Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Little PS for Wednesday

I'm still here in beautiful Palm Springs, so I thought make a collage of bits of the shoot. I'm shooting such a pretty home. Can't wait to show more soon.

Happy Halloween, if that's your thing!

Have a lovely day!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hello Weekend

Love this house. Look at the happy yellow door with the fantastic sputnik light fixture. Makes me smile. I'm heading to Palm Springs this weekend, so I may do another drive by this house. Perhaps they've tired of their sputnik ;) I'll be shooting Sarah Bancroft's home, in PS, heading back next Wednesday. 

Have a fun weekend everyone! Anyone have Halloween parties on their agenda? 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Baked on Wednesday

How's your week going so far? I'm finding myself attached to my computer, editing heaps of images for a few stories. I made some quick and easy crackers that are a little healthier than the minty girl guide cookies I've been eating (thanks Annika! xo).

Nut & Seed Crackers - makes about 4 dozen 1.5" square crackers

1/2 cup raw cashews (or any nut you prefer, really)
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon coconut flour (find it in specialty grocery shops)
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
3 to 4 tablespoons water
pepper and coarse salt to sprinkle on tops

Preheat oven to 300f/150c. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a food processor pulse the cashews, almond meal and coconut flour until finely ground. Add seeds and the pinch of salt and pulse until partially ground.

Add the oil, then water and mix until the dough starts to form a ball. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap, to about 1/8" and cut into shapes. I used a pastry cutter to cut squares. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle tops with a little salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, or just golden in colour. Try not to eat all of them in one sitting. It's hard.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pretty for Monday

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! What did you get up to? I worked a little, then hung out with a niece and nephew and took them to Fright Night.  Anyone been to "Fright Night" at the PNE? Yikes (and not because it was remotely scary) ;)

On to the pretty....

I shot Stephanie Vogler's home for this month's issue of Style At Home. Stephanie is co-owner of The Cross, a beautiful home store here in Vancouver. Here's a few pics that weren't included in the story. So pretty. For the entire dose of prettiness, click here.

Have a great day! 


Friday, October 19, 2012


Back next week!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fresh and Modern for Monday

How was your weekend? I carried on my "technology" break throughout last week. Sometimes I find it absolutely necessary! I feel better now ;)

I shot a very lovely home, as a Christmas story, for House and Home (November issue) and wanted to share some of my favourite bits. Sophie Burke designed the interior for her sister Lucy and her family. The house itself is almost 100 years old, but has a fresh and modern feel going on inside. I'm not focusing on the festive decor, though it's beautiful, as you can see that in the current issue of House and Home!

A calm and pretty ensuite. 

Grey and white for the baby's room. Love the little nook. 

Clean, simple and grey. Perfect spot to bake in. 

I wanted to pinch the wall mounted bedside lamps, linens and that "Granny" pendant, by Pudelskern, as well. 

Do you think you could live in this house? I definitely could. Let me know what you think!

FYI, I shot a "Girl Friday" story for Move Lifestyle, along with The Jealous Curator, featuring actress Brittany Ishibashi. We started out at her trailer, on the set of new show "Emily Owens M.D.", and ended up at English Bay. A perfect Vancouver day. Click here for the story. 

That's it for today! Have a nice Monday. Back soon.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

(Long) Weekend Observations

It was Thanksgiving this weekend, here in Canada. I hung out with family and friends not really going near my computer or even my phone. A nice little break! I'm curious....who else likes to take a break from technology? Would love to know.

Here's a some of my weekend....

We spent a few hours at Hasting Racecourse on Saturday. It was a beautiful sunny day, and perfect for hanging out watching some amazing animals, with a stunning mountain back drop.  The last horse race I watched was the Melbourne Cup, years ago. Melbournians take their horse racing's a public holdiday. Love that.  

Quick and easy. Bring to a boil 1/4 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of butter. Toss 3 cups of raw cashews with butter, 1 tablespoon of curry, 1/2 teaspooon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes at 320f. Mmmm. 

I hope you all had a great weekend. What did you get up to? To my fellow Canadians, did you celebrate Thanksgiving on Sunday or Monday? We're in the Monday category. 

I have to say, I'm so thankful for all of you for stopping by and all your nice comments and emails. It really is a great way to start the day off, so thank you! 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Baked and Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I've been thinking about Thanksgiving (in Canada) this weekend, and thought I should work out what we're doing for the dinner. Yikes. I can definitely check off the dessert now. I've made several variations of this recipe, but the addition of caramel and sea salt really amps it up. This is so easy and pretty delicious. If I had had more whipping cream, I would have added that on top. Next time ;) 

Pumpkin Cakes with Roasted Apples and Caramel Glaze - makes 12 cakes

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
5 large eggs
2 cups canned pure pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350f/180c. Lightly grease a large muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and granulated sugar for a few minutes, until fluffy. Add the brown sugar, a little at a time, and beat until thick and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree and beat until smooth. With beaters running, slowly add the oil in a steady stream, until well combined. 

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, a little at a time, stirring well. Spoon into greased tin and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a skewer, inserted in centre, comes out clean. 

Roasted Apples
5 gala apples, cored and cut into 8's
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar

Place apples in baking dish. Drizzle lemon juice over top and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 375f oven for about 40 minutes or until soft. 

Caramel Glaze
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Pour water into a saucepan, then add sugar. On medium high heat bring the water and sugar to a boil, without stirring. Cook until the sugar begins to lightly brown then stir a little until a deep golden brown. Slowly add the whipping cream and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Allow to cool. 

To assemble, place cake on a small plate with a few pieces of apple and drizzle caramel over top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Enjoy!

If you're Canadian, have a happy Thanksgiving! Have a great weekend everyone!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Hello Monday Morning

I hope you all had a fun weekend! I'm over at Poppytalk today, with a wrap up of IDSwest and some of the designers I loved. Click here for more.

Have a great day!