Monday, February 25, 2013


Just wanted to post a review of Online Labels. I've tried various sizes of their labels and they are wonderful. I'd highly recommend them to anyone.


Saturday, November 03, 2012

A Shout Out to Bernard Callebaut Chocolates

Just recently got a lovely selection of chocolates at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut.  Their customer service is fantastic and I highly recommend them if you haven't tried them yet. My favourite is dark chocolate and I especially like their plain dark chocolate bars and flower disks.

L to R: Dark Chocolate Floral Shapes, Dark Chocolate Plain Chocolate Bar and Dark Chocolate with Almonds

You can also stay up to date on their new goodies via their Facebook page.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

I love Matcha Tea

I can't remember when I started liking Matcha Tea but lately I can't get enough of it. I like my sweetened with honey or agave and I use almond or rice milk.

Trying to whip up some bubbles but you need fat in your milk to get bubbles. I find a certain brand of soy milk works well. You don't anything with rice milk and get a few bubbles with almond milk.
A lovely cup of Match Tea ready to drink

The same cup of Matcha Tea but edited on a white background.

Off to enjoy my Matcha.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amathia Soaps is having a Giveaway


Amathia Soaps is having a giveaway on her facebook page. Enter here:


Thursday, August 02, 2012

Vedge Candle Giveaway

Vedge Candle is having a giveaway on her Facebook page. Check it out and enter.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Our holidays in Portland, Oregon

We came back from holidays a week and a half ago then hit the ground running taking 2 days to prepare for our Saturday and Sunday market. For the Saturday market we make delicious gluten free treats along with our bath and body products and also donated 150 gluten free cupcakes for the 25th year of Saturday's Moss Street Market.  On Monday we crashed and Tuesday worked at our part time job. Today we are celebrating my mom's birthday.

We went to Portland, Oregon for a week and attended a 2 day conference at Storyline with Donald Miller (all about changing the story of your life). Since we were there we decided to add on a bit of holiday and went with a friend from church.

It was a wonderful time to get away and do something completely different. My sister and I had been to Astoria, Cannon Beach, Seaside a few years earlier and had only spent 2 hours in Portland so it was fun to actually explore Portland this time.

Our hotel (Mark Spencer) and the lobby of the famous Ace Hotel 

Our hotel was right in the heart of the city and we faced the main street street. They lobby was so lovely and we loved the 24 hour cappuchino/latte and steamed milk machine, they also offer wine at 5pm every day and tea with cookies at 3pm.
The beautiful Nob Hill District (we all loved it)

We all loved this area and the shops were wonderful. This is a must see area of town.

Portland Saturday/Sunday Market (we couldn't believe how big this market was and it seemed endless)
This was a huge market and it runs Saturday and Sunday. We've never been to a market this large before. Prices were not cheap though even though there is no sales tax.

Pearl District, Voodoo Doughnuts and Salt and Straw ice cream (our favourite)

The Pearl District is where our hotel was located and also where the conference was held.  Voodoo Doughnuts had a massive line up and it's always like that. We waited 30 minutes and I didn't have one as they don't have a gluten free option. My friend and sister tried them and weren't that impressed, apparently we have better doughnuts in Victoria. Salt and Straw was just amazing and we visited both locations (once in the Nob Hill District and also the Alberta District). They have the most amazing flavours. The Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons was mine and my sister's favourite.

Cannon Beach

What a gorgeous location and it was our second time visiting. It's just beautiful and the shops are wonderful. We got some treats at Bruce's Candy Kitchen and I was so happy they had gluten free treats.  For those who are local Cannon Beach is similar to Long Beach

Tula's Bakery (Albert District), Stumptown Coffee, Powell's Books, Storyline 2012 PDX with Donald Miller

We never made it to Tula's Bakery but saw it on the way back from our stop at Salt and Straw's Alberta district location (it's all gluten free though), Stumptown Coffee was good but not the best I've had (I ordered a half caf latte with soy milk and Vanilla flavouring).  Discovery Coffee here in Victoria is better in my opinion. Powell's Books was right near our hotel and we loved it. They had books on every subject. I took a photo of E.E. Cummings poetry next to Emily Dickinson's poems.  The Storyline Conference in Portland was great but I'm still trying to absorb it all. There was a lot of information crammed into a 2 day period.

Pizzicato was another great place as they had a gluten free crust option. It was amazing pizza. Portland was a very friendly city and we all enjoyed our time there.


Sunday, April 08, 2012

He has Risen, Happy Easter

Good Morning, Had a wonderful time at the sunrise service at 6am and partook of the coffee. Then had a lovely walk along the ocean.

Front of handout


The view from where we stood.

Hope you are all having a wonderful blessed Easter.

:) M.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Gluten Free Goodies

Well you know how much I love gluten free goodies. We sell our Gluten free baking at our Saturday market and our once a month Wednesday market.  It's been awhile since I posted so to make it up to you I've included lots of photos.

Here are some fun gluten free things I've made lately:

Gluten Free Sponge cake I made for my mom
My sister surprised me with a gluten free breakfast one morning
Gluten & Dairy Free Brownies
Gluten Free Brioche

Roasted red peppers
Gluten Free Queen Elizabeth Cake my mom made (the top has a coconut glaze that is amazing)
Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
A sampling of our gluten free market offerings (it changes all the time) from left to right:  Gluten Dairy and nut free chocolate chip cookies, Gluten, Dairy and Nut free Victoria Tea Cake with jam in the middle, Gluten free & Vegan (no dairy, soy, eggs or nuts) Apple Cinnamon muffins
Another market baking shot (from left to right:  Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy & Nut free homemade marshmellows (Skor, plain, chocolate or coconut), Gluten, Dairy & Nut free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Gluten Free Cinnamon/Sugar Baked Donuts (these contain on dairy, soy, nuts or eggs)
Gluten Free Chocolate Baked Donuts (no dairy, soy, nuts or eggs)
That's all for now but I'm sure I'll have more exciting tidbits to share with you.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Orange Festival in France

A friend sent this to me and  thought it was pretty neat.

It's called the Festival Citrusov, located in the South of France.

I wonder how many hours it takes to do one of these.  I'd love to see it in person some day.