Sunday, 13 December 2015

Turtleneck Fever

I used to loathe turtlenecks. I thought they were of unjust existence and a huge faux-pas. Whenever I wore one, it felt like I was being choked - in reality, I was probably just way too dramatic and claustrophobic in it (I even feel that way with scarfs sometimes now. Just having something constricting around my neck can make me feel a little uneasy). In the past five years or so, I've come to appreciate the turtleneck more. I didn't own them for the longest time because of the #bigboobproblem , but I finally have the freedom now to wear as many turtlenecks as I like :)

I got this one from LOFT when I was home in November and love it. It says online that it's a tunic; I got it in the petite and don't find it to be the length of a tunic.


Some other ones I'm a bit in love with:

Both the white and the charcoal are great.




 https://www.shopbop.com/lace-turtleneck-blouse-tamara-mellon/vp/v=1/1562346170.htm?folderID=41202&fm=other-shopbysize-viewall&os=false&colorId=12867



Friday, 27 November 2015

Year 3 Christmas Brunch (and the Best Cinnamon Rolls!!)

The semester is coming to a close! Quickly! A little too quickly for me. I leave in less than three weeks and won't be back in Halifax until next September. Which also means maybe not seeing my housemates, aka Haligonian sisters, for a while (insert sad and crying face emojis). One of our best friends is also leaving next semester, only she won't be coming back - her travels (well, education) are taking her to Australia! To finish the semester off, we of course had a grand meal.

We didn't really have a brunch last year because it was just too busy for us all (and we would all be together again in three weeks), but we did send the year off with an Easter dinner. I wrote about it before and I have to reiterate: it was delicious. There was major food coma in the house after. This time, as two of us would not be returning, we HAD to do something. Enter: brunch. 

Another food coma-inducing meal, I assure you. I made cinnamon buns from Sally's Baking Addiction. Oh dear lord, are they ever good. I wanted to do an overnight recipe because I knew I would not be able to commit too much time in one period - I'm either all in or all out so if I didn't homemake something good, I would not be satisfied - although, it still took longer than I thought, ha. We had eggs Benedict, waffles, fruit salad, a plethora of waffles, roasted potatoes, mimosas (I, however, abstained due to schoolwork), and enough bacon to feed three of our house. 



I want to improve my cinnamon roll making skills (and time) so I'm going to try to make them once or twice when I'm home. Perhaps try to find a vegan recipe as well? I don't know, I'm inspired! 

I am really starting to get excited for Christmas - I just have to survive through the next week first... Please wish me luck! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Lob (Long Bob) Inspiration

A follow-up to my last post :)





Elizabeth Olsen is one of my celeb crushes - I love her movies and adore her style. This hair length on her is so nice. I'd say my last hair "cut" looked a lot like the one AnnaSophia Robb is rocking - probably will go for that same look. The other two are aspirations for when it starts to grow out again!

Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

To Cut or Not to Cut


A couple of years ago (February 2013 to be exact), I took a big chunk of hair off. I cut it up to my collarbone, and having a short neck, it really was short. I loved it! It was so different and refreshing - a welcome change. I had cut my hair the June before, after graduation, but it wasn't nearly as short - it still felt like I cut off alllll of my locks at the time though. As a child, I sported the mushroom cut. Sometimes shorter than the mushroom cut... People look at pictures of me occasionally as a child and mistake me for my brother. Yeah. (Thanks mom!)

Having short hair for the majority of my childhood, I grew it out for most of my adolescent and teen years. It was gloriously long in grade 12, I think all the way down to my butt. But (pun intended), sometimes we change and hair really is a huge catalyst. For me, I tend to associate long hair with teenage girls and how much I have changed since I was a wee-teen. Shorter hair I associate more with maturity, confidence - ya know, that whole empowered female thing. Both are gorgeous and vary person to person, but these are just stereotypes I have sort of created.

