Elevated Santa’s Milk & Cookies

“Dear Santa: This year please give me a fat bank account & a slim body. And please don’t mix those two up like you did last year”

Famous Quotes Ever

First & foremost… UGH… I had all of these really wonderful intentions to bestow a plethora of really fun, & fantastical Christmas-themed posts upon all of you this year! However I have recently come to the conclusion that as a “grown-up” Christmas is actually quite stressful, & Andy Williams totally lied when he declared this to be the most “Wonderful Time of the Year” because NEWSFLASH friends… I have never been more swamped, like EVER! Please tell me that I’m not alone on this one! SO in an effort to embrace the craziness that is the holiday season, yet simultaneously recapture some of that whimsical Christmas magic I’m so desperately craving, I’m revamping a Holiday Classic utilizing pre-made, “ready to go” ingredients… zero stress + yummy foods = Christmas Party Hack amazingness! So without further adieu, I give you an elevated version of Santa’s Milk & Cookies!  (more…)

How To: Throw A Budget Friendly Halloween Party

“When witches go riding, & black cats are seen, the moon laughs & whispers… it’s near Halloween”

Quotes Pictures

GAH – this past weekend, I celebrated my second annual Halloween Dinner Party up North & I could NOT be happier with how it all turned out – like I am one million percent over the moon ecstatic with the end result. This years’ theme was “Creepy Carnival“, & I wanted to share just how easy it can be to throw a totally inexpensive, themed Halloween bash utilizing primarily recyclable materials & [somewhat] healthy treats!! Side Note: talk about bad timing with the grotesque overabundance of creepy clown sightings… whoops… but I promise I planned this theme & décor a YEAR in advance!!!!   (more…)

Vegan & Gluten Free Severed Finger Sugar Cookies

“I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it”

Edgar Allen Poe

Okay FULL DISCRETION: this recipe was friggin’ HARD! Opting to go for a more plant-based route, I was seriously lacking a good binding agent sans the eggs… are there any solid plant-based bakers out there that have a good solution for this little issue of mine?! LET ME KNOW PLEASE! Don’t get me wrong… the cookies were delicious & I’m totally happy with the end result – but this recipe was seriously a toughie! Nonetheless, I encourage you to try & attempt some form of this ghoulish delight for yourself… because seriously how cute?! (more…)

Pumpkin Parfait Realness

“Autumn… the years’ last loveliest smile”

William Cullen Bryant

Happy first day of fall ya’ll!! PS. I’m totally NOT typically a “ya’ll” kinda gal, but I simply couldn’t resist… how cute did that sound?! Hashtag Adorbs. ANYWAYS, I thought that I would commemorate my absolute my favourite time of the year with this totally simple, yet totally dreamy, pumpkin parfait recipe! Basics Unite! (more…)

Black Cherry & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Floats

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness & chaos”

Don Kardong

When my dad first introduced me to ice cream floats as a child, I legitimately had zero idea how such a seemingly outlandish merging of items could taste SO FRIGGIN’ GOOD! I mean, this concoction is essentially fizzy, soda water topped with large dollops of frozen sugar milk…. how?! Answer: Who knows, but it’s seriously unreal & whomever decided to drop ‘said dollop’ of frozen sugar milk into ‘said glass’ of fizzy, soda water was pure genius. THANK-YOU! Below is a revamped, “better for you” alternative to this sweet, childhood treat! (more…)

Summer Swaps – “Better For You” Iced Coffee

“Coffee is a language in itself”

Jackie Chan

I am seriously one of those people that absolutely NEEDS to have their morning coffee on the daily. No coffee = A surefire way to guarantee that my day is spent nursing an endless string of headaches – no, this is not a joke – it’s that bad. I completely understand that this is a wildly unhealthy relationship with coffee… especially when I used to be a “double, double” type of gal. However, I’m slowly starting to make some slight adjustments in the whole caffeine department! Baby steps you guys! My new-found obsession, thanks to this sweltering summer, happens to be a “better for you” version of iced coffee.. of which I’m sharing with all of you today! Enjoy! (more…)

Monthly Meatless Meals

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe”

Thomas Keller

This month’s Meatless Meal feature is courtesy of the oh so lovely Jayme Gill of Vancouver, Canada! Upon hourly duties of scrolling through my IG feed the other week, this gorgeous & vibrant dish instantly caught my eye… to say that it’s stunning would simply be an understatement. Not to mention, Jayme’s entire online presence completely radiates warmth, beauty, positivity & happiness – you seriously can’t help but smile if you’re one of her followers! So I am more than pleased to introduce all of you to Jayme & her loaded sweet potato recipe!  (more…)

Monthly Meatless Meals

“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments”

Bethenny Frankel

I stumbled across Tess, AKA Authentic Spoon, a couple of months ago on Instagram & instantly fell in love with her absolutely gorgeous feed seriously makes me question whether I should pack up all of my belongings & move to Australia! Her gallery is a combination of rustic, meets beachy, meets food chic!! Essentially all things amazing. Today she’s sharing her veggie tofu bowl with all of us, which will DEFINITELY come in handy post-holiday binge!  (more…)