two of my favourite things all baked together in one little humble loaf of joy.

recipe taken from Lady and Pups: an angry food blog who derived it from a Martha Stewart recipe. she's so very witty and sarcastic oh my gosh I love it!

the recipe:

yield: one loaf 
3 tablespoons (10 grams) black tea/Irish breakfast/English breakfast [I used Irish breakfast.]
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 stick (170 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup honey + 2-3 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups cake flour, or all-purpose
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Preheat the oven on 350ºF/175ºC.
Grind black tea-leaves in a spice-grinder until coarsely ground (like the consistency of ground coffee for French-press), then add to the milk in a small sauce pot.  If you don’t have a spice-grinder, combine tea-leaves with milk in a blender, and blend to the same consistency.  Bring to a simmer on medium-heat then turn the heat off.  Leave the ground tea-leaves in the milk and let steep while cooling down to room-temperature.
Cream the butter and sugar together with a stand-mixer/hand-held mixer until light and fluffy, approx 3 min.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat it into the creamed butter until the mixture is light and fluffy again, 2 min for each egg.  Then add 1/3 cup of honey and vanilla extract, beat until smoothly combined.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Beat the flour-mixture and the black tea-milk (that’s cooled down to room-temp) alternatively into the creamed butter-mixture, starting and ending with the flour-mixture.  Basically: 1/3 of flour-mixture + 1/2 of black tea-milk + 1/3 of flour-mix + 1/2 of black tea-milk + the last 1/3 of flour-mix.  Mix each step until just smooth and don’t over-work the batter.
Butter the inside of a loaf-pan and dust with flour.  Make sure to tap the pan to release excess flour.  Pour the batter into the pan, and swirl 3 tbsp of honey into the batter with a spoon.  Bake in the oven until golden-brown on top and a wooden skewer comes out clean from the center of the loaf, 50-60 min.
Let the cake cool off slightly.  
Serve the sliced cake with honey whipped cream (optional - see her blog for the recipe!)  
                     And you know what goes well with this?  A cup of strong black tea with milk :)



MINI COUPLE SESSIONS || Rachel + Garrett

This past weekend was my cousin's high school graduation. With that came hours of photos; trying our hardest to get one big ol' family photo where we all have our eyes open. Difficult I tell you! In between the pictures I was apart of, I felt obliged to take advantage of the most beautiful + fragrant lilac bushes + an adorable couple (friends of my cousin) watching from the sidelines. I am wishing I had more time to  take in Rachel + Garrett's sweetness, love + humility. But I feel like this short reel of pictures capture that.


today you were far away

and I didn't ask you why

what could I say

I was far away

you just walked away
and I just watched you
what could I say

how close am I to losing you

tonight you just close your eyes
and I just watch you
slip away

how close am I to losing you

hey, are you awake
yeah I'm right here

well can I ask you about today
how close am I to losing you



OLYMPUS TRIP 35 - introduced in 1967 and named after its intended use for picture takers and photographers alike who wanted something compact and functional for holidays. this retro 35mm camera is solar powered! that way, you could go on a cross-'Merica road trip and not have to worry about the battery dying on you mid shoot. no way!

turned this battered up peanut butter jar into a planter. also, have you ever thought about planting a cactus? ya, well I didn't either until today... you should try it sometime! ;)

 I plan to flip this 10 pound (legittt) flower holder and utilize it as a picture holder!

thanks strathcona antique mall! you served me well.

much love,