The One Where I Eat Radioactive Food and Turn Into a Superhero (WIR)

Happy Fourth of July to you all!

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First, I want to start this post off by thanking everyone for the super sweet comments on my past few posts, especially on those from this week with my brother’s birthday cookie dough cake.

I actually forgot to include a picture on my WIAW to prove that it was actually I who made cake so here is that… πŸ˜‰

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So proud!

Random factoid: Another thing that I forgot to mention was that my mom also helped out with making some pieces of the cake. In particular, this is her hand helping me put on the chocolate chips. One by one. As I freaked out because the frosting was melting. The original recipe poster mentioned that she had to throw the chocolate chips on the cake to get them to stick. I thought she was kidding at first but then when I reached that step I realized there is no easy way to attach mini chocolate chips to a vertical surface…

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Now with that out of the way I can get on to the bulk of today’s post: a short Week in Review via Meghan!

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My weekend officially started when I made some waffles for my parents.

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I found the recipe on Paleo Parents, and they were extremely simple to make. I made a total of three Belgian waffles in all.

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The recipe is much different than the usual grain-free recipe in that it doesn’t involve any almond flour, but a combination of an apple, banana, nut butter, eggs and coconut flour (I used coconut flour, but the original recipe called for arrowroot powder).

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I realize that these waffles look like they are chocolate-flavored; however, I guarantee that they are cocoa-free! It’s just the nut butter combined with fruit/eggs that caused the darker, golden color.

While waiting for the waffles to cook I hung out on the floor with Lilly. I miss her so much during the week so it’s nice when I get to come home and just relax with her on my lap. Or in this case convince her to look at the camera.

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Aren’t her expressions hilarious? I swear she only looks like that when she notices that I have my camera out and am taking pictures of her…

Later on that weekend after my brother’s party was over I experimented in making some “chocolate” chip cookies with homemade carob chips and grain-free flours. I also tried out a vegan version, which my mom said had a better taste, but unfortunately with the lack of egg didn’t stay together well enough.

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The dough on the left contains ghee and eggs, and the dough on the left is vegan with coconut oil and banana.

Here is a picture of the finished cookies with eggs:

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I still want to work on the recipe a little more before actually posting. Only the best for you guys!

And I visited my other dog Riley while I was outside taking cookie pictures. He started barking when he saw me and I couldn’t stay away. He is such a good boy!

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He even gave me a “handshake” when he starting pawing my arm as I was petting him… πŸ˜‰

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Skip forward a bit to the middle of this week, I went shopping at Big Lots again. Last time I bought some birthday presents and scoped out the foreign foods aisle. This time I bought up 9 packages of Fourre biscuitsΒ in chocolate and strawberry (for some reason the product’s website only lists the lemon version…?)Β for my mom’s Reading Program snack on the first day.

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Random factoid #2: I just woke up after falling asleep around 10:00PM (It is now 12:41PM) and am working quickly to finish up this post so I can shut my eyes for real this time. It’s especially important because I have to get up at 5:30AM tomorrow to go the hospital for a gastric emptying study.

Yep. Another test. I’ll share more about the procedure once it’s done and I have the results, but basically I have to eat a bowl of instant oatmeal that they’ve injected with radioactive markers (not dangerous). During the study then they use an x-ray machine to trace the meal as I digest the food and measure how quickly my stomach is working on it. You can either have slow, normal or rapid emptying. I really am not looking forward to the test because my stomach does not like oatmeal. I haven’t had oatmeal in over a year because I always get bloated after eating it… Yay! πŸ˜›

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Today being a holiday my family gathered together to celebrate at Pizza Hut. We used to always go to my grandma and grandpa’s house and have big, fancy meals, but since they are getting older we try to make it easy on them.

Random factoid #3: I forgot to mention this, but a few weeks ago my grandma fell and broke her hip, so I slowed down a lot on commenting for a few days as I was just overwhelmed with that as she had to go in for a hip replacement surgery. She’s doing pretty well now though. I’d be really grateful if you kept her in your prayers for a speedy recovery!

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After getting back from lunch the four of us (my dad, mom, brother and I) all settle in and watched two movies: Warm Bodies from Redbox and Charlie Bartlett from Netflix.

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I really recommend watching both as they were quite good. Both were quirky, hilarious, and had really great casts.

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That’s basically all I have for today. Just know that while you are all still sleeping tomorrow morning, I will be eating radioactive food and possibly turn into a superhero. Or perhaps a zombie, which I realize is more likely, but I’m all about the positive today.

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What is your random factoid for the day?

How did you celebrate July 4th (or Canada on Monday for some of you)?

If you could be any superhero, which one would you pick?Β 

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42 thoughts on “The One Where I Eat Radioactive Food and Turn Into a Superhero (WIR)

  1. Haha I love that you uploaded a pic of you with the cake, as if we didn’t believe you made the cake! I did not doubt it for a second. Now if I uploaded a picture of that cake that would be different haha.
    Lilly is just adorable. It takes me ages to get Alfie, our dog, to look at the camera. And then he just wants to lick it *sighs*.
    Have a great weekend!

    • Well… Sometimes I wonder when all someone posts is two ingredient recipes and then all of the sudden they come up with this amazing creation that looks like it would belong in fancy bakery. Haha.

      I have to call out her name and after that I only have a split second before she turns her head again. Every other picture was blurry except for this one. Lol.

