so i must confess – i did not have a fun time with my camera this evening and instead of perfecting anything, i dove right in, eating everything put before me. i mean – can you blame me? when it comes to describing the delicious food we feasted on that night at Nikki’s, well it’s difficult because sometimes you know, words can’t do the describing. you gotta be able to taste the deliciousness!
but for you – i shall do my best.
we started off eating the most intriguing bread i’d had in a long time. laced with blue cheese and walnuts it was amazing on it’s own and then when we got to the boeuf bourguignon – using it to get every last bit of juiciness from the bowl was key!
and don’t let me forget that soup. that soup – white bean, sage and prosciutto was rich and creamy and smoky. i’d eat it as a meal on it’s own that’s for sure! the salad was fresh leafy greens tossed in a mustard-parmesan-garlic dressing and a parmesan crisp to top it off.
and then dessert – oh that cheesecake! i think i licked the plate if i remember correctly. the salted caramel sauce that was atop that cheesecake with perfect caramelized apples – delectable!
until the next travelling crockpot – we actually have two crockpots this month! a collective holiday feast and my dinner! holiday pressure! and in case you didn’t see my sunday post from a couple weeks ago – nikki has a blog! go check it out!
1 | i’ve had a little more time to myself to sit and write. reflect. think. get a little creative. lately i’ve been finding a lot of my inspiration has come from long hot showers, and walks home from work with my headphones blaring music. trouve magazine has an article on growing through inspiration - and after reading it, well, i sure as hell felt inspired! go have a read!
2 | remember nap time in kindergarten? i have fond memories of falling asleep to our teacher playing the piano and i snuggled up on the floor with my blankey. this article tells you how long to nap. napping as an adult? yes please! it’s not just for after a big thanksgiving dinner.
3 | i’ll be starting a mini series come the new year that will feature photography that isn’t mine! gasp! stay tuned – i know you’ll love what’s to come. here and here are photos that are not mine – that i love – that i happen to be in. i’ve never been one to be camera shy.
the snapshot above was taken during my night photography class. just foolin’ around.
the best christmas tree ornaments are the personal kind. the kind that only you and a select few know the true meaning behind. this selection is of the more modern ornaments we have. i personally love these styles of ornaments. hallmark puts out some great ones and their collection is always growing. i actually had to hunt down the two reindeer on ebay one year because they were out of their current circulation. having edible candy canes on the tree and bells to jingle really brings out the kid in me. mohawk and i live in a condo building so we aren’t allowed a real tree, which is fine by me – it just means i get to put up the tree earlier than most.
with the fire place channel on the tv, christmas music playing in the background, and hot cocoa with marshmallows in our hands we made a whole evening devoted to decorating the tree. it really puts you in the mood to make a big deal out of the whole thing. it’s a tradition i will hold onto. do you have a favourite ornament or tree topper? i’m super curious to know what it is! let me know in the comments below!
happy sunday – wherever you are!
***for those of you who might be viewing this on a mobile device, i have NO CLUE why the photos look so darn dark and i apologize for that! on a desktop they look fine… hmmm… technology hurts my brain sometimes.
farmers market green salad with pears, roquefort and topped with caramelized pecans
butternut squash ravioli in a browned butter and sage sauce served with sweet potato fries and green beans
citrus orange pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream
feeling the pressure, it was adrienne’s first time hosting dinner for the ladies of the travelling crockpot and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her back to cook for us! her main goal was to use the most local and in season food that she could and to make her own pasta. in the end she was surprised at how time consuming everything was with all the little steps that were involved. if she could do it over again, the citrus and bourbon would have been omitted from the dessert and the pasta could have been rolled thinner. all forgotten in the end because the taste was out of this world and the atmosphere, you could have plucked out of a romance novel. leaving overly stuffed and with leftovers (mohawk is a lucky man that i was taught how to share at a young age, haha) adrienne outdid herself for her first go around. i can’t wait to smell and taste what she comes up with next!
1 | last time my mother came for a visit she brought me egg nog from hagersville, ontario. it’s all gone at this point, and i’m sad that it is. it would have been the perfect drink to enjoy while watching the toronto santa claus parade. hot chocolate and marshmallows it is! i have to say, i kind of miss my small town santa claus parade – it was usually during the evening so all the christmas lights would be twinkling and far less crowds than the streets of toronto that’s for sure!
2 | i know you’ve all been craving to see another travelling crockpot meal, and it’s coming, i promise! until then though, check out nikki’s personal blog over at even in this kitchen – she knows her way around a kitchen and has a way with words that i love.
3 | the weather has been perfectly crisp lately making mohawk and i want to venture into the great outdoors. rouge park which is just on the outskirts of toronto has guided walks on wednesdays and weekends all through november and december.
no skims for you today – just this snapshot of a lighthouse at cape enrage in new brunswick and a little about my lately.
1 | the winter coat has come out of the closet. buuurrrr – it’s getting chilly in these here parts. soon enough i’ll be digging out mohawk and i’s snowboarding gear and heading up the mountain. one of these days i’ll have to admit it that i really don’t like the speed of snowboarding and would be just as content taking an hour to leisurely make my way to the bottom of the hill – sipping hot chocolate as i go, because yes, i am going that slow. so there. i guess i just admitted it. down hill speed scares the shit out of me! this is also probably a heightened fear due to the fact that i broke my wrist snowboarding a few years ago, and yes, because i stupidly put my hands down the way they teach you not to, and… snap. ugh. shudder. what sort of bones have you broke or fractured?
2 | i started one of my elective classes – night and low light photography – expect to see long exposure city shots in the future.
3 | wine is my drink of choice lately and i’m finding many excuses to drink it – thank you friends! i tend to be a merlot girl – what about yourself? these colder months put me in full on dinner party mode – bring on the mulled cider and wine! that reminds me, i need to start planning my next travelling crockpot meal!
1 | now that november has rolled around, we won’t be seeing many trees looking like this for that much longer. i’ve already heard talks of christmas decorations going up and i’m totally okay with that. this granola recipe is on my to do list this week.
2 | mohawk carved this pumpkin wednesday night and i painted on the eye patch. y’argh! it was quite the adventure to find this pumpkin. we decided to drive out of the city and go to a pumpkin patch, to really get in the spirit of fall. turns out the one we drove to had been closed down permanently and the next closest pumpkin patch was going to be another 45 min drive after we had already driven an hour. no thank you! so we tried our chances at an apple orchard thinking they’d at least have some sitting on a wagon to choose from. when we arrived there was all but one pumpkin in sight sitting by its lonesome on a hay bail. not an hour before our arrival the owners had gotten rid of all the pumpkins thinking that it was so late in the day no one would be by to get one – and so – i ended up getting to take home literally the only pumpkin left on the farm and i’m alright with that. even with all his imperfections, he was a great jack-o-lantern.
3 | i finished out the last half of october with the wonderful ladies of raincoast creative salon and bedsidesign – they had created a word a day for october as a photo prompt and you were to post a picture to instagram with the hashtag foliophoto. i joined at day 17. go check out my instagram feed for all the photos i took and see what others did by searching #foliophoto
i created this image for my parents company – workshop supply. it was sent out as a happy halloween newsletter to their online subscribers. what DIYs do you have on the go or are wanting to start? check out workshop supply and see what could be completed easier with their help and products.
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