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Ally and Nick are getting married exactly one week after my wedding – Oct 10th, 2009.  In fact, we are going to be each other’s bridesmaids.  It’s been awhile since I saw Ally, they dropped by my house and I treated them to delicious cupcakes from one of my favourite cupcake shoppes from www.thecupcakeshoppe.ca  

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Baking Weekend

I tested my baking skills over the weekend and attempted to make chocolate soufflé for the very first time. With close to zero baking experience, I found this easy soufflé recipe online (see below).  To my surprise, my soufflé turned out delicious – like it was from the bakery!  Okay…so I might have exaggerated there a bit, but it tasted good and fluffy.  I find that it was slightly softer than expected, which was partly my fault since I removed the soufflé from the oven without giving it the full 25 minutes.    Just follow the instructions below and you can’t go wrong. 

Easy Chocolate Soufflé Recipe – Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 100g good quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt Excellence 50% Cocoa solids)
  • 50g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Butter
  • Single Cream, optional

Easy Chocolate Soufflé Recipe – Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees c, and rub the inside of 4 ramekins with butter.  Set to one side.
  2. Place your chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pot of heating water.  This will allow your chocolate to melt without burning; stir it to help the process along.
  3. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl.  If you’re using an electric whisk (as I did) then start off slowly, speeding up once the eggs start to thicken – at this stage you should also start to slowly pour in the sugar while whisking.  Stop once the eggs form a glossy, thick mix which forms fairly stiff peaks (they do not wilt when you stop whisking).
  4. By this time your chocolate should be melted; take it off the heat and mix in your egg yolks, then stir in one spoon of your egg white mix.
  5. Take your chocolate mix and add it to your egg whites.  Fold until combined but do not stir fast or over-stir – this will beat the air out of the mix.
  6. Spoon into your ramekins and smooth the edges with your thumb (this helps them rise evenly).
  7. Put the ramekins straight onto your shelf for 25 minutes.  Don’t open while they’re cooking or they’ll collapse.

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That’s it – It’s delicious!

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ZZZZzzz…..Jason and I are both extremely exhausted from our 6hr engagement shoot . We’re not complaining because we appreciate Spencer, Norris, Victor and John’s effort in making us look dammmnn good.  From jumping onto random bridges, walking through fields of tall grass,  to climbing over fences/wood ledges infused with potato bugs-it was tiring but I’m sure it’s gonna turn out great! 

The team was awesome to work with- thanks guys!

To all the models out there- You ROCK! I have a new appreciation for your occupation.  Posing in painfully brutal heels,  dealing with makeup meltdown and the need to be constantly creative –  ain’t an easy thing. I’m sticking with my job.

On our way to engagement shoot

On our way to engagement shoot

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Tanzania

For the ultimate wild adventure, there’s no better place than exploring Tanzania’s Serengeti safari. Cheetahs and exotic species roam beside you by day and unobstructed views of desert and stars by night.

Ngorongoro Crater Lounge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. It lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square miles) of pristine African wilderness.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar has one of the world’s most diverse coral reefs.  The island is extremely eco-friendly and perfect destination for  scuba diving and snorkeling. 

Fundu Lagoon –This remote and eco-friendly resort is only accessible by boat.  Wooden walkways and sandy path leads to 18 Makuti thatched tented suites- all have a stunning view of Indian Ocean.

Oooo.. and don’t forget the sandy beach that’s nearby and Mount Kilimanjaro is only a few miles aways.

Check out: http://www.fundulagoon.com or http://www.andbeyondafrica.com

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We went shopping for our engagement bouquet today and I was unable to answer questions from the florist.

What is the colour theme at my wedding?”

Once again, I struggle with my indecisiveness on a VERY simple question. I was only able to narrow down to the few choices below:

Light Pink and Grey
Yellow and Grey
Orange and Brown
Orange and Grey

For a softer, whimsical wedding…
Soft Apricot, Pastel Green with a hint of Cream?

Inspired By:
 
For a colourful, green-inspired wedding…
Apple Green, Crisp Orange with a touch of White?


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Actually, we are already on our 1/2 way mark to our wedding day. With only 4 months to go, this blog will be a documentary of my wedding planning – my joyous moments, my bridezilla moments and everything else in between.

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