Monday, May 30, 2011

Freshly Squeezed

By now its no secret that kitchen gadgets are a serious obsession of mine.
Check out this lemon squeezer by Lekue, not only does it contain all the juice in one spot but it protects the lemon halves in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.

 Set of 2 Only $9.99 at Amazon

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tea for You...

Just a quick note here as my day comes to an end, how precious are these tea spoons?!
I loooove them! Makes me want to throw a tea party for my girlfriends...hmm....


Photos courtesy of www.momastore.org

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For the Man Who Has Everything

Is your dad a....gardener? handyman? gadget freak? cook?
I know it's hard to get a gift for someone who probably has everything he needs. He are some ideas for father's day (all under $100) from Uncommongoods, hopefully they help : )

Check out the video! Supertool Video













Check out the Video! Watering Can Video

What are you planning on buying dad? Let us know :)


Pictures courtesy of http://www.uncommongoods.com/


Friday, May 20, 2011

Charmstore-Etsy Score!

This decorative adhesive is so cute! Use it for wrapping presents, notebooks, scrapbooking or even moving boxes!
Check em' out here: Charmstore


Here are my favs:







Friday, May 13, 2011

Brodder's Tubs- Etsy Score!

You must check out Brody & Ma's etsy store. These adorable tubs can be made to order with any fabric you desire. Great for weddings, birthday parties, linens, cleaning supplies, the possibilities are endless! These are so adorable! And practical which I love.
I am thinking of using one for my backyard bbq parties, perfect for beers and pop!
Check out my favs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Great Outdoors

Finally the weather in Toronto seems promising, the smell of bbqs are wafting and the chatter of a great outdoor party is upon us. Time to dust off the furniture and wash the plastic dinnerware. Here are some cute outdoor serving pieces worth adding to the collection, all from my favorite...Crate and Barrel!












Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weekend Dinner Party

This weekend I had some friends over for a dinner party, I also just bought a new camera...the perfect excuse to start taking some shots of my random creations!

Here is the menu:

Appetizer: Endive leaves with a lobster, chive salad dressed with a blood orange reduction

Salad: Roasted beets with goat cheese, maple glazed pecans and balsamic vinegar

Entree: Lamb w/ mint/pistachio pesto and sautéed wild mushrooms

Dessert: Chocolate pudding with graham crust, salted caramel macaroon and banana brulee with raspberry coulis

Here are the pictures, recipe for the endive leaves to follow:







Endive Salad


Serves 5 as an appetizer

8 oz box of frozen lobster meat

2 Tbsp. minced chives

juice of one lemon

15 endive leaves

juice of 8 blood oranges

a pinch of sugar

1. Cut the stem off each bunch of endive leaves with a sharp knife
2. Chop up the lobster in small pieces (no bigger than the size of a jelly bean)
3. Mix the juice of the lemon and the chives together with the lobster, stick in the fridge until plating
4. Juice all 8 blood oranges
5. Combine blood orange juice and a pinch of sugar to a saucepan and simmer on medium heat.
6. Remove from heat once the juice is bubbling and thick (about 5-6 minutes)


Plating
I used a paint brush for the blood orange at the bottom of the plate but a spoon would suffice
Place 3 endive leaves on each plate once the blood orange juice has been painted
Spoon the lobster mixture into endive leaf and pour a little more blood orange reduction on top
Serve!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

To Mom, With Love

An Ode to my mom:
Thank you for loving me despite the fact that I was a little butterball at birth
Thank you for wiping my tears and always listening to my woes
Thank you for loving me despite my horrific teen tantrums
Thank you for always knowing the right thing to say
Thank you for being you!

To all the mother's I know, thank you for your endless hard work, it does not go unnoticed.

So as I'm sure you already know, Mother's Day is coming...this Sunday in fact!
The perfect gift for mom is hard to find, how can you thank the woman who lay in the hospital for 36 hours in labor, the woman who rocked you to sleep every 3 hours when you were born, the woman who cooked millions of delicious meals with your picky food preferences in mind? Well here are a few small tokens that might cover you for Mother's Day, I have chosen West Elm as my source this year...why you ask? Because West Elm has everything! (and no W.E. is not paying me to say that...unfortunately)

Here are some mom-worthy suggestions:

For the Entertaining Mom








For the Organized Mom





For the Artististic Mom





For the Foodie Mom







Photos courtesy of www.westelm.com