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Week In Review: Back at it with Mess, Scones and Starting Fresh

Week In Review: Back At It With Mess, Scones, and Starting Fresh

You know what the BEST thing about living in a complete mess of an apartment is?

… continuing to make a complete mess and NOT GIVING A CRAP. 

table mess pizza 2  

Good morning and happy Monday, guys!

Last week I published two posts recapping my trip to Scotland, but I feel like this is my first real “return” to you guys and this space of mine. And I’m so excited to be doing so!

As I mentioned last week, the return from my trip was really hard, and I have been feeling really homesick. As the days passed, these feelings became more manageable. I still feel homesick, but I’ve also been able to have a pretty awesome week. 

I have been busy – albeit very, very slowly – unpacking all my stuff back into my little apartment. And once again, completely embracing the mess that this has involved. Seriously guys. I love living in a disaster of an apartment. “Oops. Spilled flour on the floor…. I’ll get to it later.” “Oops. No clean plates. This plastic bag will do fine.” “Oops. Sorry friend, you’ll have to climb over those boxes if you want to go pee. It’ll be good for you.”

…. it’s so freeing. 

Maybe it’s just also my mindset at the moment. I haven’t felt stressed or rushed to get my packing or any of my other “things,” done. I’ve been doing things only when I kind of want to. I’ve been spending money without guilt. I’ve been eating out and eating when I feel hungry (what a concept, eh!?). I have not been making my bed and have yet to get to my box of bathroom mess sprawled around my toilet. Granted, the first half of the week I was feel really, really tired and literally just had zero motivation to do… anything. Which sort of is a blessing for those of us easily anxious, busy body folk. Now that my energy has finally picked back up, I seem to be retaining this kind of….new…relaxed energy. 

Maybe my trip, and my summer, did more subconscious good than I thought? Hmm…

ANYWAYS. I was so excited to get back to Meg’s Week In Review party and review my past week. And to get back to some routine and (somewhat) normalcy again. So let’s see all the memories from last week that have left me smiling, ya?


Upon landing in Toronto, feeling awfully sad – and also unable to move into my apartment for another four hours – I took myself directly to my favorite restaurant, Fresh. The best self care time killer I know. 

fresh journal

Quinoa/kale/tempeh/sweet potato/gogi berry/nut and seed/sunflower sprout salad + side of journal

Went to see a jazz show

Spent a day and a half in Guelph with Dan. We slept, relaxed, walked and ate ALL the best food. 

pizza wine porch mess

Picked up a pizza from “Breadbar” – a restaurant in Guelph that uses only local ingredients from a farm just outside the city – only to come home to a locked house. So. Sat on the deck and drank all the wine. No glasses and no cutlery necessary, thankyouverymuch. Best memory of my week. 

This pizza was half “Green Goddess,” with mixed greens, goat cheese and garlic tahini and half “Beeline” with proschiutto, honey and lemon ricotta. SERIOUS noms. 

Dan works in the most lovely little restaurant, with a lovely little porch. He took me there for both lunch and breakfast. 

WTG lunch

Porch Lunch: Baba Ganoush veggie wrap + squash/beet/feta/pecan salad, split for two. 

WTG biscuit coffee

A scone. An incredible, huge tea biscuit scone with jam infused centre, to be exact. 

While he was at work, I took myself out for… yet another…scone (seriously, you’d think I’d be craving something else after having quite a number of them during my trip, but the craving just seemed to increase once I landed. Maybe I’m just paying tribute to all those scone I didn’t let myself have on the trip?). Paired it with the most delicious coffee and finished off my two blog posts. 

planet bean scone coffee

With Dan’s supreme help (and rented van), I toted around the city picking up all of my boxes and bags (that were either bussed or being help captive at a friends’ place) and got EVERYTHING back into one place in my apartment. Including two new pieces of furniture I salvaged from a friend. #frugal #score

packing van mess

I very, very slowly unpacked all of said boxes and bags – rearranging some cupboards, setting up my new shelves and doing a bit of re-decorating. That’s got to be the best part about fall, or moving, or just starting a new year – the opportunity for new organization and starting “fresh.” Ahh. Such a good feeling. 

new pantry mess

My new pantry! Note: NO ONE LET ME GO TO THE BULK ZONE. #ihavetoomuchstuff

I returned to and ate ALL (and ONLY) my favorite foods. Fresh…Scones… sweet potato… kale salads… pizza.  Out of comfort and out of missing my own kitchen… it all happened. 

sweet potato nachos

Sweet Potato Nachos with avocado cream and all the cheese.  Craving handed over by Sarah, but also reminded me of my own sweet potato “poutine.” 

quinoa kale goat cheese salad

You guyssssss. Bet you aren’t surprised it took all of, what, one week being back before you saw this guy again. Yep. I couldn’t last any longer. I had to re-create the goat cheese, avocado, kale, quinoa, cranberry goodness that I fell in love with this summer. Think I did pretty well at replicating the honey-lime-poppyseed dressing, too! MAKE THIS. 

