~ August 2013 Archives ~

A little end of summer recap / August 31, 2013

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Seeing as how this weekend unofficially marks the wind down of summer, I thought I’d post a little recap of a few fun months (via my Instagram!). There were lots of farmer’s market trips, after dinner walks around the neighbourhood and some beautiful sunny days at the cottage…

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Thanks to some friends, I happily discovered the beauty of a drink called Tom Collins…

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There were many laps around the backyard with the turtle lawnmower, which let’s face it is the best kind of lawnmower there is.

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And last but certainly not least, we welcomed two little ladies into our family, the cutest nieces I ever did see. I may be a little biased, but they stole my heart immediately and I’m so glad they are here. A lucky bunch we are.

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Hope you had a fun few months soaking up the sun too! And a big thanks to all who voted in the contest on Style Me Pretty’s website – so, so, so much appreciated :) Looks like some of the other recipes are giving me a run for my money, but I’m so happy to have even been included in the ten selected. (Why do I sound like I’ve just been nominated for an Oscar? It’s an honor just to have been nominated. I’d like to thank the Academy…). Thanks so much for all the support, and thanks so much for visiting the site!

Nan’s Strawberry Shortcake & A Fun Contest! / August 14, 2013

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On a bit of whim, I decided last week to enter a fun contest called Grandma’s Favourite Recipe Contest on a really cute site named Style Me Pretty Living. Well I found out today that I got selected as a finalist — yippee!! You can see the picture & recipe right here! I pretty much drool over the photos on that site every day, and let me tell you there are some especially good recipes on there today alongside mine. So if you have a second and would like to vote that would be much appreciated! I had been planning to photograph this shortcake last weekend anyway to put it up on the blog, so the contest came along at a perfect time. Truth be told, I found the little pinwheels a while back and then decided to make the shortcake to go with them. That’s right, I decided on which recipe to make for my family last weekend based entirely around a little paper pinwheel. That being said, this recipe has been a staple in our entire family for years and it’s made at least once a summer. It was one of my Nan’s best recipes and I can still remember sitting around the table at the cottage as a kid hoping that I would get one of the sought-after corner pieces (because it held more whipped cream and strawberries, obviously. My love of sugar clearly started young. Somehow my grandfather and father always got dibs on those pieces first, not quite sure how that happened!). The recipe is a cinch to make, here it is for you! (P.S. Special thanks to hand model Amy — also known as my sister — it might have looked sunny and warm but it was so cold and windy we nearly blew away. You’re a trooper!)

Nan’s Strawberry Shortcake

2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
a few grains of nutmeg
1 egg
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 ¼ tsp. shortening
1 quart strawberries (plus more for top of cake)
1 ½ cups whipping cream
sugar and vanilla to taste

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg and baking powder. Cut in butter and shortening until fine. Make a well in the centre of the bowl, mix together egg and milk and add to bowl, stirring with a fork until mixture just comes together. Press into 8×8” baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden.

Once cooled, slice cake in half horizontally. Mash strawberries until bite sized pieces remain (add a little sugar if desired) and spoon mixture over the bottom half of cake. Top with remaining half of cake. Whip cream, adding sugar and vanilla to taste, and place on top and sides of cake. Garnish with strawberries and enjoy!

A few notes:
-instead of using shortening, I just add in butter instead (1/3 cup, plus 1 1/4 tsp.)
-a few grains of nutmeg is just a light sprinkle across the top of the bowl
-if the batter is too crumbly, add in a little extra milk (I usually use whatever is on hand, but 2% is probably ideal).

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StockFood Updates! / August 9, 2013

IMG_7151The weekend is almost here! Yippeee! I think one of these blood orange fizzy drinks is in order. In the meantime, I just wanted to pop in quickly to say that StockFood has recently updated its site (I’ve linked to the German version of the site, since it seems to be the first to implement the changes. Plus, when you look at my photos on that site the descriptions are in German and I love the fact that they’re called “patty pans” instead of zucchini squash! Makes me giggle every time.) Lots of nice updates and a bright new layout with larger photos. I’ve been adding images like crazy and having fun doing it — lots of images to come in the next while too, hope you enjoy! Happy-when did it become the middle of August I’m not ready for fall yet find me a patio to sit on pronto-Weekend!