I Bet You Didn’t Know…

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Last night, while looking for my checkbook in the office, I stumbled upon this old photo of me:

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I bet you didn’t know… I lived in a trailer in Kentucky for the first few years of my life.

We were so poor, I didn’t even have a crib. According to my mom, I slept in a dresser drawer. After living in Kentucky, my family moved to Italy and then to Massachusetts, where we lived on a dairy farm until I was 12-years-old.

I bet you didn’t know… I won a car.

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Back in 2004, I filled out a paper entry form at a concert, put it in the little cardboard box, and my entry was picked! People really do win cars!

I won a brand new Toyota Scion Xa. At the time, I took the T to work and lived in Brookline (where parking is VERY expensive), so I ended up selling it.

I bet you didn’t know… I met Dave Matthews and he offered me one of his chicken wings.

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I was so star-struck, I politely declined his offer. But, wouldn’t that have been a really good story if I had eaten it!? I ended up getting his autograph though! 😀

Breakfast

Breakfast was really fun this morning! Mal and I did a Grilled Banana Sandwich tastetest: canola oil versus butter.

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The other day, we were out of butter, so I made a Grilled Banana Sandwich using canola oil. It came out really well, but I was curious how butter would taste. So, this morning, I cooked one of each: a Grilled Banana Sandwich made with canola oil and a Grilled Banana Sandwich made with butter.

For the canola oil sandwich, I followed this recipe. For the butter sandwich, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and mixed it with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Then, I followed the same directions for the Grilled Banana Sandwich with canola oil.

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Verdict: the Grilled Banana Sandwich made with canola oil ROCKED!!! :mrgreen:

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty surprised. Butter always seems to make things taste better, but the canola oil caramelized and made the bread much more crispy than the butter. Mal liked the canola oil sandwich more too, but both were very yummy. Holy delicious!

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I also enjoyed a delicious caramel iced coffee with breakfast.

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The caramel syrup mixed right into my iced coffee, and with a little vanilla soy milk, it provided just the right amount of sweetness. My iced coffee was definitely a treat this morning! 😉

The caramel syrup is part of the Le Caramel 3-pack Bundle that I talked about in my lunch post yesterday.

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Le Caramel 3-pack Bundle, $28 – Buy now!

VinoVoyage Raffle

Have you been thinking about buying tickets to the VinoVoyage?

Well, NOW is the time! Check out this deal:

If you buy a ticket to the VinoVoyage before Sunday, May 2 and enter the code “CnCVino” with your registration, you will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Red Sox tickets to the August 3rd game against the Cleveland Indians. (The seats are in Sec 8 Box 94 Row RR.)

When registering for the VinoVoyage, be sure to enter “CnCVino” into the Optional Invite Code field. You will need to do this in order to be entered into the raffle.

The winner of the Red Sox tickets will be announced on Monday, May 3 on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

I’ll definitely be at the VinoVoyage on May 13th. I had such a blast at last year’s event!

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