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Sunday Morning November 3, 2013 (mushroom photo from earthlydelightsblog.com)With all the fun, festivity and fog behind us, it’s time to reflect upon the week.

The Cabin // My husband and I aren’t big on making a fuss when special occasions arise, but we did celebrate our 10th anniversary with a lovely lunch at the beach while the little miss was at school. The Cabin is a lovely spot, with a menu that makes decision making rather difficult. I had their Seafood Cioppino Hotpot, which is ridiculously good and chock full of delicious local seafood. Honestly, just having a couple of hours together to sit and hang out was such a gift!

Acne Paper #15 // I’ve been trying to get my hands on this all week. Look who’s inside! My beloved Isabelle Huppert looks stunning, and it’s always such a treat to look at the Acne Paper. Add to my dream jobs list.

Panhandle Slim Art // When I woke up on anniversary day, these guys were waiting for me by the fireplace. My husband has commissioned a number of paintings for me from our dear friend Panhandle Slim. We have Marcello Mastroianni and Yves Saint Laurent hanging in the living room, and now we have two new friends: Alexander and Mads. Wheee! *blush*

Chanterelle Mushrooms // It’s chanterelle season, and yet I still have yet to find any out in the wild. A couple of years ago, my fungus foraging friends and I hit the jackpot with these beautiful mushrooms, but so far, no luck. I ended up buying some, probably from the jerk who picked the ones in our spot. I made cabbage rolls with walnut, chanterelle and rice filling. Turns out I’m the only person that likes cabbage rolls in this house, so my lunches are made for the next few days.

Forest Swords – Dagger Paths // Most of the past week was spent in the throes of the worst headache I’ve had since who knows when, so when I was finally ready to hear things again, I wanted music that wouldn’t be too in my face. Surprisingly, I felt like listening to Forest Swords. Sometimes Dagger Paths is just the thing. Moody, sombre, textural and singular. It helped bring my poor head gently back into the land of the living.

Stella McCartney Eyewear // Mama needs new glasses. I ran out of contact lenses this week, and I don’t love my current specs. I’ve been eyeballing (no pun intended) the latest in Stella McCartney eyewear, and I’m really rather fond of these frames. I think it’s time to move away from black and into a tortoise frame. Winter is coming, and I’m only going to become more pale. The black can be a bit jarring on me. I love the shape of these Stella frames, and I’m delighted that they are sustainably produced.

Here’s to a healthy and happy November for all!

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Sunday Morning 27-Oct-2013I can’t believe we’re heading in to the last week of October! This coming week is a big one for me. Halloween is always fun and exciting, but it also marks ten years that my husband and I have been married. To each other! Ten years is a long time for someone to put up with me, and yet here we are. Seven different homes, many years of school, one international move, multiple hospital stays, one great recession, six dogs, two cats and one incredible and amazing daughter… a lot can happen in a decade, and I wouldn’t have gotten through any of it without him. Love you, Jonny B!

Here’s what has made me happy this past week, clockwise from top left:

Béla Bartók Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Isabelle Faust // This has been the soundtrack of my week. When I had moments where I was dragging my feet or procrastinating, (meaning: moments when I was awake) I put this on and felt instantly energized and motivated. I think I’m going to need a dose of it today!

Gratitude Journal 365 // This awesome app was just what I needed to discover this week. It’s easy to moan and become disgruntled from time to time, but staying positive is easier when you reflect upon what you are truly grateful for. This app lets you take a photo, make notes, and focus on gratitude. You can then go back and view your photos and comments, as a quick reminder of how darn fortunate you really are. *photo from the iTunes store… my own calendar is far less exciting, but we’re getting there!

Fir Boughs // Around Thanksgiving, my daughter and I made a pretty fall wreath and a centrepiece with boughs of fir from the yard. The fragrance they emit is becoming stronger as they dry out, and it is magnificent!

Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey // Normally, I’m a bit of a whiskey purist, but I saw this and I couldn’t resist. I must have known in my heart that it would be lovely. My hot toddies have reached a new level of scrumptiousness, and it’s not a bad sipper either.

Love Crunch Gingerbread Granola // Anyone who has known me for long enough knows that I am rather fond of gingerbread. It is a little known fact (purely scientific) that I may be descended of gingerbread people. This granola has the best gingerbread flavour. Rich molasses and the perfect balance of spices. A little almond milk, and mercy me! I don’t think I could ever get tired of it.

