Saturday, November 30, 2013

Home for the Holidays 2013

If you've got some time this rainy weekend and happen to be in Vancouver, be sure to check out Home for the Holidays.  Many homeowners, designers, and local businesses take part to raise money for Kids Help Phone,  a great cause that makes a big difference in children's lives.  Visiting these beautiful homes and helping kids in need will surely get you in the Christmas spirit!

Yesterday, I got to photograph a few of these gorgeous homes - a fun change for me!   You can get more information and buy tickets here.  But if you still need convincing, here is a sneak peak.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Baking with my Boys

After having the most delicious chocolate chip cookie ever at Butter's Mackenzie and 33rd location, I was inspired to learn to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie myself.  I usually visit Martha Stewart's website for cookie ideas and they are usually just okay.  So I picked up a copy of  Rosie Daykin's new cookbook in the hopes of making one as good as the one I had at the bakery.  With my favourite little helpers, I am happy to report, I finally made the best cookies ever!  Without doing a side by side taste test, I have to say the cookies turned out to be absolutely delicious and as perfect as the one I indulged in over the weekend.

Below are a few photos of our foray into making the perfect nutty chocolate chip cookies.

The inspiration.
Reading through the recipe.
A little bit of butter.
A little bit of sugar.
And combine.
Adding the chocolate chips and the walnuts. The recipe also called for pecans but we didn't have any so we just substituted more chocolate chips!
And combine again.

Ready to bake.
Freshly baked.
The final product.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lindi Ortega and Devin Cuddy at the Biltmore Cabaret

I can't say I was ever much of a country music fan, but when I first heard Lindi Ortega a few months back on Jian Ghomeshi's Q, I was quickly hooked.  She was in Vancouver last week to promote her new album Tin Star at the Biltmore Cabaret.  To say I was excited to photograph the show is putting it mildly.  She was amazing.  What a performer and a real talent!

Devin Cuddy opened the show for her and was fabulous as well.

Couldn't resist capturing these two dancing to Devin Cuddy.