Recipes

Curried Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

It’s that time of year again! Time for soup, cialis buy sweaters and staying indoors. I love fall food – the flavours send me to my happy place. This recipe is one of my go-to soups – it’s basically autumn in a bowl. It’s always a crowd-pleaser and I’m constantly writing it down for people. Perhaps you could put it on this year’s Thanksgiving menu…just saying.

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DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera | Oh Lovely Bows

Yay it’s October!! This means that we get to have Thanksgiving (in Canada) and spend time with our family and friends, cialis sale it also means HALLOWEEN! Which is also my dads birthday – so double special day.

Oh my goodness, viagra generic do I love making a costume for Halloween. It’s so much fun. I don’t even need to have plans in order to make something, I just love making ridiculous and usually large elaborate costumes for the day. Why not!? I hope one day our kids will also like dressing up because, well, I am going to make them. I kid. Kind of.

I have been into making things with cardboard the last couple of years and this year is no exception. I haven’t started yet, but I hope my costume (costumes, I am making two!) works out the way I imagine it will. You’ll have to wait and see what it is, but in the meantime check out these adorable DIY costumes from some amazing bloggers. SO cute! Also if you want to make a Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera costume, like the photo above – follow this tutorial I did from last year when I made these crazy and awesome heads!

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Alaska: A Family Vacation

Oh Lovely Bows | Alaska

Oh Lovely Bows | Alaska

So, viagra sale cruises aren’t my schteez. They’re slightly boring and culturally irrelevant to me. My dream vacations involve quaint cafes and artisan bakeries – not an endless trough of cafeteria food. And they kinda just dump you in extreme tourist conditions. Oh well, viagra sale it’ll probably be another 20 years before I cruise again. With that said, it was a thoroughly relaxing vacation. No cooking, no cleaning…and I returned home feeling refreshed! I feel truly blessed to have this experience with my sweet family. Oh, and also, Alaska is a GORGEOUS.

One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of beautiful views in Alaska. I did my best to curate and limit the amount of photos….but it’s just so hard when there is a vista in every glance.

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Chai Baked Donuts

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

It’s donut time again! Recently my husband turned 30, generic viagra health and I threw him a surprise party to celebrate. I made it a ‘Dessert Party’ so everyone came with some sort of treat – so muchhhh sugar, but so fun. I decided I wanted to make my earl grey donuts that I shared with all of you earlier this year. Well. I didn’t grease the pan enough – and all my donuts crumpled while I was trying to get them out of the pan to cool. SAD. Since that whole experience turned into a pretty big fail I wanted/needed to make donuts again to prove to myself that I hadn’t made a terrible recipe and that the crumply pile of donuts was just a one time thing. BTW…I ended up making a donut pile which I titled the ‘Party Pile’ and poured all of my icing over the pile. It was still devoured and tasted great, just not as pretty as I had hoped :(

So here is me saying to myself – self, that was just a one time thing. You are good at making donuts, and you can now carry on with your life knowing in your heart that donuts and you are a-ok. Phewf.

I’ve come up with these delicious Chai Baked Donuts, and they worked out! Let’s get to making them, shall we?

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

I buy a lot of my tea at an adorable tea shop in Vancouver called La Petite Cuillere. They serve a pretty big amount of tea which they blend themselves, and you can purchase it to have at home or stay at the shop and have a tea party full of all the treats that accompany high tea if you’re feeling fancy. So sweet! I used their chai house blend for this recipe.

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donuts  makes 12 donuts 

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon loose leaf Chai tea blend – ground in a food processor (or blender)

2/3 cup vegetable oil (it has the least amount of flavour, feel free to use a different oil )

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Pre-heat your oven to 350º. Pour your looseleaf tea into your food processor or blender (or mortar and pestle) until it is a bit more broken down than it’s original form. You’ll want to do this part so that you aren’t having to chew through the tea bits. Once the tea is ready, pour all your dry ingredients into one bowl and mix. Then pour all your wet ingredients into another bowl and mix. Then pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl and mix everything together until just combined. Fill your well-greased donut pans with about 2/3 of batter in each donut ‘hole’. Then bake for 12-14 minutes. Once they have been baked let them cool on a wire rack before dipping.

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

For the Icing

2 cups of confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk – unsweetened)

2 teaspoons of loose leaf chai tea blend

1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice blend + some for sprinkling on top, once dipped

Directions

In a small pot over medium heat, allow the almond milk and the looseleaf tea to come to a gentle boil. Once it has started to boil, turn off the heat and ‘steep’ the tea with the lid covering it for 5-10 minutes. The longer you let it steep the more flavourful your icing will be. Once the milk has steeped to your liking, pour it over a strainer into a wide and shallow(ish) bowl. Pour in the confectioners sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice in with the milk, and stir until it is smooth and no lumps are left. Then dip your cooled donuts into the icing, transferring them to parchment paper, and finish by sprinkling some pumpkin spice to decorate.

