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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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Cinderella Party Ideas

This is part 2 of a 2 part blog about my daughter’s Cinderella themed birthday party. Check out Part 1 of this blog at: A Party Fit for a Princess. Cinderella Cupcakes Making fondant cupcake toppers is super fun. It’s reminiscent of playing with playdoh as a child. I planned a Cinderella themed birthday party for…

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Prince Inspired Cookies

I was sitting at my desk when a friend texted me about Prince’s death on Thursday. I had the same reaction that I had when I heard about Michael Jackson’s passing. It was a moment of disbelief. So sudden. So talented. A bright star whose light was extinguished prematurely. When I woke up yesterday morning, I…

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Stove Top Truffled Popcorn

Next to dark chocolate, popcorn is my favourite go-to snack. I have fond childhood memories of watching the tinfoil on a Jiffy Pop container expand when my parents cooked popcorn on the stove. I’ll admit that, in my 20s and early 30s, I became fond of microwave popcorn because of its convenience but, over the past…

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Barque’s Candied Bacon Recipe

Last December, we hired Barque to cater our New Year’s Eve afternoon party. Barque’s pork sliders were particularly tasty and featured pickled kohlrabi, hickory sticks, pommery mayo and candied bacon. When speaking with Erin, Barque’s Catering Manager, about the fantastic slider condiments, the topic of their yummy candied bacon recipe came up. Erin mentioned that the candied bacon…

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Yuzu Marshmallow Kisses

When I was in NYC last year, I tried gourmet marshmallows at the Todd English Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel (see NYC’s Best Kept Secret – The Todd English Food Hall for my experience visiting and dining at the Food Hall last summer). Of the various flavours I tried, I really enjoyed the yuzu flavoured marshmallows. The yuzu…

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