Achievements of 2018 | Year in Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Only 5 days till 2019! Can you believe that this year is coming to a close and soon we'll be saying 'bye-bye' to 2018?!
This year has definitely been different. Though I started blogging in 2017, I didn't get serious until this year and many a thing has happened.
After thinking for a while I decided to do a post on all of my achievements in 2018. More as a reminder of all that went right and well this year, instead of focusing on all of the negative. I think it's important that people remember the positives/achievements of the year, for one will never relive the time again.

Little Phrase in House Ornament | DIY

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


So it's less than a week before Christmas! Can you believe how fast time has flown and the new year is nearly upon us too!?
A couple of weeks ago I was at the mall (my only free time) when I stumbled upon an ornament made out of wood that was so cute and creative that I thought of diy-ing it myself. I call it my phrase house ornament for it looks like a little house with a phrase in it.
I thought of posting this craft earlier this month but school got in the way (again).

Christmas Tag | 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hi, there!


I know that November passed and yet there were no posts and for that I'm sorry. Like I said in this post, school has been harder than expected and I've been having a hard time managing it all.
I thought it'd be cool to do a Christmas post of sorts and a fellow Canadian blogger did a tag post and so I've never done one so I wanted to try it out!

What Happened in October | Life update

Monday, October 29, 2018

Hello to all.

As you can see it has been over a month since I last wrote and published a post. It was not my intention to ignore this blog, it's just that life has been harder than what I expected. As you may know, I started university this fall and it is very difficult for me and my schedule had been so busy that I felt that there was a never-ending cycle of reading and writing. I started feeling not only stressed out but anxious too. And so for the sake of my mental health, I decided to take a break from blogging.

Finding Fraser | Book Review

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"I met Jaime when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, redheaded, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly mattered..." With a back blurb like that, I just couldn't ignore a book with that humour.

I actually planned this post back in August but never got around to finally finishing up until now. so here it is:
If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that I did a short post on Finding Fraser. This summer I was at the library, in the English section, when I stumbled upon this book. The cover looked interesting but it was the title that got me, Finding Fraser. Could it refer to whom I think it is? Intrigued by the name, the kilt-wearing lad and the fact that Diana Gabaldon has a quote on the cover I decided to read the back blurb.

Fall Sewing (Tentative) Plans | Inspiration

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fall is coming soon event thought it still feels like summer. The leaves are still green, the weather is warm (30℃) and everyone is still wearing their summer clothes.
But even though the leaves aren't red or yellow yet it doesn't mean I can't plan my fall sewing. Right? 
I've actually been planning my fall wardrobe since the week before I started school. But unfortunately, the school has been harder than I thought and so I haven't had the time to sit down and sew. Honestly, I've never been so stressed in my entire life (well there was that time...) 😐. Do you have any advice for a first-year university student? Please comment down below (please!).

Recently I started seeing that the colour mustard yellow is everywhere. I think it's a great shade of yellow (looks like leaves anyone?) and it's the perfect fall colour.

It's September | Life Update + Biore mini review

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hey guys!
I feel like it's been soo long since I last wrote. I've barely had any time to write or just have any me-time overall. This past week I started university and it has been such a life change! I'll finish a reading then bam! another book to read and the cycle goes on and on. I've been missing my blog so much the last couple of weeks since I haven't had time for anything. My commute is very long and so I have decided that on my way back I should try to write.
On a positive note: I'm a university student! I can hardly believe it, it feels like yesterday I was starting high school and now I'm on the next chapter of my life. I've met new people and have been getting to know the campus and just getting used to the new part of my life. I have so many blog plans for the next couple of months and I can't wait. Do you guys have any advice for a new university student? Must-dos and don'ts?

I know you must be wondering: doesn't the title say mini review? Why doesn't she just get on with it?

Garnier Ombrelle Review | Topbox Circle

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Hi everyone!
There's less than a fortnight before I start school again and summer vacation is over! I do have to say that this summer though uneventful went by really fast.
This past week I received a package in the mail from Topbox Circle. For those who do not know Topbox Circle (I'll call it TBC from now on) is a free review program where you fill out some reviews and get invited into missions which then require to do reviews on the products site. It is a free program geared towards letting people try products and give their honest reviews. Are you on TBC?
The Garnier®Ombrelle mission was the first one I've gotten since I signed up in June. I received some sunscreen samples and  I will now start on my review.

