November 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

One of my favourite holiday’s is Thanksgiving. A time to reflect on what we are blessed with and an opportunity to spend precious moments with family and friends.

This year, I wanted to showcase some of Martha Stewart’s recipes by creating a Pie Bar for my guests to enjoy.

First of all, I love anything to do with buffet style serving. Let your guests pick and choose their favourite pie flavours straight from the bar! The best part is, you can mix and match your pie selections to suit your tastes.

This Thanksgiving, you can not only please your pumpkin pie fans but you will also be making others happy too with a Build-Your-Own-Pie-Bar.

It’s a snap to get started. Just find a good place in the house to display your pies. I went with the buffet I have in my living room, as it is wide and long enough to set up your bar. Make sure you have enough cake stands of different heights to give dimension to the display.

Set out your plates and cutlery and then go to town with fall themed decor. Always incorporate organic items into the buffetscape. I used an assortment of freshly fallen leaves from the yard and real white mini pumpkins from the local farmer’s market. Intertwined with all the tableware are some fabulous seasonal decor items I found at HomeSense Canada (HomeGoods in the USA).

I created a cute DIY project for this bar. An easy garland made with string and different kinds of ribbon. You can put this together in less than 30 minutes and it can be used to decorate just about any area of the house. I strung it across my buffet and it looked so pretty with the Thanksgiving themed Pie Bar.

I also used cardstock paper to create the “pie bar” lettering for my focal point backdrop. Super fun and easy to do with clothespins on a wooden board.

Now, let’s talk pie! Here’s the lineup I made for the bar:

Double Crust Berry Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Mini Pecan Tassies

With all these choices and a simply beautiful backdrop, you are going to have very happy and grateful guests.

From my home to yours, wishing you a very happy, healthy and meaningful Thanksgiving.

See you next week!
debi @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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November 16, 2017

Boobie Frieda is 96

It’s kinda hard to believe but my Boobie is 96 years young today. 96. That’s a number one can only hope to live up to. Or is it a number you wish never to receive?

My Boobie Frieda is sharper than sharp. She’s got 20/20 eye vision and she still hosts my family over at her house every time I visit Toronto. The problem is, her body, is not keeping up with her age. She is slowing down and sometimes I look at her and think is she comfortable? The answer is no. I know that. She knows that. She tells me that! I feel for her and I don’t want her to EVER leave me. But I also don’t like the thought of her being uncomfortable. None the less, Boobie keeps on trucking and tells me every day that she’s living to watch her beautiful family grow. So we continue to make her happy and proud.

In case you’re wondering…Boobie’s fashion forward sweatshirt is from Old Navy. I’m obsessed with it.

Last week I took Luke on a trip to Toronto and Maggie joined us so she could meet my family as well as capture a few very special episodes of cooking and crafting with two of my aunts. More on that soon!

When we arrived in Toronto, our first stop was Boobie Frieda’s house. Of course Boobie had a table full of food waiting for us and we devoured it all the second we sat down.

Mandy joined us and prior to the trip we came up with a plan to decorate Boobie’s living room and surprise her for her birthday. Mandy picked up my a confetti sprinkle cake and I brought home some of my favorite party supplies from the Little Miss Party Shop.

Once we had a chance to sneak off and set up we asked Gemma, Boobie’s incredible caretaker to wheel Boobie on up the stairs, into the living room.

When Boobie saw what we put together she started to cry. So then we started to cry. It was a big old sob-fest. Boobie was so touched and it couldn’t have made me happier.

We figured 96 candles may burn down Boobie’s house so we opted for a set of “awesome” candles for her to blow out. We took photos, ate cake and told stories for hours. It was a wonderful afternoon with our favorite lady.

May we keep celebrating YOU with many more birthdays, Queen Boobie! We love you. Happy Happy Birthday.

xx, Seri
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  1. debi @simplybeautifuleating

    Oh boy. Now I’m crying. This is the best POST ever. Love you all for doing such an amazing surprise party for my mama (aka Boobie Frieda). She is one incredible lady who continues to inspire all of us. xoxoxoxo

  2. Marissa RevzenEllis

    May Frieda have many more years of good health and happiness!

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November 15, 2017

DIY “Merry” Garland Wall Decor

I grew up in a house where it looked like Christmas exploded the day after Thanksgiving. My mom (still!) gets up early on Black Friday, breaks out all our twinkly lights, garlands, and red pillows. My dad gets up on the ladder to deck the house with Christmas lights. Then we all pile into the car to go cut down our tree and it’s Christmas bliss until December 26th.

