Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

The kitchen island is the center hub of the family who gathers in the kitchen for family meetings, dinner, or games! Sometimes it houses small appliances, or is the home of the table fruit. Like so many other essentials in the house, this special addition to the eating area should be unique to the members who use it. Barstools might be a necessity for some to get homework done, or to eat a quick bowl of cereal before dashing out. Others may need the space for baking orders for their small cupcake business. Whatever the situation, the island must compliment your life, and make it easy and convenient to get the job done.

There are ways you can be creative to build a stylish, workable space without breaking the bank. The use of a pallet or skid as the base of your island, not only gives your kitchen a swanky industrial look, but also saves you a ton of money you would have otherwise spent on expensive building materials. All you need is good quality paint and a brush, and you can make it happen!

Repurposing old furniture may also be an exciting way to build the kitchen island of your dreams! You have the option of putting an old chest of drawers, or even a sideboard on wheels with stoppers, painting its exterior, and adding fancy hardware for visual appeal. You could also include hooks to hang accessories, and choose the perfect countertop to complete an amazing transformation. This look would work perfectly in a traditional, or country-themed kitchen.

Lastly, there is the idea of using bookshelves to put a functional, and organized kitchen island together. Fabulous, right? Who would have thought that a couple of Ikea bookshelves lined in beadboard, and finished with moulding could look so good! I am so impressed with all of these options, and I’m sure that one of these kitchen island ideas is the perfect solution for someone’s household.

Just a few ideas to throw around when trying to decide how to make the most bang for your buck. Keeping things low cost with a keen sense of style is exactly what we all need in our lives. Enjoy your evening, and happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday: What’s for Dinner?

Savory Crepes with Almond Cheese, Sautéed Spinach and Vegan Hollandaise •  The Curious Chickpea

Welcome back to “What’s for Dinner?” and we are keeping with the French theme, making savoury crêpes that melt in your mouth! I found two recipes that I know you will thoroughly enjoy for the crazy busy nights, where you need to make something fast. I chose savoury because it’s easy to throw in chicken or spinach; something that makes your crêpes feel more like a hearty meal after a long day. Take a look…

Herbed Egg Crêpes Filled with Smoked Salmon

Herbed Egg Crêpes Filled with Smoked Salmon

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 10 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped tarragon
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped chervil or flat-leaf parsley
  • ⅓ cup snipped chives (plus more for garnish)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil (for brushing)
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the heavy cream until blended. Add the tarragon, chervil and 1/3 cup of chives and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
  • Step 2 Lightly brush an 8-inch nonstick skillet with olive oil and set it over moderate heat. When the pan is hot, add 3 tablespoons of the crêpe batter, swirling to coat the bottom, and cook until golden around the edges, about 30 seconds. Carefully turn the crêpe and continue cooking just until set, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to a large plate lined with wax paper. Continue making crêpes with the remaining batter, brushing the pan with more olive oil as necessary and layering the crêpes with waxed paper.
  • Step 3 Arrange the crêpes on a work surface. Spread lightly with the crème fraîche and top with slices of the smoked salmon. Fold each crêpe in half, then in half again to form triangles. Transfer the stuffed crêpes to plates, sprinkle the crêpes with chives and serve.

Make Ahead

The herbed crêpes can be made up to 8 hours ahead and refrigerated. Bring them to room temperature before filling.

Buckwheat Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms and Gruyère

Buckwheat Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms and Gruyère

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • ¾ cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 eggs (large beaten)
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for brushing)
  • 2 shallots (medium thinly sliced)
  • 16 ounces mixed wild mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (large minced)
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 In a medium bowl, whisk the buckwheat flour with the eggs and half of the milk until lump-free. Add the remaining milk and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate the batter for 20 minutes.
  • Step 2 Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderately high heat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet and cook until the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Step 3 Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet and lightly brush with olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of the batter to the skillet and swirl to coat the pan. Cook over moderate heat until the edges begin to pull away from the pan, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Flip the crêpe and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
  • Step 4 Sprinkle the crêpe with 1/4 cup of cheese followed by 1/4 cup of the mushrooms. Fold the bottom flaps of the crêpe to form a cone. Slide the crêpe onto a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining batter, brushing the pan with oil as needed. Serve the crêpes immediately.

