Curious about the new Fruitcake Frapp? Check out my review!

Fresh off the press today, I got one of the drinks and without further ado…Here is my take on it:

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Fruitcake Frapp wearing a cute sweater.

Visually it is quite unappealing, except for the cute sweater that it is wearing. Something about green on top is a real turnoff for people.

The whipped cream adds nothing- quite literally tastes like oil-fluff?, the caramel sauce on top is nice, the green matcha also adds nothing.

The drink itself? Actually pretty good! I got it half-sweet, a light hazelnut mixed with very fruit-forward flavours. It does have a ‘baked goods’ slightly spicy zing to it, and if you hate raisins/craisins NOT the drink for you as it can be a bit chewy. Overall quite yummy and a very pleasant drink! Would I buy it again? Nope. That means having to go back to Starbucks.

But if you are so inclined, do try this one- it’s very unique and a fun seasonal drink.

Food that I like and dislike: A thorough examination

Didn’t ride yesterday as Oats had the day off – much needed for the both of us, honestly. For him, he was worked Sat-Tues, which a quite intensive dressage lesson. For me, I am feeling brain-fried so best to take a day and rest my calf muscle, which is actually feeling fine right now and I think I’ll be back to running again in a day or so.

So, I actually post a lot on Facebook about food (usually junk food) that I love or hate. I want people to share in my obsession (Reese’s!!!) and avoid the real duds- currently anything by Tim Hortons.

A clear winner.

A clear winner.

Love it:

Reese’s spreads– OMG. I could eat this all day with a spoon and no regrets. I particularly love it because I often feel shame about how many little Reese’s wrappers are surrounding me after eating them…With this, no millions of wrappers and paper cups, no shame! Just yum yum yum yum.

Pumpkin Scone– Yum! I made these with Kabocha squash puree instead. Delicious! I am a bit allergic to them right now at the same time though, so have to eat carefully (I have uncontrolled hayfever and it triggers many other food allergies at the same time, trying medication #3 at the moment to see if it works in combination with OTC drugs).

Any Halloween chocolate bars– except for Twix, I would eat fist-fulls of these alllll day.

Gummi coke bottles– bought a bucket of these and brought them to work. The bucket is almost gone. A clear winner!

Clif Bars– Love the new flavours, and have coconut-chocolate waiting for me at the barn….

Luna Bars– Tried the lemon flavour yesterday. Yum! A refreshing taste, though kind of a bitter aftertaste (maybe true to the lemon flavour?).

Peanuts– Love the red-skinned variety. Not from Fairway though, ended up with too much peanut skin ‘dust’.

Popcorn and Popcorn Balls- a clear winner! Made these on the weekend and am loooving them.

Pear chips– Just what they sound like. They are soooo delicious, I wish I had more pears to make them in my dehydrator.

Fruit leather- Made it in the dehydrator, with rhubarb and plums cooked and pureed smooth. Tricky to make, a bitch to clean after, but so good!

Nerds- These are still good, though the flavour selection sucks. What exactly are kids eating these days?

Aussie licorice– Any brand will do. Soooo good…

Milk to Go Sport– Delicious, milky goodness. Both the vanilla and the chocolate milk are not too sweet, contain a ton of calories (200) and protein for after races. Love the taste, and I am chronically deficient in calcium/Vit D and potassium, so these are great!

Hate it:

Muscle Mlk– anything by them is SO GROSS. Tastes like aspartame and tears. Gave me a two-day stomachache that i couldn’t shake. Yuck. Have a bottle of the ‘Extreme Vanilla’ in the fridge and can’t work up the courage to drink it…

Tim Horton’s Reese’s, Toffee, and Oreo doughnuts– You think you’re getting a big fancy doughnut splurge and all you’re getting is a shitty Boston Creme doughnut with some mini Reese’s cups stuck on top faking at being a good peanut butter doughnut. Eff you Tim Hortons! Also the Oreo one tastes like diabetes and the Toffee one had gross crunchy chunks of ‘something’ on them. Yuck! And I like sweet things!??!

Recipes that use too much freaking sugar- Yes, I’m looking at you, all dessert recipes ever.  There is just too MUCH sugar in them! I hate it! I love sweet things and these ‘1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar’ is so disgusting. I have been quartering the amount of sugar in recipes and still finding them very sweet! Case in point- I made an apple crumble that had way too much sugar and I found it too sweet with even a quarter of what the recipe called for, and husband made a peach cobble with way less sugar than needed, and it was still very sweet?

Willy Wonka Fun Dip/Lik m Aide– these are now gross. Not tangy, not good, not anything.Yuck.

Any ‘flan’ desserts– No, no thank you. No.

