July on Planet Byn {2017}

by byn on July 31, 2017

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Canada Day Cupcakes

Most of this month was dedicated to baking and preparing for a very special 1st birthday party, which I’ll write more about next week, but here’s what else was going on in the meantime:

  • Canada Day was a pretty big deal this year as we celebrated our 150th birthday. To me this just meant I told my parents we should have a BBQ/pool party and that I would make Maple Cupcakes (brown sugar cupcakes with maple buttercream) for dessert. I stalked this True North sprinkle mix from the girls at GlamPop, when they were up at the Yorkville Farmer’s Market back in June. Totally worth it!
  • Jenny had us over for a BBQ/pool party (theme of my month I guess?) and I seriously still can’t stop thinking about the burgers she made us plus her trademark S’mores Bar! My contribution to the day was this super quick and easy Mexican Street Corn Salad, which was even more simple because I used frozen corn. Need to make it again with the fresh stuff before the summer’s through.
  • Our old friend Chuck Hughes was at the Saks Food Hall in The Bay, and my friend Erin and I went down to check him it out. He has a new line of antipasto, vinegars and olive oil, which we got to sample, before chatting with Chuck for a while. I reminded him I had baked cookies for him before, and he said he remembered me, so let’s just pretend it’s true!
  • Jenny, Heather and I hit up Debrodniks Donuts in Kitchener on our way to visit Christina and they were just the right amount of squishy (in a good way), with some fun flavours. Our only complaint (and this is nitpicking) is that the filled doughnuts didn’t have enough filling. Still worth a visit if you’re in the area.
  • Kristine and Mae came over for Frosé Trials: Part I on my balcony, but because we were dashing out to a concert, I felt as though I didn’t let it churn for long enough in my ice cream maker to maximize the slushiness factor. Need to continue to work on this for the rest of the summer.
  • So many of my friends share my obsession with the Bachelorette, and case in point, most of my Monday nights this month were spent at other people’s houses watching Rachel’s journey to find love. My work girls and I had a “Do You Accept this Rosé” night, where we ordered pizza, drank wine and I brought these Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies for a treat. My friend Jen and I watched with a throwback meal from Axia, where we probably ate once a month for a stretch of a few years in the early ’00s. Finally, Lydia had me over tonight and made the most amazing prosciutto, pear, blue cheese and arugula flat bread pizzas before we settled in for The Men Tell All.

Other non-foodie things I was obsessed with this month:

  • Summer Movie Season is just peak Byn happiness, and this month I saw Spiderman Homecoming which is an absolute joy. I also saw Baby Driver because my podcast boys wouldn’t stop talking about it, but it was just okay for me.
  • I tore through Into The Water this month, from the author who wrote The Girl on the Train. It was a bit confusing at first, but then I couldn’t put it down until I figured out what happened. I also read The Fall of Lisa Bellow, which I was obsessed with for a few days. The ending was a disappointment though, so I can’t give this one my recommendation.
  • Turns out Party of Five is on Netflix, so I was sucked down a hole of angsty teen drama, combat boots and plaid shirts for few weeks. I remember watching the show in high school, but never saw the last couple seasons while I was in university, so I’m trying to make my way through to see how all the Salingers ended up.


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