~ January 2014 Archives ~

It’s The Little Things: Fun Prints / January 23, 2014

I’m going to state the obvious: it’s cold outside. So in many ways this picture is pretty appropriate for a day like today. But, the fact that your face might freeze off upon stepping outside for a millisecond is actually not the point of this post. I picked up this SS Print Shop print before the holidays while shopping at Chapters, and I have to say it’s one of my new favourite things. I also picked up the Merry & Bright print for the holidays, and a Work It print for a friend’s office…so needless to say I would fill my whole house with them if I could. This one above grabbed at my heart while I was in the store because of a little movie from the ’90s called All I Want For Christmas. Their dad owns a diner in the movie and they get to make milkshakes while dancing to Yakety Yak Don’t Talk Back, need I say more? Lauren Bacall and Thora Birch also sing Baby It’s Cold Outside during one of my favourite scenes and over the holidays my sisters and I had everyone in my family sit down and watch it. Well, basically just because we wanted to watch the movie again and dragged everyone else into watching it with us. What I love about this print is the fact that every time I pass by it in my home it makes me smile for the littlest of reasons. Childhood movies and classic holiday songs all rolled into one? Can’t get better than that.

Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie / January 16, 2014

So I realize that posting a smoothie recipe in January is far from original, but all trends aside, there really is something to be said about starting the new year off on the right foot. Plus, I’ll have you know I decided to make this one on New Year’s Eve too, so as to end the year off on a healthy note. I then followed it with a dinner of spaghetti carbonara, but I’m choosing to ignore that fact. I’ve loved making drinks since I was a little kid and I would always make my sister test them out with me. She still shakes her head looking back on the ridiculous drinks I subjected her to. Usually though my “recipes” just included me mixing one bottle with another to form ever-so-exotic drinks as “strawberry kiwi” (I know, I know, I was way ahead of my time). This recipe is really straightforward, and as with all smoothie recipes, can really be adapted to use whatever you have on hand, so I’ve refrained from including a specific list of amounts for that reason. Have some oranges or pineapple, throw ’em in, I say! I think smoothies are best whenever you just taste as you go along, since everyone’s preferences are different, and fruit is usually sweeter depending on the time of year. With all that being said, I used a combination of raspberries, lemon juice, honey, green tea and plain greek yogurt all blended together. Cheers!

White Christmas / January 8, 2014

What do you mean the holidays are over? I’m a little bit in denial, I have to say. I may or may not have shed a tear when I finally decided to put away the glittery reindeer that sits on my front hall table. All kidding aside, I thought it would be fun to share a few photos from over the holidays! It definitely was a White Christmas this year, which made me so happy. There were lots of walks outside, a little skiing and some cups of tea by the fire. I know I mentioned my family’s love of wrapping paper, and my mom outdid herself with the wrapping & table this year — it was so fun to see it all come together. My sister and I baked together for the first time in probably 20 years and made our family’s Christmas-morning tradition, coffee cake. To put it nicely…she’s not exactly a baker, and when she tried to put a spatula into the KitchenAid mixer while it was still turned on high, I saw my life flash before my eyes. (The plastic spatula survived, thankfully.) I think I just completely threw her under the bus for calling her out on this, but it was an entertaining experience for sure ;)

Here’s a little peek if you would like to take a look!

I’m looking forward to a fun, happy and productive 2014, and wishing the same to you!