It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to post one of these and it’s been quite the week over here! Since officially moving into our home last Friday, we’ve started the process of settling in and setting up our home and in all honesty – it’s been a bit of a blur! I totally underestimated the amount of work in a move but after a quick mani/pedi last evening, I’m slowly getting back to myself (having maintained nails are very important to feeling “myself”). We’ve been lucky to have friends and family who have helped out along the way and it’s crazy to think that it’s now up to Andrew and I to maintain a proper household. It’s all super exciting and overwhelming at the same time. We sold a lot of our loft furniture so we’re look a little bare but we’re working on it. It will all take time, but confident it will all pay off. Normally we have some travel plans for the long weekend but we’re taking it easy, staying put, and working on the home – hope you have a good one!
:: A quick but necessary lunch at Rose and Sons to say goodbye to a special couple who are moving to NYC. Love the gold salt and pepper shakers! ::
:: Our “new” home is well over a hundred years old and has some great detail like these original doorknobs oh and popcorn walls which are… interesting? ::
:: A new addition – fell in LOVE with this rug and just knew it was the direction I wanted to go with our new living room or master bedroom – still tbd ::
:: Is having babies better than doggies? I’m still not sure but will soon find out! ::
:: Just a small portion of flowers our friends have brought over – thank you friends! ::
I am so excited to finally be leaving for our French holiday today and hellooooo August! It felt like it took forever to get here while at the same time, the trip has arrived so suddenly and out of the blue. I spent this past long weekend relaxing, visiting Prince Edward County with my girlfriends and preparing for the trip. Mostly running errands, you know, doing the things you do before you leave for a vacation and it was so very nice to have the holiday Monday for some extra time to spend with Mackie before we leave him. He totally knows we are leaving and it’s the worst. He would look so good in France though, it’s too bad he can’t join us!!
As I’ve mentioned many, many times before, I’m the worst packer but with each trip I try to pack less and less while being more strategic. This time around, I’m not bringing the largest suitcase I own, because we all know what happens there – you just fill it. So I’ve packed with a mid size (in my opinion) with a large amount with neutrals. Since I’m also 6 months pregnant, I have less options to work with (boo!) but this has actually made packing light easier. Also, I’m not really too nervous to forget something since we’re travelling to a very stylish city that I’m sure isn’t too shabby to shop in either.
4 paris of shoes may be the lightest I’ve ever travelled with! Sneaks, of course, I mean who doesn’t travel with a pair these days? I left my white superstars at home because every girl in the world is rocking the white sneak trend so I wanted to switch it up.
Strappy flat sandals to pair with a dress for daytime or night – kept it neutral to go with multiple options.
Beach appropriate flats for our day trips from the villa! These were so cheap and cheerful I wouldn’t even mind if they were to be left behind.
Versatile flats that will translate into evening and could be my “fancier” option.
People say to travel with neutrals when you’re trying to make more with less and although that may seem like an obvious statement I never really consciously did this until recently.
Another tried and true tip that really allows you to pack in more.
Packing helper, Mackie.
Et voila! I’m off with a smaller suitcase that Andrew and that has NEVER happened before.
Summer gives us many great gifts and I know I could go on and on but one of those great gifts are the fresh local berries! If I’m being honest, I would say that blueberry typically sits at the bottom of my favourite berries list yet something inside me (perhaps le bebe?) was feeling a blueberry crisp. Even though I’m usually more of a pie fan (all about that crust) the warm crisp served with ice cream didn’t seem like it could be beat. See the recipe below!
Recipe derived from here
- 2 quarts of fresh blueberries
- 3⁄4 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1cup water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- 1cup all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 cup regular oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup butter, melted (no substitutes)
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare an 9×13 pan (can use smaller sizes if you prefer a higher pile)
- Spread the blueberries in the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and 3 Tbsp lemon juice; cook and stir until thick and clear (like actually clear!), then add in the vanilla.
- Pour over, then gently stir in the cooked mixture with the blueberries.
- In a bowl combine the flour with oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add in the melted butter; mix until crumbly (don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!)
- Sprinkle over the top of blueberries.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until blueberry mixture bubbles and the topping is brown.
- Serve with some cold delicious vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!
It’s about time that I get around to sitting down and writing this out considering we’re halfway through July. I just love Summer, it literally brings a smile to my face each day I step outside and I try to make the most of it year after year. We have a lot going on this summer but will still try to squeeze in other fun and laid back items. I often carry lists in my head or in my notes section of my phone but I’ve been taught that if you share your list or goals with the universe – they are more likely to happen.
- As many dinners al fresco as possible – this will be all the more easy when we move into our new place with a backyard (eeee!)
- Experience an outdoor movie – complete with a blanket and some sort of delicious beverage in replace of my usual wine.
- Island day with friends – it’s such a cool feature to Toronto and we definitely don’t visit it enough.
- Move to new neighbourhood – well this is happening but I threw it on here anyhow.
- Dock day at the cottage – our days are limited up north this summer but I would love to dedicate one full day on the water.
- Round of golf with Andrew – it’s sad that this has to be on the checklist and isn’t just a thing we normally do but we’ll make it happen.
- Make a signature mocktail for the summer – I miss booze, I miss booze a lot but it does help when enjoying something more interesting than flavoured water.
- Travel to France – this is also totally happening and it’s oh so very exciting. Taking any recommendations for Paris!
- Start the baby’s nursery – Time seems to be flying and as soon as we are in the new place it’s taking the first priority! I have some ideas floating around but it will be good to put those into action.
- Go to Ed’s Real Scoop for some ice cream – I’m guessing they won’t have these ridiculous line ups the other trendy ice cream places have on the regular. I’m looking at your Sweet Jesus and Bang Bang!
