Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Why everyone should want more walkable streets. Heck yes!

This is the kind of easy dinner party I could actually pull off.

Here are 10 excellent self care ideas. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, this list is for you.

We all know knitting with two strands held together helps eat up an overly large stash, but these blankets are gorgeous and look like they could completely decimate the stash– which I desperately need! Now, to plan for a blanket….

My Favourite Pins This Week

Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favourite desserts, so I was very intrigued by these creme brulee cookie bars. They do have a lot in common with the classic dessert, and are surprisingly easy to make – only 8 ingredients. As a reference, I discarded another cookie recipe I was considering because the cookies had 10 ingredients and then the icing had 6 ingredients. I might have time for that when my kids are older. But I’m not going to worry about it, not when tasty desserts like these creme brulee bars are in existence. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Steak and veggies that are all made on one pan? Sign me up. This is great recipe that makes putting together a steak dinner really easy, even though I personally never think of steak when I need to think of a quick meal. And steak on a weeknight is such a treat! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

The perfect stashbusting sock- doesn’t matter how much or how little of leftover yarn you have squirreled away, these choose-your-own-adventure socks are sure to help eat up all those little odds and ends – you can combine colour sin little fair isle stripes until your heart’s content! Pinterest link is here, and the Ravelry pattern page is here.

I’m so in love with the wool embroidery on this gauzy top, and I pinned this because I dream of doing a DIY just like this – it looks so fresh and perfect for summer. Pinterest link is here, but I couldn’t find the original source. Anyone else with better google-fu able to find the original source?

I love bright and playful interiors, especially when it looks like someone actually lives here. This home tour was so inspiring – Now I want a bright couch and a graphic rug! And all those prints….. Pinterest link is here and the original post is here.

Am I the only one who felt like Friday sort of snuck up on them? I have no idea where this week went, but I’ve had a cold so I guess I was sniffling through most of it. I hope you are all managing to avoid a spring cold, and that you have a lovely weekend!


  1. miss agnes   •  

    Those blankets ! I noticed them too, what a wonderful to decimate the stash, indeed. I love the idea of using different yarn weights in similar color, I need to get that Mad Colour book. Marley is great. Stashbusting is taking on a whole new flavor. Love that last link with the colors in that charming interior. Hope your cold gets better, take care.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      I was so surprised to see some of the strands are laceweight, even! Such a clever idea, I would have stopped at holding two colours together, but I bet this gives such a richer scape of colour.



  2. Alina   •  

    Thank you for the links, Julie, always something useful to be found! I also feel a little bit under the weather, hope it is something small, and I won’t to go on antibiotics again 🙁 Have a great weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh no, I hope you are feeling better soon Alina! The spring colds that go around are no fun at all. 🙁

      Rest up,


  3. Sierra   •  

    That summer top and the color work socks are amazing! I love how bright and happy they are! Thanks for sharing! I think one of the marled blankets will have to be made this year as well.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Sierra,

      I always dream of doing more embroidery, and then make zero time to actually do it. Sigh. Let’s hope this year I actually do it!



  4. Lisa   •  

    That blanket, oh my gosh! What a clever idea. I can only imagine though that one’s hands would start to hurt after holding so much yarn together. I really like her color gradiations though.

    As for self care – I just looked at that link and ironically I do most of those at some point during the week. But it’s always nice to know that someone else agrees. 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      Glad that your self care game is on point, well done! I’m not sure how it feels to hold all those strands, but you are right, it would be tough to have long knitting sessions like that. but maybe with the bigger needles, the overall project is that much faster – I hope so, anyway!



  5. Jocelyn   •  

    I made the Macaroni/Cauliflower casserole you linked last week or so, and it was delicious. Hubby didn’t know there was cauliflower in it!…what a versatile vegetable. All your links are awesome and the knitting is pretty sweet too.

    • Julie   •     Author

      That’s what I love about cauliflower- it’s so easy to hide in other dishes! I love cauliflower as-is, but I’m always amazed at how versatile it is.



  6. Diane Cooper   •  

    Thanks for sharing as always Julie!

    The self care one made me giggle at the suggestion of 10 min of knitting… Only 10 min???
    Not possible!!! 😉

    Take Care!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Diane,

      Haha, I agree- clearly not a knitter, whomever wrote this! But I suppose 10 mins of knitting is better than no minutes of knitting!



  7. Loulou   •  

    I thoroughly enjoyed the article with reasons to make a city more walkable, and feel like emailing it to Mayor Tory, although he seems the type to already know the benefits of walking and bikes. Did you see that he’d put forward a proposal to build a raised pedestrian park, sort of like the High Line in NY, overtop of part of the downtown train tracks? Hope that goes through! Nick believes Toronto is as stuck with cars as we are, because the city is surrounded by car manufacturing companies that need people to drive in order to stay in business.

    Creme brûlée is also one of my favourites — we should find out where they make it really well, and go for dessert on a patio somewhere, when the weather gets nice. Forget about lunch and just get right to the dessert!

  8. Monica   •  

    The self-care ideas? JUST what I needed!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Monica,

      So glad they came along at a good time! Especially when prepping for a move- moving is stressful, even though you know it will be wonderful once you’re all settled!



  9. Lotsofhermies   •  


    I made the creme brulee bars about a month ago! They were very tasty. Did they truely taste like creme brulee? Not really but still very tasty.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Ooh, glad to hear you like them too! I find that creme brulee flavour doesn’t really translate into dishes that have different textures, but I still love to try!

  10. Brenda   •  

    That blanket is amazing. It makes me want to stop trying to stashbust, and hoard yarn for the next however many years just so I can have enough to do something deliciously awesome like that. Although weaving in the ends would be really sucky, I imagine.

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