Friday, 17 April 2015

Recommended Reads

It certainly feels like summer is on its way which means it's time for a few good books. Here are a couple that I've loved recently:

All the Light We Cannot See- My mom is one of my most trusted sources of good read recommendations. If she raves about a book, it's pretty much a guarantee that I'll like it and this one was no exception. Set during WWII, the story follows a blind girl in France and an orphan boy in Germany until their paths eventually cross. It's an emotional story, but tough to put down.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette- My friend Michelle is my second most trusted source of book recommendations. She always seems to know what the new hot book is going to be before anyone else. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is funny, quirky and totally heartwarming. Reading it felt like watching a movie. It's perfect to read while sitting outside and drinking rose :)

The Girl on the Train- I know I'm a bit late to this party, but I finished this book in a day and a half. I was obsessed! It's typically recommended to anyone who liked Gone Girl, but regardless of whether you did or not, this is a great read- just make sure you have some free time to hammer through it!

Monday, 13 April 2015


I'm a week into my third trimester and up until last week, pregnancy had been a breeze! I felt great, I was keeping up my usual exercise schedule and aside from an increase in ice cream consumption, I've been eating pretty normally. Like clockwork, on day one of the third trimester, I started feeling a bit uncomfortable. Nothing major, just some slight pain when I walked. On Wednesday, I slipped on some gravel and even though I didn't actually fall, I pulled all kinds of things and wound up pretty much unable to move and having to use crutches to get around. Not cute. After a few days of rest, I'm feeling better- not 100%, but back to my daily routines.

Aside from that little mishap, things are great! Lentil is the size of a butternut squash and moving around like crazy. Time feels like it's flying and moving so slowly at the same time. We just want to meet this little one and see what he or she looks like and what their personality will be. That said, we're not even close to being prepared! Nesting hasn't quite set in- I'm hoping it does some time in May, but until then, we'll just enjoy our free time. :)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Coconut Nests

Happy Easter! We're having my family over for a BBQ tomorrow and heading to Eric's parents' house for an egg hunt and dinner on Sunday. I made these coconut bird nests as treats for my nieces and nephews.

Using this macaroon recipe,  I used the back of a spoon to make an indent in the cookies before baking. Once they were cool, I filled them with chocolate ganache and mini eggs.

Have a great long weekend!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Local for Lentil

When we first found out that I was pregnant, our little baby was the size of a lentil and ever since then, that's how we've referred to it- little Lentil.

While his or her room is nowhere near being done (or even started for that matter), we've been picking up or coveting some unique, locally made items for when we get around to it.

Teepee Tots Co.- we grabbed a couple pairs of Bermuda shorts for the baby to chill out in this summer. I'm sure a pair of moccasins and that teepee swaddle are going to make their way into my shopping cart as well.
Gypsy Skulls- we picked up an original bird at Market Collective for Lentil's room and a skull for our living room
Bluesunshine Dream Catcher- only the sweetest of dreams for our little one
Boolah Baguette- out of Saskatoon, these little stuffed animals are the cutest things ever!
Wholesome Handbook- I saw this Orion cross stitch on Etsy and had to have it.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Jalapeno Poppers

As someone who enjoys cooking, it really doesn't bother me to spend time on a really good recipe. However, it never fails that the biggest hits at parties are always the most simple items. Take these jalapeno poppers, for instance. They're five ingredients, they take about 10 minutes to put together and yet they're always the most requested appetizer when we have a big gathering.

It's amazing the things that Pilsbury crescent rolls can make ;)

Jalapeno Poppers
makes about 20

2 tubes of Pilsbury crescent rolls
1 small tub of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup cheddar, shredded
6 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch together the seams to make one hole free sheet of dough. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, bacon and jalapeno. Spread half the mixture onto the crescent roll dough and roll up. Repeat with the other tube of dough and the rest of the mixture.

Cut each roll into 10 slices and place on a greased cookies sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden,

Monday, 16 March 2015

Wedding Shower

I hosted a wedding shower for my dear friend Michelle on Saturday. Friends and family came over for a quick Mexican themed party-complete with beergaritas, sugar skull sugar cookies and a pinata. Afterwards, we headed to National for bowling and drinks.

Michelle and Cam get married this coming Saturday!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Made me smile- xylophone Zeppelin

Ah! I saw this video the other day and could not stop smiling. How awesome are those kids?! And that music teacher for introducing them to Led Zeppelin! It gives me hope for the future.

My grade three teacher played the guitar and, if we were well behaved, he'd  leave 10 minutes at the end of each class for us to sing along. He made us all song books filled with songs by the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan and Elvis. He was my very favorite teacher and without him, I'm not sure I would've come to appreciate music as much as I do. Thanks Mr. Pratt (wherever you are)!