I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling through Asia in the past decade and one of my favorite pastimes is wandering around a local night market haggling with hawkers for a nibble of street food. Asia is world renowned for their variety of scrumptious snack food, available on every street corner and aggregating nightly at some square or massive parking lot.
We got a chance to sample our very own night market here in Toronto this weekend compliments of (more…)
What happens when a bunch of old Italians get their hands on some land to garden?
Garlic happens. Lots of it.
We snuck off to my parent’s cottage for a little family time this week. It happened to coincide with garlic harvesting time. The whole family pitched in and hauled about 1000 plants out of the ground. That would be about 4 wheel barrows full.
Lots of garlic.
It seems a little excessive, but when you have children and grandchildren to feed, 4 wheel barrows of garlic is just about right.
The hubby even confirmed that he was throwing away the Ranarp packaging. Which meant I could not change my mind and return it. Because I can be a little commitment-phobic with my decorating decisions. I always hang on to the packaging, even after I’ve decided. Just in case.
This drives the hubby nuts. We always have the packaging discussion, right after I bring something new home. He tries to get me to toss it, but usually it ends up in the garage. Just in case.
These are the crazy things you have to put up with in a marriage. Luckily, I more than make up for it with my endearing charm.
It’s not really my fault. I think commitment-phobia runs in my family. But that’s a whole other story. We’re talking about the bedside lamps here.
I crossed an item off my Toronto bucket list last week – Shakespeare In High Park. I’ve been meaning to go for years and years, but it’s one of those Toronto traditions that for some reason just kept eluding me. And after watching a delightful performance of As You Like It last week in the gorgeous open-air amphitheatre, I can’t imagine what took me so long.
It was an entertaining performance – fun and fast paced. This play might actually have done what all those high school English teachers tried so hard, and failed, to do – turn me into a fan of the Bard.
The setting was gorgeous, with a backdrop of (more…)
We’re excited to host another giveaway with some blogger friends. We’d love nothing more than to hand over some moolah to a lucky Lifeovereasy reader so you can:
a) buy 3 new pairs of jeans
b) buy 60 ice cream cones
c) take salsa dance lessons
These suggestions were courtesy of my youngest, but you can do whatever tickles your fancy.
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This salad is a very quick and easy bowl of summer that will be happily inhaled from all at your table. You can whip up a smaller portion as an app, serve it as a perfect and hearty lunch, or have a larger serving for a quick weeknight meal. It’s super light, crunchy and packed with the flavors of sweet honey, aromatic mint and basil and a touch of peppery arugula. It’s also filled with a good serving of protein, making it a satisfying but awesomely healthy meal. Give it a try, I guarantee you’ll be getting requests for a (more…)
Ella Fitzgerald had it right. Long summer days, and lazy evenings chilling with friends – that’s what I need to stock up on after a long Canadian winter.
When the lovely folks at Pure Leaf Iced Tea asked us to think about our summer oasis, I knew exactly where mine was. It was right by the pool on my relaxing loungers, sharing some great food and drinks with my girlfriends. Nothing beats some good conversation and a few laughs with old friends. And an easy vibe ensures that everyone has a good time, including moi, the hostess.
The key word here for me is easy. Summer is all about relaxing, and your entertaining should reflect that. All you need is some simple but (more…)
Just spending a sunny summer day hanging some pottery in the garden and thought I’d share some shots.
Most potters I know have gardens full of their rejects. I’ve had lots of that over the years, but lately I’ve actually been making some pieces with the intention of leaving them outdoors. It’s a nice way to add a little colour here and there.
For those of you who throw a little clay around yourselves, these are all made with high fired porcelain clay. That means they’re fairly strong and durable, and do well outdoors.
I made a series of hearts, inspired by my visit to the Austrian Alps last year, where they (more…)
We had some friends over for a dinner party last week and they brought us a lovely hostess gift, a big bag full of beer in honor of the World Cup. In the midst of all the fussing to get dinner on the table, I thanked them and moved onto the business of eating and it wasn’t until the next day that I had a chance to ‘explore’ their bag of fun.
And that’s exactly what it was. A big bag of international brews, king cans from all corners of the planet, representing almost all of the major teams in this tournament. And with that, a new tradition has been born.
We are big soccer fans in this family. A lot of Italian, with a sprinkling of German and touch of Columbian make every game a real nail (more…)
We’re blogging sisters. How often does that happen? Here at lifeovereasy, you get two for the price of one.
Nads is a marketing whiz, Dani is an engineer, but the blog is where we have our fun. We’re into photography and pottery, making anything and everything, cooking (Nads) and cooking-avoiding (Dani). Creating our lives and our spaces is what inspires us. We’re big on fun and friends and our crazy Italian family. Even our dogs are brothers!