Podcasts worth listening to

Hands up, who has a sit down desk job!? Me, me, me! I sit at my desk for 8 hours a day with earphones on while editing, project managing and creating video graphics. (Well pre mat leave anyways). So about half of the time those earphones are on with dead silence…that is until I was introduced into the wonderful world of podcasts! It quickly changed how my day flew by! Not to mention what I was exposed to in terms of opinions or listening to human interest stories, or how something came to be, or simply something funny intertwined with trivia I was into.

These are a few of the podcasts in my regular rotation.  I do listen to way more than these, but I seem to always gravitate towards a select few. Podcasting is definately an easy way to pass the time walking the dogs, sitting at your desk working, while your cooking…you get the drill. Get into it if you dare, it’s a sweet little addiction!

Death, Sex & Money – a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you’ve heard of—and to regular people you haven’t—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we’re here.

Strangers – Lea Thau hosts episodes that are an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were.

Doug Loves Movies – Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies! Be prepared to laugh ALL the time and meet “Mark Wahlberg.”

The Longest Shortest Time – a podcast and blog about surprising struggles in parenthood, hosted by author and This American Life contributor Hillary Frank.

99% Invisible – a podcast about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.  Each episode is a sound-rich deep dive into a single topic.

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids – a podcast about live events where brave adults get on stage and read weird, wonderful, and surprisingly insightful childhood and teenage writing

Undisclosed – this podcast is a listening experience that reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed, especially as you’ve come to know it through listening to Serial.

Straight Talk With Ross Mathews – you may remember him from Jay Leno! This podcast features Ross Mathews as the go-to guy for anyone who needs a BFF to give them guidance, direction or a good ole’ slap in the face, Straight Talk (Advice & LOL’s from the Gay Best Friend You Wish You Had and Know You Need) might be the most interactive podcast ever. Tackling relationships and dating, friendship and beyond, no topic is off limits or too taboo.

Good News Thursday: 31

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Baby watch October 2015 is in full force. I’m assuming it’ll be any day now and like every pregnant woman who hits her due date, you can’t help but wonder – WHEN is this gonna go down!? Raisin was 2 days early and I guess I had this expectation that this little one would do the same…well here we are an baby is still in my belly as happy as can be. We have an OB appointment tomorrow and we’ll see what he says so for now we wait, and if something happens between then and our appointment you’ll all hear about it! For now we wait, and eat gelato.

A Perfect Fall Weekend

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I’m going to hold onto this past weekend for a long time. It was fun, simple, and spent with the two loves in my life…soon to be three! When we sat down for dinner each night Chris and I would both say, “man that was so fun!” Raisin always tells us his favourite part of the day at dinner too which on both days he said it was spending it with mummy and daddy. Queue in heart melting.

We took Raisin biking to a park near out place on Saturday, and between biking and playing in the ginormous park he had the best day. There’s a massive ladybug outbreak right now and he would stop every time he found one, picked it up and ran it over to us shouting “LADYYYYYBUUUUG.” He was having so much fun that he even refused an ice cream cone…an ice cream cone everybody! On route home we stopped by an open house at a Fire Hall where he was able to crawl through a fire truck, and was even able to turn on the flashing lights – pretty much the best day ever in his eyes.

Sunday morning we raked and filled up Raisins halloween bags with leaves and of course he mowed the lawn and helped me with the leaf blower.  After packing some lunch we went to The Forks and went biking through trails, through the Waterfront and went over and under as many bridges as we could find. It was an awesome weekend from start to finish with my little man – and big one too! If you were to ask me a few months ago if I’d still be biking at this stage in my pregnancy, I’d say you were CRAZY – but oddly it’s a super comfortable position…more so than sitting on the couch believe it or not! So the 2 hour bike rides, feeding geese, having picnics, plus walking and exploring helped me feel more at ease than sitting. Although we know pregnancy is a day to day surprise factor and my hips are not my best friend at the moment, it won’t take away from how much fun we had over the weekend!

Vanilla-Glazed Pumpkin Scones

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Please tell I’m not alone when every night I convince myself that I’m going to get to bed early and then before you know it, it’s almost 11 p.m.  I totally have the best intentions, but then I  start folding laundry, do a quick 20 min stint on the elliptical, followed by checking my email, scrolling through Instagram and then proceed to watch 3 episodes of Suits on Netflix with Chris…then boom it’s late!

