of comfort food.

Five Guys Of the fast-food burger variety. I’m not even a big beef burger fan but I love Five Guys. Little cheeseburger and a diet Coke, plus Eric and I shared an order of fries.

2. Cashew Shrimp and rice.

Cashew Shrimp I went out for linner with my Mom and my aunts on Sunday, and I was excited when they decided on Mein Street – one of my favourite restaurants. I went with a Tom Yum soup appetizer and cashew shrimp for my main course. They were good choices.

3. Dessert round.

Desserts The sweet tooth runs in my family, so of course, there was dessert. My mom and I chose the mini duo mini mousse cakes (my mom had her own plate as well, just didn’t make the photo – they were one milk chocolate, one white) and my aunts both went with the banana cake. My mousse cakes were awesome, but I was pretty blown away by the banana cake when I had a bite – like carrot cake, but a million times better.

4.  Banana protein oats in a coconut butter jar, topped with strawberry jam.

OIAJ And now I’m a tad depressed that I’m out of coconut butter….dammit pricey food loves.

5. Pork stirfry with a fried egg and a rice cake with cream cheese and strawberry jam.

Pork Stirfry Look, I put effort into lunch! Although, this served as a reminder as to why I don’t usually do that…I ate half the pork while I was waiting for the veggies to cook. Still tasty though.

5 Things Happening This Week:

1. I think Atti needs a new bed/mat for Christmas.

Atti Bed Looks a little bit small for him, doesn’t it?

2. And speaking of the pug…

No Cone Happy news! We took him into the vet yesterday to get the stitches out and the cone off, and the vet is happy with how well his eye is healing. He still has a bit of a scar on his cornea, but the vet is pretty confident it will clear up on it’s own in a couple of weeks. I was so, so relieved to hear that! Between his eye and getting fixed, he’s definitely had a rough couple of weeks.

3. More happy news…I WON one of the Swanson’s Vitamins 30 Days of Giveaways!

Swanson That was definitely a fabulous surprise! I just placed my order a few days ago, but I can’t wait to receive it…Merry Christmas to me, indeed!

4. So, it’s awesome that it’s almost the weekend and everything, but I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to Monday. I have a baking day planned with my aunt and two of my cousins. An entire day of baking…who wouldn’t love it? I’ve picked out what recipes I’ll be baking, and they all sound fabulous. So excited!

5. My phone is driving me insane. I’ve had it for about a year, and right now it’s going insanely slow, not letting me know I have a text until half an hour later….bah. Apparently, I can get an iPhone 4 with my next upgrade, so I’m thinking I will be looking into that next time I’m at the mall.

My Top 5 Christmas Movies

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The GrinchI go back and forth between finding Jim Carrey hilarious and finding him horribly annoying – this is one of the former. For one of the later, see Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Admit it, we all wanted that sled wax.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Now this one is just a classic. I can’t decide who I love more – Hermey, or his boss.

2. The Holiday.

Holiday This movie is just cute. I mean, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black…how can you go wrong? Side note: would anyone actually consider doing one of these housing swaps? I think it’d be pretty fun.

1. The Polar Express.

This will always be my favourite Christmas movie. I remember loving the book as a kid, so of course, I was happy when they put out a movie version – especially because it actually does the book justice. The scene where they’re going down the mountain never fails to make me dizzy!

Have a good weekend!

Five Things Friday This post is part of Clare‘s Five Things Friday linkup. Thanks for hosting, lady!

<— What are your favourite Christmas movies?

<— Best thing you’ve eaten this week?

<— What was the last thing you won?

<— Would you ever switch houses with someone in another country for a few months?


  1. O man I think the Polar Express is the worst and creepiest holiday movie! I hate that type of animation and it is so…boring haha! It should have just stayed a book
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  2. Monday sounds awesome for you, what a great tradition. Your poor puppy, that face just screams LOVE me. Adorable. Have a great Friday girl!
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  3. I looooove Love Actually and The Holiday. Four Christmases is kind of amazing too!
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  4. What an awesome prize! (Only us HLB’s would say that!) HAHA.

    THe last thing I won was a headband from the ImFitPossible campaign thingy. Yaaay!

    I would definitely switch houses with someone. Actually, I’ve looked into it but couldn’t find anything legit. I think I”d only feel comfortable if it was someone that I kinda knew.
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  5. Keeping my fingers crossed that my comment doesn’t get spammed today!

    Wahoo!!! Congrats on winning the Swanson Giveaway!!! A perfect Christmas present indeed! Now the hard part…choosing what to buy! I actually just won the NuNaturals giveaway on the Kiss My Broccoli Blog. So exciting!!!

