Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello, long weekend.

If you're in Canada, enjoy your long one. Happy Birthday to Canada on Sunday!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Ah, we're inching closer to the Canada Day long weekend. Can't wait. How's your week going? Hope it's been smooth sailing.

I baked a batch of Blueberry Almond Quinoa cookies...and they're not too bad for you. I've had two this morning already.  Good start ;)

Blueberry Almond Quinoa Cookies - makes about 20

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 large egg whites
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together, flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and apple sauce for a couple of minutes. Beat in the egg whites and almond extract for another couple of minutes. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon, to combine. Fold in the quinoa, oats, blueberries and almonds.

Spoon large spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart. Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until golden in colour. Place on a wire rack to cool...or eat immediately. Enjoy!

By the way, I'm over at Poppytalk today as well. It's a "Made in Vancouver" story about a couple of my favourite furniture designers from Bombast.

Have a good day! Back soon.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekend Observations

I can't tell you how happy I am that the sun is shining today. Ahh, I love it. Hope you all had a good weekend.

This post is a little about "baby steps", it seems. Baby steps with the weather inching towards being summery, getting organized, working on my sewing "skills" (ha!), and eating frozen yogurt pops instead of ice cream.....

My husband helped with finding a rod and hooks that would work with this cabinet. Merci, Rob. 

That was a bit of my weekend. What did you get up to? 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Pretending It's Summer

Happy Friday! Did you have a good week? Plans for the weekend?

Thought I'd play a game and pretend that it's warm and sunshiny.  The rain has been pretty relentless (I still love you Vancouver).  Here are summers past in Melbourne, Hawaii, Naramata BC and, yes, even Vancouver....

Monday, June 18, 2012


How was your weekend? Were you celebrating Father's Day?

I baked some apple cheddar buns over the weekend. I love full on white bread anything....I've missed that, since I've been trying out gluten-free baking.  A few ingredients put together to make something so simple and delicious - the humble bun.

Apple Cheddar Buns - makes about 9

1 cup warm milk (about 105f)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 packet (8g) active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium gala or granny smith apple, chopped
1/2 cup aged cheddar, grated

Preheat oven to 320f/160c. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes foamy on top. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, oil and yeast mixture until a dough forms.

 Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead in chopped apples and cheese. Add more flour if dough is too sticky. Knead for about 5 minutes, until dough becomes smooth and elastic.

Roll dough out to about 1 inch thick and cut out shapes with a 2 inch round cookie cutter. Place in a greased 7"x7" baking tin. Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm spot, for about one hour, or until doubled in size. Brush tops with a little milk, and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. These are great for "bunwiches", or with just a little butter.

That's it for today! Back soon.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hello Weekend

This week turned out a little hairier than anticipated. How was your week? Hope it was smooth sailing. I'll be back in action next week!


Monday, June 11, 2012

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Friday, June 8, 2012

All Shades of Seating for Friday

Happy Friday! Here's a peek at a design event to wrap up the week....

This was a sneak peek for IDSwest coming up in September. It took at place at the beautiful Inform Contract Space in Vancouver. Love that space. I could live in it. There was no shortage of seating.

A tour of the BENSEN factory. Incredible furniture designed by Niels Bendtsen. Amazing place. If you get a chance to visit this place, do. I'm pining for a certain sofa bed now. 

Click here for more info.

Click here for more about Bocci. 

Left: Socks + Furniture: An Exploration into the Banal. By Greg Papove
Right: Profile chair and lamp by Conrad Brown and Calen Knauf
Click here for more info on Future Masters vol 3.
(I also see a future baby in the pic on the right. Sorry, couldn't help it.)

All of these can be found at Inform Contract Space. 

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012


How's your week going? Hope it's been stress-free.

I was in the mood for balsamic soaked strawberries, and decided to make chocolate sponge cake to go with them. Just couldn't leave well enough alone, it seems Have you tried balsamic with strawberries? If not, you need to. Outrageously good.   

Chocolate Sponge Cake with Balsamic Strawberries - makes 6
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs, room temperature and separated
1/2 cup berry/caster sugar
2 oz unsalted butter, melted
8 oz fresh strawberries
1.5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 cup whipping cream
Icing sugar for dusting

Balsamic Strawberries:
Hull strawberries and cut in half. In a bowl, mix the strawberries, balsamic vinegar and raw sugar together with a spoon. Allow to stand for about an hour. 

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Grease and dust with cocoa powder, a six cup muffin tin (3/4 cup) and set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder, 3 times. In a large bowl, beat the 4 egg yolks and sugar, with an electric mixer, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes. In another bowl, beat together the 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites making sure not to over mix. The batter needs to remain light and airy. Next, sift half the flour over the egg mixture and carefully fold in until just incorporated. Sift over the remaining flour mix and fold in. Add the butter and gently fold into batter.

Spoon the batter into each cup of the muffin. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until cake springs back with lightly pressed, and cake is coming away from sides of muffin tin. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 
Cut cakes in half, and top one half with whipped cream and strawberries. Place other half on top and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy!

Have you baked anything lately? Do you find baking to be a bit of a stress-reliever or a stress-adder (new word)? I'd love to know.

Have a great day! Back soon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Observations

Did you have a nice weekend? It always go by so quickly, doesn't it? Sigh.

A little bit of my weekend....

Working on the images from the Butter cookbook shoot. 

I scouted this fun home recently. Keep you posted on where the entire story ends up!

 "Love" print by Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl. Merci, Jen!

What did you get up to this weekend? Fill me in!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Friday

I'm happy to see the weekend roll around. Looking forward to some down time! What will you get up to this weekend? 

I'm wrapping the week up with a trio of buildings in NYC, taken from the High Line.... 

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