Archive for December, 2010


Written by on 22nd December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Wishing you all Peace and Joy for the Holidays!

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Cedar Bough How-to

Written by on 21st December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

A house in my hood was recently torn down along with all the lovely old trees:(  Soo, the other day I collected some cedar boughs from the fallen branches and did some arranging for the holidays. TIP: Mantles are not very deep and the branches tend to slide right off. Use clear packing tape to secure the first few larger branches to the mantle and the smaller ones will tuck in nicely. I did three arrangements with the pice cones I collected in the fall.

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Copy Cat Chic

Written by on 18th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This girl has a site and a facebook page where you post an expensive designer item you love and the community of super shoppers (not unlike like myself) give you less expensive comparables. SWEET! Wish I had thought of it:)

Check her out!!!

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Martha’s Espresso Snowcaps

Written by on 13th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment


Makes 18

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Icing sugar, for coating


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined; mix in cooled chocolate. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat in milk until just combined. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Pour confectioners’ sugar (about 1/2 cup) into a medium bowl; working in batches, roll balls in sugar two times, letting them sit in sugar between coatings.
  3. Place on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, 12 to 14 minutes; cookies will still be soft to the touch. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Read more at Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps – Martha Stewart Recipes

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Less is More

Written by on 12th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Shopping √  Decorating √  Cards Sent √      Cooking and Baking is all that I have left on my Holiday to do list.  Soo This weekend I went through boxes in my storage room and looked waaayyy back to the back of my closet and dug out some treasures to send to consignment.  This is part of my de-clutter and de-stress program and it feels great!  In the new year I will take on some more ambitious projects when I have more time.

Did you know: The term “Less is More” comes from a poem by Robert Browning in the 1850′s and the phrase was adopted by the minimalist architect Mies van der Rohe…and yes for all you design nerds like me….he’s the guy who designed the famous Barcelona Chair.

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Table decor idea

Written by on 7th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Looks like I’m not the only fan of the Pine Cone this season – here’s a pretty picture and great use of cranberries from Nate Berkus’ website. Click image for link.

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Tree Time

Written by on 6th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Decorating the tree in shades of brown, gold, and copper but the PINE CONES are the show stopper.  Here’a a pic of my tree.

Number of Days in the house. 2  Number of times it has fallen down. 1

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Light Sprite

Written by on 5th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Last night I had a question from one of my boot-camp colleagues shopping for a specific type of light.  I hope these are what you’re looking for Meaghan!…Happy shopping!  (…oh and these are all websites that ship to Canada)

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Easy to Love Latkes

Written by on 4th December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

These crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside latkes are delicious… and in my opinion a Hanukkah tradition that everyone should adopt!

Click the photo for recipe link

Update – I made these!! They were mmm good – N

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Christmas Countdown

Written by on 2nd December 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

OK, I’m in it!! The Christmas spirit that is……

This month visit often for Christmas decorating inspiration and tips.  Today’s Christmas tree inspiration is from Traditional Home - my absolute favourite Magazine!  And those who know me understand that the super cute dog in the photo tipped the scales in helping me choose this room (same tree different angle).  I love the multi colored ornaments, the dramatic height and fullness of it.


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