Such Sweetness in One Bite

Sometimes, life does not get more sweet than this! Cupcakes are a delightful baked good. They are delicious, have the power to melt in your mouth, and are a tasty treat to enjoy at any time. This amazing chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing, topped with a soft sugar cookie, came from the Toronto bakery Baked with Joy

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Entertaining on Glass

I have always had a love of entertaining guests at home, particularly over food or serving a nice spread over wine. Since becoming an engaged woman, my appreciation for classic and useful food platters, serving pieces and other entertainment-focused items has grown, as I have built and revised my own bridal registry.

One of my favourite types of entertainment pieces are items that are made from glass. Glass is gorgeous for many reasons. It is simple to clean, it shows off the colour and beauty of the food you are serving, and it puts the attention purely on the delicious meal or canapes you spent hours slaving over or received after dealing back and forth with a catering company or takeout counter from a restaurant.

Here are some beautiful glass pieces I have come across on my bridal registry missions…

For your pre-meal snacks with dip (perfect for veggies or chips with the dip of your choice):

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Mikasa Napoli Glass Chip N Dip, $39.99, sold at The Bay and at Mikasa.com

For nice cold ice water, served right at the table:

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Nachtmann Bossa Nova Jug, $48, sold at William Ashley

For your fresh dinner salad – a beautiful piece that is a stunning design that shows off the colours of the vegetables:

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Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Glass Bowl, $99.99, sold at The Bay

For your main course, presented nicely on this simple yet beautifully patterned glass platter:

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IVV Wave Platter, $365, sold at William Ashley

For your juicy and sweet fruit salad delightfully served as part of the conclusion of the meal:

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Miranda Trifle Bowl, $32.95, sold at Crate & Barrel

For your mouth-watering, delicious cake – a sweet way to end the meal for your guests and you:

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Luigi Bormioli Footed Cake Plate With Dome Cover, $59.99, sold at The Bay

Did I miss any great glass recommendations? Share your glass item suggestions with me!

 

Beneficial Teas for the Body

Tea is a wonderful drink as it comes in a plethora of flavours and textures to go with your mood and what you are craving. As a huge tea lover, I am usually drawn to a traditional black tea, such as an Orange Pekoe or an Earl Grey. However, since my years in university, to control my caffeine intake and to do some good for myself, I got into herbal teas that have positive benefits for the body.

Over the years, I have learned about the following teas, what their benefits are, and in terms of taste, they are delicious and smooth:

SPEARMINT TEA

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Spearmint tea (in its pure form) is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and key nutrients. It helps digestive issues by relaxing the stomach muscles and reducing symptoms of nausea. Spearmint also helps to regulate hormones that cause acne and unwanted facial hair. You can drink spearmint tea hot or cold – it is refreshing both ways.

ACAI BERRY TEA

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Acai Berry tea is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, omega fats and fiber. It acts as a weight loss aid by acting as a natural appetite suppressant. Acai Berry contains fatty acids that help to lower cholesterol, reduce glucose levels and dilate blood vessels. Its nutrients help to boost the immune system, cleanse the body of toxins, and helps to prevent cancer.

VANILLA TEA

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Vanilla tea is loaded with essential B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. It is soothing to your throat when you have a cough, helps to naturally calm pain of a toothache, and can effectively bring down any inflammation. Also an interesting tidbit – in ancient times, vanilla has been regarded as an aphrodisiac.

CHAI TEA

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Chai tea is derives from an old Indian blend of herbs and spices that helps to preserve health and increase peace of mind. It has powerful antioxidants that help destroy free radicals, promotes positive digestion, and provides a richer flavour that helps one to replace that one morning cup of coffee or a second cup of coffee with a chai tea.

What is your favourite type of tea? Have good suggestions of teas that are beneficial for your body? Please share it with us!

Happy Pie Day!

Today is National Pie Day in the United States, but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate this special recognition day just north of the border. Pie has always been a favourite of mine…and a lot of you out there. There is something about the sweet filling, the buttery crust or the fact that it is soft on the inside and well-baked on the outside. No matter what your reason is for loving pie, it is just plain good!

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Pie definitely deserves its own special day like this. I crave pie regularly, so I thought I would share some of my favourites that are delish and would make a great dessert… or a yummy indulgence when you need it:

 APPLE PIE

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Classic and All-American, so to speak. Apple Pie is a traditional mix of sweet and tart – the sweet taste of the crust goes well with the crisp, tart flavour of apples, complete with a spicy dash of cinnamon.

BANANA CREAM PIE

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You thought chocolate was the primary sweet… think again! Banana Cream Pie is creamy, sweet and offers a slice of heaven to those looking to serve and enjoy a more rich dessert.

 PEACH PIE

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Obviously, this is The Domestic Peach’s top favourite. Peach Pie is just delicious, with the great taste of peaches and cream baked into a pie, which goes well with a side of vanilla ice cream.

 PEANUT BUTTER PIE

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Think of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, just in pie form. Peanut Butter Pie is a decadent dessert and is a huge favourite of peanut lovers who also have a soft spot for chocolate.

KEY LIME PIE

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The pure taste of citrus fruit, mixed with sugar and cream, packaged in crumble crust. Key Lime Pie is sometimes the last dessert choice from the pie family, but don’t knock it ’til you try it. It is delicious!

To learn more about the different types of pies that deliciously exist and for great pie recipes, CLICK HERE