the way I see it

Still plugging away with the 365 project. Just a month to go!

frost
frost

on my mantle
on my mantle

ginger beer
ginger beer

these walls
these walls

walk the dinosaur
walk the dinosaur

sweets
sweets

darling clementine
darling clementine

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notable

brick house
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
Jane Austen

Congrats on the move, Megs and Rob!

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sweet on

When we found out we were pregnant, I couldn't wait to start showing. I just didn't feel pregnant with a flat(ter) belly! Now that the bump is here (and growing), I'm pretty proud of it. So much so, I like to draw attention to it by wearing long necklaces. Here are a few I'd love to add to my collection.

Fluidity Necklace

Three Flowers in a Line Necklace in Gold






Whimsical Mirror Pendant Necklace

Gorjana Petal Wrap Necklace









oliver's twist

BLOW Harmonica Necklace

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Last week was a really fun one--we found out we're having a boy! So the nursery planning has begun. :) We have lots of time still, so I'm just getting started, but my hubby went gaga over the moose rocker at ikea, so we HAD to get it. It's the Canadian pride in him, I think!

planning ahead
planning ahead

frozen
frozen

castle bundt
castle bundt

old lace
old lace

moose rocker
moose rocker

magnets
favors

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Time for a little shopping, don't you think? Right now, I'm overwhelmed with choosing the right crib, stroller, etc., so let's take it easy and look at some low-risk, satisfying goods!

Shimmery Clutch
this shimmery clutch by eclu

1930s GLOBE Bank
this globe bank from sweetshorn

farm fresh eggs 8 x 12 photo
this photo by honey and jam photography

 NEW / The Blue Rose
 this little hoot by fong studio

Multibubble Scarf - Marble
this multibubble scarf by clarice handmade

REVERSIBLE CAP
this cap by encouragement award

Vintage 50s Gorgeous Golden Chantilly Lace Dress
this vintage chantilly lace dress by revolving styles


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Snow, snow, snow! It definitely looks and feels like winter here this week. So far, so good, but I think in another week or so, I'll be ready for some spring-like weather. :)

fan
fan

gift of inspiration
gift of inspiration

folds
folds

snowy night
snowy night

coming in
coming in

waiting
waiting

piled up
piled up

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notable


All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien
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what's cooking: nanaimo bars

I hesitate to post the recipe because most of you are probably still faithfully adhering to your new year's resolutions to eat well, exercise more, etc. More power to you. Just keep this in mind around Valentine's Day. Who doesn't need a little chocolate by then?

These bars are rich. Make that RICH! So have a small slice and be sure to have your coffee or milk at the ready. Dig in!


nanaimo bars
Base layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup egg beaters
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Middle layer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
2-3 tablespoons milk

Top layer:
2 tablespoons butter or shortening
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

To make the base layer, mix the butter, white sugar, cocoa, egg and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan or double boiler. Stir over low heat until mixture is well combined.  Add graham cracker crumbs, coconut and walnuts to the mixture. Mix well and pack into buttered 9 inch square cake pan using your hands or the back of a spoon to even out the layer. Refrigerate.

For the middle layer, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, pudding mix, and milk. Beat until creamy and spread over the chilled base layer. Refrigerate until the middle layer has hardened.

For the top layer, melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or for about 1 minute in the microwave, taking care not to scorch the chocolate) and drizzle over custard icing. Refrigerate.

After about 10 minutes, remove the bars from the refrigerator and score the chocolate layer into 1" square pieces with a sharp knife. Return to the refrigerator. When totally hardened (1-2 hours), cut into square bars along the score marks.

Yumm!



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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoy these photos from the last week. I'm making the most of these weeks off from class, but time is ticking and the semester will begin again very soon. I've got to get my brain back in order!

stocking
stocking

frozen
frozen

gluttony
gluttony

smile
smile

pinetreebarn
pine tree barn

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