Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday Threes - Food, TV and Blogs

haribo minions sweets

trek protein bars box

nairns snackers crackers

1 - Nairn's Snackers - The lovely people at Nairn's offered me some free snacks last week and the day I, the Queen of grazing, turn down the chance to test a new convenience food will be a very odd day indeed.  These wee bags of Snackers were perfect for diving into after work.  The salt & vinegar flavour are particularly awesome, although I liked that the cheesy ones weren't overpowering.  Imagine a cross between crisps and savoury biscuits and that's what these are.  Oh, and they also threw in this handy tin to store my oatcakes on the go - who told them I'm obsessed with oatcakes and cheese for supper?

2 - Trek Protein Bars - Right after the Snackers people emailed me, the Natural Balance Foods people got in touch.  Did I want to try some new protein bars?  Hmm, let me think about that...  Um, yes.  I got four flavours in the box - the berry and the peanut ones were my favourites, especially since the latter reminded me of a Snickers Cruncher without the chocolate.  I liked the taste of the cocoa one, although it was a little dry, but the banana ones are still intact since me and bananas do not get on.  Tam can be my guinea pig for those at the weekend!  Each bar is chunky and squished full of fruit, oats and nuts, and they provided an excellent substitute to my early morning breakfast biscuits this week.  

Both the bars and the Snackers are made in Britain, so the lovely lack of air miles somehow makes them even tastier.  (Actually I have no idea if this helps on the taste front but it sure bothers my conscience less than usual.)

3 - Haribo Minions - From the healthy to the definitely not.  I can't think of any Haribo sweet I've met that I didn't like and since I'm a bit of a minion fan, I have no problem with the amount of these sweets people like to give me.  The latest batch was a pressie from my friend K and I made short work of one packet before taking the other into work to share.  Gotta limit those sugar-induced headaches, eh? 

secret life of american teenager episodes the office netflix

1 - The Secret Life of the American Teenager - I kept hearing about this show so when I saw it on Netflix I figured I'd give it a go.  I can't tell if it's trying to be terrible or if it's just happening naturally, but yeah, it's bad.  The acting, the writing, the costumes, the casting...  And yet I'm still watching it.  The main (and pretty much only) storyline follows Amy, a fifteen-year-old girl who finds herself pregnant with no clue how to deal with it.  I seem to spend most of my viewing time wondering if teenagers really are that stupid (I highly doubt it but I only know one - my cousin - and it seems a long time since I was that age, so...)  Seriously, why am I still watching this?!

2 - Episodes - I've been watching this in stages since Netflix only had the first two seasons until recently, when the third one appeared.  Starring Brit comedy stars Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, and Matt LeBlanc as himself, this show is hilarious and totally what I now think the US TV industry is like.

3 - The Office US - I pretty much just watch this on a loop.  It might be my favourite show ever, or at least in a three way tie with Friends and Parks and Recreation.  I've now reached the post-Michael Scott episodes and might just have to skip to the last season...  As much as I love James Spader, those constant filler episodes were hard to watch.

1 - Three knitting skills that scare me on Wool and Wheel - Mostly linking to this because of the first point - steeking.  Cutting your knitting.  Are people mad?!  There's so many chances for that technique to go horribly, terribly wrong...

2 - Groovy duvet dress on What do you make of my cake - Jo made a dress that matches both her door and wallpaper.  I want to live in that world.

3 - The first Vegfest in Scotland on Natbee's Fashion - Anastasia alerted us to a veggie food fair happening in Glasgow in December.  I'm not veggie but don't eat a lot of meat, plus all that lovely food she's been making looks just like what I love to eat... you know, when Tam makes me it.  Cooking and me don't mix - it bores me too much for me to get good at it!

What's the weekend plans, people?  We were hoping to do a car boot on Sunday but the weather is not looking favourable...  There was also an idea to tick off more activities of the Super Summer list but a lot of those are weather dependent too - we were clearly far too optimistic at the start of summer.


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