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summer of 2019 bucket list.

Helloooo, summer!

It’s officially the summer season, and I’d say it’s off to a fantastic start so far. Like, I am ready to hit the pool, the beach, sit on restaurant patios, spend days on the boat, travel, sip fun drinks and just be outside! Which is why I wanted to put together a quick summer bucket list post! I feel like a lot of what I want to do this summer is very similar to years past, but I figured a recap of some of the fun things I’ve already done would still be a neat post! So bring on the giant floaties and sunshine – it’s summertime! I hope this inspires you to make some fun plans this season!

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1. Be active outside as much as possible – This is kind of a broad statement, but I’m really challenging myself to be diligent about moving my body every day and spending more time outside being healthy. Sure, having cocktails on patios is still amazing and technically counts as being outdoors, but I’m trying to shift my focus a bit to being ACTIVE when I’m outside so hopefully I’ll be doing lots of walking and hiking this summer.

2. 3. Cook something new with fresh ingredients – I’ve really stepped up my cooking game the last few years by making more meals at home from scratch, playing with ingredients and meal planning on Sundays so of course I want to continue this with fresh finds at the local farmers market! Ours is open every Saturday morning and I really want to get in the habit of going every other weekend.

3. Relax in nature – In addition to wanting to be active outside, I also want to spend more of my downtime outside too. For example, reading in a hammock instead of watching TV inside on the couch. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!

4. Enjoy day trips on the boat – This is a no-brainer for us and won’t be hard to do. We love to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday on Lake Simcoe beach hopping and hitting up a patio for lunch. It is kind of relaxing also because we don’t get the best cell reception on the water so we are able to disconnect.

5. Music festival – I haven’t been to a music festival since VELD circa 2013. Every summer I say that I am going to go to Boots & Hearts and I never do. This year that changes. I have my tickets already and I cannot wait for August!!

6. Have a summer picnic – I did this last summer with a friend and it was so much fun! I highly recommend grabbing some girlfriends, hitting up a grocery store and finding a cute park to post up at for a few hours.

7. Do a random act of kindness – I’m not sure what this is yet but I’d really like to do something unexpected this summer that makes someone I don’t even know smile.

8. Plan a special date night for the boy and me – I’m obviously planning on spending lots of time with him already, but I want to put some thought into planning a special date night. Maybe something outside?! Stay tuned!

9. Pool party – ok, issue number one is I don’t have a pool. What I have in mind is more for our 4 legged friends. This summer I want to designate a day to our neighbourhood pups and Winston. We have been lucky enough to have an amazing crew of neighbours we hang with all the time so I’m thinking a few pools in the backyard for their pups to play in, some toys, etc. and then drinks and a BBQ for the adults… a mini woofstock if you will!

This is what I have for now! I really feel like this summer is going to be one of the best ones yet and I can’t wait to check all of these things off one by one!

What does your summer bucket list look like? I’d love to hear what you are looking forward to!

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XOXO.

B.

Food & Drink · Uncategorized

Engagement Party Recipe Round Up: Caprese Salad Skewers

Welcome back loves!

As I promised on Tuesday, I am going to slowly but surely start sharing everything from our Engagement Party. Everything from the DIY decorations, the food recipes, the drink stations etc. I figured this morning I would kick it off with one of the biggest food hits from the party – Caprese Salad Skewers.

These took absolutely no time at all to assemble and I made about 80 of them. I actually assembled them the afternoon before with my sister-in-law to be and I kept them in an airtight container in the fridge. We kept some of the marinate oil from the cheese so we could drizzle them on top at the last minute as well as some fresh basil to sprinkle. These kept really well in the fridge and it was great to have one less thing to worry about the day of!

Ceprese Salad Skewers

I do wish I would have gotten some better pictures of the food set up before people arrived but in true Becca fashion- I was running around like a crazy woman trying to make everything as perfect as can be. One thought that I had when we were putting them together was that it would have been nice to add a basil leaf to the skewers but I was worried about it turning while being in the fridge overnight. Putting a skewer hole in it and having it next to oiled cheese may have been a recipe for disaster. I will make these again though for a party and will likely add the basil leaf since I won’t be doing them the day before. To make up for it, I sprinkled some basil on them before sending them out the kitchen door and onto the food table.

Here is what you will need:

Cherry tomatoes

♥ Mini Marinated Bocconcini or Mozzarella balls

♥ Fresh or dried basil

♥ Skewers

Here is what you will need to do:

There really is no right or wrong way to assemble these, go to town! I found that by putting the tomato on first it worked as a little barrier from any oil dripping from the cheese when someone goes to lift the skewer to their mouth but you can totally do cheese first if you prefer. The skewers that I used had enough room to do tomato, cheese, tomato and one last cheese but depending on the size you have, get creative! Again, because I did these in advance I reserved a bit of the marinate from the cheese and used it to drizzle on top once assembled and just before going out.

I arranged them in a shallow oval platter facing the center so the ends were easily picked up without touching the ones they didn’t want to grab.

You can also choose to drizzle a balsamic reduction on top of the skewers. I decided against this because I knew they would be served for a few hours and I didn’t want a hot and sticky balsamic reduction mess on my hands at the end of the day and I didn’t want the cheese to turn brown from coming into contact with the balsamic.

These were certainly a crowd favorite and all 80 of them were eaten in no time!

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XOXO.

B.

 

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What I haven’t told you.

Hello beautiful humans!

First off, let me just start by apologizing for my inconstantly around here lately! Life has been so insanely hectic over here in my little world for the past while and I don’t want to bore you with the details or necessarily bring you into all the drama either – I’m sure you all have enough of your own!

I haven’t really talked about what has been going on with my life recently and that is for a few reasons. Reason one, I don’t want to bore you. I hate when I am used to certain types of content and then all of a sudden it changes lanes into something that I don’t relate to or care about. Reason two, I haven’t really had the time to sit and translate everything into words on a screen for you.

I hope I don’t bore you but here we go…

This girl is engaged!!

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I promise not to overload your beautiful feeds with my lovey dovey-ness but I mean, it’s bound to pop up here and there! I’m excited, what can I say!! Sorry, not sorry at all!!

We have decided that we are going to run away next March with a very small group and exchange our vows together in Jamaica. Actually, we prefer the word intimate over small. We got engaged on vacation and we love to travel so a destination wedding just suits us best!

Since we are doing an intimate destination wedding, we wanted to have a way to still have a big celebration with all of our family and friends. Enter, the engagement party!

On Saturday June 1st, we had 67 of our closest friends and family members over to our house for our engagement party! It was a lot of work to pull it all together and a lot of prayers went to the big man upstairs asking for good weather. We could fit all 67 guests in our house but it wouldn’t have been ideal so using out backyard was our main goal!

Like I said, it was a lot of work! It was a lot of DIY crafting into the wee hours of the night. It was a lot of pinning to Pinterest boards. It was a lot of sketching out table lay outs and decoration placements. It was a lot of list making and then making even more lists on top of those. It was a lot of cooking, a lot of slicing, a lot of dicing, you name it and there was a lot of it!

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Over the next couple of weeks I’ll share the details with you on the blog. I’ll share my DIY projects and all my recipes, even what we did as favours and photos of it all coming together!

Are you recently engaged? Are you planning an engagement party? Planning a wedding? Planning anything at all? Let me know what you’re up to and how I might be able to help answer any questions! I have spent so much time planning this party and now that it’s over I feel bored so let me help you!!

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XOXO.

B.