I remember finding my dream wedding dress and not being able to stomach the $3000 price tag. It may not seem like a lot of money to some people, but as a newly engaged and broke university grad, $3000 was almost the price of my last tuition bill.
With a wedding to pay for, honeymoon costs looming and the possibility of buying our first home – I just couldn’t do it. So I decided to get a little creative and find a good compromise. Because once you have your heart set on a dress and a style, it’s hard to get that idea out of your head.
Paul got 12 stitches across his forehead last week.
Unfortunately it wasn’t from any sort of extreme skateboarding hijinks. The doctor found a bit of skin cancer from a biopsy they did two weeks ago and he would have to get the cells removed. Luckily, it was basal cell carcinoma – a very common type of skin cancer that can have a 98% cure rate. But we were both still pretty freaked out.
So I thought I would write this post to urge you to get checked if you have a funny spot/scar/mole that you have a bad feeling about. Paul first went to his family doctor, who said it was likely not serious but if the spot starts peeling and then scabbing he should have it looked at. The spot on his forehead was not healing – so he booked in with a dermatologist who confirmed his gut feeling and he had day surgery at the doctor’s office two weeks later. The scar is so big because they had to go deeper than they initially thought and he had two rounds of surgery (which is also very common). He also got a black eye from all the swelling – so it was an extreme looking injury… Continue reading →
I had the pleasure of staying at The Pantages Hotelduring my recent visit to Toronto last month. This boutique property is located in the heart of downtown and directly across the street from The Toronto Eaton Centre for those looking to get their shopping on.
I loved the location of the hotel because it was steps away from the subway station with lots of fantastic restaurant and late-night food options in the neighbouring area. It was also a breeze getting around to all my meetings during a busy week back home. Here’s how my visit went:
A lovely welcome from the hotel! Chocolate-dipped strawberries and a chilled bottle of white wine awaited us after a long day running around town. It was such a nice and elegant touch to come home to. It was nice to flop on the couch and take in the skyline views of the city.
With the weather getting colder I’ve been craving my usual fall favourites and this Turkey Chili recipe is something I make at least 4-5 times a year. It’s actually quite healthy, around 300 calories/bowl and it’s quite hearty and filling thanks to the black beans and a skillet cornbread that I like to make.
This low-fat skillet cornbread took me less than 10 minutes to prep! I like to let my chili simmer for about 20 minutes, while the cornbread bakes up in the oven. As I’m waiting, I take that time to set the table, chop up the cilantro and clean-up the kitchen. If you don’t want to make the cornbread – just go with store-bought.
This turkey chili also freezes well. So whip up a batch, take the leftovers for lunch the next day and freeze the rest. Here’s the recipe:
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound or 1 package of ground turkey
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
14.5 oz can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes (regular will do too)
I cannot begin to talk about my trip to Nashville, Tennessee without mentioning the life-changing Fried Chicken + Biscuits I had at The Loveless Cafe.
First of all, this was the BEST biscuit I have ever eaten in my life.
It was soft, buttery and not dry or hard at all. It had the perfect biscuit-y texture and when slathered with warm butter and a selection of homemade jams, it was pure perfection. These biscuits could bring us world peace. With a secret biscuit recipe like this, it was no wonder there was a line-up out the door and that Paul and I were willing to wait over one hour to get a taste of these made-in-house, fresh, warm biscuits.
After checking out of The Hutton Hotel, we hopped into our rental car and drove about 30 minutes past Belle Meade (where we stopped to see an old plantation) and onwards to Loveless Cafe on a beautiful autumn Saturday morning. Thinking it was late in the day (around 1:30 pm) and the crowds had thinned out – we were greeted by a wait – at least 90 minutes the hostess said. Continue reading →