Thursday, May 28, 2009

fleur violette

hi. hello. sorry. 

i know i haven't posted in a few and well its not for lack of things to do. i haven't talked about it much on here but i am actually back in school for a couple weeks. every monday for sevensix weeks to be exact. and even though it is not a rigorous schedule, it almost makes it harder to get the things done that need to be done, you know, in-between working almost every other day. 
i have a website to design and build and i couldn't be happier about that project. i'm soaking up every word the teacher says because well...websites are never going away and i've always had a secret goal of being able to make them myself. its funny how projects you are excited about seem to get done a whole lot faster then any of the other ones. 
speaking of 'the other ones'.....i have a 50 page thesis to whip out of my 'insert graphic body part'. whats my topic? LETS NOT TALK ABOUT because i don't actually have one. the clock is ticking away on me and about three months remain on this baby and yeah i'm a bit stressed about it since i don't even have a topic to submit for approval. guh. fml
as well, in the spirit of doing some work and getting PAID for it, i have a logo to design for a small business in the area. which if done well, has the possibility to lead to a job using my skillz for a web design company. kinda excited about that and also kinda clueless about what '7 bridge' means for someone who produces music. maybe it means nothing, maybe it means everything ???? maybe i need to research this.
and of course there are other factors piling on top of each other such as getting the wrong text book in the mail and having to do a test on the first three chapters before sunday. (AHHH!!!)
and other random stuff that is clouding up my mind for that class, my first (and only, ever) online class.  
well sitting here on blogger typing this isn't getting me any closer to completing any of these things. but i just thought you might like to know why it is that there are actually not enough hours in the day. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

staking a claim among the young defectives

a friend of mine (hi laura!) recently went to paris and posted some of her pictures on facebook. in keeping with my new motto of finding beauty and inspiration everywhere i wanted to pass these on...although its not very hard to find beauty in paris i am sure. thanks for sharing these laura and i hope your trip was amazing. see you tomorrow! 

ps this one is what melted my heart, i am love with all of the different colours and textures and layers. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

standing there with your smile blinding your eyes from seeing

last night the president finished work early and came home and whispered the magic words that make me fall in love every time. 
'want to get kawartha dairy ice cream?'
ummmmm YES YES YES in a waffle cone with a cherry on top! 

it was a perfect night for a walk and talk. high on summer and sunsets. 

if you've never had kawartha dairy ice cream, let me tell you this is not your average run of the mill sugar plus cream plus flavor crap. kd is made in heaven by angels dressed as milk maids and you can taste that in every lick. it is beyond amazing. it is natural, homemade, comes in probably 100 different flavours and really there is just nothing else that compares to it. 
so if you haven't tried it, may i suggest you do. and may i also suggest bordeaux cherry. 

when i lived in toronto i randomly found a convenience store on bloor street that carried the kawartha dairy ice cream bricks. i would never lie to you and tell you i didn't go back multiple hundred times to get my fix. 

and then the sun was setting, and i was full of ice cream and covered in bug bites picking flowers off trees. 

pretty much the end of the story is, i am sure that summer is here. xoxo

Strawberry-Sour Cream Scones with Brown Sugar Crumble

as soon as i see strawberries on sale/in season i am making these heavenly looking scones. yuumyummmmmmmmmyyyy

which reminds me. i want to go berry picking this summer. its going to happen! hey miss teacups, you want to come with me? then we can make these adorable delicious scones to go with our tea. 

Strawberry-Sour Cream Scones with Brown Sugar Crumble
Makes 10 scones

For the scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
4 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 cup roughly chopped strawberries
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons salted butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into the flour until it looks like coarse bread crumbs. Add the strawberries and toss until the berries are coated with flour.

Whisk together the egg, sour cream, 1/4 cup of the milk, and vanilla. Pour this onto the flour mixture and then fold them together until all the flour is moistened. If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup of additional milk until a shaggy, moist dough is formed. Try not to overwork the dough.

Sprinkle a little flour on your counter, turn out the dough, and sprinkle a little more flour on top. Pat the dough into a circle or rectangle about 1-inch thick, and use a bench scraper to cut the scones into wedges.

Transfer the scones to a greased baking sheet. Combine the ingredients for the topping and use your fingers to crumble this evenly over all of the scones.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the scones are firm on the outside and golden in spots. Let the scones cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

These scones are best on the day that they're made. If you're planning on keeping them for several days, skip the topping (which will absorb moisture and get mushy) and instead smear them with butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar just before eating.

from apartment therapy the kitchn

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

her hair smells of sunshine and dust

is this what love is, he wonders, this substance that lies so pressingly between them, so neutral in colour yet so palpable it need never be mentioned? or is love something less, something slippery and odorless, a transparent gas riding through the world on the back of a breeze, or else - and this is what he more and more believes - just a word trying to remember another word. 
-the stone diaries, by carol sheilds

apple blossom on my window sill

money money money. i think about it a lot in a day. how to get it, where to spend it, how much, too little, now or later blah blah blahhhh.

its never enough either. thats always the part that gets me. once i have saved up enough for onr thing i am usually tired of it...on to bigger, better, shinier more expensive things. 

if i had it i would just spend it. its happened before. i'm not saying i'm not careful with what i buy....just the frequency is higher and the remorse is lower. A cushion is always there, a buffer, a blurry line of a limit.  in the past couple months the blurry line has slowly become lower and lower, to the point of extinction. 

but thats okay now. because i have a job now. 

but lets just say i should win the jackpot tonight*. 5o something million. here are some things i may decide to spend that money on, because it will be mine to spend and it would be GLORIOUS.
*i even bought a ticket this time so this could actually friggen happen!!

this font from veer called Kewl Script. because i am a geek like that. its only $59 to use orrrr to buy the disk is $5999 (kind of a rip off i think)

i would also buy a subscription to the magazine uppercase because even though i have never actually read one in real life, i can already tell i would absolutely adore it. 

fonts, cute pictures, excellent design, colour therapy its all in this little guy. 

and then every single one of these pairs of earrings are so cute and i could picture having outfits to go with each one. how to choooooose??

yall of these are from hanaya on etsy. which ones to chooose????

and last but not least this sticker is awesome.

guhhhhh i just finished scarfing down a bag of creamy dill chips and now i feel pretty gross about that decision. after eating chips my tongue is always scraped up and super sensitive. but i can't help it because i am a CHIP LICKER. always have been, always will be. everyone knows thats how you get all the flavour off them. duhhhhhh.  

pictures of my garden to come soon. this afternoon the president and i met my mom on her lunch break and she bought us ice cream and we went to the garden centre. we are splitting two different kinds of tomato plants so we don't end up with more vegetables then we know what to do with (early girl tomatoes and tiny tim tomatoes, such cute names). as well i picked up some red peppers and hot peppers to add to the garden with the broccoli and lettuce. 
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