I think I'm going to cut it off again next week. My hair is the longest it's been since June 2012, so... Three and a half years. That's a very long time. I loved my hair short but I'm also really enjoying having it long. I think I probably will cut it off - it's less maintenance and I find it easier for me to style.

Anyways, that's my first-world, white-girl problem of the week. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Monday Music

So, I know it not Monday. I was supposed to publish this on Monday but I didn't. So here it is now!

Adele - Hello
The QUEEN is back. I know people think of Beyoncé as the queen... I'm more invested in Adele :) This song has been on repeat! I already have the first verse and chorus memorized. I'm keep thinking that the whole world has heard it by now, but I keep running into people who haven't - therefore, it is a must to share.


Robbie Williams - Candy
Okay, so: I love Graham Norton. Like, love. I've watched so many episodes and clips on YouTube and I am really hoping that I can go to a taping when I'm in Brighton next semester. Which brings me to Robbie Williams! I love finding new artists and comedians through the show but I'm pretty poor at following up on them. I finally got around to listening to Robbie Willams a while back and find this song so fun. It makes me want to dance everything out! 



Stromae - Papaoutai
I'm not good at viral songs or keeping up with music so I never really listened to Stromae until my French class brought him up. He is incredible!



Soviet Suprem - Rongrakatikatong
Alright, so this is kind of a weird one. And, again, discovered through my French class. It's just a fun song to bop along to. I'll probably get tired of it at some point, but as of right now, it's mine and my roommate's jam. Word.



Hopefully I'll share some more on Monday next time :)

Saturday, 24 October 2015

One Year

Well buddy, it's been a year without you.

I remember getting the call from dad this day last year and knowing right away what he was about to tell me. I don't remember the conversation too well. I was sobbing too hard and had too many thoughts racing through my mind. There was no way (still is no way) for me to picture life without you. My best friend and cuddle buddy, always by my side no matter how long it had been since I was last home.
I hope that you know how badly I wish I could have been there and that I had seen you before it got bad. I never imagined that it would not have been me there with you when the time came. But mostly, I want you to know how lucky I am to have had you. I'm sorry I left so many times and that you maybe thought I was never coming back - then treating me like a Queen when we saw each other again. Thanks for staying with me when I was sick or sad or mad or happy. Thanks for listening and being the best therapy. Thanks for jumping up and down on me when I came home from a four month period away or forty minutes. Thanks for trying to scare off strangers with your tiny (but loud) bark.  Thanks for going with car rides with me. Thanks for going on walks with me even when I'm sure you'd rather be chasing cars along the fence without a leash. Thanks for being goofy and providing the best comic relief. Thank you for lavishing me in kisses and curling up beside me whether I was doing homework or watching a movie or even trying to workout, clearly to no avail, in the basement. Thank you for being the best dog. 
But most of all, thank you for showing me unconditional love. Thank you for being my best friend.

I hope that wherever you are, you are living the full life you could not have with us.

Love you and miss you always, my sweet Boston.


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Fall Fashion Wish List

Obviously, and inevitably, subject to change. Lust lists are always growing :)


Turtlenecks - I never used to wear turtlenecks, but now I am starting to feel more comfortable in them.

  • Linen - lighter and striped - can go with essentially anything
  • Weighted - perfect for cooler days when I don't want to wear layers (or for when I just want a light jacket even)
Shoes
  • Loafers - I have been longing for loafers for some time. My main issue with finding a suitable pair is compromising quality for price or investing in a pair that I hope I will wear for years and years to come
  • Booties - I had a pair of lovely leather booties... Then my dog decided to eat them. Alas, I am (well, have been for the past 5 months) on the hunt for a new pair. I love these blue suede ones but I'm just not sure how entirely neutral they would be. Still gorgeous with certain outfits!
  • Flats - I own one pair of flats. I know, strange. I need shoes with good support and flats do not offer any. However, I am thinking it's time to grab a pair. I would love some bright red ones :)
Jeans - Madewell denim is so comfortable and good quality so I'm hoping to get a good, year-round pair of jeans from there soon (I've tried them on sooo many times but have yet to call a pair my own)

Handbag - I'm not at a stage in my life where I can invest in a dozen handbags and justify it. This Tory Burch bag has been on my lust list ever since it came out! I hope that they can bring it back out in a some years time when the purchase is more realistic.

