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Creme Brulee French Toast Recipe

Your partner will love you, as if they don’t already.

Okay, so we all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But, just letting you know that this is just as (if not more) true for women as well. To be honest, anyone who receives this Crème brûlée French toast is about to fall in love with you.

With a creamy decadent French toast custard and caramelized burnt sugar on top…Mmmmm…could there be a more perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed or belated Valentine’s Sunday brunch? To make it a little festive, try our pink raspberry whipped cream as well. 

Don’t thank us, thank you.

French Toast:

4 Large eggs 
½ cup Half and Half 
¼ Icing sugar 1 tsp Cinnamon 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
6 Thick slices of your favourite bakery fresh or homemade bread

Method: Heat a pan over medium heat. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients except bread. Dip bread in mixture and put in the pan. Cook until golden brown on each side, remove from heat and serve immediately with raspberry whipped cream, maple syrup and fresh berries.

Raspberry Whipped Cream:

1 cup Whipping Cream 
2 tsp Raspberry Syrup

Method: With a bowl and whisk or stand mixer whip the cream until stiff peaks, Fold in the raspberry syrup

For the best possible results, serve it in bed.

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Sitting with Upholstery Leader, Lee Industries

One of our all-time favourite furniture manufacturers, LEE Industries, is about to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and we felt it was fitting to share why we admire and stand behind this company as a vendor. Their story is one of steady growth and care for the environment, craftsmanship, and a dedication to the well-being of their employees. They inspire us to keep doing what we do and to continually grow our leadership opportunities.

Earth-Friendly 

LEE has partnered with some of the world’s leading innovators in earth-friendly solutions to create naturalLEE. Through this they have:

  • Introduced an option in upholstery that features soy-based cushions 
  • Began using fibres made from recycled plastic
  • Began using organic fabrics for all upholstery
  • Began using wood panels certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) 
  • Initiated waste reduction and recycling programs in all parts of the manufacturing process

Customizable 

With the LEE Custom Fit Studio, the possibilities for a new, custom furniture piece are endless! Beyond fabric selections, you can personalize most styles to fulfill any project or specification.

  • Change width, depth or height
  • Change seat height
  • Change leg style
  • Change cushion configuration
  • Omit skirt
  • Change pillow size

When selecting a piece of quality furniture, consider:

  • Who is going to live with it?
  • Which room is it going to be in?
  • What other objects will share the space with it? 
  • Who made it, how did they make it, and what is their story?

Have a look at what LEE Industries’ favourite trends are for Spring 2019 http://www.leeindustries.com/favorites_trending

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Bring Spring Indoors

The snow is melting away and, if you’re like us, you’re feeling like you need a fresh start indoors. So throw open your windows, let the cool breeze roll in, and start refreshing your home with these 5 simple tips:

Declutter

There’s nothing that makes your home feel lighter than eliminating unwanted toys, clothes, and decorations. It might mean donating a box to charity or finding a way to make those items feel more organized, instead of falling to the usual dumping zone. 

A couple beautiful woven baskets are a simple way to contain messes while still suiting the space.

Our recommendation: Woven Baskets 

Diffuse

Who doesn’t love the smell of spring? It’s light and crisp, and it reminds of the warm days ahead. You can bring that same sprightly feeling to your home with a simple new fragrance!

We would suggest a pineapple and cilantro diffuser. It’s a mix of tropical, floral, and pepper—perfect spring vibes. You should also check out our full selection of wonderful spring-scented candles in store. 

Our recommendation: Pineapple and Cilantro Diffuser 

 

Add Flowers

As flowers start to bloom and colour our yards, there’s no reason they can’t do the same inside! We absolutely love fresh cut flowers, but if you’re looking for a more lasting pop of colour in your home, artificial flowers can brighten it up just the same.

Rearrange your Coffee Table

Your coffee table serves a purpose, but it’s also a statement piece. Adding or changing a few items on it can make the whole room feel new. Think about adding some bright colours with a placemat, a house plant, or a couple new coffee table books! One of our favourites is Joanna Gaines’ Homebody, and we’re confident you’ll feel even more inspired after giving it a read.

Our recommendation: Homebody 

Accessorize

One of the quickest and easiest ways to rejuvenate a space is to rearrange some of your existing home decor and accessories around. Don’t be afraid to add a few new trinkets and touches to your bookcases, mantles, and side tables. You can also treat yourself and add a new item or two to your collection! A cute pink votive or this gold metal bird tray are simple additions that can add some extra joy to your space.

Our recommendation: Metal Bird Tray

 


Most importantly, your home should always feel like your place to recharge. Give yourself the time and space to see new ideas through, and soon your home will feel as fresh and welcoming as the spring season!
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Black Bean Burger Recipe

With only 6 ingredients, you can create this delicious, vegan, and gluten-free burger. Pair it with a salad and some sugar-free lemonade for a nutritious meal!

Ingredients:

1 cup baked and mashed sweet potato  
1 cup canned black beans
1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
½ cup bread crumb (choose the gluten-free ones)
½ cup finely diced green onion
burger buns

Seasoning: 
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder (sub cayenne for added spice)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If mixture is a bit wet, add more bread crumbs. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Form mixture into patties. In a pan, cook the burgers on medium heat until brown and slightly crispy on both sides. Serve with your favourite toppings!

