08/18: Beats and Bites| Macarons, Coffee Cake, and Crêpes

September 21, 2018
Beats and Bites: Macarons, Coffee Cake, and Crêpes. "No jaunt down memory lane is complete without food. Or more specifically, lots of different types of pastries." Click here to read more, or pin and save for later. #food #playlist #baking #coffeecake

The mood for August was definitely nostalgia. August is always bittersweet. It's like 31 days of Sundays. You know you have free time and want to live in the present, but you still have to spend some of it doing your homework and looking to the future. (Not to mention the constant back-to-school reminders). But I digress.

Exploring Athens' Allou Fun Park

August 22, 2018

Did we go halfway around the world just to go to an amusement park? Yes, yes we did. Our trip abroad meant that we had missed the CNE back home in Toronto, so visiting Allou Fun Park in Athens provided a welcoming sense of familiarity in an unfamiliar place. 

Amusement parks always offer up a brew of mixed emotions. I am constantly excited about going on them, and just as soon as we near the first mountain peak of the rollercoaster, I am completely overcome with feelings of regret...which disappear just as quickly as we speed, twist and twirl along the track.

I have been going semi-consistently to amusement parks since I was a little girl. Traditional school may be out for the summer, but I assure you that my many visits throughout the summer have provided me with numerous life lessons. Observe this year's curriculum, shall we?

Don't drink one of those oversized cup's worth of lemonade before going on a ride that loops around and around. The chemical reactions vary per individual, but the majority are catastrophic. 

Social studies
Wait your turn. Try not to be mad about the kids with the fast pass. Or the kid who is screaming. Or the kid that was actually holding the line for 6 other kids. 

  • Running (to and from rides)
  • Climbing (in and out of rides)
  • Swimming (through the crowd and if you're lucky, the water park)
  • Some rides have fun little jingles that go along with them ("It's a small world after all" anybody?)
  • Some may call the sounds of screams and metal machinery musical…that is if you're into some heavy metal.

You get the point.

Allou is less about the screams and more about the "fun" (hence the name I suppose). And when the sun goes down, and the lights go on, the fun just keeps on rolling, and we enjoyed many of the sights and sounds that make summer really feel like summer. Oh! And lots of candy.

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07/18:Beats and Bites

August 13, 2018
The mood for July was slow and steady. No muss, no fuss. With summer school finished I wanted to do absolutely nothing. And nothing is what I did. Well, almost nothing. Actually, I did a lot of little somethings that made the month fly by in a wink. It is crazy how quickly the end of the month sneaks up on you. 

As I crossed off the days on my calendar, I couldn't help but wonder where all the time had gone. I would think:

"Where did that tan come from ?" True, we did go on a super long hike through the woods last weekend.

"Why is there so much sand in my backpack?" Oh yes, I forgot to shake it out after going to the beach yesterday. 

"Why don't we have any pastries?" Oh. Um...I haven't made any yet. 

This is where Streudel comes in my friends.

For the Not-So Hopeless Romantic: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

August 06, 2018
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I'm typically not one for romance novels. At least not ones that don't involve some sort of adventure or fantastical element, and most certainly not one centred around high school. But this book has been on my radar for years and with the arrival of the theatrical adaptation this August, I knew that I just had to read it before it was released.

To my surprise, one sleepless night, I poured through half of the book and became completely immersed in the heart-racing drama, budding romance, friendship blunders, underlying suspense, and the all too familiar sister squabbles that make this story a super great read. I have not related to a character so much before, nor have I ever felt such pure levels of stress, second-hand embarrassment (I was cringing and reading in between my fingers for a good chunk of the novel and smiling goofily for the rest of it) and pride for one.

The premise of the book is more than enough for you to understand why. Could you imagine accidentally sending letter to each of your crushes professing your undying love for them? Picture having poured your heart and soul on to those pages of paper only to have them land signed, sealed, delivered, kerplunk, right in their hands. I shudder at the thought. It would be enough to make me break out into a cold sweat for the rest of my existence. Well, that is exactly what happened to Lara Jean, our braver-than-she-knows-stronger-than-she-thinks heroine with a knack for baking, who uses her ingenuity, great reflexes and unbridled optimism to turn the rotten lemons fate has so callously given her into sweet sweet lemonade.