*Recipes taken from Foodandwine.com

Not bad as a Tuesday night dinner, right? I’ll say! You know I also have to mention that it would work perfectly with your favourite glass of wine;) Ladies and gentlemen, put this one under your belt as a fancy pick-me-up on a cold, rainy night. I guarantee it will do the trick! Until next time, happy Tuesday everyone!

Sunday: At Home

(Picture of Niagara Glen Hiking Trail from my phone!!)

Have you ever had an impromptu day, where the early morning finds you on the road to an early hiking adventure? My family and I decided last minute, to accompany a few friends to Niagara Region. We found a fantastic hiking trail called the Niagara Glen, that was situated right alongside our bordering neighbour, the United States. The colours of Fall were bright and bold, and the air was so fresh and full of life! Sometimes, when you live in the city you forget how important a little time spent in nature is for your mind, body, and soul.

It was the most relaxing day I’ve had in a long time, and I loved every minute of it! We took photos of nature all day long, until the kids got sick of smiling;) Isn’t water therapeutic? Listen to the sound of the rushing river as it carries by us in it’s turquoise beauty. It almost seemed as if I could jump in and float away. Don’t be fooled, as the signs posted everywhere soberly reminded us that falling into the aggressive waters would cause rapid hypothermia, and could also drown you both swiftly, and painfully. That was a bit eerie, but I guess they had to be honest about the dangers.

Overall, it was another precious memory for the Myers family! Alas, all good things must come to an end until the next great adventure…

I wanted let you all know that people have been sharing their pictures of my recipe suggestions they’ve been trying out at home, and man oh man, does it ever look good! If you can recall, there were a few fabulous recipes from the Food Network that I shared with you about using your Thanksgiving leftovers to make a fancy, day-after the party, meals. A reader sent a picture of her “Turkey and Stuffing Quiche,” which turned out perfect! Take a look:

Keep the pictures coming! I am loving every one of them. Do you wish that you tried it too?Well, scroll back about five days in blog posts, and you will find the unique recipes that could still be done!

I also have to confess that I’ve been falling behind in my Tumeric Facial Treatments, and experimental research. I will be back on track next week with week 2 pictures. For those of you who read the blog a few weeks ago about making your own homemade facial products, will also remember that I made a mask of my own. I will be using it for 4-6 weeks to investigate if the Turmeric concoction significantly reduces dark spots, and acne. Okay, I think that’s everything for now. I hope you had an awesome weekend, and I look forward to our new week ahead! Nitey nite, and happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday: Reflections

5 Online Dating Tips Women Should Live By - How To Date Online

A couple of friends and I were chatting about the pros and cons of dating online, and if this way of meeting people is truly effective for those who seek love, and a life partnership. It’s a juicy topic, and one we have to cover thoroughly. I have a few stats that I will pair with the topics to help us better understand the online dating situation.

  1. Is online dating a good way to meet?
What AdultFriendFinder Reviews Can Teach You About Online Dating - Hedonist  / Shedonist

So, a lot of people want to know if online dating is a valid way to meet a potential partner that you could spend the rest of your life with, and the answer is yes. According to Kapersky.com stats in 2005, 44% of individuals agreed that online dating was an acceptable and promising way to find your significant other. The same survey was done ten years later in 2015, and the number rose to 59%. This steady incline proves that more of the population is convinced that you could really find the person of your dreams on an app. What do everyday people you know say about this? For one, my friends sounded a bit sceptical about finding someone to spend the rest of your life with online, because a lot people do not take it that seriously. The argument is that between the dishonesty, and lack of commitment, there was no room for real love.

