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Weekend Sweep

January 30, 2015

Happy weekend! I hope you’ve got big plans. I’m in Seattle for a Self family weekend as I type this. In SEATAC specifically, where every second person is wearing some kind of Seahawks paraphernalia for the Superbowl. The airport is completely decked out in Hawks décor as well… Pretty cool to see the city come together like that. It reminds me of Vancouver during the Olympics.

To launch you into the weekend, here are a few special little gems that made an impression this week.

  • A roundup of street style over the years from Harper’s Bazaar
  • Julia Restoin Roitfeld sharing her beauty party prep tricks with Into the Gloss After in ITG After Dark. Her styley-cool blog is pretty awesome, as well–even for non-moms!
  • Turns out I have a thing for small spaces… this bohemian glass cabin getaway featured on Apartment Therapy is a cottage dreams are made of.
  • Rosemary, almond and white chocolate cookies on Two Red Bowls is next up on my baking list.
  • And lastly, below is a video by Nowness that captures a marble excavation. I am SO envious about all the gorgeous photos every blogger seems to post that features something delicious or beautiful on a marble countertop. I’d never really considered where that marble comes from.

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Weekend Sweep – Have a Fabulous Weekend

January 23, 2015

Happy Friday! We are heading into a gorgeous sunny weekend here in Calgary. We’re planning on heading up to the mountains to celebrate my brother’s birthday and hit the slopes. What are your plans?

Here is a little collection of things that caught my eye this week, a few distractions to launch you into the weekend:

  • Even though I constantly whine about how small our tiny apartment is, I think I could TOTALLY make it work in one of these gorgeous little luxury mobile homes… (Apartment Therapy)
  • It’s pretty hilarious (and sweet) that Killer Mike and El-P from Run the Jewels are the latest to be featured on Rookie’s Ask a Grown Man column. (Rookie)
  • My lovely parents-in-law gave me a food processor for my birthday and we’re planning on breaking it in tonight with some hummus. Yummmm. (Food52)
  • Below is Karen O’s latest video from her album Crush Songs. It’s pretty cute and makes me ache for summer bike rides.


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bonne fête à moi!

January 19, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I, for one, got spoiled rotten. I was surprised with a stuffed pasta cooking class at the Cookbook Company with Doug on Saturday morning (it was dreamy and now we have SO MUCH pasta dough). Later that day, Doug threw me a little birthday party, complete with our twist on the French 75 (recipe below) and a Funfetti Cake… which we continued to snack on all weekend.

I mentioned last week that we were going to try our hand at whipping up a French 75, but on Saturday, we were struck by a little inspiration and added some lemon rind and lavender to our simple syrup for a special twist. Oh man, it was way too delicious. I paid for it on Sunday.French 75 - Topview

French 75 (adapted from Saveur’s recipe)
2 oz. gin
0.5 oz. lavender-lemon simple syrup (recipe below)
1 oz. lemon juice
Prosecco or champagne to top

Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into a champagne flute, top with bubbles, garnish with a lemon twist (if you’re feeling as fancy as our resident bartender, Douglas was!). Enjoy!

Lavender-Lemon Simple Syrup
2 cups water
2 cups sugarLavender-Lemon Simple Syrup
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp dried food grade lavender (available at your local spice market)

The lavender lends a really subtle flavour to the cocktail and I really enjoyed it. Lavender-lemon simple syrup is fairly easy to make, simply combine two cups water with two cups of sugar, bring to the boil and dissolve sugar, add one tablespoon lemon zest and two tablespoons of dried lavender (ours was in an empty tea bag) let sit to cool. Strain and serve! This syrup is good in the fridge for a week or so.



Weekend Sweep

January 16, 2015

Happy Friday! This weekend Doug’s throwing me an early birthday party, we’re having a bunch of friends over and try our hand at one of my favourite cocktails, a French 75. Hopefully we’ll be able to squeeze a nice long run in, because I am WAY overdue since the holidays. What are you up to this weekend?

Here’s a little collection to kick off your weekend:
Mark Ronson’s new album features Stevie Wonder, Mystical and Kevin Parker and has been on repeat at our place all week.
A grapefruit spritz, what are you sipping on this weekend?
An assault on Prosecco – careful how you serve!
The earth opening and closing during an earthquake in Japan. Crazy!
Oh MAN the most delicious lamb ragu and the perfect dreamy Sunday cooking project – best served with fresh gnocchi.
Lastly, David Bowie’s hairstyle evolution in an amazing GIF

David Bowie


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Golden Globes – Red Carpet Favourites

January 11, 2015

Usually, the best part of the Golden Globes for me (and many awards shows) is spotting all the gowns on the red carpet. hbz-gg-2015-Dakota-Johnson-lgThis year’s didn’t disappoint! My four favourites were Lorde in a custom pantsuit and crop top from Narciso Rodgriguez, Emma Stone’s bad ass jumpsuit, Taylor Schilling in the striking red Ralph Lauren gown and Chrissy Teigen in the lace Zuhair Murad. Dakota Johnson’s Chanel number was pretty awesome, too.

