Archive for January, 2013

January 7th, 2013 | Crafting It Forward

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I’m sure you have seen this floating around facebook. My lovely friend Kaitlyn decided to post it on her blog instead, and I’ve decided to do the same as well. But I’m changing it up a little bit…

I will send a handmade mystery item, by the end of the year, to the first 5 7 people who comment on this post. Leave your email address in your comment and I will contact you for your mailing address.

So basically the only thing I’m actually changing is the number of people who can sign up hah! I thought I’d add two extra spots. Hope to see some of you guys participating & posting this as well :)

Edit: thanks everyone for your interest! All 7 spots are filled now. I still encourage you all to post this on your blog too and spread the love! The first 7 people were: Sarah, Kaitlyn, Chelsea, Aaron, Melanie, Holly and Cris! :)

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January 7th, 2013 | Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are probably the best thing I’ve ever created. Honest. The first time I made them, (for the Santa Clause Parade hehe) they were gone by the end of the day. This recipe makes roughly 2-3 dozen. The second time I made them  I wanted to take them to work. They didn’t make it out my door. I eventually got a batch to work (two actually!), and had a friend who even paid me to make an entire batch for her. They’re actually pretty simple to make and don’t take too much time either.

 

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 Cup gluten free all purpose flour

• 1 Tsp baking powder

• 1 Tsp baking soda

•  1/2 Tsp xanthan gum

•  3/4 Cup softened butter

• 1 Cup sugar

• 2 Large eggs

• 2 Tsp vanilla extract

• 2-3 Tsp peppermint extract

• 2 Cups chocolate & white chocolate chips

• 4-6 large candy canes, crushed

Method

1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then add the butter and eggs, mix again. It’s easier to mix the dough with your hands at this point.

2.  Add the vanilla and peppermint extract and mix it really well using your hands. The dough is going to be thick and hard to work with. Add the crushed candy canes and chocolate chips and mix together one final time.

3. Create small dough balls roughly around one inch. Place them on a baking sheet, lined with either parchment paper or tin foil (shiny side down, lightly greased). Spread the dough balls about 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes at 375F.

 

Hope you all had a good weekend! :)

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January 3rd, 2013 | two-thousand and thirteen

Happy New Years everyone! I hope you all had a great start to the year. I spent mine waiting for a cab, that never came, but ended up having the best possible night. We ended up busting open some bottles of wine and played monopoly, had the best of conversations to ever take place, and most importantly I was surrounded by some great friends.

2012 was pretty great, but I know 2013 can be even better! I did of course have some moments that sucked, but lets not let them overshine the good! I managed to get a promotion, had a kick-ass summer internship, threw a fantastic garden party, improved my photography skills, watched my sister’s life long friend who  I grew up with get married, met some new and wonderful people and made old friendships even stronger.

Does anyone else just get so excited about a new year? It just means so many new possibilities and new goals! This year is going to be an exciting one for me too I think. Not to mention a big one. I’ll officially be a quater of the way through my life. Yup the big 2-5 is happening this February. I’m actually really excited about it.

 

1. Finish re-decorating my bathroom, and actually start my room – I’ve only been planning these two spaces for close to a year! I have almost everything for my bathroom minus a few decorative touches. I just need to actually do it. I’m still searching the perfect pieces for my bedroom though.

2. Pay off a large chunk of my student loan. I just want to be freeeee  haha! I’ve decided to try really hard to curve my spending habits so that I can set aside some more money for this.

3. Save for Paris! Diana and I decided this autumn that we would go to Paris once she graduates. I hear this requires moolah.

4. Curve my spending habits (as I mentioned above). Hi, my name is Kait and I have a shopping problem. The first step is acceptance, right?!

5. Master making french macaroons. This usually comes as a shock to most people that know me. But I just can’t, for the life of me, get this one right. I will win.

6. Try one new recipe a week

7. Eat healthier lunches. No this isn’t about wanting to loose weight, but just being healthy. I’m dead serious when I say that I eat New York Fries around 2-3 times a week and I feel better the days that I don’t. I have more energy.

8. This is going to sound totally lame, but getting my license. Yes I’m almost 25 and I still only have my G1. I swear I’m actually doing this one this year! I’m tired of relying on busses and other people.

9. Save up for a new macbook. Mine is 7 years old and still works really well. But I get worried about how long it will last sometimes and it just dying one day. It’d be nice to have some money saved up and set aside just incase that happens. (knock on wood!)

10. Be more like Julie She’s seriously the cutest, happiest girl I have ever met. She’s so inspiring and her mood is totally contagious when you’re around her.  Her attitude and approach to life is just so refreshing.

Is anyone else making some goals instead of a resolution this new years? Share them with me!!

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January 1st, 2013 | Holiday Train

Every year, there is this magical thing called the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. It’s basically a train with christmas lights that goes all around North America throughout November & December. There is a free Christmas Concert at each stop and they also make a donation to the community’s food bank of every stop they make. There’s also collection stations at each stop where they collect non-perishable and dotations from the crowd as well. It’s sort of become a tradition for my dad an I to go every year.

The lights certainly make for pretty photos, so I thought I’d share a few. I can’t take credit for these ones though my dad took them. What are some of your Holiday traditions!? Happy Holidays everyone :)

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