Starbucks– Any drink left full sweet there is icky and served lukewarm, and their bagels suck so hard. Their food in general is terrible actually, though the snack boxes (of apples, crackers, cheese and nuts) are hard to screw up, so I go with those if pressed. Yes Starbucks you can’t screw up pre-packaged apple slices, go you.

Pickles that include olives for some reason- No, I want my olives separate. Now everything tastes like olives. I like olives on their own, not infecting my pickles!

Kraft peanut butter with chocolate– Good, if you like the taste of emulsified oil products. And I eat Kraft peanut butter, so this is saying a lot. It is SO shitty, compared with Reese’s spread even. Gag. Why did you even do this, Kraft? To punish chocolate?

This pains me to write it, but…the chocolate cronut– Tastes like a cheap-ass chocolate pudding mushed inside a hard as fuck layered croissant. Too chewy, pudding goop falls everywhere and it is a total, try-hard mess. I can do this terribly at home, thank you very much, and save myself like $3.75 in the process. I am sad that one of my fav bakeries, ‘Crust’ screws this up like this. Ew.

Cakes from the Dutch Bakery. They look SO good, mouthwatering, delicious, and are not cheap. They taste like Styrofoam and oil, and cheap promises. You know how buttercreme is made with butter? Well, you can taste the difference, and these taste like the frosting is made with hydrogenated oil. Yuck. Don’t waste your money.

A jumping weekend, with wild weather!

I didn’t ride Friday, though I was slightly tempted as I got off work earlier due to my changed schedule for the two days- had a nap instead! Guess I wasn’t that tempted.

From BC Day- wish this weather could last forever!

From BC Day- wish this weather could last forever!

Saturday the weather changed for the worse- blasting wind, threatening rain and generally unsettled. The trickiest part was that it was also sunny and warm, and then a huge gust of wind?

I tacked Oats up in the outdoor cross-ties and a big gust came up and blew a ton of saddle pads into the air! He spooked and I went to go pick the saddle pads up that were strewn everywhere, and while I was reaching to grab them, slipped and banged into the fence.

To add insult to injury, I went to grab the railing to stop myself from falling smack into the fence and immediately got a splinter from a thorn on the blackberry bushes. SHIT! And it is STILL jammed into my finger, after a failed attempt by my husband to needle that sucker out of there…I was howling and shrieking, so I slapped a band-aid on it and continued on my way. Ouch, not worth it!~

Not an auspicious start to my ride…

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When I was riding, Oats was high high high! Very frisky and looky, spooky and on-edge. The man who has been cleaning up the paddocks with the backhoe stopped by to ask a few questions (very friendly) with his dog, and Oats was kind of losing it! The dog! The man! Wind!!!!!!!

So …yeah.

My goal became clear- live through the ride.

We actually had a pretty nice ride once I gave up the idea that we had to deal with his scary areas ”the corner” being one we just flat out avoided on Saturday. Schooled him over some jumps I set as low x-rails, and then did a figure-eight type pattern of x-rail, to road closed panel, to diagonal x-rail, back to the first x-rail to ‘road closed’. That was fun!

Ended it at that, as I didn’t want to end up on the ground…

And of course, when I had Oats back in the cross-rails, another saddle pad went flying and he spooked again. SIGH.

Turns out it was well and good I rode early, as the wind only got worse as the day went on. When I came in for my ride on Sunday, I had to pick up tree branches and the barn shutter that went flying in the windstorm. I could only picture a house being picked up with ‘Auntie Em’ echoing in the background!

Rode in the indoor on Sunday and felt kind of not enthusiastic. I wanted to gallop in the field, but figured that was off limits due to the rain…Blah. We worked over a tiny x-rail to establish pace and nailed our distances to it everytime! This is after I trotted him over it and he fell over it twice- fell! So, canter it was, and canter it went!

I then did some no-stirrups work that felt ok but still fairly punishing…

Wanted to save my legs for a run I had planned later in the day. The run itself went ok but I was SO PARANOID about my knee blowing up on me. I couldn’t really enjoy it as much as I wanted to, I didn’t have that ‘free’ feeling at all. Gah…At the turnaround I was so sure this was it, I couldn’t run anymore. But then we did turn around, and I was ok again?

Today my legs feel fine though, so….

Fingers crossed?!

More BC day

More BC day

Also of note- I tried Krema’s Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Spice flavour and loved it!

Also tried the new Strawberry Shortcake Frapp from Starbucks- and blah. Wouldn’t have it again. They don’t serve the S’mores flavour, which I am SO bummed about. ARGH.

Oh and we went to the Island’s Greek festival after Starbucks and our run, and enjoyed a nice gyros platter. Yummmy!