Five things

How was your week, everybody? My guys have been away visiting family for half of it so mine’s been quiet. In a good way, ‘tho. I’ve done a little reading, a little running, a little cleaning (too little) and a lotta sleeping. Oh! And a little window shopping yesterday at The Drake General Store, which opened in Ottawa a few weeks ago. Have you been to the ones in Toronto or browsed online? So many carefully curated finds, from housewares and accessories to kids’ toys and gifts. And some unique Canadiana too.

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I’m crushing on the cactus wallpaper, among a dozen other things. Wouldn’t it look fab in a powder room or an office?

black and white shoes Lily

 

I’ve done next-to-no back-to-school shopping, but I did pick up these cute Old Navy slip-on sneakers for my daughter. Do you have any shopping to do? How’s it coming along?

grade two sign Lily

This week So Fawned published my latest DIY: this easy-peasy sign for your first-day-of-school photos. I can’t believe that’s next week already!

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The Farmers market was ridiculously crowded today, but I standing in line for some of these tomatoes was well worth the wait. My favourite time of year is just around the corner: apple season!

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And look who opened a second location near me! DAVIDsTEA! Are you a tea drinker? What do you drink?

 

 

Gazpacho for one

It’s mostly greens at the farmers’ market this time of year, so the plump red tomatoes stood out among the baskets of asparagus, cucumbers and herbs when we visited yesterday. A couple of those beauties made their way into our basket, along with a bunch of fresh basil and some Lebanese cukes.

Together they’re the base for this gazpacho for one.

Because I didn’t add any liquid it’s more smoothie than soup, but you could easily add some tomato juice if you prefer it more wet.

It’s refreshing and healthy and smells so good. Shall I whizz one together for you too?

Gazpacho for 1

Makes one generous serving.

Ingredients

1 large ripe tomato

2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, 1 field cucumber or 3/4 of an English cucumber

1/2 stalk celery

1/4 red pepper

3 fresh basil leaves

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives

a dollop of plain Greek yogurt

a slice of lime

Directions

Whizz first six ingredients in a food processor and pour into a fancy glass.

Garnish with yogurt, chives and lime.

Similar recipes also call for garlic, onion, olive oil, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. Add or take away as you like.