Category Archives: Weekend Adventures

Marvelous in My Thanksgiving Monday

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I’m writing this post from the Windows desktop in my family’s computer room, so my apologies if this post takes a while to show up. Who knew that a slightly different keyboard could present such a huge difficulty?

I’ve been seeing post after “Marvelous In My Monday” posts and so I decided to see what the fuss was about. Not only did it lead me to Katie, of The Healthy Diva but her weekly roundups are a shot of positivity across the internet that are greatly appreciated.

So here we go!

Marvelous is coming home Friday night after an easy bus ride with arguably the sweetest bus driver I have ever met. After catching up with mum and dad, I was finally reunited with my person, Erin when she and Mark picked me up for some much needed catch up.

We celebrated with drinks at the usual place and made full use of the new ping pong table. While there we invented “Extreme Ping Pong – Where The Bar is Your Table and The Ball is Always in Play”. This made up for the fact that Mark was skilled at the game, whereas Erin and I could best be described as “enthusiastic”

Still in play!

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Being sick is not marvelous. However, sick days and rainy days often evoke the same feeling – how grateful I am to have a place to lie down, a place to be sick and doctors to visit. Marvelous is also snuggling with my pup, I love Wheatley to bits but this doesn’t make me miss Paddy any less!

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Marvelous is waking up Sunday feeling slightly more energetic, but taking it easy till around four when I was sure that I could make it through the evening.

Because of my illness I didn’t have time to prepare a proper centerpiece, so I improvised with an old decorative pumpkin, a gold sharpie and some fresh “not so” greenery. Crafting/arranging on the fly, and coming up with lists of things to be thankful for (we wrote them on the pumpkin) was absolutely marvelous.

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Marvelous is also an adorable dress in a bright pattern which lifted my spirits up from the cold and gloomy day outside.

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We shared Thanksgiving Dinner with family friends, which included their two boys Scott and Brian. Sadly the boys are of that age where they seem to move too quickly to take their picture, and my hands were full keeping them entertained, so pictures are minimal. Mario Kart, giggles and the sheer amount of infectious energy they put out are marvelous.

Thanksgiving Dinner is simply fantastic, especially the Torfurkey. I find we get a little better at cooking it each time, and its a “three times a year” treat that I always look forward to. I also appreciate how easy it is to make Thanksgiving vegan or vegetarian. Once turkey is out of the way, there are plenty of delicious options.

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Marvelous is being done with dishes by 8:30, sharing a cup of coffee and then heading out for a post Thanksgiving celebration with friends. I attempted to learn how to play Magic : The Gathering and am determined to actually “get it” one of these days.

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Marvelous is starting the day without my customary coffee is turn for a decaf tea, I’m trying to learn how to take things slow.IMG_1174

I’m feeling almost “good” today so I’ll be off to spend time with Erin and Kenzie before heading home to continue with classes and films.

This weekend has been filled with family – both blood and chosen, love and gratitude. I’m not sure I could ask for anything more.

How has your Thanksgiving Monday been marvelous?

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This Weekend!

So I absolutely meant to post last Friday, as I was having a bakeathon for my upcoming weekend.

However, that upcoming weekend – which included; a bakeathon that lasted into the wee hours of the morning, two long barista shifts, and most importantly being on the crew for my first film of the year!

Expatriation is a film written and directed by my good friend Alex Laird. I’ll be editing the picture, and I already know it’s going to be fantastic! Because I’m editing the picture, I served as set caterer/photographer/general help/person who got in the way this weekend.

Here are some pictures from set this weekend!

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This weekend I learned a lot about filmmaking, in that way you only can understand from actually getting out and doing something.

More than that, I was reminded of the importance of “good sleep, good food, good thoughts”. This reminder that my parents like to throw at the end of conversations is a mantra for healthy living. Despite the stress of the weekend, I made a point of cooking as much of my own food as possible, sleeping well, taking the time to “recharge” myself and generally promoting self care.

I do know that there was a time in my life when this weekend would have been entirely unmanageable, and I’m proud that I can now enjoy hectic weekend like these.

With midterms and holidays on the horizons how are you managing the stress?

 

Cooking with Cait : Vegan Mocha Chocolate Raspberry Cake

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Well, I’ve come up with a name for my recipe features. It’s a little cliche, but it’s hard to beat that alliteration!

This Friday the 13th was my dear housemate Gabriela’s 21st birthday. Naturally I decided to make something to help celebrate. I decided on a cake and adapted this Martha Stewart cake with the addition of raspberries, and a few more unexpected changes along the way.

YOU WILL NEED

FOR THE CAKE
3 cups unbleached white flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups natural cane sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
4 teaspoons instant espresso powder dissolved in 1 cup water. (I used the Turkish Grind Setting to make my own)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar

ICING

1oz bittersweet chocolate
1oz 80% or higher dark chocolate
1/2 cup vegan margarine
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried raspberries
2 tablespoons soy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Raspberry Jam

LET’S GET STARTED

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees as you begin to prepare the cake.

Using a large mixing bowl sift your dry ingredients together.

