Dreaming About: Travelling! I cannot stop thinking about planning a trip and going on a great adventure. Lately, Jesse and I have been discussing going to Iceland next spring. Fingers crossed we can pull it off :) Where are you dreaming of travelling to next?
Reading: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. I’m 100 pages into the book and am finding it to be a really good read. The story switches between a young couple in the US and a woman in India who has recently given up a child for adoption. I can honestly say I’m already interested in the storyline and anxious to see what happens to all of the characters. What are you reading this summer?
Loving: Meatless Mondays Cookbook. It has an awesome selection of recipes and simple, quick ideas for seasonal breakfast, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts. Plus, the foreword is by the one-and-only Sir Paul McCartney! :) The photography is also extremely impressive. I love a good cookbook with stunning photography. It makes my heart happy. *hehe*
Watching: Big Brother 14. I don’t normally watch a lot of reality television, but I watch BB every single summer. My guilty pleasure! Have you been watching it this season?
Anticipating: The fall. I adore the fall months so much. I love the milder weather, warm, comfy sweaters, cuddly blankets, pumpkin flavoured anything, hot cups of cocoa, and all of the fall-related foods! Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, with Christmas a very close second. I need roasted sweet potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie ASAP.
Listening To: My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men. The album is fantastic! I cannot stop listening to it. Of Monsters and Men is a group from Iceland with two lead singers. I adore the voices of both the male and female vocalists. The music is somewhat reminiscent of Mumford and Sons. Speaking of which, I cannot wait for their new album coming out in late September!!! Do you have any music recommendations? I love checking out new music.
Planning On: Seeing the new Woody Allen movie To Rome with Love. I love Woody Allen movies and cannot wait to check out the latest one. Although, I am debating on also seeing the new Batman movie. I’ve heard that it’s really good. I’ve also been planning on going on some picnics before the end of summer and hopefully a quick camping trip at the end of the month with Jesse.
Working On: Eating more consistently. I have a tendency to eat healthy, but not regularly enough. I let too much time go between meals and am finding I am not feeling well at points throughout the day. I’ve started seeing a dietician to help me get back on track.
Wishing: I felt less self-conscious about blogging. As much as I love blogging, I often feel very self-conscious about the content and the photography. It’s a battle to tame my inner critic sometimes. Do you ever have that problem? Sometimes I wish that I could just be okay with being “new” at something and accept that everyone has to start somewhere – that everyone will improve with hard work and practice. My goal is to start enjoying the process and focus less on the end product.
Reflecting On: My sister’s wedding this past weekend. It was a truly lovely event. She looked so happy, so beautiful. The ceremony was touching and the reception wonderful. My sister had every single detail perfect and so reflective of her tastes. The flowers were stunning, the cake beautiful, and the centrepieces truly elegant. The speeches were very sentimental, yet funny. I somehow held it together during my speech – although, I did declare to the guests that I thought I was going to throw up half way during my speech. Oops! The food served at the wedding was beyond yummy! The vegetarian entree was roasted butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce and toasted hazelnuts. Wow! I also had a great time dancing the night away at the wedding with friends and family. My grandma danced up a storm! It was great!
Enjoying: Recipe testing for A Couple Cook‘s new cookbook! I cannot tell you how excited I am for this cookbook. I just love how the cookbook revolves around raising funds for such a fantastic cause. Check out their website for more info! Please help out in any way you can :)
Pondering: New recipe ideas and features for the blog! So many thoughts and ideas, but so little time as of late. It’s wedding season right now, so I’ve been busy photographing weddings and editing shoots. After mid-August, I plan on spending a lot more time in the kitchen. Cannot wait :)