Shopping the summer sales

Mexico shopping

This post is for anyone who, like me, is heading somewhere warm this fall/winter and wants to pick up a few items while the deals are good! We’re heading to Mexico at the end of October for a wedding and we’re all very excited. Well, Emmylou doesn’t really understand but I’ve been telling her we’re going to the biggest beach she’s ever seen and that’s all she needs to hear… haha. We’re going for 9 days, so we’ll need a fair amount of summer clothing to get us through and conveniently now is the time to pick up summer clothes at amazing prices so I’ve been doing a little online perusing…

First off… the swim suit. I only have one swimsuit currently, and I figure I’ll need a spare because I plan on spending A LOT of time in the water. I love this fuchsia one-piece halter with a cute knot detail in pink. I also really like this blue and white stripped two piece with ruffles on the sleeves, and this purple one piece with cut out detailing is super funky and sexy. And to go with my swim suit I obviously need a couple of hat options… I love this fedora style one and this floppy crocheted one.

These draw-string linen shorts in grey would be perfect for casual vacation days and this white and navy stripped tee (again with a cute knot detail), this James Perse v-neck in pink, and this lace-trim tunic would all be good for daytime lounging. For the wedding, or for a dinner out, I like this white eyelet shift dress as well as this floral print fit-and-flare. And also how cute and Mexico appropriate is this p.j. romper?

 

 

And of course I can’t forget Emmylou! All of her summer clothes are getting pretty tight so I need to size up and get her a few new things to bring. I love this little pink and orange halter swimsuit, and this adorable two piece (seriously… I can’t even…). This jean skirt with this tie-back tank, this blue and white floral print tank, and this blue and white stripped tank are all super cute and comfy looking. I also like this patterned green shift dress and this grey swing dress for the little lady. For the wedding this purple peplum swing dress and these little t-strap sandals would be perfect.

 

 

The furthest South I’ve been is Arizona so I’m quite excited about this trip… even though it’s put a bit of a wrench in our baby number two planning due to Zika concerns. At this rate Emmylou will be graduating High School by the time we get around to giving her a little baby brother or sister to play with! But how could we say no to Mexico?

 

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Weekday casual

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

I love love love fall. I think I’ve literally been planning all of my fall activities since June…. Baking, making soups, hoarding scarves, putting pumpkins everywhere… you name it I do it. I think it has something to do with the memory of going back to school when I was a kid. It was always a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. A new year, new clothes, the possibility of new friends – it was always such a magical time. And even now, to mark the changing of the seasons I like to update my wardrobe where it’s needed (and now I get to update Emmylou’s as well… which is the most fun).

This is a great look for transitioning into fall. It’s casual – with the ripped jeans – but the wedges and the lightweight, ruffled J.Crew sweater elevate it enough to make you feel seamlessly put together. I’ve been wearing these Clarks wedges alllllll summer, and they have held up so well. They are so, so comfy, go with just about anything, and give me just the right amount of height when I need it. They have also proved very useful for outdoor weddings when you don’t want to wear heels and run the risk of sinking into the grass and falling on your face…

Fall can come on pretty strong here. I really noticed when I went to Indiana last fall how warm and nice it was there compared to Calgary. So even though (most) days are still hot and humid, I know starting next month the chill will return to the air, boots and sweaters will be pulled out from the backs of closets, and hearty stews and roasts will make a comeback in a big way. Needless to say my anticipation is growing. However, I tend to wish my life away more than I’d like to (especially when you have a two year old that you CAN’T WAIT to have potty trained…), so I’m trying to slow down, take a breath and enjoy what’s left of the fleeting summer months. Because before you know it, the snow will be falling, I will have lost what little tan I’ve managed to accumulate, and I’ll probably be looking forward to spring again.

I am also planning to take advantage of the summer sales right now and pick up a few items for our trip to Mexico in November. We won’t need a lot (because let’s be honest – I’ll be living in a swim suit), but I might need to get a few larger sized pieces for Emmylou because all of her summer clothes are already getting too small – and a few things for me of course…

Hope you all are enjoying soaking up this last bit of August!

