Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A collection of low carb pancakes that actually taste good

There are times when embracing a low carb way of eating is so very easy peasy. However, there are other times, take today for instance, when it can be absolute torture! Why today, you ask. Well, you see, it's pancake day. That glorious day that I looked forward to as a child when it is perfectly acceptable, no, absolutely necessary to eat pancakes for dinner. When I was  younger, my mom would put foil wrapped coins into the batter; however, now that I'm an adult deep in the throws of low card eating - the prize is simply getting to eat pancakes at all.
So here are a few delicious, low carb pancakes recipes for all of your Atkins, Paleo, Keto, South Beach, low carb eaters to enjoy (and modify to suit your dietary preferences).

Dirty Blondie Pancake Stack from RuledMe via I Breath I'm Hungry - Hello deliciousness! What's not to love about a stack of brownie batter and maple pecan pancakes? Seriously - get into my mouth now!

Light and Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes from All Day I Dream about Food 

Cream Cheese Pancakes from I breathe I'm Hungry - These little breakfast gems allow you to enjoy pancake Tuesday, even if you aren't eating nut or coconut flours. 

Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes from Running to the Kitchen - If you aren't eating honey, you can easily substitute with your sweetener of choice

There are many more low carb pancake recipes to be found online. This is just a sample of some of my favorites. Enjoy. Happy Pancake day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

An apple of an idea

Mmm, all of these tasty new hard ciders coming onto the market make me want to host a cider tasting party this fall. Actually, it's the perfect way to celebrate with drinkers and non-drinkers alike, since including a few selections of both hard and non-alcoholic cider is easy as apple pie!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vintage pyrex in Toronto (well east of Toronto, really)

Just in case you'd thought that this blog had turned into an endless Weight Watchers meeting for one, you'll be pleased to know that I come baring some fabulous "non-chubby girl related" news ...if you're a collector of vintage Pyrex and or milk glass. My darlings, something wonderful has happened in the city of Pickering. Roadshow Antiques has opened up a brand new location in the southern wing of the Pickering Flea market. They're still just getting situated, but among all of the lovely antique furniture, jewelry and tea cups you will find two fabulous little stalls! I kid you not it was as if I could hear angels singing when I walked by. These shops are adorable little nuggets of retro goodness.

The first shop is straight back from the main doors and there you will find shelves filled with vintage Pyrex - from Fridgie Minis to Cinderella bowl to gorgeous lidded casserole dishes. Lots of different patterns and colors. However, if you're not just into vintage Pyrex, but into all things vintage you will positively swoon over the vintage luggage, a cute kitchenette set and a sweet little pink typewriter that just might not be there past this weekend if I have anything to say about it.

Here's another shot of this shop

One aisle to the left of this first shop is another shop that I like secretly call "The money remover" since it is filled with my first love (of the collectibles world), milk glass! Not just thrift store bud vases, but the good stuff. We're talking goblets, large vases, candy dishes, etc. All except my unicorn, the Fenton Hobnail cake stand (*sigh*, someday). There are also some lovely melamine dishes and a chrome canister set that  would be delish in a retro themed kitchen.

Here's a peek
So if you love vintage Prex, milk glass or other delightfully kitschy kitchen bits and you're in driving distance of Pickering, Ontario, stop in to Roadshow antiques. Personally, I suggest going during the week when the flea market side is closed and parking lot is empty. Unless you happen to enjoy flea markets. If you like flea markets, then by all means go on the weekend and make a day of it.

Roadshow Antiques - Pickering
1400 Squires Beach Road, 
Pickering, Ontario 
Visit them on Facebook and tell them Domestinista sent you!

If you know of a shop that sells vintage collectibles in Ontario, please let me know and I would be happy to snap some pictures and post a review. I'm looking to map out all of the best places for milk glass, vintage canister sets, melamine dishware and vintage Pyrex in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Sweet, Dreamy lavender 1st Birthday Party - part 1

 I confess, I have been a very bad blogger. However, in my defense I have been extremely busy planning and designing my daughter's 1st birthday party. This is probably the one and only birthday where you can get away with doing something that you really love, as opposed to building an entire theme around the latest fad toy, cartoon or totally hot boy band. So, I admit, I did this sweet, dreamy, lavender 1st birthday party for me.

The theme for our lovely lavender birthday party was extremely subtle, and based entirely around something that would be sentimental to my daughter, my husband and me - the two songs I've been singing to her from the day she was born - Baby Mine from Dumbo, and La la loo from Lady and the Tramp. I used a symbol from each song - a heart from Baby Mine and a star from La la loo to build the invitation and decorations, and then just splashed the whole theme with soft shades of lavender, mauve, and white.

Since the theme was based on songs that put my baby to sleep, I wanted everything to be dreamy, soft and floaty. To me, that meant baby's breath and soft colors...

 Plenty of personal touches


Age progression banner

 Personalized chocolates

"Grow Like Jo" mini seed packet favors containing lavender and camomile seeds

 Personalized water bottles, cup stickers, and straw flags

Cutlery bands


Yards and yards of tulle

Tulle on the cake

Tulle peeking out from the Rice Krispie pops
    Tulle on the door 
We also did a tulle table skirt on the sweet table and (my personal favorite), my little girl's super poofy tutu!

It was a wonderful day, and now that it's over, and with Spring around the corner, I'll get back to sharing my gardening experiments and never-ending quests for milk glass.

Tulle - RibbonsTec
Straws -  KrazyLady Supplies
Baker's Twine - CustomCotton Etc. 
James Braid Photography - Photography
Custom Printables - SimplySoirees

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Confessions of a party momma

As I sit here next to a stack of 1st birthday invitations that have been pocket-foldered, and festooned with ribbons and floral adornments, with a custom-made baby tutu on my dining room table, a half-completed tulle table skirt hanging from my banister and scads of custom-created party stationery in my computer, I may finally be ready to admit that I've gone a tad over-the-top with my daughter's 1st birthday party. And you know what? I'm ok with it!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Is it motivation season yet?

Two of my lovely ladies

Last year my gardens were a disaster. Not kind of bad, not slightly sub par, but a complete disaster. So sue me, I'd just had a baby and kneeling in the dirt was the last thing on my mind. This year I'm hoping to redeem myself...if I can just find the motivation. Looking at photos of my hydrangeas is slightly helpful; although caring for "the ladies" isn't the problem. My tangled wildflower (now mostly weeds) garden is, along with my veggie garden, which was no more than the domain of several rogue cherry tomato plants (weeds all on their own if you ask me).

Perhaps I'll turn to Pinterest and  photos of bountiful square foot gardens for motivation...assuming my attention isn't stolen by photos of luscious chocolate dessert and opulent tablescapes.