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Apple Fashioned Smash

The holiday season is upon us and so is hosting friends and family. Me and my hubby just hosted our first Christmas party together last night. I always like to serve a signature cocktail to guests when they arrive. Recently we were in Montreal for a few days and I had this really nice drink at the airport coming home called an Apple Fashioned Smash. I don’t know what exactly they put in it but I knew it had apple juice and bourbon so I recreated my own version and they were a hit last night. I hope you like them!

xx Malika

Apple Fashioned Smash Recipe
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Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 1 drink
 
Ingredients
  • 2 shots Bulliet Bourbon Whiskey
  • ½ lime juiced
  • Dash of Old Fashioned Bitters
  • ¼ cup Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
  • Sprig of Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add the bourbon, lime juice and bitters
  3. Top up with apple juice and stir.
  4. Add Rosemary sprig
  5. Enjoy

By | Dec 8th, 2019|Drinks|0 Comments

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Parmesan

Well Hello! I’m back. My job as a home stager has definitely been slower this year and so I seem to have more free time on my hands these days. It’s time to get back to this bog as it has always been a creative outlet for me and I miss it! I have had quite the year of change, so let me give you a little update before I share this yummy recipe. I met the man of my dreams in the spring and we got engaged this summer, I moved into his place and we are now living as one big happy family of 6! I know it sounds crazy but when you know you know. 😉 Lets back up a bit, my hubby’s name is Craig and we didn’t just meet this spring, we met 6 years ago when we were neighbours in my old apartment building. We used to take the elevator down to our car every morning. Back then we were both in other relationships and so we were just friends. As they say, timing is everything, we reconnected this year and were both single at the right time. We now live together with our 2 dogs, he has a 10 year old lab and I have my rescue dog named honey, as well as our 2 kids! We each have a son, mine is 10 and his is 5 and our home is very full at the moment. We are planning on buying a bigger home next year but in the meantime it is close quarters for this newly blended family!!

Life is busy and crazy with 2 dogs and 2 kids but we do get 2-3 days  just me and him (no kids) every week to connect when the house is just a little bit cleaner and quieter! When we are kid free we tend to cook more elaborate meals and I have finally met a man who likes to cook for me. LOVE. Last night he was in charge of making fried chicken in his new deep fryer and I made the sides, yams and brussel sprouts. It was delicious! The brussels sprouts are so easy to make, they only takes 20 min in the oven. The best way to eat this green vegetable by far. Enjoy.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan
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Recipe type: Side dish
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Serves: 2 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts
  • ½ cup grated fresh parmesan
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 2-3 strips of hormone free bacon (thinly sliced)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Wash and trim you brussels sprouts and then cut them in half.
  4. Toss everything except the parmesan in the pan and bake in the oven for 20 min.
  5. The last 5 min turn the oven up to broil to make the brussels sprouts nice and crispy.
  6. Take out of the oven and sprinkle cheese over top.
  7. Serve.

 

By | Nov 12th, 2019|veggies|0 Comments

Spring has Sprung and Easter Decor

Hello Spring! Living in Vancouver we usually do not have very cold winters but this February nature gave us a run for our money with quite a bit of snow! We even got some in March, then a week or two later it got really warm really fast and I was suntanning outside at 24 degrees, craziness! Now it’s April and April is know for its showers (it usually rains quite a bit) but that brings May flowers so I am ok with it. 😉

I am always happy to have spring arrive after so after months of hibernation. I can get back to doing more stuff outside, especially now that we have a doggy. Easter is only 2 weeks away so I decided to get out my bunnies and have a little fun decorating the house with some Easter decor. I set the table for Easter breakfast and added some little things in my entry and console tables. What is your favourite thing about Easter? Mine is hot cross buns and mini eggs, I am a addict.

xx Malika

By | Apr 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Year, New Beginnings

Well it has definitely been a minute since I posted last! So much has changed from Christmas till now. The two biggest changes in my home are that we got a dog and my longtime boyfriend and me split up and he moved out. Change is always hard but we don’t grow if we don’t change… Lets talk about adding a dog to our family first!

My son has been asking me for a dog for at least 4 years, I have always told him that they are too much work and that we needed to wait till he was older so he could help out. Then late last year I watched the movie “Dog Days” it’s a cute romantic comedy and you can’t help but cry and yearn for your own dog after watching it. I also have a friend who has adopted two small rescue dogs and they bring her so much love and joy that I just felt like it was the right time for us to get one. We surprised my son and brought home “Honey” our new (rescue) dog just before Christmas. It took a few weeks for her to feel comfortable in our home as she is a stray dog from California. Now she has settled in nicely and she loves her new home. For anyone wanting a dog, just make sure you have the time and energy to walk them everyday. Enlist the whole family to help with walks and feeding. They really do add so much love and joy to your life, we are so happy we found our little honey bear.

Side note: Stop buying super nice and fancy pillows and throws because your dog will think they are play toys and eat them! She chewed all the pom moms off my winter pillows… 🙁  Good things she’s so cute.

