Friday, July 29, 2011

Bread & Better

Since today is Recipe Friday I thought I'd finally post a recipe or two since I've been slacking a lot lately.

VIA Sweat Sparkles

My goodness, aren't these all to die for! I stumbled upon this on Pinterest (where else) last night and I immediately started drooling.

Is anyone going away this weekend? Myself, Michael and friends of ours have rented what looks to be from the pictures a fabulous cottage in Orillia. I mentioned here that we were looking for a cottage and we luckily found 1 after emailing every cottage rental person from North Bay to Peterborough! I cannot wait to get out of the city for a couple days.

In other fun news, the framing of our house began yesterday. I'll posted pictures next week.

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fruit Cones

Ever thought about jazzing up the fruit you're going to serve at your next event? I found this picture on Pinterest and just love it! I hope to incorporate this idea into a few parties this summer!

Super cute, right? Do you have any fun food or drink ideas for your summer events?

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cottage Rentals

I don't know about you but I am in dire need of a weekend at a cottage. Myself, Michael and two friends of ours decided on Sunday night that we want to rent a cottage next weekend - August long weekend. Needless to say I have been emailing and posting ads like a crazy women! We have two cottages on hold right now; we're just confirming numbers on our end, seeing if any other friends will be joining us.

When it comes to booking a cottage last minute you can't be overly picking but there are things that I/we won't compromise on.
1) Waterfront: I need a dock and a lake at my fingers tips!
2) Dog friendly: Our friends have a dog they're bringing.
3) At least double beds in the rooms - single beds just won't do!
4) Electricity and an indoor toilet. If I wanted to go camping I would.

What are things you won't compromise on when cottaging?

Via Pinterest
Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Table & Event Love

I am in love with finding gorgeous and inspiring pictures for a backyard party or wedding. Here are a few I've stumbled upon this week!

Via Etsy

Via Pinterest

Via The Knot

I have a huge crush on mason jars and using them for decor purposes. I think they're beyond lovely and super girly. I would use mason jars for the last picture.

Do you love mason jars too?
Have you done anything similar to these pictures??

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)


Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm the worst!

Oh my goodness, I have been neglecting this blog way too much lately! I do have some very good excuses but still, I'm the worst!

Last Sunday was my first bridal shower and it was beyond lovely. That said, the shower prep took up all my free time last week. Then of course I got super sick after the shower, to be honest, I'm still not feeling 100% which is why I've been MIA this week. However I need to suck it up and starting posting again.

I want to dive in and tell you about the shower but I'm going to wait for pictures. In the meantime, here's a recipe I found on the Style At Home website!

Tomatoe & Bread Salad

  • 2 cups day-old rustic bread, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 tsp Maldon sea salt
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 small English cucumber
  • 1 pint coloured cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 long red chili, chopped
  • ¼ cup basil leaves, torn
1 tbsp oregano or marjoram leaves
1) Toast the bread cubes on a baking sheet in a 375ºF oven until golden. Meanwhile, mix the garlic, vinegar, mustard, sugar and sea salt together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify. Set aside.

2) Cut the
heirloom tomatoes and cucumber into chunky 1" pieces and slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Place in a large bowl; add the red onion. Peel and pit the avocado and slice into 1" pieces. Add to the bowl along with the chili, toasted croutons, and herbs.

3) Pour the dressing over the
salad and toss carefully. Let salad sit for 30 minutes before serving to allow the juices of the tomatoes to combine with the dressing.

Serves 4-6.

I am totally making this for  Michael and I tonight. Let me know how yours turns out.

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy Friday Words

I don't have time for a recipe post today but I still wanted to do something. I have a very fun weekend ahead (I'll share on Monday) and I think this image captures my weekend nicely!

Enjoy the Party,
Nicole :)

Via Pinterest

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wall Decor

First off, sorry for my slacking this week. Work and life are super hectic this week but I should be back to normal next week.

I have a serious crush on picture frames and wall decor so I thought I'd share some neat pictures I found to inspire you like I've been inspired.

Via Small n' Chic in C-Ville

Via Trey & Lucy

Via Pinterest

Aren't these all lovely? How are you decorating your walls??

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Adding some Sparkle to your Monday!

Here's a quick post to give you some Monday sparkle!

Via Pinterest

Enjoy the Party,

Nicole :)