Two Thousand Thirteen

Happy New Years {Eve}!

In our home, New Years was always full of traditions including grapes, champagne, a great dinner and family. As I’ve gotten older I have added some of my own traditions to this special day and though I like to think that one day we will have fantastic New Years parties to go to one day, I am also incredibly content with my stay-in-surrounded-by-family tradition.

 

Two thousand and thirteen was a fantastic year for us; we celebrated our one year of marriage, we went on the road and explored the friendly and low-key east coast of Canada, we made a big move to the city, we adopted Talulah and Ernie into our family and we baked, cooked and ate our way through many delicious recipes and restaurants. I hope that you have had a lovely year of moments that strengthened you, made you cry and made you laugh. I look forward to seeing what two thousand fourteen has in store for all of us!

Two Thousand Thirteen

Photos from London, part II

The Globe via Blushed Tapatia{I felt giddy and overwhelmed when I had the chance to visit Shakespeare’s Globe – I wanted to take in all that this gorgeous and unique theater has to offer.}

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! During my time off I was finally able to sit back and really process my very last minute trip to England that I went on at the beginning of the month. As the years go by it gets harder and harder to go on family trips so being able to explore the gorgeous city of London alongside my siblings and my mom felt like an absolute blessing! I posted the first part of my trip here but I wanted to share a few more photos and show you why London has made it into my top 3 favorite cities in the world.

{The Tower of London}

Stonehenge via Blushed Tapatia{Stonehenge}

Roman bath house via Blushed Tapatia{The architecture and history in the city and surrounding areas are truly astounding. I often caught myself staring wide-eyed and imagining what the world was like so many years ago when those structures were first erected *does anyone else do this?*. The photo above is from one of the oldest Roman bath houses in the world in a town called Bath.}

Ducks via Blushed Tapatia

{Our entire trip I felt like  a modern version of Snow White. London animals are truly the friendliest but their squirrels won me over; I am not exaggerating when I say that I tried very hard to come up with a plan to bring one home with me}

Tower Bridge via Blushed Tapatia{A crisp morning walk with a hot latte in hand and Tower Bridge ahead}

{The unique Christmas decorations on Carnaby street are so incredibly cute that I bumped into quite a few people while walking since I could not stop from gawking up at the gorgeous little birds!}

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afterlight (54){London’s Christmas market on Hide Park is quite literally a winter wonderland. You can’t really go wrong with a combination of rustic cabin bars, amusement park rides, hearty food and twinkling lights}

Notting Hill via Blushed Tapatia

Tea time via Blushed Tapatia{Notting Hill inspired me to paint my future home blue & red and to always make time for tea-time}

In a few days we managed to squeeze as much life, history and culture out of London and I am proud to say that I can now speak in a very convincing British accent!

Photos from London, part II

Savouring the Season

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I’m taking a few days off during the holidays to spend with my fantastic family. I’ll be back to posting on my blog very soon, but in the meantime, you can find me
on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram. Have a lovely holiday! xo

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Savouring the Season

Christmas Couture

Christmas Couture via Blushed TapatiaI am a big lover of food as seen here and here so it comes without say that Christmas dinner is the be-all and end-all of food fests. Although it would be most comfortable to just wear sweatpants and a nice baggy sweatshirt, Christmas is a very important day in our family and merits respect and nice clothing. After many years of beautiful outfits but uncomfortable evenings I have realized that the perfect balance for a Christmas outfit is in a stretchy (and forgiving) waistline, a slouchy top and some glitzy accessories.

1. Club Monaco’s flattering skirt will create a lovely silhouette will giving you room to breather (and eat!)

2. This jeweled sequins sweatshirt is an answer to all past Christmas woes -It’s dazzling enough for Christmas dinner and incredible comfortable

3. What better way to draw the attention away from your waistline than with Kate Spades lovely flats

4.Since the top of this outfit is such a focus piece, look for small and feminine earrings to add some sparkle without becoming over-the-top

5.A gorgeous statement cuff like this one will be the only thing people notice when you reach in for seconds and thirds!

Hope this helps you decide what you will be wearing to your dinner tomorrow night! Merry Christmas! xo

Christmas Couture

Friday Favourites

Christmas in Toronto via Blushed Tapatia{Our neighborhood covered in a beautiful blanket of snow}

This week has been full of little joys and a thrilling excitement for the few days to come. With Christmas quickly approaching I find myself thinking of my family back in Mexico and my lovely sister in Denmark. It’s difficult to be away from her this time of the year but I know that she is very happy and loved and is slowly conquering the hearts and stomachs of every Dane with her delicious pastries. Last night my mom took me out for a Dinner and Show date, like we used to do when I was younger, and tonight Mike and I will be going to see The Nutcraker- two amazing nights, one after the other! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy time with family and friends.

Cookie packaging via Blushed Tapatia{Cookie packaging for our annual cookie exchange}

Les Miserables via Blushed Tapatia {Amazing seats for Les Miserables}

Mom & daughter dates via Blushed Tapatia{Mom  & daughter dates}

Anthropologie planter via Blushed Tapatia{Our new gorgeous wall planter from Anthropologie}

Friday Favourites

Burn baby, burn!

The image, smell and crackling of a  fireplace invokes a delicious feeling of coziness in everyone {especially during the ridiculous snow storms that have been breezing through Toronto lately}. I, unfortunately, do not have the benefit of having  this small luxury in our home so I try to make up for it by pinning an extensive amount of fireplaces in hopes of having one someday soon. You can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Netflix’s Fireplace For Your Home.  I thought Netflix couldn’t get better, but then they came out with this hilarious faux-epic trailer and behind the scenes footage. Seriously Netflix, you crack me up!

Burn baby, burn!

The Ultimate Christmas Bake-Off

Gingerbread vs shortbread
There is no denying that gingerbread is to December what pumpkin spice is to October – and rightfully so. The spicy and rich mixture is a delicious companion on a winter night and blends incredibly well with eggnog. As much as I love gingerbread-everything this time of the year, I also have a soft spot for shortbread. I find that shortbread is often categorized as the plain and boring baked good that never gets eaten, which unfortunately, can be true if it’s not baked properly. When done well though, it serves as a buttery canvas to a multitude of flavours, from savory to sweet, and is, in my opinion, perfected when dipped in chocolate.

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{Disclaimer: I originally was set on pairing a little Gingerbread man against a little Shortbread man. I happily ate one after the other but no matter how hard I tried, I could not decide on a winner. Call me soft, call me flaky but they each are so very different and have such different qualities that I decided to call it a tie. Christmas in my home will no longer be about Gingerbread, it will also be about Shortbread!} afterlight (34)chocolateshortbread menTiny Shortbread Men via Blushed Tapatia

The BEST shortbread recipe 
{For sweet shortbread cookies}

Ingredients:

2 cups softened unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
Generous splash of excellent quality vanilla extract *it’s worth the money*
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 cups of great quality dark chocolate

Sift flour and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy; add vanilla. Slowly incorporate the flour into the buttery mixture, stopping to scrape the bowl often. Once all the four has been mixed in, divide dough into two balls and wrap each in plastic wrap. Generously dust your working surface with flour and once the dough is firm, roll out until it is about 1″ thick. Use your favourite cookie cutters and have fun!

Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes {my cookies were teeny tiny so I baked them only for 10 minutes}. Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to cookie sheet.

Melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of steaming water. Once melted transfer onto a smaller bowl. Dip the shortbread and lay on waxed paper. Let chocolate dry completely {approximately 1 hour}.

Wrap beautifully to gift or simply indulge in them yourself!

The Ultimate Christmas Bake-Off