Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bling, Pearl and Elegance

Sorry I have been MIA for a few days. I have soo much to tell you. But really no time. I promise soon.

This is probably bad, but since I got engaged I spend a lot of time researching wedding EVERYTHING at work. So what am I doing

I will be wearing pearls everything. I think a bride in pearls is classic! I am also loving handmade things. Something I won't see everywhere.

Here are some ideas.



What do you think?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Damask Dream

When I first got engaged I knew right away that our wedding would focus around this beautiful bold pattern. It was exactly what I want. The pattern will be black and white. I will accent it all with red roses.I won't go crazy with the pattern, just enough, but not too much

Here is my wedding inspiration board.




Shoes Shoes Shoes

Today has been a very long day. I worked all day, went to the gym and did my back workout with some cardio. Came home, designed a Thank You Card for a client and then a Wedding Invitation for another client. Somehow between all that I managed to make myself a quick dinner.
 Grilled herb chicken, baked garlic/paprika sweet potatoes, steamed kale and roasted red pepper.
 I also managed to try another wine from the festival!
 This one was sooo great! I love it!
Look at all the colours!

I have been researching shoes I wanted for my wedding forever! I was pretty much looking for shoes before I even looked at dresses. I 'heart' shoes! And the best part about them being my 'wedding' shoes is that I can spend a load of money and my fiance will be okay with it *bonus*.

I have gone back and forth about the height of the shoe, my fiance is 6'3 and I am 5'4.5(that half inch is very important)...that's almost a foot difference. Jennifer has tried to convince me to be more "sensible" with my shoe choice. but let's be honest, nothing about me is sensible, so height it is!

Colour....well the colours of our wedding is a black and white damask pattern. My bouquets are red roses. I could do a red shoe, or a Christian Louboutin black peep-toe shoe. But I'd have to order the Louboutin's online as Winnipeg is too small of a city to have a store carry them. And that makes me nervous as I need to road test them.

With much deliberation, I have picked my shoe. And they are beyond perfect!

 Can you tell I have been wearing them all ready?
Looooove them!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

jambalaya love

With all the wines I got this past weekend I needed to create equally amazing meals to match with them. I got this great fresh Pinot Gris called "Mount Fishtail Wine". It is dry but finishes very smooth. LOVE IT! The weather today has been horrible, living in Winnipeg it can snow one day, be +20 the next day and rain with a +10. Well today was a rainy, cloudy day. And I needed a little 'heat' to make me feel better about it.

What better way then to make some hot YUMMY jambalaya!!!

      Spicy Jambalaya Love

      Adapted from Eat Live Run
      Yield: 3-4 servings

  • 3 Cajun hot sausages, chopped into bite-size pieces(remove from casing)
  • 10 medium shrimp
  • 1tbsp EVOO
  • 1.5tbsp of whole wheat flour
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • half of a red pepper, green pepper, orange pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1.5 cup of cooked brown long grain rice
  • 1 16oz can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1.5 tbsp of  Thyme
  • 1tbsp of Chili Flakes
  • 1-2 Drops of Hot Sauce to taste (optional)

Cook brown rice as per directions, fluff and put to the side

In a pan heat oil and add chopped sausage. Brown and lower heat.

In a large sauce pan, cook oil and flour over medium heat to create a roux, when it is golden colour toss in your garlic, onion (small dice), peppers (with seeds removed) and celery. Sautee your vegetables until just tender. Add cooked rice, can of tomatoes, chopped parsley and spices. Cover and cook on low-med heat for several min, string occasionally.

While your rice is simmering, add shrimp to your cooked sausage, pour white wine over top and cook only for a min or two making sure to flip the shrimp. Don't over cook the shrimp as it will cook quickly and you don't want it chewy. Once done, add to your rice pan.

Cook for another two minutes stirring with a spatula.

Add hot sauce if desired and serve!!!

 It was so full of flavor and colour

 My fiance suggested next time we put it into a yellow flour tortilla.

Writing this blog and editing the photos, I realized I haven't introduced my helper. She is always in the kitchen with me while cooking or sitting on my desk helping me edit or write. Her name is Tia!! She is almost 9 year old and a bengal kitty!!
 She is also such a showoff!
Isn't she just way too cute?

Monday, May 9, 2011

what I look forward to

Saturday was one of the weekends I look forward to EVERY year! It was the Annual Winnipeg Wine Festival. They have 500 wines from all around the world. You taste, spit(if you're this type of person) and ENJOY or not enjoy. Honestly it is soo much fun!! Every year I go with my mom and it ALWAYS lands on Mothers Day weekend. Seriously, for a mom that loves wine, this is the easiest mothers day gift ever!

What sweetens the whole deal(if that is even possible) is you can PURCHASE the wine that you like there. So trying to stay relatively sober and with a plan you venture into this.

Total craziness!

I did really well! I left with 7 bottles of wine and many more that I know I enjoy :)
That Heavyweight Red has the coolest label. They have a series of labels for their wine!

Only 362 days left till next year!
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