2. Are people honest about themselves online?

Online dating services may put on a fake face | The Seattle Times

It’s a given that the reason why people get away with lying about themselves online is because they can’t be held accountable through a screen. What you put out there is basically what you lead people to believe about you. This is also common about people who post info about their lives on Facebook, and other social media platforms. We give the world the best version of ourselves, hoping that they see us as perfect, which only leads to unrealistic standards. According Kaspersky.com, 57% of people who are on online dating apps lie to each other, and Eharmony.ca mentions the three areas where most people lie, which are: 1)Age, 2)Height and Weight, 3)Job/Income. My issue is, why lie about who you are when you know you have to meet face to face on day? There lies the problem: The people who lie about themselves are not planning to be real with anyone, ever! Can we then assume that the dating app “liars” are only doing this to stroke their own ego?

3. How effective is online dating overall?

Awkward First Dates: Lessons in Online Dating as a South Asian Woman

With all of the dishonesty, I could see why people are a bit uneasy about making online dating a viable option for finding their life partners. According to Pewresearch.org, 45% of the online population feel frustrated with the concept, compared to a mere 28% who feel hopeful that they will find love. There are roughly 10% more men than women on dating apps, and the interest in women peaks at 21 years old. Men get more online feedback around 48 years old, giving him twice the amount of followers as women the same age (Eharmony.com). It is clear that women are favoured in their youth, and men are more sought-out in their middle ages. What happens to the interest in a woman once she has conquered a reputable career, and is ready for a family in her 30’s? What happens to a man in his youth that he is only now searching for love in his late 40’s? The mysteries of life;)

Now that we have combed through this subject, I understand that there is a discrepancy between online dating, and true intentions. If there were a way to separate those who want a real relationship from those who are playing around, relationships would be able to blossom faster, and more effectively. Making yourself vulnerable in love is something we cannot run away from, no matter if we are face to face, or online. There comes a time when we have to lay our cards down, and allow ourselves to be enough for someone else to love. My guess is that if both sides take their walls down, there will be room for love to grow. Happy Saturday everyone!

Thursday: What’s Baking?

Emily in Paris review: A seductive fantasy of millennial laziness - Vox

I totally fell in love with this Netflix series over the last few days called, “Emily in Paris.” It’s basically about a woman who leaves her Public Relations firm in Chicago to work at another in Paris, France. The show is filled with laughs as the writers wittingly unveil the vast differences in American versus European culture, and play on the ignorance of a “new girl in a strange world” concept. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and is secretly one of the dreams I had for my own life once upon a time! It had me dreaming of what it would be like to get up and move across the world to rediscover life from a different point of view.

Anyway, where is all of this leading Lisa? Well, I’m so glad you asked! I thought that in honour of all this French ambiance, we could dive into one of their very popular staples, le pain (bread). I took the liberty of finding a simple recipe that is almost too easy to bake;) I bet that gave you just a little more courage, didn’t it? En français, I present to you “Le Pain Facile” (The Easy Bread)…

Overhead photo of a loaf of bread cut into pieces and sitting on a dark background

Easy Crusty French Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (9 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (4 grams) (use honey if you prefer)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (300 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (10 grams) kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (360 grams) plus extra for dusting  (see recipe notes)

Instructions

MIX THE DOUGH & FIRST RISE (1 HOUR):

  1. Combine yeastsugar, and warm water in a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is foamy.
  3. Add kosher salt and flour to bowl. Mix with your hands or a sturdy spatula, or mix on low speed with your stand mixer until all flour is incorporated and dough has just started to pull away from the sides of the bowl. For best results, mix until no dry bits of flour remain. Please note: This is a relatively slack (wet) dough, so it may seem a bit shaggy and sticky at this point. Don’t worry – it will become more smooth and elastic as we go!
  4. Lightly flour all sides of your dough (don’t mix the flour in – it’s just to keep the dough from sticking!) and turn it over inside the mixing bowl to coat with flour on all sides. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise on the counter for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.