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Story of my life!  But it’s not like I’m suffering from lack of sleep, or am trying to stock up pre baby.  I just think I need more sleep.  I totally function fine with what I’m getting, but I certainly don’t get the recommended 8 hours.  And honestly, there’s so much to do!  This past week has been great because I’ve been off of work waiting for this little one to arrive and I get SO much done during the day.  I don’t think it’s nesting, I actually just have the time to get around and do the things during the week right now!

The weekends are spent for fun, so aside from trying to get some things done with Raisin on Saturday or Sunday like yard work (which he enjoys), cleaning out the pantry and wiping down kitchen shelves just isn’t a priority.  But right now since I’ve had the past week off, those meaningless to do’s have gotten done and they can finally stop nagging the back of my brain!  The little chores are crossed off the list and I can get on to other things.

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Like I said, weekends are for fun and this one was pretty awesome.  I’d have to say it was one of my all time favourites even though it was quite simple.  To top it off, it may be the last one we spend as a little unit which made it even more special.  We totally biked all day both days, had picnics, met with friends and did some fall fun activities outside.  We started each morning in pj’s and Raisin helped me with some much needed pumpkin scone making.  It was a great kick off to what was an amazing weekend.

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I love me a good scone, and this was was good…not great.  Because  let’s be honest scone greatness comes from butter and cream – which these ones lacked, but the flavour profile is totally there.  They’re a healthier version which explains their density vs. the flakey melt in your mouth scones – but no shock they didn’t last long.

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I couldn’t let autumn go by without making a pumpkin scone – I mean what kinda season would it be without adding pumpkin puree to scones or a muffin or a cake?!  It just had to happen.  The spices and glaze are what give these scones a win, but without them, I’m not sure I’d make them again.  But who am I kidding, give me a coffee and a scone and I’ll devour it pretty quickly.  If you’re looking for a healthy scone alternative and something pumpkiney – try em out.  And lucky you, there’s still time before pumpkin spice is replaced by ginger bread!

Vanilla-Glazed Pumpkin Scones

Ingredients For the Scones

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1/2 cup cold lowfat 1% buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons very cold butter, cut into small pieces

For the Glaze

2 tablespoons cold fat-free milk
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted


1 – Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with oil.

2 – In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and brown sugar. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut along the length of the vanilla bean to split it open. Scrape half of the seeds into the bowl and whisk well; reserve the remaining seeds for the glaze.

3 – In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

4 – Add the buttermilk mixture and stir until just moist. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and shape it into a 9-inch round about 3⁄4 inch thick. Using a knife, cut the dough all the way through into 12 wedges.

5 – Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 10 minutes before glazing.

For the glaze

1 – Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining seeds from the vanilla bean and the milk.

2 – In another medium bowl add the powdered sugar. Using a spatula mix in the milk and combine well until it is mixed through and forms a thick glaze.

3 – Put the scones on parchment or wax paper and drizzle the vanilla glaze over the scones using a spoon. You can also dip the tops of the scones into the glaze, and then let them sit on the paper to harden. Serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in airtight containers for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information
Serves: 12 |  Serving Size: 1 scone
Per serving: Calories: 168; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 24mg; Sodium: 708mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g





Thankful for so many things – the top is always health and family, because without either nothing would matter.  This weekend may be the last we spent as this little trio.  Big things (well really a teeny package) will be joining us soon, and I’m thankful we have this time together and that it will all be changing potentially in a week!  This pic makes me smile (even though it’s totally blurry and my eyes are completely shut) because it’s part of Raisins pre bedtime routine.  We always snuggle in our bed and play “sneak attack” and by we, I mean dada and Raisin.  I’m there for snuggles and for when he comes shrieking to “save him.”  I LOVE  it and that it’s the last thing we do before he gets into his bath.  What it always boils down to is it’s all about the simple moments in life that bring you utter joy.  I hope you all had wonderful things to be thankful for, and simple things like knowing you have a home and a warm meal on the table.

Cinnamon-Apple Honey Cake


I’m already in pyjama’s, and p.s it’s only 6:30 p.m. My feet are propped up on the coffee table, there are 3 pillows stacked behind my back and I’m sipping on a bottle of perrier. This is all totally normal behaviour for a 38 week pregnant woman, right?! Please say yes and humour me.