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

A dusting of pumpkin spice for the fall weather.

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Chai Baked Donut Recipe || Oh Lovely Bows

Yum! You guys should make these delicious Chai Baked Donuts for your next brunch get-together. The perfect amount of chai flavour makes these donuts my new party favourite. Similar to my Cream of Earl Grey donuts but with a spicy twist! And if you’d rather make a straight up pumpkin spiced donut, check out my recipe here.

Now I need to have another party so that I don’t have a bunch of donuts sitting around waiting to be gobbled up. But if we are going to be honest with each other, these donuts don’t need nooo party to be eaten. Can you say, donut party for one!?

xo

Cori Anne

 

 

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DIY Dowel and Copper Towel Rack

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

You know when something gets stuck in your head and you become slightly obsessed with the idea, cialis sale  and you know you can’t get over it until you do whatever it is that’s stuck in your head? Yah? Well, that happens to me ALL the time. I, admittedly, can get a little too into things (as if that’s a thing?…it’s a thing) and I just have to make whatever the thing is that I am wanting needing to make! A maker’s gonna make, amiright?! Anyways, this cute dowel and copper towel rack was the thing that was stuck in my mind this time. So, I made it! (I am no longer going to use the word ‘thing’ from here on out)

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

With the help of my husband, who is the person that thankfully is the clear mind when it comes to all my millionsssss of ideas, we were able to make this rack a reality. It’s really quite simple and so dang cute, it added just enough personality to our very small bathroom. We had a simple silver bar before and I just wasn’t feeling it. This new rack is much better. Hoo-ray!

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

Materials & Tools:

3/4 inch dowel – the length you will need for the sides and main bar

1/2 inch floor flange (2)

3/4 inch copper elbows (2)

Copper Spray paint

Mitre Saw

Brown duct tape

Screws

Screw Driver

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, spray paint your floor flanges copper. Then measure how long you want your dowel pieces to be. Basically, you want to decide how long the main dowel will be (the one that holds the towel) and how far from the wall you want it to be. Then cut your dowel pieces to size with a mitre (chop) saw.

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

Next, you will screw your wall flanges into the wall, making sure everything has been measured to fit. We used the same holes in the wall that were used from the original towel rack, as there were already dry wall screws in place. Easy!

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

Then, simply ‘screw’ in the short dowel pieces that stick out from the wall into the floor flanges. I say ‘screw’ in because the floor flanges have threading that you can twist the short dowels into, so you can use that to hold the dowels in. I would suggest doing that as well as using some heavy duty glue to keep them secure. Up to you!

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

Then, slide your elbows onto the long and short dowel pieces. I wrapped brown duct tape around the end of the dowel so that it all fit snuggly inside of the elbow. It doesn’t show at all and really helps to keep the elbow on – again, you could use some strong glue to to keep it in place as well. Or if you have the right bit, drill a small screw through the copper elbow into the dowel.

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Copper and Dowel Towel rack || Oh Lovely Bows

And that’s it! I love how it looks below my prints that I finally framed and hung up. It’s so fun to  slowly make my house more my home.

xo

Cori Anne

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DIY Photo Mat Hack

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Hello Friday! Today I am sharing a super simple post with you…it’s not even a tutorial, generic viagra viagra really. Just a thing I did that helped me from searching forever to find frames that fit my awkward (but beautiful) sized prints from Rifle Paper Co. These prints are 8X10. And most (all?) frames are for 8.5X11. So yah. Nothing fit. Nothing fit for so long that I’ve kept these prints in their original plastic packaging from when I got them about THREE years ago. A long time! I have been slowly decorating our home since we moved in April, best viagra online and I wanted to update our bathroom – and these prints are the perfect thing for the bathroom! But no frames = not so good to hang up in a moist room. See the dilemma?

So, I decided to make my own matting (because it’s expensive everywherrrreeee) and put these prints in a regular sized frame, finally. Here’s what I did!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

You will need poster paper, a ruler, an exacto knife, a mat to cut on and whatever frame and prints you are using. I bought my frames at ikea for about $3 each!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

To do this, use the backing of the frame as the size you want for the outside edge of the matting, and trace the shape onto your poster paper. Once traced and cut out, place your print on top of the rectangular (8.5X11 sized) poster paper and mark the four corners of the print. Try to get the print into the middle of the cut out poster paper. Then, decide how thick you want your matting to be and using the marked ‘corners’ as your reference, with a ruler draw a smaller rectangular shape onto the poster paper. Once traced, cut out the inside rectangle with your exacto knife. It should be smaller than your print, so that once cut out, the edges will cover the edges of the print as the photo above shows. I chose my matting to be about a 1/2 inch thick so it wouldn’t cover up too much of the print but it covered enough of it that it looked centered in my frame.

