Craft Show Survival Tips

On the heels of my trip to the One of a Kind Spring show, I decided to jot down a few tips for anyone who isn’t familiar with the craft show experience. It can be overwhelming and I encourage any newbies to keep the following tips in mind.

  1. Go early! Especially at smaller shows, the good stuff can disappear pretty quickly. Bonus: most shows offer a gift at the door to the first batch of shoppers.
  2. If there is a show guide or program, make sure to grab a copy. This will list all of the vendors and will save you so much time later if you want to remember a specific booth or business name.
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Gluten-Free Bread Success!

One of the biggest problems I’ve had with transitioning to a gluten-free diet is the lack of good bread options out there. I’ve tried a few different brands now and just find them to be incredibly bland, not to mention high in sugar and a serious hit to the wallet. So this weekend,after buying 100 different kinds of flour and starch (alright, I only had to buy 5…but it felt like 100), I was finally ready to tackle Chatelaine’s Gluten-free Multi-grain Bread recipe Continue reading “Gluten-Free Bread Success!”

Chatting with Women Entrepreneurs

Some of my favourite makers are women and many of them are rockstar business owners as well. Creative businesses all across Canada like Paintlounge (featured on the blog HERE) are owned by women and these business create jobs, build our communities and support the Canadian economy.

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Visiting Paintlounge

This past week, I finally had a chance to try the social painting trend everyone seems to be into. With much anticipation, my mom and I headed to Paintlounge on College St. to take a Lawren Harris inspired workshop. For those unfamiliar with Canadian art history, Lawren Harris was a member of the Group of Seven, a famed group of Canadian landscape painters. Beyond his art, Harris was a rather interesting figure. An heir to the Massey fortune, his life straddled Toronto high society and the backwoods of Canada. This Toronto Life piece paints an interesting picture of Harris (Yup! That’s a pun. You’re welcome) and is certainly worth a read. And if you are unfamiliar with the Group of Seven, I urge you, no, beg you to spend some time at the Art Gallery of Ontario enjoying their Canadian collection.

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Sunday Meal Prep

Do you ever find yourself in the office lunchroom drooling over your coworkers’ gourmet lunches while you begrudgingly devour your tuna sandwich? Well, I have! And if I’ve learned anything from my lunchtime envy, it’s the power of the Sunday meal prep routine.

Sundays are sacred at my house. They are for sleeping in with cats tucked in along our knees and big breakfasts. Sunday afternoons usually include naps with the dogs and some time to enjoy a good book. And Sunday evenings are for a glass of wine and prepping for the week ahead. Beyond the standard email check and laundry, I’ve started to set aside time to make 1 or 2 meals in the early evenings – usually a soup or a chilli and I’m always on the hunt for new recipes.

Here are some of my tried and tested favourites:

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Does your Tofu Suck?

When my husband and I stopped eating meat, we added a block of tofu to our weekly shopping list. We didn’t want to eat too much of it what with all the focus on added estrogen from soy but once a week seemed like a good way to get some protein into our diets. The problem was, we weren’t loving it. No matter how we marinated, baked and fried, our tofu was spongy and bland.

That is until we discovered the art of pressing tofu!

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Say Thank You with Succulents

One of my favourite things about our wedding (other than the actual getting married part of course) was all of the personal crafty touches. Thankfully, with Pinterest in it’s early, ad-free days and DIY wedding blogs popping up all over the internet, it was easy to find inspiration. In fact, I had so much fun using Pinterest for wedding planning that I kept on pinning long after the big day. Check out my board here

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Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa

If you’ve ever been to Portugal, you will have noticed how much we love our cod fish. This fish has been a staple of the Portuguese diet for centuries and every family has their own favourite way to prepare it. In my house, we make a casserole with salt cod, chickpeas, potatoes and eggs – often called “Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa”. This recipe is even a hit amongst our non-Portuguese dinner guests who have been known to enjoy the cold leftovers for breakfast.

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An Ode to Moosewood

I am a cookbook junkie. I know, I know, you can find a recipe for just about anything on the internet but cookbooks are special. I love to sit down on a Saturday morning with a stack of cookbooks and a cup of tea to plan out meals for the week ahead. My most well-loved cookbooks have cracked spines, notes in the margins and splatter stains on the pages. The problem is that most of my cookbooks are not well-loved. Sure, they look pretty all lined up on my counter but when it comes down to it, the recipes just aren’t for me.

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Baby’s First Quilt (kinda)

In the past few years, the bridal shower invitations that used to clutter my mailbox have been replaced with baby shower invitations. And while I’m not a fan of shower games, I do love an opportunity to make a unique (and tiny) gift! After playing around with knit booties and scrapbooks, I came up with the idea to make a baby quilt. I had seen numerous patterns online to make baby blankets with that soft minky/chenille fabric and I wanted to find a way to do something a bit more challenging. And while I’ve never officially learned how to quilt (Take a quilting class if high on my 2017 to-do list), I figured it wouldn’t be too tricky to patch something together.

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