This year, I wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to the LMP office, so I decided to decorate our open white wall with a DIY “Merry” sign made of fake evergreen garland. Here’s what you’ll need:

-3 pieces of 9ft wire evergreen garland (like this one from Michael’s)

-copper wire twinkle lights

-command hooks

-16 gauge steel wire

-floral wire

-wire clippers

Step 1: Form your 16 gauge wire into a script version of “merry.” It will look really rough, but it’s just a template for the garland so don’t worry about making it perfect.

Step 2: Take your garland and begin to form it to your wire template. The branches of the garland should be made of wire, so use those parts to secure it to your template. Carefully wrap single pieces of the branches all along your 16 gauge wire frame until your reach the end. You will likely need 2 or 3 garlands in total. Additionally, use small pieces of your floral wire to secure any spots that need a little extra help.

Step 3: Hold up your full garland to the wall to test for placement. Mark the places where you would like your garland to start and end.

Step 4: Hang your command hooks as you go. You can manipulate the letters to lay exactly as you wish if you place the hooks in order of letters, rather than placing them in advance and trying to hang up the sign. Hold up your sign, place a hook, hang one letter, readjust, and repeat.

Step 5: Weave in your copper wire twinkle lights for a perfect touch of holiday cheer!

Happy holidays!

xx, Maggie
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November 14, 2017

Pineapple Rum Holiday Punch

The Holiday entertaining ideas are flowing around here, which also means that I’m pulling together my favorite festive cocktail recipes.

This Pineapple Rum Holiday Punch is a sweet way to enjoy some fruit in the winter months, with a kick, of course.

Here is what you need:
-1 bottle Tropicana’s Pineapple Mango with Lime Juice
-3 cups spiced dark rum
-1 cup cranberry juice
-1 bottle of prosecco or other sparkling white wine
-1 fresh pineapple, sliced
-3 fresh limes, sliced
-2 fresh oranges, sliced
-1 cup fresh cranberries
-10 sprigs fresh rosemary
-2 cups ice

Mix all above ingredients together in punch bowl. Serve in glasses rimmed with honey, sugar and sprinkles. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Punch is an awesome drink to serve at a party since it is so easy to make in big batches, and people can just serve themselves, leaving more time for you, the host, to mingle and concentrate on other things!

Until next week… cheers!

xx, Abby
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November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Round up: Best Tables & Tips

Thanksgiving is so soon! Who’s ready? I’m not! I have to plan my menu, design my table, make my shopping lists, oy!

I have a feeling there are many of you in the same boat as me so I’m rounding up my favorite tables and tip to get help us all prep for the upcoming Turkey Holiday.

Let’s start with our tables last year because oh em gee. Were these not amazing? Here’s mine…

I went with heathered grey linens, copper chairs and black matte utensils.  I mean seriously guys? I can’t.  I just love this table so much. I also printed “What are you Thankful For?” cards and put them on everyone’s place setting with a pencil. Each guest filled the card out anonymously and then I mixed them up, passed them out and we guessed who it was that wrote them. Was so sweet to hear what people wrote and it was such a fun activity at the dinner table!

Then there’s Michelle’s table. Painted pumpkins and matching flowers? Um…to die for right?!

Michelle also hosted a stunning Friendsgiving dinner last year and my favorite part about her tablescape here is the customized ornaments at each place setting. How smart is this?  Give your friends a personalized ornament at Thanksgiving that they can take home and hang on their tree for Christmas? Incredible.

I also love the custom menus that we designed on Tiny Prints with the personalized ornaments. I really love placing a menu on each place setting at a dinner party because it gives your guests the opportunity to check out what they are eating before it’s served.

How about the kiddos?  Get them involved!  They love to help. My kids enjoy both cooking and setting the table so I get them involved as much as possible.

When we host a large group I usually set a separate table for the kids and this is 100% my son’s job to put together.

How about a few tips for ya? The easiest of them all is finding unexpected items for serving out of. For example, a squash, pumpkin or acorn can be hollowed out and used as a bowl for olives, nuts, cheese, etc.

How about hosting a Friendsgiving cocktail party instead of a sit down dinner? Serve light bites and cocktails making the party a little less formal but still tons of fun.

Don’t want to blow your budget on a fancy party? Then don’t! Make it a potluck. Ask everyone to bring a side dish, wine and/or dessert while you provide the protein (a roast chicken or turkey for example).

Hope this helps bring it all together for you. Now I gotta get moving on making my Thanksgiving dinner come to life. Gobble Gobble!

xx, Seri
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