Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

At this time, every year, my sweetie and I run into the same issue: we don't know what to do to to ring in the new year. We either end up do nothing or something we don't want to. So this year we decided to host a soiree.

We knew that a lot of people have this dilemma as well. So, when we sent out the message that "all stragglers who didn't have any plans are welcome", it was no surprise we got a great response. We are sticking to "not fussy" at our party: bring some cheer, your fave food and we'll play some games and have a few laughs.

But for those who are going to do it up with a more formal is a great recipe for an easy Zucchini Cupcake from Martha Stewart. Decorate the cupcakes with numbers 1-12 and arrange on a large serving platter in the shape of a clock. Just a fun way to have a New Year inspired dessert at your party.

Enjoy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Monday, 17 December 2012

We Made Our Own Christmas Tree!

About a month back my sweetie and I decided we wanted to host his family for Christmas Day dinner. It's a great way for us to plan and try out new recipes... together. We have been notorious for not working well on projects together. The differences in our personalities become glaringly apparent as we power struggle our way through. So because we are very aware of this, we try to work on small projects like throwing dinner parties to figure it out.
Our Lovely LED Lamp/Tree

 But before the meal planning started he announced he wanted a Christmas tree.  In my mind, we had a Christmas tree. Yes, it is an LED lamp in the shape of a tree made of wire and is barely 12 inches tall...but I love that tree! It was the first tree we bought when we moved in together almost 10 years ago.

So the debate began: Real or Fake? They both have their pros and cons. But, in the end I knew I didn't want to do either. So, I thought making our own would be a stellar project to work on together! But, when I presented my idea, there was a lot of eye rolling on his part. Yes, while it's true I love coming up with lots of fantastic, grandiose ideas, they don't always work out in real life (so he likes to tell me).

Finished Tree
But I was insistent, so I googled "How to Make a Modern Wood Christmas Tree" and voila: there were tons of entries. I ended up finding 3 that I liked and melded them into the one we ended up making. The basis of our tree is on this version with full instructions.

Decorated Tree

I think our collaboration worked out well and we are both so happy and excited about our new tree. Now the dinner planning....Yikes!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Order Online by End of Day Tomorrow...


There is a Domistyle apron to suit everyone on your list. The gal who will cook for shoes, the baking beauty, the grill god and even the kid who thinks they are the boss :)

Buy more than one and get a deal! Check out our gifts sets and save as you leisurely shop online while sipping hot chocolate and avoid the mall madness.

Order online by end of day tomorrow (Wednesday December 12th, 2012) to make sure your gifts reach their destination (**within Canada)by December 24th.

You can also find our aprons and accessories at select stores across Canada and a few in the U.S. too. Email us to find out if there is a retailer near you.

Happy Shopping!
penny and lee

Monday, 10 December 2012

Super Easy Thai Noodles

The super easy and delicious Thai soup I made the other day gave me a craving for more Thai. Really, someone just needs to say Thai and I have an instant craving. It is always so comforting, flavourful and delicious. I have attempted to make my own Pad Thai but it never works out. It is always more like Bad Thai. Or Sad Thai. If anyone out there has a foolproof recipe please let me know!!

 In the meantime I found this recipe for spicy and sweet Thai noodles. No Bad Thai here! It is more like a noodle salad, spicy, sweet and oh so yummy!

Spicy Thai Noodles:

Boil a box of linguine noodles or angel hair pasta and drain.

Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of sesame oil along with 1-2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes in a pan for 2 minutes. Strain and reserve the oil. Whisk in 6 tbsp each of soy sauce and honey.

Toss sauce with the noodles, then top with 2 peeled and shredded carrots, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 3/4 cup chopped peanuts, 1/2 cup chopped green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.