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Wedding Details – the Cake

From the time we got engaged until about two weeks before the wedding, Mike and I were planning on having cupcakes in place of the traditional cake. I looked up so many different styles of cupcakes and had decided on a very simple one. Swirls of icing with sugar pears scattered down one side. Simple yet elegant. The original plan was to make them myself, Joy was all prepared to bake up a storm with me a couple of days before the wedding. Then I was going to have someone make them for me. Then I switched back to making them myself – $400 for 100 cupcakes? I don’t think so!

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Eventually I decided that baking that many cupcakes myself was never going to work. One week before the wedding I changed the whole game plan. I buckled down and 6 days before wedding baked up three, three layer cake tiers which I promptly wrapped and popped in the freezer.  Then two days before wedding, Joy and I filled and decorated them to create a simple cake.

Insert photo of Mike and I cutting cake!

Yep, I was one of those crazy brides that does her own wedding cake.

*Top photo provided by my cousin Tara Troy, bottom photo by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography*

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A Dream Come True

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of, and hoped for the day I could finally own my most coveted kitchen appliance. Wait, what does that say about me if my most dreamed for item is a kitchen appliance? Not gonna lie, I like to cook and I love to bake! Well, this year on December 26 Mike made this dream of mine come true. We’d opened all of our present’s and the told me to close my eyes. I heard him go downstairs and come back up. When I was allowed to open my eyes back up there was a large box in front of me. Needless to say, I tore into it! What did I find? This . . .

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Not only was it my dream mixer, it was in my color! I have always wanted a red Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and now I have one. The start of having all red appliances has begun. Oh Mike, you’ve created a baking monster!

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Thirty Years Young

Yesterday I officially left behind my twenties and entered my thirties.

Unlike many people, this doesn’t phase me one little bit . . . then again, turning 19, 21, or 25 didn’t either. Maybe I’m crazy, but birthday’s have never been a huge deal to me. That said, I’m not going to say “No” if just because I was born on a certain day people want to spoil me!

I was spoiled by everyone, what a great treat 🙂 At work my co-workers got a fruit tray, card and some cash (we always treat each other, but every year it still feels amazing), emails and Facebook messages from friends and family all over the world, a visit from Mikes Mom Karen, calls from my brother and parents, and a supper out with Mike. Oh yeah, and presents, can’t forget those as they are super exciting this year!

I guess I’ll start with the gifts and then go into the amazing and wonderful supper Mike took me out for! Karen and Don (Mike’s parents) gave me a bunch of vegetable plants and herbs for my garden. I am going to have to do some more planting and possibly even pick up a few planters to make everything fit! Yummy! They also gave me a lovely card and gift certificates to one of my all time favorite stores, Planet Organic. My parents are buying me a new camera lens – guess it’s time for me to go spend a few hours at Henry’s comparing and trying all the lenses I have been considering! Mike spoiled me rotten with a box of my favorite gluten-free cookies (from the cats), a gift certificate, a beautiful card and a tripod! It was a photography heavy selection and I couldn’t be more happy about it! Time for me to start getting a little better at this whole taking pictures thing!

Not only did I get spoiled with all of the above gifts, as I mentioned Mike took me out for supper. I had requested going to Chives Canadian Bistro for supper and boy did he come through! Not only did he make reservations he ended up getting us in the vault. See, Chives is based in an old bank and the vault is still there. What they have done is turn it into a small private dinning room and the wine cellar. So we got to enjoy and amazing supper with friendly service in near absolute privacy.

I don’t even know where to start talking about our meal. It was amazing, no wait, it was incredible . . . still not enough. Maybe divine is an appropriate description. It was just that good. Every bite I put in my mouth made me melt. The flavors were perfect, nothing was too strong, nothing too light. Everything was a perfect balance. The following was our menu (as pulled from their online Menu):

Appetizer:

ROASTED GARLIC RISOTTO CROQUETTE
Swiss gruyere, summer “ratatouille”, chipotle aioli 

Entrees:

PAN ROASTED NOVA SCOTIA SEA BREAM (Kirsten)
Sour cream and spring onion potato puree, wilted market greens, pickled fiddleheads, cape breton mustard pickles, gewürztraminer buerre blanc

“PICNIC CHICKEN” (Mike)
Garlic and herb marinated chicken breast, smoked new potato salad, ham hock baked beans, southern slaw, cherry tomato salad, bourbon barbecue sauce

Dessert:

SUGAR MOON MAPLE CRÈME BRULEE  

I would go back in a heartbeat. I also will now gladly recommend Chives to everyone and anyone. Added bonus, they mark on their menu which items are gluten-free, and which have a gluten-free option. What a treat for me!

All in all, I had an amazing thirtieth Birthday. Let’s hope they don’t go downhill from here!

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Growing my Own

Ever since I was little I have wanted my own vegetable garden. Our house growing up didn’t have any spaces that got enough sun, besides the spot we grew tomatoes in every year. So, I waited, I grew up and ended up in apartments. Strangely enough it’s hard to have a full garden in an apartment, sure you can container garden, and I did. The year I managed to grow some tomatoes was great, I was thrilled and counted each and every one of them. I loved those tomatoes, even though they were small and not very great (the container I was using was a little too small). Now that I’ve moved into a house I can finally have a proper garden . . . so, Mike  dug up the old unused garden in the yard for me and I went town planting vegetables and herbs!

What goodies am I attempting to grow? Well, lets start the list, the surprisingly long list for my first ever garden:

Vegetables

  • 4 cabbage plants
  • 3 broccoli plants (one plant went MIA between the garden centre and the garden!)
  • 4 cauliflower plants
  • 1 cucumber plant
  • 9 tomato plants (several varities)

Herbs

  • stevia
  • oregano
  • bay leaf
  • parsley
  • chives
  • basil (6 plants!)

I guess now we wait, while I water, watch, feed, weed and hope. I’ll try to keep you in the loop about my upcoming (hopefully) harvest!

Happy Growing!

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Chocolate Pie

Today is a day for pie. No, I don’t mean Pi day, that happened back in March (March 14 to be exact). What I mean is a day to slow down, get your hands dirty and to make something delicious to share. It’s a big Pie Party across the globe, being shared on the Internet. Last year I was too late for the Pie Party, I found out about it AFTER it happened, through a blog post by one of my favorite food bloggers, Shauna from Gluten Free Girl & the Chef. Shauna was one of the first food bloggers I found after going gluten-free and while I’ve never spoken to her, emailed her, or even let her know I exist, I have enjoyed her recipes and words for years now. Since she was again participating and this time I found out in time I felt like I should try to do her proud . . . so I made a pie, from another food blogger. Wait, was that even right of me to do that? If not, too bad. See I love Shauna’s writing and photos, but I prefer the food that Elana at Elana’s Pantry. She just fits my prefered way to eat a little better.

Since today, the official day of the Pie Party I am out of the house for at least 15 hours, I made my pie last night and took photos of it this morning, at 545am. I’m sorry if they are not great, I was tired and there wasn’t as much light as I wanted. Still, they are pictures of pie, pie that I then proceeded to eat for breakfast. Nothing like a sweet treat to start your day. I know it might be a little late to make a pie for tonight, but go out, pie a pie from a local bakery, farm or market (just not a cheap, generic pie, there is no love and no slow in one of those!). If you just enough time to heat the oven, pie a pre-made but uncooked pie and at least take the time to cook it, cool it and share it. That is the most important part, taking the time to share the pie . . . after all, food is community.

Mmmm, pie. Maybe I should start bringing a few more baked goods back on here, I haven’t shared a cake, cupcake, pie or anything in a long time before today!

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