To finally end my 4…5… 6? day scone fix, I even returned to a few tried-and-true breakfasts and sat at my own table. 

baked pancake 2

Single Serving Oat Pancake / Sunbutter / Jam / Fruit 

I took myself out for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. When I first saw a pumpkin ad (as soon as I got off the plane), I was initially thinking not even I’M ready for pumpkin season to begin. But then Emily had to go and post this roundup, and that ad was still in my brain and… yeah. I caved. I still think its a little early though, no?

first PSL

So I like cinnamon…

I got my hair cut

I went to lens crafters and started my search for new glasses

I went to a nice relaxing yoga class, to help stretch out my car bum, and did some stretching and a meditation on my own. 

I finished my paper work for a monologue I need to present this week. I love Shakespeare. 

rooster homework

I rehearsed my lines for my rehearsals that start this week, including galavanting around my apartment practicing a grungy bronx/New York accent. Do “galavanting” and “bronx” work in the same sentence? 

I emailed my dentist and my photographer to book appointments, my eye doctor to order new contacts and my health insurance to make a confirmation. And my parents. Twice. 

Paid my health insurance fee. 

Got all the essential groceries back in my fridge. 

grocery essentials mess


Had a wonderful morning reunion with my farmers market. Can you say farmers back bacon and kabocha!?

I watched 4…5?… episodes of Gilmore Girls. 

I relaxed. I relaxed a lot. I even eventually caught up on sleep. 

Made all the mess. So many messes. And loved every one. 

apartment mess room


And that was my week. And here it is – tomorrow I start back at the Academy and begin rehearsals for the first of FIVE public shows I will be doing this year. I can’t really believe I’m back and my little independent life is slowly getting back to how it was before I left. I know in another week it will feel like I never even left, but right now I’m still riding the exciting vibes of the beginning of fall, new fall air, new routines and starting fresh. I’m feeling really safe in my house right now. Something I wasn’t feeling at the end of last year. I know I need to continue doing what I’m doing (aka relaxing and letting the self care thoughts win) because I feel like the moment I stop… well, its a bit of a “Humpty Dumpty” scenario. Only without the kings’ men. 

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Tell me,

How do you like to “start fresh,” at the beginning of the fall?

Pumpkin spice. Too early?

What part of your house is a complete mess?









  1. Edye | 5th Sep 16

    Nothing beats pizza, YUM!! I’m super excited for fall and pumpkin spice everything πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      It is the best part!!

  2. chasetheredgrape | 5th Sep 16

    Love reading this as you sound so much happier! I think sometimes getting back into a groove again can take a while plus we often get a bit disorientated by the changes that have taken place since the last time we did this routine… Then we realise that those changes are making things even better than before – and that’s awesome. ( hope that sentence makes sense! Ha!)
    And I want that exact pizza – split with those two sets of toppings. It just sounds like perfection!

    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      That sentence makes complete sense, and YES. It’s really true. We have to go through that weird disorientation, low phase before getting to a place where we realize things may actually be… better… now…
      Its weird. But a good weird.

  3. Kristy from Southern In Law | 5th Sep 16

    It sounds like you’ve had a good week, girly!

    My office is currently the messy zone. We bought a bed frame two months ago when we were SUPPOSED to be moving, only to find out after the frame arrived that we didn’t actually get that place and we had to keep on looking and so we have just left it in the box figuring it’s easier to move it in boxes than it is to set up/dismantle/move and find somewhere for our current bed to go in the meantime πŸ˜›
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Ha! Definitely made the wise choice to just keep it in the box. No point going through the hassle of setting it up if you just plan on boxing it back up again. Life’s just a little funny isn’t it!

  4. Casey the College Celiac | 5th Sep 16

    My favorite thing about the beginning of fall is going for long walks and feeling the temperature change from shorts to capris to sweats and long pants.
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Mmmmmm. Such a nostalgic, comfortable feeling.

  5. Kate | 5th Sep 16

    I’m so glad you were able to have all your favorites! I tried to do that in Rock Hill before I moved. The time spent with Dan sounds relaxing too. Yay for settling in.
    I’m kind of just a hot mess in general, but our kitchen table is forever a work in progress. I tend to leave stuff on it because I half use it as a desk sometimes.
    Never too early for pumpkin spice. Though I did find it hilarious when I saw that there was a protest outside a Starbucks. One man had a sign that said “leave the premature pumpkins alone.” πŸ˜€
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      BAHAHA. Oh my god. That’s too funny…
      Even if I’m not quite motivated enough to pull out the pumpkin recipes, I would definitely never go that far.

  6. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 5th Sep 16

    Embrace the mess. It is beautiful!
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  7. Kat | 5th Sep 16

    Looks like you are doing well getting back into the swing of things!! I kind of went on a cleaning spree this weekend – but mostly because we had guests staying with us the past 2 weeks and I needed to clean up the place! And yesterday I was CRAVING a pumpkin spice latte like nobody’s business, but I convinced myself it was still too early lol
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Baha nooo Kat!! Not too early! I would have forced you out for one.

