pumpkin seeds

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I posted about pumpkins and fall decor here, and now that Halloween is just a few days away I have some recipes for pumpkin seeds!

I usually like my pumpkin seeds baked with a tiny bit of olive oil and some salt but these bloggers had some suggestions I just had to try!

Caramel Pumpkin Seeds

Salt & Vinegar Pumpkin Seeds

Italian Seasoned Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Cinnamon Sugar

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Have any of you tried pumpkin seed brittle?? I saw this recipe but haven’t tried it yet! It’s on the list.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting recipes for fun Halloween treats to bake with the kids.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

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products I love: accessories edition

Good Morning Everyone

I like to write “products I love” posts every once in a while to share some great shopping finds. Today’s post is the accessories edition.

Here’s what I am loving right now!

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Essie’s Carry On- a great fall color appropriate for work and weekends

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I love this business bag- Dironett from Aldo. It’s stylish and efficient to ensure you have everything you need, perfect!

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Side shoulder bags may be the best thing ever to make their way to the top of the handbag market. It’s so nice to run errands or go out without worrying about carrying a purse. It fits the necessities and can add a bright pop of color to your outfits. These two options are available at Target.

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LaLaCrystal- Check it out on etsy. These earrings and necklace are simple, cute and will work well with any look.

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Every girl needs a great watch. This polka dot Kate Spade wrist band adds a fun touch to the watch.

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Last but not least, a Town & Reese bracelet. I love the simplicity. This bracelet would look pretty on it’s own or stacked with other bracelets and/or a watch.

That’s all for now- exciting announcement tomorrow!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

what’s for dinner tonight? leftovers!

This Thanksgiving weekend was great; the weather, the food & the company.

It is so hard to judge how much to cook for groups and often we have so many leftovers (not having enough to feed everyone is something I always fear). So what to do with all the food that is left?

Here’s what we are doing:

Turkey Paninis : Stack your turkey on a yummy italian bread, top with mozzarella, spinach, roasted artichoke & garlic spread and then heat it up on a panini press. So simple and so tasty on it’s own or with your favourite soup/salad.

Canadian Living’s Fettuccine Skillet Recipe

Taste of Home’s Homemade Turkey Soup (you can make this, freeze it and then have it one night you don’t feel like cooking)

Turkey Quesadillas: such a tasty quick lunch or dinner. Use flour tortillas, any sauce & toppings you like plus some cheese. Top with another tortilla and bake in the oven until golden brown or on the stove top in a frying pan.  I like it nice and simple : pesto mayo, chopped red onion & shredded mozzarella.

Rachel Ray’s Quick Turkey Croquettes YUM! kids will love this one too.

There are so many things you can do with leftover turkey (or ham), these are just a few favourites!

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I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving Inspiration week last week. Stay tuned for super cute birthday inspiration tomorrow.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

Thanksgiving Inspiration Week: the details

You guys know I am all about the details! Here is some inspiration for the special touches..

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I love these ideas for favours/buffet areas. Check out this recipe for Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Seeds!

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People love free stuff! Give your friends something to take home to make the celebration extra special. Your favours can be double duty by incorporating them

into your place settings (it’s cute decor too!).

Having a few kids over? Entertain them, it will make it that much more fun for the parents as well.

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Set up a kids table with coloring pages, cookie decorating or create your own trail mix with little take home bags. They will love it!

Create a warm atmosphere and festive impression as soon as people walk in the door:

5 Simmer Pot Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

That’s all for now- wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Thanksgiving Inspiration Week

Thanksgiving seems to be a holiday favourite for a lot of families.. it must be the season, the delicious menus and having those you love around you.  It’s taking a moment to remind yourself of all the good things in life.

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There’s no better reason to celebrate. And for all us Canadians, Thanksgiving is just one week away! So this week’s blog is all about the holiday. I’m going to be giving tips on decor, entertaining and of course, share some great recipes.