Life is unpredictable and people change and grow and sometimes what you want in life is not the same as your partner. Me and my man have been living together for the last 4 years and so when he moved out, I decided to reclaim the bedroom and walk in closet. The decor in the rest of the house is staying the same for now, I chose most of it anyway. 😉 The best thing about being single is getting my walk in closet back! Don’t get me wrong, break ups are hard and this is not easy for me, but I always try and find the silver lining!

I recently watched the new Netflix series called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, it was so good and it inspired me purge all of our closets and donate 6 bags of cloths to charity! It felt so good to get rid of stuff that didn’t bring me joy anymore.

Here a a few pics of my bedroom now that it’s just me and I can be as girly as I like (lol). I love the pink pillows and the pink lama on my dresser (my mom got for me). It feels lonely sometimes when you are used to sharing your space with someone but it also feels good to have the freedom to do what you like and only have to clean up after yourself.

What is the biggest change for you in 2019?

By | Feb 24th, 2019|Decor, Life|0 Comments

Christmas Decor – Home Tour

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year! Growing up Christmas was full of family traditions. We always baked cookies, cut down a real tree (and strapped it to the top of my Mom’s station wagon), spent the night decorating it (with our friends), attended holiday party’s, went to church to hear the choir sing and visited local Christmas craft fairs. I have many fond memories of the holidays. Being a mom now, I want to make new traditions and memories with my person (my boyfriend Hamid) and Preston, my 9 year old son. 🙂 Every year we find new Christmasy things to do but we usually make time to bake some gingerbread cookies, host our annual holiday party for friends, watch Christmas movies (elf and home alone are favourites) and go see the Christmas lights at Stanley Park. This year we have also been to the Vancouver Christmas Market, seen the Christmas lights display at Leafage Lake as well as the Christmas trees and the Four Season Hotel. Its been busy and its only December 8th!!

One thing I really love about this blog is that I can go back and see how I decorated my home for Christmas the previous year. Some things I keep similar but my style is always evolving so my Christmas decor seems to change every year. This past year I have changed quite a bit in my living room so I thought the holiday decor should as well. I have some traditional elements as well as some more modern things. I really love this shelf in the picture above, it changes all the time, I like to keep things on it some what simple as I don’t like the over cluttered look.  This gold Bambi is one of my favourite new things I bought this year from Home Goods. The frame is from Home Sense and the stag is a print I got online, the gold “love” letters are from Michaels crafts, and the trees are also from Home Sense.

This is kind of a sneak peek at my tree. I find my camera or more lack of photography skills never does my tree justice in a picture so I think this is a nice way to show it off. Last year I was into lots of red and teal ornaments but since my ling room is more emerald green now, those colours didn’t seem to go with my pillows or new gallery wall. So I changed the overall scheme to golds, browns and dark green ornaments. It feels more earthy and I really like it. This wreath I scored at Holly Lobby and the wood heart in the middle is from Bella and Wren in Fort Langley. I am also kind of obsessed with my wood beads, I have three sets of them now, I think they look so cool.

I always add a few festive pillows to my couch and a pom pom throw is essential! What is your favourite part of your house to decorate?! I hope you all have a magical Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

xx Malika

By | Dec 8th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Setting the Table for Guests

If you are a Canadian like me,  you are in that strange decor stage between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I start getting all excited to put out my holiday decor but hold back the first few weeks of November…. at least until Remembrance day passes! I did however let myself buy these gorgeous new gold printed plates from the 40% off sale at Home Outfitters last week. They are Gluckstein Home  and the just look fab when you set the table. I used a mix of green and golds so it would not be over the top “Christmasy” and instead more of a classy winter dinner party look. I simply love these vintage style cocktail glasses I scored at Home Sense last year and the gold leather coasters are my favourite. The sparkly deer I picked up from Home Goods and I think it looks like it’s peeking out of the forrest with the faux fern plant behind it from Ikea. Now that the tables set, who’s coming over for dinner?!

I plan on starting to do my Holiday decorating this weekend, and transforming my home into a magical cozy wonderland. When do you start your holiday decorating?

xx Malika

 

By | Nov 14th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Roundup: New Gallery Wall and Home Decor

Happy November!! Omg I have been non existent on this blog this past year….yikes. I have just been so busy with work and life I haven’t been making blog posting a priority. I finally  bought a new camera battery and have had some down time this week so I decided to share a few pics from my recent home “refresh” I just finished this past week.

I have had the same black and white word art piece above our sectional for the past few years and I really did love that it was a nice neutral piece so I could change the pillows to any colour or pattern and they still went together. I just decided recently that it was time for a change! I really love a good gallery wall and so I decided to start collecting prints and art to make my own above the couch. It all come together last weekend after I finished getting the last few pieces on my shopping trip down to Bellingham. Man I love HomeGoods and Holly Lobby!! 🙂

I always feel a little bit lost with my decor in November, after Thanksgiving and Halloween I want to tuck the pumpkins and fall decor away but it is still a bit early to start decorating for Christmas. I can’t put up my tree till at least the end of the month. 😉  I still had my summer/spring pillows out and cactus decor everywhere, so I thought it was definitely time to put out some more warn and cozy winter items. I changed the couch pillows to warm and fuzzy ones and changed my coffee table tray as well as added some more wintery decor like candles and trees.  How cute is the gold lama on my tray?!

