get outside.

Posted on: Sunday, June 29, 2014

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i find it difficult to sit in front of a computer all day to then come home and want to do the same thing.  forgive me for being on and off with my blogging lately, but really, can you blame me?  it’s gorgeous out there!  are you taking advantage of it?  i hope you are.

sharing stories
picnics
ice cream dates
market strolling
puddle jumping
hidden treasures
balcony brunches
afternoon naps
singing on swings in the park
beers on a patio
flying kites and
candlelit nights

are a few things i suggest you do.

but if you only remember one thing – get outside, go explore, forever discover.

no camera – and these are just words.

Posted on: Friday, June 27, 2014

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these are the nights.

the happy silent ones that are all my own.

walk with no care – to nowhere.

and no camera.

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and these are just words – from inside my notebook.

drifting away to the music.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

it’s been awhile since i’ve shared any music with you and with summer in full swing, i thought you should have some sweet jams to listen to.  i have to thank my dear friend Catherine for sharing this playlist with me.  it’s been my go to for the last… 3 months if i’m going to be honest.  i find it rather addicting to listen to.  whether i’m chilling with friends and want background music or if i’m sitting at my work desk and want to get right down to business, this playlist is it for me.  and hopefully it’ll be for you too.  start from the beginning, or what i like to do is start from 1:17.  i can only have so much of the don’t worry, be happy classic.

i say – listen deeply with all of yourself and turn it up.

LCAW – don’t worry, be happy

enjoy – wherever you are!

garlic scapes – but what the heck do you do with them?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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it comes and goes oh so quickly.  if you are lucky enough, you will be able to take advantage of garlic scape season.  prepared in advance, you can enjoy garlic scapes well into the winter too.

garlic scape pesto & garlic scape butter.  yes please!

sautéing garlic scapes in butter is my favourite!  it’s honestly a joy just to chop them up and they smell fantastic!  i throw them in with eggs for my breakfast.  or i’ll chop them into 2 inch sticks and roast them with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, whatever kind of veggies i have in the house.

black sheep farms said – the season can start as early as the beginning of june and only lasts for a couple of weeks.  last year their scape season ran from mid to end of June – it all depends on how early/warm/wet spring is each year.

i haven’t seen them pop up at my local farmers’ market yet, but when i do, you better believe i’ll be snatching them right up!  check out this super cute article from the messy baker, making soup out of a scapes.  a lot of scapes.  mmm.

hustle baby, hustle.

Posted on: Sunday, June 8, 2014

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it’s when we dig deep down do we find the scariest and best parts of ourselves.

throw caution to the wind.
go adventuring.
scare yourself.
do something wild.

hustle baby, hustle.

why stop here, why stop now.
you have the power
to be, to do
whatever the fuck you want.
own it.
embrace the unknown.

and these are just words – from inside my notebook.

little balcony garden.

Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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basil
rosemary
chives
green onions
romaine, boston and red leaf lettuce.

it’s a start for my little balcony garden.  now here’s hoping i don’t kill them.  eek!

the travelling crockpot – becky’s dinner no.4

Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014

hey everyone!  it’s friday!  of a looooonng weekend!  at least here in ontario it is.  why not get in that kitchen of yours and cook up a feast!  just because!  maybe my latest travelling crockpot dinner will inspire to cook up a meal you haven’t before, or perfect a tried and true recipe.  enjoy your weekend regardless of – wherever you are.

for some stupid reason i decided to do my dinner only 3 days before josh and i moved to our new apartment.  talk about hectic!  the real reason though, adrienne left toronto for the summer so it was imperative we get in one more dinner before she departed.

i’d never made gnocchi before.  or biscotti’s.  or browned butter.  or poached a pear before.  or made chocolate mousse.
so why not try all of it out  at once right!!??!

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only recently have i realized that i love mushrooms.  i had a craving, and so, mushrooms on toast.  i toasted rye bread with olive oil and salt and pepper.  cremini, oyster, and hedgehog mushrooms were chopped up and fried with one shallot and a liquid mix of apple juice, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar, and a splash of amber maple syrup.  cooked down for a solid 25 minutes until the liquid is no longer or has become a delicious glaze.  topped on the toasted rye bread and topped with chives.