{ shirt / jeans / bag / sunglasses / wedges }

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

White J.Crew sweater, ripped jeans

 

Zucchini olive oil muffins

Zucchini olive oil muffins

These might just be the perfect summer muffin. They are light, fluffy, moist and not too sweet. I’ve made them twice now and both times they have been a total hit so I’m inclined to just keep making them until zucchinis go out of season and I’m forced to switch to something new… Seriously, on a warm August morning there is nothing better then a freshly baked zucchini muffin and a big cup of coffee to get your day off to a good start. They would also be a great choice when you need a little something in the afternoon, or if you have a constantly hungry toddler you’re dealing with day in and day out and you want a healthy option that will also make them leave you alone for like five minutes…

Also, I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of August already! This time of year is always bittersweet for me because I LOVE fall, but I also want to make sure I’m getting the most out of summer because our winters can be so long here in Canada. We’re thinking of doing a beach day this weekend, and planning a little road trip at the end of the month to Drumheller to take Emmylou to the dinosaur museums. I’d also like to get a couple more hikes in (our last one didn’t work out because all of the trails we wanted to go to were closed due to bear activity)… So we have to find a few new places to go, hopefully sans bear warnings, and get our hiking in while we can!

Anyway, back to the muffins, they are dairy free, refined sugar free, and you could totally just use all whole wheat flour if you want to make them SUPER healthy. Feel free to spruce them up any way you’d like! Maybe some chopped nuts or a few oats. I’m a purist when it comes to zucchini muffins – just flour and zucchini please – but you do you!

Hope you all are enjoying your August and looking forward to the changing season!

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Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

Zucchini olive oil muffin

 

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Zucchini olive oil muffins
A moist, fluffy, lightly sweetened zucchini muffin perfect for summer breakfasts.
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Mix wet ingredients in one bowl (adding shredded zucchini last), mix dry in a separate bowl, then add dry to wet and combine. Spoon mixture into lightly greased muffin tin (I always use coconut oil). Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Musings on self-care

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It’s Sunday night. The rain is falling, Zach is downstairs doing homework, Emmylou is asleep and Jack is curled up next to me on the couch. I just finished eating a big salad for dinner and now I’m sipping on a glass of wine. This is what self-care looks like to me. Nourishing my body, finding time to relax, and indulging in things I enjoy. I’ve been thinking about self-care lately for a couple of reasons, the first being I’ve come across a few blog posts on the topic – specifically self-care as it relates to being a mom – and second because I don’t think I’ve been doing enough of it lately.

I’ve been feeling a bit run down the past few weeks, and since I stopped breast-feeding I’ve gained a few pounds which totally blind sided me (seriously WHY DID NO ONE WORN ME I HAD TO STOP EATING LIKE A LINEBACKER AFTER I STOPPED BREASTFEEDING!!). Zach and I were talking about how we want to make some healthy changes to our diet this weekend (but so hard… because the 7-11 is so close) and I’ve slowly begun to formulate a few ways I want to take better care of myself so I can fit back into my jeans (just in time for fall), have more energy, and maintain my overall health. So here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Greens, greens, greens. I am a big fan of green smoothies. I like to have them first thing in the morning to get things off to a healthy start. I want to make sure I am getting up early enough to have time to make myself a smoothie during the week, and also make sure I stay stocked up on greens for salads, smoothies and side dishes.
  2. SLEEP. Seriously. So important. If I’m not getting enough sleep I will literally eat sugar for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snacks, middle of the night snacks… anyway, you get the picture. I am sugar obsessed. I eat it way to often and I know it’s TERRIBLE for me, but if I’m tired I loose all control of what little restraint I have when it comes to the sweet stuff. Therefore, I must make sleep a priority. On Saturday night I went to bed at 9:00. You do what you have to do when you live with a toddler who is absolutely incapable of sleeping past 6:45, quality time with your husband be damned.
  3. Drink wine. I’m not a huge drinker, but I do like a nice red wine. And I’ve been reading lately that 3-5 oz of red wine a day for women can be beneficial to your health. So enter my new hobby of picking out a new red wine to try on the weekend and having a small glass every evening during the week. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it brings a bit of fanciness to an otherwise unfancy Monday night spent doing laundry.
  4. Cut down on the snacking. I LOOVVVVEEE to snack. Which was just fine when I was breastfeeding because you need the extra calories. But now I find myself snacking out of habit even though I am not at all hungry. Having the small glass of wine at night has been helping cut down on night time snacking, and during the day I’ve been trying to have fruit and nuts when I need a little something between meals.
  5. Pelvic floor strengthening – my fellow moms know what I’m talking about… After you have a baby your care practitioner is quite adamant about re-strengthening your pelvic floor muscles by doing kegels to prevent issues down the road. But let’s be honest, when you have an infant demanding 100% of your attention, it can be hard enough to get a shower in or feed yourself never mind dedicate time every day to perform kegels that I’m never even actually sure I’m doing correctly… So when I recently came across this article on Chalkboard magazine about strengthening your pelvic floor muscles through certain yoga moves I was intrigued… I’ve decided to add it to my self-care routine and try to do it three times a week.
*Almonds have become my go-to snack. I always have a small bag in my purse and at work for when hunger strikes*
*Almonds have become my go-to snack. I always have a small bag in my purse and at work for when hunger strikes*

