FAVOURITE FALL RECIPE: PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH BROWN BUTTER ICING

Monday, October 13, 2014

My new thing these days, baking on Sundays.

I am by no means a domestic goddess when it comes to the kitchen. I can clean, tackle your average DIY's, change a light switch, fix electrical cords, do laundry and make your house sparkle and smell like roses but cooking... not my strong suit. Instead of tackling cooking head on, I'm taking the round about way and indulging in brushing up on my baking skills. Every Sunday I pick a new recipe and hope it turns out well. Thankfully living with three boys, no matter how bad or burnt the cookies turn out, they are still all gone within a day or two. Okay, maybe the dog helps with the few burnt ones. 

But lately my baking days have been a success! My favourite recipe so far this fall has been Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing - but these are not just an ordinary cookie. They are a cake cookie, so they stay soft and have the best butter icing. Delicious! And the butter icing, magic. I have always struggled to make icing that doesn't just take like icing sugar and have it run down the side of your cupcake. This stuff was perfect. 

The only advice I would give, put the batter in the fridge for about ten minutes before spooning it onto the cookie sheet. Makes it a lot easier to handle since it is fairly runny like a cake batter. 

Here are a few snaps from when I baked these a few weeks back - staring my best friend who taste tested quite a few and confirmed they were a thumbs up. 




BEST ADVICE I'VE BEEN GIVEN

The best advice I've ever been given... I feel like this is a piece of advice that has come from many sources over the years and is constantly being reiterated but I think it's extremely important and is advice I still stay true to today.

Always be you.

No matter what kind of situation you're in, no matter what hard decision needs to be made, always be yourself. There's that quote by Oscar Wilde 'be yourself, because everybody else is already taken.' He sums it up right there. And if you aren't being you, who are you?

Even if others don't see eye to eye or understand something you do, as long as you are confident with your decision if you stay true to yourself, that's what matters.

It's hard these days with the pressures of society to be a 'certain somebody' - that certain somebody doesn't exist. We are all meant to be someone, but that someone is ourselves. And no one knows 'you' better than you.

So just be you.

PLAYING CATCH UP - AND MAKING MY OWN RULES

I'm playing catch up on blog posts, multi-tasking do get the laundry done, and studying for two midterms while pretending it's not past 10pm.

Instead of trying to come up with something witty about what I would do if I were President (no wit over here right now), I am going to make up my own rules and do a post on my apple picking adventures the other weekend with the girls.

Everyone would rather see pictures of fall activities anyways, right?

Well, the four of us went apple picking for the day at Apple Barn and that weekend I made homemade apple crisp. Now that's a recipe I have mastered :)







I NEVER THOUGHT BLOGGING WOULD...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspire me the way that it has. I have always enjoyed reading blogs but I never realized how much I enjoy being a creator until I started pushing myself to blog (and with help from a certain friend).

Keep me writing every day. It sounds easy to write every day; it's like a journal entry at night before bed. But somehow after high school writing in my journal just stopped, and thankfully I have been able to continue my writing here.

Make me realize what I enjoy and to pursue that.

Be a way to keep in touch with my Mom or my Aunt and Uncle when busy life gets in the way of phone calls. Ps. Mom, I need to ask you some questions about how to refinish a dining room table :) 

Be something I would pick to do over homework. Okay, that's a lie. Blogging is WAY more fun than my homework that's open in the other tab as I conveniently ignore it.

And as a general recap of the past week, where did the past week go? It's already Friday and Thanksgiving. Didn't school just start? I feel like I have been swept into the alternate universe of the student life where time passes in the real world at super speed anytime I'm in side the school. Which is all the time. I am stoked for family, turkey and time with friends this weekend.

That's all for tonight (off to watch videos on Photoshop) and Happy Friday!

BEST HALLOWEEN MEMORY

Thursday, October 09, 2014


This post is a throwback, to Halloween circa 2008. I think this is one of the best costumes I ever designed and that my mom made. Hands down, one of our best. I was Sailor Moon, obviously and Courtney was a Mafia girl if I recall. 

Anyways, aside from having a killer costume, this was a solid Halloween. I recall going to three different parties before we ended up at the best one that was just down the road from home. We should have just gone there in the first place. It was one of those nights that was just good fun with good people.

This has me thinking, I do plan on boycotting Halloween this year but if for some reason last minute plans pop up, I may just pull this costume out and wear it for another round. I just might. 

