Monday’s Moment

A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…

20140331-172901.jpgTypical after-school scene on a Monday afternoon: backpack unzipped before she even reaches the door and pages strewn all about. Always so eager to show us the work she did today and to get cracking on her homework…

XO,

N&N

 

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13/52

A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014…20140330-163857.jpgphoto (19)20140330-185834.jpg//Reed: pausing amongst the California poppies and wildflowers to contemplate his next path

//Finnlagh: crouching beneath a great boulder while hiking through the forest

//Alina: gazing up at the height and might of a majestic redwood tree

XO,

N&N

Week-end recipe: Puff Pancake

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We have a long-standing tradition in our house of week-end morning puff pancakes, or ‘dutch babies’ as they are often called. The outside of the pancake rises to a kind of puff pastry (very impressive when it’s first out of the oven!) and the center bubbles with a buttery, smooth custard. This is a special breakfast that Chef Grant prepares for the children; in a matter of minutes, the entire pancake is devoured, plates are licked clean, and little faces are awash in smudges of cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Here’s how to make it:

For the pancake:

2 tbsp salted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp granulated sugar

For the topping:

Powdered sugar and cinnamon, or berries to garnish

Preheat the oven to 450F. Warm a pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Make the batter by adding the flour, eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla together, and whisking until smooth. Next, add the butter to the pan, and swirl off the heat to get a nice brown butter. Return the pan to the heat, and add the batter all at once, without stirring. Put the pan into the oven, and cook for about 12 mins, until nicely puffed and golden. Remove from the pan to a plate, sprinkle with cinnamon and powdered sugar, or garnish with berries, and serve immediately.

Puff pancakeXO,

N&N

Friday Favourites

photo (18)Hello readers! Here we are, already Friday the 28th (March has certainly flown by, hasn’t it?) and back on the blog with some end-of-the-week links.

In need of a smile? If you’re in Japan, just look down at the ground.

We bought this a couple of weeks ago and we’ll never go back to mice again.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield at TED2014.

Food critic Alan Richman on the rise of Egotarian Cuisine (Thanks, Chef G!)

The Week in Pictures.


Coming up on N&N:

//The 52 Project continues with 13/52

//Reed Anders at 20 months

//Feature Fashion: Pumpkin Patch USA


Happy week-end!

XO,

N&N

 

12/52

A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014…

Reed_hula hoopFinnlagh+birdparadiseAlina_mandarin//Reed: these acrobatic antics with a hula hoop are a daily occurrence –if ever you can’t find him, look down at the ground!

//Finnlagh: with his favourite flowers, Birds of Paradise, or ‘flamingo bushes’ as he likes to call them, and slightly wary of the sharp beak

//Alina: humming a tune from ‘Frozen’… Even with her eyes closed she’s still so expressive

Happy 200th blog post!

XO,
N&N

Friday Favourites: Spring Essentials

20131004-002541.jpgHello friends!

With spring newly arrived, I thought I’d compile a list of some favourite low- and higher-end essentials for kids and gals this season.

//Clothing + Accessories

Saltwater Hoy:

These are the go-to sandals for long-lasting comfort on warmer days. They come in an array of fresh colours and neutrals, and I am always amazed at how ‘new’ these look even after a lot of wear and tear. At an average of $35, we make sure to get a pair or two for every member of our growing family. I’m particularly fond of their silver and gold metallics which go with absolutely everything.

Aurora Shoe Co.

Handmade-to-order leather shoes made in Upstate New York. For a perfect fit, send them in a tracing of your foot. My adventure-ready pick this season? The New Mexican.

H&M

For basic, bargain-basement kids essentials, there is no other on-trend option, especially considering the number of outfit changes kids go through in warmer weather. Right now, H&M’s 3 for $12 kids tanks, shorts and leggings have been a big hit in our house, as well as long, cotton tank dresses for just $4.95. At these prices, the quality is obviously not what you’d find from other retailers, but they fit the bill for playdates, sandboxes and puddle-romping.

Boden + Mini Boden

This UK original is a favourite, and for good reason. Adorable, bright clothes for kids and crisp, stylish outfits for adults – you just can’t go wrong. Favourite dress for women this season? The long-sleeved version of the Selina from their Santorini collection. Yes, at $218 it’s a pricey one-time investment, but you can’t argue with an instant floral classic in rich peacock-inspired hues that you’ll wear again and again. If only it came in maternity sizes…

Mini Rodini

This is one of the fastest-growing brands out of Scandinavia, and their focus on organic cotton and sustainability makes them an eco-conscious and comfortable choice you can feel good about. On the higher end of spending as far as kids clothing goes, but their pineapple and lizard prints this season are sure to reel you in.

Juju Bunny Shop

If you’ve got a little girl in your life and are looking for something whimsical, feminine and slightly different, look no further than Juju Bunny Shop. Based in New Jersey, their online shop carries clothing from Korea, Europe and all over the world. Affordable and downright adorable options I only wish came in women’s sizes.

Tea Collection

Globally inspired fashion for babies, kids and women, the clothes wash incredibly well and feel great to wear, too. Tea has also really nailed it for boys this season: ochre, lime green and a spectrum of blues, incorporating mosaic screenprinted tees, polos and poplin shorts.

//Make-up

Pantone Universe

Sephora and Pantone have teamed up to create a pallet for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails incorporating spring-ready, petal-perfect shades. Look for lots of options in ‘Radiant Orchid,’ the 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year. For a less expensive option you can pick up at your local drugstore, try Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in ‘Vintage Pink,’ a lipstick I wear almost daily, paired with pale pink cream blush (feel free to skip the mascara) to give a bit of instant, modern polish without overdoing it.

//Home

I always find that the quickest and most cost-effective way to spruce up one’s home is to place fresh flowers and branches in all of the rooms, including the bathrooms (where it is especially unexpected and appreciated). Arrange your florals in vintage jars, distressed buckets, pots and even in old gum boots. Check out LUSH for more decorating ideas.

Happy week-end!

XO,

N&N