  8. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 5th Sep 16

    Isn’t it such a freeing mindset to not worry about adding to the mess? You do you, girl! I love that you just did/ate what you wanted and didn’t care. Those pizza flavors sound amazing! Prosciutto, honey, and lemon ricotta? Are you kidding me?!
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Yeah you would have drooled ALL over that pizza. In fact you would have loved the whole pizza/wine/porch scene.

  9. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 5th Sep 16

    Welcome back!! πŸ˜€ I think we have the same luggage haha i have those blue ones that you have in your picture! I thought it was too early for pumpkin spice here because its still very warm..but i caved and got an iced pumpkin spice latte..iced is still summery right?!
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Nice!! Yes… I would say that was the perfect compromise to the fall/not yet fall debate. Excellent choice.

  10. Lyss | 5th Sep 16

    Never too early for pumpkin spice in my opinion! Already started getting the coffee, now I need to stock up on the food!! I really want to try pumpkin spiced cheerios and PB and CO pumpkin spice peanut butter πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Ugh What I would GIVE to try those pumpkin flavored things. Heck, ANY of the awesome pumpkin things you guys get. I tried to order to PB and CO pumpkin flavor last year but couldn’t get it to Canada. Soooo saddddd.

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 5th Sep 16

    Woot, woot. It’s so good to have you back. I’ve missed your WIR write ups and I love to see you embracing your inner sloth. We all need to have those moments and it’s great you’re enjoying them guilt free. I think you’ve made a tremendous amount of progress. Also, hooray scones!

    That pizza sounds awesome, even if it was eaten utensil free and in the great outdoors. One of my favorite moments with Juli and Stefan was when we got lost and had an impromptu picnic on private property. It wasn’t at all how the day was supposed to go and because of the great company, it became a comedy of errors and I’ll always remember it.

    I need to clean out my pantry and by clean, I mean eat my way through it. No more bulk bins for me either. πŸ™‚

    Happy Monday and welcome back.
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    • Cora | 7th Sep 16

      Those impromptu/unplanned moments really are always the best memories. Life has a way of proving to us that our plans are no where near as good…
      Yes to sloths and yes to lack of cutlery!

  12. Emily Swanson | 5th Sep 16

    The freedom of not having everything perfectly clean around me and just relaxing and resting is AMAZING, and I really resonate with you on that Cora. It sounds like you are settling back in at a good pace; I loved looking into your pantry. And all those scones are making me want to make scones. πŸ™‚ <3 Sigh… It makes me happy to hear that you are so happy.
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Thanks Em. Its so important to focus on the happy things πŸ™‚

  13. Annie | 5th Sep 16

    That pizza! I want!!! Pretty neat that it’s all locally sourced too. Dining alfresco is the way to go! Yum.
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Haha. Absolutely! I have so much respect for any restaurant that strives to stay local.

      • Cora | 10th Sep 16

        PS – thanks for commenting. Now I’ve found your blog – its great!!!

  14. Ellie Pell | 5th Sep 16

    The mess in our house would be the fridge and the floors with cat hair. Also, our cupboards are not organized at all…but I know where everything is so IDC!
    It’s not too early for pumpkin, I actually enjoy it all year. PSL will happen at work soon, but I’m more excited for apple cinnamon bagels <3
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Haha that is all that matters… if you know where things are then it IS organized. Its your own organized chaos!!
      I’ve never had an apple cinnamon bagel. Muffins…yes. But a bagel sounds glorious. You know what I can’t wait to buy/make…. vegan pumpkin SCONES.

  15. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 6th Sep 16

    Yeah. Too early for pumpkin spice.
    It does sound like an awesome week. On the one hand, it’s always hard for me to go back to my own space when I’m used to having my family around. But on the other hand, it’s really nice to…well, be back to my own space, be in charge of my own meals and stuff, etc.
    My bedroom. The bedroom is a mess.
    Hope you have a wonderful first week at the Academy!
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Its weird how its such a dichotomy eh? I love the idea of getting back to my own stuff and my own routine.. but…. its really nice when someone else is making your meals for you. I guess we have to relish the time when we have one versus the other.

  16. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 6th Sep 16

    I just want to follow you around a eat. It all looks so good! And where were you when I was in high school struggling through Shakespeare?!
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Lol. I’ll only let you follow me around if you eat all the things WITH me.
      And I’ll give you a shakespeare lesson if you teach me how to get a bum, deal? πŸ˜‰

  17. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 6th Sep 16

    I am all about pumpkin anytime! And a fresh start is so nice, I am constantly reorganizing my pantry, but I’ve just come to the conclusion I need a bigger one…. one day. And that pizza! Love that you did a half and half, genius idea!
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Haha you and I both! I think I need a whole pantry ROOM. One day…
      Half and half pizza is always the way to go. I have too many taste combinations I want each time.

  18. GiGi Eats | 7th Sep 16

    I need to go read your Scotland recaps ASAP!!!!
    And I see SWEET potato up there which excites me greatly because I am currently cooking some righhhhhtttttt now!
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    • Cora | 10th Sep 16

      Sweet potato ALL THE TIME!

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