Finding Hygge in the Chaos of Moving House (+ Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe)

I can hear the rain outside and I have a cup of tea. As I type this, I'm bundled up in my sweats and a blanket. It's officially soup and stew season. My favourite. But 99% of my kitchenware - so,  everything - is packed up. Naturally. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about beginning a …

The West Coast Hygge Project and Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Autumn is my favourite season because it's when I get to pull out my cozy sweaters and wrap myself up in my blanket scarf. It also means the temperature has cooled down enough for me to properly bake again. (My favourite baking recipe is at the end of this post!)  Autumn is also a season …

Holiday Season Survival and No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

We are now full on into the holiday season, which means shopping, parties, shortbread, and, let's face it, feeling a bit like you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off. This is not a feeling exclusive to Christmas time, but it's certainly amplified come December 1st.  Unexpected guests, forgetting presents, hopping from event to …

Terra’s Christmas Crack a.k.a. Almond Roca

Last week, Terra came in to the office with her famous 'Christmas Crack'. The office literally stops for Christmas Crack. Calls are put on hold; people change direction. Those who normally work from home come in specifically just so they can get their savoury/sweet crunchy goodness fix. It is a much anticipated annual holiday treat that …

Holiday Party Food and Easy Fig Dip

In light of moving chaos, our annual open house is a no-go this year. The kitchen is a disaster. I don't know that I've ever blogged about the holiday open house as Christmas time tends to get beyond busy... But we throw a good party involving BBQ'd turkey, lots of food and drink, and the apartment is stuffed …

Flashback Friday: Sinus Clearing Raspberry Martinis

My laptop is finally out of the Mac hospital (hooray!) and while my Europe photos were loading this evening, I was clicking through my iPhoto library. While flipping through, I landed on pictures from an epic Halloween party from many moons ago at my friend Alison's parent's house where entry was only given if we were a) dressed …

Tokyo – Asakusa Market and Temple

I'm finally getting photos organized from our Japan trip. Finally. Day 3 got off to a lazy start. There wasn’t really a plan aside from being at a certain place for dinner that night. We were originally going to go the National Museum of Japanese History, but it’s a couple hours away from the apartment. …