Sewing Inspiration | SS 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

*Re-uploaded
Sorry for the long break! Unlike July when I had time to write and sew more, lately I've been busy writing exams and preparing for university... and *sigh* there is just sooo much to do!
But I was able to make time to write a post I've been wanting to write for a while. So here we go!
Don't you love Pinterest? I sure do! When I'm feeling stuck and have no idea on what to sew or knit, I just search and find so many ideas.
Through Pinterest, I have also found some great sewing blogs to follow. Lately, I have been stuck on what to sew and so I (like always) browsed through Pinterest to see what the trends are, what would look good on me and what new skills I can acquire.
These are 5 of the things I've found and I'm interested in sewing!

Tubular 80s | 2 Patterns Review

Monday, August 13, 2018

As you can probably guess from the title that the post is going to be about patterns (and fabric)  from the 1980s. But before I get to that let's go a bit back to last (last )week.

Like I said in my prior post, last week I had the opportunity to go to Niagara Falls. On my way back home we stopped at a thrift store in Brockville, ON. As I had been to that thrift store before and found some great (I mean great) fabrics and pattern, I entered the store looking specifically for sewing items. And what I found surprised me. There was a small ironing board on sale for $5 and lots of fabrics!

Summer Holidays | Week 3 + 4

Thursday, August 2, 2018

So, you probably noticed that I didn't do a weekly summary for week 3. The reason why is that I didn't do anything exciting or out of the ordinary. I actually spent 3/4 week inside. But there were some things that happened worth mentioning.
The last weekend in July I went to Toronto for a conference and afterward went down to Niagara Falls. It was gorgeous and I will write a post on it soon. Unfortunately, there was one casualty... my water bottle, I put it down then promptly forgot about it. Therefore I lost it *sigh*


Last week it was my 19th birthday!
That Monday was very hot. humid day. My parents got the cake from Adonis and it tasted like heaven. Their cakes are worth trying, but that day I also bought a cheese from them and when I had eaten 1/3 of it I started feeling queasy and nauseous.

BzzAgent: P & G Product Review | The Cami Way

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I love free products, don't you?
For those who do not know, I have a review blog (fashion, film, products) and I keep it separate from this blog. I have been thinking of joining the two together but I'm not sure if I should. It's called The Cami Way, in part because my family always say that I do things my way.
Earlier this year I joined BzzAgent, a program that will send products based on your interests and on the product campaign. Last month (June) I got my first campaign and I couldn't believe I had been accepted into it. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you have probably already seen the posts I did review the products, but I also wrote a post on them.
Here is an excerpt:

*Disclaimer: The opinions and thoughts expressed in this blog are solely my own. I was given these products for an honest review and were not influenced by the company in any way, shape or form.*
 I received more than I expected and was ecstatic to put them to work.

Convertible Backpack/tote/Crossbody | Made from Scratch

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another hot week, another project. Has the weather let up where you live? or is it winter now?

As for me for the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking of making a bag. Any kind of bag, as long as it fits things inside. I couldn't think of anything but then I remembered the time I was in the metro and saw a bag that would forever change me (not to be dramatic).
It was a backpack that converted into a tote and I loved it. You have probably seen it its the Fjallraven Totepack and it's super cute. But since I wasn't going to spend $135 I thought I would make my own convertible bag but it would be able to become a crossbody/messenger bag. And so I did.

Summer Holidays | Week 2!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

We're halfway through July!
This past week I actually didn't go out a lot. Between the heat, sewing, and social awkwardness I just decided to spend most of my time at home. But I did do a couple of things (and found Amani!) this week worth mentioning.

I love going to thrift stores. You never know what you're going to find! I especially love finding books and fabrics, my two passions. I love going to Goodwill store because of 1.I don't pay taxes 2. They give jobs to mentally/physically challenged people. 
Last week I went to a Rennaissance which is run by Goodwill Industries. There I went straight to the fabric/linen/craft session and found what I was looking for... fabric! I found this nice cotton linen fabric $4 for 3.80meters! It came with 4 buttons. I also bought a meter of hard denim fabric for $2 and it's super wide.

