One of my besties is getting married this September so naturally we threw her a beautiful bridal shower. Her two maid of honors spearheaded the food and decor for a tea party inspired shower that was out of a wedding magazine.
The shower took place in a church that was renovated into a home so it was quite beautiful with the open concept design and natural lighting.
As you can see by the images, the attention to detail made the tea party theme come alive. The maid of honors outdid themselves by baking the macaroons for the first time the morning of the shower (incredible!), hand dipped strawberries in pastel coloured chocolate, and personalizing tea bag inspired shortbread cookies with tags for the bride and groom.
The final touches: fascinators and straw hats which helped to transport the theme to an English countryside.
It has been approximately 1.5 years since my last post.
It is safe to say I have been off the blogging grid before I even got started. As you can imagine, a lot has happened in that time span. I challenged my anxious thoughts, switched jobs and moved from the GTA to beautiful Muskoka. Probably one of my greatest decisions.
I now work in the tourism and hospitality industry and boy is it ever fun to do media relations for! I am even fortunate enough to photograph for social media, so to catch you up on what beautiful Muskoka has to offer take a look at some of my favourite captures from all four seasons.
I’ll be back blog word, I haven’t forgotten about you!
For the past two weeks I’ve been eating these little protein energy balls before or after a strenuous workout with my trainer and they seem to do the trick! It makes for a nice change from protein bars since they are filled with nutritious super foods like flax and chia seeds….oh and they are SUPER easy to make!
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp flax seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao nibs
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use plant based brand Vega One)
handful of goji berries
handful of dried cranberries
Stir all ingredients together in a bowl; mixing dry ingredients into the peanut butter and honey. When mixed place in fridge to chill for approximately 30-45 minutes (or until you remember). Remove from fridge and shape into small balls.
1-2 balls/serving should help provide you with the protein and energy you need for your workout or last minute breakfast. I find the chia, flax and oats help make it chewy enough so that I am satisfied with a smaller portion. I estimated 3-4 points plus values per ball depending on size.
Currently as I write this post it is a warm 3 degrees Celsius…yup to us Canadians that is warm folks!
Us Canadians (with the exception of B.C and their insanely warm weather this winter) can say we have survived! We have survived the 30 cm of snow overnight, the – 40’s in February, black ice and the countless snow squalls while driving. And you want to know how we do it? We go outside and make the best of it.
How do I make the best of a Canadian winter? You can find me…
What does this mean? It means you can find us rain or shine, slush or snow, fog or ….I think you get the picture. We love to cottage no matter what the season and in doing so we have some pretty great adventures.
Of course summer is one of my favourite seasons, and fall is a second runner up, but winter has some pretty spectacular scenery that actually makes putting up with the -40 temperatures seem all worth it when you head north for the weekend.
In Ontario you do not have the biggest selection of ski hills in comparison to the mountains out west in Alberta and B.C, and to the East in Quebec. But us Ontarians manage to get by with local ski hills and our own mini Whistler-like village and ski resort known as Blue Mountain. The hill and resort is located in Collingwood Ontario and is approximately only a 2-2.5 hour drive from Toronto and the surrounding GTA. The close proximity to Toronto makes for a perfect weekend escape to a picturesque winter scene without breaking the bank.
I wanted to share some photos from my past trips this winter as I hope I can help capture some of the resorts’ magic.