Also, Tina and Amy didn’t disappoint. Did you have any favourites from this year’s event?




Weekend Sweep

January 9, 2015

In the spirit of launching into the weekend, here is a little collection of  favourites that I came across this week.

I’ve watched the short video above at least a million times this week. celine-joan-didion-spring-2015-holding

Do you know Molly Yeh? She’s a Food 52 contributer and I stumbled upon her while daydreaming over recipes last week. She is so cool–and she just got married! Her wedding photos are a dream… check them out on her blog. I want to make all the beautiful things she makes!

Joan Didion for Celine. I’ve been obsessed with Phoebe Philo since her Chloe days and Joan Didion is just a bad ass.

Tonight we’re having a German feast at my friend Rose’s house, so we’re making pretzels and spaetzle and all sorts of goodies. The pretzel recipe is particularly fun.

Since Doug is job searching as a new Canadian resident (!!), we found Mashable’s 8 Things Recruiters Notice About Your Resumé at First Glance to be a pretty good read.

We are constantly threatening to cut our cable, but don’t because we’d miss sports and the news… maybe Canadian networks will follow suit one day?

The video below is a mashup of the best viral videos of 2014 and is pretty awesome.

Have a fantastic weekend!



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Happy 2015!

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! As I write this, I’m perched at our kitchen island licking my wounds from last night. We’ve had a pretty NYE 2014 - Dinnerindulgent day so far, following a ridiculously indulgent evening with friends. As someone who loves New Year’s Eve (it’s an excuse for a magical party–what’s not to love!), I spent the last month or so rallying the troops, trying to find a crazy plan to ring in the New Year. In the end, we had a great dinner party, complete with tons of old fashioned and gimlet cocktails (my favourite!) and wine. It was a pretty typical New Year’s in that we had a ton of last minute additions and wound up squeezing ten great friends around our table, which is an impressive feat given the size of our little pad!

On the menu, aside from cocktails, was a great kale salad from Food52, Best of KramsekageBridge Red and White Tortellini and sirloin steak. My all time best friends are home from Copenhagen for the holidays and they brought the most delicious traditional Danish special occasion cake, Kramsekage, which is basically a dreamy marzipan tower. I wish I got a better photo of it before we dove in!

We also tried a recipe for homemade French Onion Dip, you know, that one all of our mothers make with sour cream and a package of French Onion Soup mix? I could swear I ate my weight in that over the holidays, so was really excited to try a homemade, natural version. Doug was skeptical, but it turned out really well. The recipe is great and the longer the caramelized onions soak into the dip the better it is.

Wishing everyone all the very best in 2015! While I’m not one to go about setting resolutions, I have a great feeling about this coming year. Doug-Kelly NYE 2014





P.S. The photo up top is of Kringel Bread, which has become my new favourite baking project. Fresh from the oven, it’s the most perfect and satisfying snack for an afternoon board game.


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Holiday Reading List

December 28, 2014

With a few flights, layovers and some sweet time to kill between incredible meals and cocktails, I’ve had a little time for holiday reading this year–and I’m in heaven!

On my list has been Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice (best Christmas gift EVER!) and the new issue of Porter Magazine, because who doesn’t love Cate the Great and the fact that her spread was shot by Ryan McGinley makes me giddy. My cousin-in-law suggested that I pick up The Husband’s Secret next and I trust her so I think that’ll be next up… maybe after re-reading The Catcher in the Rye.

Wishing everyone a belated Merry Christmas! What’s been on your reading list this holiday season?

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Happy Holidays – treats for the office

December 20, 2014

I think I’ll dub this the year of the Kraft PaperKraft paper & crayons are our jam this year.... I swear I saw it on all my favourite blogs and websites — and I love it! We wrapped all our gifts in Kraft Paper this year and personalized them with ribbon and wax crayons. Sticking to the paper theme, I wanted to put together some treats for some of my favourite colleagues at work this year. I originally had this idea to do a miniature Kringel Bread for everyone, but with all the dough rising and baking, it just seemed like a lot of work. Plus, Kringel Bread is best straight out of the oven and I’m sure the little loaves would have been stale by the time my friends at work dug in. Instead, I went the more traditional route and spent the last few weeks scouring the web for interesting cookie recipes.

What I came up with was little brown lunch bags, decorated with wax paper and twine. In them, I put a little collection of cookies–my favourite being the rosemary + salted caramel Linzer cookie from Two Red Bowls. That recipe is AMAZING. I also made some white chocolate peppermint cookies (they were also good) and used the last of my friend Rose’s sugar cookie dough for a little extra filling. Go figure that most of the comments I got back were that the sugar cookies were delicious (thanks Rose!). If you’re up for a little baking project, I highly recommend those Linzer cookies, they were so fun to make and the cookies were the best.

Holiday Bags -KS