SHAPE THE DOUGH & FINAL RISE (30 MIN):

  1. When dough has risen, lightly flour a large cutting board.
  2. Tip the dough out of the bowl and onto the cutting board. DO NOT PUNCH THE DOUGH DOWN – you want to keep all those nice air bubbles intact so you have an airy, delicious loaf of bread. (Note: If the dough is sticking to the bowl a little bit, wet your hand with a bit of cold water and gently separate the dough from the bowl to get it all out).
  3. Sprinkle a bit of flour across the top of the dough, then begin shaping it into a round loaf. Pull each corner of the dough in towards the center (like you’re folding an envelope) and repeat until the dough feels tight and begins to resist your folds. Flip the dough over and tap it into a round loaf. 
  4. Flour a proofing basket or a medium bowl and place your loaf into it seam-side down. Cover with a tea towel and let rise another 30 minutes or so while you preheat the oven.

HEAT THE OVEN :

  1. While bread is rising, place an empty dutch oven (with the lid on) in your oven and heat to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.

BAKE!

  1. When the oven is hot, you’re ready to go! Use oven mitts to pull the dutch oven out and remove the lid.
  2. Lay a piece of parchment paper down on your counter or cutting board (optional – it makes transferring the bread easier!)
  3. Tip your bread dough gently out of the proofing basket onto the parchment paper. Make sure the seam side is up this time – this is what will create those beautiful cracks on top of the bread!
  4. VERY CAREFULLY (without burning yourself!) use the sides of the parchment to lift the bread up and place it into the hot Dutch oven.
  5. Put your oven mitts back on, place the dutch oven lid back on the pot, and slide the whole thing back into your hot oven.
  6. Cook bread for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the lid from your dutch oven. The bread should be taller, crusty, and very lightly browned. Continue cooking the bread, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes more until the bread has deepened in color and you have a beautiful brown crust.
  8. When bread is done, use oven mitts to pull the pot out of your oven.
  9. Use a long spatula or the corners of your parchment paper to lift the bread out of the dutch oven and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it.
  10. Slice, slather with butter, and enjoy!

Notes

How to measure flour: If you have a kitchen scale, please use it! Measuring by weight is MUCH more accurate than measuring by volume (with cups) and will give you more consistent bread. That being said, you can certainly make great bread without a kitchen scale! To measure flour in cups: If you measure flour by dipping your cup straight into the bag or bin and shaking off the excess, plan to use about 2 1/2 cups of flour. If you measure by stirring the flour with a spoon or scoop before scooping it into a measuring cup and leveling it off, plan to use about 3 cups of flour. You can always add more flour if you need to – just be aware that this is a relatively slack (wet) dough, so it will be a bit shaggy and sticky at first (but it will smooth out and become more elastic as it rises and again as you shape it!)

If you prefer a thicker, denser dough, or if you’re nervous about shaping a wetter dough, use only one cup (235g) of water. The crumb will be a bit more dense and less airy, but it will still taste great!

*Recipe taken from http://www.lifeasastrawberry.com

Feel free to grab a glass of wine while you bake. After all, you are experiencing the French way! Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

It is the first place you see when you enter a home, and the first impression you give your guests. This is where your personal style begins: Simple or dramatic, light or dark, elegant or casual. Whatever the look, it all begins where the home receives you; the entryway. Not every home sprawls in size and glamour, but it is amazing what you can do with even the tightest of spaces! There are a few key elements to shape the perfect front hall space:

  1. THE DOOR

The door takes precedence over all other details, only because it is the only object that matters as much outside as it does on the inside. It’s wonderful to have a door with all the bells and whistles like: Vintage knobs, quality trim and bevelled glass inserts. However, if your door is not glammed up, you could always paint and add gorgeous hardware. This is also where your taste is determined, where a regal black or a soft yellow would give you a modern or country appeal.

2. LIGHTING

30 Entryway Lighting Ideas - Foyer Light Fixture Ideas

Lighting sets the tone and atmosphere, making the space warm and inviting. There are a million lighting ideas to choose from, but you will have to decide which style speaks to your personality. A chandelier or pendant is key for an area that you really want to stand out, and having a piece of art giving off light is the way to do it. Some would choose washed wood, others would go for industrial metal. The point is to choose what makes you happy.

