Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles This Week

What the world’s happiest people eat for lunch. I was surprised!

Three great little tricks for improving memory.

This time-lapse aerial view of sheep herding is utterly hypnotic.

So- Amazon destroys millions of unwanted goods, and they aren’t the only retail giant that does this. What needs to happen to stop it?

A fascinating read – “the best way to succeed as a woman artist is to be old.”

My Favourite Links This Week

This dinner has been a huge hit for my family – I substitute the edamame for broccoli, and even the kids love it! The rice is also totally optional, but definitely gives the meal more heft. James (5 years old!) declares this his favourite. Recipe can be found here.

This is that magical time of summer when both blueberries AND peaches are in season and at their peak, so this really easy cake truly makes the most of them! Not a lot of ingredients, and I think the Greek yogurt in the dish really lends a richness to the dessert. Plus all this fruit, it’s practically healthy! Maybe even – dare I say- a breakfast cake?! I won’t judge if you eat this cake for breakfast, or any other time of day. Find the recipe right over here.

So- are you ready for the easiest and most fun cocktail ever? Raspberry champagne floats, for when you feel like celebrating but also want something easy and a bit whimsical. It’s basically a ball of raspberry sherbet in a glass of sparkling wine. So easy! So fun! so delicious! That’s basically the whole recipe, but the original link is right here, and I think you’ll suddenly find all sort of reasons to celebrate.

Looking to sew a little something for this hot weather? Here’s a beautiful and free sewing pattern for a camisole with adjustable straps! Perfect for that one yard of pretty fabric you have kicking around and have no idea what to make with it. Find the whole pattern and tutorial over here.

Okay, if you love oysters, or know someone who does, this one is for you! The next time you are having oysters (I’ve only ever had them in a restaurant, but apparently some intrepid souls have them at home) ask for a bag to take the shells home and whip up this pretty craft. These little trinket dishes are a lovely way to play around with decoupage or paints, and would be perfect for rings, earrings, or small change. Maybe even fun to do with kids! I’m sure you could also achieve similar results with clam shells found at the beach, too! Find the full tutorial right here.

You know, after my initial freak out over the loss of Pinterest’s all pins, I was so happy to see all the responses about how you hardly ever use the Pinterest links, and prefer the original sources! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how you use the links, it was truly helpful is a) calming me down, and b) in streamlining the process for writing these posts. Thank you all for chiming in! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

xo Julie

 

 

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I’m in awe of the scale and colours of these huge weavings– so graphic and fun.

Don’t worry if your lockdown didn’t feel like a personal growth sabbatical.

I loved reading this- Nigella Lawson and the pleasure of eating food.

Why your ’emotional runway’ is shorter than it used to be, and what to do about it.

I have another poem that’s online, if you’d like to read it- all about spending time on your own.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m really disappointed to report that Pinterest has changed how you can view your pins again, and suddenly there is literally zero way to view your most recent pins. I have been using the most recent pins section to be able to see where I left off from previous posts to get an idea of which pins were more recent and alos to compare for variety, making sure I wasn’t getting too set on one type of thing. It was wonderful to see my happy mix of recipes, crafts, inspiration, etc. all together on one scroll-able page. But now…. that is gone.

I’ve sent a message to Pinterest, and I can see Reddit is also lit up with questions about this. What I’ll have to do going forward is probably change the format to skip over Pinterest, and just link back to the original source. Thoughts?

So… please forgive this abbreviated version this week!

If you are looking for a lovely summer pasta idea, this Cajun chicken pasta is easy and comes together beautifully. It also allows for some substitutions, like skipping the chicken entirely, or adding in other veggies! I tend to throw a bit of spinach in everything. You can find the recipe right here.

Grilled fruit is a revelation- it’s amazing how much sweeter and more tender everything becomes on the grill. With peaches just coming in season, this is a great dessert to try for a hot day. Grilled peaches with browned butter, ice crema, and brioche cinnamon toast crumble on top! Trust me on this, you’ll love it. Even without the crumble, it’s still amazing. Find the recipe and instructions over here.

Link Love: Grapefruit and Thyme Mocktail | knittedbliss.com

Looking for a refreshing beverage that makes you feel like you’re having a cocktail but also like you can still drive your car later? look no further! This grapefruit and thyme mocktail is so delicious and satisfying (but I highly recommend swapping out the tap water and using sparkling water instead- way more fun), and perfect to sip when you want to have something special but don’t want to have anything with alcohol. Find the very easy recipe right here.

Want to try pickling your garden’s gifts (or the delights of in-season at the grocery store)? This is a fantastic guide to making quick pickles out of almost every veggie you can think of! If you haven’t tried it before, it’s much easier than you would think and perfect for small batches. These quick pickles are refrigerator made and don’t require any of the usual canning that typically goes with making shelf-stable pickles. Check out the recipes and full guide here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoying the summer weather. We’ve had a lot of rain here, but hopefully it’s clearing up for the weekend. And if you have any suggestions for how you’d like to see these Friday posts evolve in the future, please let me know. 🙂

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

As someone who love seeing peeks of books in movies and tv shows, this was a great write up about how TV shows use books as props.

Bisa Butler’s embroidered and fabric portraits are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Have a barbecue? Hate to clean it? This onion trick is crazy good. Yes, that is correct- with an onion.

The art and science of inviting people over again.

Poems can change your life.

My Favourite Pins This Week

These grilled shrimp skewers are wonderfully adaptable, and a really fast weeknight dinner for the barbecue or grill. I love the peaches in these, but you could easily substitute for anything else, like bell peppers or pineapple. Or both! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found right here.

