This is my life: In shoes

… At least part of it!

“Successful women can still have their feet on the ground. They just wear better shoes.”

Came across this illustration today by Inslee, an artist based out of New York City. She recently did this piece for a PR boutique in NY called Cameo PR. Immediately upon discovering it, I wanted to check out more of her work. Shortly thereafter, I may have fallen in love at first sight.

Read more about her here or shop her collection.

Now… if only this woman was a blonde…

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

What’s a Saturday morning without a delicious breakfast or brunch? I just LOVE the smell of breakfast filling up a kitchen, so today the espresso is on and I’m learning to make lemon curd!

Found this delightful-sounding recipe from Cupcakes and Cashmere for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Full recipe here.

After collecting all of the ingredients, I realized the grocery did not have jars of lemon curd, so today I learned to make fresh lemon curd! Quite easy actually…

Lemon Curd

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (I like to use my lemon juicer press from Williams-Sonoma to make so I get every last drop!)
  • Zest of one lemon (again, another dandy tool to do the trick from Williams-Sonoma here)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup of sugar

Whisk over low heat in saucepan until thick enough that the spoon is fully covered. Remove from heat, and strain to get out any extra bits of lemon rind. Set aside. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Next up was the pancake batter.

Eggs

Best tool for getting the rind of a lemon - and fast!

Lemon Curd

Definetely using this recipe for lemon meringue pie filling.

Getting there..

I did substitute the milk in the recipe for Original Almond Milk. This brand is my favourite. I did subsutute the raspberries for blueberries as well.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

And success! Light, fluffy, lemony.

Happy Saturday…

Fennel Risotto + dessert

Two days vacation + long weekend. Enjoying every moment thus far! Mostly by testing out a few new recipes.

Started with a lovely (and refreshingly quiet) trip to the market on Thursday afternoon to pick up the goods for a Jamie Oliver Fennel Risotto with Ricotta and Chili. I decided to pay a visit to my favourite butcher and add some lamb sausage to the recipe.

I also added a little extra chili for some more kick and it ’twas perfection!

So delicious I may have forgotten to snap shots, but here is a version:

Jamie Oliver's rendition...

Up next is the result of discovering another new foodie blog,  Baker Girl.

I may have eaten a couple cookies worth of cookie dough along the way, but it was totally worth it. Probably the closest recipe to my grandmother’s chocolate oatmeal I’ve ever come across, too!

yum

There will be more recipes before this weekend is over… so enjoy!

Love Day.

cute

I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of the holiday. However this year, I may have caved and worn my heart on my sleeve, as I’m about to gush (very briefly) about my wonderful day!

Found this on the entry way chalkboard upon arrival:

be my valentine

Followed by my favourite…

This is love, right here.

Charcuterie + cheese + vino = you’ve won my love.

I think someone’s a keeper! That is all.

xo

Small Space Dining

Grocery shopping, menu planning, (vino tasting), all of the preparation involved with one of my favourite things to do with friends and family…

Eat.

Lately, I’ve been dreaming up my idea of a great kitchen, whether in a small or large space, spending some time looking at kitchens, tables and islands. The new CB2 opening on Queen West has only added to my fun. That, on top of the fact that I’ve been helping a certain someone find the perfect table for his space, lending my time to that search as well.

What’s not to love about Toronto… a perfectly lovely condo, so itty bitty, one can barely find room for a bar-sized table for two. Nonetheless, there are some real little gems out there. Check out some of my recent finds:

A neat little, modern space for the young working professional, yet cozy enough for a small group of friends to join for an evening of wine and appetizers. A nice little androgynous space – perfect for the guy or gal.

Simple bar setup.

Looking for a little more ladylike and chic? Add some art, various textures, fabrics and pops of bright colour. Fresh squeezed jus d’orange with brunch anyone?

Pretty in pink.

Another space, again great for a guy or gal. This one also very simple, yet a little rustic. Love the exposed brick and the chalkboard – write up your menu for the evening, or simply leave love notes (that would be my choice!). When I look at this great little kitchen and bar setup, I just want to pull out the cheese board and charcuterie. Found this space idea from ApartmentTherapy.com.

Love this.

Then there is this little number that we’ve been repeatedly going back to CB2 to stare at, sit at, and ponder over. The mango wood legs, with rustic-looking tin top.

Little gem from CB2

And lastly, on the hunt for bar tables and stools to fit a small space, I figured why not think up the best case scenario for a bar table. That’s when I found this extra long bar for a fabulous (and huge!) kitchen. This is one of the “I want it one day” list. What dinner parties we could host!

Happy times happen here.

Will keep you posted on the table hunt!

Jacklyn

LOVE. This. Scarf.

pretty

Seriously. The photo alone just makes me want to bundle up. Giant, flowing, colourful scarf – my favourite.

Plus, it works for all seasons. Use it as a shawl, add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit for Spring/Summer, or wrap it a few times over to bundle up. The sheer thickness and airiness, just makes me want to bring on the layers, grab an americano, and hit up a market.

My perfect weekend morning!

xo