Dungarees without Pattern | Made from Scratch

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wow, it's been a week I can not for the life of me believe that it's already the second week in July! That means that my birthday is coming soon, very soon. It has cooled here in QC so now it's about 30℃. Nothing overly new has happened, except that I made a pair of dungarees! And I'm in LOVE!
For the last couple of months years, I have been thinking about getting an overall type of jumpsuit but when I had the opportunity I would say no. But recently I decided that I was going to sew a jumpsuit. Why not? I have the time and fabric to do it. And so I did.

Summer Holidays 2018 | Week 1

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I feel like for the summer I should do a weekly review of what I did (what I didn't do) besides my blog posts. Like a diary of sorts, I just hope to do this in a way to help me to do more this summer. My plans are to sew something, bake, and read a book each week this summer.
I hope you enjoy :)

So last week it was Canada day and like I said in my last post I spent it all by myself. Turns out here in QC all rent leases are over at the end of June, meaning that moving day is July 1st. I was shocked by this, for as a Canadian that felt somewhat like a slap in the face. Anyway, that Sunday I woke up got ready to go to church when I come down to realize that everyone is dressed to go to work, not to church. Turns out that friends of my parents were moving and they had not told me about it (maybe they did, but I forgot) and since they were short on time I couldn't change and was left behind. It was also one of the hottest days, it was about 38℃ with lots of humidity. All alone with a cake, I had made (which I forgot to take a finished picture). It was a long day, but the friends finally moved to a bigger place and my parents helped them move and be there for them.

Boston Cream Pie | With maple syrup + cream cheese

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Its July! Here we're dealing with an extreme heat wave. The past two weeks it's been between 28°to 40°, and I can't handle it. I really hope it will pass soon because of the humidity here it's hard to breathe and it's dangerous to the health.
How was your Canada day? Mine was lonely as we had friends that were moving and my parents went to help and I wasn't able to go. So I was home alone *sigh*Thought the next day we went to a park we had never gone too and it was gorgeous.

It's the End (of June, that is)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Well, half the year is now gone and I have done both so much and so little.
The day after tomorrow it's Canada day! That means it's been a year since I moved to Quebec, wow, where has the time gone? My family and I are going to be having a small get together to celebrate. I will (obviously) be baking a cake and will be on decorating duty. Is there anything special you do for Canada day?

This week I did my final Francisation exam and finished my level 4 French! There are 8 government French levels and so I am half-way there. That's right your girl knows how to speak enough French to get a job, well enough to have a conversation with others and still be understood. Fortunately (or unfortunately)  I won't' be going back as I will be starting university this coming September. Since it's all in English and downtown Montreal is mostly English, I won't' have to use too much French.

6 (Awesome) Reasons I LOVE sewing

Monday, June 25, 2018

Hey, hey, hey!
This past week as I was thinking a thought passed through my head: Why do I love sewing? How did this come to be? And after thinking long and hard about it I wrote a list and it essentially helped write this post.

I have been sewing since I was 14, but I have never been able to pinpoint why sewing has been a big part of my life. When I was a child my mom used to sew my clothes for me and our family but when she stopped (it got expensive) I never thought twice about it. But as I got older I become more interested but soon I came to love it. This is a post of 6 reasons why LOVE sewing ✂ and why you could too.

6 (awesome) Reasons I love Sewing


1. Learning new skills.

This is a very good reason. Sewing is a skill that will always be needed and depending on the area of choice it is fairly easy to do. Hemming, mending and other smaller items can be easily done. It is a very good skill to have and it's also a very impressive skill to have as sewing is being more and more forsaken for ready-made clothes. It's also something you can brag about 😉


