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  • Writer's pictureJulie Crossland

Favourite things to pass the time

Now is time to bunker down and enjoy the simple things in life and regroup. Posting the “Must Have Items” for Spring just feels wrong. I am glad companies in the world are focusing on the safety and concerns of others instead of how they can increase their online sales.

For example, LVMH, owner of Louis Vuitton is using their perfume production line to make hand sanitizer to protect people against the Coronavirus. This will be available for French citizens and won’t make it to Canada, but this could help the spread of the disease, indirectly helping all parts of the world. Spirit of York, a local distillery is now making hand sanitizer for locals here in Toronto. If you are in need, reach out! I send praise to all of these businesses!

Now is the time to post a few of my favourite things that could be useful to you during these difficult times.

Favourite Netflix Shows:

The Stranger


Animal Kingdom

Doctor Foster


Night Manager

Dead to Me


The Goop Lab

Designated Survivor

Favourite Books:

*These two books are fantastic. They are books that talk about food, self-care, and decor. They are written by The Soho House.

Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

(Soho House Recipe from Morning, Noon and Night)


Makes 24 large cookies

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 20 minutes



225g/oz unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

210g / 7 2/5 oz light brown sugar

200g / 7oz caster sugar

2 eggs

420g / 15 oz plain flour

1 1/2 teaspoons slat

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

150g / 5oz dark chocolate chips ( preferably 65 per cent)

Maldon sea slat, to taste


Preheat the oven to 180*C / 350*F / gas mark 4. Place the butter, vanilla extract and sugars in a bowl and, using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together until smooth, light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until mixed in.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda and gradually add to the mixture. Mix until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix roughly. Do not overmix.

Separate the dough into 24 pieces and lay them out on greased or parchment lined baking trays, making sure you leave enough room between them to spread. Sprinkle each with a pinch of Maldon sea salt. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.


Refrigerate or freeze any spare dough for another batch, or use raw mixed with ice cream.


Favourite Delivery:

Good Goddess - They have the best coconut cloud yogurt, RIPE Nutrition Broth

Send a note to:

If you have to get groceries in Toronto, please consider heading to the Organic Garage. They aren’t too busy, and you can still get many healthy items.

Favourite Workout Classes:

LES MILLS classes are online for members

Is offering classes through Skype. Contact Core directly.

You can go online and put in PROMO CODE: EXTENDED TRIAL. This will get you 60 days of free Pure Barre classes in the comfort of your home. Please note: You will need to enter your credit card in the system and you will need to cancel in mid-April, so you are charged after the 60 days are up.

Once things are back on track in our world, we will be back to fashion...but being mindful that many lives will have changed by this. Most importantly, thank you to everyone in the health industry who are putting their lives at risk everyday of this pandemic.

Be safe!

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Mar 20, 2020

Thank you Julie for thinking of us and sharing these wonderful suggestions.


Mar 20, 2020

Thank you so much Julie! This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have always valued your opinion and will definitely be trying out some of your recommendations. Looking forward to your next newsletter!

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