Life Lately – Summer Beginnings

Life Lately | Summer Beginnings
Summer is here! Can you feel it*?

*It = the immense heat that surrounds you the second you step outside and threatens to burn pale, freckled skin to a crisp.

After weeks of rainy and cloudy days, I’m thrilled that blue skies and relentless sunshine are here at last! Despite how uncomfortably hot the days may be, I say “bring it on!”

The arrival of summer means new experiences and events. Here’s just a […]

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Life|Tags: |2 Comments

Bridal Shower Desserts

This past Sunday I was honoured to do another catering gig. This time it was for a friend’s bridal shower! Knowing how much I love to cook and bake, my friend got me in touch with her mom and arranged for me to cater her bridal shower desserts. There were about 30 guests, and there was fruit & veggie platters, as well as samosas & spring rolls in addition to my desserts!

Bridal Shower Desserts
I made […]

By |June 14th, 2017|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

My First Foray Into Catering

Last week, my co-worker Kelly asked me to help her with the catering for a dinner party for her aunt. Sounds fun, right? Well, the dinner party was for 40 people!! Fortunately, Kelly used to work in the catering business, so she knew just where to start in terms of menu planning & grocery shopping. Since this was such a big party, she needed some extra hands to help with cooking & I was more […]

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Centro Garden Market

Burlington, ON
Oh! Hey, there! It’s been a while. Sorry about that. I’ve missed blogging and I’m hoping to get back into it on a regular-ish basis from now on. I got caught up in the comparison trap; my photos weren’t ‘blog-worthy’, my ramblings weren’t interesting etc. But I’ve decided that I enjoy having this space to connect with others, and to share interesting tidbits of my life – whether that includes cooking & baking, gardening […]

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

A Vegan Birthday Feast!

A Vegan Birthday Feast
Last week was my birthday! I’ve been out of the country for my past two birthdays (2015 in Colombia, and 2016 in NZ). So this year, I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to celebrate here at home. In true Tracey fashion, I opted to provide a vegan birthday feast in exchange for a fun afternoon with friends! I picked my ‘menu’ items based on a few things: ease of preparation, […]

By |April 15th, 2017|Categories: Life, Other People's Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

2016 Recap

Around this time last year, I put together a recap of 2015 and our ‘Big Trip’ adventures (coincidentally, it also marked our 1 year travel anniversary!). This 2016 Recap (marking 2 years since we first flew to Nicaragua!), started in Auckland, NZ where we set up residence after flying there from Chile.  After living in Auckland for a few months, we packed up again and set off on an epic road trip of New Zealand. We […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: Life, New York, New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

2016 Book List

I had so much fun compiling last years book list, that I couldn’t resist doing a new post for my 2016 Book List. I read 53 books in 2016 and I feel like I did a good job of covering a broad range of topics & genres! This was mostly due to the fact that we spent 3+ months road tripping around New Zealand and I had access to various hostels’ “give one take one” […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Chasing Waterfalls | Dundas Hikes

Though Hamilton is often heralded as the City of Waterfalls, Dundas has some pretty good ones too! These two Dundas hikes are great places to spend a morning or afternoon. Plus, there are incredible waterfalls! What more could you ask for?
Borer’s Falls
On a shared day off, two coworkers and I ventured out to Borer’s Falls Conservation Area. The car park for the trail head is at Valley Road & York Road – about 5 minutes west […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |4 Comments