I feel like before I had a baby I was the self-care queen. I loved relaxing nights in, taking baths, doing a yoga class, having a glass of wine with a friend… But priorities shift when you have kids and are constantly balancing the demands of working life and home life. Now that Emmylou is two and getting more independent every day, I think it’s a good time to bring some of these self-care practices back into my life and create new ones tailored to what I need right now.

Also, here are some quotes about self-care… because who doesn’t love a good quote!

“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. ” – Jill Bolte Taylor

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. ” – Etty Hillesum

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ” – Lucille Ball

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*Sleep - the basis of my self-care routine*
*Sleep – the basis of my self-care routine*

Peach ginger smoothie bowls

Peach ginger smoothie bowl

Smoothies are one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. Not because I like them (which I do, but let’s be honest chocolate chip pancakes are much more exciting), but because they are quick, easy, totally customizable, and set you up for a day of feeling fabulous. Think about it – you throw some avocado, frozen berries, chia seeds, ginger, turmeric, cucumber and leafy greens in there and have that first thing? You’ve got energy all day AND you can give yourself a little pat on the back for eating veggies for breakfast.

On the weekends lately we’ve been getting crazy and making smoothie bowls! Living on the wild side if you will… My favourite things about smoothie bowls include 1) they are really pretty and 2) Emmylou likes to decorate them, and in turn eat them because what toddler doesn’t love decorating and then eating food (I’m looking at you Christmas cookies…)?

We went a bit seasonal with these and used peaches as the standout flavour. I have been obsessed with using peaches in cooking/baking this summer (next up I would love to try a peach salsa), and these peach ginger smoothie bowls had been floating around in my mind for a few weeks so we finally decided to give them a try. They had to have ginger root because that is my must have smoothie ingredient most of the time (I love the invigorating kick it adds) and I just used kale as the green component because that’s what I had on hand. Feel free to substitute another green, and play around with the toppings!

Peach ginger smoothie bowl

Peach ginger smoothie bowl

Peach ginger smoothie bowl

Peach ginger smoothie bowl

Peach ginger smoothie bowl
*Enjoying the ‘fruits’ of her labor*

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A seasonal peach smoothie bowl with a gingery kick!
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Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend until creamy. Decorate however you like! Ideas include: Sliced almonds, shredded coconut, banana slices, peach slices, berries, bee pollen, hemp seeds, oats or granola.

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August long weekend

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*In Canmore, A.B. - trying to find a hiking spot where we wouldn't get eaten by bears*
*In Canmore, A.B. – trying to find a hiking spot where we wouldn’t get eaten by bears*

Well, August long weekend has come and gone! It seems like fall will be upon us in no time, so I am trying to savor the sweet summer moments while I can. Since I recently returned from a trip to visit my family on the East Coast, and we have a SUPER busy weekend next weekend with a wedding and Zach doing an annual two day charity bike ride, we decided to stay in town and have a low-key few days.

I did a great hike on Monday and it had me inspired to do an easier one with Emmylou and the pups this weekend. Early Saturday morning we brewed some coffee to go and headed to Canmore, A.B. to do a young-child approved hike. But when we pulled up to the trail head (after 1.5 hours in the car) we saw a sign indicating the area was closed due to bear activity. We could only laugh by this point, and try to explain to Emmylou why we couldn’t get out of the car even though we had seemingly reached our destination. We ended up heading to Barrier Lake, which wasn’t too far from where we were, and spending some time playing in the mud (Emmylou) and swimming out to get sticks (Jack and Bandit). At one point Emmylou FELL IN the lake, like totally submerged, so Zach ran in to grab her and pull her out (parents of the year… I know…). It was so scary for that fraction of a second she went under, but she was totally fine. As soon as he pulled her out she was all like ‘I’m gonna tell Nana!’… Thanks Emmylou.. tattletale.. Lol.

