Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quick & Easy Tuesday Dinner

Since I was slacking last week and didn't post a recipe on Friday I thought I'd mix it up and post one now. Here's a quick and easy recipe I found in the Quick & Easy section on Canadian Living.

Microwave Salmon & Cucumber Salad
Ingredients:
4 salmon fillets (1-1/2lb or 750g)
1/4 cup (50mL) chopped fresh chives or green onions
1/4 tsp (1mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1mL) pepper
1/2 lemon
Salad:
1/3 cup (75 mL) thinly sliced red onions
1/4 cup (50 mL) 2% plain yogurt - I would use Fat Free
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried dillweed
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
3 cups of thinly sliced cucumbers
Preparation:

Salad: In bowl, soak onion in cold water for 15 minutes; drain and pat dry. In bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, dillweed and sa< add cucumber and onion.
Place salmon in microwaveable dish; sprinkle with chives, salt and pepper. Cut lemon in half lengthwise; cut crosswise into paper-thin slices and arrange over salmon. Cover and microwave at High until fish flakes easily when tested, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with cucumber salad.
Additional Info:
To cook salmon on stove top, bring 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to boil in large skillet. Add salmon, chives, salt, pepper and lemon. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until fish flakes easily when tested, about 10 minutes.


Let me know how your Tuesday night dinner goes!

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)


Monday, May 30, 2011

Great finds from the Christie Antique Show

Saturday I went to The Christie Antique Show and had a fabulous time. I don't think there was 1 vendor we stumbled upon where I didn't enjoy their pieces.  I came home with some great loot for our new house!
Trunk that I think we're going to use as our coffee table or possibly in our bedroom

I love the colour of the wood. The piece was only $70.00!!


Mason jars that I hope to keep fresh flowers in and place on our dining room table

Pretty tray with an "N"



Have a great day!

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

DYI Centrepieces

As some of you may know I am not the DYI type, I wish I was, but I'm not. Patience and time are not in my favour, I know, lame excuse. Anyways...here's a neat DYI project I found on www.bride.ca and www.goodhousekeeping.com .

A Pleated Vase-Sleeve
Make a simple, seasonal floral bouquet really pop, by placing a plain glass vase into a pleated vase sleeve made of a coordinating floral cotton fabric. How?
  1. Buy some cotton fabric of your colour and pattern choice (obviously something that matches your wedding decor theme)
  2. Also buy some fusible backing (something glue-able, ideally precoated, from the craft store), for stiffness and to keep the cut fabric from fraying.
  3. Iron the fabric onto the backing and press in folds.
  4. Snip the ends, if you like to create those points at the top.
  5. Cut small slits on each pleat to allow for a ribbon to wrap around your creation.
  6. Make a bow with your ribbon to complete the look.
Choose a fabric and pattern that will compliment both the size and colour of the flower and your creation is sure to be a winner!
Add some fresh flowers and cheap vases from the dollar-store and .. ta-daaa.. instant happy spring centrepieces! We love tulips because they come in a variety of colours and are readily available this time of year but, obviously, you can use any flower that you like!

How cute, right?!

Enjoy the Party,


Nicole :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Outdoor Summer Weddings

I have a huge fascination with outdoor weddings. I think they're glamorous, lovely and fun, to say the least! I am getting married in a banquet hall in December, therefore I drool every time I see pictures of outdoor weddings. Being that this past Saturday was such a gorgeous day it had me thinking more and more about outdoor weddings. I thought I'd share a few outdoor wedding ideas with you!
Beautiful table decor featured on Wedluxe.
I'm not nearly crafty enough to do this but I think it's super cute and cool! Featured on http://www.styleandsensibility.com/

How lovely is this sweet table?! Featured on The Wedding Co




I don't know about you but I love the second picture so much! Did you have a backyard/outdoor wedding?

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Restaurant Review... Fishbone Bistro

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend! Thankfully the weather was better than predicted.

Friday night we went to dinner with some friends to Fishbone Bistro. Fishbone is a small restaurant in Stouffville specializing in Portuguese Influenced Bistro and it is delicious. We've been twice now and have loved everything about it. The food, service, atmosophere are all amazing.

I forgot to take a picture of our plates because we ate too quickly but I will for sure take some pictures next time.

Be sure to check out Fishbone next time you're in Stouffville for dinner!

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Recipe Friday....Champagne Peach Punch

Need a punch recipe for the BBQ you're hosting this weekend? Look no further, here's a yummy champagne peach punch recipe just for you from All Recipes.