related post: Maxi dress made with a 1970s pattern


2. Clothes fit perfectly and are unique (with lots of combinations) 

This is one of my top reasons why I love it so. When I sew I can make them fit me like they should. Finding clothes that fit perfectly, everywhere, is hard to come by and to be able to find a pattern (or draft one) and adjust it to fit your unique body is wonderful. 
And the combinations are endless! Like that top, but not the sleeves? Change it! Love the fit, but not the length? Adapt it! The fabric choices are not a problem there's everything for everyone. You won't have to worry that someone else will have the same garment, with the same fabric and with the exact same fit as you. The clothes that I've made are unique and no one has made one like it (with rips, mistakes, and more). Confidence grows, and so does your self-esteem.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Sewing (believe it or not) is trés environmentally friendly, for if you look up the Fast Fashion you will realize how much the industry has and is affecting our environment.
Fast fashion is constantly (2+ times/month) creating a demand for stylish, must-have wear and the solution is cheap, disposable clothing that will be used 2 times before ripping. The people who make a pair of jeans are paid $2 while working in sweatshops just so we can have a $15 pair of jeans.
"Fast fashion” is a term used by fashion retailers to describe inexpensive designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends. As a result of this trend, the tradition of introducing new fashion lines on a seasonal basis is being challenged. Today, it is not uncommon for fast-fashion retailers to introduce new products multiple times in a single week to stay on-trend.
Sewing helps people realize the hard work, time and energy that is being put by making a garment and bringing awareness of the problems that is fast fashion. By sewing, I know the quality of my garment and make it to how I want it and knowing that no one was being underpaid. And what I am wearing won't be out of style in a week.
If you want to know more about the fast fashion industry there is a documentary called The True Cost. Depending on where you live it might be on Netflix. It really is a great film and it has different perspectives, from the company owners to the underpaid, overworked sweatshop workers and how their actions affect our lives.

4. Gets the Mind Working (helps the body, too)

Did you know sewing is good for your health, too? Too much time on a screen can cause sensory overload which can lead to restlessness and tiredness.
 =However, because sewing is a purposeful, completion-based activity, you actually feel relaxed and your mind is put to work. Sewing can also be a great anti-depressant, which I have to agree since it has helped me in very stressful, depressing periods to relax.
Helps protect against dementia because it keeps your brain active. Sewing is shown to improve hand-eye coordination since us sewers are constantly working with tiny needles, threads, and small stitches. Since it relaxes, it makes you happy!

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5. Social Benefits

There are people that think that sewing is a lonely hobby, but the truth is that it's not! If you look at it from a historical setting, women used to get together to socialize and sew. Now more than ever it's easier to find people (and help) with the really nice help of the internet. There are many Facebook sewing groups and blogs and in your city, there might be a sewing group where everyone can meet and socialize. People with shared hobbies make great buddies. I have met so many people that love to sew that after I'm with them I get a feeling of belonging even though some of them I've never met face to face.

6. Sense of Accomplishment

All of the troubles and feeling of taking forever to finish a project are all vanished when the project is finished and a sense of accomplishment follows it.
The confidence that comes with looking back and remembering all that you went through and coming to the conclusion that it was definitely worth it, helps in the corners of your life. Gives you a reason to love yourself and to keep improving.

That moment when I finish a project I feel like I can tackle anything.


Those 6 reasons sum up why I love sewing. There is so much that I can not describe in words.

Why do you love sewing? What are your favourites benefits? Anything to add to the list? Comment down below.

Now that you know how sewing can help improve your life, Go get sewing!
Arrivederci


Crayola Makeup | Guest post by The Cami Way

Saturday, June 9, 2018


*This is a repost of the post I wrote on The Cami Way, on June 5th. This is a guest post in a way.

Hello!
Wow, it's been quite a week! On Thursday and Friday, the temperature here was between 29℃-34℃, it was sweltering and, with the humidity, suffocating. Saturday and Sunday it went down but it was bearable and delightful, but on Monday it was 10℃ (!!!) and was raining. I honestly cannot understand the weather here in QC.
In other news, I was scrolling through my feed when I saw something very interesting that I had to read it twice: Crayola has a makeup line. You read that right Crayola, the arts & craft company, came out with a line of makeup that is in the shape of (guess what): crayons.

It's June!

Monday, June 4, 2018

We are halfway through the year, can you believe that? It feels like yesterday that I started this blog. Thank you for being with me on this journey. This past weekend I have finished sewing something that been on my to-do list for the last 6 months (!!).

I had a dress I got about 1 1/2 years ago but never got to wear it because it was way, way too long.

