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  • MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU…

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    1977, 1980, 1983…I was 6,9 and 12 and used my allowance money t head to the theater to see what are, in my opinion, 3 of the best movies ever made. AS a kid I was a huge fan of the Star War series and at the time had no clue I would be able to relive that through my children two more times.

    1999,2002,2005… The next three Star Wars installments arrived, although not my favorite in the series. Non the less, it rekindled my love for the movies and introduced the phenomenon to my eldest two children and started them on their Jedi journey.

    2015 … My love for the Star Wars of old is once again renewed and my two youngest children, who of course we well on their Jedi journey to many rainy day Star Wars marathons. Got to experience the magic of seeing the Millennium Falcon hit warp speed on the big screen.

    To get ready for May the 4th we thought about watching all the movies again but my 8 year son asked if we could have a Star Wars Lego video game marathon instead. Not gonna lie…this option would not be my first pick, I am not much of a gamer.

    Instead we compromised with these amazing books from DK Books Canada.

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    These books are filled with really cool Star Wars knowledge, fun facts, mixed with the fun and sillyness if the Lego Star Wars Video game and cartoon characters. They were a huge hit with my crew and they sat for hours..yes hours…reading through them, laughing and chatting all things Star Wars and all things Lego…

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    I…poured myself a large glass of red wine and sat and enjoyed watching them …Be sure to check out DK Canada’s Heroes and Villains Boutique for more great titles.

    To celebrate May the 4th Be With You…DK Canada has fun downloadable Star Wars activity pages for free. With coloring and trivia it is the perfect way to brush up on your Star Wars knowledge before the big day.

    Of course we ended a fun day of reading, learning and playing with a tribute to the original masterpiece…

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    Looks like someone is already working on her Dark Side …

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    Thank you to DK Canada books for sending us such a great surprise …It was a huge hit!

    Cheers

     

  • HAPPY HOSTESS 2015 EDITION

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: beer, christmas, cocktail deeva, cocktails, coffee, cooking, drink, entertaining, fabulous, family, Holiday, home, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, Party, recipe, recipes, shoes, social media, Stiegl, Tips, Toronto, trend hunter, trends, twitter, Uncategorized, wine

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    IT’S PARTY SEASON…!!! Well in my world it is always party season but this is the season to the Hostess with the Most’ess…

    It is also the season to bring those wonderful hostesses a special little something to thank them for their FABOOSH hospitality…

    Here are what two of my FAVE Hosts have to say about the art of gift giving…

    The Fab Mindy Lockhart , a.k.a…The Gracious Girl…gave me her take on the holiday hostess gift…

     “A hostess gift is a token of gratitude for the invite & all of the work your host/hostess has put into the event. Keep in mind that it is not a Thank-you for the event itself. Etiquette tells us that we follow-up with a Thank-you after the event & that should be sent in the same manner as the invite was extended. For paper invites a paper Thank-You, email invites and email thank you and so on.” 

    I also asked the ever Fabulous design duo Colin and Justin their thoughts on giving hostess gifts…

    “When you think of all the effort your hostess is putting in to make sure you have a fabulous evening, it’s nice to take along a cute wee present. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, maybe some homemade cookies, a scented candle (a candjhome.com, candle of course!) or a lovely jar of home made jam. Just something to show you’ve thought of them and all their efforts to make you feel at home. We sometimes take a swag bag with perfume samples, candy and a lottery scratch card or two. It’s fun to be the gifter instead of the giftee!”

    Here is my list of my FAVE FABOOSH Hostess Gifts for 2015…

     

    Be sure to check out some passed lists for more FABOOSH gift Ideas.. Happy Hostess…

    1. For your Cocktail and Film Loving HostGone with the Gin by Tim Federle

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    “Perfect gift for film buffs and a terrific twist on movie nights, Gone with the Gin is the ultimate cocktail book for die-hard silver screen aficionados who prefer to be shaken, not stirred. Included within are 50 delicious drinks—paired with winking commentary on history’s most quotable films—plus an all-star lineup of drinking games, movie-themed munchies, and illustrations throughout.”

    This book adds a fun new twist on cocktail books and film books in one. The recipes are smart , easy and most entertaining to read. FAB value at 18.99$ on Amazon.ca

    2. Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon

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    It is rare that I enjoy a flavored anything. I have to say, I like this Bailey’s better than the original . This has now become a staple in my Saturday morning coffee.

    1. BEER!

    Well not just any beer…

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    Put together a basket or 6 pack of fab unique craft beers. Or beers from other parts of the world for your host to enjoy. It is always fun to try new things and so many people will not be as adventurous when buying for themselves.

    Check out McClelland Imports for some more FAB beer suggestions. Also if you are in ST Jacobs be sure to check out Block Three brewing and the Elora Brewing company in Elora Ontario. Be sure to google craft brewers in your local area to see what you have available to you.

    1. Criollo Liquor

    This has made my list before and is back…Always a crowd pleaser!

    Criollo_312-400x794Available in Salted Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and the new Bourbon Dark Chocolate. Check out their website for FAB recipes.

