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  • Little Nicky's and Summer Walks

    To me, the idea of a perfect day off is one where I get to spend it with people I care about, exploring new places and preferably eating delicious treats. This particular day was no different. I finally had a chance to go to Little Nicky's, and I'm wishing I hadn't waited so long to make the effort! Chad, Katie and I met one Friday afternoon for a little conversation and coffee before Katie headed back to work. They are known for their fresh made-to-order mini doughnuts, and I didn't hesitate to get 1/2 dozen to go when we left. I have a soft spot for fresh doughtnuts and Little Nicky's did not let me down. 









    Chad and I then ventured into the beaches for an afternoon of exploring in the summer sun. 



    We stopped for some quick sustinance in the form of delicious sandwiches from Juice & Java Cafe and Catering. I could really go for one of those right about now! 










     

    Our day of food did not end there - we then went to my house and bbq'd some amazing burgers with sauteed kale and mashed potatoes on the side. Another perfect summer day.

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Magic Oven & Friends



    Every so often a few photography friends and I get together for hangs and food (of course), Sara lovingly refers to us as the "The Little Toronto Photo club." Sara, Krysta and I met at Magic Oven for a tasty lunch and some much needed catch up time. 

    I had the best pizza. Their gluten free crust is really good, I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for some new options.











    Sara, don't hate me for posting this, I know you have deep didn't-buy-the-hat regrets, but you looked adorable so I just had to put it up here! 


    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Live on coffee and flowers

    Here's a glimpse into a typical weekend morning in my life. This happened to be from the post Valentine's Day weekend, so my beautiful flowers get to make an appearance featuring some wonderful morning light. We ate a pretty typical meal of scrambled eggs, chicken bacon, hashbrowns and fruit. We also decided to have some very healthy, refreshing fruit smoothies this particular weekend. Made up of apples, strawberries, bananas, and almond milk, my smoothie was tasty, but definitely not as rich and filling as chad's was, with his yogurt addition. I occasionally eat almond yogurt or soy yogurt, but it's just not the same! Sometimes you just can't replace the real thing. 

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Love what you have and you'll have more love.

    You know you've had a good weekend when it was spent with people you care about and good food. If only we should all be so lucky. 



    Easy is a brunch spot a two minute walk from my house, and it's one of my favourites in the city. Not only do they have delicious, nutrious smoothies but they have light, fluffy gluten-free waffles! 

    Chad and I met up with our friends Scott and Julie for a mid afternoon meal the other weekend, and it did not disappoint. The service was a tad slow, but everything was okay our food arrived ( waffles and side of bacon for me!)

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Cuba - Part One


    Just as the mornings are growing chilly and frosty, I decided it was a perfect time to look through and post some memories from my Cuba trip.
    This part one post will be mainly photos around the resort we stayed at in Varadero (apologies for all the nature and still life captures!). After a couple of days we ventured out of the resort and I will feature those shots in future posts! Please do come back and look:)





    Our first few days in Varadero were during the tail end of hurricane Issac. Thankfully, we only had to endure a few rainshowers and some cloudy skies. It was still extremely hot, the drinks were flowing and the water was warm so we were still able to have a great time before the sun joined us.




    My adorable Mom and Sister!





    The man who taught me so much of what I know.








    Our first (much needed) drink after our 6am flight.



    Honestly? I wasn't a fan, but it was neat to try a piña colada while in Cuba.









    It was a pretty cloudy day at the beach when we arrived. But it's okay, we were in a warm, gorgeous place.





    The sun peeked out a little!





    We saw a million cute kitties (and puppies). Don't worry, in the upcoming post there are even more to be seen.






    Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for many more Cuba photos and stories to come.


    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Aberfoyle Antique Market



    Back in June, a few of us ladies took off for the day to Aberfoyle to go to their amazing antique market. It was unlike anything I'd seen before - it was huge, hundreds of different vendors and tables. If I had a truck with me (or a thicker wallet) I could've easily bought hundreds of things. We had the best day hunting around and looking at all the cute and quirky stuff for sale. We stopped for a quick lunch inside their adorable, rustic cafe to refuel and then continued on. It was pouring off and on all day and of course, the moment we got back on the highway it was a downpour - lucky us! I can't wait until next summer when we can go back.






    It's such a cute place!





    You'll all be happy to know that I did NOT add another camera to my collection that day - I need to start using what I have before I buy more.. or so I've been told. (It's an addiction)

    I look like a giant!




    There was some pretty classy stuff there! Brynn had to know what they felt like, of course.




    We met some very cute puppies.





    I'm really regretting not buying that bunny!


    A car-seat!

    This is something I SERIOUSLY regret not buying. How amazing would this look in my kitchen?!

















