The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

One of my favourite desserts to make in the Fall is apple crisp. I take the kids apple picking every year and apple crisp is always a staple in our home from Thanksgiving until Christmas baking starts (Thanksgiving is the beginning of October, here in Canada).

This recipe is definitely one you will want to add to your Favourites! The juicy sweet filling and crisp oat topping will have you going back for seconds! Don’t forget to add a dollop of your favourite vanilla ice cream.

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Ingredients

Topping

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter , diced into cubes

Filling

1.5 lbs sliced cortland apples
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish or deep dish pie plate.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all dry topping ingredients.
  3. Add the diced butter and mix together with your fingertips. Place in the fridge until needed.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and flour until well combined.  Add in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour mixture over sliced apples and toss lightly. Place apples into the baking dish.
  6. Removing topping mixture from the fridge and sprinkle crumble evenly over apple mixture.
  7. Place into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow 5 minutes to cool. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy!

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Maxton’s Bedroom Update Part 1

When we moved into this house last summer; it was a brand new build and everything was the typical “builder’s beige”. I knew we would only be here a couple of years so I didn’t want to go crazy decorating the bedrooms. Maxton and Everly both had twin size beds in our old house so I kept their beds the same. Everly’s headboard and footboard were an oak colour (which I got from my Mom) and I spray painted it white before assembling her bed.

Recently I had been thinking about switching the kids over to double beds. Mainly because it would give me more space when I am laying in bed with them; and specifically for Everly because with the amount of stuffies she has in her bed now, there isn’t much room left for her.

My Mom had a fairly new double mattress she was going to get rid of and she asked me if I wanted it. I said absolutely and started hunting on Wayfair for a double bed frame for Maxton. I found the perfect one and it was on sale! There were some issues with it getting to me, but when all the pieces finally arrived, it was perfect. I was so excited for him to see it.

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I wanted bedding that would grow with him; and then I could add items throughout his room that would match his current interests. I found his comforter at Home Sense along with the hockey sheets (which he loves).

The body pillow I also found at Home Sense and the Toronto Maple Leafs blanket I purchased from Walmart.

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It took me a while to find the perfect nightstand for him. I finally found one I liked at Walmart and it was under $80. I decided to only get one for now, for the one side of his bed. He has so many little lego tables and toy bins around his room; and right now he has a storage ottoman in the other corner of the bedroom.

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His name sign I am still debating where to place (I will share about its final home when I share the second part of this post). It was made by a local handmade business that I have shared a few times on Instagram; and I actually really like the piece sitting on his nightstand right now.

I will share the rest of his room once I finish up the dresser remodel (which has been ongoing for over two years).

Sources:

Bed Frame: Wayfair
Bedding: Home Sense
Sheets: Home Sense
Toronto Maple Leafs Blanket: Walmart
Body Pillow: Home Sense
You Will Move Mountains & All Good Things Are Wild And Free Frames: Home Sense
Super Hero Picture: Home Sense
Night Stand: Walmart
Lamp: Home Sense
Picture Frame: Walmart
Basket: Walmart
Carpet: Home Sense
Name Sign: The Squirrelly Scroller

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My Top Five Bralettes

I have tried so many different bralettes that I feel like an expert when it comes to them. The biggest struggle for me is finding one that provides enough support. I nursed my son for 13 months and my daughter for 18 months,

so these puppies need a lift. Who else is with me?

I am sharing my top five bralettess with you and why I love them.

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First up is the Free People Intimately Adella Longline Bralette. It comes in 13 colours and is by far the prettiest one of them all; however; it is also the one that provides the least support. The lace detail is gorgeous and the adjustable crisscrossing straps adds to the romantic silhouette. It doubles as a bra and a cami.

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This one is a little more expensive, retailing for just under $52. It washes well and is very comfortable.

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The Aerie Romantic Lace Plunge Bralette is definitely one the provides a good amount of support. It has removable pads and a J-hook, giving you the option to wear it as a racerback.

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It comes in four colours and retails for just under $40. The lace detail is beautiful on its own, and it’s definitely one you want to peek through a tank.

The Aerie Adjustable Strap Bralette is very similar to this one in terms of support and coverage. The only major difference is the thickness of the straps. These are my two favourite bralettes, that I have purchased from Aerie.

