Monster bark

imageI am a ridiculously proud Aunty. Don’t get me started…you’ve been warned. My niece and I like to take on crafty projects together and lately we’ve moved our creativity in to the kitchen. We both have a bit of a sweet tooth and like making treats for our family. This is our latest and greatest concoction.image


  • one bag of Hershey’s mini kisses*
  • about 1/3 cup of gummy bears*
  • about 1/4 cup of baking M&M’s*
    * we highly recommend having a taste test of each ingredient – for quality control!

Place the mini kisses in a heatsafe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat until your chocolate is melted and smooth. Do this in 30 second or less intervals as chocolate can burn easily and it’s just so sad when that happens.
Line a pizza or cookie pan with parchment paper and spread your chocolate out in a nice even layer.
Sprinkle on the gummy bears slightly pressing them into the chocolate, then the M&M’s.
Put the whole pan in the freezer. We left ours for about an hour while we got carried away with another craft! Remove and break into small chunks. Enjoy!


If you find you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. How’s that for a simple weekend treat? You know you want to try it.

Magazine addiction

A dilemma arrived in my mailbox. Unannounced, unsolicited and unassumingimage in the form of a plain white envelope addressed to me. Inside…the current issue of a popular magazine with a really good subscription offer that includes a free watch. Oh boy, you have no idea the thoughts and self debates that arose from that little envelope.

First of all, kudos to the marketing team behind this one. I’m a firm believer in letting folks try before they buy and well, they totally did that. Now, here’s the thing. I love magazines. I read them. I subscribe to some. I even hoard some. I am an admirer, an enthusiast…..yes, an addict!

Here’s what’s on my coffee table right now. Yup, all subscriptions. I should probably be ashamed. A couple of them were ‘aunty’ purchases for kids school fundraising, one I’m just trying out and one I can’t imagine a month without.
imageHouse Beautiful is indeed beautiful. It’s where I get ideas for my dream house, swoon over paint chips and sometimes drool a little. It’s my version of porn. Style at Home is its Canadian cousin. Pretty and somewhat more attainable. Living is Martha Stewart, enough said. Health keeps me inspired for the gym and Cooking Light while fairly new to me is motivating in its own way. I honestly do read them all then I share some with friends and neighbors. I’m a creative person and I love seeing the pictures, color combinations, gardening tips, health news and general eye candy.

No, I really don’t need another magazine arriving monthly but I find myself considering it anyhow. Partly it’s the deal…..$15 for the year and the watch?  I discussed it with a trusted friend who told me I could justify it if I cut out 10 coffees. More like just 3 of the lattes I drink, but that’s a whole other addiction!

So, yeah I’m getting it. What would you have done?


Engineer ‘art’ print

My nest doesn’t have a lot of wall space. I’m a girl that likes art on the walls. So, I decided that I would make an effort to only have original artwork in my home…kind of my way of using the little space to its best potential.  A couple of things have evolved from this. One is that I’ve gravitated to using a lot of photographs to decorate and the second is that my interpretation of ‘art’ has gotten pretty loose!!

So, combining photography and art, I came up with this: a 3′ by 4′ engineering print of a picture I took of London Tower Bridge.image

Here’s the original photo. It’s a poor quality shot, taken with my iPhone from inside a moving double decker bus. I like it anyhow and it’s very sentimental to me.


Now here it is jumbo size, grainy, blurred with lines running through it…due to the quality of the copy. It’s dark, moody, imperfect and I couldn’t be happier with it! Now I realize this isn’t everyone’s taste but can you imagine a wedding or baby photo…lovely!


 I got this copied at Staples where I was heavily cautioned by the clerks about the quality of these big prints. All I did was take my image in, order the largest engineer print they offer, wait 24 hours then hang! In keeping with the industrial feel, I hung it with pull back clips on straight pins. I added clips along the bottom, just to add a bit of weight.

Oh, and the price for this……$8. Hello original art on a budget!