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.
Gorgeous gift ideas for decor lovers
Find the perfect present for your home decor obsessed friend or family member.
Got a decorista on your Christmas shopping list this year? If you’re shopping for someone who loves all things related to decorating and design, you’ll appreciate this thoughtfully curated list of gift ideas. From beautiful, purely decorative items to gifts that are both pretty and practical, these suggestions are just what you’re looking for!
1 Maze Print Wool Throw: You can just never have too many throws, especially in the dead of winter when everyone in the family is looking for something warm to snuggle up with. Give the gift of warmth this Christmas with this graphic pattern blanket that is handcrafted with 100% all natural wool. Maze Print Wool Throw, Bambeco, $195.
2 Gold and White Decoupage Trays: Looking for a gorgeous gift that looks more expensive than it is? These beautiful decoupage trays can be used to store anything from jewelry to keys and mail, to help keep clutter at bay. And at just $19 each, they’re an economical and easy gift giving idea! Gold and White Decoupage Trays, West Elm, $19.
3 Paxton Ceramic Blue Vase: A truly beautiful vase is one that looks just as good empty and on display as it does filled with a bouquet of fresh blooms. This ceramic vase has a marble effect that makes each piece different, one from the next. The perfect hostess gift to take to your next Christmas party! Paxton Ceramic Blue Vase, Indigo, $29.50.
4 Tosca Tiered Catch-All Dish With Mirror: A vanity mirror is not just a practical gift; this one makes a lovely decorative item for the bathroom countertop, too. Plus, it’s got tiered catch-all dishes to store odds and ends like jewelry and makeup essentials. Tosca Tiered Catch-All Dish With Mirror, Urban Outfitters, $39.
5 Preserved Potted Boxwood Cone Topiary: This potted boxwood topiary will make a gorgeous addition to someone’s Christmas decorating this year. They’ll be thrilled to put it on display year after year and you can rest assured they’ll remember you each time they do. This is a gift that just keeps on giving! Preserved Potted Boxwood Cone Topiary, Pottery Barn, $49.50.
6 Kieran Hanging Brass Frame: These days, everyone’s got a ton of photos but they stay locked in their prisons on smartphones and digital cameras. Give someone gorgeous frames like these brass ones and encourage them to put their beautiful photos on display. Better yet, print out photos and place them in the frames before you gift them. Kieran Hanging Brass Frame, Wayfair, $59.99 for set of 2.
7 Monogrammed Glass Cloche: There are candles and then there are candles. These gorgeous gold candles come complete with a handcrafted glass cloche that has a single initial monogram, perfect for personalizing this gift for someone special. Monogrammed Glass Cloche, Horchow, $45.
8 Tea and Coffee Canisters: Help someone add some style to their kitchen countertop with these modern stoneware coffee and tea canisters. In chic black and white with a neutral wooden lid, they’ll seamlessly blend into any decor and more importantly, will make sure that these two morning essentials are always within easy reach. Tea and Coffee Canisters, Crate and Barrel, $9.95 each.
Decorated in shades of silver and gold, this shimmering tree makes a statement. Image by: Donna Griffith
What’s better than chic, sophisticated holiday style? The ability to achieve it with ease. Here are 10 tips to simplify your next festive soiree.
Last year, when homeowners Pamela Schott and Sheldon Pollack moved into this 7,500-square-foot five-bedroom century home in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood, they merged more than just their families (he has three 30-somethings; she has two kids; and four of the five live at the house part-time). The couple, who will wed next year, also blended their approaches to the holidays. To that end, their seasonal decor is sophisticated and minimalist, glamorous and uncluttered, neither too gimmicky nor too theme-y. For Pamela and Sheldon, it’s all about simplicity. Though they enjoy entertaining – the couple loves to host a holiday drop-in – they always keep it effortless. “A party is about the friends, family, wine, appetizers and conversation,” says Pamela, who makes creating a relaxed atmosphere her priority. “It’s about the event, not the planning.” Here, we highlight 10 ways Pamela and Sheldon execute their elegant holiday style with ease.
1 Choose function: A petite potted rosemary tree gives the kitchen counter holiday flair with purpose. Well into the new year, it will serve as a source of fresh decoration for place settings and garnish for themed cocktails.
2 Make strategic splurges: Don’t stress about baking in the days leading up to your party. If you lack the time and the piping skills, splurge on artfully adorned cookies iced in your home’s colour scheme for a scrumptious statement.