    My favorite Christmas movie is definitely a White Christmas, but I also like the Polar Express a lot.
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  6. Omg I need that burger. Even though it’s only 9 am…..heh. Also looooove Christmas Vacation and The Holiday Two of my favorites as well. Congrats on winning the Swanson’s Giveaway! Always exciting to win something I think. Happy Friday!
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  7. I’m so relieved to hear about Atti, poor little guy has had it rough for the last month. He is so cute in that little bed! I loooove National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!! Grant and I are planning on watching it this weekend. I also adore the Holiday but I don’t think Grant likes that one as much. Have a great weekend, and I can’t wait to see what cookies you make on Monday!
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  8. I love the polar express book (we always used to read it together on Christmas Eve) but have yet to see the movie! I will have to do that.
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  9. I’ve never seen Polar Express! I lost all interest in animated movies once I hit high school. Therefore I haven’t seen any no matter how critically acclaimed they are (Toy Story 3 for example). I know, I’m weird. However I love The Holiday! I’m glad that someone else recognizes it for the adorable movie that it is. I specifically love the Kate Winslet/Jack Black (Jack..Titanic anyone?!) pairing. Just adorable. Oh, and I’m SO with you on Jim Carrey! He is great in The Grinch and Bruce Almighty but in movies like The Mask and Ace Ventura he’s just TOO much.
    That Mein Street entree looks awesome! I’m one of the few who was never impressed by Five Guys. If I’m gonna eat a burger I’d rather go to a restaurant and get a fancy one! Their fries are also too greasy to me – I like mine really crispy.
    Congrats on winning a Swanson giveaway, can’t wait to see what you picked out. And many many happy kisses to the now-healed Atti!
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    • I can be picky about animated movies, but i’m starting to appreciate them more in the last couple of years – I just watched Despicable Me 2 last night and really liked it.
      And a fancy burger definitely isn’t a bad way to go Have a fabulous weekend Cait!
  10. I have been LOVING jam on rice cakes lately. It is SO good!

    And congrats on winning that giveaway. That is seriously fantastic! I am jealous ;).
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    • I definitely took advantage And my aunt just gave me three jars of homemade jam – I’ll be putting them to good use, for sure.
  11. Okay, the last time I watched The Holiday (maybe a week ago?), I was seriously wondering if people actually swap houses like that, because to be honest… I don’t think I’d ever feel comfortable doing it! I don’t want someone sleeping in my bed and going through all my stuff. Creepy. And speaking of beds, yes… I’d say the pug needs a new one

    And I’m very much in favour of you getting a new phone, even though I’m probably partially to blame for the fact that it needs to happen Ooo and speaking of which… time to text stalk you to see what cookie recipes you’ll be baking up.
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    • That’s true – I’d always be afraid that I accidentally switched with a creepy person who’s ruffling through my drawers as soon as the switch happens. A little freaky to think about!
  12. Glad to hear your little guy is on the mend! Hopefully that eye heals up fully soon. And congrats on the Swanson giveaway. Winning is kinda fun I am baking cookies with my best friend all day Wednesday. I am stocking up on wine and supplies. Cookie baking parties are so fun!
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  13. Ahhh The Polar Express!! How could I have forgotten about that one? It’s definitely one of my favs and must be watched asap! I love the message and how it makes me feel the Christmas magic The best thing I’ve eaten this week was probably the bison burger Joe made on Tuesday…love those things ANd I would totally switch houses with someone in another country…especially if it was Ireland! Irish Christmas? Sign me up!
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  14. The Holiday and Serendipity! Two of my all-time favvvvorite movies! They are both so cute. Ever since seeing the Holiday I have thought about how neat it would be to switch houses with someone. We do live in a world with a lot of creep-os, so you would have to do a little background checking

    And I’m glad Atti’s eye is all cleared up!
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  15. That cashew shrimp and rice just stole my heart at 9:00 am, haha call me crazy but that sounds SO good for breakfast #2! Your pug is adorable, I used to have one but we had to sell her when relocating from Seattle to Phoenix. Your seriously making me reconsider finding another pug-mate!

    The Grinch will always be my number 1, and I may or may not put it on repeat the days leading up to Christmas


    • haha I think it’d be pretty tasty anytime And I would definitely suggest you get another pug – they’re such great dogs, aren’t they?
  16. The Holiday is one of my favorite movies too – such a cute one!

