School Bakery and Café
Toronto, ON

Via Cibo
Calgary, AB

Life In Squares: Saturday Family Adventure

  • BBQ Buffalo Poutine from Millarville Farmers’ Market
  • Caprielle’s Strawberry Goat Milk Ice Cream = <3
  • Me getting a taste of my farm life dream
  • Passed by Turner Valley and this fun/artsy-looking thrift store caught our attention. Decided to go inside but ended up leaving in a flash because it reeked such a foul scent. (The owner had cats and there were litter boxes everywhere.) Definitely one of those times when you shouldn’t let outer appearances fool you.
  • A little gem in the prairie: Coyote Moon Cantina and Espresso Bar
  • Headed back to Calgary and spent the rest of the afternoon at East Village for the Summer Food Truck Frenzy
  • I reaaaally want my own food truck
  • Pork Taco from Taiko Taco Food Truck is like heaven on a pillowy steamed bao: 72-hr sous vide pork belly, cucumber, Korean kimchi slaw, pickled garlic, shiso and gochujang 
  • Coffee and desserts to share (Red Velvet Cake & Key Lime Cheesecake) at Main Dish to end the day

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cloud9 Specialty Bakery

Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting adapted from Add A Pinch’s Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • salt

In a bowl or a stand mixer, beat sugar and softened butter until it turns pale and into a cream-like texture (about 3 minutes). Add in milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Keep mixing until you get a frosting consistency. It should be smooth but if you were stubborn like me and didn’t sift the powders, then you will get a lumpier frosting. :P

It’s all about that crisp. 

Everyday details. 

Herbert Lake
Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The quote “It’s about the the journey, not the destination.” has never been more true. We only stumbled upon this beauty in Jasper, passing by the right place at the right time, but it was the highlight of our trip.

Glacier Skywalk
Jasper, Alberta, Canada

Finding Stillness

Although things have gotten better with me figuring out my long-term goals, I am still being challenged every day by my own mind. Yoga—hot yoga, specifically—physically and mentally removes me from those “distractions.” It reminds me to be still. To pause, breathe and appreciate myself and my practice. 

When you encounter a bump a long the road, do not rush to the finish line. In fact, you can’t. Everything happens on its own time no matter what you do. Instead, be patient and acknowledge that the glitch isn’t based on where you are but on how you choose to react to the situation you are in.

Whatever it is you do and are passionate about, whether it is something like yoga or any other craft, remember that when you honor your practice, it will always honor you back.
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