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recipes: easter cookies

I’m always amazed out how talented people are when it comes to creating beautiful treats from scratch. I’m not talking about professional bakers and all those goodies you find behind glass cases at trendy bakeries. I’m more inspired by regular people who teach themselves tricky techniques and pour their hearts into making pretty, Pinterest-worthy recipes that delight everyone who sees (and tastes!) them.

More than any other time of year, the holidays tend to inspire us and get our creative juices flowing. Earlier this week, my incredibly talented neighbour Marian gave me and my family this amazing plate of Easter cookies and I was so blown away. How pretty!

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editor’s pick: i could eat a horse spaghetti measurer

We’ve all been there. Cooking dinner, whether for one, four or 10, and vastly under- or over-estimating just how much food to make. For me, pasta is the worst culprit. I have a pretty tough time eyeballing just how much pasta I’ll need. So, imagine my delight when I found THIS:

i could eat a horse spaghetti measure editors pick: i could eat a horse spaghetti measurer
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black lace: shoes or curtains?

When you hear ‘black lace’ your first thought may be about sexy lingerie. But done right, black lace can be classy and elegant, both for your feet and your home! In this week’s shoe-inspired decor column, you’ll see what we mean.

shoes decor2 black lace: shoes or curtains?

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weekend baking: apple crumble

Yesterday, I told you that I’d had a weekend of baking. I baked a Glazed Lemon Poke Cake (that was seriously delicious) but for some reason, I wasn’t satisfied with just that. Since I had friends coming over to visit, I decided to give them options for dessert. But what to make? What to make?

I settled on an old favourite: Apple crumble.

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recipe: glazed lemon poke cake

This past weekend was the perfect weekend for baking. I didn’t have a lot to do (for once!), which meant that I was free to relax, browse through all the recipes I’ve saved on my Pinterest board and decide on something to make for friends who were visiting on Saturday night. The winning recipe: This Glazed Lemon Poke Cake from Canadian Living.

lemon cake recipe: glazed lemon poke cake
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6 laundry room essentials

Another Friday, another weekend ahead of chores. Laundry is usually the first task I tackle on the weekends. And while I don’t mind doing laundry, it’s still a chore and one that I’m happy to finish each week. But I find that if you create a space that’s pretty and that you don’t mind spending time in, then it’s easier to face the task at hand. So, if you need some inspiration to make over your laundry room, here are 6 essentials that’ll help:

west elm soiled garments laundry bag 6 laundry room essentials
Izola Cotton Laundry Bags – Soiled Garments, $45, West Elm
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artwork: 3 classic film stars

I’m a big lover of classic film. If I pass by an old black and white film on TV, you can bet I’m going to stop. Chances are I’ve seen it before (many times) but I’ll still watch again. I love the classics. Just the look of a black and white film fills me with nostalgia and transports me back in time to my childhood, the time when my mother introduced me to so, so many of the great films of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

I love black and white films and I love the stark contrast of black and white in decor so it’s no surprise that I fell in love with this special collection of artwork from Ralph Lauren Home.

cary grant artwork: 3 classic film stars

Cross-Legged Cary, $595.00
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shoe-inspired decor: black and white stripes

Black and white stripes are a dramatic choice, whether in the clothes you wear or as a statement in your home. This week’s shoe-inspired decor (or is it the other way around?) features this bold look: horizontal black and white stripes.

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6 entryway essentials for spring

With spring’s arrival, I’ve started packing away my heavy winter things and organizing my space in preparation for the lighter, brighter months ahead. First order of business: Creating a welcoming entryway that’s got everything I need to stay organized for spring. A rubber boot tray is the first thing I’m on the lookout for but these 6 entryway essentials will all add a dash of form and function to my space. Here are my top picks for sprucing up my front foyer:

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5 fab typography pillows from what the print

Etsy is such a treasure trove for finding talented artisans and one-of-a-kind products. I recently discovered What the Print, a print shop that carries gorgeous posters and pillows featuring messages in beautiful typography. From motivational messages like ‘You Got This’ to important daily reminders like ‘Do What You Love/Love What You Do’, these pretty pillows will not only look good but will make you feel good, too! I love these five word art pillows:

good morning beautiful pillow 5 fab typography pillows from what the print
Good Morning Beautiful, $41.53
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