our favourite summer dinner

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and I had NO time to focus on menu planning. Thank gosh for my hubs who came up with the most brilliant idea: Greek barbecue! Ok, so not sure that’s actually a ‘thing’ or that this meal is really all that Greek, but we had pita and tzatziki, so it kind of was, yes?

This is seriously one of the most tasty and easy meals to make and we officially decided it would be our go-to for entertaining. It’s as simple as getting some veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onion – toss in olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper before you poke ‘em), and some meat (we chose chicken thighs because they aren’t only tastier, but more affordable than breasts). We marinated our meat in piri-piri sauce from Nando’s… do they have Nando’s in the US? Such an easy cheat. Pile everything onto your soaked skewers and you are ready to bbq!

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Grab your olive oil brushed pita, and warm them on the grill, get your homemade tzatziki ready, and some feta! I would love to nix the meat next time, and add pineapple to these skewers. I like to wrap everything in the pita, but you can eat them separately, too. I see it all as a form of self expression, really.

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And we must take a moment of silence for this cake. It’s a Lemon Meringue Cake from Sweet Bake Shop. A new fam fave (like, literally, the fam goes crazy for it). Isn’t it gorgeous?

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things i love right now

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I always love to see what items others are loving right now, and I have a few things that I’m trying, loving, and just random things to tell you about!

Thoughtfully Magazine: If you’re in the U.S, you’ve seen this floating around in Whole Foods, and if you’re not, you can download a digital version, here. This is such a great magazine for everyone, especially those of us who want to live a more well-rounded healthy lifestyle. I was so thrilled to take part in the latest issue testing out natural deodorants. Flip through to find me!

Fresh Peony Brightening Night Mask: I came back from Hawaii with a really killer tan – while I was safe with the sunscreen, some damage still happened. I have a few dark spots that I’m looking forward to getting rid of. This product says it should work, but we shall see! Keep ya posted.

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Illesteva Sunnies: I love these sunnies! Shame that when they arrived they were crooked and I have to send them in for an exchange. I don’t want to let them go!

glossier Coconut balm dot com: Sucker for the packaging, the product is just as good. This entire line is fantastic – minimal, stylish, and effective.

Kypris Beauty Elixir: Seriously though, every woman needs a nourishing oil – it will replace your chemical based serum to hydrate AND heal. This one is my current fave for it’s potency. A dab will do ya!

quick and easy tzatziki

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We recently celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and we were hosting. I’ve been busier than ever (you’re like, “I know, you hardly even blog anymore”… I’m sorry!), so fitting in the time to meal plan, shop, prepare and cook was an overwhelming thought. Husband to the rescue! he came up with the most amazing greek menu that was super easy to execute.

He made this ultimate easy tzatziki for our Greek feast that I just had to share with you – it was tasty, cooling and just perfection! I’ll share the rest of the meal with you next week!

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GREEK TZATZIKI (serves 6)

  • ½ a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Grate the cucumber and drain with a papertowl (squeeze the cucumber with a paper towel until all the water is removed – hey, keep that cucumber juice and add it to your water later…. his reco!)
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon, and salt in a large bowl. Leaving it in the fridge overnight helps the flavours combine, but it’s fine if you don’t have time.

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  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Garnish with paprika and a few olives if you’re fancy like us.   Serve chilled with warm pita bread for dipping.

an urban picnic on robson street

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I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).

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Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.

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A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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the best summer beauty products

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I’ve really hit my groove when it comes to finding the best summer beauty products. I had to really pare my routine down during our honeymoon to Maui in June, and could only pack my fave products – this is what I brought! In the summer, it’s all about moisture, protection and simplicity, and I always favour natural beauty products over chemicals.

Suntegrity Face Sunscreen: this stuff is totally natural, and honestly, pure gold. It warded off any possible sunburn during our trip, and i adore the fact that it’s chemical free – if I could recommend on product to you this summer, this one would be it! (bonus: it doubles as a moisturizer and makeup primer for year round protection).

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil: a blend of natural oils with such a warm, summery scent, this is perfect to use post beach, pre-dinner.

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One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal: after a day in the sun, this oil packed with Omega’s is just what my complexion needs to repair itself – a few drops before bed helps my sunned skin feel nourished.

glossier balm dot com: the sun and water (especially the salt water) destroys our lips, and this stuff is thick and protective – I use it all day and overnight, too!

By Rosie Jane Leila Lou: not one for perfume, I find this to be so light and pretty, perfect for summer and very soft and summery. It’s definitely my go-to summer scent and it also happens to be totally natural!

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