Monday, September 1, 2014

Roasted Nectarines over Honey Mascarpone Cheese

My goodness, where did the summer go? I can't believe it's September 1st already. In just one day the kids will be back to school, the leaves will begin changing colours, and my favourite local fruits will be gone for an entire year. 
Right now I am really trying to make the most of it. I've been enjoying raspberries at breakfast, blueberries at lunch, and peaches and nectarines for dessert.
Simple recipes like these roasted nectarines really taste like mid-summer on a plate. The tangy sweetness of the nectarines is perfectly complemented by the creamy mascarpone cheese. So whether you are enjoying this dish in the middle of summer, or enjoying them during those last few days of warm weather, these nectarines embody the fresh flavours of summer.
Roasted Nectarines over Honey Mascarpone Cheese

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp honey
3-5 small nectarines, cut into quarters
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp spiced rum
Sprinkle of all spice
Fresh mint (optional)

1. In a small bowl, mix together mascarpone and honey until smooth.
2. Preheat oven to 350.
3. Quarter nectarines and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar, rum, and all spice.
4. Roast in oven for 30-35 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
5. Remove from oven and let cool.
6. To serve, spoon mascarpone onto plate and place roasted nectarines on top. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

How are you enjoying the last of the local summer fruit? Have any recipes to share?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Weekend According to My iPhone // The Niagara Craft Beef Festival

1 // Brickworks Cider... so refreshing on a hot day!
2 // The Trews gave a killer performance.
3 // Oast Beer Battered Fish Tacos from El Gastro food truck, so good!
4 // Lake of Bays... my new favourite craft beer.
5 // USS sure knows how to excite a crowd.
6 // Two words... Pork Belly.
7 // This Squashed Pumpkin Porter changed my whole perception of dark beers.
8 // Hanging out backstage with Ash from USS #ClearlyHavingFun
9 // Wings with just the right amount of kick!

What did you get up to this past weekend?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ikea Rast Nightstand Hack

You know those projects that take you literally an entire year to complete? This was one of them. Now you wouldn't think a simple Ikea Rast hack could take a year, but it did. 
It all started when we moved. Taking everything from my little bachelorette townhouse and moving it into this giant home made me realize some (ok, most) of my furniture wasn't going to cut it. These little "nightstand" shelves... not exactly what I pictured in my new, grand master bedroom.
"J" and I talked about getting a new bedroom set, but since I was determined to keep the dresser I refinished a few months prior, our only other option was to find matching nightstands. And so it began; my daily check in on Kijiji. A few times I was close, but unfortunately they were either snatched up too quickly or the seller was not willing to negotiate their insanely high price. 
After months of searching I started to lose hope. Why was it so hard to find what I as looking for? Then one afternoon I stumbled across Lindsay's beautiful Ikea Rast Hack... And the lightbulb went off! Of course! Why didn't I think of that!
After purchasing the nightstands, staining the fronts, and painting the exterior, I thought I was through the tough of it... turns out finding and painting the nightstands were not the hardest part of this project. Oh no, my journey had just begun.
You see, my dresser came with gorgeous, antique hardware, which is what I love most about the dresser. I knew right away that I had to find matching pulls. Twelve of them to be exact. I looked everywhere. Home Depot. Rona. Lee Valley. I almost scored on Etsy but the seller only had 11. I even put a call out on Twitter. The nightstands sat in the master bedroom for months without hardware. And while they were beautiful to look at, they didn't offer much in terms of functionality without any way to open the drawers!
One afternoon, while out-and-about with Nikki, we decided to stop in at the Waterloo ReStore. We quickly found ourselves standing in front of the massive hardware wall digging through the bins. And there they were! One, two, five, eight pulls! But we were till four short. We must have spent another 30 minutes sorting through the hundreds of pulls. Finally, I gave up. Would it be so bad if the two top pulls were different? Turns out giving in was the best decision I made. Once installed, the mismatched pulls looked amazing; I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out!

In the end I'm glad I took the time to finish the nightstands properly (and to my liking), albeit one year was a but much.

Project Sources:
- Ikea Rast Dresser
- Exterior Colour: Benjamin Moore Aura in "Willow"
- Stained Drawer Colour: Low VOC stain in "Cocoa"
- Mis-match Hardware from ReStore

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Beauty Trends // Shop Them All During 30 Days of Beauty

While Fall can be a fun time to experiment with dark shades of lipstick, a smokey eye, and bold eyebrows, it's also the perfect time to get back into a simple routine. Between the back-to-school rush and the million tasks being added to your to-do list, simple beauty looks that are easy and timeless take priority. One such beauty look I am loving for Fall 2014 is Au Naturel. Simple, chic, and beautiful on anyone.

Looking to give this look a try but don't know where to start? It just so happens Shoppers Drug Mart's 4th annual "30 Day of Beauty" event has begun. Not only can you recreate this look in their 5 minute makeover session, but Shoppers Drug Mart's knowledgeable sales associates will show you all the products you need to buy in order to continue to do it at home.

30 Days of Beauty is the biggest beauty event of the year, and it's no wonder why... There is daily excitement in-store, including exciting 1-day only offers as well as campaign offers on all of your favourite beauty brands. Not only that, shop between Aug 23 - 29th, spend $75 or more on cosmetics, skin care or fragrance and you'll receive an exclusive, free cosmetic pouch filled with 25 beauty & fragrance samples!

You can visit anytime during the event (from now until Sept 14) to find instructional "how-to" videos, 30 beauty looks revealed daily, and one-day-only offers.

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