What’s been blooming with me in May!

Hard to believe a whole month has passed in just a BLINK! Here’s one of my monthly catchup posts to see what I was up to, and some of my favourites for the month!

I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on my 2020 mood blanket! As a recap, it WAS to be knit a square a day to match my mood for last year. Life got a bit loopy naturally, and I dropped the project for a bit. It’s over 3/4 done now, and I should be able to ACTUALLY finish it in a few weeks!!

I have SO many other projects I really want to get to (need to get back on track with the craft everyday thing!), but I’m focused on getting my rainbow on and done first.

Celebrated Mother’s day virtually again! My parents live out of province anyways, but we’re under really tight lockdown restrictions in Manitoba at the moment so no in person hugs. YET!

Came across this picture of me and mom many, many years ago. 🙂 Her hair is a perm here which is funny because it’s my exact real hair. Who would’ve known?!

Made delicious cinnamon rolls for World Baking Day on May 16th! I used the Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but swapped out the dairy and eggs for vegan equivalents and dumped in a pile of sprinkles. They were absolutely FABULOUS!!

The weather is really heating up outside and the cherry blossom and deer friends have come to play! Trying to sneak out every chance I get and capture moments like THESE:

Sugar the kitty had a big scare in the middle of the month and nearly ate string from box packaging. I was able to pull it out of her mouth (in consultation with a vet) and she’s 100% okay and happy as can be. But they were some of the most terrifying days of my life. Will be doing a post to share the scary “tail”!

Hug and love your sweet pets constantly! <3

And lastly, the biggest moment of the month – well year! – I got VACCINATED! I am looking forward to getting my second shot in the next few weeks, and then plenty of hugs and happiness to come!

If you haven’t yet, please get your shot to help others. It takes only a couple of minutes and then we’ll soon be back to doing what we love with the people we love.

By the way, these super kawaii masks are from Blippo Kawaii Shop! :3

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Now for some favourite things this month:

What I’ve been watching: I’ve been on a Star Trek kick! Every couple of years I started from THE BEGINNING with The Original Series (the one with good ol’ Captain Kirk for all of the non-Trekkies) and attempting to do a full walkthrough of the series while I’m still working from home. I am, in fact, a gigantic geek. 🙂

Eating: Two Rivers Flavoured Coffee Pods for Keurig from Amazon & homemade Cinnamon Buns

Video Games: New Pokemon Snap for Switch! The original Pokemon Snap for N64 was one of my favourites as a kid, and this is a modernized take. The graphic are absolutely stunning, and has many hours of gameplay. It’s a good game to pick up for just a couple of minutes a day to focus and relax. If you enjoy Pokemon games and collecting, it’s incredibly fun.

That’s all for now! I’m off to enjoy the great outdoors. xox

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 13: Favourite Childhood Memory

Day 13 of the October Blog Challenge is to discuss Favourite Childhood Memories!

I had the absolute BEST childhood and I’m not even sure I can pinpoint my favourite moment out of all of them! I love going through old photo albums as they bring back feelings that are so vivid like these days happened yesterday!

My parents let my brother and I grow up to be anything we wanted. We were allowed just to be ourselves and be happy (there was a lot of climbing on counters and in silly spaces!) I like to think it’s why I have a rosy, fantastical view of life and try not to let things get me down.

Our pets were a big part of our lives! My brother and I only had sweet bunnies and hamsters growing up, as my Dad is extremely allergic to cats (he seems to be pretty tolerant of Sugar now, fortunately!) But they were (and still are) our entire world.

And fortunately for my parents, we were very easy to please! We got a plushie dog one Christmas that kept us content for a while!

I have so many memories of goofing off with my brother and playing video games for days on end!

My parents used to take a lot of pictures on old film rolls, most of which they still haven’t developed, and I’m hoping one day they’ll bring back even more fun moments!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 7: Lessons Learned this Year

Oh 2020! You have been a wild ride so far!! I’ve been working from home since March and have really only left my house a couple of times, so there has been a LOT of time for learning and reflection. There have certainly been tough moments, but many bright happy times as well! A big goal has been to try and make every single day a special day and enjoy every moment as it comes.