LETTER TO MYSELF, IN 10 YEARS

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A letter to myself when I'll be... 34.

Wow, that seems like a lifetime from now.

Dear thirty-four year old self,

I hope you've found what you love and have made it your job. Because if you have, that means all my years of school and hard work will have paid off. I'm still in school now and let's just say, this better all be worth it. All those hours spent analyzing Foucault and writing endless papers to argue a point will have been for something.

I hope you are still writing, whether it's this blog, a journal, a novel, etc. I just hope you are still writing everyday.

I hope you have made sure to laugh and love every moment of the way. I don't expect that at thirty-four everything is perfect, but I do hope that you have made wonderful memories on the path to getting there.

I hope you have some beautiful children at this point. At least, right now that's in my ten year plan but I know those plans don't always work out as planned. I can't remember where I thought I would be at twenty-four when I was younger, but I didn't think I would still be in school.

I hope you have stayed true to yourself.

For now that's all I can think of to write to you, and if it seems short, I blame it all on the eight hours that I just spent creating logos and learning about publishing issues in class.

Love,

Dusty at twenty-four, 2014




BEST VACATION: UGANDA, AFRICA

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I waited until tonight to write this post since last night, the words just weren't coming to me. To be honest, nothing was so I called it a night at 11pm and flopped straight into bed and stayed there until 8am this morning when I finally dragged myself out whining and groaning.

I made a huge dent in my checklist today in class, three cheers for me! The smaller to do list is making me feel like I definitely have the time to dedicate to searching for photos of a long ago vacation and writing on here. Of course, a cup of hot chocolate (or as a new friend calls it ho-cho) sits beside me as well. Hot chocolate is a secret indulgent of mine no matter what season it is.

Back to the topic here. Okay, I don't go on a lot of far away vacations. If I am going away, I usually stay in the province and just go up country where the sun shines and the temperatures stay warm all day. My best vacation would have had to be when I went to Uganda, Africa to visit my Aunt Michelle and Uncle Kevin.

At the time I was sixteen, maybe seventeen, and I went for about a month and half with my mom and my Aunty Cory. I can't put into words the wonderful time that we had, the culture, and the overall experience that being in a completely different country can bring. Here are a few snapshots of our trip, enjoy!











Monday, October 13, 2014

FAVOURITE FALL RECIPE: PUMPKIN COOKIES WITH BROWN BUTTER ICING

My new thing these days, baking on Sundays.

I am by no means a domestic goddess when it comes to the kitchen. I can clean, tackle your average DIY's, change a light switch, fix electrical cords, do laundry and make your house sparkle and smell like roses but cooking... not my strong suit. Instead of tackling cooking head on, I'm taking the round about way and indulging in brushing up on my baking skills. Every Sunday I pick a new recipe and hope it turns out well. Thankfully living with three boys, no matter how bad or burnt the cookies turn out, they are still all gone within a day or two. Okay, maybe the dog helps with the few burnt ones. 

But lately my baking days have been a success! My favourite recipe so far this fall has been Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing - but these are not just an ordinary cookie. They are a cake cookie, so they stay soft and have the best butter icing. Delicious! And the butter icing, magic. I have always struggled to make icing that doesn't just take like icing sugar and have it run down the side of your cupcake. This stuff was perfect. 

The only advice I would give, put the batter in the fridge for about ten minutes before spooning it onto the cookie sheet. Makes it a lot easier to handle since it is fairly runny like a cake batter. 

Here are a few snaps from when I baked these a few weeks back - staring my best friend who taste tested quite a few and confirmed they were a thumbs up. 




BEST ADVICE I'VE BEEN GIVEN

The best advice I've ever been given... I feel like this is a piece of advice that has come from many sources over the years and is constantly being reiterated but I think it's extremely important and is advice I still stay true to today.

Always be you.

No matter what kind of situation you're in, no matter what hard decision needs to be made, always be yourself. There's that quote by Oscar Wilde 'be yourself, because everybody else is already taken.' He sums it up right there. And if you aren't being you, who are you?

Even if others don't see eye to eye or understand something you do, as long as you are confident with your decision if you stay true to yourself, that's what matters.

It's hard these days with the pressures of society to be a 'certain somebody' - that certain somebody doesn't exist. We are all meant to be someone, but that someone is ourselves. And no one knows 'you' better than you.

So just be you.

PLAYING CATCH UP - AND MAKING MY OWN RULES

I'm playing catch up on blog posts, multi-tasking do get the laundry done, and studying for two midterms while pretending it's not past 10pm.

