my valentine’s day menu

Good morning everyone!

I hope you have all checked us out on our new spot– in today’s post I am sharing my Valentine’s Day Menu.

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Hope to see you all there!

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saturday super bowl inspiration: the details

Happy Saturday!!

The last post in our Superbowl Party Inspiration series; today it’s all about the details

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Super simple DIY project- wrap tin cans with cardboard paper to make them themed to your party!

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How amazing is this football field table? A little fabric, white tape and cardboard cut out letters makes a statement.

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Love this. And the boys will too.

Looking for fun printables? Check out this post over at mom fab fun.

Missed our posts earlier this week?

We shared entertaining tips, party dips , flatbread pizzas and yummy game day desserts!

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We’re off to set up a very special 13th birthday today

wishing you all a wonderful day!

super bowl party inspiration: flatbread pizza

Happy Friday!

The weekend begins today and I only have one more post after this for Superbowl inspiration.

Today I am sharing the tastiest item on my Superbowl party menu and tomorrow it’s all about the details!

The modern take on traditional party food- Flatbread pizzas are bite size, so delicious and easy to make- definitely a crowd pleaser

Buffalo Chicken

Chicken & Black Bean

BBQ Chicken

Mexican Hamburger Flatbread

Pesto, Mozzarella & Sun-dried Tomato

My favourite? Artichoke dip as the base, chicken, bacon, chopped spinach and goat cheese YUM!

You add pretty much any topping and it will be a great appetizer or meal.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

weekend happenings

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today’s post is all about this weekend’s happenings..

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I got to spend some quality time with friends and family over lunch and downtown shopping!

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Then I met for coffee with an awesome florist to talk about the industry and she provided me with these beautiful arrangements for a photo shoot I was doing Sunday.

Here are some sneak peeks of the shoot staged with The Millionaire’s Daughter

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I promised you guys some yummy dinner recipes this week so here’s the first!

We had White Chicken Lasagna last night and it was so good! I love this dinner with a salad-and it freezes well, perfect for nights when you don’t want to cook or don’t have time to!

This week we’ll talk about DIY home organization, more dinner recipes and some wedding trends for 2014.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

resolutions

The first week of 2014 has come and gone and after discussing the beginning of a new year with everyone over the last few days, I’ve decided to share thoughts with all of you as well.

I love hearing what everyone’s favourite moment of 2013 was, because even if you didn’t have the best year, there’s got to be one moment that made you truly happy.

I like to set goals for the year, not necessarily resolutions, not changes or breaking habits but something to look forward to!

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It’s true what they say, people who love to eat are always the best people. I am going to continue my cooking adventure! Food brings people together so I will to try new recipes, entertain, and enjoy my guests.

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I’ve made it a goal to save and go somewhere I’ve never been. A little adventure is always necessary

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I will continue to learn, network and make connections.

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we should all spend more time withe the ones we love

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Happy Wednesday! Stay tuned for winter wedding inspiration later this week.

Recipes for Holiday Leftovers

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Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

I had a great time with friends and family and got to play host a few times as well. I know most of you (like me )probably have quite a few leftovers in your fridge, so I thought today I would share some ideas on how to make use of those classic leftovers.

Here are some yummy, simple recipes to try this weekend

Turkey

Easy turkey sandwiches: mix mayo, chopped celery, turkey, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add to toasted bread and serve with a bowl of your favourite soup (this was our lunch today it was simple and it was delicious!)

Turkey Noodle Soup – this homemade option is great but if you are pressed for time just add leftover turkey to a packaged Lipton soup.

Turkey Chili & Rice Tacos

Turkey Caesar Salad

Ham

Ham & Swiss Pinwheels ( the perfect appetizer, breakfast or snack) Roll out one sheet of puff pastry – you can find this in the frozen section at the grocery store. Add leftover ham and swiss, roll and cut into pinwheels. Bake according to package directions. YUM!

Cuban Fried Rice

Wild Rice & Ham Chowder

Ham & Cheese Quiche

Mashed Potatoes

Potato Cakes

Shepherd’s Pie

Pierogies

Potato Salmon Cakes

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

day 12

It’s day 12 everyone!

Thank you so much for following along the 12 days of Christmas as I went through holiday baking, decorating, fashion etc.

Today I am posting my holiday menu for tonight’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Appetizers

my homemade spinach dip- I don’t have a measurable recipe for the way I make it but this recipe looks awesome!

Smoked salmon rounds- purchase sliced pumpernickel load and use a cookie cutter to cut rounds. Use cake frosting pipe to make a round of chive cream cheese, place a piece of smoked salmon on top!

For more holiday appetizers check out this post!

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Dinner

Roast turkey (with crispy skin- yum!)

Slow cooking pot roast from M&M Meat Shops- comes ready to cook with marinade and it’s delicious

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (one of my favourite sides)

Cabbage Salad with Goat Cheese

Shredded Brussels Sprouts add bacon! (a family favourite)

Buns and homemade butter 

Dessert

A guest is bringing an assortment so that will be a surprise 🙂

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some dessert recipes I’ve posted about throughout our special

cookies, cakes, gingerbread treats, peppermint

Now back to the kitchen for me, wishing you all wonderful holidays!

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christmas traditions

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all keeping warm on this first full day of winter. It’s a messy one here but that means all the more reason to sit by the tree with a warm cup of pepper mint hot chocolate!

I’ve seen a few bloggers post about holiday traditions in their homes and was discussing this with friends last night.

So, for day 10 of our holiday special, here are a few of my favourite holiday traditions

Decorating the tree: this is probably one of everyone’s favourites. I like to get the tree up late November and it gets me in the holiday mood- I also love having the little lights on when I am sitting in the living room.

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The cookie exchange: I posted about this here. It’s always such a fun day with friends and family. You get all your baking done together and leave with a tray or box of an awesome assortment.

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Christmas Eve celebrations: every year my family gets together for dinner, then we go to midnight mass followed by snacks, dessert and games (and usually get to open one gift).  Any type of get together with family and friends is always so much fun!

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Holiday Pyjama Party: there’s always that night you spend in pyjamas watching Christmas movies and snacking on special treats- I love that! Here are movie night snack ideas too!

What are your holiday traditions? I’d love to hear them!

wishing you all a wonderful evening!

holiday cakes

Happy Friday!

Welcome to day 8 of our 12 days of Christmas. This weekend the get togethers continue and I have been searching through my recipes to pick a dessert to make for the group.

In this series I’ve posted about holiday cookies, gingerbread treats and festive drinks, today is all about cake!

Here are some holiday cakes for you to try this season

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake (mix and match mama has 100 bunt cake recipes and they all look delicious!)

Red Velvet Cheesecake (this is usually my go-to cake!)

Chocolate Pound Cake (a delicious traditional chocolate cake which pairs well with just about any ice cream)

Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

holiday crafts

Happy Thursday everyone!

Can you believe Thursday of next week is boxing day??

For those of you with small children in the family, day 7 of our 12 days of Christmas is for you, today is all about crafts! (for all ages)

For the little ones

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Kids love finger painting- these cute reindeer are simple & festive and look great on paper or on an ornament (see below)

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I love this craft because it’s a nice decoration piece and is a fun activity any age (it can be personalized too)

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For the “not so little ones”

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I love the idea of having your own festive art displayed.

Holiday food creations for the kids

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Tomorrow’s post is all about cake – YUM!

happy crafting! wishing you all a wonderful day!