Dress - I own a decent amount of nice summer dresses, but my fall/winter department is lacking. This dress would be perfect for the fall and winter paired with a long-sleeve tee underneath, tights, and booties.

Flannel - similar to turtlenecks, button ups were never really an option for me. But now I am wishing for this perfect buffalo check shirt.

Jewellery - I rarely change my diamond studs for anything else. Lately I have found myself wanting to start wearing small gold hoops (I'm not a fan of big hoops on me, at all - too "hip" for me). These ones are a bit modern and also combine classic gold with some diamond studs. 

Skirt - I've never ordered anything off of Chicwish, though I have found some really great things on their website recently. For example, this skirt. I think it's something classic but adds enough edge to keep it from being boring or generic. 

Fall weather is officially among us now - here is to looking fashionable while fending off the cold. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

10 Points for Pumpkin!

Rant:

I like Starbucks as much as the next person (perhaps even a little more), however, the PSL will never be friends. Okay, never say never... But probably never. I don't like the taste enough to actually spend $6 on it. To be honest, I don't even think that people love the taste, so much as they love the trend. Starbucks, more specifically the pumpkin spiced latte, is the epitome of this generation - being seen with that white and green cup, taking a picture, probably with leaves or something fall-esque, and Instagramming it with the hashtag #PSL. It's a great marketing scheme on behalf of Starbucks, you have to admit. I just don't really understand what all the fuss is about.

Rant over!

Now, pumpkin time :)
Thanksgiving (well, my Thanksgiving) is this upcoming weekend and I am preparing for my desserts. I love cooking during the festivities as well, but during holidays my housemates do potlucks - ergo, I bring dessert. Obviously Pumpkin Pie is a must, but I've been trying to find some other great pumpkin recipes to make. The wonderful thing about pumpkin is that you can bake with is pretty much until Christmas because it's essentially synonymous with fall. So, though I likely won't get through all of these recipes in the next few days (I promise you that I am not Superwoman), hopefully I can get to them over the semester.






Friday, 2 October 2015

Favourite Study Playlists



With October comes late library nights. It's the glorious (please note the sarcasm) time of year attached to projects, midterms and assignments. Like any student, sometimes my focus drains and my productivity faces a steep decline (which will ultimately result in looong nights after).

I have a few tools to put myself back on the study track, such as baking and exercise, but one of the most useful things I find are playlists. I have long listened to 8tracks and in fact I have a playlist that has been on repeat since the fall of 2012 - it's that great. These are a few of my favourites and the ones I find most helpful:


This is my archival playlist :)


And, although we still have some time before Christmas is pushed toward us, here is my favourite holiday study playlist :)

Best of luck to all the students out there! Especially to my little sister, Annie :) (not that she really needs it...)

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My Favourite Granola Bars

I've made note of my Minimalist Baker obsession before, and this post is just another bit of evidence to prove it.

Granola bars are a staple in most households. They are simply an easy, on the go snack. I first attempted to make LaraBars a few years ago, however they just weren't quite the same. The flavour and texture wasn't up to par and honestly, who wants to eat something when you know there is a better option out there. Last year I tried the 5 Ingredient granola bars from Minimalist Baker - let's just say that I don't buy granola bars any more.

These ones are so easy to make (as long as you have a good blender/food processor - I have a Cuisinart food processor and a Ninja blender) and leave tons of room for creativity. You can personalize them to whatever you like best in your bars - chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, coconut, spices... You get the point. I have a go-to variation that I make every few weeks. Truly, I'm rarely without a batch.