    1. A little something Special… Strawberry Champagne Lollipops from Barneys New York

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    These are a whimsical gift that mat seem useless and silly…But really, don’t we all need a little more indulgence in our lives these days. AND… I promise you no one will bring the same gift as you.

    1. Again for your cocktail enthusiast … BITTERS!

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    I love the selection from The Bittered Sling…however there are many widely available and at a really great price point for a hostess gift….

    Like 66 Gilead Distillery Bitters available at BYOB Cocktail Emporium.

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    1. For a little Luxury… I adore Pelle Soap Stones

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    Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerin soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and faceted by hand in a Brooklyn studio.

    1. Headed to a holiday kids party… I got ya covered… I am in love with these Hair ties and hair bands made by a young lady named Story…

    10275923_10154861147835076_4257456129882445401_nStory chooses different charities to donate portions of her profits too..can you say.. TAKE MY MONEY!! For more info and to order email info@clippo.ca …Delivery is included!

    If you are headed to my house for a party these top my gift list..just saying…

    1. If you are pinching your dollar and Scents… (see what I did there…)

    Belle Soy candles available at chapters are the perfect gift for you happy hostess.

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    1. For the avid reader I am loving Reading Sox..also available at Chapters.. I don’t think I would ever take them off.

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    1. I love me a good Caesar and it all comes down to the Mix.. and my go to is Walter’s All Natural Mix …  Small batch with NO Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), artificial colors, and Glucose / Fructose (high fructose corn syrup) …Makes drinking healthy..right?

    walter_trio1Grab a gift basket and add a jar of Matt and Steve’s Extreme Bean for the perfect Caesar experience…A gift any host would love!

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    Finally my FAVE gift to give…

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    Unicef has 14 Survival Gifts available all under $20 These are more than just gifts, they are small miracles. You can send things like bed nets, anti-malaria drugs or pencils for a school. Simply buy your hostess one of these little miracles and you can send her an e-card or their is even a printable card you can take to the party with you…I gaurantee it will be the best holiday gift and one your hostess will never forget..

     

    What is your favorite hostess gift to give or receive…?? I am always looking for FABOOSH ideas…CHEERS!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

     

  • EATING WELL WITH CANOLA

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: baking, bloggers, celebrity chef, christmas, cocktail deeva, cooking, dinner party, entertaining, fabulous, family, giveaway, Holiday, home, lifestyles, Party, recipe, recipes, review, social media, Tips, Toronto

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    Over the past few months Canola Eat Well for Life has been traveling across Canada cooking up a storm from coast to coast. I had the great pleasure of hosting the grand finale at Olde Bridge Place in my kitchen with some amazing people and an FABOOSH baker.

    Cook book author Charmain Christie known as The Messy Baker joined us to give us the 101 on baking with Canola.

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    We set on a an afternoon journey of baking 6 amazing recipes all using Canola…

    The Messy Baker used the Canola in these recipes like you would any other oils or butters. No fancy changes had to be made and the finished products were just FABOOSH. Not to mention that Canola is a good fat. Love the ‘Fat Chart’ they provide on their site. They also have a very handy Canola Oil baking conversion chart...Which is great when you avoid doing math at all costs like myself.

    Here is a fun chart I now have posted in my pantry for easy use.

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    The day was filled with tips, tricks and so much knowledge. Both about baking and Canola itself. One of my faves came from The Messy Baker herself.

    “If you’re baking with sticky ingredients like honey or molasses, measure the canola first, but don’t scrape it all out. It will grease the measuring cup so that the sticky ingredient slides right out.”

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    So simple right! This will save me so much frustration and RE-washing of measuring cups. I knew Canola was a healthy choice in my cooking but had no idea it was versatile in baking.

    Another thing I learned that day is that not all Canola is created equal. Just like many oils and fine wines there are different grades of Canola and we had the pleasure of baking with some Pristine Gourmet Canola that is a pure virgin oil. This oil has a more robust flavour and is a favourite for chefs. It has the lowest saturated fats of all oils and can be used in raw or cooked recipes.

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    And what is a party without GAMES…

    I love learning new things and today was all about the “Canola Crush”..Which is a simple as it sounds. You crush the Canola seeds and VOILA..You have oil. And we could not have asked for a more picturesque place to do it than on the front lawn of Olde Bridge Place on the banks of the Grand River by the Kissing Bridge.

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    Look at this crew of freshly inspired Canola bakers… HUGE thanks to Canola Eat Well and Charmian Christie The Messy Baker…We are all ready to head into the holiday season inspired to make delicious and healthier treats for our loved ones.

    This would not be a proper baking post without sharing some screen licking worthy pictures of our finished products…

    Cranberry Pistachio Baklava

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    Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies ( better than my moms but don’t tell her)

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    Poppy Seed Bars with Citrus Icing

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    You can find all the recipes along with so many more both cooking and baking on the Canola Eat Well website. They have a great section right now featuring Holiday baking from Coast to Coast.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Baking to you and yours.. CHEERS

    The Messy Bakers book makes a fabulous Holiday or Hostess gift!!

    AND YOU CAN WIN A COPY!!

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    *The wonderful Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Canola Eat Well.

    *This is a sponsored post and I was the host of the event.