Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Favorites: It's Really Winter!

Happy Friday! Winter got off to a slow start in Montreal this year. For weeks I've been wondering when it will actually get cold and really snow. Montreal has been known to have some pretty treacherous winter conditions but so far, we haven't had much of anything. The temperature hasn't dropped too low and there hasn't even been hope for a snow day. That all changed this week - the temperature dropped (a little too low for my liking - it's freezing!!) and we have lots of snow in the forecast this weekend! I actually love winter weather and am so excited for the snow this weekend! Let's get into some highlights from my week...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

California Days 5 & 6

Hi friends! I'm back for another recap from my trip to California and we're getting close to the end. I have one more recap post and that's it! It's been fun to look back through pictures from the trip and share them all with you. Today, I'm sharing what we did on days 5 and 6 of our trip. A little heads up - these were our most quiet days.

We kicked off say 5 with a big sleep in. I say sleep in lightly because I did not deal with the time difference well! I never slept passed 7:30 (which is 10:30 Montreal time) except on New Years Day when I slept in until 8:00. After a late (late!) night at Universal, we all needed a slow morning to refresh. We kind of used all of New Years Day to recuperate.

We did some shopping and had my Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas for dinner (recipe HERE). I was excited to check out Carrie Underwood's athletic line. I'm not actually that into celebrity merchandise but I have heard great things about her athletic wear! And, it so did not disappoint! I picked up a couple things that have been great to skate in. She has great layering options and her whole line transitions well from workout to everyday wear.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Honey Dijon Chicken

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes ever! My Mom has been making this recipe forever and even as a 4 year old, I loved this recipe. This is a recipe that always goes over well in my house and it gets requested over and over again (usually by me). I seriously could eat this every week! Yes, it's delicious but I also love that this recipe is ridiculously easy to put together and it's allergen friendly. This honey dijon chicken comes together super fast and it's free from gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar - that makes it an especially big win in my house!

This recipe is from The Spruce Eats but we've adjusted over time as we've figured out what works best. So, original recipe is HERE but keep reading to find out how I make it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Christmas Pillows with Cricut

Today, I'm talking about something that I wish I could have shared a month ago - Christmas pillows! I'm sharing these now because all of the pillows are with their owners! I didn't want to post any spoilers before giving these as gifts. I love doing homemade gifts around Christmas time, and these pillows were fun to work on and served as great presents! I'll walk you through what I did as well as the end product! I've shared several cricut projects before, so I won't walk you through the nitty gritty of using HTV vinyl. But, I will share the materials I used along with a little of my creative process.

I always start cricut projects by doing research. Research might not be the right word here, because what I'm really doing is scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration. For these pillows, I was looking for quote and design inspiration. I ended up choosing to make 5 different kinds of pillows. I made pillows that say Holly Jolly, Noel, Joy, Merry & Bright and Jingle. The designs all came together a little differently. In most cases, I create some sort of preliminary design, run it by my family then make adjustments before printing.

I decided on white pillow cases and this was the hardest decision by far. Ultimately, I decided on white in hopes of working with everyone's Christmas decor. I tried to pick something that wasn't too bold or too plain knowing that all of the pillows are going to homes with different decorating styles. I got the pillow cases and inserts from IKEA. They had great options and by far, the best pricing! Here is a peak at all of the pillows:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Music for Monday: Better

Happy Monday! I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things around here. It kind of felt like I hit the ground running when I got home from California so it took me a minute to catch up, but I'm back into the routine of every day life. This weekend was perfect to get on top of school work, catch up on work stuff and squeeze in a little bit of kitchen time! I know I'm back into my routine when I have a little time in the kitchen. This week, I'm planning to share a little mix of everything - a recipe, a craft and another part of my California trip. But as usual, I'm kicking off the week with music!