28 February 2013

The Dinosaur Dilemma

While out shopping this weekend for woven baskets for A's room, I stumbled across something else for the house that Daryn and I aren't quite seeing eye to eye on. The nature of our domestic can be summarized in two words:

We're different.

In a few more words than that:

We have different understandings of the meaning of the word "need".
We have very different visions for the house: for Daryn, beige isn't a colour, it's the colour. 'Nuff said.
I am full of whimsy (and other stuff, too, but mostly whimsy). Daryn is (a little bit, creatively) dead inside.

The root cause of our dispute? This.

I want this table, you guys. I neeeeed it. It's more than just a little awesome. It's MEGA awesome. If this was some sort of alternate universe in which our furniture was actually prehistoric dinosaurs, this would be the TYRANNOSAURUS REX of furniture! Oh, wait....

Anyway, I feel very firmly that a place should be found in our house for this table to come and live. I will obviously have to spray paint it ~ I hate the silver, but wouldn't it be dashing in gold, or in A's room in hot pink? ~ and I will probably name it Steve. Just sayin'

Daryn, on the other hand, does not feel the same. He has a vision of our living room (which is where I was thinking Steve would live) as being a very "adult" space. By adult he means "traditional". He only really likes one colour. That colour is beige. Sometimes he likes variations on a theme: brown, tan, khaki.... greige. That's about the extent of it. A maybe-hot-pink-slash-gold T-Rex table is not his idea of mature decorating.

But dudes, look at it. LOOK.

How can we not?? It might not make us the most mature decorators on earth, but it would sure make us fun. We'll be the T-Rex's of fun, right?

Back me up on this, guys. Would you put this table in your house? Should I?

Table and image via Urban Barn


27 February 2013

Inspiration Gallery #18 | Hawaiian Tropic

Dudes, it's cold outside. It's snowy sometimes and rainy other times, and always grey. I call it like I see it, and this weather is sort of gross.

It's time's like these that I find myself craving colour. In the midst of an office redecoration, I'm having to hold myself back from painting every wall Tahitian blue (which would be a disaster, since what I really want is red, white and wood!)

But restraining myself from splashing the tropics up on my office walls doesn't mean I can't indulge in tropical daydreams, right. Just check out how these juicy colours make all these rooms an instant mood-lifter!

~ Don't Worry, Be Happy ~

~ Daisy Lane ~

~ Pineapple Express ~
~ Margaritaville ~
~ Purple Rain ~
~ Tutti Frutti ~
~ Beach Boy Blues ~

~ Welcome to the Jungle ~

yeah, I went there. just for fun

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

25 February 2013

Oscars 2013: The Pit's Best Dressed Picks

Welcome to the 85th Annual Academy Awards!

Unsurprisingly, last night's 85th Annual Academy Awards inspired my 3rd annual internal debate about the wisdom of staying up well past midnight to celebrate all that is sequined, spit-shined and shellacked in Tinseltown. Despite their inherent awesomeness, Captain James T. Kirk, boobs and Seth McFarlane have no place at the Oscars. That last one made me super sad, because despite my unwavering love for him and the fact that his awesomeness glows like the Northern Lights that can be seen from space, Seth was as funny and irreverent as a chained dog last night. The Oscars just don't do him justice.

The one thing that makes the whole 3+ hour shebang worth it, though, is the fashion. On this I think we're all agreed, right? And last night with just a few exceptions (ummm... Heidi Klum? Kristen Stewart? What the hell.) the glitterati were as sparkly and gorgeous as they come.

With so many gorgeous looks to choose from, it was tough to choose my top 5 faves, but tough or not, I persevered. Because I knew you'd want to know.

Without further ado, here goes nothing: The Money Pit's 5 Picks for Oscars Best Dressed. 

- 5 -

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive
Naomi's gorgeous custom-made metallic, asymmetrical gown knocked my socks off!
And while the jewels were nice, her best accessory was husband Liev.

- 4 -

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen
Salma took some heat for her choice this year and even made it to some of the
worst-dressed lists, but in the humble opinion of this Pit, she looks dynamite.
The gown hugs her curves in all the right places and that neckline gives her
the timeless, regal look of an Egyptian goddess.