Saturday night we decided to order pizza from a new place we had heard about but hadn’t tried, and binge watch some Netflix. We then decided since there are so many good pizza places popping up in Calgary, and since we are both pretty obsessed with pizza, that we would try out a new place once or twice a month and compare them. Seriously there’s nothing better then having a pizza and Netflix night sometimes!

*Pizza, a can of pop, and Netflix... sometimes you just need it*
*Pizza, a can of pop, and Netflix… sometimes you just need it*

Sunday we went to Zach’s sisters place for a BBQ. Emmylou and I tried out this peach crumble pie recipe I had come across a few weeks ago, and it was a total hit. She loves baking with me. I just have to hold back my obsessive cleanliness  when she ‘helps’ because oh man… the mess.. But I just tell myself over and over – ‘we’re making memories, we’re making memories.’ Even though she’s two and who remembers anything from when they’re two… Emmylou had a great time playing with her cousin and the cats at the BBQ, and I had a great time enjoying some wine  🙂

*Peach crumble pie.. seasonal eating at it's finest*
*Peach crumble pie.. seasonal eating at it’s finest*

The rest of the weekend (Monday was the holiday) I did some running, some dog walking and several thousand errands. We also finished Stranger Things on Netflix (seriously so sad we’re done it! What now… haha), and we did a bit of planning for our busy weekend next weekend, when we’ll have family from all over coming in for this wedding and I’ll pretty much be on my own with little miss because Zach will be doing this bike ride. After this relaxing few days, I feel ready to tackle it though! I got a dress a few weeks ago that I think will be perfect for a summer wedding, and I have something for Emmylou to wear, so at least that much is decided.

There were definitely moments of frustration this weekend due to spending so much time with an unruly two year old… but man after she goes to sleep, all I can think about is how funny and smart and cute she is – and how fleeting this time with her being small is because she’s growing up so fast. We were at the park Monday evening and I said, ‘Hey, do you want to get going and have some dinner?’ and she immediately responds, ‘No.. five more minutes mom!’ What!? How does she even know what that means! Oh man… haha. Hope you all had a great weekend filled with friends and family!

*She doesn't always like having her picture taken... but she always likes jumping!*

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Items, ideas & inspiration: No. 9

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TV SHOW: Stranger Things. This Netflix original is definitely my go-to show of the summer.  Did you ever watch E.T. as a kid? And remember all of those campy 80’s horror movies by Stephan King and John Carpenter? This show pays homage to the whole 80’s genre of ‘something strange is going on in small town America’. AND it stars iconic cult-movie icon Winona Ryder. It’s so well done and weird and nostalgic – it’s perfect viewing for warm summer nights with some freshly popped popcorn.

BOOK: The Queen of the Night. This book is my perfect-for-summer, take on vacation or to the beach novel. The book is about Lilliet Berne, star soprano of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. It’s full of twisty plots, intrigue, unexpected betrayals, and over-the-top fashion. It’s looonnnggg (560 pages) so it will last you a while. It took me a while to get into it, but now that I’m in, I’m hooked. And like I said, I’ve taken it on two vacations, to the beach, and to my back-yard with a glass of white wine to relax after Emmylou has gone to bed. Everything you want to be able to do with a good summer read!

RECIPE: Easy (vegan, gluten-free) Peach Crisp from Minimalist Baker. I am going to a BBQ this weekend (August long.. Woohoo!), and I said I would bring dessert. I’m OBSESSED with peaches right now, and this healthy-ish peach crisp seems like a perfect way to get my fix. Featuring caramelized, bubbly peaches, low-sugar, and just ten ingredients, I can see this quickly becoming a go-to summer staple.

