Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Past Few Weeks in Photos

Around here we've been super busy! Fall has proven to be the busiest time for photoshoots so on weekends Dave has been flying solo with Iris while I travel around from photoshoot to photoshoot. At home we've been soaking up the lovely cool weather and getting more into drawing and stickers. Remember how awesome stickers were when you were a kid?! I love that Iris is getting more creative and will spend 20 minutes just standing at the coffee table drawing away in her sketchbook while Dave and I read on the couch. It's so cool! We are constantly telling each other "Man, our kid is so awesome!" I'm really loving this age.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Made in Canada Etsy Event!

A few weekends ago I got to be the photographer for the Made in Canada Etsy event wooooot! I'm a huge fan of everything Etsy so it was pretty neat to wander around the whole day taking photos. If you were there, you know that line to get in was ridiculously long. CRAZY LONG! I think some people waited about an hour just to get into the building. Thank goodness it was nice out!

I had never done an event like this before so going into it I was really nervous. My worst fear was that the lighting inside was going to be awful thus making my job rather difficult. And what would you know, it was awful lighting inside (ha! figures!). There's nothing like facing those terrible lighting fears! It all worked out in the end though.

Anyway here are a few of the photos if you'd like to take a peek...

All in all a pretty neat way to spend a Saturday :)

Friday, 9 October 2015

Let's Call This a Hygge Moment

You can read about hygge here

I'm really loving this cooler weather lately. And in my mind cooler weather means HYGGE! I love the concept of hygge. 

Anyway today I spent the entire morning baking up cupcakes and a wedding cake for my childhood friend whose getting married this weekend. When I got home, I put Iris down for a nap, looked the other way at the laundry and dishes piling up and made some tea instead. I lit a vanilla candle, grabbed some hazelnut wafer cookies and brought over my latest haul of cook books from the library and had myself a good cozy break.

Perfect perfect perfect.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Bread #2 (Honey White Bread)

I was off to a slow start with this whole bread making challenge but then it got cold out (yay!) and now all I want to do is bake bread non-stop! This one was my first ever "kneaded" dough. I say "kneaded" because you still mix it all up in a mixer with a dough hook first, and then knead it by hand after. And kneading is definitely not as hard as I thought it would be! Well, the recipe only calls for 30-60 seconds of kneading so can't really complain about that.

This bread was light, easy to slice, and toasts up real nice. The recipe I used makes 2 loaves so I baked both and then threw the one in the freezer for later. But then I ate half a loaf for dessert (it's really good ok?!) so I had to take the frozen one out the following morning, ha!

Here's the recipe I used from "Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love" Cookbook.

Honey White Bread

5 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tbsp fine sea salt
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter melted, and cooled
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tbsp honey
3/4 cup room temp water

1 large egg lightly beaten with a pinch of sea salt for the egg wash.

Make It!

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook combine flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add melted butter, eggs, milk, honey and water, turn the mixer on low speed and mix 2-5 minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed until the dough comes together. (It will be kinda shaggy) Turn speed up to medium and mix for a full 7 minutes. 
  2. Transfer dough (it will be rather sticky at this point) to a lightly floured work surface and knead for 30-60 seconds. Shape into a ball.
  3. Butter/spray oil a large bowl and put the dough in there, turning it to coat the outside in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm area for an hour (I preheated my oven for 200 then turned it off and put my bowl in there)
  4. Grease 2 loaves pans. Divide the dough into 2 equal balls, roll each one out to the size of a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. Then starting at the small end roll it up in to a log and place it seam side down in the loaf pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise again for another hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Brush top of loaves with egg wash. Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Let cool and eat that sucker.

Making bread is awesome. I'll admit it's not something you can just whip up right before dinner, but it's totally worth the extra thought and effort. 
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