Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Liebster Award!

On Saturday, Rachael from Broomfie, made my day by "nominating" me for a Liebster Award. Now, I had no idea what a Liebster Award even was, but I won one! My first ever blog award! After reading her post and Q & A sesh I got even more excited. This is an opportunity to reach out to other bloggers and find new blogs to read!
I also did a little research of my own and found out "Liebster" is a German word meaning dearest, lovely, cute, valued, and other wonderful things! How nice is that!

The Rules are:
  1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you & create eleven questions for the next group of nominees.
  3. Nominate 11 people and link them in the post.
  4. Let your nominees know they've been tagged - and no tag-backs!
  5. Nominate blogs under 200 followers.

My Facts:

  1. I am 23 years old and my Birthday is in January.
  2. I am a certified bartender, although I have never worked at a bar in my life. It just happens to be a very fun life skill.
  3. I was an Irish Dancer for 8 years (through my childhood/teenage-times).
  4. I love comic books! my favourites being Fables, Amazing Spider-man, Batgirl, and Morning Glories.
  5. The first real job I ever had had was working in a fine china, tableware, and glass shop. I was fifteen and I knew my china patterns better than any Grandma out there!
  6. As a child I had a huge stamp collection. I was quite the little philatelist. I even started a stamp club at my elementary school.
  7. I have an irrational fear of aliens. especially of them abducting me in my sleep.
  8. I have lived in the same city my entire life. And at this time in my life I can't see myself wanting/needing to move for a very long time, if at all.
  9. I love working retail - especially the science of retail, and visual merchandising. If I could have a career as a visual merchandiser or retail buyer, I would be very happy.
  10. I've had 11 pet cats in my lifetime. 0 dogs.
  11. I am absolutely dreadful at any form of team sports. I actually homeschool'ed my way through high school PE because I hate them so much. Although I love being active! Just let me do something with a personal challenge/goal.

Rachael's Questions:

  1. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be?
    • My biggest dream is to one day own a bakery or cafe. I can spend hours imaging every aspect of my future shop.
  2. Would you rather live in one place for the rest of your life to have to move somewhere different every year?
    • I would rather live in the same place forever. I like feeling comfortable in my surroundings.
  3. Who would be included in your ultimate festival line up?
    • Good question! I've seen some of these artists play festivals before. But to see all of them play a festival together would be insanely awesome! Vampire Weekend, Band of Skulls, Alt-J, Lights, Vance Joy, Mother Mother, The Lumineers, Weezer, Beyonce (you know, just for kicks).. I know I missing some awesome bands too.
  4. Where is your favourite place to go in your hometown?
    • I instinctively took this as restaurant, so my favourite restaurant is Mo:Le, especially for breakfast.
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • ohhh, questions like this stress me out! I realistically see myself at the same company I'm currently at, with a promotion from my current position. In the same apartment we currently live in but with a savings in the works for purchasing our first home - contently happy and comfortable. I dream-see myself with a very small, very successful bakery on a busy street downtown, selling fresh cookies and gourmet marshmallows to my favourite regular customers.
  6. What do you prefer: TV box sets or movies?
    • TV series. Watched in binge sessions. on Netflix.
  7. What is the best gift you have ever given and why?
    • Before one of my best friends went on an extended trip to Japan, I created a whole fill-in-the-blanks type scrap book. It was full of tasks and writing prompts she was to complete while she was there and illustrations I had done on every page. There was space for photos of each "challenge", or space to put mementoes. Some of the challenges were silly, and of course lots of inside joke type tasks!There were serious ones like what was the most incredible thing did today? who do you miss? What did you learn? what words did you speak? It was the first time I had ever had a close friend go away for a long period of time. I wanted to send her off well, and give her something to remember her trip for a long time to come.
  8. What is your favourite book?
    • Of all time. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  9. What is your favourite shop?
    • Aw man, I don't know! I love checking out different bakeries for breakfasts on the weekends. I don't really have a favourite shop. Maybe Forever21?
  10. Where do you get your inspiration for your blog?
    • Most of the time it's something I'm doing in my everyday life and I realize "oh hey, I can expand this into a blog post". Wether that's food, a project at home, or even running an errand - Like my Simplest of Simple posts. Or getting something / going somewhere new always makes me want to blog about. Then obviously Pinterest and other bloggers. But I try and stay away from that when looking for inspiration to avoid accidentally copying ideas. 
  11. What beauty product can you not live without?
    • BB Cream. All day. Every day. I wish I had flawless skin - not the case.

I nominate:
My Questions for you!
  1. How long did you think about starting a blog before you actually did?
  2. what is your favourite restaurant?
  3. What is your favourite makeup brand?
  4. Are you an indoor or an outdoor person?
  5. How do you wear your hair on a day-to-day basis?
  6. If you had to move, where would you want to live?
  7. Would you rather have spaghetti for hair or linguini for legs? This is important.
  8. What does your perfect day look like?
  9. What is your favourite or go-to midnight snack?
  10. Who or what inspires your personal style?
  11. Is there anything you consider yourself a master at cooking, or making in the kitchen?
Thanks again to Rachael for tagging me for this award! It was a lot harder than I anticipated, but so much fun!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good Morning Monday | 4

This week was a busy one! But only near the end funnily enough. Thursday and Friday I spent up-island merchandising one of our newly renovated shop for re-opening. Those were some long days, but well worth the effort! It re-opened Saturday looking gorgeous! I then worked a long-haul day in my own shop Saturday.
Sunday-Monday is my weekend this time around, and it will be well spent. Yesterday the weather was beautiful! We had some morning coffee and a bite to eat at a little coffee shop before heading to the beach for a nice relaxing afternoon. So nice, that I actually fell asleep at the beach!
I love the beach we've been going to lately, Witty's Lagoon, because along with a long stretch of sand like all beaches have, there is also a walking trail that veers off every so often leading to little patches of sand. Little mini-beaches. We have a certain one we like going to, it's just the right size for us, so we end up with a beach to ourselves all day! How did you relax this week?