These bars are sweet, chewy, HEALTHY, and plain delicious. When I first told people who would try them that dates are an ingredient, it was a turn off (it even turned me off at first). But you don't even taste them! They just add a sweetness factor I find and help keep the bars together (along with the PB and honey).

Here is my ingredient breakdown for them:
1 cup dates
1 1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey



I've actually never tried any other variation... I find this to be the best!


(also, please ignore the Bailey's in the background... It is not mine)

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Feeding the Nutella Obsession


When I was living in Switzerland in grade 12, I discovered how much I love Nutella. We never had it in the house growing up (perhaps that was a good thing) but the minute I had unlimited access to it, I went for it. Hard. Really, really hard. My roommate and I would binge nightly. Needless to say, it was bad and my devotion showed. Okay so I didn't get, like, "fat" (as in obese) exactly. But I gained weight that I hadn't before... 

Ever since, I've only been able to eat it sparingly. I've also become a lot more health and nutrition conscious since then. So, as per my Minimalist Baker obsession, I decided to test out their recipe. Nutella is a gift to mankind, after all. However, it contains so much sugar that it is hardly justifiable at times. 



I made the recipe when I was home for a week after leaving Banff and before coming back to Halifax. Holy s#*t. It. Was. Amazing. I totally recommend trying it. It was (a) easy to make (b) customizable, and (c) relatively healthier than the original recipe. 
Though I didn't take any pictures (a really, really bad habit of mine), I hope you'll trust my judgement on this. I did add more chocolate than the recipe called for, just personal preference I think :)

The only downside to making it yourself, I find, is that hazelnuts are very expensive. So... Maybe not something to make all the time, but definitely something to try! 


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Back to School!


Well I've been back in Halifax for almost two weeks now and I still can't believe it's already that time. We are fully back into the swing of things! Maybe not mentally, but the profs aren't holding anything back. I already have two tests this week! I have a lot on my mind right now because of my exchange, but I'm trying to use that to my advantage - start allocating my time effectively now to get ahead of my midterm rush. 

I'm also trying to set goals for the short 4 months that I'm in Halifax: volunteering, making more connections with profs, and exploring the city more (along with a few others...). 

Remember picking out back to school outfits weeks in advance? Like, specifically going shopping for the outfit? Shopping for back to school was always the best - clothing and supplies-wise. I don't really do any shopping for back to school anymore because, well, #studentproblems. If I don't need anything new, I tend not to buy it. Save! Save! Save! Aside from textbooks, that is (which, honestly, are probably the reason I can't go shopping). I do always go shopping with my mom and sister and grandma before school starts, but the shopping bags are are very, very minimal. 

My back to school outfit this year was an old J.Crew shirt (one of my all time favourites), jean shorts (which I'm starting to get back into again), sandals, Madewell Transport tote (I normally use my North Face backpack but when I only have my laptop or notebook to take, I take my tote), Kate Spade Gramercy watch in silver, and sunnies :) 


**I couldn't find a picture of my sunglasses online, so I added my favourite eyeglasses to the image ;)

Hope everyone is having a great start to their school year!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

That Time I...

On the day of my final year two exam, I had one of the most stressful few hours of my life. And yes, it involved my computer. It was already a super busy week surrounding the exam (i.e. before and after) so when I spilled hot water and lemon onto the keyboard of my Macbook two hours ahead of my economics final, I couldn't help but laugh. I mean, REALLY??! 

In a way, I didn't have too much to worry about - I didn't actually need it for studying purposes at that point because school would be done for me in 4 hours from then. On the other hand, I had a crunched timeline that wouldn't give me any time to have it looked at or repaired. 

