Recipe: Nanaimo bars
Nanaimo Bars are a uniquely Canadian dessert that take their name from Nanaimo, British Columbia. Make this no-bake, three-layer recipe in easy-to-follow steps.
1 Melt 1/2 cup butter, the granulated sugar, and the cocoa in a very heavy saucepan on low heat.
2 Whisk in the beaten egg. Cook, stirring constantly to thicken.
3 Remove from the heat. Stir in the graham crumbs and coconut.
4 Turn the chocolate mixture into an ungreased 8- x 8-inch pan. Press down with your fingers to spread evenly.
5 Cream the 1/2 cup butter, cream, custard powder, icing sugar, and vanilla together. Beat well with a spoon. Spread over the crumb layer.
6 Melt the chocolate and the remaining 2 tbsp butter in a heavy saucepan on very low heat.
7 Drizzle the melted chocolate over the second layer, spreading evenly with a back of a spoon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
8 Bring to room temperature and cut into squares.
Yields 24 small squares.
Expert fall home organizing tips
Professional organizer Estelle Gee gives her best home organizing tips for fall.
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10 birthday gift ideas
A classic journal can be a go-to gift for any occasion but especially for a birthday. Whether it’s for a co-worker, a niece, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a place to jot down ideas, dreams and aspirations is always welcome. Mon Carnet Journal, Anthropologie, $14.
Margaritas on a patio in the summer sounds like the perfect way to celebrate one’s birthday, and any party friend will love a festive cocktail. Margarita Gift Set, Williams-Sonoma, $79.95.
For any woman in your life looking to pretty up her living or workspace, a Garance Dore print brings whimsy and style all at once. "In the Water" Art Print by Garance Doré – 8” x 10”, Indigo, $25.
Think your dad, father-in-law, cubicle mate or friend: A personalized monogrammed beer stein is at the top of the list for the guy’s guy on your list. Pub Beer Mug, Pottery Barn, $9.
Keep the green thumbs of your friends and family soft and hydrated with a pretty gift set of lotions, creams and butters, perfect for the avid gardener. Olive Premium Gift Selection, The Body Shop, $45.
Once you switch to these reusable water bottles, you’ll never go back. They keep contents hot or cold for hours, making it ideal for the environment-loving, uber-busy birthday boy or girl. S’well Teakwood Water Bottle – 17 oz., Indigo, $39.50.
Two things that will never go out of style: Weekend getaways and weekend bags. And for the jetsetter on your list, a sturdy weekend holdall will get loads of use (And this colour combo can work for a guy or girl). Jack + Mulligan Weekender, West Elm, $299.
The Brooklyn Bridge? The Eiffel Tower? A black and white print of their favourite city will surely be appreciated for the city-hopping person in your group. The New York Times Archive - Brooklyn Bridge – 1914, Pottery Barn. $199-$399.
Sometimes work colleagues can be tricky to buy for, but a simple, elegant vase will never go out of style or be out of place in just about any decor, so it’s a sure-fire win. And they come in a variety of price points to suit your budget. Aegean Clear Glass Vases, Pottery Barn, $19.50-$99.
A true food lover will appreciate anything for their kitchen, especially a rustic raw wood cutting board that will help them whip up their next great culinary creation. You can even personalize them for an extra personal touch. Raw Wood Boards, West Elm, $39-$89.
Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall.
These faux marble options are just as elegant as the real deal.
Few materials strike a chord with us in the same way that marble does. The sought-after stone, with its subtle sheen and veined markings, is quick to catch the eye and lends a luxe look to a space without being over the top. The downside, of course, is its price point. Here are 5 marble-like options that will achieve the same sophisticated, formal look for a fraction of the cost.
Looking for a faux marble tile that can handle heavy foot traffic? Consider peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles. In addition to their resilient nature, the tiles can be installed over most existing flooring. In other words, they make for a perfect weekend DIY project that won’t end in defeat. TrafficMaster Premium Vinyl Tile in Carrara Marble, Home Depot, starting at $0.89/sq. ft.
If you love the marbled look, you’ll want to customize all of your furniture with this stylish contact paper. The affordable material has a peel-away backing that can stick to almost any surface, from the top of a coffee table to the inside of kitchen drawers. Keep in mind that the paper doesn’t react well to water, so avoid using it in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall, $59.99 per roll.
Elevate your living space with ceramic wall tiles that mimic the look of marble like this elegant option from Ciot. Though similar in appearance, ceramic is far more delicate than marble and is therefore more susceptible to chips and cracks. The solution: Be strategic with placement, avoiding high-traffic areas in favour of bathroom walls or backsplashes. Marvel Wall Tile in Calacatta Extra, Ciot, see store for pricing.
Porcelain is another classic material that boasts marble's polished aesthetic without the hefty price tag. The tile is more resilient than ceramic, which makes it perfect for flooring as well as bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes. Let's just say marble-inspired porcelain has the ability to make any space sparkle. Glazed Porcelain Tiles in White, Olympia Tile + Stone, see store for pricing.
If you’re not yet familiar with Laminam, allow us to be the first to introduce you. The innovative material is touted as being the world’s first porcelain tile that's offered in 3 metre by 1 metre panels and is thinner than standard porcelain tiling. This means that in addition to covering existing walls and floors, Laminam can take on an array of delicate surfaces (think fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops and outdoor areas). I Naturali Laminam in Bianco Statuario, Stone Tile, see store for pricing.