Monday, 11 July 2016

Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup

Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup- Better than the Coffee Shop!

I have a confession to make: I'm a coffee addict. Back in the days' I used to work for a big coffee shop chain. No no no,  I won't tell you which one! :P 

I made and tasted all kinds of coffee, but on a daily basis, a simple filtered one is fine with me. When I want to be fancy though, I add a little bit of vanilla syrup!

I just tried this recipe, as I wanted to use some vanilla beans I had bought. They came in this cool test tube! I had to buy it!

Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup- Better than the Coffee Shop!

Here is what you'll need:

  • 1 pan
  • 1 sterilized glass jar/bottle
  • a funnel
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • vanilla bean

Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup- Better than the Coffee Shop!

So it is really simple. Put the water and sugar in a pan. Cut the vanilla in half lengthwise. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves in the mix. This will take about 10 minutes. Too much and you will have taffy! That's the mistake I almost made.

You then let it cool down, and you put it in your sterilized glass bottle. I sterilized mine in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup- Better than the Coffee Shop!

You're left with this fancy syrup to put in your coffee, or wherever you desire! Enjoy!

How do you like your coffee?

Yummy! Homemade Vanilla Bean Syrup- Better than the Coffee Shop!


Monday, 27 June 2016

New Jewelry: Boa Bijoux BARI via Picoum

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Picoum, a website by TV host Isabelle Racicot promoting Quebec designers if I wanted to showcase a piece of jewelry. Of course I said yes! I have to admit that I don't know enough about designers from here, but I'm always willing to promote our talents.

I chose the Boa Bijoux BARI necklace, which is a gold plated sterling silver one with a chevron looking charm. It is actually three "V" charms stacked together. When I first saw the description of the BARI, I imagined it would be nice to have a long chain with it. But the chain is short, which is also a nice style in the end. 

I sometimes wear it on its own, or with others, like the tattoo choker in the pictures below. It would also look great with a long chain necklace.

In addition to a blog, Picoum has a shop complete with home decor pieces, women and men fashion.

What is your favourite Quebecer/Canadian brand?

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My nighttime routine

I don't know about you but I like to know what others are doing for their night routines. It kind of relaxes me!

I work at a hotel/bar where I mainly work in the evenings. This means 2-3 shifts per weeks, depending. So for those nights, I don't really have a routine, as I never know at what time I'm going to finish work. 

But for the other nights, it basically goes as follows:

After dinner, my mum and I will usually have a tea. She has green tea, but as I'm more into variety, I will choose a different one, depending on my mood. I made a video last year about the teas that I liked, check this out! But I like the Pukkas, Yogi and Traditional Medicinals ones. These days I like Hibiscus. Tea is like one of the healthiest habits my mum and I have, and it's like a little thing we have in common. I'll usually ask her: Would you like a tea? She'll rarely say no, so it spurs me to make some for myself as well. I usually do that at work in the evening too, but sometimes if I drink with the clients (yep, I'm a barmaid!) then I think it defeats the purpose. I'll usually have it when it's quiet.

I'll sit in the living room with my parents during most of the evening, either reading or watching YouTube videos. I say reading, but really I cannot properly concentrate because my mum always talks or argue with the TV! Anyway, I try to be there with my parents, as we usually don't see each other during the day. Most of the times I end up showing them cute dogs or cats pictures or videos, as I miss having a pet. We have cats, but they live in the stables with the horse, so I can't cuddle them come nighttime :(

I usually go upstairs to my room at around 10-10:30. I then either light up a candle, but these days I'm feeling esoteric and burn incense with/instead. My favourite incense is Magnolia. I bought it at an Indian store in Camden in London, but those are sold to most place where you can buy esoteric stuff. 

During that time I'm mainly reading, and these days I read self-help book. Well, I usually have a novel and a self-help book on the run at the same time. If I'm at work, I can read if it's quiet, and I will bring the less "laughable" one. It's not that I mind but working with guys you have to be careful, I try to not bring my dating advice books at the bar. I'll never see the end of it if I do! So that's why I have two books running at the same time.

When I'm ready to sleep, I'll usually pop a podcast on or a sleep hypnosis video. The monotone voice help me fall asleep. I have to say I've been doing that for a few years now but yesterday I was hearing the crickets and I thought that now that Spring is here I should just try to fall asleep with nature's sounds. This fits more into my spiritual quest that I'm in.

Do you have nighttime rituals? Do you like routines in the morning and the evening?