Émile Zola – Nana // Ages ago, I bought a lovely old hardback, featuring selected works of Émile Zola. Lourdes, the first in his Three Cities Trilogy, is one of my all-time, top of the pops, bestest ever favourite books, and I’ve gradually been adding more of his work to my collection. This week, being between book club books, I decided to dive in to Nana, so to speak. Hopefully I’ll have time to get somewhere with it this week as there’s so much going on!

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Sunday Morning - Fox and RookGood morning! Oh, how I looked forward to a lie in this morning… too bad it didn’t happen. I’ve barely been at home all week. It has been a super busy past few days. Fox and Rook is undergoing an overhaul, both in the shop, and here in the blog. You may have noticed some subtle changes sneaking their way in. The blog will be changing over the next couple of weeks as I make room for new content, and merge my Friday and Sunday posts into one weekly roundup. I’m really excited about the changes we are making, and I hope you will enjoy the new content.

There’s much to do to prepare for the approaching holiday season. Big things are coming, and I’m so excited to share them with you. First and foremost, my vintage holiday dress collection will launch November 1st in the Fox and Rook shop. I’ve got quite a collection of gorgeous frocks that are perfect for all the soirées that will fast be filling up our calendars. Satin, brocade, tulle, sequins… all kinds of dreamy dresses. In fact, last night I donned a lovely 1940’s crepe dress to attend the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society fundraiser with some lovely lady friends. What a fabulous way to usher in the season… dinner, a drag show, and I won the above cat painting in the silent auction. Contain your jealousy!

My second bit of exciting news is that I will be taking Fox and Rook on the road a little bit. We’ll be popping up here and there, so you can come and say hi, try things on, and hang out! More details to come soon.

But wait, there’s more! This one is kind of a big deal, but it’s still early days, so I don’t want to get too excited. So here’s a hint: it’s going to take a lot of paper.

Much has transpired in the past 10 days. I owe my beloved Forest Friends Book Club homies an apology for my tardy post, but you shall see it today. I’m not peeking at anyone else’s until mine is up. Cup of tea. Grammar check. Go!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

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Fox and Rook Sunday Mornings October 6, 2013It occurred to me this week that Thanksgiving is next weekend. Yes, up here in the Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. I was kind of surprised that it snuck up so quickly. Thankfully, (ha!) my Sunday morning cruise down the information superhighway has been a boon of holiday recipe inspiration.

Martha Stewart is like the imaginary friend who’s always there to provide you with good ideas. There’s nothing crazy going on at Martha’s, just solid ideas that are time-tested and true. There’s an entire segment there devoted to Thanksgiving. Recipes, drinks, entire menus… how many ways can you carve a turkey? Martha knows. Martha always knows.

I’ve been eyeing Urban Brewery’s beer making kits. I’ve never made beer, but I’ve had some gnarly experiences of drinking other people’s home brew. Blech. I want to give it a whirl, but I’m wary. Urban Brewery makes it look easy, and drinkable! Obviously, I’m not going to get this made in time for Thanksgiving, but it’s got me thinking about it for Christmas! Their home brewing kits would also make great holiday gifts. Hmmm!

The Fresh Loaf is where I go to commune with the bread people. I am rather fond of baking bread. Everything from the weighing and autolyse-ing, to the knead and folding. My favourite part is the eating, of course. Today I’m checking out The Fresh Loaf for new bread baking ideas, and something lovely to bake for Thanksgiving. If you’re new to baking bread, but want to try it, check this website out. There are lessons! The forums are incredibly helpful, and the people are delightful. I’ll just warn you, it can become something of an obsession.

I actually got up extra early today, and went out looking for pretty things with which to make an autumn wreath. Little B and I wrestled with branches and corn husks this morning, and made a pretty wreath and a centerpiece for the table. It’s so wonderful to celebrate the changing of the seasons. The hot toddies made with pumpkin spice whiskey don’t hurt either. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

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Sunday Morning - 29-Sept-2013 - Fox and RookDo you know what’s on my mind this morning? Ballet, bathing in hot springs and cheese. I’m such a Taurus. Not that any self-respecting Taurus would believe in such nonsense, no! Truth is, I’m just marvelously excited for ballet class, rather in need of a wee getaway, and quite excited to make some cheese.

Repetto means so much to me… Paris, French Ballerinas, Brigitte Bardot, Serge Gainsbourg… quite a roster. Now that I’ve thrown myself back into dancing, I thought I’d check out their shop online, and see what’s new. I wear my Zizi’s all the time, and I love their shoes. Now I’m looking at the Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collection and wondering how I might find a way to have this dress shipped to me, along with a whole lot of dance wear.