:: My new nephew – Henry James, the CUTEST ::
Life has really been happening these past couple of weeks and this week finally felt like we were getting back in to our groove. We hadn’t made a dinner and sat at home together for one in what felt like ages so that was a major win and I’ve also scaled back on my evening plans which has also helped provide a more chill vibe. Even though this was a short week for me, I’m so ready for a weekend again and soaking up this glorious summer weather.
:: Best iced latte around ::
:: Love Mackie’s little bum::
:: Baby Bozzy is about the size of an ear of corn! ::
:: Sweet treats with Sarah at the Club Monaco street market on Bloor St. ::
May is here! I realize that we’re already 11 days in but just yesterday I said to Mackie, (yes, I totally talk to my dog) that I couldn’t believe it was already May. Nothing wrong with inching closer to Summer if you ask me! I’ve never been more excited for skirt and dress weather – so tired of my pant selection – just needs to get a couple of degrees warmer. Just yesterday, I was speaking with my friend Ashley about an upcoming photoshoot we are working on and she asked if we go with a black and white theme and I said to her that’s its been overdone and I’m over it. Well, that was clearly a bold face lie looking at my selections for this month’s insallment of vibes. Sorry Ash! I really did think I was over it but alas I come back to it.
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:: Dress (sadly has since sold out but ASOS carries a lot of great sueded pieces for great prices), Sandals (side note: I loved these sandals so much so that I wore through my first pair and purchased a second), Bag (old), Sunnies::
With this 70’s trend comes a lot of suede and I couldn’t be happier about it. I remember being younger when suede was in and my mom had it in everything from shoes to jackets and although it didn’t do much for me then, it’s really got me going now. I just love the texture and often neutral colours it is made in. As you can see this dress has since sold out but I knew it was a winner once I spotted it. It’s the perfect transitional piece but I have to admit that I was dying of heat in it with our current weather. Moving more into fall I could always throw on some tights to extend it’s life into winter.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Summer these first days of September. As I’ve mentioned previously, I think we can all get our panties in a knot about Summer leaving us after the labour day weekend yet it’s 35+ degrees out and it feels more like Summer than ever! I’ve read a couple of hilarious protests online including “Summers over! No longer feel pressured to have the best summer ever!” which I hate to admit I sorta agree with. There’s the bucket list I make every Summer which can sometimes be a bit of a daunting list (albeit fun list) of things to do. I think next year, I’m going to try and make less plans to be more spontaneous and actually take the canoe trip we talk about taking ever year.
This labour day weekend was a blast and a great mix of events. We went to the cottage to get some quality time with the lake and then headed back to the city to visit with my bestie while we laughed our asses off at Oddball Festival.
We decided to cap our weekend off with a nice long walk at the Evergreen Brickworks to really soak in the humidity and the heat. You can even see the humidity on my lens in the above pictures.
And it’s September! Luckily, I really love this month for many reasons so I’m happy to see it arrive. I’m admiring all things fall including the fresh and local fruits while we still have them. A funny thing happened with me and peaches this year, though. Not sure of the reason why, but I had purchased peaches from my local market and almost instantly (the day or two after) the peaches would go bad! Not just soft or bruised – totally gone. Perhaps I wasn’t careful enough in their transportation home or too much direct sunlight but either way, I had many plans to make peach cobbler and then it never happened because my peaches wouldn’t last. Have you ever had this problem? Anyways, I didn’t wait the next time and went straight to it. I’m calling this Peach Cobbler Round 2 since I have already shared a recipe but feel as I’ve upped my baking game since then.
When searching for a recipe, I was looking for something that was a little on the easier side of spectrum and this one came up as low maintenance and I had the ingredients on hand which was a win! I made a couple of alterations to it (like reducing the sugar) which I think benefitted it in the end.
- 1⁄2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup room temperature milk
- 1 room temperature egg
- 1 basket of fresh peaches
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
As I mentioned – I was not risking my peaches going bad again so they were rather ripe when preparing so I watched this video on how best to peel ripe peaches and it worked! I have to say I was a little skeptic but happy they ended peeled easily.
- Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan
- Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder & salt
- Stir in milk & egg and add vanilla
- Pour evenly over melted butter
- Combine peaches, sugar & spices and spread over batter – DO NOT STIR!
- Bake 35-45 minutes at 350°F until batter comes to the top and is golden brown
One of the interesting part about this recipe was melting the butter at the bottom of the pant before adding the “batter” mixture. It really made sense to me seeing as you normally butter the bottom/sides of a pan before baking anyhow. I also used an oven-to-table pan since I was bringing this cobbler with me to bookclub.
Do not mix the peaches and the batter! It felt a bit odd placing the peaches on top of the batter but they mostly did move to the bottom during baking.
And voila! Just serve with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
:: A random but very cute front step in a new neighbourhood ::
I’m still trying to check some things off my summer bucket list before it comes to a close and I’m happy to be knocking off two birds with one stone this weekend! You know how quickly weekends fill up in the summer and before you know it, you realize you don’t really have time to do what you set out to do? Well A and I had planned to visit a winery, have a lazy lunch in the vineyards while closing our eyes and pretending we were in California. Luckily two of our friends are getting hitched in Prince Edward County and we’re leaving town a little early to hit a winery or two. Hope your weekend is one for the books!
:: Beyonce’s September issue cover inspired my nail colour this week – Master Plan from Essie ::
:: This ordering your food thing with an app is really working for me these days ::
:: Sweet peach season! These guys are just begging to be made into a cobbler ::
:: REALLY into the copper trend in the kitchen – these canisters will help make our mini-reno really shine ::