Sand + Sea + Sky = Prince Edward Island

We’re back from our sea-filled vacation on Prince Edward Island. PEI is known for its gorgeous beaches, red sand dunes, green fields, and homey atmosphere; not to mention the amazing selection of entertainment and dining! We had it all… except for good weather. The weather wasn’t bad, per se, but it certainly wasn’t stellar either. Nevertheless, the clouds did nothing to dampen our spirits, and we thoroughly enjoyed our romantic vacation à deux.

Our sea-filled vacation to Prince Edward Island, Canada

I’ll be splitting my re-cap of our trip into two posts. Today I’ll be talking about our accommodations, our dining experiences, and our sightseeing adventures. In part two of the re-cap, I’ll discuss the many inspiring artisans and antique stores we visited. There was just too much to write about in only one post!

*I was not remunerated in any way for the reviews featured in this post. All opinions are entirely my own.*

We stopped our first night in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is an 11-hour drive from Montreal to PEI (not including stops along the way), so we wanted to break up our trip a bit. Especially since that day was my birthday! :-)

We had dinner at the Lunar Rogue Pub, which is in downtown Fredericton. We both had the fishcakes and topped off the meal with a delicious, homemade strawberry shortcake. It was a great meal!

Before we left Fredericton, we took some time to explore the area. So many gorgeous heritage homes! You can see that the area is undergoing a major renaissance, as people restore these magnificent houses.
Beautifully restored heritage home in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with a grey facade and a yellow door

I love the cheery pop of yellow against the grey-blue facade of this home.

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Blogger Brags No. 89 | Our 2nd Anniversary!

Today, July 27th, marks our second wedding anniversary.

S+E Footprint in the Sand at Cavendish Beach, PEI

By the time you are reading this, we will be home from our dreamy, sea-filled vacation on Prince Edward Island. (That’s right: if you guessed PEI as the answer to last week’s “mystery vacation” game, you WIN!) (My admiration and respect, that is. I’m sorry that there isn’t an actual prize. I’ll have to work on that!)

Sarah and Erick visiting Green Gables Heritage Place on Prince Edward Island

Last year I wrote about our hand-made wedding and about our first year of marriage. I was a little apprehensive going into the second year, because a lot of people say that it can be difficult. To those people I say: not true! While of course this past year had its ups and downs, being married to my thoughtful, caring, and loving husband only made the challenging parts easier and the happy parts more joyful. I am blessed.

cue: awwww

Sarah and Erick in beautiful Georgetown, Prince Edward Island

P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who has been responding to my 2015 Reader Survey! I really appreciate the feedback: please keep it coming! The survey only takes a few moments to complete but it will really help me to improve Flourish & Knot.

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I love anything with bacon in it. Or on it. Or around it. So this round-up of 20+ Mind Blowing Bacon Recipes from Dreaming of Leaving had me at “hello”!

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2015 Reader Survey + a Sneak Peek!

Hi there!

I’m so glad you stopped by! Now, normally, Flourish & Knot is where I talk about my latest DIY projects; but today, I’m reaching out to you for YOUR help!

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I would love it if you’d take a few minutes to complete my 2015 Reader Survey. The process is entirely anonymous, and your feedback will help me to improve the blog and the content I share.

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I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to answer the survey. Yes, Flourish & Knot is a personal blog, but I also want to make sure that my content pleases my readership. I can’t do any of this without you!

And since no blog post is complete without SOME kind of DIY element, I’ll give you a sneak peek of the rockin’ project I’ve been working on this week! I’ll have a reveal coming up really soon.

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Blogger Brags No. 88 | Mystery Vacation!

Sorry to anyone who thought I was giving away a vacation or something. Not that kind of post, sorry.

In other news: Happy Monday, all! It was a great but busy weekend, filled with pre-vacation preparations. We’re heading off soon on our summer vacation, but I thought it’d be fun to do a little game with my readers. Let’s see if you can guess where we’re headed!

Clue #1: Red soil.

Clue #2: Potatoes. (And a whole lot of unfortunate potato-related press of late. But I will not be deterred!)

Clue #3: “Ice cream! Is anything more delectable than ice cream? Why even the most respectable eat ice cream.”

