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new-use tuesdays: club soda

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s versatile vixen is club soda. Carbonated water is a great addition to any bar. Its mild flavour is agreeable for most guests and its clear tone with your sofa, in case of spills. Here are a few more inventive uses that will have you reaching for this hostess favourite beyond the next cocktail party.

SodaStream recipe 2  new use tuesdays: club soda

Image courtesy of SodaStream

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eco-friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids

Mason jar lovers, unite! In celebration of Earth Day I wanted to share a great eco-friendly find. If you’re like me, you love finding new and creative ways to use mason jars. With a selection of specially designed lids, Cuppow turns any size mason jar into an easy-to-sip drinking glass, travel mug or dual compartment food storage container  – and best of all, they’re made from food-safe recycled plastic. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, they’re a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint and an inexpensive alternative to plastic bottles and containers.

ecofriendly find cappow eco friendly find: cuppow mason jar lids BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor – Wide Mouth – Pink, Cuppow, $8.99

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how to use a french press

I recently bought a Bodum French press to shake up my weekend coffee routine. Brewing coffee in a French press is pretty foolproof, but there are a few key considerations to keep your coffee from being a sludgy mess. Keep reading to find out my favourite method for brewing smooth and delicious coffee.

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recipe: sweetapolita’s pastel swirl cake

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter long weekend. As I mentioned last week, I was inspired by my neighbour, who made a lovely tray of Easter treats, to get into the kitchen and do some baking. So I decided to try my hand at a new recipe!

I’ve long admired Rosie Alyea’s work on her blog Sweetapolita. Rosie is enormously talented and her beautiful creations always look absolutely perfect. Take a look for yourself. You will definitely be inspired.

For months now, I’ve been eying this Sweetapolita Pastel Swirl Cake.

sweetapolita pastel swirl cake recipe: sweetapolitas pastel swirl cake {Image via Sweetapolita}
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recipes: easter cookies

I’m always amazed at 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: beautiful serving bowl

How beautiful is this Brushstroke bowl from Provisions by Food52? It’s also available in the most lovely mint shade, and just perfect for serving Easter dinner or brunch.

ServingBowl editors pick: beautiful serving bowl

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gluten-free goodness: cookie dough balls

As a kid, the best part of my mom baking cookies was licking the spoon, the bowl and the attachments to the stand mixer. At the time, obviously, I wasn’t thinking about the risk of eating raw cookie dough. For all those cookie dough lovers out there (myself included), I’ve found the perfect solution: a healthy (yes!), gluten-free (yes!), salmonella-free (yes!) alternative. Believe it or not, these raw cookie dough balls are made with chickpeas, along with other ingredients like chocolate chips and almond butter. They’re decadent and protein-packed! This recipe by Elissa Goodman is a win-win for me. For the complete recipe, check it out here.

raw cookie dough balls gluten free goodness: cookie dough balls

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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new-use tuesdays: sugar

Hey there, sweet stuff! If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this week’s new-use feature is for you. I’m putting the new-use spotlight on my all-time favourite food group (kidding – okay, half kidding): sugar. Check out a few other handy ways you can utilize this pantry staple; just don’t share these tricks with your neighbours – they might drop by for a cupful of sugar that much more often!

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celebrate cinco de mayo: mouth-watering margarita

Forget celebrating Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving! Cinco de Mayo is one of my favourite holidays. I love Mexican food and I love a great margarita, so what’s better than an excuse to throw a latin-themed fiesta that promotes enjoying both of those delights. Looking at my calendar today, I realized that this joyous occasion is coming right up (May 5th, Mayo = May, cinco = 5), so what better way to get excited than with a fantastic margarita recipe? This favourite of mine comes from Food 52. It’s bold, it’s delicious and it’s sure to please a crowd. Salud!

margarita celebrate cinco de mayo: mouth watering margarita

Photo by James Ransom, Food 52

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