  1. Talk to family as much as possible!
  2. Enjoy the sweets you are craving. YES, you do deserve it!
  3. Take a few minutes each day to watch the clouds go by
  4. Cover EVERYTHING in rainbows!
  5. Movie marathons turn a dark day into a fantastical journey somewhere else
  6. Turn off your phone and snuggle up with a big blanket and toasty warm hot chocolate!
  7. Ice cream IS an acceptable dinner choice (occasionally :))
  8. Make a mess! Cover the house in paint and yarn and glitter. Clean it up some other day 😀
  9. Give your pets an extra kiss!
  10. Write down a list of things that make you feel bubbly and happy (and look at it when you’re not)!

There are so many reasons to be appreciative this year! It’s been tough, but we’ll pull through and be brighter for it!

xoxo

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 1: Thankful Thursday!

Holy moly October already?! September was a VERY busy month but fortunately also meant it went by crazy fast – phew! It’s time to unwind with the very first day of the October Blogging Challenge, and the first topic is Thankful Thursday! I’m glad we get to start the month on a good happy note because I sure need it!

I am thankful for a lot of things as I’m realizing more and more this wild year, but here are FIVE for today:

Family

Always my favourite thing! My lovely parents surprised me this weekend by coming over to paint my bedroom and brought over sushi (my absolute favourite food!) which I haven’t had forever. They are amazing and I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Crispy Autumn Mornings

Something cool autumn days really me with warmth and happiness! I’m looking forward to planning and celebrating holidays (whatever that means this year!)

Studio Ghibli Movies

I’ve been binge watching Ghibli films lately and they’re really helping me escape from the real world for a little bit. They’re just absolute positivity and prettiness in movie form!

Creativity

I LOVE making stuff and having a million projects on the go at once! My house is an EXPLOSION of colour and yarn and beads at the moment and it’s so much fun.

I bought a couple of new knitting patterns off of Etsy that I’m so excited to get to work on!

Jigglypuff is by LittleWhitsKnits and the Sailor Moon Hat is by PamigurumiMakes!

Friends

I LOVE my friends (in real life and internet friends)! Even if we don’t talk frequently or just exchange the occasional likes, I really adore you and don’t think I’d be in as good of a place as I am without you. <3

What are you thankful for?!? 🙂

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 4 – Around the World

Let’s grab our passports today and see how the holiday’s are celebrated around the world! I opted to stop over quickly in Germany where my family is from for this around the world bake. Germany is well known for it’s holiday traditions: Christmas Market, Advent Calendars, and of course the FOOD!

One of my favourite Christmas memories is sneaking my Oma’s Spritzgebäck (which translates squirt cookie as they come out of a cookie press, or spritz because you know spritz!) from the table before dinner. Spritzgebäck is a very traditional German fluffy butter cookie which looks oh so fancy so I had to try my hand at it.

I found this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo. The recipe is very simple: only butter, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and an egg. You then take the mixture and put it in a cookie press, and squirt each one out onto a cookie sheet and bake. The recipe is for chocolate spritzes, but I ended up doing half in chocolate, and half without.

Unfortunately my cookie press (a 60+ year old thing that my Oma passed on to me in which you actually have to crank the press like a stuck jar of pickles to get the cookies to come out) wasn’t really a fan of this recipe. The dough tastes absolutely amazing, but might be too dry for this particular press (or maybe I need to work on my arm muscles!) So instead I opted to roll out the cookies and do cut outs – which worked spectacularly!

I then dipped half of each cookie in melted dark chocolate (the half dip is a very German thing) and added sprinkles – and wunderbar!

Christmas Treats Elsewhere!

I absolutely love seeing how people elsewhere celebrate! Here’s some of the goodies that come from around the world that I would love to try:

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