It's a great summer read, that will have you smiling, gasping and outright fist-pumping as you root for Lara Jean every time adversity tries to pull a fast one on her.

Here are a few of my favourite things about To All the Boy's I've Loved Before:

  1. Lara Jean's personality. Her optimism is pretty infectious and her sense of humour is too. She draws you into her world and her thoughts so that you almost begin to think on the same wavelength. But her vulnerability is just as poignant as she deals with issues that plague just about any girl, teenager or not, and tries to make the best of every situation. She learns a lot of lessons and honestly I feel as if I've learned them too. I'm excited to see how she evolves in the coming installments.
  2. The sibling dynamic. Her younger sister reminds me so much of my own. And just like her, despite her age, she is quick-witted, fiercely independent, and incredibly sassy. 
  3. The love interest. I didn't want to like him. I was a skeptic, I admit. But he sucked me right in and I found myself flipping through each page eagerly searching for how the relationship would evolve.  

Favourite Quote
"And I'm certain, I'm so undeniably certain that everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be, that I don't have to be afraid of good-bye, because goodbye doesn't have to be forever."

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For the Sweet Tooth: Marble Doughnuts

July 22, 2018

Easter always seems to spring up on my family. Food-wise we're always on point, but decoration-wise we're always a little bit late. To be fair it is at the height of final projects so, it can be a bit hard for methe designated resident pastry chef (in training)to whip up something new all month long. So this year we decided to forgo the traditional colourful egg routethere's only so many hardboiled eggs one can eatand made colourful donuts instead.

My initial plan was to make several solid coloured doughs. so the doughnuts would be a single colour throughout. But impatience and a pure craving for doughnuts overcame us all, and the result, was to our surprise, a whole lot better.

*Drum rolls* 

So I present to you all, "Marble" Doughnuts. They're fun to make, fun to eat and fun to take pictures of. And they require very little effort to make their insides look fabulous. Just drip the food colouring on the dough when you're about to roll it out to cut out the shapes and voila!


Pssst! For those wondering, here is the recipe that I used: Polish Pączki (Doughnuts) Recipe

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Winter Wonderland

July 15, 2018

Canadian winters are truly unique. This past one (no doubt amplified by climate change) threw at us every possible type of weather possible. But amidst the brain-numbing cold, there were often moments of beauty and bliss that were revealed as Toronto was turned time and time again into a giant snowglobe. Sometimes it felt like the snow had magical properties that turned seemingly regular buildings into charming backdrops, allowed the sunlight to shine through a little brighter than usual, and most importantly turned regular hills into slopes where sledding contests were won and lost with a smile. So here are a few of those moments that I was hastily able to capture before my fingers froze from the cold air.

Photo taken by my friend, Printsessa

05-06/18: Beats and Bites

July 08, 2018

May and June were synonymous with chocolate chip cookies and do nothing days. May marked the end of the very long rat race that was the academic year. But like any good race, it was celebrated with great fanfare. And by fanfare, I mean sleeping in, actually enjoying the weekend, leaving the house during the day hours for something other than class, meandering through forests, and of course, chocolate chip cookies.

This the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that I've succeeded in a long time. And by a long time, I mean ever. (It turns out that the secret, after all, was just butter). So, May and June were devoted to cookies and to eating lots of them to help me recover from the ending of Avengers Infinity War, to carry me through sleepless nights of binge-watching Downtown Abbey, and to give me the strength to start and finish summer school.

Each crunch was an ode to childhood and each munch a promise of happiness and bliss.

Road Trippin': Greece Pt. 2

July 01, 2018
Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Our road trips through the Greek countryside took us past some really fascinating places. At times it felt that we had been lovingly enveloped by sunshine and I was mesmerized by the colors of the waves crashing on the coastline. Other times it felt as if we had entered the heart of the Earth. We had been swallowed by the very forest itself and it was silently leading us up and down, and in and out her winding landscape. There was no tell-tale whoosh or dramatic sound to alert us to this. Just an overwhelming feeling of peace and stillness that makes you look up from whatever you were doing or stop whatever you were staying and smile.

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece

Road Trippin': Greece II | Read it on www.itsalamb.com #Travel #Globetrotter #Roadtrip #Greece
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