To start the week let’s get inspired by Thanksgiving centrepieces:

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I love all of these options because they are so simple yet so pretty. Use pumpkins of all sizes, paint them, accessorize them or fill them with flowers. Fill a regular cylinder vase with tiny pumpkins and make them different by using a combination of orange, cream and gold (not into the DIY painting project? You can buy these already done!) Use a woodbox, leafs, branches, garlands or indian corn and get creative.  Check out the pumpkin inspiration post and use smaller personalized pumpkins in the centre of your table.

Feel free to send me your fall decor projects- I love seeing what you guys are up to.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for some yummy Thanksgiving dessert ideas.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

fall decor: pumpkin inspiration

Happy October 1st!

I can’t believe September has already come to an end however I have so many things to look forward to this month and I cannot wait to share with all of you.

Also, I’ve been told I can now decorate the house with fall & halloween pieces (yay!)

I wanted to share some ideas with all of you, so go pick up a few pumpkins and have fun decorating simply and creatively.

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Oh the magic of paint! Using paint to customize your pumpkins allows you to create a style and theme to your home decor.

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We all know I love a little sparkle! Use white craft glue and glitter or a glue gun and plastic spiders or pompoms to create unique pumpkins.

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I absolutely love this idea and it’s so easy! use what you’ve got. Put the pumpkin in stockings.

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There are so many options to make your pumpkins look fabulous without carving!

If you do like to carve, how about these??

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You can find all kinds of templates & stencils online and in stores. Enjoy!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

sweater weather

It’s sweater weather! Today is a bit of a fall fashion post. From work to the weekend there are so many great sweater styles that can be paired with jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts or dress pants.

Take a look at some of my picks:

For the office

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a sweater with some shape and details can be be appropriate for work. Top left & right : RW& co, bottom: Dorothy Perkins for Hudson’s Bay

For the weekend

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I love comfy patterned options for casual wear. Top left: J Crew, Top right: Ralph Lauren, bottom Forever 21.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

fall flowers

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today was one of those completely inspiring days. The weather was warm & sunny, I got to catch up with an old friend and enjoy some girl time. Telling her about events, decor and ideas I have been working on just lead to even more ideas and inspiration!

Earlier this summer I shared my love for peonies (they can be found in darker shades for the fall) and today I am posting about fall flowers. I have seen so many gorgeous bouquets and I cannot wait to work on fall events to put my ideas into action.

Many summer flowers such as calla lilies and roses come in these bright fall colors. Also popular for this time of year are marigolds, mums, sunflowers, snapdragons, ranunculus and scabiosa.  Best filler for any season and any budget? Hydrangea.

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wishing you all a wonderful night!

cheesecakes

The weather is getting cooler and fall recipes are on the to-do list! I love the richness of a good cheesecake and apparently so do my fellow bloggers! Here are a few favourites to try this season:

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake courtesy of Keep It Sweet Desserts (would pair so well with a pumpkin spice latte!)

Red Velvet Cheesecake courtesy of recipe girl (I made this to bring to a dinner party last winter- it was delicious and so pretty)

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Erica’s Sweet Tooth recipe (the spices of a carrot cake combined with the cheesecake is soo good)

Mini Cinnamon Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting – the ultimate fall treat! Courtesy of gimme some oven (I am making these again for friends next weekend and I cannot wait!)

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YUM!

Second edition of products I love, third part of my trip to Italy and ground beef recipes coming later this week.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

cookies inspired by fall

Who doesn’t love a good cookie??

I shared some of my favourite cookie recipes last month (you can find that post here) and today i’m going to share a few more! I pretty much collect cookie recipes… they are one of my favourite snacks/desserts.

So here’s the fall edition, enjoy!

Cowboy Cookies– courtesy of lemons & lima beans

Maple Sugar Cookies– recipe from your home based mom

Pumpkin Cookies– a twist on the oatmeal cookie. Courtesy of singingwithbirds.com

Chocolate Cherry Cookies– recipe from inspired by charm

Brown Butter Snicker doodles– from chef this up

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I am officially hungry and off to a meeting where I will be having a cookie!

wishing you all a wonderful day!