After a lot of thought and discussions with numerous friends, I have decided that this will be my last blog post. Blogging is actually quite a lot of work on the back end! First you must come up with something creative, then you must make it, then photograph, then edit the photos, then think up something cleaver to say, and then compile it all together! Not to say that I don’t love every minute of it, but lately I have been struggling to find the time.
I just started a new job where I am working a bit later, and I am constantly trying to fit in as much gym time as I can. Then there is the whole friends thing – gotta make time for those!! After all those things have taken up bits of me week, there is almost no time left for anything else! I had started out posting every day, then moved down to once a week, and am currently feeling as though even once a month is too much. With summer coming, I think it is time for me to enjoy the sunshine, instead of feeling tied down to cooking/baking indoors.
I do love cooking, baking, and photography, and am very sad that I will no longer be contributing to Everybody Loves Pretty. I have loved documenting all my food creations over the past 2 years, and have appreciated all the support from anyone out there who has read these posts. Perhaps one day I will come back to blogging when my time is more abundant. I will definitely continue to bake, cook and all that’s in between, and entertain family and friends with my food. It is a very bittersweet ending to such a lovely and fun blog.
Thanks for reading, trying my recipes and even just looking at my photos!
My goodness Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day! I have to this day not gone out for a green beer… and probably won’t this year either as I am signed up for a fitness class! Perhaps next year! I was trying to think of something fun and green to make for St. Patrick’s Day, but everything green was not getting my attention this year… That’s when my roomie had the fantastic idea of making these Irish Cream (Bailey’s) whoopie pies during our baking day!! Genius!! Although these aren’t green, they are definitely delicious! Perhaps I will just have to stick to the non-green Irish treats for now, until I can have my first green beer!!
Finally the days are starting to get longer! It’s actually still light out when I get home! Hallelujah!! Now I just need the rain to please please stop. Ever since I got back from Maui it has basically been pouring! I have all these new spring clothes that I really want to start wearing, but with it being so dark and grey, it’s hard to put on bright clothes! It’s also tricky when you wear light coloured pants and have to walk in the rain! With my 30 minute walk to work, they are basically destined to get soaked and muddy!! So, I’m stuck wearing my winter clothes for now! Continue reading →
Aloha! I’ve just got back from a 10 day trip to Maui! It was so lovely spending quality time with just my family in the beautiful sun! We had some great experiences including seeing a ton of whales while whale watching, seeing turtles while snorkeling, going to a luau (my first one), coming across a random Katy Perry concert and fireworks show, and watching the ever so beautiful Hawaiian sunsets. One thing is for certain… I ate and drank wayyyy too much! I will pretty much be eating salad for the next week to clean out all the booze and chips I consumed at happy hour (every day)! So, here is a fantastic salad that you could have for lunch or dinner. This orange and avocado salad is actually awesome whether it’s warm or cold out! Creamy avocado pairs perfectly with tangy citrus in my opinion especially when mixed with a nice vinaigrette. Not only is this salad super fresh and delicious, but it’s also packed with vitamin C to help fight those winter colds/flus.
One of the reasons I could never go vegan is because of my love for cheese. Quite often, Andrew and I grab a bunch of cheese (and crackers) from Whole Foods and just have that for dinner. I love getting the little odds and ends cheese pieces from Whole Foods. It allows you to try a bunch of little cheeses, instead of spending a ton of money on a huge piece and then potentially not loving it. The first time I had Macedonian Feta was about 2 years ago when my mom put some on pizza. I was instantly hooked! It’s much creamier than the usual feta that you find in grocery stores. Truly heavenly in my opinion. I was actually sitting there just eating it on its own while I was making this salad. Continue reading →
I’ve been really struggling with what to make for Valentines day this year. I had come up with a banana chocolate bundt cake filled with raspberry cream cheese filling… Went through and made it – was super excited about how amazing it smelled… And then I made the biggest mistake a baker could make…. I flipped the cake over too early and it completely stuck to the pan. NOOOOO!! A full hour and a half of prep/baking/cleaning only to have a cake half on my cooling rack and half still in the bundt pan.. Pretty much the worst thing that can happen when making a bundt cake. At least it tasted good all smooshed together. Since my plan A was totally foiled, I had to come up with something quick!!
I’ve been happily taking care of my favorite dog Mysty while Andrew’s parents are away. I absolutely love having a doggy companion, and have honestly wanted my own dog since I was about 3 years old! Mysty is such a good girl that my boss actually let me bring her to work for 3 whole days!! The other two days Andrew was actually home so she literally didn’t have to be home at all. (Lucky her). When I had at her at work, my coworkers were exchanging dog horror stories of dogs that got into mischief when left alone. Whether it was ripping diapers to shreds, or eating a whole chocolate cake and having to rush to the vet, I felt pretty fortunate that Mysty is such an amazing dog and wouldn’t get into trouble like that while she was left alone. Just after I was thinking that, I left Mysty alone for about 30 minutes while I popped out to the grocery store to grab a bunch of kale. Since she as such a good girl, I gave her a dentastick out of the bag, and left for the store. When I came back, I noticed Mysty looking pretty guilty and not coming to greet me with her usual excitement. Instead she walked up to me and laid down and rolled over onto her back, like she does when she’s in trouble. I walked past her to see a shredded plastic bag that must have had around 15 Dentasticks in it, now completely EMPTY! I guess dogs will be dogs and even the best ones make mistakes sometimes!! I must say it was pretty funny to see how she knew exactly what she had done wrong, and was completely submissive. Do you have any good mischievous dog stories to share?
I’ve been making a ton of amazing dinner recipes lately, but unfortunately haven’t been sharing many of them. As I’ve said before, it’s hard to photograph dinners in the winter because by the time I get to eating them, it’s pitch black out! I was quite excited when Sabatier Canada contacted me to develop a recipe for them. It gave me the excuse I needed to make this on the weekend so I could “shed some light” on this amazing recipe. This recipe is one that my mom and I developed together after trying some delicious meatballs at the Victoria Public Market. I’ve never had just meatballs on their own until then, and man is it ever delicious! Of course you can pair this with some spaghetti or linguini noodles if you are a big pasta person.
I’ve never been a very good creative writer, and sometimes I find it hard to write a blurb along with my recipes. I am a very visual person, and have a pretty analytical mind. I love taking photos and filling my posts with them, but when it comes to writing a blurb, I’m almost always stumped. My writing has always been very to the point, and I don’t tend to like to add in a lot of “fluff.” Perhaps this year I will try to tell better stories, and challenge myself to give you a more interesting read along with my pretty photos, and yummy recipes. Oh and sorry I haven’t posted in a while! My weekends have been full of friends and family for the last little while, and since there is not a ton of light in the winter, weekends are the only time I can photograph my food!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and were able to spend lots of time with your family! I know I did! It was so lovely to go back to Victoria for about a week to see all my family and most of my friends! There is nothing better than spending time with your family over the holidays. Although I really do prefer Christmas to visit family and not to receive presents, I got some super awesome gifts this year! Some of my favorites include a le creuset casserole dish, waffle maker, gorgeous pottery dishes, Sorel snowboots and snowshoes! I can’t wait to get both into the kitchen, and outdoors (aka my 2 favorite places to be). Continue reading →