Onto some links!

  • These prints are adorable.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of my favourite movies lately so this post is awesome! 
  • This photo makes the nerd in me laugh, and laugh, and laugh
  • This photo series is very interesting. I never really thought about the counterculture of past decades before as even being counterculture. Expect maybe hippies. There are always hippies.
  • Mean Girls infographics. Enough said
  • I've been experimenting with agar agar a lot in my kitchen recently. Success rate: 0

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's in my Purse

I really love reading a good what's in my purse/how I organize my makeup/what does my blog notebook look like, etc. Basically anything slightly nosey-type post I'm into it. There's a fascination about peeking into someone else's life and getting a bit of a (literal) snapshot.
So here I have the contents of my purse, all dumped out on this lovely placemat backdrop. I obviously pushed aside the dozens of crumpled receipts, and post-it scrawled lists. No one needs to see those. And we all know they're in there anyways. (can you see my sneaky reflection?)

  • sunglasses - thrifted
  • Maybelline colour whisper in Coral Ambition
  • Avon chap stick with SPF x 2
  • Maybelline Baby Lips 
  • Bobby pins x 2
  • 30 cents change
  • The Board Game Cafe loyalty card (If you're in Vic, check it out!!)
  • my iPod
  • Glasses - Randy Jackson
  • Wallet - Ardene
  • Ballpoint pen
What are the contents of your handbag?

So I actually wrote this post on my phone Friday evening while waiting for my ferry to arrive and take me to Vancouver. Free wifi + a lot of time to kill + Blogger app = score! The magic of the cell phone! Crazy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Good Morning Monday | 3

All last week I spent on holiday! Not "let's go to Mexico on a holiday", more like, "I have 2 weeks off and I'm going to get everything done that I've been meaning to get done for months!" Type of holiday. Through the week, I did a massive furniture redo (that took me much longer than expected) so expect to see that very soon! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may already have some clues as to what it was.
Mitch and I spent the weekend in Vancouver to see some friends, where we had a mexican fiesta! You bet I brought salsa! There were many pizza stops and two delicious brunches this weekend, my favourite! Check out Slickity Jim's Chew n' Chat. I had the most delicious fig and brie benny!
We spent sunday afternoon travelling back home and then binged on some Lost for the evening.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cinnamon and Date Morning Buns

I think I called these Morning Buns for a few reasons. First, cinnamon buns, although we do eat them for breakfast occasionally, we all know thats a terrible thing to do. But Morning buns, whoa! they're meant to be breakfast! Revolutionary.
Second, these buns are made with multigrain flour, that's good for you flour. hearty and filling breakfast treats. (catching, my logic?) Third, these gooey little buns are also made with way less sugar than regular cinnamon buns! Did I mention too, the filling is made from delicious caramelized-sweet dates!? If you don't already know the amazingness that dates possess, you need to give this recipe a go.

These breakfast rolls are far heartier than your average cinnamon bun. Not that any cinnamon bun can truly be "average". The filling holds a rich, salted caramel flavour with a kick of warm cinnamon. And the Multigrain dough gives them a slightly more buscuit-like texture. If your scared by the words "cinnamon" and "bun" in the same sentence let me comfort you by saying right now: No Butter. None. And less than four Tablespoons of sugar in the whole dang recipe. That's probably less than you put in your morning coffee, amiright? Let's make healthy better for you Cinnamon buns!

A little pre-baked goodness.

Ingredients & Recipe
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • A Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/4 Teaspoons Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup warm water
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 5 Cups Multigrain Flour (white would work as well, for a fluffier, more traditional bun)

  • approximately 20 dates, soaked in water for at least an hour
  • 1/2 cup of the water used to soak the dates
  • sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar (optional)
To make the dough: Warm the milk in a saucepan and add the coconut oil, sugar and salt. Stir until everything is dissolved then remove from heat. You don't want anything to boil just warm enough to let everything mix together.
Dissolve the 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar in the warm water then add in yeast and let the mix stand for about 10 minutes.
In a very large bowl combine the milk mixture, eggs, and yeast mixture. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour and beat that for about 7 minutes. With a wooden spoon,mix in the remaining flour 1/2 a cup at a time.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it by hand until it is smooth. (this took me a long time, and ended up adding in more flour)
Grease the mixing bowl and return the dough to the bowl. Let the dough rise for an hour, covered with a warm damp tea towel, or in a warmer space.

To make the Filling: Blend the soaked dates, along with 1/2 cup of the reserved water, in a food processor until smooth.

To Put it all together: Roll the dough out to a 9x13 inch rectangle and spread your date filling onto the dough. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and an optional sprinkling of brown sugar. Roll the dough, from the longest side, into a log. Grease a large pie pan or 9x13 inch baking pan, and sprinkle the bottom with cinnamon.
Cut the buns into 14 pieces, and place into the greased pan. Let rise for an additional 30 minutes or more. At this point you can preheat the over to 350 F.
 Drizzle or brush the top with additional coconut oil, mixed with date water (or water and vanilla if you've tossed it already) to keep the buns from drying out as they bake. Bake for about 25 minutes or until browning on top.

after, mmmmm.

What's a guilty morning treat you wish could be a liiiiitle bit better for you?
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