3 Stay simple: A bouquet of white amaryllis is an understated accent that’s synonymous with winter but doesn’t scream “holidays.” Buy the blooms a few days before your event so they’re at their prime when guests arrive.
4 Lay it down: Getting festive garlands to swag just right can take a lot of fussing. So if you want to gussy up your windows in a flash, layer cuttings of greenery on your windowsills instead. Here, Douglas fir and magnolia leaves add a luxe touch.
5 Accent the architecture: Draw attention to eye-catching structural features like leaded glass windows with beautiful holiday wreaths that accentuate the details but don’t steal the show.
6 Make room for more: Use a bowl to hold gorgeous Christmas ornaments that didn’t make it onto the tree for a simple centrepiece or coffee table accent.
7 Wrap it up: No pot? No problem! Use a swath of grey linen fabric secured with decorative ribbon to dress up the base of a tabletop tree. This unconventional feature lends a festive touch to an otherwise unadorned space.
8 Come out from under the tree: Take your gift wrapping to the next level with finishing details like sculptural toppers and layered ribbons. Don’t just place presents under the tree: Artfully arrange them on various nearby surfaces for vignettes that suit the season.
9 Mix metallics: Sticking to a gold and silver palette makes decorating the tree almost effortless. Look for a mix of shimmering materials, from beading to mercury glass to metallic fabrics, so you don’t have to think too hard about even distribution.
10 Make it a team effort: Whether it’s decorating the tree, hanging wreaths or wrapping presents, holiday tasks are more easily executed as a team. Get your tools out ahead of time, gather the family and put on your favourite holiday tunes to set the mood – you’ll be done before you can say “cool yule!”
Style at Home Makeover
Style at Home Makeover Contest presented by IKEA Canada is giving two lucky readers the room makeover of a lifetime!
In celebration of IKEA's 40th anniversary, Style at Home has partnered with the iconic brand for the ultimate room makeover.
Two lucky readers have been selected to receive a bedroom and living room makeover designed by the Style at Home team using IKEA furniture and accessories.
The results will be featured exclusively in a future issue of Style at Home.
STAY TUNED FOR MAKEOVER UPDATES ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA!
Readers will get the chance to vote for their favourite final makeover for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to IKEA!
FULL CONTEST RULES
« Style at Home Makeover Contest »
The « Style at Home Makeover Contest » is held by Les Publications Groupe TVAPublications (Style at Home) and IKEA Canada who are collectively hereinafter named: the “Search Organizers”. The Makeover Contest runs on Instagram, from August 23 2016 –at 9h00 to October 3, 2016 at 23h59 ET (hereinafter: the “Search Period”).
This « Style at Home Makeover Contest » is open to all persons residing in Canada of at least the age of majority in their province of residence. The following persons are excluded: employees, agents and representatives of Québecor Média inc, of IKEA Canada, of their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, partners, suppliers of prizes, materials and services related to this Makeover Contest, or any other party directly linked to the holding of this Makeover Contest, or their brother, sister, children, mother, father, their legal or common-law spouse and individuals with whom such employees, agents and representatives are domiciled.
HOW TO ENTER
No purchase necessary. To participate in the Makeover Contest, you simply have to have an Instagram account and enter the Makeover Contest by posting during the Search Period, your own photo of either your bedroom or living/dining room and tag your images with #SAHMakeover, and follow @Styleathome, @SAHXDesign @IKEACanada and include your hometown. If representatives from the Style at Home are interested or need more information on you or your application, you will receive a "direct message" via Instagram from @Styleathome. The fact that you have received or not a ‘’direct message’’ does not affect positively or negatively your ability to become the winner of the Style at Home makeover.
Photos/videos must consist of:
Full room shot (Pulled back shot)
You must respect the following limits, otherwise Style at Home reserve the right to cancel one or several of your participations:
You can submit as many photos/videos as you wish during the Search Period provided each are submitted in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Contest rules.
You cannot submit photos/videos from more than one Instagram account, in the case you have more than one;
The Instagram account that you are using to submit your photos/videos must be public.
