I am sad to announce that my three-day weekend is coming to a close. I never told you all why we had a day off of work today, did I? It's for a horse race! That's right. Today is the Adelaide Cup, and South Australia (at least Adelaide) gets the day off every year. This would NEVER happen in America, would it? Today is one of those days where I am super proud to live in Australia.
Yesterday, I was all set to do a blog post until I discovered that I couldn't get on my site (Weebly). Weebly must have been making important changes at the time, so I reluctantly had to wait until today.
On Sunday, we woke up, ate breakfast and went to do our weekly grocery shop. I wanted to use up some of the foods in our fridge that were on the verge on going bad.
There was half of a pumpkin sitting in there for about two weeks, and I wanted to use it to make lunch. Now that we have a food processor, I figured that I could make a sweet pumpkin puree and maybe mix it with yogurt. I blended it up as far as it would go and added brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Unfortunately, it was disgusting. Look at the mess I made!
I wasted all of that pumpkin.
After I threw out the pumpkin, I walked to some local shops on Melbourne Street to continue my search for a dress for next weekend. When I still didn't find anything, Al picked me up to take me barbecue shopping.
We also picked up frozen yogurt from The Yoghurt Shop (for lunch). This place is fantastic, and I usually get it on Fridays after sushi. I get the same thing every time- strawberry and mango in the same cup.
Eventually, we DID pick up a barbecue. Alastair has been researching them since we moved in, and we finally have one! We were lucky enough to get a gas bottle from his parents (they had an extra one). Those things can get expensive.
That's the finished product!
While Al put the barbecue together, I cleaned up the pumpkin mess and put the food processor to use again. This time, I was successful.
In the midst of my healthy living blog reading frenzy, I found Chocolate Covered Katie
. This girl is a genius when it comes to making healthy (and vegan) baked goods. I decided to whip together her signature Fudge Babies
. I've been waiting for a while to make them, and now I finally own a food processor and can!
This recipe involves four ingredients: walnuts, dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. You blend them all together and roll them into balls. That is IT. I was shocked to find out that they taste like brownie batter. Unbelievable. Al tried one and was not impressed, but he also never caught on to the wonders of brownie batter and cookie dough. Shameful. Really, though, you should make these! You will be very impressed. I'm sure I'll make more things on Katie's website in the future.
Moving on to dinner, we christened the barbecue with Greek rosemary and garlic sausages.
I also sipped on a Carlton Dry. It's one of my low carb favorites (remember that low carb=light beer).
I don't think I've ever prepared sausages before (thanks to my somewhat vegetarian upbringing), and I laughed when I saw that they were all linked together. I may be an idiot for not knowing that, but I like being amused. I was very amused.
The sausage tasted wonderful, although I felt like I was going to have a heart attack afterwards. I understand why cardiologists don't want people to eat it. I might have to track down some turkey sausage.
Dessert was vanilla ice cream with a fudge baby.
It was like a much healthier brownie sundae.
I didn't take any photos today, but it was very busy. I spent the majority of the day looking for a dress. I finally ended up buying one from a shop on Melbourne street that I looked at yesterday. It's a great dress, but it's too big in the shoulders. I have to get it altered ASAP. If not, I have to do a make-shift alteration using pins and pray that they stay put all night.
I'm really looking forward to a four-day week! I hope all of you had a great weekend.