- 3 -

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
Amy's ethereal Oscar (of the fabric persuasion) also received mixed reviews on the red carpet, but I am definitely a fan. The pale silver looked sensational against her creamy complexion and ginger hair. The beading and ruffles were ultra-romantic and the jeweled accessories were divine. Truly, she's never looked more charming.

- 2 -

Reese Witherspoon in Valentino
I love everything about this gal and her Oscars gown selection was no exception. The
cobalt blue was a stunning standout (and some colourful relief) in a sea of nudes and
reds. Her mega-watt smile was -- as always -- her best accessory, and the best part was that
her outfit was selected by her 13-year-old daughter, Ava. Kid-seal-of-approval wins my
vote every time.

- 1 -

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture
Charlize just oozes glamour, sophistication and flat-out sex appeal. She's smoldering hot in
structured white while keeping it simple with accessories. Going bare on the neckline was risky but
paid off in spades: when you've got skin as flawless as Charlize, why hide it? Nude make-up keeps
the focus on her naturally stunning features and her pixie cut? Steals the show. Charlize is a total
Hollywood glamazon -- what Tinseltown legends are made of. 

Who were your red carpet faves?

5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1


19 February 2013

Foodie Tuesday | Banana Bread French Toast with Caramelized Banana Compote

Last weekend we set aside three full days to celebrate A's birthday, her first in the double digits!

She's a great sport when it comes to her bonne fetes. Her birthday is actually in early January, square at the intersection of holiday exhaustion and tournament craziness, when none of us has a free weekend to party nor any gas in the energy tank to entertain a gaggle of little girls.

Luckily, we're not above bribery and she's not above being bought.

This year, she waited a little more than a month for her party, and we rewarded her handsomely: a girl's day out (during the biggest snow storm so far this year), a jewelry-making party with her friends at the fabulous Simply Creative Studio, followed by a pizza dinner, cupcake-making and a slumber party for her and her four closest friends.

The pièce de résistance? Sunday morning breakfast.

Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 + 15 minutes | Serves: 8-12

  • 6 bananas, very ripe
  • 3 tbsp salter butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg (or more, to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 loaf banana bread (homemade, if you can get it)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Cooking spray
  • Toppings - assorted berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), maple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and/or whatever else you fancy!

Cooking Directions:
  1. Peel and slice bananas into coins 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat; add butter. When butter is melted and sizzling (but not browned), add bananas. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a flat-bottomed baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, honey and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon.
  4. Slice banana bread loaf into slabs between 1/2 and 1-inch thick (whatever your preference). Set into egg mixture and set aside to soak.
  5. To the cooking bananas add brown sugar, vanilla, remaining cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until bananas are creamy and caramel is thick. Remove from heat.
  7. Turn the banana bread slabs carefully. Soak on the opposite side for 30 seconds to one minute.
  8. Coat a large skillet in cooking spray, then preheat to medium heat. Set the banana bread slices into the skillet when hot. Proceed as you would with regular french toast: flip when the first side is browned; cook through.
  9. While the toast is cooking, prepare your berries and condiments. The toast is very, very sweet, so we love a bit of tart and juicy with it ~ our favourites are strawberries and blueberries, but you can use whatever fruits you prefer... or go with the straight sugar high. Chef's choice!
  10. Transfer french toast slices to the plate. Top with a generous layer of warm banana compote, then add berries, drizzle with maple syrup, layer with whipped cream and finish with a generous (and gorgeous!) flourish of chocolate syrup.

And there you have it! The most amazing breakfast you'll ever serve yourself. Enjoy!!

{recipe inspired by dishes as seen on 'You Gotta Eat Here'}

14 February 2013

Valentine's Day Anniversary

Happy 55th anniversary. We miss you like crazy.


09 February 2013

Scenes From Our Snow Day

Snow day!
Our breakfast, in spirit (I forgot to take photos!)
Hair cut time!
The finished product
Shoe shopping and hat modeling
Prepping for a pedicure at The Blue Room Spa
Sea salt scrub... her favourite
A mint mask
This is how she felt about the amazing massage chair
Hot chocolate with her treatment
Pretty toes
The drive home
Makin' cupcakes
She scoops, she scores!

Red velvet cupcakes, fresh from the oven
Bed time (accompanied by new socks)

All photos of blurry focus, bad lighting and obviously poor quality are my own (all taken with my phone because I forgot my good camera at home!)  The lone good photo - #2 - is from here.

08 February 2013



Happy snow day, everyone!