You are responsible for uploading/transmitting your picture/video for successful consideration during the Search Period in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Rules. You must only submit picture/video that: i) are created, produced and developed by you; ii) is an up-to-date photo of the space; iii) has not been considered for or won previous or similar search, recruitments iv) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; v) have been created in a legal and safe manner by you; vi) that are a representation of your space (additional proof of space may be requested by Style at Home at their sole discretion if they deem it necessary); vii) that have not been altered, modified or photoshopped in any way; viii) The space has not been featured or mentioned in any competitive print or magazine.
You picture/video must not:
contain defamatory words/statements (including words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic group);
threaten any person, place, business, or group;
disparage persons or organizations associated with the Style Search Organizers;
invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm, or entity;
contain material that is in any way unlawful, in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, provincial or municipal laws and regulations in Canada;
refer to any person other than you or refer to any organization; and
be advertorial, promotional or relate to specific brand.
By participating in this « Style at Home Makeover Contest » and by submitting your photo/video, you hereby grant an non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicenseable and transferable right and license to the Search Organizers (and to third party duly authorized by the Search Organizers) to use the photo/video at their entire discretion, including without limitation (notably with respect of support, media, duration, language and territory) the right to edit or modify such photo/video for commercial or promotional purposes without any compensation whatsoever owed to you. You also waive all moral rights you may hold in or to your photo/video to the extent required for the license granted hereunder. Furthermore, by participating in this Makeover Contest and by submitting your photo/video, you hereby authorize Search Organizers to use, at their entire discretion including without limitation (notably with respect of support, media, duration, language and territory), the content, in whole or in part, of any ‘’Direct Message’’ you are exchanging with the Search Organizers along with your hometown.
At the end of the Search period, two (2) winners will be determined, (1) winner will receive a bedroom makeover and (1) winner will receive a living/dining room makeover. Each winner will benefit from the following makeover, provided such winner is complying to « Style at Home Makeover Contest » rules.
One (1) winner will be given a full-bedroom makeover styled by the Style at Home design team or their representatives.
Makeover style and direction to be determined by the Style at Home design team in conjunction with winners.
Makeover will include:
Painted walls/wallpaper (product and application)
Full furnishing provided by IKEA Canada
One (1) winner will be given a full-living/dining room makeover styled by the Style at Home design team or their representatives.
Makeover style and direction to be determined by the Style at Home design team in conjunction with winners.
Makeover will include:
Painted walls/wallpaper (product and application)
Full furnishing provided by IKEA Canada
The following conditions apply:
The prize is not exchangeable and non-transferable;
The prize has to be accepted as it is;
If the prize or a portion of it is not used, no compensation will be given.
Dates are subject to changes.
By October 10, 2016 at the offices of Style at Home, located in Toronto, Ontario, two (2) winners will be selected by representatives from the Style at Home team. These winners will be selected from all pictures/videos received during the Search Period provided they were submitted in accordance with the Style at Home Makeover Contest rules. When assessing the pictures/videos, the representatives will take into consideration various criteria as defined in the registration section. Decisions of Style at Home are final and binding.
WINNERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ROOM MAKEOVER FROM OCTOBER 11th – NOVEMBER 30th
Winners agree not to modify their room from the date they are contacted by the Style at Home representative until the date the makeover has been photographed. If a selected winner chooses not to participate to such makeover (for any reason, including prior commitments), such winner will not be considered.
The final look of each room will be included in a future issue of Style at Home.
Each winner agrees to the publication, reproduction and other use of pictures/video and all picture/video taken at the makeover and during the Search Period by the Search representatives as well as their name, address, voice, statements about the Search and photograph or other likeness without further notice or additional compensation, in any publicity, advertisement or other promotional or commercial use carried out by or on behalf of the Search Organizers in any media, current or existing, including print, broadcast or the internet.
In order to be declared the winner, you must abide to all conditions related to the Style at Home makeover contest. Finalists are not official until they are contacted by a Style at Home representative. All winners need to read and accept rules plus sign a release form to be considered in the Style at Home makeover.
Winner must also comply to have a portrait taken.
Failing to comply with one of the conditions stated in the section above or any of the conditions provided in these Style at Home Makeover Rules, the entry of the finalist will be cancelled without any liability to the Search Organizers whatsoever.
Verification. Pictures/videos are subject to verification by the Search Organizers, and participants agree to cooperate fully with Search Organizers in such respect. Any pictures/videos which is, as the case may be, incomplete, fraudulent, sent late, that does not bear the correct information will be rejected and will not be considered in the Makeover Contest and Search Organizers shall have no liability in such respect, or in respect of lost, misdirected of garbled communication, printing, prizing or distributor errors.