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup peach brandy

  • 1/4 cup grenadine syrup

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) bottle carbonated water

  • 3 (750 milliliter) bottles champagne

  • 3 (11.5 ounce) cans peach nectar

  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate


  • Directions:
    Chill all ingredients. In a large punch bowl combine peach nectar, concentrated orange juice, lemon juice, brandy and grenadine. Mix well and pour in the carbonated water and champagne.               

    I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend. Stay safe!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Dressing for the Weekend

    Probably like most of you, I have a busy yet fabulous long weekend instore. Basically my weekend is filled with eating, drinking and being with friends, does it get much better than that?
    I'm always looking for fun, seasonal and trendy outfits to wear when I'm out and I thought I'd highlight some great pieces for the summer months.
    I love this BCBG dress

    My favourite summer trend is Jumpers. This one is from Anthropologie.

    Another Anthropologie find. Long dresses are another of my favourite pieces for the summer!

    Blazers are perfect for work and play. This one is from Aritzia.

    I'm in love with pants like this. They're so comfy yet trendy and stylish. These too are from Aritzia.

    
    So can you see yourself wearing any of the above?

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Rolling in the Deep

    In honour of the Adele concert that I'm NOT going to tonight I thought I'd give everyone a taste of what we're missing!
    


    I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Bridal Shower #2 of the 2011 Wedding Season

    I may have mentioned before, Michael and I have 5 weddings to attend this season, including our own in December. On Saturday I was at the second bridal shower of the season... second of many! I thought I'd share some pictures of my favourite things from the shower.
    The presents! Look how many Crate and Barrel boxes...my favourite!

    Candy / Dessert Table. How cute is this? The candy and mini cupcakes were delicious!
    The pretty flower arrangments

    Last but not least, the delicious cocktail menu!

    Are you planning a shower for someone and using some of these ideas too? What's your favourite part of this shower? I love the candy table and the cocktails!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    First Garage Sale of the Season

    I hope you all had a great weekend even with this crappy weather, I sure did! Friday night we had a bbq with our friends Leny & Vittoria. Saturday I hit up a great street sale, went to a wedding shower, saw Bridesmaids and had dinner at Terroni with Caitie & Torey. Yesterday I bought a fabulously overpriced dress and hung out with Michael... All in all, a great weekend! Ok, enough rambling, onto the important things, like finding great pieces for cheap!

    As I mentioned, on Saturday I hit up a street sale and found some great pieces. I got an old sewing machine table (without the sewing machine) and 3 pictures frames for $7.50!! If that isn't a steal I don't know what is. Once I have a better idea of the furniture Michael and I are going to buy I'm going to sand the table and paint it. Is that hard?

    Also, with the picture frames, I plan on taking out the current pictures in them and putting in my own pictures.

    Check out the pieces and let me know your thoughts. What colour would you paint the table?





    I can't wait to hear your feedback and ideas.

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Recipe Friday....Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes

    Happy Friday! Is anyone else thrilled it's the weekend, cause I am.  I stumbled across today's recipe on Rachel Ray's website in the figure flattering section. I don't know about the rest of you, but I could sure use some figure flattering recipe ideas these days.

    Ingredients

    • 4 artichokes
    • 2 heads garlic, top 1/4-inch of stem end sliced off
    • 4 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
    • 3 cups white wine, divided
    • Salt and ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
    • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 4 to 5 pound roasting chicken
    • 1 small onion, quartered
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
    • 3 lemons, 1 halved, 2 sliced

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 425ยบF.
    Step Fill a large bowl with cold water and squeeze the juice from the halved lemons into the water. Cut each of the artichokes into quarters, scrape out the inner choke and remove the tough outer leaves from each piece. Reserve the artichokes in the lemon water to keep them from turning too brown while you work.
    When all of the artichokes are clean, arrange them in a roasting pan along with the sliced lemons and both heads of garlic. Drizzle everything with about 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 cups white wine and season with salt and pepper.
    Step In a small bowl, combine the fennel seeds, poultry seasoning, onion powder, some salt and pepper. Stuff the chicken with the onion pieces and tie up its legs. Rub the spice mixture on the outside of the bird and place the chicken into the roasting pan on top of the veggies. Drizzle the chicken with the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, transfer the pan to the oven and roast until the bird is cooked through, about 1 hour.
    Step Remove the roasted chicken, veggies and garlic heads from the pan, and reserve warm on a platter. Place the roasting pan over medium heat and sprinkle the flour over the pan juices. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the remaining cup of wine to the pan, cook until reduced, about 30 seconds, and then whisk the stock in, stirring well to break up any lumps. Squeeze the cloves from the reserved heads of roasted garlic into the gravy and break them up with a wooden spoon or whisk. Simmer the gravy until thickened, about 2 minutes, and season with some salt and pepper.
    Serve the chicken with the roasted artichokes and garlic and pan gravy alongside.

