Happy long weekend!

carrot cake oatmeal // warm vanilla sugar

Today is my last day of work before leaving for Sicily, so Paul and I decided we should enjoy the great outdoors before our big trip and go canoe camping in Algonquin Park (one of our favorite things to do).

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I have just over two weeks until I move to Sicily, and I can’t possibly express how totally and completely unprepared I am.

Sriracha and Lemongrass Marinated Tofu Bowls // Warm Vanilla Sugar

The whole thing has always seemed super unreal and far away, so I’ve just been going about my business…and now it’s the end of August and I have a lot of packing to do.

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I’m an early riser. As in, I get up at 5:00am Monday to Friday to go for a run.

buttermilk blueberry breakfast cake // warm vanilla sugar

I get asked about it a lot. Questions like:
“how and WHY do you do it?”
“do you ever sleep?”
“what time do you go to bed?”

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August is such a bittersweet month. We know we only have one month left of summer, but we also have some amazing weather left to enjoy. I’m hanging onto summer like a kid playing tug of war…I don’t want to let go!


And yet it flies by. July was all about wedding planning for me. I ate and breathed emails to strangers regarding the set up, I tried to organize absolutely everything I could when I got home from work on weeknights, and I got together with my bridesmaids as much as possible trying to make sure everything was set.

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If you bake as much as I do, vanilla extract runs out quick. Liiiiiiike, really quick.

homemade vanilla extract // warm vanilla sugar

Thankfully making your own vanilla couldn’t be easier and it is way cheaper than buying the store bought variety. All you need are vanilla beans, some booze like vodka or bourbon, and bottles or jars. Really just about any container that closes will do!

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