Monday, November 21, 2016

12 days of holiday baking roundup (plus a few extra)

a couple christmases ago, i partnered up with a few of my most creative friends to compile a '12 days of baking' series- highlighting 12 of our most favourite holiday baking recipes. many of these are still in heavy rotation at our house, so the thought of recreating the wheel seems totally unnecessary, but i did want to take a moment to once again share these awesome recipes, plus add a couple new gems to the list to keep things interesting.

1- salted butter caramels
2- ginger whoopie pies with cream cheese icing (becky zimmer)
3- whipped shortbread
4- sweet and spicy mixed nuts
5- cocktail crisps (anna palmier)
6- lemon squares (michelle walker)
7- simple cinnamon buns (stephanie nigh)
8- glogg- mulled wine (carina theideke)
9- anne's gingerbread (anne thorburn)
10- almond roca
11- sugar cookies
12- brown sugar shortbread (kristen powell)

plus three more recipes i am eager to try...

1- tartine's salted chocolate rye cookies
2- the kitchen magpie eggnog cookies
3- salted caramel pretzel bars

ps- some (still awesome) gift guides HERE

Sunday, November 13, 2016

christmas in vancouver 2016

photo by alison page | wreath by rogue florist
so, im a bit of a dork, and i spent the better part of an entire saturday going through and finding pretty much every christmas activity around vancouver in december. (my initial intention was to find a few new activities for us to do this year and it all sort of just snowballed...)

the end result is a fairly lengthy list that i figured would be worth sharing with anyone local (and somehow knowing that it might be of use to more people than just me makes the insane amount of time i spent putting it together somehow worthwhile)

hoping you can find something new to enjoy this holiday season. and if you have a favourite activity that i didn't make mention of, please share!

and of course, just keep scrolling if you aren't in vancouver or the thought of christmas in november is giving you hives. ;)

Friday, November 11, 2016

gratitude tree

by all accounts, it's been a pretty crappy week in the world. like most people, i have found myself wallowing in the aftermath of the us presidential election. terrified for what this new government means for minority groups and already marginalized people in the states. fumbling to find any sense in this senseless outcome. doing my best to hide my feelings of disgust and the deepest anger from my young son while trying my hardest to ensure this disgraceful example is one that is NOT to be tolerated, echoed or glorified. it's a lot.

so today, more than ever, we needed something to distract our focus. a little bit of a light and positivity in an otherwise gloomy moment in time. so finn and i crafted a gratitude tree. we collected a few branches from the yard, and cut some leaf shapes out of white cardstock, and spent time together sipping tea and coming up with lots of things that we have to be grateful for in this lifetime. and as is usually the case with these types of activities, there was A LOT that we have to be grateful for.

and although this little tree doesn't take away any of the the fear or upset, the worry or stress or anger or feelings of complete helplessness, it is a good reminder that in spite of all that, there is still gratitude.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nelson - a weekend in the forest

this past weekend, a few of my closest girlfriends and i met up in nelson for our 3rd annual women's weekend. each october, we travel from our homes in ontario, alberta and bc to spend a few days catching up, working on our selves, and reconnecting. there is always a flood of emotion and gratitude, long, deep conversations, lots of laughs and a few tears, tarot cards, delicious food, and typically a late night dance party or two. at the end, we each leave feeling refreshed, reenergized, and with a head full of ideas to take home and work on until we meet again.

this year we stayed at a beautiful airbnb a short ways from the heart of nelson - the ivory thistle cottage is an amazing straw-bale structure on the edge of the forest. it was an absolute dream.

last year, i started the tradition of taking a portrait of each of the women over the course of the weekend. this year letting each of them pick a spot that felt beautiful to them. i can't help but smile looking at each of these photos- 4 beautiful women that were somehow blessed into my life- always there to push me further on my path to finding the truest and best version of myself. sigh- words just aren't enough. i'm so grateful we each carve out the time to ensure this weekend is a priority.

(and portraits from our 2015 retreat in dead man's flats, alberta...)


Monday, October 3, 2016

our summer on film

as it always does, summer seemed to be over just a quickly as it begun. we didn't do a lot, but we enjoyed it all- spending time at the beach, visiting family and friends in victoria and calgary, and soaking up as much sunshine as we could before the rain set in.

i shot a few rolls of film over the last few months. film has been a lesson in patience for me. it takes time to thoughtfully use up 36 exposures, and then more time to make it down to the lab to have the roll developed, and then (if you happen to be married to my husband) a really really long time before he is able to bunker down and scan all the negatives in. sometimes the photos have been built up and so highly anticipated that they are a bit of a disappointment when all is said and done. but there is always always a gem or two- a forgotten day that you are surprised to see captured, and that makes all the waiting worth while every single time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

turmeric milk

i have been sick (again. surprise surprise) and managed to do absolutely nothing the entire weekend except for catch up on ALL the new junk recently added to netflix. in my quest for a miracle cure to save me from the hell that is being bedridden, i stumbled upon what might actually be just that. and my goodness does it taste DELICIOUS!

in eastern cultures, turmeric is well regarded as a 'healing spice' and used to help everything from sore throats, colds, flus, and stomachaches to wound healing and treatment of abrasions and skin issues. turmeric milk is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and is high in manganese and iron. the coconut oil adds healthy fats and inclusion of peppercorns enhance the absorption of curcumin (the main component found in turmeric) allowing the ingredients in this recipe work in a synergistic fashion and help enhance the nutritional value of each other.

all this being said, this drink is just so incredibly comforting. it warms you from the inside out and feels like its coating all your sore parts as it moves its way around. this would be the perfect beverage to calm you before bed or help heal you when you aren't 100%.

give it a try. i promise you wont regret it. 

tumeric milk

:: ingredients::
2 cups of milk (any kind is fine- traditional recipes call for whole milk, but modern renditions use homemade almond or coconut milk with exceptional results)
1 tablespoon good quality local honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon ground organic turmeric
1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 or 4 black peppercorns
6 or 7 thin slices of fresh ginger

:: directions ::
pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil. whisk to combine. reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 10 minutes. strain the milk if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, or peppercorns. serve hot topped with an additional dash of cinnamon. soak in allllll it's goodness!

 enjoy xo