Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wishing everyone a safe & ghoulish Halloween!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Centerpiece Tutorial

I have a super simple centerpiece to share with you today. We used these for a recent fall wedding. The bride wanted to keep the decor rather clean and simple with just a touch of nature.

The vase is from Ikea, and its actually a serving bowl. I like to look at things differently and how else I can use it. No better place to do this than Ikea!

We added river rocks (find them at a dollar store or Michaels) to the bottom and then filled boel with water, leaving about 2 inches from top. 

Trim the stems off 3 large gerbera daisies and place on top of water. Gerbera daisies are the best floating flower. We also added 3 floating candles as in the picture below for the centerpieces on the guest tables. The one above was on the guest book table.

We then took curly willow branches and arranged random pieces around the base of the centerpiece. 

Quick, easy, and pretty!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thanksgiving in BC

I hope everyone had a great Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! The three of us went to Vancouver, BC for a family wedding and got in some sightseeing. It was great meeting more members of Steve's family and getting to show Michayla around a new city. BC is a beautiful place and weather was nice while we were there, no rain! We didn't have a traditional dinner for Thanksgiving but made the best of it by going to ABC Country Restaurant. Steve had the turkey dinner special they had advertised while I opted for the Turkey Schnitzelburger (new tradition?!). Here are some photos from our trip:

outside the wedding venue - Swan-e-Set Bay Country Club

grounds of wedding venue

looking out on golf course

views at Rocky Pointe Park

views downtown Vancouver

boat docks

Rocky Pointe Park

Rocky Pointe Park

downtown Vancouver

large lego whale lol

Canada Place

my favorite! penguins at Vancouver Aquarium

sea turtle at Vancouver Aquarium

cocoa tree at Vancouver Aquarium - proof chocolate is healthy?

birds inside the aquarium

beluga whale at Vancouver Aquarium

watching ships from North Vancouver

views from North Vancouver

North Vancouver

Gastown streets

view at lunch from Whet Bar

near English Bay beach

Gastown clock

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Recipe: Berry Crumble

As the weather gets colder, i'll be getting busier in the kitchen. I love baking but who wants to turn on the oven in the summer? That's what barbecues are for. I found a similar version of this recipe on Pinterest and then added my own twist. Very simple and low-fat!


  • box of white cake mix (i only had vanilla on hand)
  • package of frozen berries
  • can of crushed pineapple
  • can of Sprite
  1. In pyrex dish, spread frozen berries evenly.
  2. Drain can of pineapple, then layer evenly over berries.
  3. Layer cake mix over fruit mixture.
  4. Pour can of sprite over top.
  5. Throw in oven at 350F for 45 minutes approximately.
Mine was a bit running when I served even though top was nice and crispy. I had extra of the fruit mixture left in the pan and we served that over frozen yogurt the next day. Yum!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Wedding Inspiration

You got the ring. You chose a venue. You booked a date. This special day happens to be in the fall season (think September - November). There are no rules that you have to stick to a fall theme at all. You can however take advantage of the beautiful aspects of fall season. Traditionally when you think fall theme you might think red, orange, brown. But a modern take would be to use unusual mix of colors which take a striking turn to make your wedding modern and still in the season. Here are some modern mixes: