Loving…

There are very few things more terrifying than realizing that half of another year has gone by. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type thing that gets me every time. On the other hand, it’s also pretty indicative of all the great, not-so-great and indifferent things that have happened in the past 6 months.

Listening:

Two Frenchmen rocking it out, 70s style, with Pharrell. It doesn’t really get better than that.

Wanting:

This double-painting from Urban Barn.

bike

Craving:

This super simple and delicious raspberry-rhubarb pie.

pie - strawberry/rhubarb

Fruit pies are one of the best things to “master”, in my opinion. The crust recipe can remain largely the same (my favourite remains the one I referenced here and here – it is dangerously delicious), and you can get creative with the filling. You just need to follow the rule of 3/4 cup sugar + 3/4 cup flour + vanilla extract (1 tsp) + enough fruit to fill the pie and be properly covered by the sugar/flour mixture. In this case, I used a container of strawberries and about 350g of rhubarb. To add a little extra goodness, I like to paint the crust with melted butter and sprinkle sugar over top before putting it in the oven (typically at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and left for about 20 minutes or until the filling starts to bubble).

Using:

PicLab and Snapseed – by far my two favourite iPhone apps for adding font to photos and editing them, respectively.

Relaxing:

This weekend for Canada Day. Extra-long long weekends are the best… Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks!

muskoka chairs in muskoka

Loving…

I think we can all agree that the last two weeks have been intense from a “WTF is happening in the world!?” perspective. This weekend will be all about taking it easy, calm, and hopefully enjoying some warmer weather.

Listening:

This song completely makes me think of the Arctic Monkeys, right down to the British accent when singing. Love the altern-rock-punk vibe of this band overall.

Reading:

I’m trying to stockpile a whole bunch of recipes I want to try out this summer, and, as a result, have been spending a lot of time on Spoon Fork Bacon. These ladies do it right – great recipe ideas (like this and this), fantastic photography, and a really fun vibe to their site.

spoonforkbacon

Dreaming:

Of a time when this ridiculous warm-cold-sleet-rain will turn to nothing but warmth so I can crack out the summer attire and commence sitting on patios. Oh, and so I can lounge here…

Planning:

Mother’s Day! It’s coming up on the 12th!

Happy Friday!