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the pears were poached in sugar water with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon… i really can’t remember what else.  my reason for poaching them?  they weren’t ripe yet!  pop them in simmering hot liquid for a bit and soft as can be.  arugula was tossed with a dressing of olive oil, balsamic, hot mustard, maple syrup and salt and pepper.  my favourite additions were the blue silton cheese and roasted pecans which had been baked in maple syrup, rosemary, thyme and cayenne.  hmmm… i just might be addicted to maple syrup.

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sweet potato gnocchi in a sage browned butter sauce.  delicious.  i wish i had some right now in fact.  the crispy sage was really tasty too.  it’s this light, but decadent earthy taste.  hand making gnocchi wasn’t as bad as i thought.  although, i didn’t make them look super pretty by adding ridges and such.  maybe next time.

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and finally, chocolate mouse with an almond biscotti.  oh, and two squares of cadbury coconut cashew chocolate because why not right!?  the biscotti’s, i should have shaped flatter and pancake like rather than a nice hilly bump.  they were super fat and didn’t cook as evenly as i would have liked.  one side was darker than the other too.  and so – because panic set in about the mediocre biscotti’s i quickly decided chocolate mousse would redeem me.  having never made it before either, i could use the practice, but all in all i’d say it all worked out.

from sunday to sunday. the short version.

Posted on: Sunday, May 11, 2014

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from sunday to sunday.

  • living room dancing at 3am
  • unpacked a bunch of boxes
  • found my old ipod nano (it seems ancient now)
  • made 2 dozen muffins (mixed berry, buckwheat honey and sheep’s milk, oh yes!)
  • watched a lot of hockey.  i’m not joking.  A LOT of hockey!  go Montreal, LA, and Pittsburgh.  heehee  don’t hate.
  • woke at 5am to the sound of chirping spring birds
  • watched cabin in the woods (hilarious) and the amazing spiderman (rom-com)
  • talked on the phone with some pretty rad people.  ON THE PHONE!
  • went to the farmer’s market in my area.  it’s no st.lawrence market, but it’ll do.
  • balcony brunching with babes and a baby
  • COFFEE!!! so much coffee!!!
  • happy mother’s day hanging with my mother-in-law

and what did you get up to?  wherever you are.

the travelling crockpot – nikki’s dinner no.4

Posted on: Sunday, May 4, 2014

first let me start by saying, hi, hey there!  it’s been awhile!  my life lately has been a sea of boxes.  josh and i moved to a new neighbourhood in toronto and are just getting settled in.  i hope to be less silent on here as soon as the last box is unpacked.  but until then, i think it’s time to share another crockpot dinner, so here she is!  the beauty that was nikki’s dinner.

it started off with vermouth soaked blackberries topped off with prosecco.  i lost count after 3 top ups of this delicious bubbly drink.

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next came a unique fruit salad. grapefruit, avocado, coconut, mint, blackberries and a sprinkling of salt.  super refreshing!

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a single radicchio leaf was topped with a tempura’d egg yolk that oozed when you bit into it, on diced smoked salmon dressed in capers & white wine vinegar.  the flavour combination had me wanting more.

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to end, the most decadent french toast i’ve ever had.  mascarpone-raspberry stuffed french toast with maple candied bacon.
MMM MMM MMM!  take me back to this night please!

think you can handle this cuteness? a baby shoot.

Posted on: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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meet logan.
at 10 months old he’s a ridiculously cute little guy and i had the pleasure of photographing him and his parents.  as i do not have a child of my own yet, i can only imagine the emotions (and lack of sleep) they are going through.  take one look at this face though and it’s all worth it.  thank you to jordana, kevin and of course, logan.  the three of you were a delight to photograph.

photographing people is my absolute favourite thing to do!
get in touch if you want to have a little shoot of your own.
we’ll have some fun – wherever you are.

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