Friday, September 23, 2016

I Love Lists #7

Another week, another I Love Lists edition! The beautiful blue sky and soft sand dune below is from Blooming Point Beach where my son and I went for a windy walk yesterday. I will share more photos with you in a blog post this weekend, hopefully! 

1. We have survived one more Mercury Retrograde! It ended yesterday. The next will be December 19 to January 28. 

2. Dawn from Mud Puddles to Meteors did a Tedx Talk this past summer about creating a nature habit. You can watch it here and download her free accompanying PDF.

3. In the absence of the Village, mothers struggles most

4. What I've been watching this week on Netflix: Very British Problems - amazing to see how many of these are also Canadian problems!

5. Now that I like working with paper piecing, I might try making these: apple and pear patterns from Charise Creates. 

6. I am at the end of Winter, the conclusion of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer...and I don't want it to end! 

7. This past Wednesday, our little peaceful island wasn't so peaceful. Everyone was safe but it was a stressful morning. 

8. Another great gentle yoga video from Yoga with Adriene: Yoga for Mood Swings . I did this one today and it felt amazing, especially since it's been a couple of weeks since my last yoga session...

9. I can relate a lot to this post from Patricia at Wonder Farm. It inspires me to write down my thoughts about the end of our homeschooling and how different life is now. She also just finished homeschooling after many years. 

10. I want to learn how to sew a dress like this one

That's it for this week! I hope you have an excellent first weekend of fall! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekly Page Layout ~ Bullet Journal Video

Happy Monday to you! 

In my second YouTube video, I show you my weekly page layout and explain how I go about using it and migrating items from the previous week, plus a couple of other things I do with it, like my Daily Goodness Chart.

You can watch the video below or visit my YouTube channel here to watch the video! If you like it, please hit the like button and subscribe to my channel!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I Love Lists #6

I Love Lists #6! A busy week with the second week of school done, a great experience with the Barley Feast , and I also got a part-time job! Here is my lis for this week and what caught my interest: 

1. Remember 1986, a pop culture nostalgia trip to the year 1986 was such a fun video to watch!

2. So honoured to be featured again on CBC in their 9 PEI Instagrammers to Follow 

3. I have this song on replay.all.the.time 

4. Did you see the Harvest Moon? It was beautiful! Read more about the eclipse (I didn't see that part) at this National Geographic article, along what interesting things happened in the stars this week

5. I listened to Johanna Basford, artist and creator of adult colouring books, on Beaks & Geeks and now I like her even more

6. How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit on Literary Hub

7. I loved this instagram video showing how to draw a pretty "wreath" so I did it in my bullet journal 

8. Good article about What Teens Need Most From Their Parents in The Wall Street Journal 

9. These wheels are a beautiful and creative way to document the seasons and weather: phenology wheels  . I might try one in my bullet journal.

10. I made this recipe this past week and it was a big hit with my carnivores!

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Barley Feast with GoBarley & Chef Michael Smith

A few days ago, I was thrilled to be invited by GoBarley for an exclusive feast at the Inn at Bay Fortune with Chef Michael Smith. The goal of this lunch was to celebrate the barley industry and to learn of different ways barley can be enjoyed in delicious dishes and its role as an important ingredient in beer crafting. It was a culinary adventure!

We started outside, by the Fire Pit with some freshly chucked Fortune Bay oysters, served with a hop scented bloody mary ice. Chef Michael Smith opened these himself. I passed on the oysters but I did try the beer that was paired with the oysters, which was Keiths White IPA. 

The second dish around the Fire Pit was the pork belly taco served on a sprouted barley tortilla with lentil puree and nasturtium chimichurri. The beer that accompanied this was PEI Brewing Co. Setting Day Saison. The little tacos were assembled right there. I asked if I could have one without the pork and my wish was was amazing! I want to try making this sprouted barley tortilla and the lentil puree at home. 

We were welcomed inside for the rest of our feast. The setting of the Inn at Bay Fortune dining area is one of farm style dining, with two long tables set up that invite everyone to talk and eat together. It was wonderful to talk with other bloggers. 

Chef Michael Smith and his team The Fire Brigade experimented and created five different delicious dishes and an amazing bread. The FireWorks, the name for his kitchen at the Inn, is "an Atelier of young chefs". 

Canadian Barley is grown from coast to coast and is the fourth largest crop after wheat, canola, and corn. Barley is an ancient grain and has a bit of a nutty flavou. In each dish it was used during our lunch, it truly fit perfectly. Barley can be made into a flour, and there are different forms: pearl, pot, de-hulled. Check out for more information and recipes. 

Each beer that was served with the courses were hand selected by Cicerone Angeline. Listening to her explanations and descriptions of each beer for each dish was very interesting and encouraged me to at least try each beer! 

We enjoyed Today's Catch which was barley hay smoked seawater cured salmon with green bean cabbage slaw. This was served with UpStreet Brewing "80 Bob" Scottish Export Ale (bottom left in the photo below). The next dish was Farmhouse Cooking: smokehouse duck with barley chanterelle porridge, tomatoes, summer squash and broccoli from the Inn's farm garden (bottom right in the photo below). Pumphouse Biere de Garde was served with this dish. My favourite was the barley chanterelle porridge, I used the wood-oven baked naturally-fermented barley bread to soak up all the juices! 

The Sweet Finish was the absolute perfect ending to this feast celebrating barley. It was amazing, truly. The barley bread that was served with our meal was transformed into bread pudding and served with barley malt ice cream, barley brittle, and blueberries. 

The Barley Feast at The Inn at Bay Fortune was a delicious adventure. I walked around the grounds after our meal and admired the gardens before heading back to Charlottetown. I learned a lot about barley and will be trying some of the recipes I saw on the gobarley website, like this Peachy Pecan Barley Chai Bread and the Lentil, Barley, and Sweet Potato Soup.