2 Oct 2015

internet stuff for reading enjoyment

Happy Friday! What is everyone doing this weekend? I'm on Baby Watch 2015 so nothing concrete on my end, but if time permits I'm going to try to start reading this novel, try my hand at baking these cookies and working on my Halloween costume! What are you going as for Halloween? Here's some stuff from around the internet for your reading enjoyment!

would you listen to this podcast?


25 things to do when you're feeling down

I am in love with Potter It Forward!!!  

this is such an important lesson and gives much needed perspective 

you have to tell people what you're interested in

this is truly the best pumpkin bread recipe 

things to talk about on a first date

3 casual ways to wear red lipstick 

are you following Smart Girls on pinterest? Get into it.  

7 organization tips for your rad apartment

just...look at this cake. 

these wallpapers are p cute
Have a great weekend! xo

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1 Oct 2015

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall

Hello lovely friends! Have I told you about all my feelings for fall? How much I love this season? Yes? Well, good news, I'm going to tell you again! Hooray! It really is the best season. I have an extremely child-like excitement about the whole season. I can't think of a single sarcastic or sardonic remark in regards to the loveliness of autumn, thus proving my affection. Today is our first legitimately chilly day. I dug out my sweaters and am rocking a pair of seriously cozy socks. I may even go looking for my *gasp* scarves. Ah! So much excitement! Also it's October now so everyone can officially put out Halloween decorations, carve pumpkins, and have a preposterously large bowl of Halloween candy in their house for grazing pleasure. Digging through some old blog posts I realized I have undertaken many projects that are perfect for ringing in the chilly days of autumn. Serious question: do I love fall because I'm a blogger or did I become a blogger because I love fall? Please advise. Here are five awesome ideas for celebrating fall that are more than pumpkin spice lattes!

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall: Make Caramel Apples

1. Make caramel apples
Can I tell you a secret? This is really, really, really easy. You only need three ingredients to make your own caramel apples. I mean, it's up to you whether or not you want to share that information with your friends or simply show up at a potluck bearing a tray of glossy, candy coated apples. Either way: caramel apples for everyone!

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall: Make Butterbeer

2. Brew homemade Butter Beer
Are you Harry Potter fan? Yes. The answer is yes. If you haven't read the books or seen the movies I'll just assume that you have been hiding under a rock and/or actively avoiding doing so out of some obviously misguided notion. Fall is the perfect time to re-read the series and while you're at it make a batch of homemade butter beer. The delicious, belly warming elixir we've all been craving since reading The Prisoner of Azkaban. Spoiler: it tastes like pie in a mug! Fall beverage game on point.

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall: Make Mulled Cider

3. Make mulled bourbon cider
First of all, this will make your house smell ah-mah-zing. Secondly, it's absolutely time to start drinking bourbon again. Consider this mulled bourbon cider a gift from you to your tastebuds. Invite your friends over for a scary movie and put a big batch on the stove and enjoy your feeling of domestic godessness. Note: cinnamon sticks are a must! Such fall, very autumn, wow!

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall: Make a Pear Pie

4. Bake Pushing Daisies' Pear and Gruyere pie 
Have you watched Pushing Daisies? I am a fan, a big fan. I consider it to be one of the more romantic television series one can watch. There's two of my favourite parts of fall: romance and pie. Ideal situation! In an attempt to cheer her aunts who believe she is dead, Chuck aka Charlotte bakes them a Pear and Guyere pie which she has secretly delivered to their house. Since seeing that episode I craved just such a delicious pie, and finally made one last fall. It was phenomenally delicious. Get your pie ingredients, put on season one of Pushing Daisies and fall in love. All of the above best served with ice cream.

5 Awesome Ideas for Celebrating Fall: Make Apple Crumble

5. Make the best apple crumble ever  
This is the epitome of a back-pocket recipe. The crumble topping works on any filling: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup rolled oats. Combine and spread generously on a fruit filled baking dish. Apples for fall with a generous serving on cinnamon. I give you full permission to claim this as your own and make your friends think you're a baking goddess (and like I said yesterday it tastes just. like. fall)

 What are you going to bake/eat/visit/do/see this fall? If you make a recipe from this post let me know in the comments I'd love to hear how it turns out!

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30 Sep 2015

september wrap-up

Welcome to the last day of September! This means that tomorrow marks the beginning of October! I love October. October is the perfect fall month. Pumpkins! Cool days! Getting to watch Hocus Pocus! People still in good moods! Halloween! I'm the most excited about Halloween. Yesterday I decided I would be taking all hallows eve off-call. This means I'll be undertaking the seriously enjoyable task of planning a costume. I wish you a very enjoyable final day of this lovely month (and it has been a lovely month) and if you're a Halloween person like me then let's celebrate tomorrow by breaking out the scary movies, pumpkins and candy. Nobody will judge you if you watch Hocus Pocus. Now it's time for the most popular posts of the past month...

this and this weekly link round ups were popular

life lately // odds and ends

the august wrap-up was a favourite 

senior year // week twenty seven 

Thanks for reading! Until next time, xo

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29 Sep 2015

life lately // Mercury, Mars and the Merits of Apple Crumble

Ahoy blog friends! How is everyone faring on this fine autumnal day? It has been raining off and on  but right now the sky is a riot of pinks and purples. It's giving me feels. Sunset feels. You know what I'm talking about, right?
Tiffany made delicious homemade pizza and there was leftover bacon in the fridge, so things are going pretttty well right now. Here's what I've been up to lately.
First things first. Guys? Mercury is in retrograde.

Retrograde. I know, my sentiments exactly.
Things have been a bit...off kilter lately. As it goes sometimes. I'm looking at it as a way to keep a cool head and other assorted behaviours I admire in others but rarely feel I exhibit myself. Stay tuned to see how this one turns out. But forget about Mercury, did you hear about Mars?! This. is. huge. Nerds everywhere like me were v excited to learn of this new development. EXTRA TERRESTRIAL LIFE! Okay, phew, that's out of the way. Serious follow up question: this does/does not mean The Doctor is real? Please advise.

Speaking of nerddom, I'm about two-thirds of the way through Lady of the Forest and loving it. Robin Hood and Maid Marian are proving ample distraction from more pressing matters like studying *ahem* It's got more of a Pillars of the Earth than Romance Novel vibe and I'm into it.

Lets just take a minute for Three Legged Cat Appreciation. I think we all deserve it. I mean come on...

 What a ham! Some Jedi Grand Master...Okay, onto more serious things.

I've got two words for you: Apple. Crumble. 
This apple crumble is the easiest and most delicious of apple crumbles. Nothing but life improvement awaits after you make this yourself. Please make it tonight. Right now. Go right this second to your kitchen and bake it. Your house will smell like fall and your taste buds will be covered in cinnamon kisses. That's some serious business. 
I think that's all from me for now. Keep it classy. Until next time, xo

PS If you do make the apple crumble leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I would love to hear.