~ April 2012 Archives ~

Mother Nature… / April 22, 2012





Earth Day was always one of my favourites when I was a kid in school – I can still vividly remember planting flower gardens across from the elementary school and visiting them to water and watch the flowers grow. So in honour of this very special day, I thought I’d post some pictures from trips this week to see the Botanical Gardens and High Park cherry blossoms, including one with my walking/teetering nephew. It’s so fun to see the world through the eyes of a child, where every stick, leaf or bug is endlessly fascinating…

One Year Ago… / April 14, 2012




A year ago today — actually, right about this time to be exact — my dad and I were setting off on a trip to Africa where these would be our breakfast tables each morning as we travelled along from place to place. I’d dreamt of a trip like this since I was a kid, and somehow it managed to far surpass those expectations. Might have had a little something to do with my travel companion too, who is just about the best you can get. Ahhh, memories of guava juice and giraffes to last a lifetime…

Easter Lunch / April 9, 2012






Hope the Easter Bunny was good to everyone! I had a great lunch with my family with turkey, mashed potatoes and all the usual favourites in our house plus a peeps sunflower cake I found on the Taste of Home website and fell in love with. Taste of Home will always take me right back to visiting my grandmother at her apartment – ever since I can remember, she had stacks of them on the coffee table and I would always flip through when I was over and we’d oooh and aaah over the recipes and pictures. She definitely would have gotten a kick out of this one!! With all the great food and family time, plus the beautiful weather, it was one of those perfect weekends – couldn’t ask for anything better…

A Sneak Peep… / April 6, 2012


Ha, see what I did there? It was either that or Peeps on A Plate…or Getting My Peeps in a Row…ok, I promise I’ll stop now, this could go on for a while. I thought I’d give a little sneak peek of a dessert I’m planning on whipping up this year for Easter. I can’t wait for our family’s celebration this weekend – bring on the food!! I’m generally in charge of bringing the dessert and wouldn’t have it any other way, and this year I’ve stumbled upon the perfect way to incorporate my favourite of all Easter candy – the peep! Now all I need is some willpower so I don’t eat them all before Sunday…