Instead of trying to come up with something witty about what I would do if I were President (no wit over here right now), I am going to make up my own rules and do a post on my apple picking adventures the other weekend with the girls.

Everyone would rather see pictures of fall activities anyways, right?

Well, the four of us went apple picking for the day at Apple Barn and that weekend I made homemade apple crisp. Now that's a recipe I have mastered :)







Friday, October 10, 2014

I NEVER THOUGHT BLOGGING WOULD...

Inspire me the way that it has. I have always enjoyed reading blogs but I never realized how much I enjoy being a creator until I started pushing myself to blog (and with help from a certain friend).

Keep me writing every day. It sounds easy to write every day; it's like a journal entry at night before bed. But somehow after high school writing in my journal just stopped, and thankfully I have been able to continue my writing here.

Make me realize what I enjoy and to pursue that.

Be a way to keep in touch with my Mom or my Aunt and Uncle when busy life gets in the way of phone calls. Ps. Mom, I need to ask you some questions about how to refinish a dining room table :) 

Be something I would pick to do over homework. Okay, that's a lie. Blogging is WAY more fun than my homework that's open in the other tab as I conveniently ignore it.

And as a general recap of the past week, where did the past week go? It's already Friday and Thanksgiving. Didn't school just start? I feel like I have been swept into the alternate universe of the student life where time passes in the real world at super speed anytime I'm in side the school. Which is all the time. I am stoked for family, turkey and time with friends this weekend.

That's all for tonight (off to watch videos on Photoshop) and Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

BEST HALLOWEEN MEMORY


This post is a throwback, to Halloween circa 2008. I think this is one of the best costumes I ever designed and that my mom made. Hands down, one of our best. I was Sailor Moon, obviously and Courtney was a Mafia girl if I recall. 

Anyways, aside from having a killer costume, this was a solid Halloween. I recall going to three different parties before we ended up at the best one that was just down the road from home. We should have just gone there in the first place. It was one of those nights that was just good fun with good people.

This has me thinking, I do plan on boycotting Halloween this year but if for some reason last minute plans pop up, I may just pull this costume out and wear it for another round. I just might. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

LETTER TO MYSELF, IN 10 YEARS

A letter to myself when I'll be... 34.

Wow, that seems like a lifetime from now.

Dear thirty-four year old self,

I hope you've found what you love and have made it your job. Because if you have, that means all my years of school and hard work will have paid off. I'm still in school now and let's just say, this better all be worth it. All those hours spent analyzing Foucault and writing endless papers to argue a point will have been for something.

I hope you are still writing, whether it's this blog, a journal, a novel, etc. I just hope you are still writing everyday.

I hope you have made sure to laugh and love every moment of the way. I don't expect that at thirty-four everything is perfect, but I do hope that you have made wonderful memories on the path to getting there.

I hope you have some beautiful children at this point. At least, right now that's in my ten year plan but I know those plans don't always work out as planned. I can't remember where I thought I would be at twenty-four when I was younger, but I didn't think I would still be in school.

I hope you have stayed true to yourself.

For now that's all I can think of to write to you, and if it seems short, I blame it all on the eight hours that I just spent creating logos and learning about publishing issues in class.

Love,

Dusty at twenty-four, 2014




Tuesday, October 07, 2014

BEST VACATION: UGANDA, AFRICA

I waited until tonight to write this post since last night, the words just weren't coming to me. To be honest, nothing was so I called it a night at 11pm and flopped straight into bed and stayed there until 8am this morning when I finally dragged myself out whining and groaning.

I made a huge dent in my checklist today in class, three cheers for me! The smaller to do list is making me feel like I definitely have the time to dedicate to searching for photos of a long ago vacation and writing on here. Of course, a cup of hot chocolate (or as a new friend calls it ho-cho) sits beside me as well. Hot chocolate is a secret indulgent of mine no matter what season it is.

Back to the topic here. Okay, I don't go on a lot of far away vacations. If I am going away, I usually stay in the province and just go up country where the sun shines and the temperatures stay warm all day. My best vacation would have had to be when I went to Uganda, Africa to visit my Aunt Michelle and Uncle Kevin.

At the time I was sixteen, maybe seventeen, and I went for about a month and half with my mom and my Aunty Cory. I can't put into words the wonderful time that we had, the culture, and the overall experience that being in a completely different country can bring. Here are a few snapshots of our trip, enjoy!











 

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