Month: July 2014

Something Different

You may or may not have noticed that we didn’t post a video last week. We’ve both been very busy with all sorts of stuff, and the videos will resume next week. But we didn’t want to leave you hanging so here’s a collection of links from around the internet that we’ve been enjoying. Inspired by the “Here & there” posts of Arlie’s favourite blog, The Homesteady

Arlie recently got Alannah obsessed with Pinterest, and we’re crazy about these few-items, many-outfit posts.

Alannah‘s twitter is mostly cute animals

Speaking of which, Arlie and her roommates are currently fostering an adorable kitten: 

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Arlie is enamoured with white pizzas thanks to the Bianca pizza at Pizzaiolo, and will be trying out this one this week.

The ultimate student decor tip.

It’s music festival season and this one is doing a Good Thing.

Arlie just adores bergamot.

We hope you enjoyed this miscellany! Have a great day!

Pretending We’re Not Muggles

I swear by this recipe. Trust me, it’s worth the bother of acquiring butter flavour. It’s even vegan!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 teaspoons butter flavour
  • beer, rum and club soda, or just club soda

Instructions

  1. Add first four ingredients to a small saucepan on medium heat and stir until the sugars dissolve. Reduce to medium-low and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil.
  2. Take off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Add vanilla and butter flavour and mix.
  3. Pour syrup into the bottom of a glass, then top up the glass with beer, or a shot of rum and club soda, or just club soda for a virgin drink. I usually use 2-3 tablespoons of syrup to 1 cup of beer or club soda.
  4. Store the remaining syrup in a bottle in the fridge. It’s a thin syrup so it won’t get too viscous in the cold.

Makes enough syrup for 5-8 glasses of butterbeer.

Spoonfuls of Peanut Butter

Eat this lightened-up peanut butter pudding instead of spoonfuls of pb right out of the jar the next time you have a nut butter craving.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, or molasses
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (not the all-natural kind)
  • 1-3 tablespoons of milk (any kind – I usually use almond)
  • optional (pb-cinnamon): a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • optional (pb-chocolate): 1 teaspoon cocoa powder + 1 more teaspoon of sweetener
  • optional (lazy pb-chocolate): a dollop of nutella or chocolate syrup

Instructions

Put all the ingredients in a vessel (I usually use a mug or a mason jar because they mixing can get messy in a bowl) and mix. Just mush it all together and keep mixing until it’s smooth and pudding-y. Start with just a bit of milk and keep adding it until you get a good texture. Different peanut butters require different amounts of milk.

To finish the story: Arlie actually did manage to salvage Alannah’s pudding. It turns out that 3 teaspoons of milk was just too much and a bit more peanut butter and some more mixing yielded a perfectly yummy (if rather vanilla-y) pudding.

I Can’t Keep a Straight* Face

…while Alannah says cheesy things about love. Hence the jumpcuts. Damn her and her cute relationship. Spot her boyfriend in the video. World Pride 2014 was a really fun time. We spent most of the weekend out* on Church Street (Toronto’s gaybourhood), watching the free shows, catching up with old friends and making new ones. I’m so happy that so many of my friends came to support me. And I’m very happy to have seen Tegan and Sara live. We were pretty close to the stage but I would’ve loved to get a little bit closer*. The one thing I am not pleased with is the fact that I was hit on by men several times throughout the weekend. Seriously, don’t do that. I don’t care if it means missing out on a few of the thousands of straight girls who come to celebrate pride, if there’s one place queer girls should be able to avoid being hit on by dudes, it’s at Pride. Anyway, check out this cute video that points out that love is the same for gay people, straight people, and all the rest of us. – Arlie *heh geddit