Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cinnamon French Toast

To keep up with the Valentine inspiration I am sharing one of our go to "special occasion" brunch items. It is so delicious, the whip and strawberries are the perfect addition to the toast.

Cinnamon French Toast
loaf of french bread sliced
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
whip cream
strawberries or other berry

Mix eggs, milk & cinnamon. Grease your pan, quickly dip your bread on both sides and put in pan. Do not let bread get too wet, it will not cook out and your bread will be soggy. You will need to add cinnamon repeatedly to your egg mix as it gets picked up by the bread each time. 
Add butter, whip, berries and syrup if you like. 
Drool. Eat. Enjoy. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

Product Used: pattern paper & coordinating stickers: Simple Stories' Hugs & Kisses, foam 'love': American Crafts' Amy Tangerine Plus One, spray: Heidi Swapp Color Shine in black

Monday, 26 January 2015

Valentine Mimosas

Valentine's day is right around the corner & on a Saturday this year so that means one thing in our house- Valentine brunch! No brunch is complete without a delicious Mimosa so Cory & I painstakingly took the time to test three combinations to share with you. (obviously not painful at all, insert wink here). 
We also make a kid friendly version for Anna... juice and fruit in a champagne flute. She loves it.

The Very Berry XOXO
1 tbsp frozen berries (we use raspberries) in bottom of glass
champagne: fill to half
berry juice: fill to top
add berry garnish
(pick from Dollarama cupcake set)

The Traditional
champagne: fill to half
orange juice: fill to top
add orange slice for garnish

Strawberry Kisses
fill bottom of glass with strawberry puree 
or 2 mashed strawberries with a touch of sugar
champagne: fill to top
add strawberry for garnish
(this one has a kick to it, drink after you've eaten something)

Friday, 23 January 2015

Heart Shaped "donuts"

Ok- How fabulous are these! I have been finding all sorts of Valentine inspiration to share and these are just the beginning. I use the word- donut quite loosely in this post's title, they're more a muffin than a donut. But there is nothing wrong with a heart shaped muffin. I saw the pan at Home Sense and knew it had to come home with me. I used the donut recipe that came with the pan but would recommend using something else instead as I found these a little dry. Or maybe I cooked them too long? Either way I will use something else next time. I dipped the donuts in a raspberry glaze (1/4c raspberries, 1c icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk) and then sprinkled with heart confetti and sprinkles. This may not be my Favourite recipe but these are adorable & a sweet Valentine treat!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Kitchen Reno

We rent a cute little townhouse condo from a friend of ours that we both worked with about 5 years ago. She and her Mr. Lover Lover are pretty much the best "landlords" ever, in the history of ever. They have wanted to reno the kitchen for a long time and back in August they came to us with two possible kitchen configurations. We picked which one we liked the best and then I had to go online and pick out all the "stuff". What cupboard faces I preferred, what kind of sink I preferred, what hardware I preferred, what colours of counter and tile I preferred. It was pretty unbelievable. 
Then one Thursday evening in October the small but mighty crew showed up at 6:30pm and started the demo. By Sunday at 6:45pm we had a new, dreamy kitchen. I cried... a few times. 
They surprised us with a new fridge and I thought I might faint at how beautiful a new fridge could be. I cried, again. It was literally a dream. 
What did they do: There was all new everything. They insulated the wall better. They ran plumbing to the closet turned pantry so I could have our apartment style dishwasher installed and ready to go. They changed the piping configuration under the sink to allow more storage space. They installed a lazy susan in the corner and that alone made me so joyful! They added more counter top and cupboard space. It really was a amazing!
I was and still am just so grateful. I walk into the kitchen on a daily basis and stop and smile. I have never had such a nice kitchen, or felt so happy about what a kitchen looks and feels like.  

The kitchen before. I was never unhappy with this space but am grateful for the change. 
I blogged back in June of 2014 about it here

During Demolition. 

During Demolition.

During Demolition & the Beginnings of Awesome.

After: this is how it looks today as I sit here and type this post.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Layout Love Tuesday

Product: pattern paper, die cuts & stickers: Kaiser Craft, doily: Freckled Fawn, wood veneer: Studio Calico

I have been loving all the new Kaiser Craft that has been coming into the store. When I saw this line (Cherry Blossom) I knew it was perfect for photos from Huntington Beach. The flower die cuts might be the best!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Jasper: a step towards self care

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to explore self care, put myself on top of the to do list. I was sitting on the living room floor one day and I decided on a whim to do just that and I booked a weekend away in Jasper. Fresh air, mountains, sunshine, no chores, no work, no guilt about not doing the latter two. It was perfect and exactly what I needed. What we all seemed to need. To just relax. To feel happy inside my sadness. To nap. To soak in a hot tub. To drink wine. To be outside. To think about my Dad. To pray for my Mom. To order dessert. To be grateful. 
We attended Winterstruck on Saturday and took part in a bunch of winter activities. Anna skated for the first time on the most beautiful rink. (she did get a little upset she couldn't do spins like Dora... lol) I skated for the first time in over 20 years. We took a sleigh ride and listen to stories about the horses, Peter & Nick. The driver reminded me of my Dad so much and it made me want to spend the day with him and just listen. We curled with wood rocks. We rolled maple taffy on snow. We drank hot chocolate. It was so so wonderful. Seriously- this view, breathtaking! 

Thank you Jasper. Thank you.