Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved this thread – best comments!- for comfort movies.

This was so interesting about how elite athletes have to develop a ‘quiet eye’.

Opera for plants. I love this SO much. I can’t stop thinking about how beautiful it would be to play onstage like that.

Stop doomscrolling. For real.

Scroll beautiful patio and backyard ideas instead!! Love these.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I made these wings on Canada Day are they were PERFECT. I added a bit of paprika and garlic powder, but truly- baking powder was a crispy wing miracle! And this was ridiculous easy. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

These peach upside down mini cakes are such a great summer dessert, and easy to swap out peaches for other fruits if you prefer! They also work great with plums and apricots, too. Plus they aren’t too heavy or big, and making them in a muffin tins takes this even easier. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is right over here.

Looking for a really quick summer tank top pattern? This is a super cute (and free!) pattern for a quick aran weight tank top. I love the idea of destashing with stripes! Pinterest link is here and the full pattern is over here.

This isn’t entirely real, but oh man is it ever my dream house! I love how the artists overlays her designs onto photos of beautiful houses. Can you imagine living in a house as beautiful as this? Swoon. Pinterest link is here, and the original photo is from Instagram- her account is so happy and bright.

What does it mean to pull people up the ladder behind you? It means that there are lots of small (and big!) ways to help others figure out what to charge, help them get a job, or just increase their ability to be seen. How many great people do you know or follow that deserve to get good jobs, have a bigger audience? Here are great tips on how to help pull people up the ladder. Because success isn’t a finite resources, there really is more than enough to go around for everyone. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone. I hope you are reading good books, learning new things, and creating wonderful moments in your life, no matter how small. xo

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why the fleeting things in our lives give us so much joy.

There are some great ideas here- how social networks can rebuild online trust.

Being a good person isn’t a steadfast trait. Here’s why that is important.

Read books about black people living their lives, not just about civil rights and racism (although also important!).

My Favourite Pins This Week

I am loving past salads these days – they just seem like such a great summer lunch idea. This is a wondrful one, although I don’t have the been pasta that the original recipe called for, used normal pasta, and it was delicious (although possibly not as high in protein). I recommend! Pinterest link is here, and the full delicious recipe is here.

Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favourite dessert combos ever, and this delicious dessert is perfect if you are planning some backyard gatherings with your bubble! Pinterest link is here, and the easy, full recipe can be found here.

On those hot days, there’s nothing quite like a really cold lemonade… unless it’s watermelon lemonade, because that’s next-level refreshing. Unless you don’t like watermelon. Which doesn’t seem likely. Try it- I actually prefer watermelon to lemonade, and this is a wonderful version. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

A great summer knit idea is to knit a market bag! lightweight, perfect for cutting down on plastic, and really satisfying to use something regularly that you made yourself. This is a great free pattern that you could easily customize with stripes or all solid, or whatever you like. Pinterest link is here, and you can get the free pattern over here. 

How cute are these little baby dinos! Perfect for stashbusting, and they whip up quickly. I love these, they just look so happy and cheery. Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern is here.

I hope you have a gorgeous weekend, full of amazing weather, a great read, and something delicious. xo

Modification Monday: Not-So-Lonely Unicorns

Original Pattern: Lonely Souls

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kat (Ravelry profile, blog)

Mods: Kat changed the single silhouette of a horse into a unicorn, and mirrored it on both sides. Also changed the moss stitch hem and cuffs to ribbing. Great details can be found on her pattern page, here. 

What Makes This Awesome: Um, UNICORNS!! I feel like there isn’t anything I need to say other than that, but I will go on because there is a lot to love about this stunning sweater. I love the great colours Kat chose, and I love the balance of the two unicorn silhouettes. It’s playful but still simple, and her choice of a lovely speckle yarn makes the yoke looks like the most delicious funfetti cake ever. I saw this on her Instagram and immediately loved it, and wanted to make one myself. Not enough unicorn motifs in knitting, if you ask me. If you like this idea but don’t know how you feel about unicorns across the bust, this could also be a fun idea to try near the hem of the sweater as well. Still have the solid colour change from yoke to body, but then echo the yoke colour again with the unicorn heads at the hem. Something to consider, if suddenly you are completely obsessed with making a unicorn sweater – which now I am.

Also, I want to say that I’ve been reading Kat’s blog for years and she is such a great knitter and designer- I highly recommend.

Healthy Pina Colada Recipe

It is not often that I bust out a new recipe, but lately cocktail creativity has gone into overdrive. This is a “healthy” Pina colada. It’s basically a boozy fruit smoothie, with no added sugar or that weird, chemical-laden artificial mix. I make it without alcohol first, give some to the kids, then make the adult version. 😉
– 2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
– 2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
– 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp coconut extract
– 4 shots Malibu coconut rum (optional, I guess?!)
How to:
Put all the above into a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and get your tropical staycation on! 🍹🏖️☀️🍍
A couple notes: if neither the pineapple or bananas are frozen, chuck a few ice cubes in there. Personally, I have an ongoing bag of frozen bananas in my freezer at all times, it serves my blender-based lifestyle. Makes 4 servings.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

When we imagine and fantasize about what success looks like in different parts of our life, maybe we need to spend some time imagining our best moral selves.

Looking for some great anti-racist reading? Here is a great list to find all sorts of titles that will expand the way we think about race, racism, and white privilege (from Modern Mrs. Darcy)

Oh my gosh, there’s a special capybara zoo in Japan and they figured out that capybaras enjoy hot baths and I am dying.

Social justice burnout is a thing. Here’s how to combat it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Are you growing basil? It feels like a lot of people are growing basil right now, so even if you aren’t, I’m betting you know someone who has lots of fresh basil. So step one is to get your fresh basil ready, and then step two is to make this very easy chicken pesto dish with tomato and mozzarella. All the fresh, summer flavours come together beautifully in this dish, I think you’ll love it. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

I am a longtime fan of the seven layer bars, also sometimes referred to as the Hello Dolly bar (is there a difference?!I don’t think so, but if I need to be corrected, feel free!) the coconut, chocolate chips, condensed milk, and graham crust (plus a few wild card add ins!) make these incredibly satisfying for whenever a sweet tooth strikes. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

How adorable is this chubby crocheted kitty?! I love that it’s crocheted in a velvety yarn as well, it looks so hug-able. I don’t usually mention this, but hey, we’re friends- when I was going through a tough time in my twenties, I bought myself a stuffed rabbit to snuggle with and it helped immensely. I basically was a toddler again, but that stuff works. Maybe snuggling this big squishy kitty will help someone dealing with some challenging feelings? Can’t hurt to try, right? Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be found here.

If you are looking to make some easy summer tops, this is a great tutorial on how to sew a great fitting top based on the fit of one that you love and already have. I personally feel like I’d skip the elasticated waist, as I’m not a fan of elastic waist, but hey- you sew whatever op you like best. Some with an elastic, some without! Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.

This is a great read on the psychological impact of clutter (spoiler alert, it causes stress) and what you can do to conquer it in your own home, as well as digital clutter, which I bet we all struggle with! An interesting read, for sure. Pinterest link is here, and the full read is over here.

Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you get to enjoy some lovely weather, sip on something delightful, and maybe read a bit of a great book. xo