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easy holiday cupcake recipes
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2 Easy Holiday Cupcake Recipes

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too.. I can’t believe the holidays are already almost upon us! With all the ups and downs that 2020 has brought, I think the holidays are one of the few things that we’ve had to look forward to this year! With that said, I’ve been busy planning Christmas content and recipes to share with you, and today, I’m spreading some cheer with 2 easy cupcake recipes that I made using the KitchenAid 7 Speed Cordless Hand Mixer! Plus, I’ll be giving 1 lucky person a chance to win the mixer! Read on for…

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3 easy thanksgiving side dishes
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3 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Canadian Thanksgiving is in just a couple of days. But if you’re anything like me, you’re still in last minute prep mode. We have planned a beautiful Fall harvest themed tablescape for our Thanksgiving décor, as I shared here. Our main protein has also been purchased and is thawing in the fridge. Check, check. However, the side dishes are still a bit up in the air. Each year, I have a general idea of what ingredients I’d like to use (cranberries and pumpkins go hand in hand with Thanksgiving, in my opinion). But I like to try to incorporate traditional…

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Thanksgiving tablescape
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A Fall Harvest Tablescape for Thanksgiving

Presentation is just as important as flavour. As the oft-quoted saying goes, we eat with our eyes first. But outside of how we present our food when entertaining, in my opinion, one of the most critical aspects of the Thanksgiving experience is décor. Have you started getting ready for Thanksgiving? Honestly, there are few holidays I get as excited about! Mainly because Thanksgiving involves gathering with loved ones, expressing our gratitude, and breaking bread. While the occasion will undoubtedly look a little different this year, I do hope you are still able to celebrate in an intimate setting. Alex and…

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Fall Home Essentials 2020
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Fall Home Essentials 2020

Work from home has never looked so chic. Fall is in full swing, and I’m starting to think of ways to update my home and office to channel the best of our season. As you may know, over the past few months, I’ve been refreshing my home with new pieces – both big and small. This gave us something to look forward to during lockdown. I’m now repurposing some of these pieces and matching them with new accents that I’ve recently picked up to create a Fall inspired look for my home. With that, a few of the multipurpose pieces…

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Tips for working from home during a pandemic
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7 Tips for Working from Home during a Pandemic

Okay, so we’re about 7+ months deep into this pandemic. Maybe you were already a working from home pro before it started. Or perhaps, like most, working from home flipped your whole world upside down. Now, months later, it seems people are still adjusting to this new reality. And with an impending second wave, it looks like we will have to buckle up for this ride for a lot longer. As someone who has done this for the last 3 years, I feel confident in being able to share these tips on how to successfully work from home with you….

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downtown Toronto patio makeover
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My Downtown Toronto Condo Patio Makeover

The time has finally come for me to share my rooftop patio reveal with you guys! This was such a long time in the making. TBH, although my husband and I finished this a couple months ago, we wanted to just enjoy the fruits of our labour once we were done. There were too many beautiful days this summer for us to pass up the opportunity to selfishly relish in what we’d done. So, #sorrynotsorry this blog post is a bit overdue! The Before & After I guess you can say the overall vibe we were going for was a…

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5 tips to take your barbecue game to the next level
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5 Tips to Take Your Barbecue Game to the Next Level

As you all know, I take food very seriously. In fact, I’ve always loved to cook. However, one thing I’ve admittedly been happy to give up the reigns to has been barbecuing. Why? Not because I don’t enjoy it or think it’s a man’s job (believe me, I love a good hash mark as much as anyone else, and I don’t subscribe to gender roles). But because I know barbecuing is a whole ‘nother ball game. When I do something, I like to do it right; and if I don’t have the time to commit to something, I prefer not…

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Strawberry Floradora
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Strawberry Floradora Cocktail Recipe

Another beautiful summer week, another beautiful summer cocktail! I’ve been absolutely LOVING discovering and experimenting with new cocktails this year! TBH, had we not been in our current circumstances, I don’t think I’d have honed my bartending skills as much as I have. Today, I’m sharing a original fruity cocktail that has the loveliest pink hue: a Strawberry Floradora (made WAYYY easier with the help of Georgian Bay Strawberry Smashed Soda). What’s a Floradora? “What’s a Floradora?”, you ask? Well, the short answer is a pink drink typically made with gin, lime juice, raspberry syrup or liqueur, and ginger ale…

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Lavender Aviation Cocktail Recipe
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Lavender Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Aviation, but make it lavender! Here’s a brand new lavender cocktail recipe to take you into the weekend! What’s an Aviation Cocktail? Anyone who knows me well knows that my favourite cocktail is an Aviation. It’s the original purple drink, and a Prohibition Era cocktail that’s typically made with gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and crème de violette. But sadly, due to shortages in Ontario, finding any brand of crème de violette has proven difficult over the last couple of years. Cue the tiny violin. Whenever I’d go out to a restaurant or bar, I’d always ask the bartender to…

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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Comin’ in hot with another pasta recipe for you guys this week! This time, for another Italian classic: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. IMHO, there’s nothing NOT to love about Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Like the Classic Spaghetti Carbonara recipe that I shared a little while ago, this is another example of a dish whose beauty lies in its simplicity (as with all good Italian cuisine). But first things first: let’s get this whole Bolognese thing right! What’s a Bolognese and How Should it be Eaten? If you grew up like me and your parents aren’t Italian, chances are, they made Spaghetti Bolognese…

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