*Easy Summer Peach Crisp via The Minimalist Baker*
*Easy Summer Peach Crisp via The Minimalist Baker*

READS: Want happier, calmer kids? Simplify their world

The bleak truth about how we spend our time
Inspiring read about what constitutes time well spent…

The French girl’s guide to interior design

How to plan a meal with multiple courses

5 (clean) mix-ins for dry face masks
Anyone else experiencing the effects of too much sun exposure?? My face could certainly use a little pampering..

Jordan from the amaza-blog Ramshackle Glam show us what’s in her refrigerator!! There’s nothing I love more then seeing what’s in someones fridge..

A step-by-step guide to masterfully shucking oysters

Paris in August
What to eat, what to drink, where to stay, and where to shop!

*Paris in August via Goop*
*Paris in August via Goop*

Recipe: sweet potato and cinnamon bread
For breakfast… with butter….

SHOPPING: I can’t believe July is almost done! There is so much more I want to do before this summer comes to an end. Camping, hiking, picnics, maybe one more trip to the mountains… The days are longer in the warmer months but time does seem to speed up doesn’t it? I’m pretty happy with my summer wardrobe right now, and I’m actually looking to start purchasing a few things for fall. I just ordered this grey Herschel backpack because… grey… and I’ve wanted a cute backpack for a while that can fit the wide assortment of things I seem to carry around everywhere. I also like this grey embossed cross-body bag for fall, and this grey saddle bag. This Michael Kors trench in navy is a great deal right now for the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I also like this long, wrap necklace, these sparkly Kate Spade earrings, this bangle, and this super cute grey and pink Fossil watch (all also on sale).

I’m also waiting to pick up a few things for our Mexico trip in October… Everything summer is going on sale now so it’s a good time to get what we need!  

Traveling in style

Traveling in style

I have a confession… Flying is not my favourite thing. It actually kind of terrifies me. Which is unfortunate because Zach and I have friends and family spread out all over the place so we do it a fair amount. To visit my family on the East Coast it’s two flights and about 9 hours of traveling and Zach has family in the UK, Arizona, and B.C. We’re always planning some sort of trip to see someone it seems. I’ve tried different strategies to conquer this fear, some that have worked and others not so much… And I’m slowly building an arsenal of practices that makes the process more enjoyable.

One thing I find helps put me in a better state of mind is paying attention to what I’m wearing and doing my hair/make-up (as silly as that sounds). I think it’s because it gives me something fun to focus on, and it’s true (for me anyway) that putting a bit of effort into your appearance can really do wonders for your mood.

I also make sure I am really well hydrated the few days before I fly, and that I eat light, hydrating foods the day of because I can get pretty queasy during the flight. Most importantly, I HAVE to have a glass of sparkling wine (unless it is an early flight.. then I have a mimosa). Nothing like a little liquid courage… lol.

I have a life rule against eating airport food whenever I can avoid it because it’s often expensive, unhealthy and not very good. I like to bring my own snacks and food and often pack things like homemade trail mix, homemade naturally sweetened granola bars, fruit, cheese and gourmet sandwiches to keep me going. I find packing my own food is especially important when traveling with a toddler because they LOVE to snack, and buying snack after snack at an airport could definitely add up.

When I traveled to the East Coast, I had a red eye flight so I wanted to keep things comfy while still looking put together. I just picked up these navy kicks from J.Crew so I kind of styled things around them. I went with a pair of grey patterned leggings (also really like these, these, these), a grey tank and a grey cardigan and packed up my large navy tote (they don’t have it in blue anymore, but other colours are available) with snacks, magazines and toys for Emmylou.

Our next flight will be to Mexico in the fall because we’re heading to a wedding down there, and I’m allready counting down the days (despite the flying part…).

Traveling style

Traveling style

Traveling style

Traveling style

Traveling style

*Being so brave, flying above the clouds, trying not to look down!*
*Being so brave, flying above the clouds, trying not to look down!*

 

Summer bruschetta bow tie pasta

Bruschetta bow tie pasta

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Bruschetta bow tie pasta

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Bruschetta bow tie pasta

This recipe for bruschetta bow tie pasta is the perfect weekday summer dinner, and so so easy to prepare. Made with juicy, flavorful in-season tomatoes and fresh basil this recipe is short on ingredients but big on taste. The only thing you have to cook is the pasta itself which is perfect for warm summer evenings when you don’t want to turn on the oven. Serve with some crusty baguette and a side salad and you have a healthy, yummy kid friendly meal – one I will definitely be making on repeat for the rest of the summer!

