Archive | March, 2010

ENTERTAINING, PARTY ideas + decor | March 31, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Lava Lamps

lava lamps at jello bar in Montreal

I like this picture taken by my husband last night at YULBiz, the monthly meetup of Montreal’s bloggers and social media crowd. It looks so festive. I prefer the 52 oz Lava Lamp, also called the Royal, to the original model. These are the 52 oz Lava Lamps. If you buy lava lamps, turn on [...]

ENTERTAINING, EVERYDAY entertaining | March 31, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Family Dinner Menu

family meal menu :: lemon and thyme chicken and lime pie on sweet paul

I usually serve uncomplicated, tasty meals when I have friends over. I believe it is best to cook dishes that everyone will enjoy. A simple recipe can look very appealing. A simple look at the photos on Sweet Paul will convince you, if you are not sure. The next time you host a casual dinner, invite [...]

ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY decorations | March 31, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Retro Mama’s Sewing Projects: Easter Eggs, Pincushions and Plush

learn how to sew your own fabric easter eggs :: tutorial by retro mama

Kim Kruzich of Retro Mama wrote an well-documented tutorial that will teach you how to make your own Fabric Easter eggs. She provided useful tips to make this sewing project a success. If you make your own, share your photos on her Flickr group. More Sewing Patterns Kim also has an etsy shop where she [...]

ENTERTAINING, PARTY ideas + decor | March 30, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Inspired by Ink & Peat

ink and peat :: store view

It has been a while since I visited Housemartin, the blog of the owner of Ink & Peat. I admire Pam’s floral arrangements since her beginning. She caught my heart again with her modern garden arrangement that cleverly mixes a variety of orange and green flowers. Not every party requires a theme. But it helps [...]

HOME + GARDEN, KITCHEN design

March 30, 2010 | by Kim

Design Tips for the Perfect Pantry

open shelf pantry :: emersonmade's house tour on design*sponge

An open-shelf pantry is practical as it provides easy access to the containers. Moreover, you can see what is available, which may [...]

ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY entertaining

March 30, 2010 | by Kim

Easter Mood Board

easter mood board in muted pastel colors

Muted Spring colors may be the starting point for your Easter tabletop. I first discovered the invite, which seems to dictate a [...]

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ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY decorations

March 29, 2010 | by Kim

Stylish Easter Eggs with a Patchwork Effect

patchwork effects on easter eggs styled by suzonne stirling

Craft stylist Suzonne Stirling made those elegant and creative Easter eggs for Family Circle. She didn’t want to do another story about how [...]

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FOOD + DRINK, RESTAURANTS

March 29, 2010 | by Kim

Foodies at Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon

cabane a sucre au pied de cochon :: maple banana split

For the second year in a row,  I am one of the lucky ones that got a chance to eat at the [...]

FOOD + DRINK, FOOD presentation

March 28, 2010 | by Kim

My New Camera: a Nikon D5000

nikon d5000

We finally did it! I was long due for a new camera. I dreamt of a flash since my house does not [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus

March 27, 2010 | by Kim

Exquisite Poached Eggs with Shiitake Mushrooms

Poached Eggs with Shiitake Mushrooms, Wilted Arugula and White Truffle Cream by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Write down the Poached Egg with Shitake Mushrooms, Wilted Arugula and White Truffle Cream recipe if you host the Easter brunch or for [...]

CAKES + desserts, ENTERTAINING

March 26, 2010 | by Kim

Dessert Table at Twestival Montreal 2010

dessert table at twestival montreal 2010

It was not only great live entertaining at Twestival. My favorite sweet treat suppliers participate at the events. I only ate one [...]

FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE

March 26, 2010 | by Kim

Dune Hors d’oeuvre Dish

dune hors d'oeuvre dish by voonwong&bensonsaw

If you are not a domestic goddess, my best advice is to get unique hors d’oeuvre dishes. This way, you simply have [...]

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