Wk 21 (Oct 29 – Nov 4)

Week 21 done of my US National Food challenge with 5 out of 7 accomplished!  But two of them were just buying things, rather than a making thing.  That still counts, doesn’t it?

October 29 – National Oatmeal Day

2014-10-29 Oatmeal Is there a difference between oatmeal and porridge?  Either way, I love it for breakfast – I’ve gotten into the habit of using a spoonful of Greek yoghurt to make it creamier and adding either chopped prunes or raisins for flavour.  When I was growing up, I used to always have oats with brown sugar and a little bit of milk – either way it’s delicious!

October 30 – Buy a Doughnut Day

Pretty easy for this day – I had some donuts left over from when I bought some for a cream-filled donut day … does it matter if I bought them way before the actual day?  Either way, this wasn’t bad for a gluten-free donut!  I added some coconut to make it look a little more ‘gourmet’.  Still didn’t make up for the fact that the rest of the family got to eat Dunkin Donuts … big ones … while I got this tiny little gluten-free one.  Oh well, I should be grateful I can actually have donuts I guess! 2014-10-30 Buy a doughnut

 October 31 – National Candy Apple Day 

Didn’t think I really wanted to do this day – seemed like a little too much work!

November 1 – National Vinegar Day

Couldn’t think of anything I wanted to make that featured vinegar so this was a rest day for me too.

November 2 – National Deviled Egg Day 

 2014-11-02 Devilled eggs My first attempt at deviled eggs – with some curry, mayonnaise and mustard … they were amazing!  I don’t normally like curried eggs (that’s more along Grant’s lines), but these just tasted great.  Unfortunately I didn’t measure the proportions of anything I did, so I can’t give you the recipe, but maybe next time!

November 3 – National Sandwich Day

At Costco we found this pack of pulled pork.  Grant loves pulled pork sandwiches.  The first time we tried it, I stuffed up making the pork (I didn’t read the heating instructions correctly) so this time I did it properly.  We added some BBQ sauce and mixed it around, then I added some coleslaw on some gluten-free bread and enjoyed EVERY single mouthful of it! 2014-11-03 Sandwich

 November 4 – National Candy Day

2014-11-04 Candy Ok, so this was leftover Halloween Candy.  But me, with my obsession with all things chocolate and peanut butter, found these Reece’s peanut butter pumpkins … and had to have one!  Or two … just two … on Halloween night (but found some other Reece’s peanut butter cups in the kids loot and just had to have one or two of them as well!)

Coming up next week:

  • November 5: Doughnut Appreciation Day
  • November 6: National Nachos Day 
  • November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • November 8: National Cappuccino Day / National Harvey Wallbanger Day / Cook Something Bold Day
  • November 9: National Scrapple Day  / Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day
  • November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • November 11: National Sundae Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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