Bingley turns four!

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Today is Bingley's birthday and he turns four! For his birthday, he's getting a little party, lots of gifts, and I made his favourite, flourless peanut butter cookies! He's allergic to wheat among lots of other things so this recipe is perfect for him. If you'd like to see that recipe, check here. Follow me on instagram and twitter for Bingley birthday cuteness and for new posts! Happy birthday Bingley!

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Welcome Spring, Its Been a While...

Is anyone else as happy as I am for Spring to be officially here? Although in the Toronto area it's still quite wintry, I'm enjoying the plus 5 weather. Grass is being exposed, the snow is melting, the days are brighter, longer, and I'm enjoying it all. When I think of Spring, I think of hope, newness, and life. The sun is coming out more, and we're finally going to be able to pack away those parkas. There's some things I'm looking forward to, and I'm sure you are to. The first thing I'm looking forward to is wearing all my Spring clothes. Layers, a lighter palette, and saying goodbye to boots are all beautiful things. Also, some nice pastel nail colours will be coming out!

This doesn't pertain to everyone, but the Spring represents university coming to an end. I'm excited to be finishing my fourth and final year. Saying goodbye to the thousand of essays means I can do more of the things I enjoy (before entering the real world).

Dog walks. I know Bingley and I are itching for warmer and sunnier weather so we can walk more. Bingley is fairly small and doesn't do well with extreme cold or heat, so the Spring is his favourite season. (Plus, his birthday will be coming up soon!) More time outside means all-around happier people.

Flowers, green grass, trees blooming, and all of the spring (and summer) produce that will be coming out. I can't wait to start my condo herb garden again.

I've missed you Spring, this Canadian winter was way too long.

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A Monday PickMeUp

As you may know, I had three (now two) exams this week. Today was rainy and cold and plain ugly in Toronto so I definitely needed a pickmeup. I always get picked up on a bad day by my cute pup, Bing. When I walked through my door he was so happy to see me; his tail was wagging, he was dancing, and he threw himself on the floor to get scratched. There were also many kisses. I love him, and am so grateful to have him. I hope I make him as happy as he makes me. Before I got home, I witnessed another dog and owner bonding that was just adorable. A man was taking his huge dog for a walk. They sat down at a bench, and the owner took out a new coat for the dog. He put the coat on him,  and the dog jumped him with a hug and kisses! It was so beautiful.

If you have your own pup, give them a hug. If you don't, I'll give Bingley one for you hehe

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Ps. Follow me on instagram @melodyannep for more pictures of bingley, updates on the blog, and lots of food! Also give me a follow on Bloglovin here!

Happy Autumn!

Autumn is definitely my favourite season and all around time of year! The crispness of the air, the colours of the leaves, thanksgiving, and my birthday all add up to a lovely time for me. This is just a general post for the seasonal things that I've prepared so far. I used a rainy saturday morning to pickle some veggies. I pickled radishes, cabbage, carrots, and red onions. For a general pickle, you use 2 cups of vinegar, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of salt. I added coriander seeds as well. You can boil the water before you make the mixture for food safety.

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I made my own pumpkin spice latte from scratch, and I have to admit it was pretty delicious! Make coffee or espresso. In a pot combine 3 tablespoons of pumpkin purée (just the canned stuff) with about 3/4 cup of milk, brown sugar, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Let it heat up and add it to a mug with your coffee! I topped it with more pumpkin pie spice to make it the ultimate latte!

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I have multiple pretty pumpkins around my condo now, and they just add such a wonderful sparkle and piece of autumn. IMG_2193.JPG

 

This best shows my autumn mornings: Bingley, sleeping on my bed, being cute and cuddly. I'm so lucky to have this little guy! IMG_2189.JPG

Apartment Series Introduction

Good morning everyone! Today I'm embarking on a new journey on my blog. I will officially be starting my apartment series. I recently just moved into a condo and it is quite small, but at the same time, so perfect!

I wish I could show you the before and after, but the before was just so scary (like excessive visible dirt scary!). However, I'll be listing all the things I changed to make it much less scary. Decorating and fixing an apartment certainly doesn't have to be pricey, just take your time and you'll find the right pieces at the right price.

The gnome cohabits with me in my front hall (haha), as you can see he's a cute protector! The lamp I got from Target, and I filled it with turquoise glass beads that I'm pretty sure my mom has had for twenty years. The little fox bowl, which now holds candy and treats, is actually a measuring cup that I picked up in a set from Winners. These three items sit on a white cabinet which was originally $350 from Winners and I snagged it for $50! So proud of that deal.

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And there's Mr. Bingley!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins

What do you do when you have mushy bananas? You can make banana bread, or the cuter alternative... muffins! I love muffins because they're yummy, portable, and if you include the right ingredients, they can be healthy! So the other day I had all of these mushy bananas and pulled out my handy dandy gluten free peanut butter and banana muffins recipe! (well that's a mouthful!) They are super easy to make, everything you would have on hand, and you'll love em!

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You will need:

1 cup of peanut butter 2 eggs 2 or 3 bananas, mashed 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour 1/4 cup of sugar (I used coconut sugar) 1/4 cup of almond milk 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (my favourite!)

Mix everything together in one bowl. Line your muffin tin with cute wrappers or just spray them with a non-stick spray. Bake them at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Feel free to add in chocolate chips, oats, or seeds! Opt out peanut butter for almond butter or any other kind of sticky nut butter. The possibilities are endless.

Enjoy and happy muffin making!

ps. Here's what Bingley was doing while I was baking. (he's adorable, if I say so myself hehe)

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Puppy Party

May 9th is Mr. Bingley's birthday, and of course, we throw him a puppy party! He turned the big 3 years old. We had party hats and crowns, toys for him, and I made vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles on them (for the humans)! The point is, Bingley is family to me and I want to make him feel special. Dogs provide humans with so much joy and happiness so when we can share it with them, please do. Celebrate your pup's birthday, and try to get them in a party hat! (I feel so accomplished that I got Bing in one!) Happy birthday Bingley! 

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Meet Mr. Bingley

Hello everyone! Today's post is about my loveable and full of personality puppy. Well he isn't technically a "puppy" (he's going to turn 3 soon - stay tuned for a birthday party post) but he's still a puppy to me! He's a Yorkie Bichon mix, and captures the hearts of everyone around him.

So please let me introduce my oh so smart, handsome, and charismatic Mr. Bingley. Yup, he's named after Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (I'm a English major haha) character Charles Bingley. Ohh I forgot to mention he can dance too!

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