Monday, November 15, 2010

Shameless Cat Promotion

Hello to those brave enough to still follow our blog! I know we've been lacking.. a lot. I can tell you that we have a lovely surprise ready for early December! We can't wait!!!!

In the meantime, check out these lame videos of my cat!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fab 5!

Last weekend I got together with my 4 very close friends from College. Since we graduated (back in 2008, yikes!) we've only have a few opportunities to get together, as we are all in different parts of the province. Usually we only get to see each other maybe once a year. Boo! Anyways, we were able to get caught up on each others lives and have a few laughs before it was time to say goodbye again. Sigh.

Katie & Myriam
Myself and Myriam hanging out in my apartment before meeting up with the rest of the girls.

With the extra time we had, we decided to make some super happy looking cupcakes for us all to binge on.

Okay so that appears to exhaust my stock of photos from the weekend! Originally I wanted to do a photo montage type o' deal from our little gathering but being so busy with non-stop talking, there wasnt much time for picture taking as you can see. And in my attempt to find a vintage group shot of us ladies, I find myself at a dead end... apparently we're a hard group to get into one picture. Except of course for the photo below!

Post-Grad celebratory meal
Us after our Graduation. Clockwise from far left: Kelly, Jaclyn, Myriam, Katie and Shannon in centre.

Of course this isnt an authentic group photo. Shannon wasn't able to make it to our Graduation so we planned this photo around an empty chair and I photoshopped her in afterwards. Sneaky.

Until next year! <3!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stasia and Rob's Wedding


Congratulations to Stasia and Rob who tied the knot on September 5th! I know this post is waaay over due... but I finally have some time to share a few photos with you guys. Remember how I had problems getting a dress? Well I had a lot of people reinforce the idea that wearing black to a wedding was fine and so I thank you for that because I found the best black dress! and for cheap! Hurray!

Thanks to our friend Julie Yan over at The Photo Pantry for the pictures! You worked very hard that day! Also, people! Please check out her blog! If you like food and you like photography then it's the place for you! It's very, very yummy.

Classic fight for the bouquet
Doing the classic "GIVE ME THE BOUQUET!" photo op. Good times.

Dance time!
Kate (right) and myself "cutting a rug". Please ignore my awkward dancey hand gestures.

More dancey
I have a feeling we were dancing to "Single Ladies" at this point. Put your hands up?

Again, a warm congratulations to our friend Stasia and her new husband Rob! It was a great wedding and I had a blast! First comes love.. then comes marriage... then comes that thing that I'm not allowed to mention. :)

Katie for F3

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Continuation of Apple Challenge: Apple Strudel

As per Katie's post a few days ago, we both got a HUGE bag of apples to go home with after our trip to th Apple Orchard. With these apples in hand, the first thing that came to my mind was APPLE STRUDEL.
It is always a struggle whenever my boyfriend and I are at the bakery... he is a Cherry Strudel kind of man... and I am always an apple kinda of girl.

This apple strudel is my go-to recipe whenever I want some quick and last minute treats. This apple strudel with puff pastry is super fast & easy, when compares to the traditional phyllo strudel receipe. Seriously who has times to work with Paper thin phyllo when you want something quick?!

Here are just a list of simple ingredient..

- 1 sheet of Butter Puff Pastry (get the pre-rolled ones, it will save you a LOT of time & hassel!)
- 2-3 Apples (depending on size)
- 1/4 cup of Sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Lemon Zest (approx. 1/2 of lemon)
- 1 table spoon of Fresh Lemon Juice (approx 1/2 of lemon)
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of Raisins (optional)
- 1 Egg
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Powder Sugar (optional)
**you do not have to follow it exactly, ingredient can be added or subtracted base on taste and what you like!

of course... first you will need to peel the apples!! I find peeling apple is extremely relaxing!

O ya! preheat your oven to 425 degree (or refer to your puff pastry box for suggested temperature)

Zest your lemon using a zester into a Large size bowl. Then cut your lemon in half, pick out as many seeds as possible, stick a fork in the lemon & twist to squeeze the juice into the bow.

Remove the apple cords, and slice apple into 1/8" thick. Put apple, raisins & cinnamon into the bowl with Lemon. Then Mix.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet. Lay puff pastry at upper portion of cookie sheet, then arrange the apple mixture onto bottom half of the pastry, then pour excess juice over arranged apple slices.

Dab couple small butter pieces on top of apple mixture

Mix the egg with one tablespoon of Water. Brush egg wash around edges of puff pastery. Fold over, and press fork at the edges to crimp the edges.

Brush top of pastry with egg wash, then sprinkle sugar on to. Slit top of strudel 5 times to allow steam to vent.

Place on middle rack and bake for appox 25 mins or until pastry is crispy and golden brown.

Let cool on rack, slice into pieces and dust with powder sugar if desired.

Viola! Grab a fork & enjoy!

Kate for F3

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Apple Crisp

So imagine 10lbs...  now imagine 10lbs of apples. That's a lot of apples. Kate and I decided that the best way to handle it was to divide them up and each work on baking up different apple creations. Otherwise we'd be toting a couple of apples to work each day, trying desperately to finish them before they went bad. Maybe to some people thats okay but I'm not exactly an apple person. The idea of an endless amount of apples was a tad daunting to me. So we were off! Each with our own apple baking idea.

**I cant believe I used the word 'apple' in EVERY SINGLE ONE of the sentences above! Sorry for the repetition**

The only apple baked thing that stands out in my mind is Apple Crisp. My mom would make it a lot for my siblings and I while we were growing up. Since I've been out on my own for quite a few years I honestly cannot remember the last time I had any! Lucky for me I was taking a trip home to my parents in Guelph and thought it would be a dandy idea to drag my apples along. Somehow I managed to talk my Mom into baking them up for me in her traditional apple crisp way. Huzzah! I wanted to help and figure out the recipe so I could post it here but she pretty much wings it each time. After a quick check on the internet, a very similiar recipe to hers can be found at very convenient website title.

Blending up the "crisp" ingredients.

Pre-Baked Crisp.

Post-Baked Crisp. Mmmmm!

On top of all that, it was my Mom's birthday weekend! Now before you go thinking I'm a terrible daughter, making my mom bake away my apple troubles, see below! My sister Kirstie and I had some fun and made some love inspired cupcakes for my Mom. <3!

W is for Wendy!

Katie for F3