Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Day and Night

My favourite summer outfit is a shift dress.  It's the kind of thing you just throw on and go.  You can take it vitually anywhere; from casual and boho to date night or business meeting.  Here are my two favourite looks. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Fresh Yogurt Cake

I recently found a great recipe for a coffee cake. I tried it a couple times and decided to change things a bit from the original recipe. I used waaay less sugar and butter this time around and used a syrup instead of powdered sugar overtop of the cake. Here is my version of the recipe:


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 Tb. lemon juice, divided
Zest of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
8 oz. plain Greek yogurt
12 oz. fresh strawberries, diced


  1. Add 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water into a sauce pan and let boil for 15 minutes or so to create a syrup. Remove from heat and let cool for later.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan (10-15 cup pan.) Sift together the 1 1/2 cups of flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 Tb. lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
  4. Toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup of flour.
  5. Line the bundt pan with about half the strawberries and pour some batter over them (just enough to cover strawberries. Pour the rest of the strawberries onto the batter and then cover with the remaining batter.
  6. Place in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled, dip a toothpick into the syrup and stick randomly into top of cake. Brush over cake lightly.

Note: There will probably be syrup left over, you don’t need to use all of it up if you don’t wish to.


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Affordable solution for filling in those pesky nail holes in your walls!

Most of us have heard of spackling paste used to fill in nail holes.  The tub will cost you $10 or so and you will also need a small putty knife to scrape off the left over spackle.

Now if you're not doing a full on board and batten project and don't need filler for larger holes, then you're in luck.  A much easier and way more affordable solution is soap.  Just grab a bar of soap, rub it across the hole, wipe away any left over soap around the hole with paper towel and VOILA!

Thanks a bunch to Ms. Budget Savy Diva at for the creative idea!

Monday, 29 April 2013

"Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past present and future."

I recently read a book called Cloud Atlas. It is a must read for anyone who believes in or rather is open minded to past lives and spirituality.  It was so good that I had to see the movie.  The movie in this case, which is rarely the case for any other book turned into movie, was even better than the book.  The characters were brought to life and it was much easier to distinguish between the souls because they were played by the same actor in each time period.  I loved it and will most likely watch it again soon.  I am sure I have missed a few connections and I'm dying to discover more.  Two thumbs up frome me!

What does your coffee say about you?

I guess I am always searching for those sleeves...  Ah, never enough time to drink coffee like a civilized person.