Archive for July, 2011

Easiest, Yummiest Bread Ever

Friday, July 29th, 2011

In my youth (that makes me sound so old), I was known for my bread making skills. Saturday mornings I’d be in the kitchen baking mini loafs in all different shapes and sizes. They looked oh so cute, but never lasted long since my siblings and parents would devour them before they were even cool.

During this time that my family moved to the US and I had other activities on a Saturday mornings; it was years until I attempted to make bread again, and it wasn’t a success. I’ve tried several different recipes, but all turn out the same: dense, heavy and unattractive. I gave up.

Until, last year while staying with Em’s in-laws I tasted the most delicious homemade bread that Maureen had made; it was crispy on the outside and soft in the inside…yum! I told her my sad tale, and she assured me that this particular bread recipe is fool prof; and I’m so happy to report it actually is the easiest, yummiest bread ever, and you all need to try it!



3 cups of flour

1/2 tea spoons of yeast

1 3/4 tea spoons of salt

1 1/2 cups of water (I always end up adding an extra 1/2 cup or so)


Mix all ingredients till combined. Cover with foil and let sit in a warm place for 12-18 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees when ready to bake. Place a cast iron pot (I use my Le Creuset) in the oven to warm for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle flour over the dough and turn it over a couple of times until it forms a ball. Cover the dough with towel and leave for up to 2 hours, or until pot is heated. Then place the dough in pot.

Bake with lid on at 450 degrees for 30 mintues, then remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes. The bread should sound hollow when tapped.

This is the basic recipe, and it’s been fun to mix in different ingredients to mix things up. Our favorite has been finely chopped fresh rosemary. I also like to dust the pan with corn meal to prevent getting too crispy on the bottom.

I hope you bake this bread and let me know how you like it, I’m fully converted and now laugh at the price of this style bread in the stores. $4 I don’t think so…it’s basically flour and water and costs under 50 cents ha ha haaa!

Pretty Porch

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
canadian house and home

This porch is simply divine.  I love the black shingles and copper light fixture.  Neutrals are so fantastic!  They can create a bold visual statement without the use of bright color using contrast and texture.  LOVE!!!

Target Bracelets

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

A few weeks ago these cuff bracelets caught my eye at a favorite store of mine named Nordstrom.  I’ve always loved leather bracelets and loved the added rock and roll factor.These bracelets are usually priced $48, but right now are only $29 for the anniversary sale.  Unfortunately, the very little bracelet did not make it home due to my very little budget.

Sar and I were browsing around Target the other day when I spied these pretty knock-offs.  I am dying over these bracelets!  They would look so great worn solo or stacked together, and with a price point average of $15, a few bracelets would be quite affordable.

tan leather bracelet with oval grommets
white bracelet with gold links

I am going to keep my eye out very closely for mark-downs and coupons, please let me know if you see any!

City Deals: Sundance Spa

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago it was Mum’s birthday, so Dad treated the three of us to a day at the Sundance Spa and it was divine!

I found a deal through City Deals, that gave us a mandi + pedi for only $48 each!

The afternoon was perfect, nestled and relaxed in the breezy mountains. We’re happy to report that two weeks later our nails STILL look fantastic…we’ve all rated it our best mandi + pedi EVER, now we’re completely spoiled and don’t want to go anywhere else.

With bargains like this it’s easy to see why we’re loving City Deals; be sure to sign up for their email so you can be notified when they have their ‘flash’ sales. For example this deal is usually $60 for $115 worth of service, I purchased it on a flash sale when there’s additional percentage off the whole website, making our deal only $48!

Deal Alert: Old Navy Tees

Monday, July 25th, 2011

On a quick trip to Old Navy today I scored some basic v-neck tees that were on sale for $3!!  That’s right only $3!

Oversized v-necks have been my staple this summer paired with denim cut-offs, leggings for working out, and super comfy/cool jammies.  Head over to Old Navy, they are on sale until Thurs, but selling out fast!