April has been one heck of a month here in Toronto. Just when it felt like perhaps spring was poking around the corner, winter hit us hard. Mid-April brought an ice storm unlike anything we’d ever seen before. It was so bad that Jarrod and I essentially stayed inside all weekend!

We also went to Chicago (although I’m writing most of this before our trip, so I’m in some sort of weird futurespeak mentality right now) for a fun weekend together. We’ve been working really hard at both work and our outside activities (and my tap classes have been on fire at the studio lately) and we just needed a break from our everyday routine.

As always, none of these selections are sponsored and my blog is free from all advertising/sponsorship.. Just things I’m happy to share with you guys!

  1. Harissa paste — As you might know form my harissa BBQ sloppy Josephines, I am new to harissa. I stayed away because I thought it was going to be a tad too spicy (it isn’t!) but now I’m hooked and I add it to just about everything savoury. You can easily make your own, but we bought El Tounsi mild harissa for our first jar.
  2. I recently broke my cookbook moratorium for Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday CookbookThis is a huge cookbook because it covers every holiday, from Christmas to Rosh Hashana and every special day in between. The cookbook is very professionally developed, which is a nice change from a lot of the home-cook-style cookbooks I’ve been reading the last few years. Nothing against them, but it sure is a nice change.
  3. Asparagus. If you’ve checked my Instagram lately you’ll see that it’s been my side dish every other night. Not complaining!
  4. MeUndies lounge pants. I’ve never been a sweatpants kind of girl (and I went to WLU!) but I could live in these pants.
  5. Elsie Larson’s InstagramI’ve been a fan of Elsie’s blog with her sister, A Beautiful Mess, for years (all my photos are also edited with her apps, A Color Story and A Design Kit). But I’ve really fallen in love with her Instagram since she adopted little Nova. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a parent and have no desire to have children, but I still think that adopting a child is one of the greatest things you can do. Seeing Nova grow and Elsie and Jeremy grow with her is the most touching thing, and I’d implore anyone who is curious about adoption to check out her IG and blog (additionally, they’re very open about the process and cost of adoption which is a refreshing change). Nova also has albinism, and Elsie talks very openly about how it affects (and doesn’t affect!) her life.
  6. This choreography from Dashi Mitchell of the Chicago production of Hamilton is literally the most satisfying thing to watch. Bonus points because it’s performed by one of my favourite choreographers, Kate Jablonski.
  7. I used this capsule packing guide from Mountain Equipment Co-Op to pack for Chicago and it was so useful!
  8. Speaking of Elsie Larson, I also picked up her and Emma’s Weekday Weekend cookbook. A forewarning that this book is not strictly vegan, which is why I hesitated to get it (some of the weekday recipes contain eggs and honey, while the weekend recipes contain quite a bit of dairy) but I’m good enough with my vegan substitutes to compensate. I do generally love this as a healthy eating guide and try to abide by these principles, so it’s nice to have some creative meal ideas.
  9. I’ll admit I’ve never been too hip on coconut bacon in the past, but for some reason, I’m addicted to it these days. It’s pretty easy to make your own, and you can get this easy guide from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken if you subscribe, which you obviously should!
  10. My friend Jordanna recently started another side-gig (she’s a busy lady) making soy candles. You should check out her Instagram!