Wednesday, November 12, 2014

the cannon

Hi All!

Today I wanted to do something different and show you a little hometown hidden gem- and no- Hamilton, Ontario is not actually my hometown, but it is the town that I call home now! And I've definitely found a gem! - my new favourite little cafe called 'the cannon'


I got the idea for this post when RelayRides contacted me and asked if I wanted to be in on their new campaign. They are a car-sharing service where you can either rent a car or rent out your car to people who are traveling in your area- which I think is a pretty neat and affordable idea. They even have a service now where you can meet people at the airport when you land on holiday! Anyways, they wanted to make a pinboard of good places to go when you're traveling and asked if I had any thoughts on Hamilton- and I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you about this cafe that I've been loving!


You know one of those restaurants that whenever you have friends in town you want to bring them? Well this is that restaurant for me :) - 'the cannon'

179 Ottawa st. north, Hamilton Ontario   //   289-700-0088   //   cannoncoffeeco@gmail.com

the cannon is a little cafe-style restaurant, where they have all the fancy coffees, teas and lattes- but they also have the most amazing waffles!

 (beautiful latte art for me)

(Making our Chemex - a fancy slow-filter coffee)

 Iced for Cael

Hot for Kristie

But now for my favourite part- the waffles. And these aren't just regular waffles (although you can get regular waffles) -these are fancy dinner waffles! 


This is one of their 'Brunch Plates'- my favourite the 'Merican Brunch plate, which is a pesto waffle, topped with grilled veggies, goat cheese, avocado, two poached eggs and balsamic reduction (and of course I added a side of bacon).


I think I could live off this, definitely on my top 10 list of favourite meals of all time. 

Other than the amazing food, it's just a really relaxed atmosphere, very quaint and friendly!


Perfect for some sisters coffee time, or even just hanging out with your laptop for a bit- I feel like I could just spend hours relaxing here :)


Love love love this place! So much that I thought I should share it with you all. So if you are ever coming to Hamilton- you know my recommendation.

I have definitely given myself a serious waffle craving right now...


What are your favourite hometown (or current town you call home) places to go?


xo erin

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday: Pumpkin Spice Martini


Hi All!

It's time again for a Tipsy Tuesday. With this one I'm clinging to the last bit of Fall that I can manage to hold onto- and I'm doing that with a Pumpkin Spice Martini- because really, how much more fall can it get than anything pumpkin spice?



This is a slightly more involved drink- but who could really resist it, it's delicious.

Simple Pumpkin Syrup:
1C sugar
1C water
1C pumpkin puree
1 tsp pure vanilla
3 tsp pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon) 



Over the stove heat the sugar and the water until it is fully dissolved and slightly thick (5-10 min). Then add the pumpkin, vanilla and the spices. 


Martini:

3 tbsp Simple Pumpkin Syrup
1oz vodka
1oz cold coffee/espresso
1/2oz half & half (10% cream)



Mix all these together in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass that has been rimmed with some sugar and spices. 


This was incredibly delicious, and there was enough of the pumpkin puree to do MANY martinis, you could even keep the leftovers in the fridge for something pumpkin flavoured later. If you want you can get all artsy like this and put some coffee beans and a cinnamon stick around for effect, that is before you knock them all out of the way to drink it!

How are you holding on to your last bit of fall? 

Hope you're all having a very Tipsy Tuesday! 

xo erin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tipsy Tuesday: Hot Spiced Rum Cider

Hi All!

I hope you're all getting into the fall spirit! I have been soaking in the cool evenings and colourful changing leaves- I forgot how much I love fall.

One of those fall experiences that I have been definitely been taking advantage of is apple picking. And the last time I was out apple picking I picked up some apple cider- for some hot spiced rum cider! mmm


This is absolutely one of the most seasonal, most delicious and most downright simple drinks you can possibly make :) and I love it.


To make this spiced cider all you need is some delicious apple cider, some chai or otherwise spiced tea (can be herbal), cinnamon sticks (which you can use to steep or just to garnish), and of course some rum!

For about 3 drinks I took 4 cups of cider and put it in a saucepan over the stove on medium-high heat. Then I took 2 tea bags and let them steep in the cider (you could also put in a cinnamon stick for extra cinnamon flavour). Heat the cider up until it's steaming and hot, but not boiling. Stir it around a bit infusing the spices! I did this for about 10 minutes.


Measure you're chosen amount of rum into your favourite mug- this amount will vary depending on how cold it is, how many exams you have coming up, or how many relatives are visiting your house. For hanging out with friends I opted for about 1 1/2 ounces.


Then ladle your hot spiced cider over your rum, and into your favourite glass, possibly with a cinnamon stick to make it look festive!


So simple, so tasty, so fall appropriate!


Definitely one of my favourite things right now!

How are you enjoying the fall season? Do you have any favourite drinks to warm up with?

Hope you're having a very Tipsy Tuesday!

xo erin

Thursday, October 9, 2014

TBT: Bra History

Hi All!

