Aurora Borealis: on The Prairies

The Aurora Borealis- also known as the Northern Lights- is one of nature’s most amazing displays of beauty. Almost everyone who lives on the prairies can recall seeing this amazing light show dancing in the sky whilst driving along the highway at night, or even dancing above our rooftops in the city.

Although the Northern Lights can be spotted year round, there is something extra special about watching them on a cold winter’s night. The farther North you go will also increase your chances of catching it- also, the darker the sky, the more vivid the colours.

Photograph by Dominic Chu
Photograph by Dominic Chu

If you are going to brave the cold and head out on your own Aurora Borealis adventure, don’t forget to dress for the weather. Layer up with leggings, thick socks, toques and mitts- one of our favorite layering pieces this season is the cape, which fits comfortably over top of any thick warm sweater.

Landscape Coat

 

If you are feeling inspired by the beautiful colours of the Northern Lights, dress to match! This tube scarf has a beautiful mountain-landscape like pattern with pops of light blue and pink.

Mountain Tube Scarf

Or, on your next night out, pay homage to the Northern Lights in this beautiful pastel coloured print dress.

Tree Flare Dress

The Northern Lights is just one of many little perks about living in Saskatchewan- truly the Land of the Living Skies.

Photograph by Brent Parkin
Photograph by Brent Parkin

Featured image at top of post from instagram: alijabos

October at Tonic and Farminista

With October slowly starting to fade out, and the transition into November begins (the month that I believe is socially acceptable to start playing Christmas music).

This month at Tonic has been a great one, seeing all the new fall fashions come in and seeing the joy and excitement for the most scenic month of the year makes me want to latch onto this month to ensure it doesn’t simmer away too fast.

I’ve gathered a few of my all-time favorites of this month to show you.

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First, I want to talk to you guys about our jacket obsession. If you live anywhere in the prairies, you know jackets are a must.

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Make an impression with your last layer!

The Jenny Wool Jacket makes it easy for you to do that.

Check out some of our other jackets!

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This is a classic twist on any cardigan, and easily has been our best seller this season. It perfectly fits on any body type, and gives you a bit of extra length in the back so you can wear it with leggings!

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Here is a quick link to check it out online:

http://www.farminista.com/products/gisellegrandcardigan

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We wouldn’t be Farminista if we didn’t include any of our head turning dresses. This dress is the definition of fall.

http://www.farminista.com/products/forrestshortdress

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And finally- we are excited to be starting our very own line! Right now, we only have coffee mugs. But, we are working very hard to release more Prairie People goodies! Show off your prairie pride!

 

Baking Season- Snickerdoodle

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IMG_6892 IMG_6890The first few snowflakes of this season have started to fall so that means its time to start baking!

These cookies smell amazing and just melt in your mouth.

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Snicker Doodles
1 cup soft margarine (butter is better)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar

Mix together margarine 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Form into balls. if the dough is too soft, refrigerate for a while. Roll in sugar and cinnamon mixture and press down with a cup. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees F. These cookies taste better if they are slightly under baked.

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Astonishing Adornments

 

 

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Finally it’s summer! Now I can wear a necklace without having to worry about it getting tangled up in my scarf or wear bracelets without the struggle of trying to get them through the sleeve of my coat. Freedom feels great my friends, and all this freedom inspires me to get creative by decorating my body with interesting jewelry. Here at Farminista we’ve discovered our new favourite jewelry designer who lives right here in Saskatchewan! Her brand is called Alexandra Kathlyn Accessories (also known as AKA) her pieces are unique and GORGEOUS! The bracelet my friend Christine is wearing in the above picture is one of Alex’s pieces, it’s simple yet rare. Now if you’re a wild gypsy at heart like myself than you are going to need a head chain for summer. It’s the perfect accessory that will help you achieve a fun boho look.

 

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Statement necklaces like this antique one are also great because they can make a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit instantly go from 0-100 or make a simple dress look a more fancy. Although if you’re not all about the chunky monkey kind of necklace, than bracelets might be the way to go. A couple of layered bracelets will add a little extra pizzazz to an outfit, but they’re more subtle than a big necklace.

 

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Adornment doesn’t just involve jewelry either! Hats are a great way to add finishing touches to an outfit. Nothing’s better than the perfect floppy hat for summer, they look good and have a function; to make you look fab while protecting your face from the sun’s beams of radiant light.

 

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With all that said, I hope this sparked a fire in your little creative heart to start getting innovative when accessorizing and try new things! Remember though, you don’t need a bunch of accessories to make yourself beautiful! You’re already beautiful just the way you are, accessories only add to your natural beauty they don’t create it. <3

 

 

Sweet Winter.

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Prairie winters can be long. Prairie winters can be cold. That’s when it’s time to turn on the oven and get baking! My favourite cookbook as of late is Flourless, by Nicole Spiridakas. It’s decadent, it’s allergy friendly, and it’s FULL of oh-so-tasty ideas.

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This pear chocolate cake has great potential to get you through the winter blues. Take a trip to the farmer’s market to find those perfectly ripe pears, and a lovely little carton of local eggs, and you’re set!

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The sliced pears look so fresh and delicious placed in the cake batter!

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Once it’s out of the oven, it’s perfect for snacking on as you cozy up for some online shopping! (Have you seen the Sail Away collection on Farminista’s online store? This cute dress is making me long for warmer weather!) Topped with a little whipped cream, this cake will get you through any winter blues.

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Tangy Rhubarb Bundt Cake

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I love prairie winters.  Maybe easy to say now that it is floating above zero but, really, the contrasts of the seasons are amazing and allows us to savour each bit.  One reason to love prairie winters is the excuse that it is too cold outside to do anything so you must stay home and bake.  You dig through your freezer and, jackpot!, frozen rhubarb.  Enjoy this lemony rhubarb cake with just enough sweet.  Serve with a cup of Kusmi tea for a perfect pairing.

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2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 ¾ cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/2 cup oil

½ lemon, zest and juice
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine rhubarb with 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.   In a separate large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and 2 cups sugar.  Beat in eggs, then oil, then lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Next, stir flour mixture into mixing bowl of wet ingredients in batches, alternate with milk.

Layer the cake and rhubarb into a prepared bundt pan like this: 1/3 batter, ½ rhubarb mixture, 1/3 batter, ½ rhubarb, 1/3 batter

Bake 60 minutes.  Can add a glaze or dusting of powdered sugar for effect but the sweetness is not necessary.