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Oeufs en Cocotte (Eggs en Cocotte)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And what would a good breakfast be without the eggs?! But, I don’t know about you, I often get sick of eating the same old omelettes, sunny side up, hard boiled and scrambled eggs. I like to mix it up and find interesting ways to cook my eggs. I picked up a few cocottes a couple months ago while shopping at the St. Lawrence Market (what else is new?!). They’re these cute, little black dishes that look like miniature Dutch ovens. I originally got them for my Brussels sprout mac and…

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Easy, No-Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

One of my fondest childhood memories is of my mother’s homemade coconut ice cream. Mmmmmmm. She would make it for special occasions, like the holidays, and even my cousins would put in requests for it whenever they visited. But while I loved my mother’s homemade ice cream, I absolutely haaattteddd the process of making it. Whisking the ingredients, then warming the milk, then tempering, then thickening, then chilling, then churning, then freezing, and then finally serving! It just seemed like such a laborious task involving an inordinate amount of steps. I couldn’t stand waiting for the end product, not to…

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Interior of Oretta Toronto
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It’s Not Too Soon to Start Thinking about Aging, So Here’s What You Can do About it Now

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down for breakfast with Jeanne Beker, Tosca Reno, Lynn Spence, Dr. Janet Tamo and Dr. Kucy Pon at a roundtable hosted by Proctor & Gamble at Oretta. Not only are some of these ladies icons in their own right, but they are also all incredibly nice people! Needless to say, joining them at an intimate breakfast to discuss some of the most important issues facing women was very humbling and inspiring! The focus of the discussion was on health, wellness, and beauty for the aging woman, particularly women who fall into the…

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Orecchiette with sausage, rapini and grana padano
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Orecchiette with Sausage & Rapini

If you’re a pasta-lover and you missed the carbs from last week’s eggplant lasagna recipe, then you’re going to love this one! Since I haven’t yet made a pasta for the blog, I knew I wanted to start with one of my favourites: orecchiette with sausage and rapini. This is one of my absolute favourite pasta dishes, second only to carbonara (which I will attempt to make one day, when I muster the courage). Because of its shape, this pasta is called “orecchiette” which means “small ears” in Italian. And, just like its meaning, this dish is EAR-resistible (sorry, but…

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It’s No Secret I Get Paid for Being an “Influencer”, But Here’s What I Want You to Know About it

Cat’s out of the bag: I earn money from posting sponsored content on my Instagram account and blog. Shocking. I’m sorry to sound so sarcastic, but I want to get real with you guys. I want to contribute to an open dialogue around sponsored posts and influencer marketing because it’s what I do for a living. It’s been a little over 3 months since I left my full-time job as a corporate lawyer of 9 years (!). I took the ultimate risk and decided to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger/content creator and entrepreneur – another shocking fact not…

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Three Cheese Eggplant Lasagna

I loooooooovvvvveee lasagna! I just don’t (always) love all the carbs that come with it. Lasagna reminds me of my childhood, and I remember getting all giddy with excitement every time my mother would make it! It was always such a treat! But, even though it’s one of my favourite comfort foods, it’s not a dish I find myself eating a lot now because it can be so heavy. I mean, the point of a good lasagna is layers and layers of ooey gooey, cheesy goodness, right?! However, if I ate it too often, my waistline would surely expand! Solution:…

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Audible Comes to Canada

Hands up, if you don’t make enough time for reading in your life! …Guilty, as charged. I’ve shared on my Instagram that reading isn’t something I’ve typically made time for, but I aspire to do more of. I know, I know, the benefits of reading are innumerable – like reducing stress, stimulating the mind, and generally carving out time for yourself to escape your daily stresses and pressures. You don’t have to sell me on it! But I truly get caught up in the ‘go, go, go mentality’, especially as a self-employed person, that I find it difficult to justify…

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Thumbprint cookies with golden plum and lavender jam
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Thumbprint Cookies with Niagara Golden Plum & Lavender Jam

I never knew how easy it was to make thumbprint cookies till this past weekend. A couple weeks ago, I went with my friends, Isabelle and Rosa, to Kitten and the Bear. While I’d been several times, KATB is a place I would always happily return to! It’s the cutest, little artisanal jam and preserve shop. With only 2 tables in the whole place, you can enjoy their jam and tea service with a friend or two in an intimate atmosphere. It’s also owned by a husband and wife duo who are super passionate about what they do, and that’s…

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One of the looks I put together with a capsule wardrobe for under $100
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How to Build a Fall Wardrobe with Only $100

September means back to school and, for a lot of people, back to work. It also signals the start of fall and with that, fall wardrobe shopping. I know, I know, everyone and their mother (especially fashion bloggers, like me) loses their mind over fall fashion – it means layering and ankle booties and moto jackets, etc.! Truth be told, previously other than for fall fashion, I’ve never gotten excited for autumn. I’ve explained in a prior blog post exactly why. And this year, even the fall wardrobe shopping isn’t getting me giddy like it used to because it just…

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