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The Dynamite Scalloped Lace Bralette isn’t one I thought I would love when I first saw it. I thought it would lack in support but I was actually impressed after trying it on. It supports the girls nicely! This bra doesn’t have padding so it can be a little more see through at times. I love the extra length of it; and it almost feels like a crop top tank but with support!

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This one retails for under $25 and is similar to the Free People one – with no clasp in the back.

The Aerie Wonder Lace Padded Bralette has adjustable straps and split strap detail. It provides decent support and has padding for extra coverage. This is one of the first bralettes I purchased and is still one of my favourites. It comes in seven colours but I would recommend sizing up from your normal size in this one. This bralette is under $40.

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If you haven’t already guessed; I love Aerie bralettes. I really do recommend trying them on before purchasing and I find a lot of the time it is better to size up a size. If you are a B cup I would recommend a medium, and if you are a C cup, a large.

Watch for sales and promo codes; I have never paid regular price for any of these. The Free People bralette rarely goes on sale, but keep your eye out!

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Top Makeup Picks from Sephora

I have been meaning to share this post for weeks! I purchased these items a few weeks ago when Sephora had their Beauty Insider Appreciation Event.

I purchased the items below and I am going to share my favourites from this round up.

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First up is the Tarte Tartelette™ Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette caught my eye because of all the neutral colours. I love wearing these shades (maybe with the exception of black) and typically stick to shades of brown with other products I have tried. It’s a long-wearing clay-infused powder formula that blends effortlessly. It retails for $49.

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The first and second row shades are the ones I wear most often (as you can see in the photo).

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in the colour Perversion. It’s the blackest of their black shades and is a matte base. Personally, I am not a fan of shimmery liners, so this matte black is perfect.

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This creamy eye pencil glides on smoothly and is easy to blend before it dries. I apply it to my bottom lashline in the morning, and I only touch it up in the evening if I am going out somewhere (which isn’t often in Mama land; unless the grocery store counts). It’s soooo good and I love it!

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It retails for $25.

The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick is a MUST with the cold weather quickly approaching.

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This oil-infused lipstick provides so much lip hydration. It’s formulated with 65 percent oils which provides moisture and a hint of colour. I have the Rose colour and I swear my lips feel softer after having used it for a couple of weeks. It also smells amazing.

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It is a little more pricey, retailing at $44; but it’s totally worth it and there are so many colours to choose from.

The Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer from the Peaches and Cream Collections is the best bronzer I have ever used. This bronzer is made up of four shades that blend together effortlessly.

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My favourite part about this bronzer is that you don’t need to do any other contouring. I apply it to my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and across my forehead. This blend of colours adds the perfect amount of dimension to your face.

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If that doesn’t convince you, the smell alone should. It smells sooo good. This retails for $38.

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Last but not least, and my favourite purchase from my Sephora hull was the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation from the Peaches and Cream Collection. This is hands down the BEST and my absolute favourite foundation I have ever used. Seriously. It’s that good.

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It’s a medium-coverage foundation that provides a flawless matte look that never cakes or flakes. It’s oil controlling and provides up to 14 hours of wear. It’s also vegan for those who prefer to use vegan makeup.

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It’s in  a tube but it has a pump. It is honestly the best foundation I have ever used; and, because it’s part of the Peaches and Cream Collection it smells amazing. This retails for $45 and is worth every penny.

So let’s summarize: It smells amazing, is long-wearing, it’s oil controlling, gives you a flawless look, and it doesn’t flake. What more can you ask for in a foundation? If you are going to take anything away from this post, let it be this!

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Thanksgiving/Fall Tablescape

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada and I had the honour of hosting dinner for my family. It’s usually my Mom who hosts all major holidays but since she beat breast cancer and still battles MS daily – I have been taking the reigns for Thanksgiving.

This year I was all about neutral Fall decor with a touch of vintage meets modern.

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I wanted neutral colours, simple patterns and different textures. I first found the table runner from Home Sense and loved how simple it was. I knew I had beige place mats at home, and I wanted to get another textured place mat to add some dimension to the place setting. The napkins caught my eye right away and I knew they had to come home with me.

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I just love all of the different textures here!

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The large plates are actually Rae Dunn melamine plates that say “BBQ”. Haha BBQ can be Thanksgiving/Fall themed too, right? The smaller plates are actually part of my Royal Dalton china collection and I never get to use them so this was a great opportunity.

