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June 5th, 2013 | Good Morning Sunshine & Lunch In Paris

I really love simple breakfasts like this on bright, sunny mornings. It just makes life seem that much more amazing.. it’s true what they say, it really is about the simple things. This is one of my favourite morning meals, cheesy scrambled eggs. Easy & delicious.

I recently picked upLunch In Paris again. I originally bought it for a friend’s birthday back in February, ended up peaking at it and then couldn’t put it down. So I had to buy her another copy hah! Life got busy, and I kinda forgot about it for a little while. For some reason I always find it just so hard to find time to just sit down and read a book. I have a number of books that I’ve started but never actually finished. (Does anyone else do this?)

Anyways, it really is a tremendously good book. I rarely recomend a book before I finish.. but it really is worth picking up. It’s really witty and actually has me snickering out loud. Each chapter ends with 2 or 3 french recipes which just makes the book extra special. It’s the author’s memoir about falling in love with both Paris & a boy, which sounds a little cheesy (like my eggs) so I feel the need to clarify that it’s not a fluffy romance story. The book starts off with “I slept with my French husband halfway through our first date. I say halfway because we had finished lunch, but not yet had our coffee.” I died a little when I read that haha! The recipe section for the first chapter is titled “recipes for seduction” and one of the serving guides says “serves 4 or 2 if you’ve worked up an appetite.”

Still not sure about it? You can read the first chapter online here.

Spinach & Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients

• Goat cheese
• Cheddar cheese
• Spinach
• Salt & Pepper
• Red pepper
• Red onion

Method

1. Chop up your veggies, and set them aside. Mix your eggs and a little bit of milk in a bowl, heat the pan and then begin to make scrambled eggs as normal.

2. Once the eggs are about half way done, toss in the spinach, and goat cheese.

3. Garnish with thinly sliced red onions, peppers and ketchup.

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March 19th, 2012 | spring fever: march so far

My oh my, it has been a while since I have done a real update! The weather here has been absolutely amaazing lately and it’s kind of given me a bit of spring fever & I’ve kinda been taking on more than I can chew.

Some highlights from my busy month so far includes going to Toronto for Fashion Week (I’ll post more on that later) and finally getting to go to Nadege – a pastry shop on Queen West in Toronto.

Also if you follow me on twitter you know that I have been in the market for a new sewing machine… well I finally bought one. Say hello to my new baby & some photos from March so far.

The ever so sweet Melanie (Who I had the pleasure of working with for a short time before she moved to Alberta) sent me a little surprise package to thank me for helping her with her blog design. I got spoiled. And I have to say I’m in love with this book! I encourage all of you ladies to check it out. Don’t forget to check out Mel too!

How has March been for all of you so far?!

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May 27th, 2011 | The Sketchbook Project 2012

(photo via: http://katenyland.blogspot.com/)

So, last year I signed up for the 2011 project. I won’t lie, I didn’t finish my book in time and wasn’t happy with what I had done to send it in. It was still fun though, so I don’t consider it a waste of money.

This year, I thought I’d give it a second go. I was a little hesitant at first but the tour is coming to Canada this year and making a stop in Toronto. Last year all the locations for the tour were only in the states. I made a rule I’m going to actually schedule time once a week to sit down with my book and work on it.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sketchbook Project, it’s basically a concert tour. But with sketchbooks. Anyone can sign up, (it costs 25$) and fill their sketchbook with your creative goodies. When it’s completed, you send it back (no later than January 31st) and it makes it’s way around the world with hundreds of other sketchbooks to museums & libraries!

However won’t ever get it back, it’s final resting place is the Brooklyn Library of Art. You can opt to pay an extra 20$ for your book to be digitally displayed in the online exhibit. (Or you could just, yknow scan it yourself..) The theme I picked this year was “Fill me with stories”. Wish me luck!

The sketchbook I never finished ;(

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February 27th, 2011 | Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

I’m a horrible person for this. Maybe it’s the designer & typography nerd inside of me, but I tend to pick books based on the cover. Now don’t get me wrong, after initially being drawn to the book by the cover design I do read the back and that does come into my judgement as well… but often unless I have a book recommendation or I read about the book in a magazine I won’t investigate it myself unless it has a cover that appeals to me. So, recommend some for me! What’s a good book you’ve read recently?

Here are some of my favourite cover designs of books I’ve read, or want to read. I’m currently finishing up Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Also feel free to add me as a friend on Good Reads!

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