Thursday, February 26, 2009

snow queen

last night walking home with my hair down covered in little snow flakes and melted drops i felt like the toughest little girl in vancouver - as though i was the only one who could weather the storm (or the light flurries).

also, i would like to add that anyone who doesn't like daffodils is probably also the sort of person who kills lambs and knocks birds nests out of trees.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

cranberry muffins and parrot tulips


with my new job i have to wake up early and work long hours. this means i have to eat breakfast and i have to do it as quickly as possible. granola and yogurt is my back-up when i run out of tastier things, or just when i need to change up the routine again.
today i thought i would try out a couple of healthy recipes so that i would have easy breakfast for the next week or two. the first were a vegan, no sugar added (although i added in a bit of dark buckwheat honey) cookie that are basically like gooey banana bread and trail mix combined. i'd try them again, but they need some tweaking before i'm really happy with them.
i also made some relatively healthy muffins from a recipe my mom forwarded my way:

cranberry oat muffins

2 cups quick rolled oats
2 cups sour milk (i wasn't sure on the ratio, but i added 1 3/4 cups milk to 1/4 cup vinegar)
2 cups flour (i used whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (i used 3/4 cup and 1/4 cup buckwheat honey)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil (or melted butter)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (i used 1 cup frozen cranberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, and also 1 cup chopped walnuts/pecans)

mix together the oats and sour milk and let stand. combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. add eggs and butter to oat mixture and mix well. add the flour mixture all at once to the oat mixture and stir until just moistened. stir in the berries (and nuts). fill the baking cups half full (i filled them 3/4 full) and bake at 400°F 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
makes 2 dozen. (i got 28)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

when my best friend is in town

speaking of school...


the second or so week that joseph and i moved to the 'couv we walked miles everyday. one day i wore my cute little leather boots with the little hidden heel and we walked a good 130 blocks or more (i may have mentioned this before.) since that day i have been completely unable to wear any shoes other than my runners -- my highschool gym class runners. i can make it half a block in normal shoes and my heels scream out in the pain of a thousand hammers. (i would like this pain to go away soon.) now since wearing the runners everyday i have noticed that i am not the only one. hell tonnes of people are wearing them to work and school and the grocery store everyday. and why shouldn't i? i'm on my feet for at least 11 and a half hours everyday, i deserve comfy shoes. well the problems are twofold:
1. i wear skinny jeans
2. i have pride
2 1/2. how would it look to represent my sister this way??
my solution was simple. i need some new sneakers that are more stylish and even if they are not quite as comfortable hopefully they'll do the trick.
in come the pf flyers from a shop down the road from garlands.
I HAVE NEVER HAD A SHOE SO COMFORTABLE. EVER.
i feel like i am wearing bowling shoes everyday, but with padding and grip. i'm bowling on clouds people.

still life


what happens when our shop accidentally gets in 2 boxes of orange makaras one day and then the real two boxes two days later? i get to take home $170 worth of orchids. plus i can set up stupid photos like this one, (this is however exactly how the orchids look in the apartment, without needing to stage the photo) or better yet, i could get out my watercolours and relive junior high art class all over again.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

for the first time in a long time...


a flower photo for you. i bought these tulips for myself after a long hard day on valentines day. when i got home joseph had dinner ready and wine decanting. imagine.

a french toast kinda morning



when i woke up this morning my first thought was: "hey, i have everything i need to make french toast. i don't have syrup...but i do have frozen berries!" so that's what i did.
at the end of the meal joseph displayed his resourcefulness to me when faced with the challenge of a plate full of yummy berry-sugar juice and no more toast to soak it up.

sunday = water the plants


with my lovely assistant of course.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

fleur de sel


i have really been wanting to bake something these last couple of weeks. i have only put it off this long because i know what a pain it is to build up a collection of flour and sugar and everything required from scratch. but i had joseph out with me today (to carry everything heavy) and thought i would try these cookies. i needed to borrow some of josh's sea salt (he has over eight different types on the counter, it was hard finding the basic stuff) and it was well worth it. crunchy and buttery and salty. i didn't buy enough white chocolate, so i added some chopped pecans which i think i will put into the recipe from now on. it was late afternoon when i started and when i finished i had this incredible sunset just outside my window.
oh and the recipe only calls for one egg, six eggs just made a better photo.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

kimono

my birthday present from joseph

today it is plus 10 and sunny and joseph is in bed with a fever. but i read that tomorrow is supposed to be nice too, so perhaps i'll just go join him.