I am spending this weekend with my husband’s family. Whenever we are all together for a weekend like this, the general pastime is playing cards. Sometimes we mix it up with a board game, but generally we just sit, chat, play, drink and eat. There is always something or other to munch on, invariably tasty but not always the healthiest option.
With this in mind, I made Happy Thanksgiving Trail Mix
Trail Mix is really whatever you want it to be, but if you like the look of mine, here’s what’s in it;
– 2 cups of shredded wheat cereal
– 2 cups of caramel popcorn
– 2 cups of pretzel wafers
– 2 cups of mixed nuts (walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, and almonds)
– 2 handfuls of dried cranberries
– 1/2 cup candy corn
– 1/2 cup orange & brown Smarties
It’s a delicious mix of salty, sugary, and chocolaty seasonal flavours, without being overly indulgent. At least we are getting some fiber and protein in us.
These quantities will give you just over the 2 quart batter bowl amount shown above. Extra is good though, you won’t be able to keep your hands off it.
Mar, céu azul, luz, muita cor, saudades e arte portuguesa!
Apresento-vos um casamento muito especial.
Os noivos não eram portugueses, mas fizeram questão de ter as cores do azuleio português presentes no casamento assim como representado a palavra “saudade” que só em português existe!
A noiva levava uns sapatos lindos, que combinavam perfeitamente com todo o ambiente envolvente!
Em memória aos avós que não estavam presentes, a Eve Marie, fez uma homenagem linda.
Colocou no bouquet as fotografias dos avós e no acto de votos disse muito saudosa
“Vavó and vavô would be very happy to be here to see this day.”
Sea, blue sky, light, lots of color, nostalgia and Portuguese art!
I present to you a very special wedding.
The bride and groom were not Portuguese, but made sure to have the colors of the Portuguese azuleio present at the wedding as well as represented the word “saudade” that only exists in Portuguese!
The bride wore a beautiful shoes, which matched perfectly with any surroundings!
In memory of grandparents who were not present, Eve Marie, did a beautiful tribute.
Placed in the bouquet photographs of grandparents and the act of votes said very nostalgic
“Grandma and Grandma would be very happy to be here to see this day.”
It’s been a long while since my last post, but what can I say? Weddings are time-consuming! They also eat up your creative energy so that you have no inventive juices left to apply to the rest of your life. The good news is, that once the wedding is over, there will be no need for secrecy and I will be able to share everything I’ve been working on!
Today’s post will cover a wedding-event that is already over, and that I actually had very little to do with; my bridal shower! Four of the most amazing women on the planet threw me a shower at the Lodge of the Nordic Spa Scandinavian baths.
In keeping with the rustic and woodsy venue up in the Gatineau hills, the girls used birch trunks, pine-cones, and fresh flowers to decorate the room. Flickering tea light candles set it all off beautifully. As an incredible useful keepsake / guest book. Ashley created a custom cutting board where guests could leave me a note.
Lisa laid out a brunch buffet that was healthy AND delicious, including:
Croissants and jam
Smoked salmon with cream cheese and blueberries
Veggies and dip
Cheeses and crackers
And of course there was cake, made by the creator if our delicious Baby Shower Dinosaur cake. It was very sweet and full of fresh strawberries and butter cream. Perfect for Summer.
When asked by my Maid-of-Hour Kaitlin if I wanted alcohol at my shower, I responded something like “Ummm yeah! A party without booze is just a meeting.” … so there were several drink options for guests to choose from. A fresh and fruity white wine sangria in a bottomless punch bowl, ice water, coffee and tea, and champagne mamosoas garnished with a lovely strawberry for a toast!
There was also special “Eve-Marie’s Bridal Shower” red and wine available, made especially for the occasion!
I was mercifully spared embarrassing toilet-paper/blindfolded/purse raid type activities. The games we played were cute and entertaining.
First up was He Said She Said, where guests had to guess whether Liam or I had written various responses to relationship questions. This was really cute for the guests and me as well, as I hadn’t read Liam’s answers.
