pie-making: take one

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I’ve always¬†wanted to try making a traditional apple pie from scratch, crust and all, and when I recently purchased an apple peeler/corer/cutter I knew I was ready. The machine is awesome. I swear all I want to do is eat apples, and trust me, that’s a big deal. You’ve got to have the right kind though. The bag of Gala’s I bought for the pie are definitely not the kind you want to use with this machine if you want to eat them afterwards. Most of the Gala’s were too soft so they broke apart rather than were sliced apart, but they were still perfect for pie filling.

My all-time favourite kind of apples are BC’s own Ambrosia variety. They are seriously delicious! Anyways, I got up this morning determined to fulfil my desire to bake a pie. I made the crust, mixed up the filling, and as I was about to make more crust because I didn’t think I had quite enough for the top layer, I realized I didn’t have enough shortening, My amazing husband threw on this shoes and raincoat and ran to pick me up some more. The fact that the pie turned out is actually less surprising than my husband jumping up at the mere mention of my ingredient miscalculation to rectify the problem. He saved the pie – and my sanity. Continue reading

happy harvest

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I spent some time in the gorgeous dusk light this evening taking photos of some of my favourite new – and old – items. We received a beautiful Hudson’s Bay Company wool blanket with the traditional coloured stripes as a wedding gift from some wonderful friends and it inspired me to style a bit of a photo shoot. As it’s also very clearly now autumn in BC, I am now ‘allowed’ to start decorating with pumpkins, another one of my favourite harvest items. ¬†The vintage lantern I picked up at an antique store in Fort Langley a few weeks back and have been itching to make it the star in my fireplace centrepiece. The last and perhaps most useful of these items is my new apple peeler/corer/slicer that somehow makes apples ten times more delicious and desirable. Finally ‘an apple a day’ may actually be achievable. Continue reading

bridesmaid gifting

My bridesmaids are amazing. They have been uber sweet in planning and organizing an amazing bridal shower and stagette for me this summer, not to mention were amazingly helpful during our entire wedding weekend, so I of course wanted to put something special together for each of them to show my thanks. Instead of going with some of the more obvious choices such as initialed jewelry or clutches, I opted to put together a box of treasures for my best girls. I began with a white modern lacquer storage box from Chapters. These are handy as they can be used for jewelry storage or a number of things afterwards. I think found some items which I thought the girls would like, including a Royal Apothic roll on fragrance, and a funky washi tape from Spruce Collective, a wonderfully scented Voluspa candle from Chapters, and a unique handmade piece of jewelry from Brick & Mortar Living. I placed the items on some vintage fabric napkins, added a vintage plexi initial on top of the lid, and tied it all together with a ribbon. Lastly I inserted a sweet note expressing my love and thanks to them for being so awesome. Each box encapsulated some key elements of my style and personality. I hope they liked their vintage, yet modern and fragrant, hand-assembled treasure box.

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