Gabry Road



November 2012



Books vs iBooks

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I love books. I love reading. I love reading books. I can still remember being incredible upset when, in third grade, I had chicken pox during the ‘Read-A-Thon’. Not sure if schools do anything like this these days but from what my old brain can remember, your were challenged and sponsored to read as many books as you could during a specified time frame. Not being able to participate was devastating!
So my love for reading and books has not waned over the years. I love the smell, feel and touch of books. I love books so much I always have to have at least three more new books available to read so I am never ‘out of books’ to read. A day spent in Chapters is simply heavenly.
Even though I have owned an iPad since January 2012, I had yet to read a book via iBooks or Kobo. My children have. In fact, my daughter only reads her books on her iPad but I had yet to take the challenge. Each time I visited Chapters I would tell myself, “Okay, after you read these books, then I will try reading from the iPad’. I pushed it off as long as possible. Last week, after finishing Gargoyle I realized I was finally out of new books to read. Thus, I decided it was time to break out the box and buy a book via iBooks. I choose The Imposter Bride, after having watched the Scotiabank Giller Prize awards live on October 30th. See, that’s how much I love books! I even watched the boring awards ceremony! On a side note, as I was writing down (yes, using paper and pen) and not one of the many note apps installed on my iPhone, within seconds of the awards ceremony ending, Kobo sent an email listing the nominees and the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Note to self for next year: wait for email and save paper 🙂
So I purchased a book and began to read from the iPad.

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And the verdict.
I don’t like reading from the iPad.
Not because it is difficult to read. Not because of the ‘getting used to it’ parts. It’s simply because for me, there are far too many distractions on the iPad. I can, in the middle of a paragraph, suddenly remember something I had been meaning to google. So I did. I would get an email and instead of ignoring the email, I would leave the page and respond. I would think of something I wanted to make and visit Pinterest. So you see, I wasn’t getting much reading done. Between hopping around all the other entertainment avenues on the iPad, I was probably only reading about three pages of the actual book before calling it a night.

So, I tried. It’s not for me. I liked being able to leave the digital/web world downstairs at the end of the day and re-visit that world in the morning. I will finish reading the book on the go but am sooooo looking forward to a visit to Chapters.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!



November 2012



Burlap, velvet and crochet trim…

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are definitely my favorite textiles right now. I had always been a wee bit hesitant to work with burlap because of how stretchy and messy I had assumed it to be but really, it’s not all that bad.

Natural Burlap

I figured out that if I stay stitch all loose edges, the burlap doesn’t fray or stretch too much.

Maya Road Velvet Trim

Maya Road Crochet Trim

Trims have always been fun to play with but what’s better is finally using the trims I purchased instead of simply storing them or making cute displays with the trims.

Here’s a peek at what I have been working on. And yes, the moment Halloween ended I started working on Christmas projects!
Hoping it’s sunny wherever you are and thanks for stopping by!



October 2012



Five for Friday!

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Here is what I am loving this week. I would list more but ‘five’ sounds well with Friday 🙂

Basic Grey Lucille

Basic Grey ‘Lucille


Maya Road  ‘Alterable Scallop Trim’

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Vintique App

I made the Roasted Red Pepper soup this week and it is definitely a soup I would make again. I may have added a wee bit too much hot pepper sauce for the kids liking but hubby and I sure enjoyed it. Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous weekend!




October 2012



Pumpkin Scone Recipe

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One of my favourite Starbucks treats are their Pumpkin Scones. I am not a huge fan of ‘pumpkin’ but for whatever reason I love and sometimes, even crave the Starbucks Pumpkin Scone. Being that they are not always available, I searched to find a comparable recipe and viola! I found one that not only tastes as good as the Starbucks version but maybe even better!

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The complete recipe follows but if you are interested in how the artist behind these fabulous scones derived the final recipe, she has a complete write up on here.  I am not one to switch ingredients in recipes and kind of follow the recipe  exactly as advised but if you are more adventurous than I am you could also try omitting and adding ingredients.

  • 1 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 C. cake flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. ground allspice
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 6 T. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C. raisins (optional)
  • 1/3 C. pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 C. heavy cream
  • 6 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper (not required but makes cleanup easy!). Cut the butter into small pieces, put it in a small bowl and put it back in the refridgerator. In a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, salt, and all spices. Whisk together well. Place bowl in freezer (refrigerator is fine if you have no room in freezer).
  • 2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together well. Put this bowl in freezer (or refrigerator) and take the other bowl back out. Get the butter pieces out of the fridge and dump them into the bowl with the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or rub it in with your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins if you are using them.
  • 3. Get the liquid mixture out of the freezer and pour into the flour mixture all at once. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just moistened. The dough will be very crumbly, this is the way it should be. Turn the mixture out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands. It should stick together fairly well. Knead it just a couple of times until everything is together. Don’t knead it too much or the dough will get too sticky.
  • 4. Pat the dough out into a rough circle, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Cut it like a pie into 8 pieces. Place pieces on the baking sheet so that they are not touching. Bake scones for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. They should be light brown on the bottom, the tops will darken as they cool.
  • Icing: For ginger molasses icing, stir together 1 T. molasses, 1-2 T. milk, and 1/4 – 1/2 t. ground ginger (to taste). Adjust the amount of sugar or milk to make the icing the consistency you want. It should be pretty thick. For cinnamon icing, mix together 1 C. powdered sugar, 2 T. milk, 1/4 – 1/2 t. cinnamon (to taste). Again, adjust amounts to change consistency. Icing can be brushed on or drizzled.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do and thanks for stopping by!




October 2012



A gift from Thann for Gabry Road friends and fans!

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To welcome and help celebrate the newly designed Gabry Road , Thann All Natural Skincare & Body Care is offering all friends and fans of Gabry Road $15 off their next purchase!

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These are a few of my  favourite Thann products:

Sea Foam Essential Oil

Sea Foam Body Scrub

Detoxifying Face Mask

Bonus: all Ottawa friends and fans also receive the gift of ‘free shipping’!

Simply use the coupon code GABRYROAD at checkout and you will receive $15 off your order and if you are in Ottawa, you also receive free shipping! Thann is also offering free shipping in the USA for all our friends and fans south of the border!

The $15 coupon GABRYROAD is valid until November 15, 2012. Think Christmas gifts!

Happy shopping and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!