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Canadian Welcome Basket

Last year, we travelled to Andalucia, Spain with our friends from London, Matt and Claire. We enjoyed a week in a villa in the picturesque village of Mijas, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. This summer, Matt and Claire visited us in Toronto with their two beautiful girls. In preparing for their arrival, I wanted to put together a small welcome…

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15 Must Read Tips for Visiting the Blue Lagoon

One of the highlights of our 72 hour trip to Reykjavik, Iceland was our visit to the Blue Lagoon. It was our first pit stop after a short 5 hour flight from Toronto. Jet lagged and groggy, my husband and I, along with 4 of our friends, happily waded into the 38 degree geothermal waters of the man-made lagoon….

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BE INSPIRED by SweetAmbs’ Amber Spiegel

If you’ve read some of my cookie related blog posts, you’ll know that my favourite cookie designer is Amber Spiegel (SweetAmbs). I discovered her incredible cookie creations when I first started my royal icing cookie journey 4 years ago. At the time, I had taken a month off work and wanted to focus my energies on learning…

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In Search of R&R in Hyannis, Cape Cod

7 years ago, we travelled to Hyannis, Cape Cod with our daughter and 4 other families for a week long summer trip. We enjoyed our trip so much that we recently returned for another family holiday. This time, we visited Cape Cod with our friends from the U.K., Claire and Matt, along with their lovely daughters,…

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My Macaron Journey

A perfect macaron is a beautiful thing. Macarons are one of my favourite treats. It’s well known amongst bakers that macarons can be challenging to make. Getting the right texture, consistency and form is no easy feat. In fact, as I’ve experienced first hand, there are moments when it can make you feel like you’re…

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Top 8 Tips for a Fancy Tea Party

Last year, my daughter asked me, no less than twenty times, to organize a fancy tea party for her birthday. Over the years, we’ve developed a special mommy-daughter pastime, of enjoying afternoon tea, to celebrate special occasions. She loves nibbling on little finger sandwiches and scones, served on tiered cake stands, and always orders a mint tea to complement her meal. It’s…

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