Non-conforming entries. The Search Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any person participating in this Search or trying to participate by means contrary to these Rules or in a manner which is unfair to the other participants (e.g.: computer hacking, fake pictures/video etc.). Such person may be referred to the appropriate judicial authorities. Furthermore, Search Organizers, at their sole discretion, may subtract general votes from the public that are casted in a manner which is unfair to the other entrants.
Acceptance. Any prize must be accepted as described in the present Rules and as described in further descriptions provided by Search Organizers and cannot be transferred to another person, substituted for another prize nor exchanged in part. Prize is accepted “as is” without any warranty whatsoever.
Substitution. In the event where, for reasons not related to the finalists, the Search Organizers cannot award a prize (or part of a prize) as described in these Rules, they reserve the right to award a prize (or part of a prize) of the same or equivalent nature at their sole discretion.
Refusal to accept a prize. The refusal of a participant to accept a prize according to the terms and conditions of these Rules releases the Search Organizers of any obligation related to that prize towards that participant.
Liability – prize’s supplier. A participant who is selected for a prize recognizes that upon reception of the confirmation of his status as the winner of the prize, the execution of the services in respect to the prize is the sole responsibility of the supplier of the prize, in this case, IKEA Canada
Liability limit – use of prize. Any participant releases Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers, and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives from any and all liability for any and all damages that such participant may suffer from the acceptance or use of the prize. In order to be declared a winner, any finalist agrees, if required, prior to obtaining the prize, to sign a declaration form to such effect.Erreur ! Signet non défini.
Liability limit – running of the Makeover Contest. Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or communication lines, relating to any transmission that is faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible or erased by any computer or network that could limit the possibility or prevent any person from participating in this Makeover Contest. Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives also will not be held liable for any damages or loss that could arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading any Internet page, any software or any form and by the transmission of any data regarding the participation in this Makeover contest.
Modification. The Search Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Makeover contest and the Rules, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration, safety, impartiality or the running of the Makeover contest as foreseen in these Rules. In any case, the Search Organizers, their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, the suppliers of products or services related to this Makeover contest as well as their employees, agents and representatives cannot be held liable to award more prizes than those indicated in these Rules or to award prizes otherwise than in compliance with these Rules.
Impossibility to act – including labour dispute Québecor Média inc., the Search Organizers and their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives will not assume any liability whatsoever in any case where their incapacity to act would result from a fact or a situation beyond their control or a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their establishment or in establishments of organizations or enterprises which services are used for holding this Makeover contest.
Liability limit– participation. Any person who participates or tries to participate in this Makeover contest releases the Search Organizers, their parent and affiliated companies, their advertising and/or promotional agencies, their employees, agents and representatives, from any and all liability for damages which such participant could suffer from participating or trying to participate in this Makeover contest.
Authorization. By entering this Makeover contest, any winner authorizes the Search Organizers, their partners and their representatives to use, if required, such participant’s name, photograph, likeness, declaration related to the prize, place of residence and/or voice without remuneration whatsoever and that, at their discretion and without limit as for the period of use, in any media and on a worldwide scale, for publicity purposes or for any purpose that will or may be pertinent.
Communication with entrants. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants in the context of this Makeover contest except as stated in the Rules.
Decisions of the Search Organizers. To the fullest extent allowed under the applicable laws, all decisions of the Search Organizers or those of their representatives regarding this Makeover contest are final and binding.
Identification of the participant. For the purposes of these Rules, the participant is the person who’s room appears on the picture/video submitted and it is to this person to whom the prize will be awarded if selected and declared the winner.
Precedence. If an article in these Rules were to be declared or deemed illegal, unenforceable or invalid by a competent authority, then this article would be considered null and non-written, but all other items would not be affected and would find application in limits and authorized by the applicable law.
Rules Style Search. This is the official regulations and rules for the Makeover Contest << Style at Home Makeover Contest. >> The Style at Home Makeover contest rules are available on the Style at Home website and upon demand.
Non affiliation. This Makeover contest is not affiliated or sponsored by Instagram or Facebook.
Personal information. The personal information collected on the participants of this Makeover contest are used only for the administration of the makeover. No commercial communication or other, not linked to the makeover, will be sent to the participants by the Search Organizers except if the participants have authorized the Search Organizers to send such communication or as allowed in the present Rules.