J wooed me with these waffles. It’s true – I had just come out of a relationship with a guy who did not like to cook and did not enjoy eating. I had been doing 95% of the cooking and 100% of the effort. In fact, before J, I had never dated a guy who enjoyed cooking, so the first morning J told me he’d like to make his waffles for me and that I didn’t have to do anything except drink coffee while he made us a batch, well, I just about fell off that barstool and spilled my latte all over the hardwood floor.
I’ve been a little MIA this past month! I alluded to some stressful family stuff with my step-daughter that we went through at the beginning of the month which we’re now on the other side of (thankfully!).
Last weekend was the first weekend that J and I had together just us since the beginning of December! Can you believe it?! We were both so excited to have some quality alone time that we began joking that the weekend would be The Best Weekend Ever.
Little did I know, J had something planned that would make it the best weekend ever! On Saturday, J told me he’d like to go down to the beach to take a timelapse video of the tide coming in – this is something that he loves doing, so I didn’t think anything of it. Once we got to the beach he asked me to stand in front of the camera so he could compose the shot. Then he came next to me, said some beautiful things, and got down on one knee to propose!!!
Last weekend we had one of my good friends and her 5-year-old daughter come to Vancouver and stay with us – little A was so excited to be hanging out with another girl her own age! We took them to the top of Grouse Mountain to see the orphaned grizzly bear habitat and they had a wild time. I couldn’t believe the chaos in our house – having two 5-year-olds running around is so much more crazy than just one!
On Sunday my Rosemary Bourbon Fizz cocktail was featured on The Endless Meal! Check it out – my cocktail is a part of Kirsten’s Sunday Supper feature which lists recipes for an entire meal – I might have to try the salad recipe listed, with all the squashes I have in my fridge!
Also on Sunday, the blog received over 200 views in one day for the first time! Woohoo, thanks guys! I excitedly told J, even though it also feels kind of silly to be talking about things like blog stats, but when you compare that only a few weeks ago I used to get excited about 25 views, 200 is a big deal. Yesterday he surprised me with a lovely bottle of wine and a tiny card celebrating 200. He is just the cutest. Life is all about celebrating the little things!
This week I will entice you with a recipe for baking a whole chicken – it’s really super easy and super impressive to the man in your life ;)
Today is the lovely‘s 1 year blogaversary! It’s been a really fun year – some highlights include cooking a turkey for the very first time to host Friendsgiving; taking J on a mystery getaway; expanding our rooftop garden; and spending lots of lovely days at home with my love. I drank yummy mint juleps with mint from our garden and rosemary citrus cocktails with our rosemary. I ate strawberry shortcake and made a spicy apricot habanero jam – my favourite recipe of the past year!
We traveled a lot this past year – to Seattle, Mt Baker, Whistler, Mexico, Phoenix, Montreal, LA, and lots of little trips up and down the BC coast. And last weekend we went on a little adventure to Vancouver Island to visit one of my best friends who recently bought a house. We beach-combed, took a water taxi to a little island for lunch, swam in the ocean, had yummy food and drinks and lots of laughs.
Hope your weeks are going well so far!
One of my favourite weekend adventures is heading out to Steveston, a cute historic fishing town near the river, and a quick 30 minute drive from Vancouver. The one or two streets of the town are fun to wander, but my favourite thing to do there is to bike the dyke trail and get fish and chips!
The dyke trail is flat (my kind of biking!) and runs alongside some gorgeous houses (I love looking at real estate!) and is near the airport so there’s tons of planes taking off and landing to watch (reminds me of childhood outings with my dad to the airport to watch the planes take off). There’s so much to look at that you almost forget you’re biking! You can bike as far as you’d like, and then turn around and come back to the park where there’s a little fish and chips stand.
J and I like to bring a few beers and a blanket, grab our fish and chips, and relax on the grass. A perfect Sunday afternoon!
Ha, is it funny that I follow up a hiking adventure with a weekend jaunt to LA?
Well, to LA I went, from Friday to Sunday last weekend! I was there half for work, and half for fun – and the heat and beach and fresh fruit and mini roadtrips up the coast were exactly what I needed.
It’s a weird thing traveling alone. On the one hand, it’s wonderful to have some time to yourself to rest and recharge (which doesn’t often happen) but then there’s those days where it’s the middle of the afternoon and you realise you haven’t spoken a single word out loud yet that day. Except to swear at yourself when you drop half your breakfast on the floor. And then you have those exhilaratingly happy moments when you’re driving with the windows down and the wind in your hair and the tunes on the radio and the endless ocean out the car window, and you smile and feel gleeful, and wish there was someone in the passenger seat to share that with.