Chocolaty Brownies | Recipe

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last weekend it was a three day weekend and so I decided to use it both wisely (I joined Twitter!) and (unfortunately) unwisely. I read a novel, which felt like I hadn't read forever, I knitted and baked!! I had the munchies for chocolate and sugar for the last couple of days and so I took advantage of the time and decided to make my brownie recipe.

This recipe differs somewhat from others because it does have milk and it is not as solid/hard as other recipes and it has lots of chocolate. It is delicious since I had a solid (1pound!) chocolate bunny from Easter I shredded some to add to the brownies before, during and after.

Sample Source Spring Review | The Cami Way

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Hi, Hi!

I wrote a post about the product box I received from Sample Source. I was given the products, tried it and wrote a review on them.  It was fun and my family enjoyed it.

If you are wondering why it's on a different blog is because I prefer to separate my baking and sewing from my fashion and reviewing.

Here is a little sneak peak ...

What am I Knitting Right now?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ottawa!!!
So lately I have felt like knitting and doing something with yarn. After thinking long and hard about what to do (it is almost summer so no scarfs etc.) I decided on making a knit top. It is very simple as it uses 4 different stitches and it is 2 squares sewn together to make the top.

What Happened in April? | Update

Friday, May 4, 2018

Bonjour tout le monde!

As you all probably noticed I didn't post much this past month. I'll tell you all about it but brace yourselves it is a looong post. There was so much going on in my life that I couldn't keep up with both this blog and school.

Banff 
The snow here has finally all cleared and the temperature has gotten much (much) warmer. I have gone out on a couple of walks and nature is slowly thriving once again.

Knit Knot Headband | Tutorial

Monday, April 16, 2018

So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on a knit skirt I made and this is somewhat of a follow-up post.
After I had finished the skirt realized that there were some big pieces of fabric left over. Since I, undoubtedly,  didn't want to let it go to waste I decided I would make something with it.
But what? A top, no, not enough fabric. A pencil case, no, the knit fabric won't work. I thought about it long and hard but then I had an AHA! moment, I would make a: knit fabric headband.
And so I did.


April is Here! Planning + Thinking

Monday, April 2, 2018

April's here!
You know what that means, April showers bring May flowers.  Though there is still snow here in QC it is slowly melting the birds are coming back and *sigh* spring has arrived!

Knit Fabric Pencil Skirt

Friday, March 23, 2018

Bonjour!
Last November I went to a thrift store and found this super cute striped knit fabric. It was a great buy and I had no idea what to do with, but I had a dream I would use it.
My parents recently were finishing the basement bedroom (where I sew) and so I had not been able to sew. but now that it was finished I can go back to sewing and planning.

Maple Syrup Challenge | Meeting Outline

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Bonjour, Hi!
Last week in Brownies we did a special Quebec focused challenge: The Maple Syrup Challenge. The challenge is focused on learning how maple syrup comes from, the process and everything maple.


Ukrainian Honey Cake | Spring Dessert

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hello March!

So this week is Spring Break and so I will try to write more posts for the future. But before that, I have this great recipe to tell you all about.
I can not believe its March! By jolly February went fast. Did you watch the Olympics? Anything exciting happened in February? Anyway, March means we're getting closer to S P R I N G.
I found, tried and loved this recipe that I found, and changed it to my specifications (I took out somethings, like the walnuts) The Ukrainian honey cake is a spring recipe perfect for Easter.
Fairly easy and the ingredients are all we have in our kitchen. It can be decorated if wished. 

Pistachio Pudding Trifle | Dessert

Monday, March 5, 2018

So this past week my family was hit with the flu and oh my! 
I missed school, had a fever and *sigh* that was not fun. So after everyone got better I decided to 'celebrate' by making a cake. I had a set of mixes and ideas, things that I wanted to do but didn't know how. 
And then I came up with: Pistachio Pudding Trifle.

A Carmen Miranda Style | The Cami Way

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hi, Hi
I have another blog called The Cami Way and there I post reviews (books, films, and products). There I wrote a post on a Brazilian actress, a singer who had a very unique and lovely style. I wrote on Carmen Miranda's shoes, dresses, headwear and more.
Here is an excerpt:

Carmen Miranda

For those that do not know, Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese-Brazilian actress and sambia dancer from the 1930s-1940s. Her style was the stereotypical dress style of her home city which was both good and bad. As her popularity grew her name soon became the synonym of frilly, off the shoulder tops, eye-catching turbans and overall exotic latin look.