Leave your answer in the comments below!

In case you’re new to Flourish & Knot, here are some of my favourite posts:

Strawberry Zing! Frozen Yogurt    A bouquet, corsage and boutonniere that you can make yourself from flowers found at a farmers' market | flourishandknot.com

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Mixed Berry Chicken Salad

This mixed-berry chicken salad with vanilla vinaigrette from Divas Run for Bling sounds absolutely delicious and HEALTHY!

Summer Squash Bisque

This summer squash bisque from Cooking on a Budget sounds like the perfect late summer-early fall soup! Elegant + Family-Pleaser = Great Recipe

Interesting… I keep choosing to feature food-related posts. Actually, that’s not surprising at all! YUM!

Don’t forget to guess our mystery vacation location!

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How to arrange a floral centrepiece | My 100th post!

Champagne all around!

We celebrated my mother’s milestone birthday this weekend with family and friends at a wine-tasting-themed dinner party. On my List of Party Essentials, it hit every number!

  1. Great people – we were so lucky to be surrounded by a group of extraordinary family (and yes, I’m counting the extended family!)
  2. Delicious food – preferably cooked on a BBQ
  3. Fabulous wine – and other fine beverages ;-)
  4. Some kind of awesome activity that generates tonnes of laughter – croquet for the WIN!
  5. Music, music, music – preferably of the live and impromptu variety – CHECK!
  6. Decorative touches of some kind – whether it’s a homemade banner or a beautiful floral arrangement, it just adds a little je ne sais quoi. 

TWEET this: Great food, great music, great wine, great PEOPLE! What’s on YOUR list of party essentials?

Speaking of floral arrangements…

(I love segues.)

It seemed only fitting that for my 100th post on Flourish & Knot, I would share a flower tutorial. My love for working with flowers is what first got me into blogging, after all! Yes, that’s right: if you look waaaaayyyy back in the F&K archives, you’ll find my that one of my very first posts was a tutorial for this all-white centrepiece.

For my mom’s birthday party, I wanted the tables to have a little extra style, so I arranged a few floral centrepieces. Here’s how you can create your own! (It’s not hard!)

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How to arrange a centrepiece - no experience required! | flourishandknot.com

I bought all the makings for one large and four small centrepieces at my local Provigo grocery store. All the flowers were being marked down (even though almost every bloom was in perfect shape) so all in all, I spent around $30. Even at full price, $60 for a head table and four small centrepieces would be a pretty sweet deal!

The “recipe” for these arrangements:

1 bunch purple and white alstromeria (6 stems)

1 bunch light purple chrysanthemums

1 bunch dark purple chrysanthemums

1 bunch bright green button chrysanthemums

1 bunch white carnations

I added some stems of spirea greenery (foraged from my garden) for the larger centrepiece

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Blogger Brags No. 87

What a weekend that was! On Saturday afternoon we hosted my mother’s 60th birthday party, and it was a fabulous gathering of friends and family. Croquet, sangria, a wine-tasting, a delicious dinner, music on the deck… Perfect. Happy Birthday, mom!

And to give you a sneak peek of what’s coming up this week on the blog…

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This delicious-looking Orange and Lemon Pie from Analida’s Ethnic Spoon! I love anything with citrus, but I’m partial to lemony desserts. I can see this being the next recipe I try. :-)

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Top Ten Tips for the “Green” Gardener

As you read here, I attended a fabulous event over the weekend. WordCamp is a conference dedicated to all things WordPress. In case you don’t know, WordPress is one of the most-used blogging and website platforms in the world (and it’s what I use for Flourish & Knot)! WordCamp brings together not only bloggers, but anyone who works with WordPress. It was a weekend filled with informative and engaging speakers, awesome networking, one-on-one learning opportunities, and – above all – welcoming and open community members.

I feel very blessed to have had the input of so many experienced WordPress users this past weekend. It just goes to show that learning is a life-long pursuit.

Which brings me to the actual topic of this post. I’ve learned SO much in the two years I’ve had a garden. (And I have only just dipped the tip of my big toe.) But, in an effort to help other newbie gardeners (or maybe experienced gardeners who are faced with a new garden), I’ve choraled my Top Ten Tips for the “Green” Gardener.

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