inside the Osage Orange | at home snapshot

Remember the Osage Orange I found last weekend? Well, I decided before composting it, I had to know what it looked like on the inside.

Check it out!

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– KM

 

Maclura pomifera | at home snapshot

This past weekend I wandered through Guelph’s Arboretum and found the strangest fruit.

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After some digging online, I found out this comes from a Maclura pomifera tree and is commonly knows as the Osage orange or hedge apple among other things.

Gosh, isn’t nature nifty?

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– KM

coasters by you | diy home roundup

Feeling a little restless, I starting thinking about moving apartments to shake things up. Then maybe just upgrading my furniture, and then after realizing I haven’t the funds for either of those things, I looked into switching up some of my accessories when I came to the (tiny) realization that I’m missing a key accessory, coasters!

How could I have missed this accessory opportunity for so long? Silly me.

Looking to correct this horrendous (joking) wrong, I have been scouring the interwebs for the perfect coasters to make.

Here a some of my frontrunners:

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  1.  cement coasters with gold accents | a daily something
  2. color theory coasters | for the makers
  3. geometric leather coasters | design*sponge
  4. marbled tile coasters | design*sponge
  5. ombre leather coasters | almost makes perfect
  6. it’s recession time cork coasters | my dubio

Have you ever made coasters for your home? What’s your favourite material to use? Did they hold-up over time? I’d love to know!

– KM

new air plants | at home snapshot

A trio of air plants for me!

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These air plants, or formally Epiphytes, are ones I’ve had my eye on for some time. Cross your fingers that they thrive for me as well as my orchids.

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-KM

more long exposures from the midway | CNE snapsnots

A few more of the long exposures from the CNE midway to go with the snapshots I posted earlier this week.

I hope you enjoy!

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– KM

long exposure on the midway | CNE snapsnot

To round out a lovely summer, I spent last Saturday at the CNE in Toronto. The CNE holds a certain magical quality for me because it is where my boyfriend and I had our first unofficial date. (I’m a little sentimental about these things.)

While we were there, I put most of my photo energy into capturing the midway rides after dark. Any type of night photography is new for me, and I had a lot of fun learning and playing with the exposures.

Please enjoy a few of my favourite snapshots.

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– KM

moss and tiny trees | algonquin provincial park snapshot

the last few photos from my Algonquin trip. please enjoy! 

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yellow

youngest trees monstermonsterblog– KM

 

rugged landscape | algonquin provincial park snapshot

as mentioned in yesterday’s post, I spent last weekend in Algonquin. Here is another photo from the adventure. 

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 – KM

mushroom | algonquin provincial park snapshot

Last weekend I paddled my way into Algonquin park for an exceptional adventure. While the trip was soggier than we would have preferred, I still managed to grab a few pictures along the way. 

Please enjoy this snapshot from the trip.

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foliage | long point provincial park snapshot

Continuing with the series of Long Point snapshots, please enjoy!

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If you have any questions about Long Point Provincial Park, please ask away. It’s an incredible park that I look forward to visiting every year.

– KM

soft & warm | long point provincial park snapshot

As mentioned in the previous post, I spent last weekend in Long Point Provincial Park. While we were there, my sister was crocheting the softest, prettiest hat and I couldn’t resist!

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– KM

wild flowers | long point provincial park snapshot

Last weekend I celebrated the Holiday Long-weekend at Long Point Provincial Park. Surrounded by family and our oldest friends, it was a wonderful break from the norm.

Please enjoy this snapshot from the trip.

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– KM

comfort food cravings | recipe collection

well, it got me. the rare flu bug that strikes in the middle of summer when the weather is beautiful and warm. I want to eat all of these beautiful carb-filled treats and hopefully I will be able to soon!

comforting carbs

  1. spanakopita strudels | alexandra cooks
  2. simple poached egg and avocado toast | pinch of yum
  3. one-eyed sandwich | food52
  4. white pizza grilled cheese | how sweet it is
  5. oven baked mozzarella sticks | creme de la crumb

– KM

learning to make a linocut print | DIY art

This past weekend I dug into my art supplies and rediscovered a linocut printing set that I had purchased. Feeling adventurous, I dug in (pun intended?) and crafted the block below:

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The steps were simply as follows:

  1. Choose your design
  2. Draw it in reverse on the block
  3. Remove access material using the cutting tool (cutting yourself minimally, ouch!)
  4. Ink and press
the start of the cutting process

the start of the cutting process

freshly inked from printing

freshly inked from printing

the print

the print

For those that have tried linocut printmaking, show me your stuff! I’d love to see it!

– KM

stainless steel desk fan for those hot summer days | at home snapshot

alright, this is a summer purchase that’s just too good not to share. … ta-da!

stainless steel fan monstermonsterisn’t she a beaut?

this little desk fan was an impulse buy from Home Sense that I’m extremely pleased with. The fan is made by J. Hunt & Company and cost less than $40 at Home Sense.

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ah, stayin’ cool in style feels good.

– KM

 

 

black & white finds | a few favs

recently I’ve noticed a few standout black & white images on my pinterest boards (amongst all of the summer florals). there’s something so refreshing about black & white, I just couldn’t resist gathering up a few favs to share.