Are there any clothes comfier than pj’s? I love dressing up and shopping for new threads, but it’s like my body sighs when I put on these pillowy cotton threads.

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Guess what though? I get to stay in my pj’s a little longer when I wake up these days. The morning routine is gonna be changing around here right away. I won’t have to get in the shower right at 6 a.m. make lunches, breakfasts, get dressed and be at work for 7:30. Starting Monday, I can actually enjoy colouring for 5 more minutes with Raisin and I’ll actually have time to MAKE a coffee AND enjoy savouring it with no rush in the world. This is all bound to happen because my last day of work was on Friday, leaving me with 12 days (in theory) before this minnow arrives. Let the nesting begin.


Leaving work on Friday was surreal, it doesn’t feel like my reality yet. On one hand it’s amazing that I don’t have to rush my weekday mornings, but on the other, I’m a creature of habit and love the routine the week brings. On the bright side I can make more cake, muffins and desserts to go along with those coffees I’ll be making in the morning…for a while anyways!


The smell in the air these days is surrounded by pumpkin spice everywhere you go. And FYI, I’m totally guilty over here on the pumpkin baking front pre fall. That scent and flavour is great and Octoberesque and all – but people seem to forget about apples and cinnamon! They’re totally right up there in the fall flavour zone. I can’t tell you how amazing apples are tasting these days, plus I’m an apple a day kinda gal.


When I bought our standard 2 bags of apples at the grocery store, I realized I needed to set a few aside to bake something. That’s where this cake came into the picture, and there’s a whole lotta goodness happening here! Thinly sliced apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter – convinced yet?

Aside from this cake being super simple to whip together, it isn’t too sweet, and lends an awesome texture between cake and a nice crunch of sweet apples. You could top it with some ice cream, or a simple drizzle of honey – any side is game as long as you enjoy it with some coffee…and maybe all while wearing your pyjamas.

Linking up with: A Mummy Too, HonestMum

Recipe adapted  from: Taste of Home

Cinnamon-Apple Honey Cake

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 cup thinly sliced peeled tart apple
3 tablespoons butter, softened1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons honey


1 – Line a 6-in. round baking pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Arrange apple slices in a single layer over cinnamon.

2 – In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes.

3 – Beat in egg. Add milk and vanilla; beat on low speed until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, honey and remaining cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture just until blended. Spoon over apple.

4 – Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Invert immediately onto a serving plate; drizzle with honey. Serve warm if desired.

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apple + cinnamon

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Good News Thursday: 30

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Well there’s lots happening – the biggie, it’s my LAST week at work. It’s all flown by so quickly that I’m in a bit of shock. But I also had a major pregnancy moment yesterday so it’s also time for this baby to come soon. The baby moment was pretty standard…I’m just tired of being pregnant and I’m really uncomfortable. This size is just getting to me because it’s uncomfortable to sit, lay down, sometimes walk….it all depends on the day. It’s random, but it’s definitely different than last time. I totally sailed through pregnancy one. But this one has been totally different in that my belly grew WAY bigger, I was plagued with nausea for the first 4-5 months, obviously with little Raisin running around all the time I’m busier than when I was pregnant with him, and I’m also older so I think that plays a little part. But don’t get me wrong, the kicks, hiccups, ob appointments are all so thrilling – it’s just so shocking how different this pregnancy has felt. It’s been smooth otherwise and I’m lucky in so many ways of course, but I feel when you’re 9 months pregnant, you’re allowed to VENT! The highlights will be meeting this little minnow mid month and seeing Raisin and baby to be together. He’s already picked out a toy to give to the baby upon arrival, and actually found all his baby stuffies on his own and has laid them on the table for him or her. The other day he showed me how he’s going to place his old blanket on top of this minnow and of course I teared up. He’s so sweet and I’m anxious for the day this baby arrives because it will be hard to be away from Raisin yet so exciting to become this unit of 4.

Fall Weekends

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My list of things to do for the fall is pretty simple – it’s actually summed down to one item really. BE OUTSIDE. Why? Well it’s for A LOT of reasons. Mainly because the temperature’s just right, the mosquitos are at an all time low, it’s criminal to be indoors when cold temps are around the corner and because without stating the obvious – it’s amazing out there. Besides pumpkin picking, bike rides and leaf jumping – it’s energizing to be outdoors while finding fun things to do as a family.


This weekend was spent outside as much as humanly possible. Aside from driving to the beach and back it was the only time we were cooped up in a car. We picnicked, went to the park, went for a bike ride, played with the neighbour, raked leaves and then naturally water balloons came out! We made up our own theme park game of trying to hit specific numbers drawn out in chalk on the fence. Simple activities, great memories and fun times had by all. And of course what would the day be without capping it off with a bon fire and roasting marshmallows?

As September is drawing to a close I’m anxious for October and slightly nervous. Not sure about you, but seeing that belly in these photos makes me realize how HUGE it is and that soon enough we’ll have another teeny tiny Raisin in this house…eeeee! Excited and bunched up with a hell of alotta nerves! But that won’t take away from our fun fall days.

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Fall has totally passed through the pipeline and is hitting the city in full force. Everyone is gearing up for pumpkin patch visits, bon fires, apple picking and yes of course the infamous PSL’s ya’ll talk about – still don’t get the hype on those lattes.


This weekend we embraced phase one of fall-dom. We have these 2 trees in our backyard and with that comes a whole lotta leaves! So naturally we raked them up for some good ol’ pile jumping. Raisin thought it was the best highlight of the day. I mean he could have cared less that we drove an hour out of the city to be beach side for a picnic and then had an ice cream the size of his head…leaf jumping trumped it. Shoulda just done that to begin with! Although don’t get me wrong, he did enjoy the picnic buuut just not as much as jumping into the leaves he helped us combine into one mega pile.


It’s been easy weekending in the city. I love the lake, but that’s our summer jam and the fall has been pretty fun since we’ve closed up shop at the cottage. What’s wild is it’s been warmer this entire month than we experienced for most of the summer, so it’s been pretty easy to enjoy every waking moment outdoors. Hey fall, can we make this weather the norm every year, cause it’s pretty awesome!


You know what’s a good idea this season? It’s enjoying fall days eating this carrot cake roll. I mean it’s got that fall orangy tinge, is filled with delicious harvested carrots, and a whole lotta cream cheese filling! So I’m asking you….what’s not to be happy about here? I was sold at cream cheese filling with this one. It’s kinda right up there with cookie dough.


I was temped to make another pumpkin puree dessert, but we still have some of those frozen goodies left for a later time to enjoy. This weekend I was all about carrots – and no it’s not a pregnancy craving! I just wanted some sorta carrot dessert and this simple roll hit it outta the park. I had my helper by my side measuring, and then when he insisted on helping shred the carrots it totally raised my mama nerves 100%. I didn’t wanna see him scrape his itty bitty fingers! And no he didn’t in case you were wondering because I told him for this to fly I had to guide his hand if he wanted to help with that part.


This is pretty much cake rolled with filling in every bite. There’s just enough carrot to satisfy that craving, and if you’re feeling wild I’m sure you can add some chopped up walnuts and raisins for texture  if you like that in your carrot cake! I have some not so into walnut fans here, otherwise they would have made a roll appearance.  A simple roll, packed with an awesome filling…I’d say it’s a cake roll celebrating carrots the right way.

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Recipe  from: Crazy for Crust

Carrot Cake Roll

Ingredients for the cake

3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
2 cups shredded carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
Powdered sugar, to aid in rolling

Ingredients for the filling

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, for dusting


1- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll (10×15”) pan with parchment paper.

2 – In a bowl, beat eggs at high speed for 5 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. Beat in sugar, oil, and vanilla extract.

3 – In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and flour. Stir into wet ingredients just until blended. Stir in carrots.

4 – Spread in prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

5 – While the cake is baking, set a clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup). As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove parchment paper carefully.

6 – Working at the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour.

7 – While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.

8 – When cake is cool, carefully unroll the towel. Spread the filling on the cake evenly, and re-roll tightly.

9 – Chill until it firms up a bit, at least thirty minutes to one hour. Dust with powdered sugar,then slice and serve. Cake can be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to one month.

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Good News Thursday: 29

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Just going to keep this one short and simple – hug the ones you love, live life for all it has to give, and celebrate the little joys around you that you may take for-granted. Life is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated everyday. Tim you will be missed. xo.

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