Ironically, the girl who got the most correct was a coworker of mine who had only ever met Liam once for all of 5 minutes. She got to take home a bottle of wine as the winner!
During the gift-opening portion of the party, we played Bridal Shower Bingo. Guests wrote in Bingo card boxes with what they thought was wrapped up in the mountain of presents. As I open each gift, they crossed off a box and the first to make a row won a bottle of wine. It was nice that everyone had something to do other than watch me all my awesome gifts. Yay presents!
For a little something for the guests to remember us by, Julie HANDMADE adorable, scented soaps! Each was wrapped up with a pretty tag that read “From Eve’s Shower to yours”. Honestly, how cute is that! Now when I go to friends and families houses, I spot the soaps on display in their bathrooms and it makes me really happy inside.
So I got gifts. The guests got gifts. But I couldn’t let my girls go without getting anything! The time and effort my friends put into this party was very touching, so I wanted to give them something special to let them know how much it all meant to me. Since we were all going to spend the rest of the day enjoying the hot-tubs and saunas of the spa (where you walk around in bathing suits and robes) I got each of them and my mom …. and myself, custom-made dressing gowns from Comfy Clothing store on Etsy.
I love how they turned out, and they will come in handy when we are all getting ready together on the Wedding Day.
A GIGANTIC SURPRISE for me at the shower, was my oldest friend from elementary school, who now lives in the US, showing up completely unexpectedly. I was entirely thrown! Yelled something rude to her, almost strangled her with a hug, and then cried and laughed a lot.
Mr. Fiancé and I got started assembling our second set of invitations last night. These are for the larger (wine themed!) reception we are hosting back home after our (Lisbon Coast!) destination wedding. We only got a third of the way done, but it was a solid start and we should have them ready to go in the mail by the end of the week.
There was a marked difference in our competence, organisation and ability in performing the task from our first round of (Ocean Flourish) invitations. This is all becoming old hat now. For instance; wine is an absolute necessity.
We also have another great tip for you. It is pretty much common knowledge that numbering your RSVP cards is a great idea. In case of illegible or completely absent (yes it happens) guest names, a small number at the back of the card corresponding to the name can be a life saver. But does this really look great?
No. No it doesn’t. Not that very many people will notice, and none that do will care at all. But. Still. It made me sad. I pouted over four or five of these until my brilliant betrothed, in a stroke of pure genius, came out with “why don’t you just number the envelopes?“
NUMBER THE ENVELOPES!
How is this not out there yet? It’s the best idea ever! The secret-code numbers can be hidden in a fold of the RSVP envelope, which is sure to be returned (as they are pre-addressed and stamped), where no one will see it unless looking for it, and the cute reply cards remain completely unmarred!
Its Friday afternoon, we are about to quit the week, and it’s time to meet our latest foster kitten! This is Olivia and she is now up for adoption at the Ottawa Humane Society.
Olivia is an 8 month old kitten who came to us with a small amount of cat-cold and a lot of shyness. She has always been very friendly and gentle but used to spend much of her time hiding under the bed.
No longer. She has fully recovered and is now a fun, confident, feisty little girl with a sweet and quirky personality. She is Miss. Congeniality, loving to hang out with everyone she meets; human or feline . She loves to play and will make a toy of anything .. especially toys.
Really Olivia is the perfect pet. Very quiet and neat, full of kitten energy, but super cuddly and attached. She got along amazingly well with our two adult male cats, and would do very well in a home with some cat-sibling for company. Plus, look at that face!
Olivia is a sweet little girl that we will miss having at home.
Our house always feels empty without a foster in it, and as kitten-season approaches I’m sure it wont me long before we are full of them again. Still, we always like to see our last cat happily homed before we accept a new charge, so if you are interested in adopting Olivia, please contact the OHS or visit her at the Pet Valu – Southgate (call 613-523-5536 ext: 258).
