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patriotic caesars

It might not be as obvious as hockey or maple syrup, but the savoury caesar is a Canadian staple (we’re averaging about 350 million glass-fulls a year!). So what better bevvy to sip on this Canada Day weekend? Walter, the Canadian-based all-natural craft caesar mix maker, has dreamt up a concoction that takes patriotism to the next level: Playfully named the Johnny Mac (after our first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald), it’s a little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of fun. Try it yourself!

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how to wash white sheets without bleach

My friend recently shared her reluctance to buy white bed sheets, saying she loves the crisp, clean look of white bed linens, but feared they’d take on the look of a tattered white t-shirt after a few washes. In light of this conversation, I’m sharing how to wash white sheets (and keep them white) without bleach. Read on to find out more.

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editor’s pick: cookina mats

June is the height of grilling season and, as I wrote in the June Housekeeping column, diligently cleaning your barbecue grills is key to producing mouth-watering eats – or so I thought. I’m a lover of a juicy shortcut, and Cookina grilling sheets offer just that: The reusable flexible mats can be placed right over the grills and cooked upon up to 550° F.  The grills themselves remain in pristine condition (no need to scrub burnt-on food off with a heavy-duty metal-bristled brush) and there is no issue with juices dripping into the interior of the grill. What’s more, the mats’ non-stick surfaces mean you can skip the cooking oil, and a quick wipe is all it takes to cue up the ‘cue from meats to veggies or fruits without any flavour transfer. They even come with ridges for those all-important grill marks! When you’re done, just wash with dish soap and warm water, dry and roll them up for simple out-of-the-way storage. Happy grilling, everyone!

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Have you tried this innovative product? Tell me all about it, and share your results on social media with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill. 

 

bold and colourful summer accents

For a lot of people (including myself) bright colours are often hard to commit to in a home! I’m all for neutrals (have you seen my apartment?!) however I am a firm believer that having fun colourful accents is key to finishing off a room. For neutral lovers trying to venture into the colour world, one of the easiest places to start incorporating bolder shades is on your patio! I recently did a segment on the Marilyn Denis show all about fun, new colourful outdoor furniture & accessories. Take a look to see some of my favouirte pieces coming out and where I suggest using them.

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calligraphy workshop with hallmark

I spent yesterday morning with Hallmark and Post Calligraphy honing my handwriting skills. The workshop was held at the new Hopson Grace event space which was light and airy and perfect for this type of thing. Have a look at some of the shots from the workshop: hopson-grace-calligraphy-event-1

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spring on clean


Confession time: Spring cleaning is not my forte. I love to zero in on one problem area and give it the necessary elbow grease to get it pristine again. I always feel so accomplished afterward and I’m done before I know it. But a top-to-bottom clean is such a big task that I find myself cutting corners, coming out of the experience as drained as I’ve ever been but without any sense of accomplishment. So this year, having stalled for a couple of week, I decided to think outside the box and invite a cleaning service (not the easiest thing for a housekeeping columnist to admit, but there you have it). I had serendipitously chanced upon Aspen Clean‘s booth at the Green Living Show a few weeks ago, and decided to give it a try.

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the experts have spoken

Are you a wannabe foodie (like me)? If yes, you’re going to love this book! Offering suggestions of ‘Where Chefs Eat’ in pretty much every major city (No but seriously – this book recommends 3000+ places). Read on to learn where you can grab a copy of your own!
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eat more fruit

Berry baskets are nothing new…BUT I love when I stumble upon new designs and shapes. You’ll often see the classics, like the two on the right in the image below – but rarely have I found full sided ceramic baskets. I was so happy to find this collection online. Read on to see where to buy. It’s a larger size (just under 6″ square) so it’s quite a practical size for storing food in your fridge or kitchen pantry.
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bunny love: fun and frisky .. and just in time for spring

Since spring is certainly not in the air these days, I’m drowning myself in bunny love. Thank you Hunt Slonem.

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Groundworks for Lee Jofa has introduced a new collection featuring Hunt Slonem’s signature bunny paintings and it is a feast for the eyes.

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image courtesy of Lee Jofa

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we stopped by: umbra

Walking into the Umbra store located on John Street in downtown Toronto pretty much feels like you’re walking into a playground. Not only is the interior of that store gorgeous, but the products are all just so fun! The different colours and contemporary shapes draw your eye around the store and the next thing you know you’ve been in there for an hour. The design team and I stopped by the Umbra store for a tour and snapped a few pics of some of our favourite items. Read on to check out the rest of our highlights.

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