Ottawa Beauty and Skincare brands

Ottawa has many many talented folk who run small businesses. This guide is geared towards natural beauty and skincare. I personally love some of these local brands and condone the natural and clean aspects of their products. There are so many ingredients involved in creating skincare and beauty products, some of which are more harmfulContinue reading “Ottawa Beauty and Skincare brands”

Ginger & Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie and these soft ginger + molasses cookies do the trick. Makes 30 cookies Ingredients 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/4 cup molasses 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsps baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 1Continue reading “Ginger & Molasses Oatmeal Cookies”

Ottawa apparel brands

As I continue to support the local community, I’m finding more and more independent apparel brands. These makers put so much love into their products and deserve a shoutout. These are brands without storefronts, if you are looking for Ottawa shops with storefronts to support, click here https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/your-ottawa-apparel-guide Blondie Apparel Blondie is based out ofContinue reading “Ottawa apparel brands”

Your Ottawa Apparel Guide

Ottawa boasts a great variety of local apparel with both physical shops and with local makers. I’ve been slowly transitioning the majority of my wardrobe to Canadian made and supporting local. I’m sure there are a few spots and makers I might be missing, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment!Continue reading “Your Ottawa Apparel Guide”

Ottawa’s plants and flowers

Ottawa has some pretty amazing plant and flower shops. You can find a great list over on Ottawa River Lifestyle’s blog https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-buy-plants-in-ottawa I have a few more shops to add to the list. The Ottawa Flower Market I’ve been attending the flower market since last summer when they had monthly pop-up markets at Somerset Square.Continue reading “Ottawa’s plants and flowers”

Apple crisp shortbread bars

As you pick those apples off the branches at the orchard, you might wonder – what can I do with all these? Well, you can make apple crisp shortbread bars and so many other wonderful apple treats (Check out my other apple recipes). Makes 9 – 16 squares Ingredients Shortbread layer 1/2 cup unsalted butterContinue reading “Apple crisp shortbread bars”

Jasmine tea, honey and apple cake

You read that right, jasmine tea in a cake. I was skeptical before I made this cake but the three flavour profiles really bring together the best combination. Makes 1 bundt cake Ingredients 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 cup brown sugar 1-2 apples, sliced thin 1 Tbsp loose leaf jasmine tea 1 Tbsp dark honeyContinue reading “Jasmine tea, honey and apple cake”