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Getting Back Into Writing + Blueberry Scones

First things first. I am not a professional baker but I love to bake and I figured during my temporary unemployment, this would be a great time to start sharing some things that I love on this platform again. Plus, I have to keep my writing up to snuff during this time, or I’ll literally spend majority of my time binge-watching HGTV.

For those of you who may find yourself in a similar situation, I hope that you’re also doing something to keep you inspired. It’s hard right now. So if some days you feel like couch surfing all day, then do it. I know that I’ve had my mix of feelings since this pandemic started – fear, sadness, anxiety, worry. But I figured this was finally the time to start things back up that I’ve been passionate about — I’ve wished for more time and now I have it. Maybe not quite the way I wanted it, but it’s all about shifting perspective.

So with that being said expect more content on here and I hope that it brings you some joy and inspiration during this hectic time in our world.

Recipe Review – Fraiche Food Full Hearts

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Inspired by my lack of baked goods readily available, and determined to become a decent cook by the end of this isolation period, I decided to try out the Vanilla Cherry Scones recipe from Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer’s cookbook, Fraiche Food Full Hearts. I’ve actually made a few of their recipes during this social distancing period and I can say that I’m pretty impressed, and I really love the plant-based, dairy-free options.

I’m a cherry fanatic. I love them. Some of my fondest memories of my summers at my Grandparents house is sitting with a bowl of cherries with my grandfather. However, frozen cherries (since they aren’t currently in season) aren’t great in my opinion. My husband also happens to dislike cherries, so I figured it would be a good idea to swap them out for frozen blueberries this time around.

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Overall, the recipe is quite easy and calls for few ingredients. The only part I struggled with was shaping the dough. This was my first time making scones, so I learned the hard way that flour on your hands is a good idea. Also, the least amount of handling, the better as the blueberries were starting to burst and melt as I continued shaping the disk.

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They aren’t overly sweet, but I do wish there was a glaze or topping recipe for this. Luckily, my best friend, Lindsay over at The Lekker Kitchen, is a formally trained cook and gave me some insider tips to make this recipe even better. AKA lemon glaze. Yes. So much yes. Check out her latest amazing creations over on her site!

Regardless of the topping you choose (or don’t choose) I would definitely recommend trying out this recipe – even if you’re new to baking! Makes for a yummy breakfast or snack option. And it’s probably worth doubling up if you have more than just two people in your household. 😉

I’d love to know — are you doing anything new or picking up an old hobby during this time?

Stay healthy friends!
xo

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Lifestyle

Vision Boarding 101

I’m back after a very long hiatus. When you write and create content for a living, it’s hard to then come home and write more content for you. In reflecting on my blog thus far, I realized that this blog is more of a day in the life of yours truly. It was such a nice way to remember things that I’ve done in the last couple of years. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m not accomplishing as much as I would like, personally or professionally. Maybe that’s a side affect of not being in school, or learning anything new in a structured way. But I’m craving something new. But, with that crave, comes waves of insecurity and fear that I won’t succeed. This has been a challenge my entire life. Before I jump, I want to make sure I can jump well, high, and with a successful landing. But life doesn’t actually work that way. Sometimes you have to jump – even when you aren’t ready.

This is what has inspired me to write my first blog post in almost a year. When I’m craving change, my first instinct is to sit down, evaluate and make some goals. I’m more of a visual person, so vision boards work well for me! I only put mine together a week ago, and things are already starting to happen. Call me crazy, but I truly believe that what’s meant to be will be and that everything happens for a reason. However, without a vision and a plan – dreams are just dreams. You still have to take steps (even baby ones) to make your dreams come to life. Here are my 6 best tips for creating your vision board and start making your dreams a reality!

1. Don’t think – just cut

Pull out all of your old magazines that you were planning on recycling anyway and dive straight in. Don’t think too much about this process, just start cutting out pictures, words, phrases, etc that speak to you. You know, kind of like the KonMari method – if that picture sparks joy, cut it out and put it in a pile. You don’t have to use all of the images you select, but it allows your mind to just focus on what truly matters to you.

