lover's leap panna cotta + lemon shortbread crumble


happy february!!! we made it through the month of january, which felt like forever. we are one month closer to spring & exactly two months until bake the seasons is released! over the last few weeks, i have been working on a lot of fun valentine's inspired recipes & i can't wait to share them all with you. i love creating holiday themed desserts & valentine's is no exception!

this lover's leap panna cotta might be one of the simplest & prettiest desserts to date. it is so decadent & beautiful! the dried pink rose petals really add a romantic valentine's vibe to the final panna cotta. i can't believe it, but this is the first panna cotta recipe i have shared since i started blogging. what! it is such an elegant & easy dessert to make. it is perfect for a romantic valentine's date night as it can be prepared the day before.

this panna cotta feature's steven smith teamaker's limited addition lover's leap tea blend. the tea is a delicate & fragrant marriage of high grown ceylon tea from lover's leap tea estate, blended with pink rose petals, chamomile petals & citrus. it works so well in this dessert as the flavours come through strong, but don't be afraid to experiment with other flavours once lover's leap is out of season.


for the panna cotta

  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 steven smith teamaker's lovers leap tea bags
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • lemon shortbread crumble, to garnish (see recipe below)
  • vanilla or maple syrup, to garnish
  • dried rose petals, to garnish

for the lemon shortbread crumble

  • 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)


for the panna cotta

  • lightly grease six 6 oz ramekins & set aside.
  • add half & half to a medium sauce pan. sprinkle an even layer of gelatin powder over the top. allow stand for 5 minutes, until the gelatin begins to soften.
  • place sauce pan over low heat and whisk in gelatin. add the tea and sugar. continue to stir until the sugar dissolves. no NOT bring mixture to a boil.
  • once the gelatin and sugar are fully dissolved, remove from heat add the vanilla, salt & heavy cream. allow mixture to stand for 10 minutes before removing the tea. note: if using sachets, squeeze out any excess liquid from tea bags.
  • evenly divide mixture into prepared ramekins.
  • place ramekins in fridge and let chill for at least 4 hours.
  • before serving top with shortbread crumble, a splash of maple syrup and dried rose petals.

for the shortbread crumble

  • while the panna cotta chills, prepare the shortbread crumble. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • in a bowl, add the brown sugar, flour, salt and butter. using your hands, work in the butter until a pea sized crumb mixture is formed.
  • mix in the vanilla extract & lemon zest. turn out onto prepared baking sheet & let chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crumbs are golden brown.
  • allow mixture to cool completely before topping panna cotta.

powder room refresh


first up on the 2019 list of projects for modest house is a powder room refresh! what inspired this refresh was the need (ok, want) for a vanity. it is a rather large space & the previous pedestal sink offered zero storage. years ago when we viewed the home, the powder room was a very plain & bare addition. i was actually happy that it was so basic though, because it meant i could put my own style & design flare to the rather empty space.

the first thing we did was add a bold & colourful wallpaper to the room. i know colour is not something you often see from me, but i wanted the powder room to be a unique space. the wallpaper in the space is by trustworth designs & the print is called "apothecary garden". i love it as much as i did when i picked it three years ago & as long as i am in this home, the wallpaper will remain (i promise justin). trustworth designs is run by artist, david berman. he sources vintage prints + fabrics & then turns them into the most beautiful wallpaper patterns you will ever see. you can find all of his other wallpaper designs here! hey diddle diddle is one of my favourites.

now.. lets talk about that vanity! the vanity that inspired the rest of the design is the mid century "marquam teak single vanity" beauty from rejuvenation! adding an element of wood to this space was a must for me. i can't believe how switching from a white pedestal sink to a wood vanity makes as big of an impact as it did. it looks like a completely different space & feels so much more inviting. i am pretty obsessed with it to be honest, justin is too. the vanity comes with a solid white porcelain counter top with an integrated sink. for the handles, you get to pick between different brass, black & silver hardware. brass was a must in this space, especially with that wallpaper! it is like the vanity & wallpaper were made to go with each other.

moving onto those faucets that give me ALL the heart eyes! with the mid century vibes from the vanity, i wanted to pull in a simple, clean & modern facuet. we went with the "west slope faucet" from rejuvenation, which is made in USA by a luxury faucet company called watermarks. the quality of these faucets is like nothing i have ever seen before & because it is an aged brass finish it won't pantina over time.

lastly, the lights & mirror! again, i stuck with brass because.. brass. i know everyone is loving the mixed metal trend, but sometimes i think sticking to one finish looks more cohesive. truthfully, i am not big on mixing silver & chrome finishes with brass. it just isn't my style! for the lights, i went with an oversized sconce light, which is the "oswego 9 inch opal dome wall sconce" from rejuvenation. i love the traditional 1920's style of the lights, but the oversized looks gives it a modern vibe. just like the rest of the powder room! we went with an oval mirror, which is the "west slope oval pivot mirror" from rejuvenation. because of the beadboard going so high, the pivot mirror was a must as it does not sit flush with the wall. we originally planned to go with a round mirror, but the oval fit much better in the space.

there you have it! the first project of 2019 is complete & the powder room is forever complete. i can't think of a single thing that would improve this space. right down to that japanense waffle linen hand towel, i am in love! now lets not get me going over my obsession for waffle linen! i could do a post on that alone.

all sources are linked below. xo

golden matcha milk


it has been so snowy & so cold here, i need all the warm drinks to cozy up with! i feel like justin & i have been in hybernation all month long, but it has been a relaxing winter so i can't complain. now let's talk cozy drinks! for those of you who love a matcha latte or golden milk, you are going to love this golden matcha milk. it is the perfect blend of flavours, including matcha, tumeric & ginger which makes this drink so good for you too. i won't get into all the details, but all three ingredients bring amazing health benefits. so enjoy this in the afternoon as you watch the snow fall outside!

for the drink itself i use aiya's organic matcha powder & freshly ground tumeric. using a quality matcha powder is very important, as it is the main flavour in this drink. while i recommend a blend of coconut milk & almond milk, use which ever type of milk you prefer! i personally like the creaminess & hint of coconut flavour that the coconut milk provides. although, i am also obsessed with frothing oat milk lately too. so many dairy free milks to choose from! what is your favourite?


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aiya's organic matcha powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground tumeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup almond milk


  • in desired mug add the matcha powder, tumeric & ginger. pour in the water & whisk constantly until well blended.
  • whisk in the honey or maple syrup until mixture is smooth.
  • add the coconut milk & almond milk to desired milk frother. warm & froth to desired consistency. pour into mug & enjoy!