Ta da! Our dinning room re-decorating is done! To see the sad neglected room it was before, click here, or take a look at these Before & Afters: Lets take a tour … Almost the very first thing we did was to replace the chandelier. This four pendant champagne-bubble one was a steal for only $90 at Costco. We took forEVER making sure the pendants were at the right length and level with each other, but overall this was a cheap easy update that instantly shot the room into this decade. Our cream-coloured dinning table set has to stay (for now) but got a mini-makeover with a new table runner from Marshalls ($13), a candle holder centre-piece from Bouclair Home ($40) and some lovely rose scented RANDIG pillar candles from Ikea ($20).
The wall clock got another re-working, and is now a mirror! The time keeping doohickey was broken so Mr. Fianncéremoved it. Luckily, the FRACK vanity mirror is the exact same size as the clock face, so I was able to disassemble it and glue directly over the old clock. Now the mirror just looks glitzy and reflects back the soft light from the chandelier. I love how the white of the clock pops against the grey walls. We went one shade lighter than the colour in the Entryway; this is Frost Grey from Dulux ($50). For ‘art’ adorning the left wall, I had three pictures we took on our trip to Turkey printed and placed in white RIBBA frames ($60). Here, from left to right, you see Istanbul Bosporus Fisherman, Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys, and the Travertine Pools of Pamukkale. The curio cabinet posed the biggest challenge of the whole room. So much fragile glass to remove, so many nooks and crannies to paint, drips to catch, hardware to paint. But in the end the dark wood is replaced by fresh white and the piece fits within the space. Liam really took a fancy the decorative ball (from Marshalls, $25) and I liked that it mimics the Entryway chandelier, linking the two spaces. The Bay window got a lot of attention and is now my favourite spot in the house! We nabbed a great deal on a curtain rod ($30) with pretty acrylic finals at Bouclair. The curtains are FERLE from Ikea ($15) and were perfectly hemmed by my awesome mother (thanks mom!). The cushions are from all over the place, none of them above $15. I considered making a seat cushion with fabric and foam, but opted for a more natural looking RENS sheepskin throw ($40). Its also a little reminiscent of a room we stayed in in cave hotel in Turkey.
And the boys? They love it!!
I am so happy with the results. The room finally looks finished and lived in, I think I achieved the ‘light but warm’ feeling I was going for, and the minor electrical upgrades will certainly add a bit of value to our home. Until we can afford a more major renovation, I’m sure our dinning room will serve us well. I am certainly excited for our next dinner party!
This is Princess, our latest foster cat. Princess came to us with a slight cat-cold and spent a pleasant few weeks in our home. She was a little shy, but very snugly and sweet. When she had stopped sneezing, we dropped her off at the Ottawa Humane Society with best wishes for a happy future.
But it turned out that Princess was not ready to go up for adoption. She was suffering from an extreme form of gingivitis that was making her gums red and inflamed. She came back to us with a course of antibiotics and a warning that cats with this condition usually get put down.
Princess is two and a half years old! We took her back knowing that we would do everything we could to keep this tragedy from happening… while at the same time giving her as much love as possible, just in case.
After lots of drooling, a few vet checks, yet anther course of antibiotics, and a month of daily teeth brushing, the inflammation in Princess’s gums has completely receded!
Princess is now available for adoption at the Ottawa Human Society (ask for shelter number A164784). Whoever become’s this little girl’s forever family should take very good care to keep up with her teeth brushing, but otherwise she is absolutely a perfect cat. She is warm and cuddly, neat, funny, and got along very well with our two adult male cats. She can be a bit of a wallflower at first (hugs the walls) and she likes her peace and quiet, but is very affectionate and playful.
We had Princess for a long time, and under pretty stressful circumstances. We become attached to all the cats we care for, but the ones who need you most are the ones who leave a little deeper stamp on your heart. We miss Princess in our home already, but the feeling of having had a hand in her recovery is incredible. To be surpassed only by the knowledge of her having found a loving forever home.