3. WALLS

25 Gorgeous Entryways Clad in Wallpaper

Walls speak volumes when it comes to dressing them up to your theme. Doing a simple white with trim, or a funky wallpaper pattern gives your home character and charm. You can layer it with framed art, utility hooks or shelving to make it functional, yet expressive. Now that you have a painted door, the perfect lighting, and walls that say, “Designed to please,” the entryway should finally be coming together for you. We have one more element to explore before we complete the task…furniture.

4. FURNITURE

Which suits your home better at the front door? Seating or a table? Maybe both? You have to decide what you find essential for your comfort and convenience once you arrive home for the evening. You might need a place to throw your mail and keys after a hard day’s work, or perhaps a place to take a load off while you wrestle with your boots. Whatever you decide, it must work with your lifestyle.

With all of that said, now is the time to really put together the entryway of your dreams, starting with the creation of a vision board. Include all of your fundamental pieces, and design examples you find in magazines, or even online. It is so important to see the vision first before you commit to it. That will definitely help you navigate through all of the options, which would otherwise send you into a panic;) See the vision first, then create. I hope you all enjoy your evening. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday: What’s For Dinner?

I’m guessing that for those who ate to their heart’s content during Thanksgiving, must be thoroughly regretting it today! Not to mention, the crazy amount of leftovers that’s stuffed in the fridge! No worries, I’ve got a plan for the food left behind the day after the party is over:

Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Ingredients

Vegetable oil, for the waffle iron

4 1/2 cups crumbled leftover stuffing

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs, beaten

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, warm

1/2 cup leftover gravy, warm

1/4 cup leftover cranberry sauce

Directions

Special equipment:

 a waffle iron (preferably Belgian style)

  1. Preheat a waffle iron to medium high. Generously brush the top and bottom of the iron with oil.
  2. Combine the stuffing, parsley and eggs in a medium bowl. Evenly and firmly pack the waffle iron with some of the stuffing mixture. Close the iron and cook until the waffle is golden and can be lifted out easily, 4 to 6 minutes. Repeat with the remaining stuffing mixture.
  3. Transfer each waffle to a plate, top with a scoop of mashed potatoes and then cover with gravy; finish with a dollop of cranberry sauce. 
  4. Makes 2-4 waffles

Turkey and Stuffing Quiche

Ingredients

Crust:

One 9-inch frozen pie shell

Filling:

1 cup crumbled leftover stuffing

1 cup chopped leftover turkey

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar

1/4 cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Custard:

1 1/4 cups half-and-half

3 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Par-bake the crust according to package directions. Let cool slightly before adding the filling.

For the filling:

  1. Sprinkle the stuffing and turkey in the par-baked shell. Top with the Cheddar and parsley. Season with a little salt and pepper.

For the custard:

  1. Whisk together the half and half, eggs, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour the custard over the filling. Adjust the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until set, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.

Turkey Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

2 cups shredded leftover turkey meat

2 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped, plus more whole leaves for garnish

1 crisp apple, such as Gala or Macintosh, cored and chopped

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved

1/2 cup pecans, toasted, and coarsely chopped

1/2 cup non-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed

1 small celery root, peeled and cut into matchsticks

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss the turkey, celery, celery leaves, apple, grapes, and pecans until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined. Put the celery root in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the dressing, and toss to coat completely. Add the remaining dressing to the turkey mixture, season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to evenly dress the salad.
  2. To serve, spread the celery root evenly onto a serving platter, top with the dressed salad, garnish with celery leaves and serve immediately.

*All recipes taken from foodnetwork.com

Hopefully these recipes will make your food interesting enough to eat all over again! I hope you thoroughly enjoy cooking outside of the box;) Until next time, happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday: Confessions of a Shopping Diva!

