Monthly Archives: July 2012

Diamonds, pearls and bows daaarrrrling. I have a thing for only blinging out my texting digits.


I just finished reading “Savages” now I can wait to see the movie. I have a slight girl crush on Blake Lively. Who doesn’t? She makes me want to go blond again.

Happy Tuesday.


I see stars.
Gold stars on a Gold French.



Colors are: pink base = Nicole by OPI Dream Maker, tips = KIKO #1 (gold)

I made pies this weekend. But this post isn’t about pies. This is the story of what happened to the leftover blueberries from those pies.

The farmers market always makes me buy too many berries. I see the pints of fresh berries all lined up at a stall and I just can’t help myself. They smell delicious, they look divine and who doesn’t like supporting local farmers. So of course I bought too many. I couldn’t let them go to waste, so decided to make some blueberry banana bread instead.


Blueberry Banana Bread*

Inspired by this post from the Chef-in-training.


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of psyllium husks

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Medium Bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg

Last Ingredient to fold in before baking

  • 1 1/3 cups of blueberries (fresh)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix all wet ingredients together. Make sure your bananas are mashed but not pureed. (Don’t add blueberries yet you’ll add these last, before baking).
  3. In a second bowl mix all dry ingredients.
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  5. Once all ingredients are throughly combined fold in your blueberries with a wooden spoon or a spatula so as not to bruise the berries.
  6. Grease a loaf pan. Pour the contents of your bread into the pan.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Once fully baked, let the loaf cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then loosen and place on a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy all the blueberry goodness.


I’m so excited for the weekend! There are a million little things I want to do. Mostly though I want to make my man his favorite treat. Banana Bread.

He’s Banana’s for the stuff. He looks at banana bread the same way Golum looked at “the Ring”. I love watching him eyeball a new loaf, he subtly monitors every slice taken from the loaf, almost mentally calculating how many slices he has left to savor.

I still haven’t found the perfect recipe though. The bread is never awful, it’s always good but for some reason all the bread recipes that I’ve used always take years to bake. It’s a big commitment making Banana bread because I’m never quite sure as to when the darn thing will be done. Some loaves have taken 2 full hours to bake…yeesh.

So I’ve rounded up the following recipes with this weekend in mind. Not sure which one I’ll try out but here’s hoping I won’t be a slave to the stove.

  1. The Best Banana Bread You’ll Ever Have (With Bourbon and Chocolate Chunks)
    By Joy the Baker, from the new Joy the Baker Cookbook (Bourbon, enough said)
  2. Blueberry Walnut Banana Bread by Emily Malone (I happen to have some blueberries in the fridge yeah!)
  3. Perfect Banana Bread (this one has me intrigued…yogurt in the bread ingredients?!

Anyone have any recommendations? Family favs?


The continuing chronicle of my love for sparkly pink manicures.


Shot in varying light to best capture the sparkle. Calgel done by me. If you live in the Ottawa area stay tuned I’ll be offering a mobile Calgel nail service soon!