Friday, October 31, 2014

Carving Pumpkins + Happy Halloween

Every Halloween my family gets together for a pumpkin carving party. It's one of those traditions we have (like visiting the pumpkin patch) that gets better & better every year! It was fun to see Ava taking part this year, as she is finally old enough to understand what it's all about (although she did find it way more entertaining to throw the pumpkin innards everywhere!) Maddy even found a way to make herself useful, mopping up all the little scraps of pumpkin scattered all over the floor!

Whether you are taking the kids out tonight or staying in to hand out candy, I wish you a safe & fun Halloween!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

My Top 7: Food Bloggers of Canada Conference

1. Exploring Vancouver's Food Scene // From oysters and duck, to sushi and chocolate cake, I really ate my way around Vancouver! We found nothing but delicious food as we toured around the city eating at Fable, Butter, Catch 122, Shuraku and Coast. My favourite dish of the weekend was the Duck Breast at Fable... oh and can't forget the side of roasted mushrooms!
2. Meeting New Peeps // One of the obvious perks of attending a blogger conference is the connections. I love nothing more than meeting new people and hearing their blogging story. This conference I had the opportunity to meet three (new to me) food bloggers; Amber of DeliciousMess.com, Kristi of MyDadButtersHisBacon.com, Kristine of SmoothieBurst.com. A group of also ran into the fabulous Linnie von Sky (author of the children's book Our Canadian Love Story). She was kind enough to invite us over for a fabulous brunch complete with an exclusive preview of her soon to be released book Pom Pom: A Flightless Bully Tale.
3. Birthday Celebrations // We couldn't let these birthday's slip us by... both Robyn and Shannon celebrated their birthdays while at the conference. How did we commemorate the occasion? With a big chocolate cake from Butter of course!
4. Seeing The Sights // From Granville Island (which is always fun to see) to the tree-top trails of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, getting out and about was the highlight of my trip, especially since the weather was beautiful (which I understand is rare in Vancouver?).
5. Thug Kitchen // I'll be first to admit that I had never heard of Thug Kitchen until this conference. I'm glad that has changed because the are f***ing awesome! Check them out! (NSFW)

6. Hanging Out With The Crew // My conference experience would not have been the same without the crew! In the past year we have grown insanely close, and I now consider them to be some of my bestest girl friends. From outings in Waterloo and Toronto, to virtual baby showers, we know how to have a good ol' foodie time! (*two bottom photos courtesy of Jenny)
7. Chef Bell's Blend & Extend Dinner // While I was a huge fan of the Truffle Macaroni and Cheese presented by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, my favourite meal of the weekend was definitely Saturday's night "Blend and Extend" Dinner by Mushrooms Canada and Ontario Beef. A blended beef and mushroom ravioli in a Samuel Adams consomm√© set the stage, while the delicious Beef & Portabella Gratin captured my taste buds during the main course. Well done chef Bell!
Again, I can't even describe what a wonderful time I had, and how appreciative the entire food bloggers community is to Ethan and Melissa at Food Bloggers of Canada for pulling this all together! Thanks guys for another successful conference!

Did you attend FBC2014? What were some of your favourite moments?
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fashion: Fall Scarves


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Fall is in full swing over here, and lucky for me this cooler weather allows me to bust out my favourite Fall accessory; the scarf. I'll admit, I have a few. Chunky knit. Leopard print. Aztec infinity. One style I am looking to add to my collection is an over-sized tartan (because a day doesn't go by where I don't lust over this outfit). Yes, I am absolutely obsessed and can't get enough.

What are your Fall style obsessions?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Long Weekend According to My iPhone

1 // Dinner for two! No dinners to go to this weekend, so I made us our own "thanksgiving dinner."
2 // Couldn't have asked for better Fall weather.
3 // Playing too much ball with Maddy... she ended up breaking one of her nails. That was fun to clean up.
4 // Hoosier stocked and ready for entertaining!
5 // Chunky sweater. Chambray shirt. Yoga Jeans. Boots. #ItsFall
6 // Oktoberfest at Concordia... our yearly tradition!
7 // Styling some stunning pottery from the talented women at Inspirations Studio.
8 // A touch of pumpkins in the entryway.

Canadian friends, how was your long weekend?
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