Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

I always love Halloween. Seeing all the creative costumes, the fun decorations, and especially the candy! I mean, who doesn’t love the chance to get free candy? Okay, maybe most of us are a little too old for trick-or-treating now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still dress up! This year has been so busy, I had to resort to a last minute costume. So, I’m a cat, and thanks to my cousin who helped me find these cat ears last minute!! I must say, last year I had a really great costume. My best friend and I dressed up as the ultimate duo, Salt & Pepper. That was so much fun.

I hope everyone is having a great Halloween, and make sure you all get some candy!!

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Home Inspiration: This Is Glamorous

 

 

 

 

Design*Sponge recently posted this sneak peek of founder and editor in chief of This is Glamorous, Roséline Lohr’s  Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh. As an avid follower of her blog, I was delighted to find that her home is just as feminine and glamorous as the contents of her blog. All the antiques, the vintage, and especially the colours had me drooling over this home. It is so elegant and sophisticated. She really does see the world through rose coloured glasses, as mentioned by Design*Sponge.

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{all photos courtesy of: Design*Sponge}

Interior Envy: Kitchens

I don’t know about you, but my Pinterest ‘home’ board contains over a thousand pins full of interior and exterior inspiration. I adore scrolling through the millions of kitchens, bathroom, offices and bedrooms that are all so gorgeous! Seeing as how I now feel like a chef, I’ve been going crazy over all the kitchens! Here a just a few of my favourites:

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{all photos from Pinterest}

Friday Favorites: Food Photography

Happy friday!! As you saw in my last post, I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen lately. As I scroll through pinterest, my mouth waters when I see all these gorgeous food photographs! I must say, I’ve become attached to the wonderful thing that is food photography. I feel almost as though these foods look better than they probably will even taste, but who cares! It’s the thought that counts, right? Or at least the sight.

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{ 1. Crumble / 2. Blueberry Pancakes / 3. Breakfast Puffs / 4. Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Turkey Burger / 5. Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas / 6. Soft boiled Eggs & Toast / 7. Cavolo Nero & Cannellini Bean Soup}

On another note, tonight I have a big performance, and I’m super excited. Hope all goes well! Have a great weekend!

Shortbread Pumpkin Pie

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I don’t know about you, but Pumpkin is my favourite pie of all. In fact, I am not usually a huge fan of pie, but when it comes to this, I simply cannot resist. Every year, my family and I go to the golf club for Thanksgiving, where I get to indulge in my annual slice of Pumpkin pie. This year, I decided to try and make it on my own.

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The pie turned out to be amazing, and everyone loved it! It really wasn’t very difficult to make as well, so it’s something I definitely recommend trying. I found this whip cream recipe along with the pie filling recipe, thanks to Freutcake, and it was the best whip cream I have ever tasted! The flavours are so decadent, that you almost want to eat the whole batch alone, never mind the pie! Of course you’re not going to want to do that with this pie!

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Shortbread Pumpkin Pie

Shortbread Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg

Directions:
1. In a separate bowl, whisk flour and salt.

  1. Place butter into another bowl and beat until it’s softened (I used an electric mixer, but it can be done with a hand mixer as well).
  2. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Then add the beaten egg, beating until mixed. Add the flour mixture and mix until it forms a ball.
  3. Flatten the pastry ball into a thick disk, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Take a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom and spray it with non-stick flour cooking spray. Once the pastry has cooled, evenly pat it onto the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan, making sure to spread it all the way to the top of the sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. At the same time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly prick the pastry crust with the tines of a fork to prevent the dough from puffing up as it bakes. Then place the tart pan on a larger baking pan (cookie sheet) and bake for 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to bake crust for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is dry and lightly golden brown. Remove it from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Pumpkin Pie Filling – adapted from Freutcake

2 large eggs beaten
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups unsweetened pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk

Directions:
1. Increase the oven heat to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin and eggs. Add evaporated milk, and whisk to combine. Carefully pour filling into crust, and make sure it does not overflow or go past the edge of the crust.
3. Bake pie until edges are set, but center is almost set, or slightly wobbly, about 35-40 minutes. Transfer plate to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream.

Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream – via Freutcake

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 Directions:
1. Beat the cream on high speed until it begins to thicken and get slightly stiff. Add the maple syrup, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the cream. Continue whipping the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Dollop on top of Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie and enjoy!

Friday Favorites

Today, I am cold. I am still happy, but cold. I’m happy because cold weather means fall, and soon winter, and it’s all so wonderful. So today I have decided to dedicate my post to this wonderful season and all that it brings to me. I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather. If not, I’m hoping that these photos will show you the beauty of this super season.

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{Sweater: H&M, Maxi Skirt: Anthropologie, Shoes: Blowfish}

I know it looks all warm and sunny, but believe me, I’m not crazy for wearing a thick sweater in this weather! I guess it doesn’t help that I am always cold… At least I love warm clothes.

I’m so excited for thanksgiving this weekend. I’ll be baking a pumpkin pie, my favorite, along with the turkey dinner. I’m currently in the midst of creating a new thanksgiving playlist for this weekend. I’m thinking The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Daughter, Ben Howard and Bon Iver. Any suggestions?

So, to all you Canadians, have a great thanksgiving weekend!

 

Comfy & Cozy

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{Photo; 1. Topshop Cable Knit Cardigan; 2. American Eagle Cable Socks; 3. Mug; 4. Boulangerie Pumpkin Souffle Candle; 5. Madewell Check Scarf; 6. ASOS Turban Headband}

As the days are getting colder and colder, I’m feeling the desire to wear sweaters, socks and scarves, and sit by the fireplace. Here are some of my favorite picks from this season that I would certainly recommend for the upcoming weather.

I was at Anthropologie this weekend, and I found this Pumpkin Souffle candle in the kitchen section. First of all, this brand of candles has the best scents. Second, the Pumpkin Souffle is to die for! I understand that the fruity scents are always more popular, and the sweeter scents are often hard to adapt to, but this one was the perfect mix of sweetness and candle-y. It was pure perfection in a candle!

Free People October Lookbook

I’m currently coveting the October styles of Free People. I love the prints, the fabrics, and especially the styles. I love how perfectly they mix urban-chic and vintage-bohemian into each one of their pieces, as well as their outfits as a whole. Look out for the tapestry coat, the red maxi skirt and the black empire maxi dress, three of my favourite pieces from this collection.

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{Source: Free People}

 

October 2013 Playlist

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Hello my lovelies! It feels like I haven’t posted a playlist in so long! Now, this one might be slightly repetitive, but I created this playlist on my iPod a year ago, and it has reminded me of this month ever since! I always get a feeling of new beginnings, warmth, fall colors, pumpkins (don’t ask me why). It was also around the time when my scarf obsession kicked in, so I guess you could say it reminded me of that too.

I will say, this playlist got me through a lot. It is just so angelic, so warm, and so acoustic. I really hope you all enjoy it.