a 101 in 1001 update!

So much has happened in the last couple months, that I've completely forgotten to post some of the things I've crossed off my list of 101 in 1001

These next couple things put my tally at 30/101 completed. 

So here we go...! 

#55: design a home office that reflects my brand

My office is one of my favourite rooms in our house because it's just so..."me." The white walls with the clean crisp punches of colour (like that mustard yellow frame I painted myself)...it just makes me so happy!

The old office was DARK PURPLE and carpeted (you probably can't see in this photo, but the new flooring really brightens up the room). I dreaded spending hours in there.

I still have some more things to do before the office is really complete, and once it's ready I'm sure I'll do a full on photo shoot to show it off haha.

#75: try lobster

I tried lobster for the first time in the Dominican with the lovely friends I made over Joelle & Mark's wedding week. It was really good actually! I think I had 2 or 3 significant chunks of it with dinner that night :)

And one of my 2013 Brides, Laura (@papertaxi), reminds me that I'll be able to try lobster from Maine when I'm shooting her wedding there this May. Excited!

#55: get a spontaneous pedicure

There's no backstory on this pedicure, that's what made it spontaneous :)

#96: watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

#91: make nana-K's coffee cake recipe again

This recipe is very very special to me. Ryan's Nana was the BEST cook (ask ANYONE in their family and they will regale you with stories of their overstuffed bellies over the years).

And a few months before she passed away, I asked her for her coffee cake recipe (a favourite amongst the Kelly men), and what I got...was basically a treasure map. 

Instead of the usual "2c brown sugar, 1 egg, 3tsp baking powder," etc... her recipe looked something like this:

2c of brown sugar (more if you're feeling really sweet)
Lots of cinnamon, you can never have too much
About a cup of butter, enough to make the batter nice and creamy

And the little details at the bottom says things like:

The boys really like it when I make it in a casserole dish. 

I always double the recipe for the topping, but keep a single recipes for the cake batter. The boys like it when it's cooked, but not too cooked. 

If the cake makes deep cracks in it after baking, you've made it right. 
The boys will love it. 

I ended up making this recipe for Christmas Eve this year, and it turned out great. I've made this recipe maybe 2 or 3 times before, and every time I take it out...I remember Ryan's Nana and I feel like she's right there beside me in my kitchen. 


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