Thank you so much all for the kind birthday wishes and blog love. I was so very spoiled on my birthday this year and I basked in the connection I felt with family and community.
Nova Scotia Slow Food
My best friends and I enjoyed a lovely, quiet brunch at the Broad Cove Café, just the four of us (plus one babe in arms). It is such a rare treat for us all to get together (without our children) just to celebrate our friendships and enjoy our community.
I met the awesome, no-nonsense Ingrid, the cafe’s new manager. Ingrid brings her culinary talents from The Port Grocer a little closer to home, and we are so appreciative that she has reopened our favourite local café (If you haven’t been here, you must check it out). We hope she is here to stay!
I decided to try the grilled Reuben sandwich, and I was not disappointed. It featured divine not-too-salty corned beef, local sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and, of course, pickles, on organic rye bread especially made for the café by Ploughman’s Lunch. I also had a salad with the crispest greens from Honey Tree Farm and Orchard and a light and fresh citrus date dressing.
Slow food locavore heaven!
Ingrid also surprised me with homemade rice crispy square decorated with a single pink candle – so sweet.
I’m going back soon for the coconut cream pie. I might even ride my bike there, which will make it taste even better.
I received some beautiful locally made in Nova Scotia birthday gifts this year. I was nearly brought to tears – my friends are so thoughtful and know me so well. All of these gifts were locally made by female entrepreneurs and are just so my taste.
Etsy Made in Canada 2018 was held in Mahone Bay over the long weekend. Did any of you make it there? Well, one of my friends did, and she bought me a beautiful handmade enameled copper necklace from Aflame Creations, by Halifax based jeweller Megan Archer. I absolutely love my necklace – its perfect.
Okay, so I bought myself a gift at the Etsy Fair, too. That’s okay on your birthday, right? Boho queen Hailey at Here Nor There was hosting Halifax based clothing line Thief and Bandit, so I had to swing by (twice).
This Halifax based company designs and sews beautiful, quality clothing in eco friendly hand drawn prints. I got to meet the incredibly stylish (yet totally approachable and sweet) Amie Cunningham, who draws and silkscreens these gorgeous prints herself.
I bought myself a headband, which I will be wearing all summer, and also chose two kids sized headbands for my girls, which should fit them for years since they are jersey cotton.
You know how some headbands slide around too much or are either too tight or too loose and make your hair look funny? This headband is so comfortable I forget I am even wearing it. Until I look in the mirror and I’m like – heeeeey you!
Nova Scotia artists and entrepreneurs are so amazing you guys!!
Which brings me to a brand new entrepreneur who is near and dear within my own community. Laura Beesaw just launched Meguma Meadows Flower Farm. She is an inspiring one woman enterprise who takes care of her farm and business with incredible grace and dedication.
Look at my new beautiful terrarium created by Laura! It made a gorgeous centerpiece for our brunch and then our family dinner and now it sits beside me on my desk as I write. I love it.
Right now, you can find Laura and her beautiful flowers at the Hubbard’s Farm Market on Saturday mornings in Hubbards, Nova Scotia (picturesque home of Queensland Beach and Hubbards Beach), but I have no doubt that her business will grow (hehe) fast and you will soon find her flowers all over.
P.S. when you are in Hubbards, be sure to visit my awesome friend Haley’s coffee shop Hubbard’s Cove Coffee or bring your reusable mug to their new table at the market.
The prize for most unique gift goes to Knotty Girl, a female artisan from West Dublin who repurposes retired fisherman’s rope to create bright and durable baskets and other handmade treasures. I love that she repurposes something that would normally be sent to the landfill and creates something both useful and beautiful. (zero waste friendly!)
These are ideal for the garden as you can load them with vegetables and rinse them off with the hose, plus you can leave it outside. Since it is made of fishing rope it can handle the wear and tear. My friend knew I would appreciate this!
I was so touched by these gifts. Thank you friends!
When you buy locally you choose to support the growth of entrepreneurs and craftspeople in Nova Scotia. I love thinking about how your dollar circulates within this economy, and makes it down to other local businesses (because those who sell local usually shop local as well). Your dollar can have a real impact this way, supporting individuals with families and allowing them to keep doing what they love.
This keeps the vibrations high in this little province that we love so dearly and helps us move forward to a bright and sustainable future.
Speaking of good vibrations, after a day of adventures with friends and on my own, I came home to my beautiful little family to dance in our living room, enjoy a feast of duck, frites, and greens as well as a perfect strawberry rhubarb pie made with love by my husband and daughters.
I don’t think another birthday could top this one, but I’m willing to give it another go next year. 😉
Do you know of a unique and talented Nova Scotia entrepreneur who creates beautiful things that people should know more about? Please share below so that we can check them out!