Lets set up the timeline:
Day 1 - Econ exam at 2pm, finish exam by 5pm, visit exchange office, go downtown to run super last minute errands, say goodbye to friends, PACK (!!)
Day 2 - Say goodbye to roommates, taxi-pickup at 9am, flight at 11:30, land at 3pm, get home (by this time, tech stores are closed)
Day 3 - SURGERYYYY


My laptop contains any type of document I used over the past four years, which, in this decade, essentially means your life. It eventually got checked out and Miss Mac was alright, but had it been fried, I would have cried. Cried and cried. Pictures and passwords and school assignments and exchange information and emails could have evaporated into air. I'm one of those stupid people who didn't initially backup her hard-drive, too (you better bet I am now though). 

As of late, my laptop has been overheating like someone wearing a parka on the equator (aka, it gets burning hot). I'm going to resolve to turn it off more frequently and update it more consistently as well. I hope she can hold up to the five year mark!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Reformation's Boob Solution

Damn, if only I had waited a few years to get smaller boobs (you know, so that I could afford the clothes) then I could have capitalized on Reformation's new line. 



Finally, a button up dress that won't pop at the seams!

The people behind Reformation are clearly listening to female concerns about the common busting issue we many have. So many designs are there that I have shied away from. But here lies a breakthrough in fashion! A "normal" piece with an increased bust measurement. Woohoo! 

I sincerely hope that more brands start including pieces that allow busty girls to show off their body and style without showing off everything (or nothing for that matter) or having to choose from a select few items that actually fit. 

I should also maybe note that the dresses are made for about DD cups... They could go like a biiit larger, but still an improvement on the big boob front. 

Here's to fit and fashion not being mutually exclusive! 




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Looking for Alaska


Regardless of one's age, I think there are some novels that mostly anyone can relate to. Everyone has experiences which form who they are - be it high school, first loves, career moves, geographical repositioning. I think the most common relation among our culture is high school.

I read The Fault in Our Stars over Christmas break last year (before the film came out), and it made me fall in love with reading again. For a while, I would only read what was required of me in school. That is not to say I had lost interest in novels - on the contrary, I nearly prefer them over film or television. However, after years of reading textbooks and roughly uninteresting pieces of literature, I drew away from it. Reading just became more or less associated with work.

Then I read TFIOS. And I instantly became a Nerdfighter! Reading was fun again :)

Alas, I finally read Looking for Alaska. It was a perfect combination of teenage exploration and mystery. Not like Gone Girl mystery, but enough to keep the reader wondering what the countdown is leading to and what the aftermath will be.

So, thank you John Green! I can't wait to read Paper Towns next :) 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Summertime Silk

Summer is the temps for loose, flowy attire. A silk dress is the perfect solution to hot, sticky summer days! Though it's unlikely that I will acquire any of these items in the near future, a lady can dream. Right?

DVF - Camila printed silk-chiffon dress

Madewell - Silk Maxi Dress in Stripe

Topshop Unique - Ottoline floral-print silk-chiffon mini dress

Anthropologie - Gouache Garden Silk Swing Dress

Ann Taylor - Embroidered Drop Waist Dress

Equipment - Ian Striped Washed-Silk Mini Dress

I feel a Part II coming soon... So many marvellous choices.

My personal favourite of the lot is the first DVF dress. I don't normally love off-the-shoulder dresses, but everything about this piece is just lovely! What are your favourites?

Monday, 15 June 2015

We Need to Talk about Jon Snow

They can't REALLY kill him, can they? 



Poor damn Jon Snow. Poor viewers! We need the red witch to perform some voodoo on him.
That episode made me sick to my stomach at some points. I gasped and gagged and smiled and nearly cried. I mean... NO ONE wins in this episode. No one! NOT a soul - except for effin Ramsay Bolton (and sort of Tyrion... and sort of Sansa). 

Normally after season finales, I am paralyzed with desire to find out what is going to happen next season. This time, I need a minute. Though I don't need an entire year, I need a breather. So many emotions!!! 

I almost want to read the books now. Almost

In a way though, aside from Olly STABBING HIM, Jon dying was kind of poetic. Jon Snow laying in snow
Also, I really hope they address R+L=J before they finish the show. At least give us some closure for our dead, brooding boy. 

