Saturday, April 13, 2013

Freebies: Pantry and Spice Labels by Emily McDowell

You might think it's funny that I'm featuring spice and pantry labels other than my own, but my motto when it comes to labels is, the more the merrier! And even better, the more free the merrier! I love when people give away freebies (check out some of mine here) and especially love when you have colour options to choose from!

These whimsical pantry and spice labels are adorable! Head on over here to see the lovely freebies designed by Emily McDowell.




Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring has Sprung! And it's all about COLOUR!

Happy spring, beauties! We've had a couple cloudy/rainy days recently, but last week? My oh my, was it glorious sunshine and summer weather all around! Unfortunately I worked through most of our "mini summer", but I enjoyed it nonetheless and look forward to more sunshiney days!

Until the sun decides to poke its happy face back into my corner of the world again, these are some of the things bringing a splash of colour into my spring!

Bright colours. Fresh fruit. Need I say more?


The most stunning floral arrangement I have ever seen. Do you know the source? Because I want a better quality photo and some credit to give, because it's that drop dead gorgeous.



Playing with this juicy pink Asus X202 laptop with Windows 8 that Microsoft loaned me for a couple of weeks as past of their Windows Champions program was loads of fun (this touch screen laptop blew me away! So easy to use and loved the sleek design of the case and keyboard). If I didn't rely so heavily on my Macbook Pro for my design work, I would 100% have to have one of these (I can't believe how inexpensive it is for such a quality laptop! Oh Apple, how you've jaded me to think that $1500 is how much a laptop should cost).


I am completely smitten with the photo above. It was taken by the talented Gillian Stevens and is part of the spring lookbook for my girlfriends boutique Muse Social Fashion House. I just love the floral prints, the colours and the black and white blazer. I even set this photo as my wallpaper on my laptop. It just makes me happy! I am so ready to pack up my winter clothes and get my spring/summer wardrobe out in full force!
And last but not least, all this spring loving lit a fire under my behind and I decided to curate some of my favourite florals for my upcoming collection of iPhone cases. These are just renderings and there are sure to be changes, but you get the idea! Pretty + functional = everything I've ever wanted in a phone case. More details to come soon, but wanted to give you a sneak peak!

What are you loving this spring?


Disclosure: I am a Windows Champions Blogger for 2013. As part of my participation in the program I will have the opportunity to try out new products and promotions. As always, 100% of opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Healthy Home | Nut Butter Cinnamon Cookies [ full of the good stuff, free of the bad stuff ]

The more I experiment with plant based recipes, the more I've come to realize how ridiculously easy it is to replace dairy. Last night I made a strawberry banana "milkshake" for dessert: fresh strawberries, frozen bananas, soy milk, vanilla extract, blended to perfection. It was creamy and delightful and not a scoop of ice cream in sight.

Today was another one of those moments. I am attending a "dessert and wine" birthday party for a friend this evening and decided to make some healthy cookies to bring with me. A lot of the vegan recipes I searched for included oil and flour, and I was just not in the mood to make a cookie cookie. I wanted to make an easy, healthy cookie with few ingredients.

I stumbled across this recipe from the Unrefined Kitchen and it mostly fit the bill. I modified it to make it dairy-free and changed the flavour a bit with some cinnamon. Oh my goodness gracious, they are DIVINE. I was hoping to just "test" half a cookie, and ended up eating four. Oopsies, there goes my lunch. I was completely surprised with how much these look and feel and taste like a traditional cookie, but have no oil, no flour, no grain, no refined sugars, and no dairy. And almost better than that, they were super easy to make with minimal clean up.





Nut Butter Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
1 Ener-g Egg Replacer "Egg" (could try a flax or chia egg but I'm not sure of the results)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Mix all ingredients but the coconut until well mixed.
4. Add coconut (and optional, add chocolate chips, dried fruit, or nuts)
4. Roll dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, space on cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes about 20 cookies.


Thanks to the Unrefined Kitchen for the inspiration! These are DEFINITELY going in my recipe box and will now be my go-to cookie recipe. They even passed my "meat and potatoes" husband test!

If you have a spare 30 minutes this week, give this recipe a try! You will be happy you did :)






Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Guest Blogging about my Secret Weapon, the Freezer!

Happy Spring!

Wait... where did March go?

Where did I go?

I don't even have an answer to that. I have about 5000 posts to read on my blog reader, and another 5000 photos to edit and publish... but somehow time is just escaping me! How do I make it stop? Pause, even. I need to catch my breath!

In case you miss me, I was able to squeeze in a guest post over at Modern Parents Messy Kids about my freezer storage and tips, so go on over and check it out!



And I will have more for your in April than I had for you in March, so don't stray too far!

xox