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1. white balance mug | a subtle reference to photography in a sweet original design from Click&Blossom.

white balance2. oreo pudding pops | uh, YUM! I bet these pudding pops from No. 2 Pencil are scrumptious! and with just oreo pudding mix, milk and cookies, they’re easy to make.

oreo pudding pops

 

3. street style in monochrome & leopard | sexy! and yet, so effortless. this outfit from Friend in Fashion is perfect black & white with a pop of something different.

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4. terrace at the home of Muriel Bardinet |  wow! check out this house on Milk Decoration. I love the mix of smooth lines and antiques. (seriously, that kitchen. do want!)

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5. more issues than vogue print |  too funny! this print from TheMotivatedType is cheeky and chic all at once.

vogue

– KM

 

looking at textures II | at home snapshots

on Wednesday I posted about my love of macro photography and how it can capture the details we might otherwise miss. well, I enjoyed the textures I saw in my surroundings so much I snapped up a few more. I hope you enjoy!

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do any of you love macro too? do you use a macro lens, or just play with a kit lens like me? I’d love to know!

– KM

snapshots | looking at textures I

my favourite type of photographs to take are the ones which are really close up. those that capture the little details that we might not regularly see. these three snapshots capture some of the wonderful textures in my very average apartment.

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do you have any textures you love to capture in photographs? what is your favourite macro photography subject?

– KM

snapshots | well, Colour Me Rad

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amazing! just incredible! I was smiling like a fool the whole time!

yesterday morning I hung out and snapped pictures at the Colour Me Rad run in Kitchener, ON. It was an awesome event and I can’t wait until the next one so I can participate.


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– KM

 

cocktails | using fresh rosemary

I mentioned earlier this week that I love having fresh herbs around for cocktails and had picked up a pair of plants for my apartment.

Herb #1 was Peppermint and Herb #2 (drumroll please…) is Rosemary!

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Perfect to pair with gin and citrus, rosemary is also excellent for making infused vodka or a syrup. Check out some of the possibilities I’ve rounded up:

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  1.  cucumber-rosemary gin and tonic | the kitchn
  2. citrus rosemary vodka spritzer | my baking addiction
  3. sunday sparkler with rosemary, vodka and prosecco | pure imajennation
  4. herbed blackberry cocktail | better homes and gardens
  5. simple rosemary sugar syrup | petal & pie
  6. cranberry tangerine rosemary and cream soda mocktail | spoon fork bacon

Since this is my first time trying rosemary in cocktails, I’m pretty excited! Do you have a favourite cocktail (or mocktail) that includes rosemary? Let me know! I’d love to try it.

– KM

 

cocktails | using fresh mint

I love to have fresh herbs on hand for cocktails and this year I finally planted a pair of my own! this way whenever the mood strikes for mixed drinks I’ll be ready.

Herb #1: Peppermint

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Perfect for mojitos, I also see this mint being used for garnishes or even in ice cubes. Check out some possibilities I’ve rounded up:

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  1.  blueberry mojito | the novice chef
  2. strawberry mojitos | confessions of a bright eyed baker
  3. matcha mint juleps | the bojon gourmet
  4. chill out mijitos | health dish
  5. grapefruit ginger spritzer | pickles & honey
  6. mint infused ice cubes | 17 apart

Do you have a favourite use for fresh mint? Cocktails or not, drop me a line because I’d love to hear about it!

– KM

 

 

 

 

 

snapshot | and to all a good night

This has been a whirlwind of a week! I’ve shared in a very special graduation and spent some time with family I don’t get to see very often.

I hope everyone’s week has been as excellent as mine. Goodnight!

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snapshots | may magnolias

a while back we stumbled upon a glorious saucer magnolia tree with incredible blooms. these are my favourite snapshots from that day.

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have a lovely weekend everyone!

– KM

summer fun | 6 frozen treat recipes to try

with the first official day of summer just around the corner and the temperatures starting to soar, it’s time to breakout the popsicles! or, yoghurt pops and banana “ice cream” in this case!

here are 6 of the finest (in my humble opinion) frozen options out there for you to try and enjoy.

6 frozen treat recipes

 

  1. Creamy Coconut and Blood Orange Popsicles | fork knife swoon
  2. Summer Berry Smoothie Cups | whatever’s left
  3. One Ingredient Banana “Ice Cream” | the kitchn
  4. Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt | just a taste
  5. Breakfast Popsicles | caramel potatoes
  6. Greek Yogurt Pops with Roasted Fruit | dessert for two

stay cool out there my friends!

 

snapshots & shoutout | Coyote’s Run Winery

This past weekend I had the joy of experiencing a tour and tasting at the Coyote’s Run Estate Winery. It’s a small winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake that features two types of soil, making their vineyards unique and distinct from one another.

While we visited, we had the opputunity to tour the vineyards, as well as where the wine is made.

Here are a few snapshots from the trip.

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The last photo here is of their incredible 2009 Riesling Vidal Icewine. It is the most delicious wine and well worth the trip!