    So what do you think, easy enough, right? I hope you enjoy it!

    Enjoy the Party & Have a Great Weekend,

    Nicole :)

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Tabletop Ideas

    Hosting a dinner party or brunch this weekend and want to jazz up your table, well look no further. Here are some great tables I found on the Style at Home website.



    Can you see yourself doing any of these?

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Adding the finishing touch....to your outfit!

    Is anyone else loving this weather right now, I sure am! I thought to put you in a summery mood today I'd highlight some of my favourite jewelry right now. I am so in love with Stella and Dot right now and I think you all should be too. Here are some of my favourite pieces.







    All of these pieces are fabulous if you ask me. Pair them with your favourite party dress, jeans and a pair of flats or a jumper and you have a great outfit! You'll definitely be the show stopper at your next event!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    House Excitment!

    Michael and I JUST recently bought our first home and we couldn't be more excited. That said, all I think about now is how I want it to look. It's brand new house, they haven't dug a hole yet, so we have the luxury of picking everything!
    I thought I'd highlight some rooms that I think are unique from Style at Home. I hope you become as inspired as me!





    Which space is your favourite and why?

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    A Wedding & Mother's Day

    Hi folks,

    I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, I know I sure did. I thought today I would just recap my weekend, filled with a wedding and mother's day.

    Saturday we had a wedding and it was great! Being that I am still a royal wedding fanatic I decided I'd wear a hat to the ceremony. If the British can do it then so can I! I wore the one on the right that I borrowed from my Grandmother.


    Yesterday we had a big Mother's Day dinner at my house with our family. Desert was one of the highlights because I had won cupcakes from What's Up Whimsy! and Sweet Escapes by Jenn. Everyone loved them. Check out how cute they were!!



    Happy Mother's Day!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Recipe Friday... Mexican Themed

    Since Cinco De Mayo was yesterday I thought I'd highlight some yummy mexican food. I was in Mexico in January and ate guacamole on EVERYTHING so I'm going to feature a great guacamole recipe today!


    
    Here's the recipe. It's actually a weight watchers recipe which I think is great!

    Ingredients:
    - 1 medium avocado, ripe, peeled and pitted
    - 1 15-oz. can young peas, drained and rinsed
    - 1/4 cup chopped tomatillos
    - 1/4 cup finely chopped red onions
    - 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
    - 1/4 cup Labane Yogurt Cheese* or fat-free plain Greek yogurt
    - 2 tbsp lime juice
    - 4 cloves chopped garlic
    - 1 tsp cumin
    - 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
    - Kosher salt and pepper to taste
    *Labane Cheese can be found at most Kosher Grocery Stores
    Directions:
    Put peas in a medium bowl and mash with a fork until almost smooth. Add in avocado and mash that into the peas until smooth.
    Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 day. Makes 6 servings.
    Serving size is 1/3 cup.

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Saturday Evening BBQ Ideas...

    Thinking about hosting a bbq this weekend but you aren't sure what to prepare for your guests, here are some ideas.
    1. Instead of serving beer and wine why not create a big batch of a summery cocktail. Try long island iced tea or a yummy rum punch.
    2. Why not try slidders rather than big burgers. Sometimes eating a big burger is too much and a slidder gives people the option to eat less and enjoy themselves without being too full.
    3. Squeeze lemon, salt and pepper over broccoli and peppers and grill them up. I am a big fan of grilled veggies and think they're a great addition to any bbq.
    4. To add the finishing touch, cupcakes! You all know how much I love cupcakes so why not serve them for dessert at your next bbq!
    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Another 50th Birthday...

    First off, I'm sorry for my lack of posting this week, I've had a busy week to say the least. We're knee deep in buying a house, I had a big Lipstik event on Saturday, one this coming Saturday and wedding planning, needless to say, I'm pooped! Ok, enough about me, onto the fun stuff...

    I thought I'd give you all a quick recap about the 50th birthday on Saturday for my close friends mother. This was one of the few events where I not only took care of the serving and prep but also the food. Organizing and cooking the food is always a dawnting and overwhelming task for me but I think I did a-ok!

    Something I always like to add to parties are flowers and candles. I bought cut flowers and created 3 arrangements that I placed on tables around the house. I also set up mason jars with tea light candles and scattered them around the house for a romantic vibe.

    All in all it was a fabulous party and an honour to work with this family!

    Enjoy the Party,

    Nicole :)