Recipe: Cocktails with Nestea

A few weeks ago Nestea invited myself and a few other bloggers to a day escape in the countryside. I brought along one of my besties Andria and it was a day to remember. I’ll admit the cold temperatures were not on our side but nonetheless the day was pretty damn magical. We started off with horseback riding with my horse piper who was a speckled ginger beauty. My favourite kind.

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After a very cold hayride, we were taken to this barn location for a food and cocktail pairing. Everything was styled and executed perfectly from the hot toddy’s that welcomed us to the cozy blankets to keep us warm to the gorgeous table set up.

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Over the course of the evening we were treated to five different cocktails each featuring the new Nestea flavours – Natural Blackcurrant and Blueberry Mint. Of course I had to share the recipes for my two favourite cocktails!

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1 oz Nestea Blackcurrant reduction (to make reduction bring Nestea Blackcurrant to a boil and reduce heat to simmer until liquid reduces)
4 oz dry prosecco
1/4 tsp of creme de cassis
– combine ingredients and garnish with a spring of rosemary threaded with blackcurrants

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3 oz Nestea Blueberry Mint
1 oz gin
1/2 oz tonic concentrate
1 1/2 oz soda water
– mix ingredients and pour into a glass with cubed blueberries (freeze blueberries in ice cube trays with water) and garnish with mint leaves

Thanks Nestea for making my winter a little extra special!

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Recipe: Mini Cherry Pies

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, making pie is so damn satisfying. I made my very first pie a year ago and it was a classic apple, my second experience was peach pie in a jar and now I introduce mini cherry pies!

I added a rather festive heart detail just in time for Valentine’s Day. A little heart motif, a lot of delicious and all made with love.

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For the filing:
14 ounce jar of tart cherries in water or syrup
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of almond extra

Add ingredients into a sauce pan along with half of the juice from the cherries. Bring to a boil and simmer until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool.

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The trick for flaky pastry dough is to keep all the ingredients very cold. I use a metal mixing bowl and place it in the freezer 30 minutes prior to starting to make my dough.

For the pie crust (dough recipe from Pies cookbook):
2 1/2 cups flour, cold
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup + 4 – 7 tbsp ice water

1. In a large cold bowl, mix the flour and salt.
2. Cut the cold butter into tiny cubes. Put them straight into the bowl and mix well to coat it with flour.
3. With a manual pastry cutter, cut the pieces of butter while continuing to mix the flour, until the butter pieces are the size of small peas.
4. Add 1/2 cup of ice water and mix with a fork. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed, until the pastry begins to moisten and stick together.
5. Form a ball with your hands, handling the pastry as little as possible.
6. Cut the ball into two; make two 5 inch diameter disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately for 30 minutes.

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To bake and construct the pies:
1. Roll the pastry dough out on a floured surface to about an 1/8″ thick.
2. Cut rounds using a 3″ cookie cutter (or in my case the outside lid of a wide mouth mason jar).
3. Place each round into the muffin pan pressing it in firmly.
4. Fill with cherry mixture 3/4 of the way full.
5. Cut out more rounds and use a tiny heart cookie cutter to cut out the middle. Place this on top of the pie. Pinch pastry together.
6. Or for the heart top, cut heart shapes with a larger cookie cutter and place on top of pie.
7. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until crust is golden.
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Don’t worry too much about making them look perfect. A little rustic vibe always works when it comes to pie! And it’ll taste just as yummy!
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Style Ideas: Lingerie

Single or taken, Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no reason why you can’t get your lingerie on any day of the week/year. Put one of these cute numbers on under a cozy sweater and you’ll be feeling a little sassy and whole lot of sexy all day – trust me!

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Cool Shit: Valentine’s Day

Even though Valentine’s Day is completely cliche the romantic in me kinda loves it. I’m not one for expensive gifts; the ones that are thoughtful and quirky are what make me melt. And a little humour never hurt either! Whether you have a special someone or a kick ass bestie, any of these gifts would be perfect.

Cards from local designer Smitten Kitten are my kind of cards. I mean anyone that features MJ or a little Whitney is A-OK in my books!

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I love anything custom where you can tailor it specifically to the person you are giving it to – makes it extra special and that much more meaningful. My mom made me a photo book for Christmas of my entire life and it was truly the best gift I ever received.

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And anything edible is always a great idea. These cookies from The Drake General Store are the cutest. A collaboration between Shared x Lindsey Bakes.

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Cool Shit: At IDS15

This past weekend marked the 17th annual Interior Design Show in Toronto. It’s a show I look forward to every year and I’m always eager to see the rising local talent our country has to offer. I rounded up my favourite designers from the show but for a full recap head over to my good friend Mark Savel’s blog at Toronto Livings.

