Thursday, July 17, 2014

Still Here

I had grand intentions of weekly blogging once I was on the island but life is so busy, with work and swimming and naps and nature exploration that I honestly have little time to dedicate to something which is currently rather insignificant to me. Here I am today, enjoying a short and rare afternoon break. Cheers.

July 17, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sweet and Savoury

I often invite myself over to my parents' to cook for our weekly meal. I brought crême brulée for dessert to my parents' and made us cilantro, lime and yogurt marinated chicken wings on the charcoal grill.
Cilantro lime yogurt chicken wings Creme brulée Key lime pie Then I had extra key limes so I made a key lime pie with chantilly cream border. It's naturally a pale yellow but I wanted a green filling to echo the lime so I mixed in a few drops of food colouring. Cheers!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Silk

I own two pieces of silk clothing; one is this super comfy top and another a little patterned skirt. Both were gifts from the amazing Anne, and I'm still thankful for them any time the weather warms up. While I'm terrified to get any sort of stain or blemish on it, I take the risk because it just feels so wonderful to wear.
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The pants are something I picked up while thrifting in Paris last August. They basically functioned as PJ bottoms for me most of winter but I love wearing them with this top too. The whole outfit is just airy and light and free and I love it.
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My ammonite-half necklace has become a favourite. I never figured I'd wear it so much. I made my best friend Becky her own necklace with the other ammonite-half. They had actually been a pair of earrings but I had my crafty mother add some loops so I could use them as pendants. Hope you're enjoying the first day of June! Cheers!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

From A Chromebook

I leave this Saturday for the island where I'll be working for the next 9 weeks. Since I use a desktop PC at home, but still wanted to be able to do basic computer stuff and have somewhere to upload photos, I made the decision to buy a Chromebook.
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This whole post was done on my Chromebook, from uploading and editing the photos to writing the actual post. I'm still getting used to the different OS. Not to mention going back to a touchpad and not reaching for the mouse every two seconds.
May 31 2014 A The choke cherries and crab apple trees are in bloom. I'm keeping a bouquet of them on the sill in my kitchen. In a few more days the lilacs in my front yard will be blooming too. I'm glad I get to see them before I go.
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I'm both apprehensive and excited to start work. It'll be a big change since I've been off school since late April and going back to working 6 days a week will be pretty intense. It'll be doing what I love though, in an amazing place, so I can't complain. Cheers!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tiny Petals

I bought this dress in the middle of winter for a pittance, and it's great finally getting to wear it. It's made in a way that I don't need to wear a bra and I am so taking advantage of that because that's a rare thing indeed for me.
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Summer seems to have arrived all of a sudden, practically skipping right over Spring. The sun is out and it's getting hot. There were barely leaves on the trees at the beginning of last week, and now everything is lush and green and alive.
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I'm taking a day trip tomorrow up to the island where I'll be working this summer. The camp director will show me the kitchen and grounds, and where I'll be staying. I'm really anxious to see my kitchen and where I'll be working my trade. It's exciting! Cheers!

Sunday, May 25, 2014


This past Friday, I packed up my van with gear and headed out camping. Unfortunately for me, there was a rowdy and rude group of youths there with ATVs and a sound system they seemed to think everybody wanted to listen to, so I left a day early. It's difficult to relax when you have 7 motorized vehicles tearing around the campsite in the day and pop music playing until all hours of the night so loud you can't even hear the frogs or loons...
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I had some peace, when they all left to go tear around on their noisy machines elsewhere for a few hours. I even took a swim in the lake. The water was very cold, but clear, and it felt wonderful after sitting in the hot sun. And I just love sitting in the hot sun again to warm and dry off. I did get a bit of a sunburn, but ah well! I also thoroughly enjoyed my camp food. I brought homemade soup in baggies to reheat, and boiled up tasty eggs.
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I ran around barefoot basically from the get go, the ground was covered in a soft mat of pine needles so it was easy on my feet. I hadn't thought to bring a bathing suit so I just stripped down to my skivvies and went in like that, which suited me fine. There were hardly any biting bugs to bother me so I spent the majority of the day barely clothed, just how I like it.
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While it was a less than ideal first camping trip of the year, I still enjoyed it. Hopefully my next go will really give me some peace and solitude. Cheers!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hummingbird Cake

It was my father's birthday this week and I baked him up a cake I'd never tried before. While I have no trouble spending 6 hours on one dessert confection, I was looking for something simple and quick this time around. Hummingbird cake to the rescue! A dense, flavourful cake made with bananas, pineapple and loads of delicious pecans.Hummingbird cake It's so simple you just need two bowls; one for the dry, one for the wet (okay technically 3 if you count one for the cream cheese icing) and the most involved part is chopping the pecans and I just used the little mini-processor attachment on my immersion blender to do that. This cake was so delicious! I highly recommend it if you need a great cake in a pinch. Cheers!