Ugh, I needed this little mini rant. Maybe a longer recap of my emotions later? 

American Pharaoh

American Pharaoh for Athlete of the Year? I think so! 




Each year, general sports lovers have the opportunity to rally for history to be made in thoroughbred racing. In recent years, Smarty Jones and California Chrome were personal favourites of mine of those who aimed for the prestige. Admittedly, I thought it could never be done. Not after a 37 year drought. Especially not in stormy, rainy, wet conditions. It just seemed to be too tough! Yet somehow, the 16.1 hand colt made it look effortless. You'd expect in a situation such as this that he would struggle a bit for the win; That the other starters who boasted weeks of rest that American Pharaoh lacked would manage to upset him. Fortunately, the Triple Crown was his from the start. 

How many people in Hollywood do you think have already started penning scripts about him?

Stay golden, American Pharaoh! 



*just as a side note:
Academic's 66-1 win in the Canadian Oaks may go down as one of my favourite wins ever. Amazing! 


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Banff for the Summer

Mountain time!
Over the Christmas holidays, I thought a little about applying to work in the Rocky Mountains for the summer. Honestly, I just didn't know what I would do at home for the summer, job-wise. I was deciding between that and being an Au Pair in Europe for a few months and then doing a summer course for the first month or two that I would be home for. Needless to say, I swung the way of the mountains. The application process was a little last minute and I probably could've planned it out a bit better...

But I'm here now!

I arrived in Calgary 3 weeks ago and came out to Banff the day after I arrived. Driving out here was inexplicably gorgeous. (Well, I'm sure I could come up with a description if I had to. However, I need to work on my descriptive writing.) I'm working as a host in one of the many restaurants at the Banff Springs hotel. This place is a castle. A castle. A castle! It has been expanded and re-done over the years (primarily because of a fire in the early 1900's...), but you can feel the history in every room.

I hope to write more about my time here over the coming months. Stay tuned!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

My Dance with Easter - Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Cupcakes, and Dresses

WHEW! That was a busy one. Winding down each semester is always chaotic, but this one was especially berserk.


I know this post comes a week after Easter, but I still wanted to write something about my weekend! 

The week preceding and the week following Easter were crammed. In a way, I'm lucky - I had many in class exams and assignments/essays which means I have few during exam period... Ergo, I leave for home real early! On the other hand, I felt like falling asleep and pretending I was having a nightmare to ease my mind. But alas, I made it through to the other end!

I hate missing Thanksgiving and Easter and all holiday meals with my family. So, as with Thanksgiving, I suggested we do our own little dinner party. Oh, what a wonderful idea! We all signed up on our whiteboard (cute, I know) to make something for the night. I, of course, signed up to do dessert. I probably spent way too long baking (I did have a ton of stuff to do) but it was sooo worth it. We invited a few close friends over and it was the best way to relax during the busy times.

I contributed Carrot Cupcakes and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares sprinkled with mini eggs.
Unfortunately, but predictably, I didn't capture any photos. But here are the recipes and some pictures to ignite your imagination! 

Carrot Cupcakes
For the cupcakes, I used "Sam's Famous Carrot Cake" on AllRecipes and just made a few adjustments. I replaced the pineapple with applesauce because even though I know you probably can't taste it, I really just don't like pineapple and wasn't going to put it in. I left out the raisins too and added about 1/2 cup more shredded carrots to compensate. 
Just a note, don't be careless and oblivious like me and use baking powder instead of baking soda... You'd think by now I would know to be sure which "baking" ingredient I need to use. Apparently not! The cupcakes were still DELICIOUS though (awesome reviews all around), but they were dense like pound cake and didn't rise.
The recipe made 22 cupcakes, FYI!

-- Cream Cheese Frosting
What's a carrot cake/cupcake without cream cheese frosting? I used this one and probably added a little more icing sugar than listed. It's all up to you though! Just taste it as you go and stop when satisfied!

