Perfect Sunday

A few Sundays ago, we started the day off with the most delicious breakfast from my favourite bakery, “Art is in”! I had to sacrifice my Sunday sleep in so that we could get there early enough to get a table, considering how crazy busy it always is at this spot-but it was 100% worth it ūüôā Later in the day, we drove up to Gatineau Park to take a hike and see the pretty fall colours. Hiking is one of my favourite ways to excercise, because its different every time and there’s always something interesting to see or explore. I’m so glad I live in a city that has such easy access to this beautiful park!

Chai latte ^^^^

breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, bacon, and avocado^^^

Almond cake^^^

fruit, granola, almond milk^^^


  

^^^we were so thirsty, we drank some of this fresh water from the waterfall-so clear and refreshing!


Cottage Summer 2016

This summer was absolutely amazing, and the highlight, as always, was being up at the cottage on the lake. Being up there brings me so much happiness and I look forward to it all year long. This year, we had the best weather-sunny and hot almost everyday! Now that I’m back in the city, I really miss being able to jump in the lake whenever the heck I want. I’m already counting down the days till next summer (somewhere around 300)!

                                                         nothing beats eating outside ^^^

                                                                          picnic on Red Rock ^^^^                                                            My younger brother slalom water-skiing ^^^^^   

Recipe: Easiest Bread Ever!!

     

I made bread on my own for the first time a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I’ve ¬†always thought of bread-making as being a long and complicated process, but this recipe was super straightforward and it took me less than 2 hours to finish. It’s called “soda bread” (because it uses baking soda instead of yeast), and it’s made with whole wheat flour, making for a really healthy snack.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups whole-wheat flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • unsalted butter for greasing

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the flour mix and pour buttermilk into the center, drawing in the flour to make a soft dough.
  2.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a round loaf.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Place the loaf on it, shaping it and patting it down into a round, approximately 2 inches high. Using a sharp knife, cut across in the top of the loaf.
  4. Bake the loaf for 30 minutes or until it is well browned. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

* This makes 1 loaf of bread (approximately 16 pieces). It is super tasty when served with butter and jam, or marmalade. This recipe is from the book “DK Get Started Baking”, but I made some modifications, based on what worked best for me. Enjoy!

Day in the Garden

The other day, I went with my grandparents to explore a public garden and arboretum in my city. It was a great time of year to go, and I really enjoyed walking along the trails and learning the names of new plants! We even found raspberries growing, and they were, by far, the best I’ve ever tasted. We finished off the afternoon with gelato from Little Italy, and I’m starting to think I might like gelato more than ice cream-but it’s too close to call! I was very excited and I inhaled my gelato so quickly that totally forgot to take a picture….oops!







Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! This year, I had a picnic on the beach with my cousins and my younger brother! ¬†We brought breakfast with us and got there early enough to beat the heat and the crowds. ¬†We chatted, threw around a frisbee, and waded in the water, which was kinda chilly, (surprising considering the heat wave we’ve been having). Then we drove up to our cottage to hang out with ¬†more family and celebrate the rest of Canada’s birthday! We tubed behind the boat to a little town, where we got ice cream cones. I love being out on the water and exploring new spots on the lake. We also went to see the fireworks that evening and my heart was exploding with happiness! I don’t know what it is about them, but fireworks are my favourite things in the entire world. I thought these ones were really great, especially considering they were put off by a small community on a low budget. Driving back in the boat, I looked behind me and saw the lights from hundreds of other boats ¬†and thought it was absolutely beautiful. With all the hate and violence in the world, it was reassuring to see all these good people come out to celebrate this amazing country, that we are so privileged to live in. This past weekend was filled with many “I LOVE SUMMER SO MUCH” moments, and I am so stoked for all the exciting things coming up! ¬†I hope you are all the having a fantastical summerrrrrr…..

   Lemon poppy-seed scones from whole foods



lovin’ ¬†the outfit Sadie ^^^^^




decorating the cottage ^^^^



                                                           triple chocolate brownie ice cream ^^^^^


                                        I really love how these firework photos turned out! ^^^^^


First Day of Summer

Although it’s been feeling like summer for the past few weeks, Monday was the official start of the season. To celebrate, my friends and I went for dinner and sat on an outdoor patio, enjoying the sun that stayed late into the evening! That’s my favourite thing about summer, the long days. ¬†Its not the cold that bothers me in the winter as much as the fact that the sun sets at 4 in the afternoon!!! ¬†We went to a local vegetarian restauraunt and had salads and black bean avocado bowls! Then we went home and ate ¬†ice cream bars and chatted on the front porch. Its so nice to see everyone outside going for walks and bike rides. ¬†I am now almost done with classes and exams, so I am so close to being free of tests and schoolwork for 2 months! WHOOHOO. I love June because I have the whole summer ahead of me and so much to look forward to. Also, more time to spend writing and creating for the blog! I absolutely cannot wait (seriously though, I am so done with school!) ¬†Anyways, here are a few photos from our night out…photo creds to my friend Ella … (@ella_ff on insta)

As you can tell, sunny weather makes us extraordinarily happy

  

Tulip Festival

Although the weather was kinda iffy this weekend, we made a point of going out to see the tulips in downtown Ottawa. It was super windy and cold for May, but we were just happy that the rain held off! The tulip festival is the ideal spot for photographers and it was funny seeing every one crouching down and holding their cameras at weird angles to get the perfect shot for their blog or Instagram. I made sure to remember ¬†to “stop and smell the….tulips” from time to time, but I also got some pretty good photos. Here are some of my favourites…

     

 

 

 

Train to Toronto

Last weekend, I took the train to Toronto with my cousin, Sadie to visit friends and spend time with family. We took the day off school on Friday so that we were able to spend two full days in the city. We came back Sunday morning to be home for Mother’s Day dinner. ¬†When we arrived, the first place we went was Chipotle because there are none in our city and we have been wanting to go for a super long time. We were bursting with excitement and it was absolutely delicious!!!! Then we did some shopping at the Eaton Centre and took the steetcar to our Aunt and Uncle’s house. We had dinner at the Harbourfront Centre and I had the best burger of my life in the restauraunt! The next day, I watched my cousin Charlotte’s riding class in a rural part of Toronto. In the afternoon, I headed back downtown to hang out with my friend, Taylor. We went to Sweet Jesus and had the biggest, yummiest ice cream cones. I love spending weekends in Toronto because there is always something going on or a new place to explore! Here are a few photos…

   ^^Early morning train

  

^^Nice to see my brother (who has been working in Toronto)

^^Such a pretty part of Toronto

^^”Cookies cookies cookies and cream” and ” Oh sweet baby Jesus”

^^Cousin love

Hike With Friends

Took my first hike of the season a couple of days ago with my friends and it was lovely! This is my favorite time of the year because the temperature is so perfect. The sun is out and the skies are clear, but it’s not sticky-hot like the middle of July. I was kind of shocked when I got home and saw that I had a sunburn on my face! I guess I only have myself to blame for lying directly in the sun at the top of the mountain…oops! Anyways, it’s a sign of summer and that makes me very, very happy.

climbing through some rocks…

  

We tried geocaching which was kind of interesting, but discovered that we needed the pay for an upgrade on the app for the full experience ūüė¶

snacks are essential

^^Not sure what’s going on in this picture but I kind of love it

We brought ¬†a picnic lunch to eat at the top of the mountain… We were so hungry!!

Somebody painted this on the rock beside the trail.  I love how it adds color to the forest!