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

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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) ~

Half-time dinner: Pasta con ricotta e salsiccia

Goodness this recipe is good! I used it as inspiration for my own quick and dirty version for lunch! I used Italian salami and fried it with the rosemary in the same pot that I boiled the pasta in (while it was sitting in the drainer). I tossed the cooked pasta back in with a good dollop of ricotta and some pesto, S&P and voila. This is my new go-to quick dish!

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image It is Friday, and I took the day off work today. With houseguests on the way, I scrubbed the bathroom, counted out piles of pillows and sheets, and went to the ferramenta to get keys copied. This is our very local hardware store in Garbatella, a small one-room male bastion and treasure trove of grout, paint, tools and chatty old guys who love to give advice. They are always amused by the straniera (female foreigner) trying to explain a hardware problem in Italian. Today: “Il water perde l’acqua: penso e pieno di calcare…?” A running toilet, probably due to hard water and calcium accumulating somewhere. The ferramenta reassured me this was normal, that they would sort me out a plumber if needed to scrape out the calcium. As this may mean dismantling parts of the bathroom wall, I think this may just have to wait until our visitors have left…

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Slow Cooker Pork Posole Soup

I went to a Mexican wedding last November and this soup was served as a starter, I don’t know why it left such a lasting impression (considering the amount of memory lapsing cocktails I ingested). Its probably because its hearty, healthy and comforting, with a dash of nostalgia.

I sussed out a few recipes on the interwebs and mashed them together to make this easy crock pot version:

Crock Pot Posole Soup | The Experimental Housewife

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Baby Shower DIY – Pea Pod Onsies

From January – June of 2014 I’ve been waiting on the arrival of 11 different babies… ELEVEN. While I may not be attending all of the baby showers for these squidgy bundles, I can be sure there will still be plenty of gift giving opportunities.

Babies need onesies, but their presentation as a gift is a little lack luster. For the little girlies, I’ll attempt the “cupcake” roll presentation, but for boys we need something more masculine, you know, like a small delicate green vegetable…

Pea Pod DIY onesies

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Meatless Monday: Spaghetti Squash Quinoa Bake

Spaghetti Squash Quinoa Bake @ the experimentalhousewife.comMeatless Monday, Workout Wednesday, Book Worm Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Fun Friday… If you ask me, alliteration is awesome, however not all of the days I mentioned would be considered “fun,” but with a little alliteration it makes a commitment something you remember and stick to.

Meatless Monday and Workout Wednesday are old faves, but in attempt to watch less TV (damn you Downton-Crack-Abbey) we’re going to spend one night a week with no tube, hence “Book Worm Wednesday.” God save us.

Ramble over, back to the recipe!

This one is VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, and SOY FREE… there’s enough buzz words in this thing to make it a trending topic! However, it takes a little while (1.45-2 hrs from start to finish) but I promise it’s easy; most of the time you’ll just be waiting for things to bake/cook and you can use that time cleverly by cleaning up after yourself, or if you’re like me, to start to write your blog post… Continue reading

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! 2 Meals, 1 Bird! Roast Chicken in the crock pot, and Tuscan Chicken Stew at the experimentalhousewife.comWe know we’ve been a bit behind on the posts lately, blame it on the chaos around Christmas and the regular ebb and flow of life. But I haven’t forgotten you, I’ve been snapping pictures and logging them for just this moment when I could get back, so stay tuned for some frequent posts my friends!

This one is fresh though, just finished the final recipe yesterday and I must say I’m proud! I thought ‘What if I blogged two recipes around the evolution of one whole chicken?’ Now stay with me here… what I mean is, I bought a whole chicken, made a dinner with it, and from the remains, made another different dinner. Not revolutionary, I know, but quite fun.

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Art Project: Words & Decoupage DIY

Our living room is finally coming together, but we needed a punch of art.

Inspired by a piece I saw on Pinterest, I made this!
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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Soup

We’ve subscribed to Meatless Mondays! I was eating meatless on many nights of the week when I was single, but it when you live with a man, the need for meat at every meal seems almost mandatory. If I ever made anything vegetarian, I never seemed to fill him up enough and by 8pm he’d be ravaging our cupboards for a snack.

But not only is this butternut squash soup EASY, its made in the crock pot (did I say easy?), but its very hearty (or “meaty” as my boyfriend described it). I also made chunky homemade croutons to round it all off.

butternut squash soup

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