    And then it poured on the way home...

    All Images shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my 85mm 1.8 and  50mm 1.8 lenses.
     

  • Spiced Banana Bread with Walnuts




    I made this a few weeks ago, and boy, was it delicious! I picked up a tin of "pumpkin spice" from the store, and it provided so many delicious fall flavours to the bread. Unfortunately, I have since forgotten what exact recipe I used to make this so I cannot share..but I promise I will make more and when I come across something similar, I will post about it!



    Before editing these photos, I finally purchased VSCO Film. I have been debating it for a while now, and after realizing that it would a great investment for my work, I caved and bought it right away. I can't help but always swoon over the look of film that I shoot, and it's great that a company came up with a fast and simple way to make digital photos come close to that film "look." I will probably spend the next week or two playing with every possible combination and tweak of these fantastic presets, and I could not be more excited!



    As many of you may already know, I recently came back from a quick jaunt in Europe. My eyes have never seen more beautiful sights. I felt as though I was in constant awe of the world around me, fighting to catch my breath. I cannot wait to share some of the photos I took with you all.



    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 35mm 1.4 lens.

  • A Black and White Spring

     




    I made this doormat for Katie's birthday, thanks to a wonderful tutorial by Sincerely Kinsey.


    Fancy mussels dinner with Katie.

    Of out focus birthday cake for Chad! Espresso flavoured, yum.



    Weekend antique shopping.



    Cupcakes for Brynn's birthday!



    fun. at Kool Haus.




    The first signs of Spring.


    All photos taken between March and April 2012 with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Ilford HP5 PLUS 400.

  • Playing Catch Up



    I'm way behind in posting these, but I wanted to let them see the light of day before another year had flown by. I had a great Winter this year. Was probably a little lazier than I would have liked, but I had a lot of fun! (We won't talk about the hours I spent playing Resident Evil on Chad's Wii)


    Christmas at my parent's house.

    Diana on Christmas morning, waiting to open gifts. (I'll admit that I have the same sweater... and I love it).



    On Boxing Day this year I flew out East to Newfoundland. The Porter lounge on the Island Airport is amazing! Free cookies and tea, what else could one want?




    Chad's parent's house.



    The bacon even tasted better there!



    Homemade raisin bread.



    Breakfast is by far my favourite meal.




    In case you forgot what Winter looked like - here it is, probably one of the only snowstorms we had all year.


    What's better than breakfast? Breakfast in bed.


    Taken by Chad, excuse my dopey look.. not sure what was happening.


    Family day in Kleinburg, how cute are those little chairs?





    All photos taken between December 2011 and February 2012 with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Kodak Portra 160VC.

  • Easter (A little overdue)

     


    Now, I do realize that Easter was over a month ago, but I really wanted to share a few snaps from the day I spent with my family at home! Chad and I made some tasty treats to bring along. These delicious Mini Eggs & Nutella macaroons above were from this recipe. A lot more dairy than my poor stomach can handle but I only nibbled on a couple!



    My Sister, Diana, spent hours making a fantastic rainbow cake! Such an adorable dessert.

     



    Rainbow cake.




    Oh, there's me in the kitchen!




    As another ridiculously gluttonous indulgence, Chad and I made this amazing Cookie Dough Dip. But we substituted the cream cheese with Tofutti vegan cream cheese, and honestly, no one was the wiser! One point for vegan desserts.




    As we do most years, Diana, my cousin Brenda and I, all painted some easter eggs. On Diana's cute idea, we painted some Disney characters on our eggs. Mine is the Snow White one!


    Yum!

  • I love weekends.

    Spent part of the weekend catching up with my cousin, Brenda. We used to be very close when we were younger, but it's been hard to keep in touch since we both became so busy. This past year we've been working hard at checking in and making sure we hang out more often than not. It's been wonderful! We spent Friday evening having a drink (Dominican Rum + Lime Perrier + 100% Grape Juice for me!) and planning our upcoming Fall trip to Europe. (!!!) I have never been before, (unless you count being one and in England with my parents)  so this is really, really exciting. Plus I get to spend a week meeting some of Brenda's family and poking around Ireland. We're then headed to London for a few and then onto Paris.
    Most of Saturday was spent making a huge, delicious breakfast and then proceeding heading out to go thrifting and a little mall shopping. I managed to snag a brand new sundress at Value Village and then a perfect floral skirt (and you thought I had too many!) and the cutest iced drink to go cup at Winners. I can't wait wait to put all of these use. But for now, here are some photos from our Saturday morning...

     

     

     My gluten-free pancakes.


    Chicken Bacon (I'm not allowed real bacon right now...very sad.)

     

     
    I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Photos from Easter coming soon (including photos of the tasty treats Chad and I made).

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