I love Not the Kind

November 26, 2015

not the kind shop

I have a very creative and lovely friend who recently opened a shop called Not the Kind. The shop is like an extension of her, where she posts stories, videos, and pictures that she enjoys as well as selling things in the shop that are so very Carrie (that’s her name). Everything is colourful, bold, and fun– much like she is!

You can pick up scarves, cushions, greetings cards, notebooks, and more. Her’s is a style that I really love and can’t seem to pull off myself, so it’s fun to live out my colour fantasies vicariously through Carrie. I encourage you to follow her on her Instagram as well, so you can glean a little inspiration on how to inject some colour into your world.

Introducing Winter…

November 9, 2015

What a week, what a week! Sorry for the radio silence. I try not to post unless I really have something to say, so it happened that a little lack of inspiration butted up against the birth of our little boy and left a big gap in posting!

I’m so happy to announce that the little one made it safely into the world on October 31st, and we’ve named him Winter. Ever since we found out we were due around Halloween we’ve been saying how fun it would be if that was his birthday, so we’re excited that he agreed! He can look forward to some pretty fun birthday parties, I imagine! Please read on if you’re interested in the birth story… continue reading

Hudson Bay Blanket Design

October 19, 2015

hudson bay- -800wi blanket

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I’m not the best knitter in the world (I can basically only knit straight lines), but as I’m in the last two-ish weeks of my pregnancy, I’m getting pretty bored of waiting and could use a distraction. Even though I’m very confident that I won’t finish, I’ve decided to take on a little knitting project to see if I can make a blanket for our little boy.

I had a look around on a couple of sites to see if I could find some inspiration and a doable pattern, and I discovered the Hudson Bay blanket on Purl Soho. Purl Soho is a lovely site full of patterns and great inspiration if you’re thinking of getting into knitting.

I’d never seen or heard of the Hudson Bay design before, but as soon as I saw it, I thought it would be perfect to try! The original wool design has Canadian-American roots as a blanket that was used for used for trade by Native Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s simple, yet beautiful, and most importantly for me, easy to knit!

If you’d like to knit one for yourself, pop over to Purl Soho for the instructions! I bought my yarn from my local charity shop and will be knitting away until baby makes his grand entrance!

Southern-Style Greens Recipe

October 14, 2015


Cooking season is fast approaching, and for once I’m making the effort to get you one of my recipes ahead of time so that you can keep it in mind for your next big dinner. I grew up in the southern United States, so soul food is one of my favorite kinds of cuisine. It’s probably also the type of food that I’m able to cook best (see my chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits recipes). I don’t get around to cooking it as much as I like, so I thought that while I was whipping up a batch of greens today, I’d share my recipe with you.

As with all southern food, take the quantities as a light suggestion. Feel free to add more of the things you like, less of the ones you don’t, and swap out anything where you see fit!

(serves 4)
1 pack of greens (That’s about two heads of greens– spring or collard work well)
1 stock cube of your flavour choice (I’m using vegetable because that was in my cabinet)
2 tbspn all-purpose seasoning
1 tspn salt
1 hunk of smoked meat (I used offcut bacon chunks, but you can use a turkey neck or leg as well)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 chopped red pepper
1 chopped onion (I like red onions)
3 minced cloves garlic
1 tspn oil for frying

***Tip: Prep time isn’t very long for greens, but allow at least an hour or two for them to stew. Even longer is better if you can.***

Fill a large pot with water about 2/3 of the way. Add stock cube, all-purpose seasoning, salt, smoked meat, and vinegar and bring to a boil with the lid on.

While your mixture is simmering, chop your veggies and very lightly fry in your oil. It should only need 3-5 minutes to soften up.


Next wash your leaves, and break off and discard the hard stem at the bottom. Lay a stack of leaves on top of one another, roll, then slice them about 1-1.5 inches thick to create slices.

Place half of your greens in the pot, then half of your chopped veggies, then the remainder of your greens topped with the last of your veggies. Don’t worry if everything isn’t covered in the water right now because the greens will cook down.

Allow this to simmer on a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stir, and then reduce your heat to a low setting. Be sure to leave your lid on. The longer you can leave your greens, the more flavor they will absorb. Leave them on a low heat for at least an hour. My best greens have cooked for around 5-6 hours, though that isn’t a requirement. You’ll know they’re ready to eat when they become soft and take on a dark green colour.


Our Baby Corner

September 21, 2015

This nursery update is unfortunately just a snap of baby’s corner, rather than a full tour like I usually do because the lighting today is poor. To be fair, you’re pretty much getting the whole idea in this shot, so I don’t want you to feel like you’re missing out on much.

This is our little boy’s corner in our bedroom. We expect him to arrive in anywhere from 3-8 weeks– very exciting times! I wanted to keep his corner simple to sit well with the general vibe of our bedroom. In a perfect world I would get a side table for my nursing chair, but there’s just not enough space. I can’t complain too much though because we’re able to comfortably fit a full-sized cot, chair and cabinet in our bedroom without things feeling cramped.

I haven’t overdone it on baby accessories and decorations because it’s generally not my style to do so, but also because I really hate the idea of having a house full of baby crap. I’ve been very conscious of getting him only the necessities and of trying to find a version of those necessities that still looks good! His collection of “crap” is bound to grow as he gets older, but hopefully we can keep a firm grasp on it!