FROM THE KITCHEN: SUGO

It’s no secret that I love fall, and this is largely due to the traditions that come along with it. With another wonderful Thanksgiving in the books, I’ve enjoyed reflecting on what other family traditions have happened this season.

Every fall, Italian families get together to make sugo (or sauce) for the coming year. It’s an all-day event that starts with chopping bushels of tomatoes, garlic, and onions, bright and early in the morning, followed by careful love and attention of the sauce as it simmers all day. Once the first batch is complete, we’re rewarded with the most delicious lunch of pasta, ricotta cheese, and bread (all homemade), and of course, our first taste of this year’s sugo. The weather always ends up being just a bit chilly, which is perfect for huddling around the warm vats of sauce. And we always leave feeling proud of the sauce stock we’ve amounted for the coming year.

I took the opportunity to film Sugo Day 2016 for my very first vlog. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into one of my family’s traditions. Be sure to leave me a comment letting me know what your favourite fall tradition is!

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SEPTEMBER: A LOOK BACK

Another month has come to an end, but with much excitement. Why, you ask? IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL! This is by far my favourite time of the year. As much as I enjoyed the summer, I’m ready for the cooler weather and all the wonderful things it brings – the leaves changing colours, fall fairs, and Halloween.

This month brought with it the return of my favourite Starbucks drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, some much needed time for some apartment décor projects, and one last summer inspired style shoot. Here’s to spooky October and another memorable month for all of you lovely Peaches, too!

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JULY’S JAPAN CRATE

My fascination with subscription boxes started well over a year ago, when fellow blogger babe (and long-time friend), Cobwebs & Pearls, and I discovered that you could get yummy treats delivered to our doors. With credit cards in hand, we entered the wildly addictive world of subscription boxes. We’ve since ditched our first subscription, found some favourites that we subscribe to faithfully, and are having fun trying out even more new goodies.

My latest discovery, Japan Crate, is a delightful red box made to “share the fun and unique experience of Japanese culture through candy”, and it definitely delivered! In my crate was: A Maruta Mini Bottle, SakuSaku Panda Anniversary Chocolate Torte Cookies, Morokashi Wa Taro Doubanjiang Flavor, Takaoka Choco Flakes, Yaokin Cocobis Biscuits, Animal Kid Biscuits, Yokai Watch Jelly Drink DIY, Milk Flavored Chocolate, Paicro Sugar & Butter Flavour, and Sumiyaki Coffee Candy. With the exception of a few items, everything was yummy and super cute!

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Although I would love to renew my subscription, the cost of shipping was over half the cost of the box, making the entire thing less appealing (I would rather put that $15 shipping charge towards a larger subscription box that includes shipping). But that didn’t stop me from enjoying July’s goodies. To see the full reveal of all this month’s Japanese snacks, be sure to watch my unboxing video below!