Half Birthday… Giant Cookie!

Sept 23 - Half Birthday

IT'S MY HALF BIRTHDAY!!!

Roger forgot (I know--how could he?!) so I decided to make myself a giant cookie.

A big, ooey-gooey, chocolate chip cookie... with sprinkles of course!

Sept 23 - Gluten Free

Sept 23 - Personal

Sept 23 - I am a cookie

Sept 23 - Cookie Party

Here's the recipe I used:

1/2 cup Gluten-free flour mix

1/8 tsp baking soda

1 pinch of salt

3 tbsp white sugar

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp melted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 beaten egg

A small handful of dark chocolate chips

1/2 tsp cornstarch

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients. Toss the chocolate chips in cornstarch and add them to the bowl. Bake @ 350°F for 12 minutes on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Enjoy with orange pekoe tea or a tall glass of milk. Shareable if you're feeling nice... which thankfully for a boyfriend, I was.

Happy 182.5 days since my real Birthday to meeeee! 🙂

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So Long Sweet Summer

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and there's a slight hint of nostalgia in the air. Gone are the days of suntanning, beach hair, and short shorts. Behind us are fresh cherries and walks on the shore. We say goodbye to convertible drives and busy bee hives; hello to hot cups of joe and eventually snow. I hate to admit it, but Mother Nature has spoken and Summer has passed. The time has come again to switch sides of the bed (a must with each season) and break out the cozy sweaters and closed-toe boots.

With the passing of time comes the excitement of what's to come. Before I welcome in another beautiful Canadian Autumn, I'd like to take a moment to remember Summer 2013.

I have faith that its sweetness will linger for quite some time.

Sept 22 - Watermelon Love

I will never forget the kisses and the wine...

Sept 22 - Kiss

Cherries by the dozen...

Sept 22 - Cherries

Sea-shores visits...

Sept 22 - Summer Beach

Dorky photo shoots on the beach...

Sept 22 - Summer

Swimming with the biggest dog...

Sept 22 - Love this

A hundred different road trips...

Sept 22 - Dog Trip

Tundra hating to leave the awesome places we'd seen...

Sept 22 - Summer's End

And baking every Sunday.

Sept 22 - Baking

It's unbelievable how fast time flies. Do you remember how long the summer felt when you were eleven? Nothing to do and nothing to prove--summer was an endless collage of crafts, forts, sprinklers, and swimming lessons. School crept up so slowly and when it came, it felt like forever since we'd last seen our classmates. Now all we have to do is blink and we'd miss the season all-together.

In this fast-paced world we live in all we can do is enjoy today. Take each moment for what it is and savour all its fleeting brilliance.

Peace out, Summertime. Can't wait to meet again next year!

Sept 22 - Short Shorts

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How to Clean a Coach Purse

I adore my COACH "Poppy" purse, but sadly this love soon manifested itself with dirt and grime. Years of use made my beloved bag look haggard and uncared for. It was time for a cleaning. After searching for tips online, I decided to do what I do best... not follow any instructions at all!

I refused to spend money on dry-cleaning or expensive cleaners, so I grabbed some household items and hoped for the best. I want to share my tutorial with you because a.) it was super easy to do, b.) it was cheap, and c.) it worked!

All you need is:

A toothbrush

Dawn dish soap

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Sept 18 - Before the Clean

See the icky dirt spots of the bottom of the bag? Those had to go!

Sept 18 - DIY

First I used an old toothbrush to apply dish soap to the affected areas (AKA pretty much my entire bag)!

Sept 18 - Mr Clean

Next I wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber with water and scrubbed the fabric in a circular motion.

Sept 18 - In Progress

Scrub, scrub, scrub. Apply more dish soap. Brush it in with the toothbrush. Wet the scrubber. Scrub some more. Scrub until your arm is tired and the bag is clean.

Sept 18 - Ew

It will go from that...

Sept 18 - Wonderful

... to this!

Sept 18 - Clean Purse

Good as new and I didn't spend a penny!
The mixture of Dawn dish soap and Mr. Clean also works on the satin liner--the inside of my bag is shiny and new again too! 🙂
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The Big Reveal: Our New Living Room!

I promised that I would keep you posted on the final stages of our living/dining room makeover and I'm happy to announce that our vision is almost complete. Last week we endured our biggest project yet: Installing bamboo flooring WITHOUT the help of mine or Roger's dad. When I say "we", I clearly mean Roger. I helped tear out the baseboards and stubborn floor staples, but when it comes to the brains and the brawn behind the process, Roger definitely takes the cake. (I did; however, make the cookies!)

I won't go into detail about the actual installation because honestly I didn't really follow along. Roger's the handy one and I was in my own little world painting the banister. I do know that we saved up for and purchased bamboo flooring from Lumber Liquidators for a fraction of the retail price. We bought the under matting as well: It is said to reduce noise and save on heating costs. Thankfully we borrowed an air compressor from a friend and a nailer, skill saw and jig saw from a neighbour. Having a contractor next door is a young homeowner's greatest gift.

I cried tears of joy when I saw that awful pink carpet go.

Sept 3 - SIlent Spectator

Our piano has a temporary home in the front foyer--perfect for preventing Tunders from going insane at the door when we come home from work. Do you like it? Do you think I should paint it white?

Sept 3 - Piano in the foyer

No more carpet equals time to vacuum up 25 years of dust!

Sept 3 - No carpet

... and mould. Ew. Roger used bleach to scrub it out.

Sept 3 - Dog help

Mr. Curious likes to sneak a peak once in a while. The poor guy was so sad he couldn't be part of the fun.

Sept 3 - Dog face

Halfway there!

Sept 3 - Hardwork

Admiring Roger's skills...

Sept 3 - Awesome

Three days later and it's done!! We have a beautiful floor and two newly functional rooms! Now all we need is nice trim and some furniture (which is already picked out and set to arrive in the next month or so.)

Sept 7 - Lengthwise

Oh, and we must also hang our pictures.

Sept 7 - Pictures to hang

The best part was lying on the floor at the end surrounded by our hard work and a big happy dog. It's amazing how quickly a house can feel like home.

Sept 7 - Red chair

Now that's a makeover! 🙂

House - Living:Dining Before Sept 7 - I am dog                            
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