Sunday, 22 June 2014

DIY Entry Sign

Hey there! Today I thought I'd share what we did with our entryway/ hallway in the apartment. 
Here's what it used to look like...

Boring right? To fancy it up all we did was grab a long piece of untreated pine, cut it in half and screwed it to the wall. Untreated pine seems to be the cheapest option we found, therefore there is a lot of pine in our place. On the bottom piece of wood we attached some vintage hook that I scored from a garage sale last year. For the top I drew out "let's go outside" first in pencil and then painted over it with black acrylic paint (dollar store). I had just finished reading the secret garden before making this so I had the outdoors/fresh air/ gardens on the brain. I almost went with "get some fresh air" but this fit better. 

Now we have a place to hang the diaper bag/ purses/ scarves along with a little daily reminder :) Love it!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Chipotle Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Foodie Nat is back! Much to the delight of the household (read: Dave). After many long weeks subsisting off freezer meals that were packed away before Iris was born, I am now back to cooking on a semi-regular basis. Wahoo! 

Last night I made a ridiculously good salad. I know it's poor taste to compliment your own food like that, but it totally deserves it, it's that good. We had this by itself for dinner and found it was plenty. 

Chipotle Shrimp & Avocado Salad

Inspired from here


  • mixed greens
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • handful of cashews or other nuts chopped
  • green onion
  • raw deveined and peeled shrimp (as much as you want)
  • chipotle spice (I used Mrs. Dash but you could use anything you want)
  • butter

Salad Dressing (this makes enough for a few salads)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 lime juice (about 2-3 limes worth)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • squeeze of agave (or honey)

Make It!

  1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a jar, shake it up and set aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan on medium-high heat. When the butter is bubbly, add the shrimp and sprinkle chipotle or other seasonings over them as they cook. When they are cooked through and pink, remove from pan and set aside. 
  3. Put your veggies in a bowl/ platter, top with shrimp and drizzle some salad dressing overtop. 


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Around the Block

Things around here lately have been great. Iris is actually a lot of fun now! Don't get me wrong, newborns are super cute and squishy but fun? Naaaah, they don't really do much except eat, sleep, and cry. Now Iris actually makes eye contact and laughs, and she loves watching the world go by from her stroller. So every night around 8:30 (after it's cooled off and the sun is going down) the 4 of us go explore the neighbourhood. Sometimes we can go for a good 45 minutes, and other days if she's fussy we may only get to the corner and back. But it's nice for all of us to get out together no matter how long it's for.  Last night I brought my camera along and took some photos...

I like my neighbourhood :)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Baby Book

I've never been a big scrapbooker, nor did I ever envision myself making a "baby book" but alas, here I am doing both! I've been trying to move myself off the couch while Iris sleeps now and this was one of the first projects I wanted to tackle. I had all these great photos but didn't want to just throw them into a plain photo album, I wanted something where I could add little stories and notes. Wanna take a peek?

So far so good! I'm not sure how long I'll be able to keep this up, but I feel like this is something Iris will love to look at when she's older :)

Sunday, 8 June 2014

DIY Cookbook Gallery

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of cookbooks. And no bookshelves. When we moved into this small apartment we had to downsize our furniture quite a bit to make room for Iris related things. This meant packing up our two bookcases and books and putting them into storage (read: my parents attic, sorry dad!). Cookbooks, on the other hand, have been piled up in the kitchen in the space meant for a microwave, and not very neatly either. 

 I wanted to find a way that we could display part of my cookbook collection while keeping it neatly organized. I saw this on apartment therapy and knew that was exactly what I wanted. They just used picture ledges from Ikea but Dave said he could make them for less money. Score! Have a look!

Aren't these awesome? I love being able to see the covers rather than just the spines. I feel totally inspired to cook every time I see it. Also, it feels like I'm in my own personal bookstore ;) 
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