How have I come this far in life and not locked in on a go-to fruit crumble recipe?! Well, now I have. This recipe works for literally any fruit, perfect for the summer offerings. Not to mention it’s an easy-peasy recipe that you can tweak to your heart’s content! Grab some fruit and get baking. Pinterest link is here and the recipe is over here.

Little chair socks never fail to delight me- they are so adorable and slightly whimsical, and completely practical! Perfect for destashing, too. If your chairs need a little sock love to protect your floors, then I think you’ll enjoy! Pinterest link is here, and the pattern can be found here.

While not exactly fingerless mitt season in the northern hemisphere, they are a great small knitting project for the hot weather in preparation for the the cool weather, or for gifts! I love this pretty and straightforward pattern, which happens to be free, too. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern is over here.

If you feel like your home could use a little refresh, how about a gallery wall? I love this round up of ideas, both big and small, for making a gallery wall work no matter your style or room. Pinterest link is here, and the full post full of inspiration is here.

I hope you are all having a lovely start to summer! I’ve got a full weekend ahead of events related to Pride- my community is having a Pride event, and my Vespa crew is doing a fundraising ride for The 519 in Toronto, which works to meet the evolving LGBTQ2S needs at all ages and stages of life to promote healthy, inclusive communities and support. If anything this past pandemic has taught me, it’s that we need to work towards inclusion and safe services for all.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I love this idea! The errand friend date. Perfect for moving back into social time with friends that doesn’t focus on eating or drinking anything.

Scientists discovered a new species of frog – it’s freaking adorable, and named after chocolate!

Welcome to the summer of Awkward. I laughed a lot reading this, I think you will too.

This was a fascinating long read on ageing, ageism, wrinkles, and how hard it can be to be a woman getting older when there is so much pressure to try to look like you aren’t getting older.

Another truly interesting long read- this one is about the magic of trees.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This sweet potato and black bean casserole is perfect for summer weeknight meals! It comes together quickly, loads of veggies and cheese, and delicious. If you are looking to get more veggies into your dinners, give this a try- I think you’ll like it! I like mine with a little extra hot sauce on top, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

If you like butter tarts, then this maple pie is sure to be a hit. It’s like a gigantic butter tart with maple syrup flavour that you then slice up and eat as a pie! How delicious is that! It’s pretty darn delicious. You could through some nuts on top, too – or ice cream, like shown here. Or both!  Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

Summer is a great time for refreshing beverages, but a lot of those great cocktail recipes require a fair bit of alcohol. If you are cutting back or just prefer not to imbibe, here is an awesome round up of delicious non-alcoholic cocktails for summer – Pinterest link is here, and the full list with links to each recipe is here.

 

This pretty crocheted bag would be awesome with a shoulder strap as  a summery, beachy look, or you could make it bigger for a full beach bag! Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be downloaded over here.

What a fantastic idea for a light coloured sweatshirt – paint it with watercolours! I’m not sure how long this would last if you used kiddie watercolours, so definitely reach for an artist grade palette when you try this. So beautiful! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone. I hope you have gorgeous weather and get out and enjoy it! The Japanese tree lilacs near our front door have bloomed recently, and every time I step outside, it smells so incredible. I am loving how sweet the summer air is.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Wearing colourful clothes can recharge the spirit.

How to compliment someone without mentioning their looks.

Did you know that grass is happy to see you? This was adorable.

You garden, right? Even if it’s just some indoor plants in pots? Here’s a great guide to making your own fertilizer for your plants, indoors out out.

NPR’s guide to gender identity terms. I learned a thing or two!

Craftic is sharing my animal cup cozies and pot covers– they are suitable for small pots, but also are the perfect size for coffee sleeves! Check it out.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This enchilada skillet is a great dinner for when you don’t want to eat healthy but still need to get some veggies into you. I especially love how in this form, you could either put some of it in a wrap, or in a lettuce wrap, or just eat it like a seven layer dip with tortilla ships, I’m not here to judge. But I am here to recommend this dish. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

the best black bean brownies

These black bean brownies are so fudgy, gooey and deliciously decadent, you’ll be thrilled that they have beans in the because then they are high in fibre, so basically they are healthy, beans are a vegetable, right? Yeah, totally healthy. Or at least, way healthier than a typical brownie. AND – they don’t have a lot of ingredients, which helps these come together easy-peasy. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

A far more refreshing choice than lemonade, limeade is one of my faves! This is a great recipe for a refreshing pitcher of limeade, made with only three ingredients. I really recommend, ice cold limeade on a hot day….. Mmmmmm. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is  here.

I love this cute and cheery bright crocheted basket, and the fact that it is taller than the usual patterns you see, making it a little more multifunctional for different items. The trick is to crochet with a smaller hook than the yarn calls for, to ensure that the fabric is stiff enough to stand up, especially as you get taller with the shape! Love how this looks, and would be great for stashbusting. Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.

Ever feel like you are in a bit of a photo taking rut, and that you aren’t really moving forward with your photo quality no matter how much you practice? This a great round up of fantastic tips for improving your photos, in all types of situations. If you are feeling like you could use  little nudge with your Instagram photos, this is a great place to start. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is right over here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone. Here in Toronto, things are just starting to open up across the province, after a very loooong shutdown. It feels very surreal! I’m not in a big rush to be around a lot of people, but it’s so reassuring to see the infection numbers going down, and the vaccine numbers going up. Feels like a really promising summer.

xo Julie