Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer 2014 - Let's do this!

We are ONE MONTH away from the first day of SUMMER.


After the brutal Winter and lackluster Spring we've had I am keen to jump on the SUMMER train.

Inspired by one of my favourite bloggers - How Sweet Eats - who recently posted a Summer Bucket List, I present to you my summer wish list.


I got an ice cream maker a few years ago and I have used it a few times but I'm feeling like I should really push the limits. I've also found that ice cream is seriously easy to make and seriously impresses people. Presented with the equation of  "little effort + high payoff = ???" the answer could be a few things. Wearing a cotton dress (so comfortable and looks so cute!), BBQ'd asparagus (turn on grill, be amazed!), a sprinkle of salt in your chocolate milk (you are so sophisticated), and finally HOMEMADE ICE CREAM.

I have started a Pinterest board devoted to ice cream. Do you have a favourite??

Regarding eating ice cream: no explanation required.

My little pink workhorse churning away

2. Start making popsicles.

I also have a Pinterest board devoted to popsicles. Boozey popsicles? Yes please! A nice make-ahead treat for entertaining.

3. Stay out late, get up early, be outside

Everything is a little softer, a little lighter, a little easier when sitting on a deck at dawn or dusk. This is our second summer with the deck RB built and I feel like we increase the usable space in our house when the patio doors are open. The deck is right off the kitchen, perfect for breakfast eating and cocktail drinking. Join us?

4. Try to avoid blow-drying my hair

It gets so destroyed over the winter with blow dryers, straightening, and product. I think I'll try giving it a break for a week... maybe more!

5. Get to know a farmer (or several) at the farmer's market.

I am an avid market goer and yet I'm still a bit fuzzy on whats-what. I know there are stalls that don't sell their own product and I want to figure out who I'm buying from and where my food is coming from. I have narrowed it down to a few stalls that I would guess are local but I suppose I need to find out for certain.

6. Try some new cocktails

Our liquor cabinet runeth over. We don't drink a ton and when we do it's always so easy to just reach for a beer, especially since RB has become so obsessed with craft beer. There's always a new one to try. But that liquor just isn't going to drink itself. I like the idea of making a big pitcher of boozey punch before guests come over. Pre-made drinks makes for easy entertaining.

Do you have some fun planned for the summer??

Friday, May 02, 2014

Friday Favourites ver. 29

What are the haps internet peeps?

Nope, I haven't transmorphed into a hermit. 

Some favourite things of the past infitiy months!

1. Ahhhh Emma Stone, you sassy, beautiful, hilarious, creature. Don't ever stop.

After listening to that I promptly put this song on repeat and also... for who knows what reason... this song. The 90's are my #1 all-time, favourite decade for music. 

2. Super star food blogger The Pioneer Woman posted her top 32 favourite movies. I am embarrassed at how few I've seen but I will preach from the mountain tops how much I loved "Good Will Hunting", "Rain Main", and "The Lord of the Rings". (Uh I clearly have a thing for fantastical math geeks? huh?) Are your favourites on the list?? What's missing?

3. I picked up this dress at Banana Republic a few weeks ago and it is hella comfortable. Am I too old to say 'hella'?

4. This ode to cupcakes is PERFECT TRUTH. The cupcake will never die.

Related - a friend recently gifted me the Robicelli's cookbook and I want to quit my job and make every recipe. The job quitting is necessary as every recipe is extremely involved. And also: cupcakes.


6. Here are some pictures of my dog jumping in the snow THAT IS FINALLY GONE. Good riddance to winter.