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host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

How amazing are these bottle openers from Fort Standard?  CrestBottleOpeners host gift idea: graphic bottle openers

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new-use tuesdays: ketchup

Your fries can’t live without it, your grilled cheese sandwich yearns for it, your hot dog begs for it. Ketchup is a household staple. I don’t even eat the stuff, but my fridge is always stocked with it (what kind of hostess would I be if it wasn’t?). Here are a few less common but very effective uses for the condiment that you may not have considered before.

HeinzKetchupGlass new use tuesdays: ketchup

 

 

Courtesy of Heinz Canada. 

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easy summer dessert idea: ice cream sandwiches

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! I’d like to share the easiest summer dessert idea. We had our engagement party this past weekend, and after dinner we busted out individual ice cream sandwiches.

EasyDessert IceCreamSandwiches easy summer dessert idea: ice cream sandwiches

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friday happy hour: aperol spritz

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. Next up: an Aperol spritz recipe. This Italian aperitivo (a pre-dinner cocktail) is light and refreshing – best served before a lingering alfresco meal.

AperolSpritz friday happy hour: aperol spritz

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friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

During the winter, I shared warm-you-up boozy drinks each Friday afternoon. Well, I’d like to bring the Friday happy hour back with a summery spin! Since there’s nothing quite like a cool bevvie at the end of a long work week, I’ll share a refreshing cocktail recipe each Friday for the next month or so. First up is this sweet and light watermelon lime refresher. Best enjoyed on a rooftop patio, it’s a mix of watermelon, mint and lime with the added hydrating benefits of pure coconut water.

recipe watermelon lime refresher friday happy hour: watermelon lime refresher

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summer pizza

Summer is one of the busiest times of year around our house. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes I can throw together last minute. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining, it has a handful of ingredients, and only requires a few minutes on the grill, just make sure you have enough when guests ask for seconds!!!

PIZZA copy 2 summer pizza

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cake decorating: the petal cake

My lovely niece celebrated a milestone birthday last week. She turned one! Which meant that it was the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at a new cake. I’ve tried the ombre rose cake and the pastel swirl cake but this time, I was eager to try the petal cake.

As always, I spent hours researching this cake online. There are lots of blog posts out there with tips to help you perfect the look. And I also watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one from Leslie Green and this one from The Boy Who Bakes.

Once I had done my research, it was time to get started!

I used three cakes so that it would have enough height to show off the ombre effect. Once the cakes were baked and cooled, I gave the cake a crumb coat and let that set before starting with the petal cake icing technique. Here’s how it looked with just the crumb coat:

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places to go, people to see: bacardi festival libre

Take advantage of patio weather before it’s gone. Sure, you love your local bar, but the city’s largest licensed outdoor patio is worth checking out. Paying homage to its boozy heritage, starting today at 2 p.m., Toronto’s Distillery District is playing host to a three-day festival celebrating the rum cocktail and the rich Cuban culture that bred it. Organized by rum authority Bacardi, the Festival Libre will populate the cobblestone streets of the historic Canadian site with music, dance, art and food you’d more often find on the streets of Havana. Here’s a glance at what you can expect. (Not a Torontonian? Don’t worry. The festival will touch base in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal before summer’s over.)

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5 recipes to try this weekend

Friday, my long last friend! It’s so good to see you again!

What are you up to this weekend? Whether you’re having friends over for a fun backyard barbecue or you’re just hanging around at home, these 5 great recipes are all perfect for long, hot summer days. Try any (or all!) of them to impress friends or simply to try your hand at something new.

chocolate layer cake 5 recipes to try this weekend Easy chocolate layer cake
A tale as old as time, the meant-to-be combination of chocolate and vanilla is on display in this stunning layer cake.
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places to go, people to see: the good son

Hey Queen West, there’s a new kid on the culinary block: The Good Son. The restaurant, owned by Vittorio Colacitti, who competed in Top Chef Canada‘s fourth season, opened last month. With a focus on organic local and seasonal fare, the eatery features dishes that pay homage to Toronto’s cultural mosaic, but have a distinct Italian flavour. The food is complemented by a curated drink menu that offers new twists on old favourites. And, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop by The Pantry section for a take-out pizza – made on the wood fire oven, of course – or the general-store-esque entrance for an Italian-imported bottle of olive oil. Colacitti wants to make you feel at home, or more likely, like you’re at Mama’s house. Think mismatched furnishings, room-like compartmentalization, time-worn books and trinkets, casual gallery walls, hanging displays of vintage plates, even a fireplace vignette. Because words can only do so much, feast your eyes on some snapshots of the food and decor.

The Good Son 2 places to go, people to see: the good son

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