  2. Your dogs are so cute! I hope your grandma is feeling better soon, even when things go well, it’s still stressful when a family member is in the hospital. Good luck with your oatmeal test – hoping you get some answers.

    • Thanks Fiona! Sometimes I just want to pinch their cheeks. πŸ˜‰ But of course I refrain and settle for a belly rub instead. Lol.

      And thanks for the well wishes. It went alright I guess.

  3. I am so sorry about your grandma of course she will be in my thoughts. gosh your stomach won’t give you a break will it!! I am so sorry, please keep us updated on how it goes. I am always so intrigued by learning more about what you are finding to help. I thought of you yesterday because I did some paleo baking! You would be proud, still things I need to tweak but felt good to try new things out even if they were just ok

    • As always Alex, thanks for your concern.

      I think my stomach needs a stern talking too. Wow I have really been putting off sharing my results. I just saw that the date of your comment was on the 5th… I’m quite behind! I hate bloggers who say they’ll share and wait forever to post.

      I am incredibly proud. I hope you’ll share at least some pictures or comments of what you’re trying out!

  4. I love your pic with the cake to verify that you made it! πŸ™‚ Those vegan cookies still look yummy to me. I’ll eat most any cookie! I’m so sorry about your grandma. She is already in my thoughts and prayers girl!

  5. oh my gosh, Lilly is SUCH A CUTIE! Her expressions really are hilarious. What kind of dog is she? A terrier or some sort? Her little haircut is adorable.

    Your muddy hand totally cracked me up, ha! Dogs are such a riot.

    Yikes! I hope that digestion test goes well. Sucks that you have to eat oatmeal, but it is kind of interesting to know how fast your stomach digests. I have no idea what mine does?

    Big hugs for your grandma! I hope she feels better soon. Hip replacement is a super common surgery, so I know she’ll recover in no time πŸ™‚

    • Good guess! She’s a cairn terrier like Todo from the Wizard of Oz. And she just got a haircut as she was looking quite raggedy and her long hair was making her a panting machine.

      The digestion test was… interesting. The oatmeal was really tasty but did not go down well at all. 😦 Oh well! I don’t know why I’m surprised because hardly anything does anymore.

      It’s great to hear of others who knew someone with a hip replacement surgery because like you said it really is pretty common and there are so many inspiring recovery stories!

  6. Ahh good luck with the radioactive activity going on tomorrow! I’ll be thinking about you and your family; sounds like you’ve had a lot going on! I hope you get some rest and relaxation with everyone πŸ™‚ My random factoid of the day? Big Kid was scared by the fireworks last night…and Peanut LOVED them and howled in anger when they were done. Go figure on that one haha…have a great weekend, love!

    • Thanks Caitlin! The radioactive part just makes me want to laugh. πŸ™‚

      That’s so strange but funny! I would think that being younger Peanut would hate the loud noise of the fire works. I would have loved to hear his howl. Lol.

  7. I still can’t get over how amazing that cake is, you’re brilliant! And those waffles look pretty fab too πŸ™‚ Hope the test doesn’t go too badly and it helps shed some light on everything for you.

  8. Ooh I’d definitely be interested in doing that test. I think my digestion is pretty slow, so it would be nice to confirm it. Hope everything goes well for you πŸ˜€

  9. I love how little Lily’s feet stick out! Too cute. What kind of dog is Riley?
    I hope you’re having a good weekend! You and your grandma are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • It’s hilarious because when she goes to lay down she just *drops*, flattening herself out and making a big puffing sound. Like all of the air is exiting her lungs. Haha.

      Thanks Olivia!

  10. I will definitely keep you grandma in my thoughts!
    Your dogs are so, so cute! Such adorable faces πŸ™‚
    And those waffles look delicious. I love waffles so much! I make them at least once a week… at least πŸ˜‰
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend! πŸ˜€

    • Whenever I’m home I always make my parents waffles or pancakes for breakfast as they never make them for themselves when they are home.

      I hope you had a great weekend (a few weeks ago… πŸ˜‰ ).

  11. I love the quote at the beginning, Madison! Those cookies look pretty good as is. I also like the looks of the waffles. Most people don’t cook them long enough for me. Those look yummy. Have a great day!

    • These waffles had to be cooked an incredibly long time to get crispy. We kept checking and my dad was like “Keep going! They’re not done enough for me!” Hence the 15 or so minutes of cooking time. Haha. Crispy waffles are the best.

  12. I believed you made the cake even without your proof, haha.
    You got Anna’s Thins? Yay! They are the one of the best things at IKEA I must say πŸ˜›

    • I should have asked for suggestions from all of you all! We ended up going with the Fourre cookies, but it was so hard to choose because they all sounded so good. Thankfully the kids loved them, but I’ll know who to ask next time πŸ™‚

  13. I love the title of this post and I’m keeping my fingers crossed your test reveals some answers. I’m sorry to hear about your Grams too and will definitely shoot a prayer up for her.
    P.S. Lilly and Riley are both adorable. I love both their expressions.

    • Thanks Meghan. It did reveal some answers… which unfortunately just led to more unanswered questions. Grr.

      I seriously got a mental image in my head of you “shooting” up a prayer to the big man in the sky πŸ˜‰ I’m going to use that phrase sometime (as I do with all of your great catch phrases!).

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