 

 

 

By | Nov 8th, 2018|Decor, Lifestyle|0 Comments

How to make your table setting look great on a budget

Happy New!! Wow its already the third week into 2018, time sure is flying by. I took the photos for this post a while ago and just never had time to share them. Now that the busy Christmas season is behind us and all the decor is put away until next year, it seems fitting to refresh your space for a new year. I love how clean and uncluttered my place feels after it’s so full and busy in December.

I did a post a while back on table settings, I had used some items that were high and low priced. This table setting is mostly items I found at IKEA!! The teal placemats, blue and gold paper napkins, the chic black plates and the beautiful gold cutlery are all from IKEA. You don’t need to spent a ton of money to make your dinner party look chic. 😉 The cloth napkins, gold dipped candle and the gold vase are the few splurges from West Elm. The fake roses are fro the craft store Michael’s. The wine glasses are from HomeSense. I love having dinner party’s and setting the table just ads that extra special touch. I get this from my childhood as my mom always made me and my sister help set the table when guests were over.

I always have a tray styled that is a permanent fixture on my dining table when we are not all sitting down for a formal dinner. I have been using this black and gold tray I scored at Superstore, and I love it. I change up the decor on it every few months, this time everything on it was super cheap. I found the gold planter and fake fern at IKEA. The napkins are are also a bargain from IKEA. The 3 white vases I scored at my local dollar store and the cost $20 for all 3! You don’t need a lot of money to make your home beautiful and to show your guests your home has style. 😉

By | Jan 16th, 2018|Decor|0 Comments

Dairy Free Egg Nog

Wow, I can’t believe its only 2 weeks left till Christmas! December always flies by so fast. I recently went to a naturopath and got some food testing done…. It seems I am intolerant to a lot of foods, one of them being dairy. I have loved eggnog since I was a kid and since I have found that the store bought dairy free ones just haven’t seemed to taste anything like real eggnog, I decided it was time to make my own.

Dairy Free Egg Nog
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Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked in water over night)
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • ½ pitted dates (soak in water for 30 min prior)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a blender puree all the ingredients together util smooth, if the consistency is too thick, add some of the water you used to soak the dates.
  2. Serve over ice to chill and add Spiced Rum if desired!
  3. Enjoy

I hope you like this dairy free eggnog recipe, it sure is tasty! What is your favourite holiday recipe?

 

xx Malika

By | Dec 11th, 2017|Drinks|0 Comments

Christmas Decor Home Tour

Welcome to my Christmas decor home tour! I love looking back at last years blog post to see how my decor has changed in the last 365days. 😉 As you know last spring we did some redecorating around here so when it came time to putting up the holiday decor I had to change a few things. First of all I moved the tree from being over by the window/patio door, to having it by my console and fire place. I think I like this spot much better, there was no room for it here in the past. Secondly I decided to purge and sell/give away a lot of my ornaments and blue/silver Christmas decor. Our house has a gold and teal theme now so I decided to only keep the ornaments that went with my new house style. I have a white flocked tree and I think red really pops so I have a lot more red ornaments now then I have in the past, and I love it. I really like to add a few holiday treasures in every room. I even but a min tree in my bathroom. I also added a few things in the bedroom on my vanity table. A little bit of Christmas everywhere! What is your favourite holiday decorating tradition?!

I spruced up my bar cart with this gold framed word art, added a gold wreath to the scotch bottle and added a few reminder!

My entryway console table was dressed up with some gold framed word art as well, and I found these cute little antique looking mini trees to put under my cloche. I LOVE the snowy owl, I feel like he is watching over us. 😉

This bar tray is on my other console with the floating shelves above it. I added some cute candy cane straws, some festive napkins and a snowy tree from HomeSense. This cute decoration of a mobile trailer with a tree on top is new and I just adore it.

This is my favourite spot on the couch. I just love to feel cosy by the fire and stare at the tree. I used this old black and gold tray as my starting point, I added some new gold and black candles, added some old gold lanterns from Ikea and a beautiful sparkly tree I found at HomeSense.

Here is my tree in all its glory. I never find that pictures do my tree justice, it looks way better in person. As always I did a ribbon garland around the tree and this year I added red berries for that extra special effect.

I think I accidentally started an owl ornament collection because this year I think I found at least a dozen of them. I love that each ornament has a special story and memory for me when I hang it up. Gosh I just love Christmas so much.

Last but not least my vanity got a cute rose gold tree and some lights and a reindeer with gold horns from Superstore. I love to find great decor and a great price!

Happy Holidays!

xx Malika

 

By | Nov 30th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments