Date Bars!

I always need a little something sweet after every meal. I try to look for healthy/natural sweets. This time I decided to make my own dessert, a date bar. I researched a few “easy” date bar recipes, but I didn’t have all of the required ingredients at home. So, I decided to give it a little twist, and make my own recipe. It’s really easy! Give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped

1 1/2 cups water

2 1/2 cups oats (I used Quaker Quick Oats)

1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Boil 1 1/2 cups of water in a medium pan. Add 1 1/2 cups of pitted & chopped dates to boiling water. Lower heat, and simmer covered. Approximately 10 minutes or once liquid is thick.
  2. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and stir while breaking/squishing dates.
  3. Mix 2 1/2 cups of oats, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the dates mixture to the oats mixtures.
  5. Mix well!
  6. Spray 8 x 8 baking tray with oil, and pour the mixture into the tray. The mixture should be thick.
  7. Spread out the mixture evenly, and drizzle with honey.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  9. Let cool, and serve warm or cold. (Sprinkle a little icing sugar!)

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Bridal showerΒ 

Wedding season has begun!! It’s time to wear fancy outfits, eat loads of delicious food, dance with family, laugh with friends and devour sweet desserts!!

One of my friend is getting married this summer and I had the chance to attend her Kate Spade inspired bridal shower. I love it when the bridal showers are geared towards the Bride’s personality, in this case, bright, bold, bubbly and fun!!

The adorable backdrop flowers were all made by the bride’s sister-in-law.

Polka dot table clothes and fresh flowers were used to add patterns. They also displayed cute napkins that say “He asked, she said YES!”.

How adorable are these place mats? Absolutely love them!!

Of course the straws used for refreshing drinks had patterns and bows on them.

The gifts were all wrapped and displayed on the “Gifts and Cards” table.

(How adorable is that blue wrapping? :p)

The games area was decorated with a black and white Kate Spade table cloth and pink/gold accessories. A few of the activities included:

Guess the number of kisses in the jar

Advice for the bride-to-be

Write a letter to the bride and specify the date of opening

Off the market – list items with highest to lowest price

Cannot say the name of the bride, or the word “bride”

Design a toilet paper dress (I won! Hehe!)

There were a lot of desserts and food items, but all of us got hungry before we could take pictures.

Note to self: Arrive early and take pictures first.

This stunning cake was also baked and decorated by the bride’s sister-in-law!! The top layer was chocolate, and the bottom was tiramisu!! (Yes, I ate both pieces!! Yum!)

Oh, and how cute is this little shoe bank? I really need to get one for my shoe fund!!

Hope you enjoyed these pictures!!

I’ve linked some items below:

Paper Flowers| Napkins | Table Cloth| Straws| Gold Cutlery | Mr. & Mrs. Sign |

I’m still looking for the pink shoe bank!! πŸ™‚

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Denim on DenimΒ 

A denim jacket is the perfect accessory to your denim jeans and a casual top. Β It’s always a challenge being comfortable and chic while traveling. Β We walked a lot in Vancouver city around the harbor where I saw the pixel whale and had dinner at cactus club while watching a beautiful sunset. We also walked through Gas town. Β Several cute boutique stores and restaurants set a European vibe in this town along with the cobble stone roads. Β I also saw the famous steam clock here.

I’ve linked a few comfortable items for a day of walking in the links below.

Jeans:

1. | 2. | 3. | 4. | 5.Β 

Shoes:

1.| 2. | 3. | 4. | 5.

Denim Jackets:

1. | 2. | 3. | 4. | 5.

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Summer Salad!

Summer means lots of barbecues, desserts and summer fresh salads!! Here is a quick salad for your next BBQ!

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Salad:

Romaine Lettuce

Tomatoes

Avocado

Cucumbers

Dressing:

Olive oil

Lime / Lime juice

Hope you’re enjoying your summer BBQ’s!!

Casual days!

Vancouver`s beautiful Stanley Park is 405-hectare of luscious greenery bordering Vancouver downtown. It`s surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. It`s a beautiful area for picnics, running trails, a seawall and beautiful sunsets. It was raining a lot in BC (surprise!) during my visit but we made a quick trip out to Stanley Park. Lions Gate Bridge, photographed in the pictures below, connects the city of Vancouver with North Vancouver.

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If you ever go to BC, schedule a day in for Stanley Park.

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