October 27th, 2017

Post #18: The Summer of ’17 – Part 1

Autumn is now in full swing. October is almost over, and the trees that once dazzled in golden colours, have lost most of their leaves. Cold winds blow, clouds hang low, the sunsets are glorious, and everything is beautiful. This time of year always has a way of making me nostalgic. There have been a lot of changes in my life recently, and I know that more are coming. Until those changes come, I choose to reflect on my summer and reminisce, not about every detail, but only some of the best moments.

June was a month that mostly consisted of going to work. Other than going to a night market with a friend I hadn’t seen in months, and volunteering at one of my city’s annual summer festivals (where my team and I were serenaded by a quartet), I spent my days at work. My days spent at work were not boring, I made so made memories that I could fill another post with them, and I intend to.

Over the course of July, I actually chose to go out and have fun. At first, I invited a friend that had been away for University the whole year, out on a downtown shopping adventure. What started out as a simple trip to the mall, turned into a walk through the park, and the discovery of a “hole in the wall” ice cream shop.

The following week, I convinced a friend to go to a drop in dance class with me after work. She brought one of her best friends, and we all went to an hour long heels dance class. There, we learned a short routine to “Slow Hands” and had a fabulous time with a teacher who reminded us of the importance of body confidence, getting out of the comfort zone, embracing yourself, and just going for it. Goodness did my legs hurt after.

The next day, I went to a “bar” with my best friend and caught up on the patio over drinks and pub food, good food. Hours after eating, we found ourselves sitting in a playground laughing about everything we spoke about.

By the end of the week, I was with family, wandering through another night market, appreciating local artists and businesses. From there, we walked to my city’s largest annual event. It had been 5 years since I had been a part of the swarms of people in cowboy hats eating crazy fair food (like ice cream sandwiches made with rice krispie squares), watching concerts (like Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals), marvelling at fireworks, and admiring local artwork. Happily, I can say it was one of my favourite nights of the summer. That being said, the summer wasn’t over yet.

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Recipe: Toasted Marshmallow Brownies

Today was Foodie Friday number 28! Even though I have only posted 28 recipes up to this point, tomorrow will mark one year of Foodie Fridays! It does not seem like a year. Anyways, I figured the best way to celebrate one year was to give the Recipes page a little make over, and make this delicious new dessert! Thank you so much to the people that have peeked in every now and then through out the year to see what I’ve been creating. I can’t wait to keep going.

A few days ago, I had a craving for marshmallows. Today’s task was to find a use for them. These Toasted Marshmallow Brownies turned out to be a fantastic idea. Fudgy, rich, and delicious, these brownies are a fabulous dessert for any occasion. These brownies are best enjoyed warm, when the marshmallows are at their most gooey. The chocolate chips inside the brownies are optional, just like adding nuts, or even more chocolate on top before the last 5 minutes of baking would be.

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