Pin Cushion | Tutorial

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sorry, I have been out of touch for the past few weeks, life has been busy! Between the snow, school and everything else thing shave been hectic. But now things are slow.
A few weeks ago I wanted to make a little wallet but I got confused and got the measurements wrong and so I was left with some big scarp pieces. Instead of throwing it out I decide to play around and see what I could come up with. And so I did. I got a pincushion somehow. It is cute and easy-ish and I thought I would share it with you.

Tuna & Egg Strata│Lunch Recipe

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bourjorno! 

The month of January went by so fast! Wow! One moment its new year's the next it's almost February. Well, so far this year has been good to me. I have become more outgoing and welcoming to others, and have adapted to Quebec (it honestly has not been easy). I have started to cook more meals, I am still baking but I am focusing on learning more types of foods besides the ones the I already eat/know. You know trying to expand my horizons * sigh* 

This recipe is easy to make and though it has tuna it doesn't taste fishy at all. As a person that does not like to eat fish except tuna, this is ideal for me. I have nothing against fish but that fear that I will choke on a fishbone and die (I once saw it in a telenovela when I was 8) keeps me from consuming seafowl.
I have made it two ways and so I included how to make it on the stovetop and in an oven. I personally prefer making on the stovetop because it takes less time because I do not have to preheat the oven (I know lazy of me).
I experiment with this recipe and was proud of how it turned out. I made it for lunch and my family tried it and enjoyed it except my brother. *sigh* Brothers.
The strata is a great choice for brunches, lunches, parties, and picnics.

Tuna with Egg Mixture Strata Recipe

Makes 4 sandwiches
About 30 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 8 bread slices
  • Canned tuna, drained and flaked- 170g
  • 1/2 cup of Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or pinch) of Powdered Cloves
  • 1 large egg (more if wished)
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • A small pinch of pepper
  • A pinch of condiment powder of choice.

Recipe

Stovetop

  1. Drop 1/3 cup of butter in a big (one that can hold 4 pieces of bread) cooking pan turn on to medium heat. When melted add 4 slices of bread, let it cook/toast for 5 minutes. 
  2. On low-medium heat add the tuna to the bread. Over the tuna spoon on the tomato sauce mixture on the tuna and bread. Cover with the remaining 4 bread slices.
  3. Beat egg in a mixing bowl until frothy add milk, salt, pepper and condiment of choice. Pour over all. Let some spill on the bottom. Cook on medium for 5 minutes, then flip the sandwich. Cook until the egg mixture is cooked, or the sandwiches are browned/ golden.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ (175℃ for my fellow Canadians). 
  2. In a small bowl mix in the tomato sauce, sugar and powdered cloves. Mix well set aside.
  3. In a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan arrange 4 bread slices. Add the tuna to evenly on the bread. Over the tuna distribute the tomato sauce mixture on the tuna and bread. Cover with the remaining 4 bread slices.
  4. Beat egg in a mixing bowl until frothy add milk, salt, pepper and condiment of choice. Pour over all. If wished let some be spilt on the bottom of the pan so both sides are covered in egg mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the sandwiches are browned/ golden.
  5. Voila!
*Note: The condiments and powdered cloves can be changed to your preference, I know that sometimes it seems pointless to buy a whole bottle of powdered cloves for 1 teaspoon. Work with what you have and make it yours.
I do not cut the crust of my bread but if you don't like the crust go for it.

I really wish you enjoy this Tuna & Eggs Strata. If you made any modifications let me know in the comments below. Do you have anyone in your family that is a picky eater? Or just won't eat any fish products?

Have a great weekend

💛 💚
Loren

Style 1154 Maxi Dress| Pattern Review (old one)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

I rewrote this post back last year but since it didn't get many views and looking back it wasn't well written nor the pictures great I decided to update it and repost it.

The new one that's well written with better pictures is here.

This is the old one!

New Post is Here!

