lemony basil chicken pasta

IMG_0655I’m not one to get mushy and make cards, but now that we have a daughter, I find myself making cards and doing a lot more handmade projects for presents. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Daddy got a homemade heart card using lots of tape as our little one loves tape. Apparently, tape can fix anything that’s broken.

After a nap and the rain settling down a bit in the afternoon, I whipped up this really great pasta dish for dinner. It was really fast too. I marinated the chicken breasts the night before, so all I had to do was boil the pasta and make the sauce. I also steamed some asparagus cause I’m crazy like that.

The original recipe calls for cream and half and half, but since I made cinnamon buns for breakfast, I thought we’d cool it slightly with the calories, so I made the sauce with about 1/3 cup of half and half and 0% plain greek yogourt. My husband said that this meal was a keeper and to keep it in the rotation. My daughter ate a lot of the chicken too. Wasn’t a fan of the lemony pasta, so she got plain pasta with butter on it, snooze! Continue reading

September Hycroft Wedding

Betcha thought I’d fallen right off the face of the earth hey? Well the truth is, after starting this blog, I quit my job and joined my (now) husband in starting a small business, and we got married. Everything else in between is a blur… but here are the pictures to prove it!

Set in the gorgeous setting of a late summer manor home called Hycroft House, our wedding was nothing short of casual elegance (that was the goal). Soft hues, mixed metallic, and a vintage vibe all came together to make the most beautiful day, and one I’m very proud of.

I did plenty of DIY, so it is my intention that I will post how-tos on those pieces in the near future, so stay tuned! Continue reading

peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodle bowl

I had a hankering for buckwheat soba noodles, so along came this recipe. I wanted some tofu, but I also wanted prawns, so why not combine both. If you are vegetarian, feel free to omit the prawns of course.

This recipe looks like there’s lots of steps, but if you do some prep in the morning like I do since I have a toddler running around and she’s not one to entertain herself yet for hours by herself, jeez, she’s so selfish. For this reason, I tend to do a lot of prep in the morning, so that when we get back from our afternoon outing after her nap, I can quickly whip up dinner while she plays or hangs off my leg. Continue reading

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.

I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.

Recipe adapted from half baked harvest Just want to mention that I’ve made a lot of recipes from this site, and they are to die for. Continue reading

xmas ornaments diy

diy clay ornaments

diy clay ornaments

Ya, I know, more clay, but after I made the herb sticks, I had a bunch of clay left over, so decided to make some ornaments to add to our huge tree. It’s 5 feet, fake and doesn’t have a lot of branches, but it’s cute and it fits in the corner in our condo just fine.

I went to the dollar store and bought a felt snowman and snowflake doilie for a whopping $1.29, so I used it to make the imprints. It worked really great considering. I flattened out the clay, used a round cookie cutter, imprinted and used the end of a chopstick to make the hole to put the string through. I painted some white and others I kept the natural whitish clay colour. I clear gesso’d them all though.

Continue reading

herb sticks

herb sticks

herb sticks

So apparently when you are on maternity leave, and your almost 8 month old is finally having longer naps, you get the craving to craft. I saw these on pinterest awhile ago, so thought i’d give them a try. I bought some selfset air-dry clay and rolled them out into small, flat logs. I then used my small alphabet stamps and indented herb names into them.

Continue reading

Labels, labels and more labels

jars and labels

jars and labels

I’ve been feeling a bit stir crazy lately with the weather changing from glorious summer sunshine to the dreary Vancouver fall rain, so after my daughter’s swim lessons yesterday, we ventured over to Granville Island via the False Creek Aquabus once the rain stopped and there was a bit of sunshine.

I’ve been following The Delish General Store on Instagram and saw that they had these chalk pens, so in my need to do something fun and crafty while my daughter has her pretend 30 minute nap, I bought one and some black tape from Opus Framing & Art Supplies.

Continue reading

Tin and a plant

Diy succulent in tin can

Diy succulent in tin can

It’s been a long time, but hopefully now I can spend some time on here and update you all with my extremely fascinating life. I am in bed now between 9-9:30pm and I have an almost 5 month old daughter. She’s the best thing to ever happen to me (and my husband). Enough with the sappy stuff.

My husband went to get propane for our BBQ as we apparently BBQ a lot, so while he was out having fun, I strapped on my daughter and wandered over to our local west end flea market (two blocks away – I couldn’t resist.

On a lot of tables were people selling succulent plants in old vintage tins for upwards of $40. I fully support local artists, but as I’m on maternity leave now and need small projects, I decided to make my own. $5 for the tin at said market and $5 for the plant, I now have my own vintage tin succulent plant. Everyone is happy now!

~ Charity

Meatless Monday: Buckwheat Waldorf Salad

The temperatures have reached uncomfortable levels here in Vancouver, and it leaves me no choice but to consume mostly salads.

I stumbled across a yummy Meatless Monday recipe and threw in a few extras to switch things up a bit. Filling, flavourful and healthy, I present to you the Buckwheat Waldorf Salad (or something like it).

Buckwheat Waldorf Salad - a filling vegan option for Meatless Monday! Super easy and delicious

Buckwheat Waldorf Salad

1 cup (250 mL) buckwheat groats
2 cups (500 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth (or water with a stock cube thrown in)
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1.5 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced red cabbage
3 handfuls of greens roughly chopped (I used a spinach/kale blend)
1 apple finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion finely chopped

Dressing:

2 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp (30 mL) Red wine vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
1 shallot, finely chopped (or the white bits of two green onions)
1/2 tsp (1 mL) black pepper

Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add buckwheat, shaking pan often, for about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes, pull from heat and let cool. They may look like they’re still swimming but they’ll soak all that up.

…Go away for a bit (tidy up, prep the rest, or in my case go to pilates).

Heat a  skillet over medium heat. Add pine-nuts and pumpkin seeds and heat until toasted, shaking pan often.

In large bowl, toss together all ingredients. In small bowl or jar mix dressing ingredients. Toss dressing with the salad. Voila.

Serves 4.

Enjoy!

Buckwheat Waldorf Salad - a filling vegan option for Meatless Monday! Super easy and delicious

My Life in Pictures Vol. 1

Well this is embarrassing… it’s been a really looong time since I’ve given this blog any love.

I have been inspired by a fellow blogger (Tulle and Trinkets) who does this photo montage, so I thought I’d provide my excuses in picture form:

I'm an Aunt!

~ I’m an Aunt! ~

On stage engagement

~ An onstage proposal! (and a full week in the theatre performing) ~

we finished the bathroom~ We finally finished the bathroom! (well almost) ~