Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Lila is currently obsessed with watching videos of fruit bats on YouTube. They are surprisingly adorable! Here’s one eating a banana, and here’s one with a bunch of baby fruit bats swaddled like burritos and using little pacifiers.

You can strengthen your resiliency, just like any other muscle.

10 creative ways to upcycle old textiles.

These fairy tale forests of Yakushima are shockingly beautiful.

My Favourite Pins This Week

It’s crockpot season! And cheese season! Wait, does cheese have a season? I eat it all year round, but if cheese did have a season, it’s definitely fall through winter. So let me tell you about this super creamy, super easy crockpot macaroni and cheese recipe that you are going to love (I’ve tried it without the mayo, also still good). And you know, if you want to crumble some bacon on top of it, I think that might just take it to the next level. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Super simple treats are always good to have on hand- and these freeze really well, too. These caramel cashew clusters are just chocolate, cashews, and caramels. That’s it. Perfect for gifting, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you have a rarely used waffle iron like I do, perhaps it’s time to haul it out of the cupboard and make some of these amazing apple cinnamon waffles, and caramel sauce – because everything is better with caramel sauce. Perfect for the weekend! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

I absolutely love this idea for creating a 2D yarn ‘vase’ on a pretty piece of wood to display things. They use fresh flowers in the tutorial, but it would also be lovely with feathers, painted sticks, or photographs. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

If you are looking to crochet some adorable amigurumi fruit – and if you can crochet, then please make me some – Here is a cute round up of all sorts of delightful little foodie things. Pinterest link is here, original round up with links to each is here.

It is Canadian Thanksgiving here this weekend! To my fellow Canadians, have an awesome long weekend. And to everyone that does not have a long weekend, I hope it is still wonderful and full of tasty food and time doing the things you love!


  1. Lisa   •  

    Awww fruit bats! And crochet fruits! So awesome. Now if only I knew how to make amigurumi…. hmmmmm.

    Also, I am loving those forests, what lovely photos.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      Little fruit bats are so cute! I wish I knew how to crochet amigurumi, too- one day! It’s definitely on my to-learn list. Hope you are having a great weekend!



  2. Danielle Jones   •  

    I wrote and illustrated a children’s book about a fruit bat. It’s called Davy the Day Bat. You can have a look on Amazon but I’m also happy to send a copy your way 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Danielle,

      that would be amazing! What age is ideal for the book? Lila is currently 5 years old, do you think it would be a good fit?



      • Danielle   •  

        Definitely! I will email you 🙂

  3. AngelaH   •  

    Crockpot mac and cheese! That looks amazing, and so much easier than the way I usually make it (though the mayo is weirding me out a little. haha).

    • Julie   •     Author

      Yeah, I was weirded out by the mayo as well- but it’s not necessary. And so much easier to make mac and cheese from scratch this way!

  4. Stefanie   •  

    Happy Thanksgiving to you. Do you have a big ohana dinner? What a smart girl all into fruit bats! How unique. Sigh…to be able to live near such a forest. What fun that would be.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefanie, We are having a fairly big dinner this weekend- I’m cooking a turkey with all the trimming for tomorrow, so my whole day will be in the kitchen! Lila also wanted to make a unicorn cake, so we did that, as well. She is so proud of it!

  5. Bronchitikat   •  

    There are a lot of attitudes which can be strengthened with practice and encouragement, including, and probably most useful of all, a cheerful outlook.

    I love some of the old textile repurposes, but then, I’m into textiles. Might even try some sometime.

    The 2D flower vase is interesting. Reminds me a bit of the craze for ‘curve stitching’ back in the early 70s. Anyone remember ‘curve stitching’?

    And as for that Japanese forest . . .

    • Julie   •     Author

      You are so right, Sharon- so many attitudes can be strengthened with practice. Which is no doubt why so many of us fall into habits that are less than great! I love having a reminder now and then that I can reprogram the soundtrack in my head.

  6. Alina   •  

    I can’t believe these Yakushima forests exist in reality – just wow! Have a wonderful long weekend, Julie!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Aren’t they extraordinary?! I’d love to go to Japan one day, and now those forests are on my list!

  7. miss agnes   •  

    This 2D vase is awesome, so original! I have not read through the links yet, it will be part of my relaxing Sunday afternoon, celebrating the end of a tough work project. Enjoy your long week-end, Julie.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Congratulations on finishing the tough work project, that must be a big relief!

  8. Andi   •  

    Lila and I could be best friends, as I could watch those adorable fruit bats forever.
    Mac-n-cheese…the pin in being added to my recipes for the coming weeks. As who doesn’t love a bit of cheese and comfort foods when the temps drop.
    The 2D vase!!! I want it !

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