Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Lately

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Well the glory days of the second trimester are officially over. Womp womp. I'm finding myself getting sore and heavy, going to bed early again and napping whenever I can, usually with this little hairball. I'm so thankful for a husband who's been picking up the slack lately (and helping me up out of the bed/couch/tub/car all day long) and workmates who have been so kind and understanding, sneaking me cut up fruit from snack time, or letting me go home early to nap. Everyone is making these last tough months a bit easier and I'm very grateful.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Easy (& Cheap!) Flower Arrangements

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I love me some fresh flowers. Especially during the winter where everything is kinda dead and dismal outside. The only thing is, flowers can get expensive especially for something that doesn't last very long. I've recently found a stall at the market though that sells small bouquets for only $4 or 3 bouquets for $10. Now that I can afford! And when it comes to vases, I just use whatever I have lying around that will work. Traditional vases I find are rather large and bulky, and take up a lot of storage space when you're not using them (which is a lot of the time). This week I used a brandy glass (that's a brandy glass right?) an oil bottle, and some cool bottles I thrifted a while back. Then  I placed them here and there throughout the apartment. Not bad for $4 right?IMG_5894 copyIMG_5897 copy

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P.S Aren't these woodland animals awesome? I found them at Dollarama!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Cream Scones with "Clotted Cream"

IMG_5918 copyI find that I am really drawn to British things. The Secret Garden, Nigella Lawson, Downton Abbey, Jamie Oliver, tea time, rain, I Capture the Castle, country cottages, they all make me feel cozy and happy inside. And one thing I definitely associate with all things British is scones and tea. When Dave and I travelled to London last year we stopped at a really hokey touristy cream tea stall for tea and scones with jam and clotted cream (see below). Oh man so good!

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Since then I've been dying to try making the whole shebang at home. Now the scones have taken a while to find the perfect recipe, but when I read into how to make clotted cream I was a little put off. Apparently it requires baking the cream for over 8 hours. Dang. As that one lady says "ain't nobody got time for that!" So I looked into other easier alternatives and came up with this, which is nowhere near real clotted cream, but when you make a pot of tea and some really good scones you've done enough already.

Cream Scones from here


Ingredients



  • 2 cups flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups heavy cream/whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Make It!



  1. Preheat oven to 400

  2. Mix the dry ingredients (except the 1 tbsp sugar) in a bowl with a fork

  3. Add the cream and mix together, it will be very wet. Use your hands to knead it a few times

  4. Transfer dough on to a board and flatten it out into a round cake shape and cut it into 8 triangles. You could also roll the dough into balls and flatten slightly.

  5. Brush the scones with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar

  6. Place them on some parchment paper and a tray and bake for about 17 minutes


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"Clotted Cream"


Oh man, I probably shouldn't even call this clotted cream. But whatever.

Ingredients



  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt

  • 1 tbsp sugar


Make It



  1. Whip up the whipping cream and sugar until stiff

  2. Gently fold in the yogurt


The cream also tastes really good on fruit and cake too.

IMG_5913 copyThere you have it! A not very traditional but pretty good knock-off British cream tea party. Perfect for an afternoon or after work snack :)

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Farmers Market Mornings

IMG_5883 copyIMG_5885 copyDon't you just love the farmers market? It's not really the same in the winter as it is in the summer, but the market in the colder months has its own special charm. Everything smells like wood, meat, and fireplaces. Heaven! Lately I've been getting into the routine of going on Saturday mornings with my parents and it's something I look forward to every week. This week Dave joined me and we brought my thrifted market basket ($4!) and filled it with eggs, meat pies, apples, and flowers all while holding hands and drinking tea. It was a perfect morning.

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Do you go to the market during the winter?
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