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An Update

Oh dear, it’s been almost exactly 7 months since my last post! It was a hard winter for me, which bled into the spring and part of summer. I had the usual winter/early spring depression that left me feeling unmotivated and uninspired to do anything but the bare minimum. I visited with a friend the other day who always inspires me to put more creativity and art into my life and it made me want to get back to the blog!

I’ve gone on lots of adventures, made some cool things and wore some neat outfits. I’m not going to post everything from the last 7 months here because my life isn’t that interesting. But I do have a few things.

First up, Almond “Florentines”!

My mom used to make these all the time and referred to them as Almond Florentines. I had a bunch of graham crackers left over and wanted to make some. A quick Google search indicated that she didn’t really make Almond Florentines as they’re traditionally known. This is more like a simplified version. They’re delicious and tres facile.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed

Graham crackers

Slivered almonds

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and the set down a layer of graham crackers.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the sugar. I used 1 cup of butter, but ended up with extra butter/sugar left over. You might want to use something between 3/4 and 1 cup.  Stirring constantly, let butter/sugar boil for 2 minutes.

Pour the butter mixture over the crackers, completely covering them. Sprinkle with almonds and put in the oven for 10 minutes. I put mine in for about 5 minutes, then turned the oven off and let the pan sit in the oven for the next 5 minutes. The oven is just setting everything, not really cooking.

IMG_0001When you take the pan out of the oven, the butter mixture will still be very liquidy. You might think it’s not done.

IT’S DONE, TRUST ME. But it’s also very hot. Put it on the stove top or counter and walk away for an hour.

No, seriously, walk away. Don’t touch it. It’s too hot and not ready to be enjoyed yet. You’re just going to burn yours-

I told you not to touch it, didn’t I?

After the hour is up, you’ll come back and your little cookies will have this lovely smooth candy coating on them. You can just break a cookie or five off and enjoy!

IMG_0002So tasty and delicious, you’ll have to try hard not to eat the whole pan in one night!

 

Also while going through my photos tonight, I was reminded of the totally awesome cat sweater I bought in the spring!

 

cat sweaterOutfit details:

Sweater – Target, XL // Skirt and rain jacket – made by me // Tights – JoeFresh, C  // Blouse (collar) – Zellers, XL // Shoes – Target, 10 // Glasses – Derek Cardigan

LETS ALL MARVEL AT HOW THE CAT ON MY SWEATER HAS THE SAME GLASSES AS I DO.

I’ve got a headboard tutorial planned and am also working on several sewing projects right now, so hopefully I can get some updates posted soon. But for now, those florentines aren’t going to eat themselves.

Take care of each other!

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OOTD: I want new clothes

I haven’t done an OOTD in a hot minute. I haven’t got any new clothes in a while, so I figured there’s no point in taking pictures of the same things. But I got a new cardigan on the weekend and wore it to work today. I wasn’t going to take a picture at first, because everything else of my outfit was old, but the cardigan really changed the look!

 

Jumper: made myself // Blouse: bought at Winners years ago, XL  // Tights: WonderBra, from Zellers, X-Tall  //  Cardigan: Joe, from Superstore, XL

No shoes here as I just wore my boots to and from work. At work I had my Alegria mary janes on.

(Side bar: these tights get me through the winter. They’re super warm and allow me to wear skirts and dresses through the cold months. Well, they have a hole in the toe. I usually buy them at Zellers, but since they’re closing out, everything’s gone to pot there. I can’t find any of my usual purchases there anymore (Zellers is usually hit and miss, but now it’s even more so). Do you live in Canada and wear WonderBra tights? Where do you find them? Please share! I haven’t been able to find them anywhere else. )

This was also a great day to wear my new pins from Bad Idea Sleepover, as they match my sweater! These buttons go to help Taryn pay for fostering kittens at her house. (Instagram fail: the button the right says “Adopt Don’t Shop!”)

 

I’ve been on the look out for yellow cardigan for a while. I don’t know why; I just became enamoured with it. On Sunday, when I was in Superstore, I found myself in the Joe section. Even if “I’m just running in for a loaf of bread!”, I still make a direct bee-line for the Joe section first. I was actually looking for flannel jammies, but didn’t really like the selection, so I left them.

I just happened to walk past a shelf of cardigans in about 10 different colours. They were regular $19 – not a bad price on its own – on sale until Friday for $12! A lone, mustard yellow cardigan lay discarded on top of a pile of nicely folded pinks, oranges and greens. AND it was in my size. I took that as a sign from above and put it in my basket. It’s a super soft cardigan and even though I was too hot all day, I kept it on because I just like it that much!

After I got home, I thought “oh crap, I forgot: my skin tone doesn’t really look healthy with yellow clothes…” but this yellow (I think) looks good. I don’t think I’d want an overly lemony yellow close to my face though.

To make up for the lack of OOTDs lately, check out my new jammies I got tonight! They’re turquoise and pink and have teeeeaaaaa cupppps on them!!

I had a gift card, so I stopped at Zellers on my way home from work tonight. I had wanted to check for the aforementioned non-existent tights and get a new brush. Since the tights were a bust, I thought “well, I have a gift card, what can I get?”

I checked out the PJ section, as I’ve become obsessed with flannelette jammies lately. I think it’s going to be a cold winter and my apartment gets kind of drafty, so I want to get some warmer jammies. Again, much like the cardigan, I found these ones on a rack by themselves, in my size!

With my giftcard, I got new jammies, a brush, a loaf of bread and 2 holiday Kit Kats for only 62 cents out of my pocket! Score!

(Full disclosure: while I don’t particularly care for christmas, I am a Sucker with a capital S for holiday treats. Take a regular chocolate bar, wrap it in a different wrapper, maybe make it in the shape of a snowman or something, and I’ll take 10!)

The PJs are super soft and warm. So warm that, after taking pictures, I had to take them off until later tonight. Gretl, however, thinks they’re great!

 

Well, it’s getting late, friends. Most of the projects and events and what not that I’m involved in are coming to a close. There’s really just one more thing I have to do, and then I think I’m Done for the year! So I should be able to get in a few more posts soon!

In the mean time, if you’re down for some Cyber Monday sale shopping, ALL WEEK, check out my Etsy shop for 20% off everything! And check out a lot of great other sales from Etsy vendors and buy handmade if you’re shopping for whatever holiday you observe!

Be good to each other!