Saturday, 19 April 2014

Nepal Chaperone

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photo via Om Yadav
This time last year I was on my way to Vietnam with a group of students to chaperone a trip through Hanoi and the mountains. It was exhausting and eyeopening and awesome.  And I'm about to do it all again - but this time we're heading to Nepal. I talked then about the many hats you have to wear as chaperone, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't forget to pack any of them.

Let's have some real talk for a moment. Being a teacher is nothing like it looks from the outside. Yes, there's the lessons and the marking and the report cards, but there is also a sense of protectiveness and responsibility for what they learn and how they treat the people around them. And being a chaperone only magnifies these. Now, you're watching them in the real world outside of the bubble like confines of the school gates and hoping they are still learning lessons in exploratory ways. It turns them from students to humans and it's awesome. Not only that, but Nepal is life list destination for me, and better yet I get to go as part of my job. Seriously, how cool is that? (Answer: Super cool)

While I'm away, why not peruse through some oldies, but goodies? Here's a collection of some of my favourite recipes and posts!


  • Have you been to British Colombia in Canada? If not, you should go. If so, you should go again. It's amazing and both Victoria and Vancouver have so much to offer!
  • Living in Asia has afforded us a lot of really great travel opportunities. To this day, Cambodia remains one of my favourite countries. It's rich in culture and flavour and the people are seriously great. If you go, check out Phnom Penh and Siem Reap - both totally worthy stops. 
  • Also Laos. Seriously wow. Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Luang Prabang. All so unique, and all so inspiring. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake

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I've got some really great news for you today. In case you haven't noticed, it's mid-April (already!?), which means it's practically summer. At this time of year many of us start to think about squeezing into our best beach wear for all the world to see, and simultaneously making a list of all the goals you'll need meet before that can happen. Well, guess what? You're stunning just as you are. To celebrate, eat some cake.

What's that you say? You are really committed to your summer-self goals? Awesome! Good for you! Work hard, play hard! I think concentrating on your healthiest self is really important, in both body and mind. So after sweating it out and really going for gold, don't forget to work on the mental aspect of your health too. One great way to do that is by celebrating small victories. Did you run an extra 5 minutes? Complete your first full body push up? Finish your first 5K/10K/half marathon? Then celebrate with cake! And do it happily knowing that this is a single serving cake, so you won't have 7 pieces of leftovers watching you from the fridge. Win-win!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Blog Appreciaiton: Lark&Linen

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And we're back with another Blog Appreciation! This is the time in which I share with you the blogs I read on a regular basis, in order to pass on inspiration and procrastination alike.

Lark & Linen is actually the newest blog to my regular round of reading, but is one I have been going back to again and again as of late. Written by Jacquelyn Clark, this blog is filled with design inspiration, mouthwatering recipes, and a solid dose of life-envy. Not only is Jacquelyn the writer and photographer behind Lark&Linen, but she's also a Toronto based interior designer, editor for Style Me Pretty Living, and has been featured on countless other sources, the latest being a new column for HGTV's blog. Jealous yet? I know I am!

I've been reading Lark & Linen solidly for a few months now, and it has easily slipped it's way into my reading routine thanks to the fact that the whole blog is just plain pretty - from the photos, to the design, to the writing.

I can't remember exactly how I found Lark & Linen (I'm going to guess Pinterest had something to do with it!), but here are a few of my favourite posts to date:

As someone who writes and reads mostly about food, I love the variety that Lark & Linen provides to my reading list, and it's this variety that keeps me coming back - there's always something beautiful to read about!

What are some of your favourites?

NOTE: All photos are credited to

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Ginger Lime Elderflower Refresher

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I'm not really one for mixing drinks. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mixer, but much like sandwiches, I usually find drinks taste best when made by someone else.  There always seems to be a je ne c'est quoi about drinks and sandwiches alike that taste fine when made by me, but are other worldly when made by others. So, usually, I leave it to the pros. 

This little drink on the other hand is a whole other story.  This is a refreshing mix dreamt up as our winter switched to summer in no time flat and left us stunned and covered in a thin dew of sweat (so appealing). The combination of lime and elderflower is the perfect fusion of sweet and tart, and the ginger background ensures a nice kick off the top. Yum!

This is a keeper of a recipe, if you can call it that - it's almost too simple.  It can be whipped up in a snap as the temperatures rise, the sun dips, or any time feeling strikes.   

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Link Love-In: Because the sun is out

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The weather has (finally) turned and it's warm and sunny! I'm going to spend the day working reading in the sun, and I hope you can do the same, wherever you are in the world. Here's a collection of things read in the past few weeks, just in case you need some inspiration!

If you have any suggestions of your own, please pass them along!

Call me old fashioned, but between the Then and Now advertisements, I always prefer the "Then".  The copy in the top lego advert is also worth a read. (via The Huffington Post)

Photoshop vs. the world seems to be a pretty big deal these days. And while I can be lured in by a glossy mag just like the next girl, but this set of images from Aerie are way more 'shopspirational' than your average ad. At least I can guess what it might look like on me. (via Refinery29)

Evolution made easy, courtesy of e.coli - fascinating. (via The Huffington Post Canada)

This Lego-Man travel photography is something awesome. (via GeekSugar)

The Kitchn's Grower Tour series is great, I hope they do more. This is an old one on Sour Cherries and it is just so interesting! It makes me wish I was back in Southern Ontario so I could get some of my own. (via The Kitchn)

I'm already looking forward to my next kitchen, and I don't even know where it is, or when I will have it. But that doesn't stop me from collecting ideas. (via The Kitchn)

Rummage sales area a breezy Saturday afternoon's dream. Just look at what you might find - all of these were uncovered and developed years after her death. Street photography for the win.


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