PB Chocolate Bars with Mini Eggs
I was debating between making something more springy, such as lemon squares or a coconut cake, but come on, peanut butter and chocolate are always good. 
I came up with the idea to sprinkle them with crushed mini eggs - it is one of my proudest baking moments yet. I cannot suggest it enough! I had fun crushing them - I dumped about 1 1/2 cups of Mini Eggs into a ziploc bag, grabbed my hammer, and started banging away. I'll admit, it was fun. After I made the chocolate topping and poured and evened it on the peanut butter base, I sprinkled the pieces evenly. 
I made another version this weekend but with Smarties instead. Mini Eggs sell out fast after Easter! The first time around, they lasted less than 24 hours. They lasted about 48 this time, but I think people were more cautious to have them last longer. 





Also, I like going to church, especially on holidays! A few of my roomies and I went Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Basilica and it was beautiful. I was super excited to wear a dress that I got a few years ago from Madewell that I hadn't gotten the chance to wear yet due to weather. Here's a picture of it, though I think it looks even better in person (way, way better).


I hope everyone had a great Easter, spent with some people you love! Even if that meant only a few hours :)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

(Vegan) Blueberry Scones



One thing to know about me is that I love blueberries. Love. Love. Love. I'll eat them frozen or fresh, anywhere, anytime, any place, any form. Dare me if you wish! Another thing to know is how much I love wheaty products. I don't really include wheat (anymore) as a regular staple in my diet, but I don't avoid it like the plague either. I'm always down for a big batch of waffles or cookies or cake or cupcakes or... You see the point. But I know I do feel better when I eat it less often so I adjust my diet. 

There's a restaurant/bakery down in Venice, Florida with the best scones. I could write a novel about how delicious every single item on their menu is (like their wraps, coconut cake, and...everything else), but for now I'll stick to the scones. They seriously are a gift to the world. People will wait outside before open to grab a batch and the kitchen often runs out of them. My favourite is the blueberry scone with Devonshire cream and it is always served fresh and warm. 

Around last semester I sort of stopped buying and eating dairy products (for me that included milk and yogurt), so I've been looking for ways to make some vegan-ish foods. I religiously check Minimalist Baker - I wish I could eat their pictures (that sounds strange... I know). But there are some recipes I love that I don't want to change or substitute for a different recipe, so I've been playing around with other ingredients. 



Over the summer I made an amaaaaazing blueberry scone recipe and today I veganized it! It turned out exactly like the original and I kind of want to eat all of them now... There are 16 scones though so I suppose it may be best so save them for finals. 

Ingredients

4 C flour
6 tbsp sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C and 2 tbsp Earth Balance cold
2 flax eggs (*see below)
3/4 C almond milk
1 C blueberries (fresh or frozen, but do not thaw if using frozen)
2 tbsp almond milk

*1 flax egg is 3 tbsp water mixed with 1 tbsp ground flax. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Combine (sift) the dry ingredients in a large bowl until fully mixed. Cut in the cold butter and mix with hands until the mixture resembles crumbs. Whisk the milk and flax eggs together. Add egg-milk mixture to the large bowl and mix until the dough is just moistened (you may need to use it all, or you may not - pay attention!). Do not over-mix the dough and stop when it is just moistened! 
  • Add the blueberries gently so that they don't break. When I use frozen, they almost always dye the dough blue but they still come out fine - don't worry! 
  • Flour a surface and break the dough into two balls. Place the balls on the floured surface and knead into circles. Cut the circles into 8 pieces and place onto a greased pan or one lined with wax paper. 
  • Use the 2 tbsp of milk to brush over the scones gently. 
  • Pop them into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden around top and/or edges (mine took 20). Allow them to cool for just a few minutes and enjoy!!

They would also be lovely with powdered sugar or a lemon glaze on top!

This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home's Blueberry Scone recipe