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October 2, 2015
September Favourites

Favourite moments and things from the month of September 2015!



Earlier in September Mike and I headed to a Blue Jays game in Toronto for his birthday. We didn’t have much time beforehand for food and drinks, but we managed to find time at a trusty Toronto favourite of ours, Gabby’s on King Street West. We enjoyed a pitcher of ShockTop and some nachos before heading over to the game. Sadly the Jays lost, but they are having a great season and we felt so much energy being there. Being still hungry after the game, Mike found a pizza place opened late called The Real McCoy, which proved to be a delicious dive of a place.

Jays Game in September

It was a sea of blue at the Jays game!



I am quite the Ed Sheeran fan and am a lucky girl cause Mike got me tickets to see him at the ACC for my birthday. It was quite a wait from April, but finally September 20 arrived! I could not be more of a fan than I am now after seeing him live. No backup dancers, no band, just him and his incredible talent. Everything came from him, his guitar and a looping machine. he had so much energy and his renditions of his songs (including mixing in some Stevie Wonder) was like nothing I have seen before at a live concert.

Ed Sheeran Concert in September

Our first time at the ACC.


The start of fall means the start soup season. So far my favourite was the great Broccoli Soup Recipe I made from Eating Well. I substituted the cream for partially skimmed evaporated milk to make it lighter and it tasted great!


I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and mixing up fiction with nonfiction. I have wanted to read this book since I saw it on the book shelves in Indigo. The Opposite of Loneliness is a great collection of short stories and essays by a young Yale University graduate who sadly died in a car crash shortly after graduating. Thankfully her family and friends put this collection together of her works so she could live on and inspire others.


After getting some nice things from the wedding, I wanted to put up a shelf to display them on. Luckily I had a leftover barn board that was just the right size. I bought brackets at Rona’s and put it up in the dining area. I’m really happy with the way it turned out!


The barn board shelf turned out exactly as I wanted.



September has definitely been a slower month of travel for me, especially after the two week road trip Ryan and I went last month. We’ve been staying in Hamilton, exploring our awesome city – checking out Supercrawl, Locke Street Festival, and the Christie and Aberfoyle antique shows. Supercrawl may have been rainy, but we managed to venture down twice to check out some awesome music and artwork. I was very excited to see my favourite food truck there as well, Jonny Blonde – the peachy blonde is irresistible!

Knitted Bicycle at Supercrawl

How cool is this knit covered bicycle at Supercrawl?!


Lately, I’ve had my iPod on random whenever I’m in the car or at home. It’s a nice change from listening to the same band over and over, which I usually do (the Mumford & Sons new album is still on repeat, I’m completely obsessed!). October will be much more exciting, as we are seeing one of our favourite bands again in concert – details to come later!


Ever since Danielle and I made pickles, I have been in a canning-mode! I’ve done two batches of canned tomatoes, which have all been from my veggie garden. With apple season in full swing now, I’m planning on preserving them a couple different ways. We are now fully stocked with 20 lbs after apple picking at Carluke! Another food favourite for September was our anniversary dinner at Mezcal. Their tacos are so delicious – the crispy cauliflower is my favourite, along with their churros!

Whole, peeled tomatoes with basil - my first batch.

Whole, peeled tomatoes with basil – my first batch.


I finally had a chance to start reading Lena Dunham’s, Not That Kind of Girl. So far I’m really enjoying it. Lena is so honest and open with her experiences. She shares things you normally wouldn’t say aloud, which can be very relatable and hilarious. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing this.


After two years of being in our home, I finally put up a new light above our dining room table! I really despised the one that came in the house, but replacing it was difficult – light fixtures can be so expensive! With the cooler temperatures at night, I’ve been loving having the windows open and lots of candles. These Smells Like Canada candles from a local shop are my favourite – be warned, they sell out fast!

Smells Like Canada Candle

They have so many different scents – this one is amazing!

We’d love to hear what some of your favourites were in September!

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  • Reply Debbie Brown October 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    You’re site is so great! We are kindred spirits and I look forward to “Discovering Happiness” with you. Thanks.

    • Reply Danielle & Dana October 22, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      Thank you Debbie!

  • Reply Carol Davison October 21, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    On the topic of canning, I enjoy canning at this time of year . One thing I love canning is chili sauce. While I am very fond of eating it, I admit one of the reasons I like canning it is because I love the smell in the house when I make it . Reminds me of my childhood . Mom made it every year . I make the fruited chili sauce with apples, peaches and pears. Yum!

    • Reply Dana October 21, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      That sounds delicious! When I canned the apple pie filling, the house smelled so delicious. It was like there was an apple pie in the oven! I’m hoping to try more sauces next year, and also zucchini relish!

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