Prime Day Date 2020 2x1

For all of you who don’t know, Amazon will be hosting an “Amazon Prime Day” that will run for 48 hours during October 13th – 14th. The sale is exclusive to all Amazon Prime members, with exclusive offers for over 1 million products online! Thought you might be excited about that;) If you are not a Prime member, you can subscribe for $13/month or $120/year. The first month is complimentary. I thought I’d make up a list of my favourite things to inspire your shopping spree. Let’s take a look, shall we?

My Favourite Amazon Things:

  1. TV Box Android 9.0, $49.99

2. Linon Chair, $172

3. Car in the Old Street and the Clock Tower London Wall Art, Starting from $109.00

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4. Betus (Retro Style) Flip Desk Shelf Clock, $59.95

5.Femometer Digital Basal Thermometer, $18.99

6. JBL Flip 5 – Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $149.98

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7. Do Buy 24-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service for 6, $52.55

8. KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender, $49.99

It’s a one-stop shop for the things you’ve been meaning to buy, but never got around to picking up. Keep in mind this list is only a small representation of my favourite things, because I could really go on forever. Go online and check it out, the sale starts midnight. I hope you have been putting your list together for Christmas gifts! This is also the perfect time for finding the items you need at a fraction of the cost, and may I suggest that you buy earlier than later. From the looks of this second-wave lockdown, you might want to get things shipped as soon as possible to avoid the long wait. Until next time, happy Monday everyone!

Saturday: Reflections

Dreams About Traveling – Meaning and Interpretation

I’m not sure what is happening around the world, but here in Canada we are currently in our “second wave” for COVID. Numbers are spiking, businesses are closing down again, and people are frustrated. I’m not sure what to make of all of this, and I often wonder what life will look like for the next 2-3 years. Does anyone have a bucket list of the things they really wanted to do, that was abruptly paused for the crisis at hand? I, for one, had big plans for my fortieth birthday in January, complete with a trip to Antigua with my husband. I wanted to cruise there, and discover the island, along with many others as an adventure! I’m trying to keep things low key these days, dreaming up something a bit more local and simplistic.

Who had travelling plans that are now bummed due to COVID? I want to hear all about your plans that never happened so that the rest of us can dream up something wonderful in the future ahead. This is not an easy time for any of us, and some even more than others. However, we have to buoy up spirits and keep hopes and dreams alive for when things finally get back on track. Keep your heads up folks, and happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada this weekend, and we are busy getting things ready for the festivities. An essential feature to the gathering is the well-dressed table, which should be one of the highlights of the evening. This is where you all gather to share in food and fellowship, and a cozy atmosphere is the key to achieving the perfect ambiance.

Starting with the centerpiece, its details should be the inspiration of the theme. Pumpkins are a the usual go-to for many who dream up the perfect table, but you could also put a twist on the traditional and dress it up by cutting off the top, and inserting a floral arrangement. This transforms the pumpkin into a vase that becomes a vibrant showpiece. The pumpkin base could also be painted for a more rustic look, which accents familiar sightlines, and plays on creativity.

Laying out the runners on the table in a horizontal fashion, as opposed to vertical, makes the table more visually stimulating. A runner that cuts through the center of the table draws your attention to the centerpiece that sits in its prominence, taking the lead in expressive appeal. Two runners placed horizontally will could also be perfect for shaping your place settings. Plates set on either side of the runners defines each guest’s seating, shaking up tradition, making a bold statement out of your dinnerware.

Finally, it is truly all in the details when it comes to fancy finishing touches. Place card settings are still a thing in the world of dinner parties, allowing your guests to feel pampered by personal luxury. There are many ways to organize and present formal seating arrangements, and the more unique the look, the more dazzled your family and friends feel by the notion. I would say that it is the best part of any dinner, hands down!

I hope you are in the mood for dreaming! It will take a lot of imagination and creativity to make your table a reflection of your personal style. Play with ideas and have fun in the process to truly appreciate the end result. Happy Wednesday everyone!