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Artichoke and Asiago Fritto

artichokes

Anyone who knows me, knows I have an ongoing love affair with the artichoke.  They are one of my favorite foods, and I am always on a quest to cook up a new way to enjoy them.  They are usually in season in the springtime. but lately I have spotted them jarred in water at my local Costco.  I toyed with how to use them, and after hearing about an old school presentation where they were fried, I decided to put my spin on the idea.  Results:  over the top deliciousness!  These are the bomb, but beware – you can down them like popcorn and they (more…)

How To Grow Chamomile For Tea

how to grow chamomile for tea via http://lifeovereasy.com/ #diy #garden
My grandmother always grew her own chamomile for tea. She used to dry it in her attic, which was a magical place to explore during my childhood trips to her home in Italy. The smell of chamomile still brings me back to those days.

Grow your own chamomile for tea via lifeovereasy.com #garden #herbs #diy

I think my grandmother believed chamomile tea with honey fixed just about anything. She used to mail us some of her (more…)

Enter Our Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway!

Summer Blast $1000 Giveaway
Want to plan a little end-of-summer blast? We’re happy to team up with these amazing bloggers to bring you a chance at a cool $1000.

What would you do with an extra $1000 in your pocket? My girls are my go-to advice givers when I want to have some extra fun. They’re always guaranteed to add their own brand of creative whackiness. So here are Olivia and Isabel’s suggestions:

How To Spend An Extra $1000:
Install a backyard zipline
Take your family go-carting 12.5 times
Buy a lot of pillows and have a giant pillow fight

Of course, you can have your own style of fun with the cash. But not unless (more…)

Stay-cation Daytripping: Destination Tobermory

tobermory

We’ve been trying to get away for a week or two all summer long and for one reason or another, (all really boring however all legit) we haven’t quite been able to.  This weekend we took off to the cottage for some quiet time, but with the end of the summer looming we found ourselves a wee bit restless to hit the road and rustle up a little adventure.  We decided to day trip and headed north to Tobermory.

tobermory

Now we are a real road tripping crew.  We love packing up the car and heading anywhere, enjoying a long drive, chilling with some tunes and shooting the breeze while we explore a little bit of the countryside.  Day tripping is a great way to get a little bit of that vacation vibe while (more…)

DIY Rustic Branch Curtain Rods

DIY branch curtain rod
The best thing about blogging is all the great blogging friends you make. Talented, inspiring women, the kind of people who can find a tree branch in their backyard and whip up a new curtain rod, all before they have finished their first coffee of the day.

And the next best thing about blogging is that you get to shamelessly steal their ideas. Like a branch curtain rod, for example.

DIY branch curtain rod

The inspiring woman I stole this idea from is my friend Lynne Knowlton, who whipped up a few of these one day, probably while holding a latte in one hand. She also whipped up a tree house to match the curtain rods, but I haven’t stolen that idea yet. I figure I’ll do the curtain rods first, and worry about the breath-taking, jaw-dropping (more…)

A Sneak Peek of the T&T Night Market

T&T NightMarket

I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling through Asia in the past decade and one of my favorite pastimes is wandering around a local night market haggling with hawkers for a nibble of street food.  Asia is world renowned for their variety of scrumptious snack food, available on every street corner and aggregating nightly at some square or massive parking lot.

 

T&T NightMarket

We got a chance to sample our very own night market here in Toronto this weekend compliments of (more…)

Harvesting A Truckload Of Garlic. Plus A Great Garlic Recipe.

Harvesting Garlic and A Recipe - Spaghetti with Aglio Olio Pepperoncino
What happens when a bunch of old Italians get their hands on some land to garden?

Garlic happens. Lots of it.

We snuck off to my parent’s cottage for a little family time this week. It happened to coincide with garlic harvesting time. The whole family pitched in and hauled about 1000 plants out of the ground. That would be about 4 wheel barrows full.

Harvesting Garlic and our favourite garlic recipe - Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pepperoncino via http://lifeovereasy.com/

Lots of garlic.

It seems a little excessive, but when you have children and grandchildren to feed, 4 wheel barrows of garlic is just about right.

We celebrated by (more…)

And Another Bedside Lamp

Turquoise ceramic bedside lamp
The bedroom lamp saga continues.

I thought I had it nailed down when I chose Ikea’s Ranarp lamp, ie The New Blogger Lamp.

I was sure that’s what I wanted.

The hubby even confirmed that he was throwing away the Ranarp packaging. Which meant I could not change my mind and return it. Because I can be a little commitment-phobic with my decorating decisions. I always hang on to the packaging, even after I’ve decided. Just in case.

This drives the hubby nuts. We always have the packaging discussion, right after I bring something new home. He tries to get me to toss it, but usually it ends up in the garage. Just in case.

These are the crazy things you have to put up with in a marriage. Luckily, I more than make up for it with my endearing charm.

It’s not really my fault. I think commitment-phobia runs in my family. But that’s a whole other story. We’re talking about the bedside lamps here.

I was sure. We tossed the packaging.

Then I made the mistake of (more…)

The Easiest Flower Arrangement

DIY easy hosta leaf arrangement
3 hosta leaves. Glass vase. 30 seconds.

That’s all you need to make this simple and beautiful arrangement.

I threw one together for my recent Summer Oasis backyard party for a few of my girlfriends. Summer’s all about taking it easy, and this arrangement fit the bill perfectly.

DIY hosta leaf floral arrangement

Hostas are plentiful, and if you don’t have any of your own, I’m sure you can snag a few leaves from a neighbour. But I’d suggest (more…)

Shakespeare In High Park

shakespeare in high park
I crossed an item off my Toronto bucket list last week – Shakespeare In High Park. I’ve been meaning to go for years and years, but it’s one of those Toronto traditions that for some reason just kept eluding me. And after watching a delightful performance of As You Like It last week in the gorgeous open-air amphitheatre, I can’t imagine what took me so long.

shakespeare in high park

It was an entertaining performance – fun and fast paced. This play might actually have done what all those high school English teachers tried so hard, and failed, to do – turn me into a fan of the Bard.

The setting was gorgeous, with a backdrop of (more…)