Rustic Cottage Dinner Party

“The last time I cooked, hardly anyone got sick!”

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If you happen to be a regular follower of this blog, I’m sure it’s quite obvious that I have an unhealthy penchant for all things Halloween; an obsession which I believe likley falls somewhere in the realm of “fetish”. Yep… it’s literally THAT intense. Each year, I host a Halloween Dinner Party that relies heavily on blood, gore & guts as its primary tablescape elements, so assembling today’s quaint & rustic cottage dinner setting was just a tad outside of my comfort zone to say the least! I mean, the two could NOT be further apart on the decor & dinner party spectrum. Nevertheless, I was totally up for the challenge & I HAVE to say that I completely nailed this one folks!  (more…)


10 Things you NEED to try in Haliburton

“I’m lost at the lake, don’t bother me”

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To be QUITE frank, ever since making the “big move” to Toronto, I’ve discovered that I am undeniably, one hundred percent NOT a city girl. Having grown up as a bright eyed, sheltered gal from the burbs, I’d always been WILDLY envious of my Torontonion counterparts when they would describe big city life as vibrant, colourful or going so far as to suggest that it makes them “feel alive“. So I’m sure you can only imagine the shock & disappointment I felt when I discovered that running through the 6ix with my woes is simply not all it’s cracked up to be. Thanks for nothing, Aubrey. If anything, the only reason I’ve ever felt more “alive” in this city is because I’m now acutely in tune with my own mortality. Bleak, I’m aware – but let’s just say that my experience here has been very Gotham City rather than Sex & the City. I’m sorry fellow city dwellers, Toronto DOES have an undeniably amazing culture & social scene… but I tried, & the city life is just not for me! (more…)


Andrei’s Cherry Gelato

“I scream. You scream. The police come… It’s awkward”

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Let me just preface this post by saying that this gelato is one hundred percent not healthy for you. It is neither dairy or sugar-free, nor is it free from fats, calories, or the guilt synonymous with indulging in sugar ridden, summer treats such as this. Just good ol’ fashioned, “how your momma made it”, gelato. Okay – I lied, I actually felt zero percent guilt when I sat down to consume nearly an entire pint in just one sitting. OH – & we did use gluten-free cones from Let’s Do Organic; so there’s also that… (more…)


Peach, Blueberry & Ginger Beer Cocktails

“My biological clock is telling me it’s time for a cocktail”

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I’ve always been incredibly envious of food & beverage bloggers. They churn out original recipes seemingly on the daily, whilst I can barely pull it together enough to crack open the good ol’ crockpot & dump in a bunch of miscellaneous leftovers in the hopes that SOME sort of edible magic will happen – I thrive in a constant state of convenience what can I say. HOWEVER, I’m actually insanely proud of myself because I recently concocted THE most delicious, summer appropriate cocktail that I believe is on par with the foodiest of food bloggers out there (I see you Martha). It’s a Moscow Mule, but with a bit of a twist in the best way possible! Enjoy!  (more…)


3 Cottage Appropriate Meals for Canada Day

“On behalf of all Canadians… SORRY for being so awesome all the time”

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When you factor out black fly & mosquito season, I’d say summer for us Crazy Canucks culminates to a mere four good, “quality weekends“. So when Canada Day long weekend hits, I tend to reserve said weekends solely for trips up to the Great North – aside from when there is some form of mandatory, “super important” social function tying me to the city, like a wedding or shower of sorts…. Which is just the actual WORST – kidding, kidding – but if we’re actually being honest here, I’m really only half kidding because I take my cottage summer weekends VERY VERY seriously. Anywho – my nonsensical, long-winded intro is not for nothing, what I’m getting at here is that I know the “ins & outs” of all things cottage – not limited to “socially acceptable cottage mannerisms” so to speak. And seeing as how Canada Day officially, officially marks the start of cottages, camping & all things summer social, I thought it apt to discuss one of the more traditional & unspoken, yet totally mandatory, responsibilities of a cottage guest: prepping a meal for the weekend! I’m therefore sharing a few different, SIMPLE meal ideas one can bring up for a summer weekend getaway with friends… because it honestly is such an ART! (more…)


Go Green This 2017!

“Living on Earth is expensive. But it does provide a free trip around the sun”

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Greetings my fellow Earthlings & Happy Earth Day to you all! For the past few days now I’ve totally been racking my brain in a somewhat desperate attempt to drum up SOME form of content worthy of commemorating the place that we all get to call home… AKA EARTH AKA Kind of a big deal. Now while I could have mindlessly listed off various, pretty “nature places” in & around the GTA for all of you to frolic & – let’s be real – take millions of Insta-worthy photos, I thought that it would be much more conducive to the literal survival of our entire species to share a few ways we can go green every day of the year! Because snaps for mankind. Enjoy lovelies!  (more…)


Gardening Essentials

It’s almost time to bust out that green thumb my friends! Today on the Ambrosia Blog, I’m sharing some of my favourite gardening essentials – from the organic seeds, to the natural fertilizer & what to store them in before transferring your herbs & veggies to the outdoors! Click HERE to read!


How To: Make An Easter Setting Out Of Produce

Happy Saturday lovelies!!! I trust that you’re all enjoying your long weekend with family & friends! If you’re hosting the big Easter dinner tommorow & still scrambling to put together an Easter Table Setting to “wow” your guests… try my Easter Centrepiece made entirely out of groceries! It’s equal parts EASY & PRETTY which in my opinion is just the very best marriage I can possibly think of. Click HERE for the blog over on the Ambrosia site! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Get “Spring” Ready!

“Winter is when an ocean of miserable water falls from the sky. Spring is when an ocean of miserable water gushes out my face.”

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Although it legitimately pains me to accept that winter – or whatever warped smorgasbord of weather we were just subjected to over the past three months – is coming to a close, I am hesitantly excited for spring/summer & what it has to offer. I say hesitantly only because spring – for lack of a better word – SUCKS in my personal opinion, due to overly glutinous levels of rain, mud & all things “yuck” – it’s sole redeeming quality is that my birthday just so happens to be in April, & for those who’ve been following along for a while now – well, you know this is my absolute favourite day of the year! Anywho – I’m doing my best to embrace all things spring by looking forward to new styles & trends, because with a change in season, comes changes in our health & beauty routines!  Weather definitely has an impact on our skin & obviously plays an influential role in our style selections, so with a few minor adjustments here & there, I’m showing you how to be “spring ready” come March 20th(more…)


Valentine Dessert Roundup

“A party without cake is just a meeting”

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I honestly can’t say that I’ve EVER blogged or written so much about Valentine’s Day in such a condensed time frame! And to be quite frank… I’m more than one hundred percent sure that I’ve exhausted all semi-witty intros I can possibly think of. Which is just peachy considering I oh so willingly decided to dedicate this entire month to literally the one, single “day” that is Valentine’s Day. Le sigh. Anyways, enough whining from me – I just felt you needed a little “disclaimer situation” for future posts this month – onto the good stuff! Valentine’s Day Desserts… but ones that are actually good for you!! EEP! (more…)