Monday, December 14, 2009

a real winter

Vancouver actually produced some real snow yesterday (and is still doing so today); i'm impressed.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

flower watching

joseph surprised me with some flowers when i got back into town two weeks ago and the orchids are still going strong.

Friday, November 27, 2009

spirits up!

Ruby and I were working on a little Christmas display to get us in the mood today. I brought my cedar trees from my balcony inside to help keep things natural during this glitter infested holiday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

do you ever get the feeling... someone is trying to show you something?

Sunday, November 08, 2009

anemone love

i just posted some intensely beautiful anemone photos on persuasion, for those of you who are so inclined.

sister love

i brought these flowers home in anticipation of my sister's visit last week.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

he sleeps all night and he works all day

My beau has to dress up in a Halloween costume for a show he is playing. He decided to dress up as a lumberjack so that he could buy himself some new work clothes and try out having a beard for a while. We used the following as inspiration:

Friday, October 16, 2009

the last of the frozen pesto

garden pesto, daniel lanois, my beau and a little sauvignon blanc.

(don't worry i still have enough basil growing happily in the gloom on my balcony for one more pesto meal.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


stanley park on a late october afternoon.

i have a new project in the works which i am very excited to share with you.
persuasion is a collaboration between myself and my sister elizabeth. the blog will chronicle our two lives in different cities and our everyday musings and will hopefully provide for you regular inspiration. we'll be starting off a little slow, but please check back often; we promise not to disappoint.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

main street farmers market

after work yesterday i went to meet joseph at the main street farmers market, which takes place on wednesday evenings until late october. it's a small market, but happens to have the most stunning back drop: the VIA rail pacific central station. it makes me feel like i am shopping at the market of a grande old city in europe, fresh off the train, picking out a few seasonal bits to take back to the pension with me.

pacific central station photo from here.

i felt like i had done enough baking for the week, so i opted out of stocking up on apples or pumpkins, but with the weather as dismal as it is today, i probably would have enjoyed a little therapeutic apple peeling.

p.s. aren't the beets pretty? i couldn't decide between the purple and the golds ones, so i got red. i now wish i had picked up all three as i have had a silly urge to tie-dye some clothing for a while now and wouldn't that be a fun, environmentally sound colour selection?
the idea is thrilling only to me isn't it? fine, well don't come begging to me for a pink and gold tie-dye tank top when all is said and done.

Friday, September 25, 2009

pumpkin muffins

adapted a whole bunch from a martha stewart recipe.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

french cottage or farmhouse?

i just cannot decide between these two washrooms from
design*sponge and emerson merrick. perhaps the two washrooms could fall in love and create the ultimate washroom offspring -- destined to be the greatest washroom of all time.

Monday, September 21, 2009

pumpkin & butternut squash soup

my lovely sugar pie pumpkins. there was the butternut squash too, but it just looked funny when i sliced it open. of course i saved the seeds for later; i've had them soaking in salt water for a few hours and i'll roast them with a little cayenne pepper.

after cooking the pumpkins (cut side down, with a cup of water in the roasting pan) for a little over an hour (350°F). i only roasted the butternut squash for 50 minutes, but i probably could have given it longer.

this photo turned out nice, but don't be fooled, the blender didn't work at all. i could smell it burning out. instead i hauled down my roommate's heavy duty food processor, which after i had spent quite a while making sure everything was connected properly (my first time! and no roommate or instructions to be found!) was very fun to use.

i cooked the onion up in my saucepan with olive oil and added the garlic. i poured about a litre, maybe more in the end, vegetable stock into the pot. to this i added the full rosemary sprigs, some thyme leaves, black pepper, some cumin and a little cayenne pepper (i could have added more.) then i poured in the butternut squash and pumpkin puree and let the whole thing simmer a while. i removed the rosemary and blended the whole pot down with an immersion blender. i never knew before just how useful an immersion blender can be. oh and i added almost 1/4 cup of grated parmesan.

it was thick and filling and there is still lots of it. very tasty with parmesan toasts.

sleeping dragon

i'm going to be very busy today dealing with these lovely plump squashes, amongst other things. the pumpkins are currently doing a little pre-roasting in the oven and surprisingly smell amazing.
ruby couldn't care less, naturally.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


seeing a lot of red this fall. i always want to dye my hair red and then i (or the stylist) always talk myself out of it. i know it wouldn't last, i know it would turn orange, and i know it would mess with my colour as it is now, but just think of how red it would be!

also have you noticed how popular colour is this season? like lots of colour, really bright and really horrible colour all put together to make one giant colour fiesta. normally i don't even like colour, but it just seems so enticing. (i kind of want colour everything and everywhere!)

images are from here via here, here via here, and here via here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

still dreaming

still plotting and planning and dreaming of ploughing. i hear the grapes are ready right about now at the farm. i guess that means the birds get them this year as i don't know when we'll get to sneak away again. maybe for christmas. christmas on the farm! i can already see the wood stove roaring, a light layer of snow falling outside, roasting potatoes in the oven and fresh eggs in our stockings!

on a different note, have you looked at this blog, sprouted kitchen? it makes me want to eat and eat and eat. or just stare at food all day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

...not so grey

sparkly. after the grey.

fountain outside the vancouver art gallery, at night.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

zucchini pistachio cupcakes ...or why i quit my job

cupcakes that i made for work to commemorate my final days.

they were a hit, both at work and with joseph, naturally. i had a lot of trouble finding shelled -- or unsalted for that matter -- pistachios, so i had to do it all by hand. i didn't mind the salt, in fact i love salty sweet things, but the cracking and the rubbing to remove the skin was tedious to say the least. the recipe however was fantastic. i tried to find something online but mostly just ran into rachel ray (one of her ingredients was so and so's yellow cake mix... great) so i took my mother's zucchini chocolate chip muffin recipe and made some adjustments. i added about three quarters of a cup of very finely ground pistachios, a quarter cup honey (to make it sweeter, like a cupcake, and also to add moisture) a little extra oil, for moisture, i think an extra teaspoon of baking powder, and skipped the chocolate chips. i topped it off with this amazing buttercream where next time i will half the recipe -- a little went a long way. sorry you missed it.

definitely worth $5

especially since joseph paid for it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

sweet peas, a little late

i know i should have posted this over twelve hours ago, but happy 2-year anniversary l & r. i love you very much and am so happy and excited for your long lives together.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

all mine

to give meaning

i love when the clouds are like this too. everyone is forced to enjoy the pockets of sun because you never know if it's going to downpour or pass on by.

a garbage truck is drowning out "i'm on fire". listening to bruce springsteen and reading john steinbeck. never really thought about how similar my favorite musician is to my favorite author. the plights of the working man and the fights of the little guy. funny how much they both speak to my very inner core when i honestly cannot relate to any of their literal words. sure is a humble art isn't it? where would my generation be (or even my parents' generation for that matter) without some of these very real reminders of worthlessness and utter humanity?

Monday, August 10, 2009


all images from design sponge sneak peek

when i think about renovating a certain farm house, these images sure make my jaw drop. the possibilities!