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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Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin & Carrot Bread with Saffron Cream Cheese Icing

Crunchy leaves underfoot. Big potted mums at every entrance. Pumpkins lined up perfect on every front porch. Clearly it's Fall. And while I am still getting used to the idea of this cold weather sticking around (and getting much, much colder), I am embracing the change in season and the many experiences it brings.
I mean, there is so much to do this Fall! My calendar is filled with family get-togethers, conferences, blogger outings, and meetings galore. And while I'm out hustling my buns off, there is nothing more I want than to come home some hot comfort foods and dense decadent desserts. These mini pumpkin & carrot loaves are just that. Rich, dense, decadence. They are casual enough for a night in with the family and fancy enough to join an elaborate Thanksgiving spread. But no matter the occasion, they are delicious.
Pumpkin & Carrot Bread with Saffron Cream Cheese Icing
These mini pumpkin and carrot loaves is what Fall is all about. The rich, dense bread is complemented perfectly by the light whipped icing, streaked with saffron. Perfect for any family Thanksgiving get-together.

Inspired by Food & Drink Magazine, Autumn 2009

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup finely grated carrot

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. If using metal loaf pans, grease them. If using paper loaf pan, arrange on a flat baking tray.
2. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth.
3. Add eggs one at a time, allowing time to beat well in between.
4. Stir in pumpkin, sour cream and vanilla.
5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
6. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Once combined, stir in grated carrot.
7. Spoon into loaf pans and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
8. Cool completely before icing.

Saffron Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp saffron threads

Directions
1. In a stand mixer cream together cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla.
2. Heat saffron for 1 minute in the microwave. Crush in a mortar and pestle.
3. Add to icing and mix until blended. A subtle yellow hue will result.
4. Refrigerate until ready to use. Allow to come to room temperature before icing loaves.

Wishing all my Canadian friends a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

My Top 7

1. Pumpkin Patch // I can't believe that it's that time of year already... pumpkin patch time! I headed to Snyder's Family Farm with the niece and nephew for our yearly pumpkin picking tradition.
2. Blogger Baby Shower // Saturday was a fun-filled day with a few of my favourite Canadian blogger friends. Not only did we host a virtual baby shower for our friend Christina, but with the help of her husband we managed to surprise her with a real life baby shower... at Taco Farm! (their first ever baby shower by-the-way!) After lunch we headed back to Christina's house to indulge in way to many baby shower treats...
3. Pavlova // On that note, can we just take a minute to admire this pavlova. It. Is. So. Damn. Good. That is all.
4. Fall Favourites // Now that the weather has cooled off, I've busted out the dark, moody perfume, the brown eye shadows, pink blushes and nude lipsticks...
5. Scott Stratten at BlissDom // I may have mentioned before how much I love Scott Stratten. The man is marketing brilliance. On Thursday I was lucky enough to attend his session at BlissDom where he talked a lot about staying true to yourself, blogging smarter, and not taking every free opportunity that comes your way. Excellent advice for any blogger. Best of all, I added his latest book, Unselling, to my Scott Stratten pile!
6. Gross! // Can we get really gross for a moment? The amount of dog hair and dust my brand new Dyson Animal pulls out of my carpets is astounding. It's magical. Like pulling rabbits out of a hat. #WhereIsItAllComingFrom
7.  FBC2014 // Holy smokes, FBC2014 is a week and a half away! #CantWait
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