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What I'm Loving Now

I'm starting to feel an itch for Spring... stores at the mall are bringing out all their Spring stock - pastel coloured clothes, Easter decorations, patio sets. I'm feeling a strong urge for sunshine, going outside without a coat, and to garden (crazy, I know!).

Spring Treats

I've been finding myself pinning Spring-inspired desserts on Pinterest lately. Whether it's pretty pastel coloured desserts or light and fruity flavoured ones. When I saw this cake on there, my jaw dropped. It's gorgeous! The light pink and blue meringues are too sweet.

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Jello
I recently picked up a bunch of Jello mixes because I've been craving it. Something sweet, but not too heavy. A few days ago I made cherry Jello with ginger ale (instead of the cold water it asks for) and it was SO good! I plan on making another batch with the ginger ale, but with a different flavour of Jello. Even though we rarely have pop in our house, I think I'll need to pick some up when it goes on sale t…

Comic Books

Back in November I shared what comic books I read and collected. Now, three months later, and there's a few more titles that I've added to this list. Honestly, more and more comic titles being released are drawing me in and giving me kickass females to admire.

Batgirl
"Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life—and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham's young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It's a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN INC.), Brenden Fletcher (WEDNESDAY COMICS), and rising star Babs Tarr!"
Batgirl #35 was the issue I started with since it was the beginning of a new arc, a newly re-invented Batgirl (as stated above). I didn't know all the …

Sailor Jupiter

I've been slowly watching Sailor Moon Crystal over the last couple of months. Since the show is currently only available with English subtitles, and not dubbed, I have to watch the show with nothing distracting me - food, my phone, or sewing projects.

So far I'm enjoying the show. Since I've been reading the manga over the last year or so, it's fun to see how similar the show is to the books. It's even helped explain things to me a bit better. Something I might have somewhat understood in the manga, becomes more clear in a detailed and animated episode.

Currently, Sailor Jupiter or Makoto, is my favourite character. Her back story is lovely and heartbreaking and I enjoy her interactions with Usagi and the rest of the girls.

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The best thing about Sailor Moon Crystal is definitely the transformations.... Gorgeous, right?


While watching the show, I thought it'd be fun to put together an Everyday Cosplay for Sailor Jupiter. It'd be a great outfit to …

What I'm Watching

It's Winter and it's really cold out there! Also, I have a ton of sewing to do with my first comic convention next month. So I've been watching a lot of television.

Here's what I've been watching, enjoying, and my ideal watching style.

Once Upon A Time

I've been sharing my love for Season 3 of OUAT on my blog recently. The story between Emma Swan and Captain Hook, seeing Snow White and Prince Charming move forward with their relationship, and being introduced to new fictional (fairy tale) characters in Storybrooke has been very entertaining.

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Watching Style:
Some episodes didn't grab my attention as much as others. Episodes typically focus on a couple of characters involved in a certain storyline, and if I don't care for them, those episodes aren't as enjoyable. I watched both Season 2 and 3 in a marathon-manner which I think worked best for me. That way if one episode wasn't as exciting or interesting, I was watching another one right after…

Cat Lady Wish List

It's no secret that I'm a cat lady and love my two furbabies like crazy. Both ModCloth and Look Human only feed my cat obsession with their cat-themed clothes and accessories.


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While I was eyeing up my favourite cat items I realized I also have a new found love of green. And all of these items would be perfect for Spring!
xo Jen

Zelda Heart Piece Cookies

Over at IGGPPC, this month's theme is 'Hearts'. I usually make holiday-themed goodies so heart treats were bound to happen for Valentine's Day anyways. And not only is this recipe heart-themed but it's also geek-themed! 

Zelda Heart Piece Cookies
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Sugar Cookies: 3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions: 1. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl. Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in small bowl. Add to butter mixture in two additions, mixing well until no dry flour remains. Knead it all together with your hands. And when it gets crumbly and you want to give up, keep kneading because it'll come together. 3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts and flatten into a disc shape. Wrap each in waxed paper and chill for 6 hours or overnight.  4. Discard waxe…

What I'm Loving Now

Where has February gone? It's half over! I looked at my calendar the other day and freaked out a bit... first, Toronto Comicon is around the corner which means I'm going to be sewing as much as possible now and two, Spring is SO close! 
Once Upon A Time: Captain Swan
I watched Season 3 of Once Upon A Time very quickly. I was hooked on this season. Why? It was a fun and interesting story line and I enjoyed the twists and uncovering more about the characters. But my favourite thing this season was the relationship between Captain Hook and Emma Swan - Captain Swan! Their banter, how they grow to trust one another, and watching them fall for each other was such a lovely thing to see. I cannot wait to start Season 4 to see how their story progresses!
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Sewing

