in lieu of headboards

{an Ikea ledge w/ picture frames}

I just got a new bed! I hesitate telling you which bed I had before, it may resemble a crib… (important note: my bed in Toronto IS a big girl's bed. My Vancouver bed just needed an update). Despite all the wonderful sprawling space, I was slightly disappointed there was no headboard. When I brought it into my room it looked like something was missing. So I took to my trusty Pinterest boards and low and behold I had pinned MANY alternative headboard pics and even some sans headboards. I tracked down some of my favourites that are easy to do and low-budget friendly.

{washi tape - how clever! big bright cushions help too!}

{a piece of barn wood w/ a sweet message}

{a branch! who would of thought that could look cool}

{paint your wall chalkboard and draw a headboard}

{pin up string/wire and use clothespins to attach photos}

{stick up a collage using wash tape}

{paint a headboard - I love that colour!}

{push your bed against a ledge and prop up books and frames}

{a framed photo collage - use different sizes!}

{a string of lights - think I'm gonna try this one}

{and because I can't get enough washi tape, a cityscape outline!}

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What creative solutions have you tried sans headboard?


date squares (gf + v)

My love for date squares entered my life just when I had given up gluten. Darn, I thought. There's nothing better in the morning than a date square and a cup of tea (I know some may argue with that - date squares aren't exactly the cool thing to eat). But because my resistance for such squares was weak, I knew I needed to find a gluten free version. And voila, I did. The oat base and topping is a little different than your traditional date square - it's a little more granola-bar-ish. But don't worry, they're still as buttery and soft as the rest except instead of butter I used coconut oil. There's also no refined sugar (woo!). If you're gluten-free and feeling date square deprived I encourage you to try these out! And if you're not, try to push aside thoughts of church bake sales and afternoon tea with your grandmother's friends and try them anyways! I'm hoping date squares become the new donut one day ;)

Date Squares (recipe adapted slightly from The Gluten Free Vegan)

1 1/2 cups chopped dates
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 1/3 cups gluten-free flour (I used Pamela's)
1 cup coconut sugar
1 cup coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8x8 baking dish with coconut oil.
2. In a saucepan combine chopped dates, cane sugar and water over medium-low heat. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the liquid is almost evaporated, the mixture forms a nice thick paste and the dates are softened.
3. In a large bowl combine gluten-free rolled oats, gluten-free flour, brown sugar, coconut oil, baking soda and salt. Mix together until crumbly. Press half of the mixture firmly into the greased baking dish. Set aside the remaining half.
4. Spread the filling evenly over the crust in the baking dish. Smooth to the edges.
5. Sprinkle the remaining half of the crumble mixture over top. Press gently but firmly into the filling.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes unit the topping is golden brown.
7. Let cool before slicing and serving.


currently craving

This muggy weather (though ppl keep saying it's just me) calls for some popsicle eating and luckily the blogosphere seems to be pulling out some seriously good recipes. From breakfast inspired pops to spiked "poptails", there's a popsicle for every time meal of the day. Who needs to run after the ice cream truck when you can whip up a batch of these (with one of these) on your own? Here's a look at some concoctions I'm dying to try:

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portland + cannon beach

Portland was one of those places I had high expectations going into and it somehow managed to exceed them. Last week Ben and I drove down to the City of Roses for 2 days and then Cannon Beach for one day. I've been wanting to go for quite some time after hearing how great (and abundant) the food and beer is there. I wasn't bothered about the beer but to my delight they have gluten-free breweries there! And let me tell you they were the best I've tried yet. There are sooo many interesting and diverse food stops in Portland, from hole in the wall food carts to picnic-table style mexican to hipster I-know-I'm-hanging-out-in-the-cool-place brunch joints (and yes I did wear my flannel shirt to such outing). I feel like we were always eating and it was so great! It is also super gluten-free friendly without trying to be trendy if you know what I mean. Apart from that we strolled around the city while I probably too often dragged Ben into another "cute" shop.

{dinner at Cha Cha Cha - homemade Mexican, delicious tamarind margs and warm, friendly service}

{a pre-breakfast warm-up at Heart}

{amazing brunch at Tasty n Alder}

{one of my favourite moments took place at Petunia's Pie and Pastries. We popped in b/c it looked so cute but I knew I couldn't eat any of the ridiculously delicious looking cupcakes, pies, loafs, cookies, whoopie pies, and more. I watched with deep sadness as Ben ate his raspberry cupcake. I went to the counter and asked with little hope if there was any chance something was gluten-free. He looked at me with a smile and said everything was gluten-free (and vegan). I was shocked, overwhelmed, and excited all at once. Let's just say I had my fair share of Petunia's treats. Ben didn't even taste the difference and said it was his favourite thing he ate that day. The idea is that it's a great bakery that just happens to be gluten-free and vegan. I love that. Someone's done their job well.}

{took a peek inside the Ace Hotel along w/ neighbours Stumptown Coffee Roasters 

{another great brunch was had at Kenny and Zuke's}

{one of my favourite places in Portland was Powell's City of Books. With 4 levels and 68,000 square feet everyone can find something up their alley. I think we spent over an hour perusing the shelves. I walked away with Kimberley Hasselbrink's Vibrant Foodwhich is amaaaazing btw.}

{we didn't try Voodoo Donuts but we did try Blue Star which we were told was actually better.)

{a great place to try out Oregan's breweries is Bailey's Taproom. They have 24 rotating taps along with bottles. That there on the left is Omission's gluten-free lager - wouldn't even know it's gf)

{spent the last afternoon in North Portland where you can eat grilled cheese on a school bus!)

{Bollywood Theatre is such a fun place - so many different things to try and the decor transports 
you to another place)

{ice cream was something we took really serious on this trip. Salt and Straw knocked our socks off. From left to right: watermelon + carrot sorbet, salted caramel, malt chocolate and finally strawberry, balsamic + peppercorn. The service was super friendly too.}

{the evening in Cannon Beach was cloudy + misty, loved it!)

{but the next day was bright and sunny!)

{view from Ecola State Park - so incredible there}

**I also wanted to mention the Vietnamese restaurant Luc Lac in Portland, which I had no photos to show for. Very generous portions of great Vietnamese food and the setting is great with a ceiling covered in pink parasols. Lots of gluten-free options :)