Emmylou doesn’t actually like pasta so much. I’ve tried a few different variations with little to no success. It’s strange because she’s not really a picky eater, but pasta she could leave for sure. It’s also annoying because seriously, what toddler DOENSN’T like pasta?? I’m pretty sure she’s ONLY supposed to like pasta? I make spaghetti and meatballs from scratch every year from an old family recipe. This year was the first time she was able to eat it, and I was so excited to have the baby getting totally covered in spaghetti experience and take a picture and put it on Facebook and show to future boyfriends, etc, etc. So I cut some up for her, strip her down to her diaper, and put her in her high chair. Did she dive in unabashedly, flinging and smearing and slurping spaghetti to her little heart’s content? No. It was actually comical how fully and completely she refused to even entertain the notion of trying it. I tried the airplane thing… no interest. I put extra cheese on it… no interest.

So after the spaghetti, and a few more frustrating tries with other pastas, I had pretty much given up. Until one day it came to me – bow ties. What kid doesn’t love eating pasta in the shape of bow ties? It was fool proof… I had also been seeing some deliciously ripe, in-season tomatoes at the market – and thus this recipe was born. Now don’t get me wrong, Emmylou didn’t go crazy over it, but she ate like five pieces, and that my friends, is progress.

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Summer bruschetta bow tie pasta
An easy, healthy flavorful pasta dish that's perfect for summer weeknight dinners.
Bruschetta bow tie pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Bruschetta bow tie pasta
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix. Let sit for a bit to allow the flavours to meld. I let mine sit for about 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the pasta per instructions.
  3. Add cooked pasta to bruschetta and mix. Serve on plates with extra Parmesan sprinkled on top.
  4. Serve with crusty baguette and a side salad.
Recipe Notes

The tomatoes you use can really elevate this recipe. Use ripe, in season, juicy tomatoes for maximized flavour.

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White on white

White shorts styled with a white blouse.

So I’m currently sitting at Starbucks, sipping on a flat white and waiting to pick up Emmylou from daycare. We’re heading to the East Coast tonight for a little trip to visit my family. It’s my Grandmother’s 80th birthday and I will be celebrating my birthday while I am there as well. I told my mom all I want to do to celebrate is have a lobster dinner (fresh lobster is hard to come by in land-locked Calgary and very expensive if you do!). So my big plans for the trip are: Go to the beach, eat lobster, hang out with the fam, and maybe head into the city one day and do some exploring. I’m expecting things to be a bit challenging as I am traveling with a toddler who is in the middle of potty training and whose mood is impossible to predict from one moment to the next… but such is life! I’m sure we’ll have a fabulous time! Zach was going to try to make it out next weekend depending on some work stuff, but it looks like he won’t be able to after all so it’s a girls trip!

This past weekend was spent mostly at the park with a bit of packing and cleaning and approximately 500 loads of laundry thrown in. Seriously – potty training a toddler means our work is totally cut out for us in the laundry department. All day, everyday.

On Sunday I threw on some simple white jean shorts and a super comfy white cotton blouse I got on sale at Aritzia a few weeks ago. Shoes are Tieks, purse is Forever 21. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world are you wearing so much white? You have a TWO year old (and two dogs!). I love wearing white. I admit, I avoided it for a while after Emmylou was born because I figured I would wear it for five minutes, she would ruin it, and it would end up in the trash – BUT I’ve since realized that life is too short! If I love wearing white I’m gonna wear it regardless of my clothes-getting-ruined-by-toddler anxiety. And so far it hasn’t gone too poorly. I do have a pair of white jeans that she pretty consistently manages to get dirty every time I wear them but no one seems to notice! Or if they do, they are just too polite to say anything…

White shorts styled with a white blouse.

White shorts styled with a white blouse.

White shorts styled with a white blouse.

*It's Stampede time in Calgary, and while we didn't make it to any free pancake breakfasts, we still got into the spirit with homemade blueberry pancakes - while listening to country music of course...*
*It’s Stampede time in Calgary, and while we didn’t make it to any free pancake breakfasts, we still got into the spirit with homemade blueberry pancakes – while listening to country music of course…*
*Some treats spotted while out and about on Sunday*
*Some treats spotted while out and about on Sunday*