I just purchased some rosemary from the grocery store and tied a bow made from twine around each piece, and placed them in the centre of each plate.

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The centrepiece was probably my favourite part of the table.

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I wanted something in the centre of the table to add some dimension with a vintage feel.

I got a piece of barn board from a dilapidated barn and lightly sanded it; covered it in wax and then did a light white wash on top with some chalk paint.

I found the faux plant piece from Home Sense and then filled large mason jars with a variety of fresh flowers. The candlestick holders and candles I had, and the little white pumpkins I picked up from the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.

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Neutral colours can still bring a Fall feel and florals are a great way to add pops of colour to your tablescape. I love how the flowers brought out the orange and green tones in the napkins.

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I hope this brings you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving/Fall table.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bench ReDo

Tell me I’m not the only one that has multiple projects on the go that are only half-completed…I finally tackled a project that I have been meaning to do for months but just hadn’t found the time for.

I recently compiled a list of “projects” that I would like to start/finish before the end of the year. It’s not a “to-do” list (if you missed my post on why I don’t make “to-do” lists you can read it here) but rather something to look at on a day where I have some extra time (wait, do those exist?) to tackle a fun project.

I have had a bench sitting in my front foyer for months that I have been wanting to redo.

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There is a lot sentiment behind this piece which I will share more about in another post, but I had to be careful with how I tackled this project. The entire top portion of the bench is made out of burned matchsticks. It’s quite amazing actually.

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Thousands and thousands of burned matchsticks, glued together to make a beautiful piece of furniture. For this reason, I had to be so careful with how I sanded the top of the bench. I only wanted to strip a thin layer of the Varathane off, without damaging the matches. I sanded the legs (a little more abrasively), followed by the top and sides.

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As you can see, I had some extra little hands help me with the sanding.

For the legs, I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ulta Matte Paint in the shade Country Grey. I love how this paint goes on and how quickly it dries. I have shared it before on my Instagram Stories, and all the different colour options.

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I used two coats on the legs, and allowed 30 minutes of drying time between coats.

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Then I flipped the table over so I could stain the top.

I chose a grey Varathane Wood Stain for the top. I couldn’t use the chalk paint on the seat because it would have covered/filled all of the details of the matches, so I chose a wood stain.

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A little goes a long way, so I applied a thin layer across the bench – using long even strokes with the paint brush.

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Then, I took a rag and wiped off any excess stain, which also helps it seep into all of the grooves in the wood.

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If you choose to not wipe off the excess stain, you may find it will remain sticky for a long period of time and it won’t have a smooth finish (speaking from past experience).

I decided I wanted to distress the legs of the bench to pull out some of the original wood. I think it really tied the whole piece together.

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This is what I ended up with!

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You can see the stain on the top is a very subtle hue of grey but it made such a difference in the overall look.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out and I love this piece even more now!

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Minecraft Party: Maxton Turns Seven

A few weeks ago Maxton turned seven and we celebrated with a Minecraft themed party. He loves video games right now and that was his gamer theme of choice. I had a few ideas on what I wanted to do for the party, most of it just came from watching Maxton play the game; and asking him what characters he wanted to see incorporated into the party.

He asked for Herobrine, a Creeper, Pig and TNT. Everything in the world of Minecraft is very geometrical, so I figured it would be fairly easy.

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The sign and balloons I purchased from Party City and the “Max” portion of the sign I made myself.

I found some shoe boxes and used construction paper to transform them into TNT, a Creeper and Herobrine.

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I asked Maxton if he wanted to do a “Pin the tail on the Pig” and he thought it was a funny idea so I purchased some bristol board and glued a pig made out of pieces of construction paper onto it.

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He actually turned out pretty cute and it was so easy to do!

I purchased plain green paper bags for the gift bags, and just cut out black pieces of construction paper to glue on to them to turn them into little creepers.

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The cake I had made by a home-based cake decorator and she did a fantastic job! I was so pleased with how it turned out; and it tasted amazing! It was a chocolate cake, at Maxton’s request.

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6D3EAE61-B5BA-4D19-BE04-C2D62DFFC475.JPGMaxton had such a fun time, and said it was his favourite party yet!

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I love planing the kids birthday parties and I am always excited to see what theme they choose each year.

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If you are looking to plan a Minecraft party for your kiddo, I hope this offered you some inspiration!

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