With the long weekend only days away I thought it would be fun to touch on some fun decor ideas for your home. We have a lot of wood furniture in our home which is Canadian of us, right, right?? I'd love to incorporate some of these ideas into our home too.
When our backyard is finished I am 100% buying these. I love candles and these would make the perfect addition to any outdoor space.
Is this not the best clock you've ever seen. I love the red and white hands, Oh So Canadian!
How about a gorgeous red coffee table. This table screams summer fun to me!
This may sound weird but I love coasters. They're so useful and save your wood furniture. That being said, I don't own a set as fabulous as these.
Last but not least an HBC blanket. You don't get much more Canadian then HBC!
What's your favourite Canadian piece in your home right now?
Can you believe that 1. It's summer and 2. It's almost the first long weekend of summer! Where the heck is this year going?
When I came across this backyard smore idea I immediately fell in love. If you've ever been to a cottage with me you know I have a serious love for roasting marshmellows. This smore idea has me giddy with excitment!
Puree strawberries. Place Oreos in a food processor and pulse until cookies become fine crumbs. Alternatively, place Oreos in a Ziploc and using a rolling pin to crush cookies. Add crushed Oreos to the yogurt and mix until combined.
To assemble as the seen in the picture, layer the yogurt portion first and let freeze for 30 minutes before adding the strawberry layer, let this second layer freeze for 30 minutes and then add the last yogurt layer. For a quick assembly, pour each layer on top of one another without any freeze time in between and then use a skewer or fork and gently swirl for a swirled Popsicle look.
What do you think -- something worth trying this weekend?
Sorry for the lack of posts last week. Work was nuts, I had an event in the city on Thursday and spent the weekend up north for my best friend's bachelorette! Let me just say, bachelorette parties are fabulous! Her maid of honours (two sisters) did an amazing job with everything!
Being that we have a long weekend coming up I thought I'd dedicate the posts this week to that. First up, watermelon pops!
It's no secret that I'm not the most crafty person in the world. I really wish I was but I'm not. I'm sure if I devoted some serious time and had the right supplies I could be, but to be honest, I'd rather cook a great meal.
Needless to say this awesome DYI is not a Nicole original but cool enough that I had to share.
I love fruit. I eat pineapple almost everyday. You'd think I was a pregnant lady with weird cravings because I'm constantly asking sending M to the grocery store to buy me pineapple. Add strawberries to my bowl of cut up pineapple and I'm in heaven.
When I came across these chocolate filled strawberries I thought they were too good to be true.
Ingredients15-20 strawberries (the larger the better) 1 bag of
Milk Chocolate chips (I use the 11.5 oz Guittard milk chocolate
Directions 1. Cut the stems off your clean strawberries
and carefully scoop out the top of the berry. The deeper you scoop the more
chocolate it will hold. I used large strawberries so I scooped about an inch
2. Pour the entire bag of chocolate chips in a glass bowl and heat
in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Make sure to take your bowl out every
30 seconds to stir the chips. Continue until all chips are melted.
Place your strawberries in an egg carton so they sit straight up. You could also
use little Dixie cups. Now you can either spoon your melted chocolate into the
berries or use a funnel or piping bag. I used a little baby spoon and it worked
fine. Your choice.
4. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes
until they harden. Eat or continue to store in the fridge.
Ever have one of those days weeks where everything just piles up. You feel like you need to spend days away from reality to re-group. Ya, me too. With the new puppy, work being crazy, sleep being something of the past, it's been a long couple weeks. Yes, I know, first world problems.
That said, today's post is all about pink. Pink is beautiful, pink is feminine, pink is sexy.
Every weekend I hit up the grocery store and buy a pretty floral arrangement for our house. I love having fresh flowers in the house, especially in the spring / summer. It brightens things up and brings the outside inside.
Something I am loving lately is clusters of arrangements. I love the idea of adding different size vases to create a unique look.
With the new puppy at home there has been some serious adjusting and figuring things out. We adore him but it's taking some serious getting used to. Instead of waking up at 5:30am, I'm up at 4:30am. That is an hour humans shouldn't have to experience, trust me.
All of that said, I could use a drink! I came across this fabulous ice substitution and just had to share.
How amazing would this be at your next party. The balloons would be much less messy than a big bucket full of ice. Just freeze the water balloons and voila! If your party had a colour theme this would be a fantastic touch.
What do you think? Something you'd consider trying?
Our front entrance has potential. The only problem, I have no idea what to do....that and moula! We have very high ceilings, a double front door, and some decent space if you ask me.
I like the idea of adding a big burst of colour to this area. We're in a linked townhome which means only our garage wall is attached to our neighbour. When you walk into the house you still have to go up a couple steps to get to the main floor. That said, I see colour, bold, beautiful colour.
Ingredients: blackberry flavored: 1 cup sugar 2 cups water 1 cup blackberries kiwi-strawberry: 2 kiwis, peeled and diced 6 strawberries, cleaned, hulled and diced ¼ cup blueberries 1 ½ cups kiwi-strawberry sparkling water
Directions: 1. For the blackberry ice cubes: Pour the sugar and water into a small pot, stir and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. 2. Remove from heat, add blackberries and muddle together. 3. Allow the mixture to cool completely. 4. Pour the mixture into an ice tray and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. 5. For the kiwi-strawberry ice cubes: 6. Toss the kiwi, strawberries and blueberries in a small bowl until well combined. 7. Place a small spoonful of mixed fruit into each ice cube hole. 8. Fill the fruit filled ice cube trays with the flavored sparkling water and place in the freezer. 9. Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
I have a very special announcement today! Michael and I bought a gorgeous 8 week old cock-a-poo yesterday. He's absolutely perfect and we're madly in love. I haven't been able to snap a great picture of him because he love being near me and inbetween my legs while I'm standing. But just know that's he's adorable (proud mama much)!
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Give me a loaf of bread, some olive oil, tomatoes and garlic and I'm a happy person but I like change. I'm always on the look out for delicious, fun, trendy appetizers. I came across these various types of brushcetta that I have to share.
I had a crazy, busy, fun, exciting weekend! Lipstik was in full force and busy none stop this weekend. I was at two bridal showers this weekend....One I worked and the other was my best friends. Both where beautiful and suited the bride to a T!
I stumbled across these pictures and thought they'd be amazing for a baby shower or a child's birthday.
My name is Nicole Panacci, small town Canadian girl, born & raised. I'm a newly married, first time home owner attempting to make our house a home!
Ask anyone, there are always people standing in our kitchen eating, drinking, and having a good time.
When I'm not entertaining at my house, I'm helping you host parties, big or small, at your house.
Lipstik Events was created in 2009 to help take the stress away from the host so they can enjoy their own party.
Adding The Finishing Touch is a place for me to share my party, decor and life inspirations.