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Spring Fashion Show

Join us for an afternoon on the runway where we’ll be celebrating our favourite looks inspired by the patterns, palettes, and silhouettes of a garden in bloom.

A special Pop-Up market will follow the show for all those who attend, to browse. The general public will have access after 2:00pm, for a $5 admission. 

Pop-Up Shop Vendors
~ The Farmer’s Daughter
~ Clay & Clover
~ Sarah Sue Design
~ Cassidy & Johannas Cake Boutique
~ Loosethread Co.
…and more

Date: Sunday May 26th, 2019
Tickets: $35 (Ticket includes food and drinks, fashion show, pop-up market and 20% off your clothing and accessories purchases on the day of the show.)
Time: Doors open at 11 am
Show starts at noon 

A percentage of all ticket sales will go to NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre.

We are very excited to be putting on this event this year. We hope it brings you just as much inspiration for your early summer wardrobe, as it has for us! 

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Herbal Tea Recipe

This warm tea will keep your nourished and hydrated after a refreshing spa day. Pair it with a light snack!

Ingredients:

6 cups of water
A handful of fresh lavender
1 cup of fresh mint leaves

Instructions:

Add the mint and lavender to a large saucepan and pour the water over the herbs. Heat the ingredients to a boil, then let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the mint and lavender, and serve it immediately.

While your tea steeps, prepare a platter of fresh fruit and bread to enjoy with your cozy tea!

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Selecting the Perfect Coffee Table & Rug to Fit Your Space

Home renovation projects are always a fun process, but perhaps the most exciting and part is the moment when the bones are all in place and it’s time to select furniture and add in those personal finishing touches. We sat down with Lianna, our Marketing Manager who was happy to share her tips on how to select functional furnishings to fit your style and that fit seamlessly into your space. 

My husband and I were very lucky to be able to design and build our new home over last two years. There were a million decisions to make about the build itself, but I was mostly looking forward to the decoration and design of the rooms once they were finished. I knew that I wanted to design our living room with the help of Pineridge Hollow. The furniture styles carried in the show room were constantly catching my eye. I knew we’d be able to find something to match my aesthetic and there were so many options for each piece to be customized with.

However, I quickly realized that I really didn’t know how to select furniture for our space! Generally, I know what I want for colours and style but I have never had to think about filling a space and making it functional. Here are some tips I learned with the help of the design team at Pineridge Hollow:

Choosing a Coffee Table:

You might be surprised to learn how important a coffee table is in a living room space! Dimensions and details need to be considered to achieve a functional, appealing layout.

1. Consider size and scale
The ideal space between the edge of your sofa and coffee table is approximately 18 inches – close enough to put a drink or book down, but far enough to stretch out your legs. Choose a coffee table that is no more then two-thirds your sofa length. 

2. Think about height
The height of your coffee table is key. The surface should be 1-2 inches lower then your sofa seat. 

3. Balance your style
Strike a balance between your sofa and coffee table; they should complement each other.  If you have a plush, solid sofa you should choose a coffee table that has a glass top or leggy frame. If your sofa slim and sleek, try a chunkier table with a thick wood top or solid base.

4. Warm up your space with wood
If you have a large space with high ceilings and lots of windows, wood brings warmth to the room. If your room doesn’t fit that description but you still want to add wood to the space, choose a long narrow table that isn’t too bulky.

5. Don’t overdo it
Details can make a coffee table special but a piece with hammered details or lots of wood cutouts needs room to breathe. If your sofa and rug are solid colours then it might be a good idea to add a table with some details. You don’t want everything in the room to be screaming for your attention.

Choosing an Area Rug:

To many people, the area rug is an afterthought. But, an area rug has so much purpose! Here are some tips for the maximizing your floor’s potential!

1. Location
Think about how much traffic the room gets. This should guide your decisions for what materials, construction, pile and thickness will work best. For example, in a dining room a flat weave or low tufted rug generally work best so that you can easily pull chairs in and out, and so food crumbs don’t get lost in it. In a bedroom, a thick shag rug will feel great on your feet in the morning when you wake up.

2. Rug style
Area rugs can be powerful decorating tools, whether they act as artwork for the floor or provide a complementary background for other décor. Consider what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your room. An area rug doesn’t need to match everything in a room, but it should work the textures and tones of the existing furnishings. 

3. Rug size
A rug that’s too small for the space is one of the most common decorating mistakes. For most average sized rooms, there should be about 10-20 inches of bare floor between the edges of rug and the walls of the room. Depending on the space, you can go as low as 8 inches and as high as 24 inches. In any case, make sure the rug is centered in the room and the distance between the rug and the wall is the same on all four sides. 

4. Budget
Invest in the best rug you can afford. Look for good quality natural materials such a wool and silk. A high-quality wool rug will wear well and look better over time. If you have kids, and are purchasing a sofa, you’re expecting it to last through 12 years of spills and everyday life; you should have the same expectation for your area rug. So set your price limit before you shop then add 10 percent, so you have some flexibility in that range. 

5. Don’t forget a rug pad!
It might seem like an unnecessary expense, but a rug pad pays for itself by extending the wear and life of your rug. It adds a layer of cushion and helps keep your rug in place so it doesn’t curl, move or create a tripping hazard. 

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