Before the wedding, our summers were taken up with planning, prepping, travelling to and from Collingwood, crafting and then more planning. But, what better than delicious treats to keep up motivated along the journey. Even while busy, we managed to indulge in the sweets of summertime.
One of my favourite things to cook is lobsters. Dan had to travel some for his job during the summer, and one of the places he visited was the Maritimes. And what better souvenir than these tasty devils! They were fantastic and cooked on the BBQ the ideal summer seafood!
Look at that char. Yummmm.....
Brightly coloured tomatoes, only with basil so fresh you could smell it a mile off, and some buffalo mozzarella was a match made in heaven for the lobsters.
I had my fair share of these little beauties over the summer. While I wasn't a fan of macaroons when I first tried them, they've grown on me. And nothing is better than a brightly coloured macaroon along with a cup of milky earl Grey tea on a late summer's night when there is a crisp chill in the air.
Coffee was our best friend after late nights sorting programs, mailing letters, organizing tables and writing speeches.
Somewhere in all the chaos, I managed to find some time to cook. Very little, but some. Brunches, eternally my favourite meal of the day, were still something I would make the effort to do. And well worth the effort.
On the days I simply couldn't find the time, Gloryhole doughnuts or Rachel's baked goods from Beast Restaurant did the trick.
Our lovely friend Maor is one of the talented servers over at Rasa and Dan, and I made a point of dining there this summer. It was perhaps one of the finest meals I ever ate, and I'll never forget the culinary experiences I had there. It helps we had the very best server... ;)
Throughout the summer, no matter how busy I was, I tried to remember to take care of others as much as I could. Although my usual way of doing this is to bake, my time was limited. That being said, I still made the effort to bring them treats, albeit not home cooked, when I could.
Mum and Dad were absolute rock stars throughout this process. I know how much of an ask it was for us to have the wedding at the cottage and they were amazing throughout. I'll never be able to thank them fully for what they did. But where I could, I tried. Dan and I both made Dad a lovely spread for father's day of breakfast in bed.
My excellent work mates and I always make a point of enjoying lunches but over the summer we made a few outing which made lunchtime all the more enjoyable.
While searching for cheap wedding decor and DIY materials we hit up IKEA more than once and while there, really enjoyed dining on delicious food, on a dime!
All-in-all, despite the stress and business, we made time for things to give us pause. And all the while I got to look at this sweet face. He is my rock and always kept me going when things got tough. Or at least bought me a sweet to turn that frown, upside down ;)