As I stated above, sewing has become my life again because I always go overboard when preparing for conventions. But I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm excited for my first convention of the year and I'm lovi…

Valentine Wish List

Valentine's Day is this Saturday and surprisingly both myself and Adam have the evening off together. Our work schedules don't normally line up this way but I'm not complaining. We don't normally do anything elaborate but, if we're free, we make a point of spending time together and doing something different from our everday life - whether it's a dinner we don't normally have, ordering food in, or heading out to the movies. This year we're eating dinner at home and then heading to the movies. I'm looking forward to spending a relaxing night with him.

And not that we buy anything crazy for one another, there are some things I wouldn't be opposed to receiving or wearing on this special day...



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How pretty are those dresses?!? And a tea that contains both coffee and white chocolate? Yes please! And of course, anything Orla Kiely wins over my heart!
xo Jen

Style Inspiration

We recently finished watching Season 4 of Mad Men. I really enjoyed this season - watching them struggle and work hard to get their new company off the ground. I also really enjoyed Peggy Olson in this season. I've always had a love-hate relationship with this character in previous seasons. She's an amazing women and it's nice to see her standing up for equality and pushing the boundaries, but her desire to please Don all the time takes its toll on me. I'm not a huge fan of Don Draper so I'd rather see Peggy start to step away from pleasing him, which I think she's doing.

You can see that Peggy has become more confident and comfortable in her own skin during this season. She wears cute, fashionable outfits in every episode, and I'd like almost everything she wears!

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I love the friendship she creates with Joyce (Shoshanna from Girls) in this season as well. Joyce really brings out a different side to Peggy. I hope Joyce sticks around in the …

Splattered Donuts

Inspired by the return of The Walking Dead tonight and the fact that I've been donut-obsessed lately, I decided to make some blood-splattered donuts to eat while we watch The Walking Dead.


I used the recipe I shared last week on the blog. And when looking at these photos I'm sure you'll realize the 'blood' looks more pink than red. I used SO MUCH red food dye and I could not achieve a dark red colour. So let's pretend it's more red, OK? Thanks!

I used Cherry Chip cake mix this time and used the same vanilla glaze recipe as last time. Once the glaze had hardened, I dyed the leftover glaze red and had fun splattering the donuts using a butter knife.






The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead back in November was intense and left me wanting so much more. I can't wait to see how the story progresses.

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Who else will be tuning into the mid-season premiere?! I'm excited! xo Jen

To Do List: February

February is a short month. It's also the last month of official Winter in my eyes. Yes, moving North means Winter sticks around longer. But March can be hit or miss. Sometimes you get a stretch of mild days that melts a bit of snow. This means I need to fit in Winter activities over the next month in case Spring shows up sooner than we expect.

From our last ice skating adventure in January:

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It's crazy this is Ramsey lake... just covered in ice and snow. 

I'm predicting February to be a fast month. There's IGGPPC things happening (bake-alongs, themed recipes to be made, challenges to participate in, etc.), a Valentine date night, and sewing!

I'm not going to lie and say I'm not excited for Spring and more sunshine! But I definitely want to take advantage of all the snow and ice before it disappears!

February To Do List:
- more ice skating
- snow shoeing
- keep up with yoga
- sew as much as possible and keep Etsy updated

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Heart Mini Donuts

Inspiration hit recently to make some homemade donuts. I have a mini donut pan but I also had a cupboard full of cake mixes. So I did some searching on Pinterest and found a cake mix donut recipe
I chose a chocolate cake mix and because the mini donut pan requires such a small amount of batter, I also pulled out my mini cupcake pan, thinking they'd be like donut holes. 
So I clearly overfilled the donut pan and cupcake pan on the first two trays. The donuts ended up with a rounded top and the cupcakes are giant. For the rest of the batches I used a lot less batter and actually made some cute-looking mini donuts and cupcakes. 

Glazed Donuts
Donuts
1 box of Cake Mix
¾ cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 Tbsp melted butter
Glaze
¼ cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 425° and spray the donut pan lightly with cooking spray.
2. In mixing bowl, beat all ingredients on medium speed for 30 seconds.
3. Transfer batter in a ziplock bag and cut off the corner of the ziplock …