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In a smaller bowl combine, the wet ingredients save for the vinegar and whisk in with the dry.

At this point, your cake batter should look like this

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At this point I got so into my baking that I stopped taking pictures entirely, my apologies.

Now you can add the vinegar and stir quickly, it’s important for the reaction to take place throughout the entire batter, so the cake adequately rises.

Line your 9 inch cake pans with a light layer of canola oil and pour equal amounts of batter into into them. Bake for 30 minutes.

As your cake bakes, and subsequently cools you can begin to prepare your icing.

Melt the chocolate and allow it to cool to room temperature. Combine these with your other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk until it achieves the desired consistency.

Here is where your cake and mine will probably differ. I’ve retroactively adjusted the recipe because my cake turned out too wet and fell apart. This lead to my piecing together a second layer and covering said layer in icing which leads to the cake you see in the photos.

Shall we continue?

Add a thin layer of raspberry jam to one side of each cake layer, then cover the jam with a layer of icing. Place the two layers together, decorate and serve!

Enjoy!

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Honey, I’m Home!

If I said we didn’t move much when I was a child, that’s an understatement. From the ages of three to seventeen I stayed in the same place. My parents and sisters still live in the same house, but I have started to move around.

The experience of packing is strange you put your whole life into boxes, put the boxes in a truck and then try and start your life again.

My father, the supermodel.

My father, the supermodel.

I’ve learned a few things from this move; I’ve learned that taking possession of a house is complicated and messy (literally and figuratively) and I’ve learned that no matter how “grown up” you think you are, having your dad in your corner makes all the difference in the world.

But despite the challenges, above all I am grateful. I am grateful for this roof over my head, grateful for housemates who feel like family, grateful for going back to a wonderful school where I can learn to my hearts content.

I’ve also learned that I’m excellent to putting IKEA furniture together, and I’m an absolute wizard at unpacking. While my housemates are living out of boxes I’m pretty much set up, there’s still painting to do, and art to put up, but the place looks good if I do say so myself.

I don’t have many tips for moving, but I know a place doesn’t feel like “home” for me till I put my books away, so that will always make even the most difficult move a little easier. This and setting up my desk and computer mean that I can actually get some work done, and feel productive.

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In the end a move is a fresh start, it’s new paint and colour schemes. It’s brand new furniture and it’s one of the most “grown up thing” one can do.

I’m sort of at a loss for words today, though the list of DIY projects that I have planned for this house are exciting, they’re also kind of scary. There’s a lot of work to do, but we’re going to make this place a home.

I was feeling a hell of a lot more eloquent the night before I left, so I’m finishing this with an excerpt from my journal.

It’s rare that we can look back and pinpoint the day when a change happened. Usually change is gradual, but this one seemed to begin all at once. February Eighth, when that big snowstorm, as everyone rushed to get home all I wanted to do was stay in the dorms.

I knew then it was beginning, first it’s a dorm room, then it’s a house with friends, your first apartment, the first time you move in with a partner, the first property you own. Each of these things changes you, just a little bit. Then one day “home” becomes “Where I grew up”

This is a beginning, this is an end.

This is a change, and I think I’m ready.

If not? Well I’ll figure it out.

I’m posting a lot about this move over on my instagram like this mini “room tour video”

What do you do to make a new house feel like a home?

Geeking Out

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The secrets out, I’m a huge nerd.

Well, if their was any doubt of my absolute geekiness, that will have been completely squashed by this weekend.

Every year towards the end of August downtown Toronto become overrun with cosplayers, fanboys and general weirdos for an entire weekend. And let me tell you folks, it is glorious.

Growing up as a nerd, the hardest thing one faces is a sense of isolation. Despite it’s growing popularity, geeks still fall outside of the mainstream, and it’s often not considered socially advantageous to regularly express your love for Battlestar Galactica.

This is why conventions are so fantastic. Not only are we able to meet our idols (Stan Lee anyone?) but we are surrounded by our “own kind”, an entire convention centre or hotel filled with kind, friendly people who have the same passion you do for things your other friends may not.

Conventions are places where even the most obscure hobbies are respected and promoted. For example, the massive fan made model of the ship Serenity from Joss Whedon’s Firefly was a massive hit in the artists alley. I even purchased a mini kit for my bedroom!

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The guests at this years conventions were fantastic as well, and though I was unable to meet many of the celebrities I had hoped to, I did get a photo op with one of my idols.

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My sister, myself and Stan “The Man” Lee!

But to my mind, the greatest part of any convention is the cosplaying. This year I attended as Clara (or Oswin) from the Doctor Who episode Asylum of The Daleks. I knew I had done a good job when a little girl ran up to me, called me Clara and asked for a picture. My sisters had great Gravity Falls and Young Avengers cosplays and being a “crossover” group was absolute buckets of fun.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend, and worthy of a bonus post in my mind. I’ll leave you all with a few pictures and some questions.

Have you ever been to a convention? What are your thoughts on FanExpo? Do you identify as a geek/nerd and can you explain your reasons?

See you on Monday!

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