So last week the weather was crazy. One day it's high temperatures and the snow is melting the next there is an ice-rain storm. Because of that ice-rain, the roads were undrivable and dangerous and classes were cancelled (yay!). I decided not to waste a perfectly good day, and so I finally decide on what dress to make and which fabric.
The pattern I chose is a Style from 1975 that I do not remember where I got it from (a garage sale, thrift store?).

Chocolate Cake with a Secret | Beets

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today I bring you a cake with a secret ingredient that your children will eat without thinking twice.
What is the secret you may ask, it is something that kids do not often eat: beets. I found this recipe tried it out, adjusted it and loved it. It is a great winter recipe, something to fill up that void that comes with the never-ending cold, and snow.
The only hard/time task is the boiling, peeling of the beets. Other than that it is pretty easy to make.

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Chocolate Cake with a Secret

Ready in 70 minutes
Serves 10-12 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of beets
  • 1/2  cups of applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of oil
  • ½ cup plain of yoghurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup of flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup of baking cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Boil the beats for 20 minutes. Drain, cool, peel, chop. Puree with applesauce in a blender. Set aside
  2. Beat together in a large mixing bowl the sugar, oil, yoghurt, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well for about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in both the flours, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the beat mixture, blend well. 
  4. Pour half of the batter into greased bundt pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of batter. Pour remaining batter on top.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Cool, serve and enjoy!
So what do you think is it worth the try? If you tried it did you notice the beets, did your kids, spouse? I hope you enjoyed (or tried) this recipe if so comment down below.
Hasta la proxima! 

* Note: The picture does not belong to me. I will update with my own picture soon. 

World Centres Meeting Outline

Friday, January 19, 2018

Many of you do not know that I am a leader in a Girl Guide unit. One of the meetings I am planning is to incorporate the world centres into a meeting. Unfortunately, I could not find something for the 5th world center so I tried to incorporate it with Sangam.

World Centres Meeting

Introduce the girls to the WAGGS world centres.

Cut the pieces, hand it out to the girls, they have to find their groups. Because of the number of girls and the groups I chose to only do 5 of the questions. It is much simpler and the girls will memorize the fact about the centre.

Our Cabaña

Game- Jumping Beans
This is a fun easy game that requires only music. The girls are standing, but when the music is playing the start jumping (hence jumping beans). When the music suddenly stops, so should the girls. Those that move are out. Those girls then help supervise and try to find out which girls are also moving. The goal of the game is to be the last girl standing.

Our Chalet


Craft- Scherenschnitte
The goal of this craft is to cut the paper snowflakes and paste unto colouring paper. I choose the snowflake since it was easier and its winter. If you search for scherenschnitte you will find the paper cutting is intricate and hard.
This one is much easier (and the girls will love them) Frozen snowflakes. If doing this one I recommend that 2 sheets of the pattern be printed then cutout, then handed to the girls. They’ll trace it then cut it. The Frozen one also comes with the how-to instructions.

Pax Lodge

Game- British Bulldog.
It is a basic (nonviolent, because originally it's violent) game of tag that will let them run off their energy.

Sangam

Craft- Elephant and world centres colouring pages.
While the girls are doing this, I and the other leaders will be talking about the centre in India and the traveling centre in Africa.
World Centres colouring page. It took me forever to find this page specifically, but I finally found it (yay!).

Closing

In the end, I will bring all the girls together and ask them what they learned and what they enjoyed most about a 'world centre'.
Hopefully, this will help you, guiders. Leave any suggestions down below. 
See you next time.

Hot Chocolate Marble Cake | Quick and Easy

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Tuesday! 
How was your week? The temperature? Here in QC, the temperature is something. Thursday the temperature rose, got warmer and the snow started to melt (yay!).  Friday it rained ALL day! But yay the snow is leaving. On Saturday I woke up to find that during the night it snowed about 2- 2 1/2 feet of snow. *sigh*  It took about 2 hours to clean and shovel the snow. My mom commented that she had never seen so much snow in her life. Now I am starting to realize why there is so much flooding when spring comes. Either way, let's get on with the show.


Have you ever had that sudden craving for sugar or maybe chocolate? But then think: all of the recipes take a lot of time or there's no cocoa powder, what shall I do? Well, I have a perfect recipe for you!
Plaid and Sugar