If you’re doing this online (Pinterest is a great platform for this), then just save as many photos to your board as you can. You’ll reassess afterwards.

2. Tidy your space

Clear space = clear mind. Your working area may have become a bit messy with all the magazine pages. Take 5 mins to clear up your space and get ready for the next part of the process. Gather your board, markers, glue stick, stickers, quotes, inspirational scrap-booking papers, etc that you’ll need to start putting your masterpiece together.

3. Talk is out

I did my most recent vision board with a few family members and friends, and loved having people there talk out why I found my images inspiring. I realized once I went through my photos and starting talking about why I selected it, it made more sense and my goals were becoming clear. If there were photos that I wasn’t as excited about, I ditched them before they made it onto the board.

I realized I had cut out a lot of outdoor photographs and found some really great quotes to conveyed the feeling of being more connected with nature. I always feel so much more energized and clear headed after a walk with my two dogs, and usually end up going out for much longer than intended.

Again, if you’re doing this online, talk through the photos that you’ve saved. You can even make a note on each photo about why it speaks to you as a reminder for later. Delete the photos that don’t bring you excitement or inspiration.

4. Put it together!

Assemble your masterpiece. Now that you’ve edited, and talked through your images, it’s time to start securing the pictures onto your board. I like to layout my images before gluing them permanently down. Play around with it – there is not right way to do this step! Everyone’s board will look different. I like to make it more of a collage, but I’ve also seen some people segment the board into different themes like fitness, health, career, personal, etc. Whatever makes the most sense to you, do it.

5. Add dates, numbers, actionable words.

This is a step I used to skip. I didn’t want to put actionable numbers or goals because then I would have to strive to reach them. (Yes, I know how counter-productive that is to make a vision board and just hope it happens). So this time around I put my money where my month was. When you have a date, you have to make steps towards that goal. It gives you something to envision and also gives you a time frame.

For example, I have a picture of a Before and After shot of a house. I know that whenever Adam and I buy a place, that it will likely be a fixer-upper (because Toronto is not affordable and we’re not interested in moving that far away from the city). So this photo represents our journey to home ownership. I put the year 2022 right beside a quote that says “focus”. I know that if we really crack down on our spending and paying off debt, that we will reach this goal – or at least get pretty close to it.  Another number I included was ‘300’ – which is the deadlift goal I’ve set for myself to hit by the summertime. I’ve also included the word “Summer” with a picture of a mic and stage, as that’s the time when I want to go solo and really get my singing going again.

6. Put it somewhere you’ll see it often

My final tip is to put your vision board somewhere where you will see it everyday. Don’t hide it away in your closet or let it get lost in a room you never go in. If it’s online, take a screenshot and save it to your desktop background or phone background. Look at it with intention, smile, close your eyes and give yourself some grace knowing that you’re working towards this. It’s not meant to be a board of what you’re lacking – but of where you’re going.


With that, happy vision boarding! It’s never too late to create one and whatever season of life you’re in, I can guarantee you’ll benefit from having it.

Have you ever created a vision board? Did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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Our Wedding Day

The long awaited photos are finally here! Our wedding day was a beautiful warm sunny day on October 21st, 2017. We decided to host our wedding at Serenity Cottage with a waterfront view of Georgian Bay and a gorgeous 2 acre lot. It was really important to us to have our wedding be casual, relaxed and most of all a nice mini getaway for our guests. I think it perfectly sums up our style and our dreams for the future. The first thing Adam and I dreamed of together was having a cottage someday where we could overlook the water with our dogs and relax with friends and family – so being able to get married in this type of setting was truly special.

Special thank you to @MagicinColoursPhotography and Kevin Davis Photography for their amazing shots! I am so happy that my Dad and sister were able to capture our special moments! Also included are some great moments from our #DavisOBrienWedding hashtag on Instagram!

 

 

Love,

Stephanie