Minigarden:
Living in a condo or small space definitely has it’s challenges if you’re a person who enjoys fresh greenery. Minigarden is a modular vertical gardening system that offers a variety of set ups to suit multiple needs whether it be an indoor display, on a balcony or larger installations.

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Cut & Fold:
Two architects came together to create these origami-like pieces. They’ve developed a technique using panes of plywood connected with piano hingers for pieces that fold flat but come to life with shape and structure.

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Woolf:
This gold little number was featured in the Protoype exhibit which showcases work not currently in production by independent designers. Clean lines, strong structure and gold accents, this chair is a work of art I would like in my own home.

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Laura Langford:
Laura Langford’s spring collection was a whole lot of eye candy. I didn’t get any info on the inspiration but the cooper accents and magical prints were enough to catch my eye.

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DIY: Statement Ring

I’ve become a bit of a ring whore as of lately. I say the more the merrier! I have a ton of jewellery supplies so I played around until I came up with a ring design I really dug and trust me when I say it’s easy peasy to make.

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What you’ll need:
strong glue such as E-6000
strand of rhinestones
toothpick
ring base
large stone
wire cutters

1. Cut your stand of rhinestones to size using the wire cutters. I made my fit vertically on my stone.

2. Glue into place on the stone using the toothpick to apply the glue. You can remove an excess glue once dry.

3. Next, place some glue on to the ring base and stick your stone in place. Set aside to dry for a few hours before wearing. It’s as easy as that!

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A New Year

I can’t believe 2014 is coming to an end. Holy shit did this year fly by! It was a year full of work (lots of freaking work), tons of laughs, a handful of tears, delicious food and incredible memories. I made mistakes and learned from them. I realized what was important and said f*** it to the rest. I took time off to recharge. I bought my first pair of expensive shoes and didn’t want to take them off. I challenged myself professionally and the results felt amazing.

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In 2015 I will continue to…

achieve big goals

create amazing memories

be 100% entirely myself

say no when necessary

be silly

work on living in the present

fill my life with positive influences

I will also….

get my ass back in gear at the gym (kinda fell off track these last couple of months)

learn to be tactful and choose my words wisely

work on being more organized & business savvy

try to open up my heart again (this one is from last year and I’m still working on it)

learn to live on a proper budget

I love reflecting at the end of a year to see how far I’ve come, what goals I’ve reached and what areas need improvement. I already know that 2015 is going to start with a few big changes in my life and as scary as some are I say bring it! Wishing you an amazing year ahead. xo

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Merry Christmas

Ok I officially suck. In my 6+ years of blogging, I’ve never been this inconsistent and I apologize. The good news is I’m super busy styling up a storm which resulted in a lack of blog posts over the past 2 months.

I’m in the midst of trying to figure out where I want this blog to go in 2015 and how I’m going to structure it going forward. I have so many loves and passions so I would like to convey them all on here as consistently as possible with original content and somewhat lengthy posts.

In the meantime, I put up a tree this year. It’s my first grown up tree and I can’t even explain how happy it makes me! Turning the lights on each evening makes me a pretty giddy girl. It’s white and full of quirky ornaments.

christmas-tree christmas-tree-2 I bought a ton of ornaments while I was in New York last month. I know I know, I’ve changed. I’m now the girl who goes to New York obsessing over tree ornaments instead of shoes. The rest of the ornaments are a combination of handmade goodies I ordered from Etsy over the years and ones I spotted at The Canadian Tire Showroom store while I was working on a big project a few weeks back.

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I went a little wrapping paper crazy this year after seeing the most amazing selection at Target. Needless to say I probably have a 5 year supply in my condo.

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Cool Shit: Gift Guide

I thought I would squeeze in a last minute holiday gift guide with all things cool shit (and things I would love – hint hint). On my radar lately? Anything quirky, copper and unique.

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Recent Project: Holiday Windows

Wow I definitely didn’t plan on taking a blogging hiatus but when work duty calls, it freaking calls. The last few weeks have probably been the busiest since I’ve started Re:Creative and I couldn’t be more stoked. 2014 sure is ending off with a bang!

Now that I have a little time freed up I plan on doing a few holiday themed DIY and recipe related projects so stay tuned – and better late than never!

Between styling holiday events, I also did a few window displays. Holiday displays are my absolute favourite so I’m excited to share these with you! First up is the Mini Mioche Christmas window with a North Pole/Santa’s Village theme which consists of trees, snow, a north pole (obvi) and a custom hand painted sign.

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Next up is the Shopgirls window complete with a fireplace. That I built. Out of cardboard! A custom decal along with handout snowflakes makes this a cozy winter wonderland!

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Last one is a new one for me and I’m was excited to try out something different to mix things up. This window is for Picnic Foods; a little shop that serves up fresh & healthy eats in the Bay & Bloor Concourse. I designed the decals along with some simple freestanding trees.

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