Banana Berry Bran Muffins

With the weather getting colder and the days getting darker, I decided to perk up my mornings by waking up to an easy and delicious (and healthy) breakfast! I searched for a healthy muffin recipe on YouTube after I made the disappointing discovery that as easy as instant muffin mixes are, they are actually disgusting. These made…

Scrumptious Castella

It’s been a while since I’ve done any baking, but I was in one of those moods yesterday to make something from scratch. I was searching for recipes using only bread flour (I currently have only bread flour at home) and that’s when I discovered Castella. Castella is a Japanese sponge cake that was originally…

Mercat Boqueria

I spent a very snowy afternoon today finishing this painting I had started a few weeks ago. I had visited Barcelona spring of 2009 and my favourite place by far was the Boqueria Market! I had never before been to such an immense marketplace with so many sights, sounds, and smells. It is just as lively…

I’m Thankful For…

– chinook arches – fall colours – preparing dinner with friends – grandparents – the doggie – mum’s cooking – organic pumpkin pie (with maple walnut ice cream) – movies at home – lying on a sister’s bed and talking or doing nothing – lying on my parents’ bed and talking or doing nothing –…

City Withdrawal

I spent the long weekend in the city with my dear friends from university whom I haven’t seen in what seems like forever.  It was exactly what I needed my long weekend to be. But now… I think I’m going through city-withdrawal. Ever since I’ve arrived back in this small town, I’ve been feeling so melancholy.…

Breaking into Summer

I am thrilled that the weather has at last decided to warm up after what seemed like 7 months of winter up here in the north! I was finally able to do summery things on the weekend and it was so wonderful to do so after being cooped up indoors for so long. Friday night…

“Gorgeously Delicious”

I was eating a piece of milk chocolate just now and I thought to myself, This is gorgeous. Oops, I mean delicious. No wait… it’s gorgeously delicious! If anything, milk chocolate definitely fits that description. I am amused that “gorgeous” came to mind first. I really enjoy unusual and unexpected pairing of words. What is something…