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Once you’ve finished the first one, use it as your template to make as many mats as needed.

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Tape your mat (with non abrasive tape) on top of your print and then place it on your frames backing (with more tape if needed) and put your frame back together, and you’re done!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Easy peasy! A perfect weekend project for any of those prints, pictures or whatever may be an awkward size and is just sitting around collecting dust! Go buy a cheap frame and make your own matting, it is a total cost saver and can be a good way to get that art up in your home :)))

Happy Friday!

xo

Cori Anne

Projects

Halloween Painted Skull DIY

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

I LOVE Halloween. I love it. I mostly love it because I am obsessed with costume ideas, cialis generic and making mine from scratch every year. YES, viagra canada I go over the top most of the time. I usually show up to a party dressed in the most extravagantly weird outfit (like this). And yes, I am okay with that. However, one of the things that I don’t always enjoy are the decorations that fill the stores close to the holiday. They’re just so, well…creepy. And ugly. Mostly ugly. Who designs these horribly coloured skulls and ghosts and whatever else goes along with it? Well, I decided I would re-design one of the many weird decorations and make it suit my home a little more!

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Materials Needed:

Styrofoam skull – I got mine at Michaels

Primer paint in white

Acrylic paint in assorted colours

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

How to:

So simple! First paint your entire skull with white primer paint. One or two coats should do it. Then, once that’s dried, paint it with whatever base colour you’d like to use. Then the rest is up to you! I made a few different shapes and dots. That’s it! Easy peasy. SO much cuter, and my style.

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Adorable. Well….adorable for a skull. Hah. The colours really pop and I love this pattern I’ve made up!

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Halloween Painted Skull DIY || Oh Lovely Bows

Yay! So much fun. You all need to go down to your local Halloween decor store and re-envision how you could make some of the decor look in your home. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, folks. Let’s brighten this holiday up!

xo

Cori Anne

 

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And the winner is…!!!

Oh Lovely Bows || A Giveaway!

Well guys, generic viagra try it’s Friday! And that means it’s time to giveaway one of our beautiful necklaces! It was so much fun having this giveaway here and on our instagram account – you guys are the best. It’s nice to have people liking and wanting the things that we’ve made – so cool! You’re all our favourites. But like anything, discount cialis hospital there can only be one winner. (err, troche two if you count instagram) So without further ado, through a random draw, the winner is…

Oh Lovely Bows || A Giveaway!

Oh Lovely Bows || A Giveaway!

Caitlin! The ‘ocean and the sky’ is all yours now! We will send you a direct message with more details. Yay!

Thanks so much for entering friends, we truly appreciate all of our interactions with all of you.

Happy Weekend, and thanks again!

xo

Cori Anne

Adventures

Junia Faye

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Although we’re clearly not a political blog, best viagra store the news has been so sad lately. Tragic. Wrong. My heart goes out to the families who have lost their children so unjustly. And in the news of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, no rx I’m hugging my little boy even closer. We’ve got to treasure our children. So it seemed fitting to feature this beautiful family and their sweet baby girls. I was privileged with taking some photos in honour of baby Junia Faye’s birth.

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Baby Photos | Oh Lovely Bows

Peace and Love,

Joyelle

Adventures

Smugglers Cove, BC



This past weekend I surprised my husband with a little getaway to the Sunshine Coast for his 30th birthday. It’s just off the mainland of Vancouver and it is a gorgeous beachy island full of little towns along the coast line. We stayed in Sechelt with our good friends at one of their moms cabin (it’s really a beautiful home!). IT. WAS. SO. MUCH. FUN. The surprise worked out perfectly and my husband was so happy that we were able to get away. He’s a teacher so it’s going to get busy for him very soon, cialis generic clinic a getaway before the craziness is always welcome!

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Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

One of the areas we wanted to check out while we were there was Smugglers Cove. We made sure to pack up some beverages, and headed out to be able to catch the sunset. After a short hike, we settled on some rocks looking over the ocean and soaked in just how beautiful the coast is. Prosecco and sunsets. Perfect combination.

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Arbutus trees are my favourite! They are so so beautiful. If you’ve never seen one in real life, come here! We’ve got them all along the west coast. After we watched the sun setting, we packed up and hiked back out. We should all do this sort of thing every day, no? I think it would be good for our health.

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Smugglers Cove, Sechelt, BC || Oh Lovely Bows

Ahhh, what a great and relaxing weekend. We ate too much, drank a little too much and chilled the perfect amount. Just what was needed. Can’t wait to visit the coast again, and take in even more of the lovely sights.

xo

Cori Anne