Today I have something really cool for Throwback Thursday! Instead of a throwback to a project that I've sewn, I want to show you a throwback WAY further in time!


I've been sitting in on a couple classes at Bra-Maker's Supply and in one of the classes we did a little lesson on Bra History, so I thought I would bring in a couple vintage pieces from my collection!

The first thing was an old brassiere (before they were called bras), I'm not really sure how old this is, but I'm thinking early 1900's -

You can see how it goes around your arms and fastens in the back, and has a little strap that would attach to your girdle in the front!


The whole front of the bodice is boned inside, and has these little straps with sliders and rings for shaping! SO cool! but definitely give a bit of a uni-boob effect.


The next vintage piece I had was a children's corset- which I would say was cute if the idea of a child wearing a corset wasn't completely against the comfort level I feel children should have in their clothing!


So itty-bitty, with only four hooks on the busk!

With the proper lace-up in the back and some pretty lace trim top and bottom


The next two things I brought in are probably my favourite! Two Eaton's Catalogues, one from 1928, and one from 1966. - It's amazing how much changed between the catalogues, and again to today!




The 1966 catalogue was my grandmothers, and is from the year my mom was born, and the 1928 catalogue was given to me by a wonderfully generous lady I met in a 'learn to use your serger class'- to whom I will forever be grateful

Just look at the contraptions that they wore back in 1928!


and the prices lol!

$3.95 for the FlexOsteel Corset with Abdominal Belt!!


They had such cherub faces- and straight figures!


'Health-Style Corsets'


Even maternity corsets! - Can you believe that! 



Things really changed when it came to 1966!


All about the hourglass figures, new stretch fabrics, and pointy boobs!



Look at the point on those cups!



It so interesting how the styles change, and even how the 'ideal woman' changes- there were definitely no straight-figured, cherub-faced ladies in Spring/Summer 1966!

I also got quite a chuckle at the Men's underwear section.


'I say chap, your onsie is the bee's knees!'


'Golly gee! these boxers are quite swell!'

Anyways, I thought these were so cool, I was thinking that I might do a series of posts focusing on different parts of the catalogues, - it's just too much for one post, and I really wanted to focus on the bra history!

Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past! What was your favourite style?

I would love to make myself a bullet bra out of the 60's!

Hope you're having a great Thursday!

xo erin

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wellness (almost) Wednesday: Walking the Trails in Fall :)

Hi All,

Last weekend one of my best friends Kaitlyn invited me out to go hiking. I got up at the 'Sunday crack of dawn' (8 am) and headed over to meet her at the trail for 9:15.

It couldn't have possibly been a more beautiful, sunny, crisp and just overall glorious fall morning.

After a week at my sewing machine it felt like a total breath of fresh air.


 The trail was absolutely stunning, and the fall colours are just starting to turn :)


If only my ceiling looked like this all the time :)


 I've felt cooped up in the sewing room all week- so I really needed the exercise.

The trail we went to is called Beamer Memorial Trail, just outside of Hamilton in Grimsby, Ontario.  


It has part of the Bruce Trail, which is an 885 km trail along the Niagara Escarpment. Needless to say we did not walk that far lol, we just did a small part of it :)


But quite a beautiful part, with views of lake Ontario :)

We also wandered our way down to the little waterfall at the end of one of the side trails


SO PRETTY!


Kaitlyn taking pictures

She even took this one of me :)


Then we hiked back to the center of the trail and took these stairs down the escarpment into the valley belowf.


Then spent some time wandering the little creek running through the valley.


Doesn't this look gorgeous- yes yes it does- but I will tell you my friends, be cautious walking along rocks, in a creek, that look like this. Why you ask? let me tell you:

Just imagine me, somewhat clumsily walking along, rock to rock, when all of the sudden I put all my faith, all  my weight, into my step onto a slightly angled rock, only to find out that the surface is coated in a very thin layer of algae that has about 0 friction. You can imagine what happens next: foot goes straight out from under me, and I'm on my bum before I can blink. Now the worst part of this whole experience was trying to get up off the slipperiest rock in the whole world, while trying not to pee your pants from laughter, while going into harder fits of giggles as your friend is almost peeing themselves watching you try to get up. Not to mention the very startled look I got from a birdwatcher who didn't understand my laughter and was worried that I justf couldn't get up, whom I had to reassure that I was indeed okay.

That my friends is why you must be cautious with these rocks.

But after the whole rock ordeal we made it all the way back up the stairs and back along the trail, where we ran into this little guy


What a cutie :) I love woolly bear caterpillars :) and what a nice end to the walk :)

I feel like this is something that I should do more often, I felt about 10 lbs lighter walking out of those woods, like it cleared my mind and refreshed me so much- I would highly recommend it, especially now while the weather is so beautiful!

Do you like to walk the trails in the fall? Do you have a favourite hiking trail in your area?

I just love it! and this trail is such a gem!

I am off to drink some tea, cuddle up in a sweater, and do all the very seasonable things- I might even buy a pumpkin to carve :)

xo erin