There are a few hundred places in the world that I’d like to visit, but near the very top of the list is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. The colder it gets each day, the more I dream of soaking my weary bones in the healing waters of the lagoon. When I’m done bathing, I wouldn’t mind indulging one of the many luxurious treatments available at the spa. I think I’ll mull over this website for awhile and do some positive visualization. If I picture myself there, it might just happen!

I recently ordered a cheese-making kit from Urban Cheesecraft. I’m going to make the cheese this week, and I’m rather excited! I haven’t even made my first batch yet, and I’m already back on their website, looking for more of their amazing kits. If you’ve ever had a hankering to make your own cheese, check them out. They make it sound so easy. There are loads of ideas, recipes and tips on their website. If this is anything like bread making, I’m sure I’ll be hooked in no time.

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Burdock & Co.It’s officially fall. The weather is blustery and wet. The leaves are turning, and cluttering the sidewalks and gutters. This is my favourite time of year. It’s time to start foraging for mushrooms, stocking up on summer preserves, and filling the freezer up with food for the winter. It’s not like we can’t go to the store, of course, but it is nice to save all the wonderful foods that have grown up around us. So this morning/afternoon, I’m hunting around for inspiring ideas, recipes and new ways to make the most of this season, in the kitchen.

Last night, I had a lovely dinner with some dear friends at Vancouver eatery, Burdock & Co. Seasonal, fresh, locally sourced foods. Outstanding flavours and gorgeous plating. We had some beautiful pickled vegetables, Farmhouse cheese and honey, seared halibut, and a grilled beef brisket ramen, served with seasonal vegetables. I felt really inspired afterwards, and spent the morning clearing out the fridge to make way for all the fresh vegetables that I’m going to pickup later today. If you’re in town, I’d highly recommend Burdock & Co.

FävikenI’ve never been to Fäviken, but I devour the book like it’s a sacred tome. It is one of my greatest passions to go out into the woods and forage for foods. The earthy smell of the wet forest, the all-consuming quiet… it’s an intoxicating and exhausting quest. Reading of Fäviken Head Chef Magnus Nilsson’s hunting and foraging, and how he prepares the meals for the restaurant, is tremendously awe-inspiring. He creates dishes using ingredients that only one who is so connected to his environment would dream of using. One day, I will make the journey. Until then, I can live vicariously through the written word, and the stunning photographs in the Fäviken book, and online.

Northern BushcraftThis coming week marks the first Chanterelle hunt of the year. My intrepid explorer friends and I will pack up our Laguiole knives, cameras and field guides, and head out into the wild woods to find our beloved Chanterelle mushrooms. I’ve been snooting around the internet to look for more resources on foraging in the Pacific Northwest. This ain’t our first time to the rodeo, but it never hurts to learn as much as you can about what’s out there. Northern Bushcraft has some great tips, and notes on preparation, on everything from blackberries to snails. Mmmmm, snails.

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London Fashion WeekIt’s early. I need some time today to catch up on the past week. I’ve been getting snippets of London Fashion Week via Instagram, (J.W. Anderson, good gracious!) but it’s not enough. Straight to the source I go! I can’t wait to catch up on all the shows I’ve been missing, and I love that you can search by designer and view past collections. I love the shows… it reminds me of dancing. You work your self silly, put in countless hours, and in the end, everything is riding on this one short moment in time. Ahhh!

Bo-lagetYes, I’m still obsessing over interiors. My spoken Swedish is ok, but I can’t read or write very well, (kind of like my English, ha!) but I can certainly look at the pretty pictures on bo-laget.se  and be inspired. Inspired into a jealous fit, that is. Wait until you get to the section of the website where there are homes for sale. It makes my heart do things that hearts aren’t supposed to do, like jump out of my chest. Everything white, clean, simple. Flowers, furs, painted wood floors. Wooden beams. Don’t get me started on the appliance lust.

Thug KitchenIf you are offended by cussing, then you won’t get as much of a kick out of Thug Kitchen as I do. If you have ever worked in a restaurant kitchen, this style of speaking will sound perfectly normal to you, and you may find it strangely comforting. I find myself in hysterics reading through the recipes because they are positively hilarious. I mean, the recipes are great, the food looks fantastic, but the text unfolds in my mind in the voice of Jesse Pinkman, (Breaking Bad tonight!) which makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Really, anyone that refers to an eggplant as a “Grimace-looking son of a bitch” has my ear. I have a thing about Grimace, but that’s probably a story for another time. Have a great week!

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