    Mmm all of your food looks great! I haven’t had Five Guys in forever, but it sure is delicious when you’re craving a good hamburger. I like their fries a lot too!
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    • I’m usually more of an onion ring person, but I have to admit the five guys does do some awesome fries!
      Have a great weekend Ashley!
  17. I for the first time watched the movie the Elf couple of days ago – I was fascinated by all cheerful pictures on the Internet. And I was disappointed actually a little. It simply was too banal and uninteresting movie for me. And any spirit of Christmas! I simply very much love Home Alone – the traditional Christmas movie for me.
    I would like to exchange with somebody houses for few months, seriously! For example, during cold and crude winter to go to solar Australia… Somebody?
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  18. My favorites include Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, and The Santa Clause. I’m not sure how much to count Love Actually though since it’s not centered around Christmas.

    I would love to switch houses. Might have to watch “The Holiday” again. I remember liking it okay but everyone seems to love it!
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  19. I wish I wouldve tried Five Guys before I gave up meat a few years ago!! Everyone says it so SO good and it makes a little sad that I’m missing out on it :-p
    • it is really good, but I would say that it’s the best fast-food burger out there – I’ve definitely had better ones from restaurants and whathaveyou!
  20. I’m so glad to hear Atti’s well again! Maybe it’s an early Christmas present to him though he shouldn’t have suffered in the first place. He deserves to be a happy pug so yay for that!
    Talking coconut butter: heck, yes, it’s pricey. Have you ever tried making your own? While I’ve been shying away from trying most nut butter because I’m afraid they won’t turn out/break my blender coconut butter works a charm. I’m all about saving money where I can so that excites my inner cheapo.
    But … you forgot ‘Love, Actually’in your Christmas movie Top Five. It’s a must watch for me every single year. Actually, I’ll try to convince my mum to watch it with me tomorrow.
    Happy Friday!
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  21. I love it- what you consider comfort food goes against all the stereotypes- legend. I think I’ve had 5 guys before when I was in the States. I think they came with peanuts? I might be wrong though.

    The last thing I won was Jan’s giveaway a few weeks back- gluten free goodies. Need to dig into them…Can’t wait to see what you got from your order- A cheeky flour with C better be included
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    • what, a burger isn’t comforting? And yup, that’s definitely Five Guys. And there wasn’t any flour, but the ‘C’ was involved, promise!
  22. That dessert looks to die for! I love your blog name, glad I found it. Oh and your lil pup is too cute! If I ever got a dog I think it would be one like yours!
  23. I’ve actually ever been to five guys!
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  24. So many good holiday movies!!! I love the Holiday. It kind of makes me sad when I watch it for some reason but I love it anyways haha And of course… five guys. A place I STILL have yet to try. One day I’ll get there… just for the fries. I’m not much of a fast food burger person since I like them to be juicier. I’ve been saying I’m craving a burger for days. That’s the first thing I want when I go home this week.
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  25. I just watched The Holiday with my friend last night! I love that one. My other favourites are Love Actually, The Santa Clause, and The Family Stone.

    The best thing I’ve eaten this week was lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash from Ari’s Menu. Omg, go make it now. So flipping good!

    The last thing I won… I don’t even remember. I never win anything!

    That’s such great news about Atti! Yay!
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    • I may have to pick up a spaghetti squash just so I can try that recipe! Annnd I’ve only seen one of your favourite Christmas movies :-p
  26. Looks like you have been eating some good food!! That soup looks AMAZING!! As do the desserts!! YUM! I love chocolate
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  27. I’m so happy to hear that Atti’s eye is improving! Poor little buddy. I love the dog beds I have for Coco. They are called Dog Gone Smart Beds and their machine washable so they can last forever. Here’s the link:

    Hope you have a fun time baking! And how exciting that you won the $100 shopping spree. That’s so awesome, congrats!
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  28. Aww, yay for the pugsters! So glad he’s recuperating well and wow, he has gotten SO big!! Don’t you just wish they could stay puppies forever?!

    LOVE that Asian place you went to…or really any restaurant that makes good use of a pun! Too cute! And those cakes look absolutely mouth-watering!

    Last thing I won was Arman’s Sunbutter giveaway! Just got my free coupon in the mail the other day and it’s burning a hole in my pocket! Lol

    Favorite Christmas movies: A Christmas Story, The Holiday, Santa Clause, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, because I’m like 3 years old!

    And I would TOTALLY be up for a house swap…how cool would that be?!
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    • Oh my goodness, he’s huge. I’m convinced I’m going to have a massive pug by the time he’s full grown – he’s already almost 22 pounds and he’s only 9 months old! And I still haven’t tried Sunbutter…must get on that sooner or later!

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