Archive | December, 2010

ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY entertaining | December 30, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Three Bubbly Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

champagne cocktails

Instead of serving a glass of Champagne, you can serve Champagne cocktails. You can either use real Champagne or a sparkling wine. We found that the Roederer Estate Brut NV from California is a wonderful substitute to the real thing. A versatile Champagne is the Veuve Clicquot. The Kitchn shared three bubbly cocktails. Their Pear-Cranberry Champagne [...]

FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | December 30, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Broiled Sardines With Lemon and Thyme

broiled sardines with lemon and thyme

If you are looking for a no-fuss appetizer to prepare that will be a crowd pleaser, check out this recipe by Matt Bittman. No need of cooking skills to prepare his Broiled Sardines With Lemon and Thyme. photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times

ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY entertaining | December 27, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Three Holiday Recipes by Ricardo

Creamy fudge spread by ricardo

Here are three simple Holiday recipes from Ricardo Larrivée, that many of you know from his cooking show Ricardo and Friends at Food Network Canada. For party favors or hostess gifts, you can make several jars of Creamy Fudge Spread. It will also come handy if you host a brunch. No need of having any baking skills [...]

FAMILY, GAMES and Toys | December 26, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

New Kidz Box Designed by Dwell Studio

dwell studio kidz box with little girl coloring a placemat by modern twist

I already introduced the awesome Kidz Box by Modern-twist last summer. They collaborated with Dwell Studio to bring three more illustrations to their collection. These ones are more tailored for the little ones. I want to get the Garden Bird for my niece because she loves pink. The Animal Blocks will be good for a [...]


December 24, 2010 | by Kim

Christmas Gift Wrapping

christmas gift wrapping supplies

Christmas Eve is a big day in Quebec. Tonight, we will be celebrating with the family. Before I wrap my last presents, [...]

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FOOD + DRINK, FOOD presentation

December 22, 2010 | by Guest

Fruit and Vegetable Carvings for Foodies

carved and sculpted watermelon by mia bureau of ephemere

This is post by my friend Nathalie, who is a true foodie and the blogger behind Foodies Emporium. Check out her post [...]


December 21, 2010 | by Heather

Cocktail Party Essentials

glamorous drink station

Holiday party season is in full swing. Whether you’re hosting family and friends for dinner, neighbours during an afternoon open house or [...]


December 21, 2010 | by Kim

Snowman Cupcakes and Christmas Pudding...

snowman cupcakes by annabel karmel

These two Christmas treats are eye candies. These recipes from Annabel Karmel, a UK’s best-selling author of seventeen books on baby and children’s [...]


December 21, 2010 | by Heather

Dairy and Sugar Free Eggnog Recipe and More

Eggnog recipe

Whether you choose to add rum or not, eggnog is a classic beverage best accompanied with a fire, a blanket and a [...]

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BABY products, FAMILY

December 20, 2010 | by Heather

Baby Shower Gift Ideas – Part 4: Keepsake...

Keepsakes as Baby Shower Gifts

I conclude this series on baby shower gift ideas with items that you will cherish for a long time. Elegant Baby Coin [...]

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FAMILY, LIVING with kids

December 20, 2010 | by Kim

A Toddler-Friendly Bathroom | Getting Ready...

pack splat and water bugs by boon

We are in the middle of a facelift of what used to be the cat bathroom to make it prettier for my [...]

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December 19, 2010 | by Heather

Holiday Wrapping Supplies: Olive Manna...

Olive Manna gift wrapping supplies

After every Christmas, I am faced with the same dilemma: a few half-used rolls of wrapping paper I must store for 12 months, [...]

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