September 18, 2012

Fantastic fall foods

I love fall foods! There’s nothing like eating a yummy, warm bowl of soup on a cold, rainy day. What about biting into baked butternut squash slathered in maple syrup or brown sugar. Fall foods are fantastic, just check these out.

Acorn Squash with Apple & Sausage Stuffing with Apple Glaze

 

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup

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Squash in a squash boat

 

 

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies

 

Pumpkin based desserts

 

 

 

So what is your favourite fall food?  Leave a comment below to let us know!

July 29, 2012

Playful Grounds

As many of you know, my three year old starts kindergarten in September. She’s ecstatic about going to school, however we’re apprehensive about this big transition for our little girl. So when my friend Shy sent me an email about a ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’ workshop, hubby and I signed up right away.

The workshop was offered by Cherrie from NuBaby. She did a wonderful job giving us lots of information, tips and helping to ease our fears. She was so awesome that I did’t want to hoard the info for myself but had to find a way to share it with you too. So please check back in a few weeks for Cherrie’s top 5 tips for ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’.

The workshop was hosted by a local Toronto parent and tot hot spot called Playful Grounds. The owners are Tera and Davina. Davina was manning the shop when we arrived and she made us feel completely welcome.  The other parents hanging out there were super friendly, there were lots of toys for kids to play with and take it from me, the food was really great!  There was a good variety of different foods and drinks on the menu, including vegan muffins and cupcakes. On the main menu there were chicken pesto or vegetable paninis, Bagel and Lox (locally cured salmon), Quinoa salad marinated with cucumber, tomato and mint along with hand bagged teas, specialty coffees and even alcohol. From the mini menu, your kiddies can enjoy a cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches with apple slices or nutella and banana sandwiches and they can add a Kiju Juice Box to their meal which comes in a variety of flavours. The presentation of the meals was also impeccable.

Let me ask you this, where else in the city can you walk into a cafe, park your stroller, go to a free informational workshop, enjoy a great tasting brunch with your family, have a pleasant chat with the other patrons and hang out with your hubby while your kids play independently? The answer is, only at Playful Grounds.

When we were leaving, my three year old asked, “Wow mommy, that was fun! When can we go back again?” Need I say more? Playful Grounds was a huge hit with our entire family and we’re sure it will be a huge hit with yours too!

Playful Grounds: 605 College Street

(416) 645-0484

May 28, 2012

Sweetie

Most of my friends know that I love pretty things, and I LOVE food.  So it’s no surprise that these delectable looking treats caught my eye.  Look at the artistry that has gone into the making of these baked goods!  When I see treats like these they inspire me to put on my apron and bake something fabulous.  It might not look as good as these incredible pieces of art, but it will taste just great.

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Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so, what’s your treat of choice?  Leave a comment and let me know if any of these yummy looking treats have caught your eye?

May 8, 2012

The Great Recipe Exchange

This week for me it’s been all about food, glorious food.  Our local Baby Café group had a recipe exchange and wowza, I could feel the pounds already adding to my hips just looking at the great recipes as I compiled them for distribution.  So for Wordless (ish) Wednesday, I knew I had to post some foodie pictures that would have you salivating too!  

Btw: Click on the following highlighted link if you would like a printout of the tasty recipes we submitted to our Baby Café Great Recipe Exchange. 🙂

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Comment below and let me know which dish looks the yummiest to you?

 

 

 

May 5, 2012

Planning a Baby Shower

I love to plan parties! So it’s no surprise that when my friend Laura got pregnant, I was over the moon about being able to plan her baby shower. I decided to send personalized online invitations using cocodot, and since she’s a huge Michael Bublé fan, I had one of his songs playing in the background of the card. Then it was time to start gathering ideas. I knew I wanted it to be a ‘Baby Shower Tea Party’, so I started looking for interesting and super cool ideas, and pinning them on my Pintrest baby shower board. Here is my party planning guide to throwing an ‘epic’ baby shower.

Decorations

Choose a colour scheme: This shower’s scheme was chartreuse and white. This is perfect for a spring baby shower because it’s bright, fresh and serves as a metaphor for new life.

Tie it all together: I built an extension to my dinning room table so everyone would sit down together and break bread with the mom to be. I even broke out my sewing machine and made a white table cloth to fit the extended table. I’m telling you, I totally felt like Martha Stewart as I was planning this shower. I then pulled my decorations together with clear vases filled with chartreuse and white fresh flowers and white bone china tea cup and saucer sets.

Fun activities to do at a shower

Have a onesie station: All the guests can get creative and decorate their own onesie for the new baby. Tip: Have onesies ranging from 3 months to 12 months so the mom to be can remember this special gift time and again over the next year.

Return address: Supply thank you cards to the guests and have them write their address on the envelopes, that way when it comes time for the mom to be to send thank you notes for the gifts, she doesn’t have to worry about finding everyones addresses.

Personalized game sheets: Personalize your baby shower games by pulling in the theme from the invitations in the header of the game sheets you pass around. Here are some links for free templates of the baby shower games I made.  Sweet, sweet baby, Nursery rhyme game, Baby animals match, and the Games answer sheet. Feel free to add the mom to be’s name in the header to personalize them!

Food, glorious food

Classic yet modern: I served tasty modern tea sandwiches and wraps, had a cookie station, and beautifully designed mini cupcakes. There was lots of other foods like tea biscuits and scones with homemade jams, killer brownies, mini cinnabons, banana/coconut bread (thanks Carol), to a beautifully tiered carrot cake (thanks Laura Z).

Tealish-ous

Lovely teas: The teas were from my favourite tea shop in all of T-Dot, called Tealish. I served five types of tea, a traditional Lady Grey with lovely hints of lavender, my personal favourite and a staple in my household, ‘Toasted Almond’, a spunky fair trade organic Rooibos named ‘Zesty Ginger’, a light Rooibos tea named, ‘Sweetie Pie’, and the hit of the party was a lovely herbal tea called, ‘Pink Dragonfruit’.

Carol and Jessica were my esteemed sous chefs who helped me to concoct a beautiful raspberry mint ice tea, using Tealish’s famous ‘Moroccan Mint’ as a base, and I must say it was a smashing success. Thanks ladies!!!

My Favor-ite Things

For party favors: Everyone got to choose their favourite Tealish loose leaf tea, which I then put into tea bags for them to take home and enjoy.

Checklist

It’s important to have a checklist when you are planning a party, so as a special treat, I decided to add a copy of my baby shower planning checklist for you.  Have a great time planning your next shower and don’t forget to enjoy the party.  Trust me, your guest will appreciate being hosted by someone who’s well organized , relaxed and fun!