October 13, 2016

Mandy’s Meals & More


The December Holidays are a big deal around here at Little Miss Party. We love any excuse to get the whole family together. Making healthy food that the kids will eat is always a challenge. This seasonal salad has crispy, flavorful chicken tenders and sweet cranberry dressing. Chicken fingers in a salad? That should seal the deal. Happy kids, happy parents. Enjoy the holidays, xx  


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 16 Minutes

Serves 2 as a Main/4 as an Appetizer

Winter Spinach Salad

3/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
Pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
1 can mandarin oranges, drained or 2 fresh mandarins peeled & segmented
1 pound spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, or until nuts begin to brown. Watch carefully to avoid burning
In a food processor, combine the vinegar, oil, cranberries, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
In a salad bowl, toss the almonds, mandarin and spinach with the vinaigrette
Note: salad dressing would make a beautiful dip for the tenders if you prefer not to mix! 


Chex Rosemary Dijon Chicken Tenders

3 cups Rice Chex™ cereal, crushed
2 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders

Preheat oven to 400F on cover with parchment paper
Meanwhile, crush cereal in zip top bag using a rolling pin and chop rosemary
Mix crushed Chex™, rosemary and garlic powder in bowl
Cover tenders with dijon on both sides
Place each tender in Chex™ mixture covering each side, pressing mixture into mustard
Bake 8 minutes on one side, flip tenders over and bake for another 8 minutes









Looking for more delicious, Chex-inspired DIY recipes? Head on over to Chex.com for plenty of simple and healthy ideas!

xx, Seri
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October 5, 2016

A sweet and happy new year


I love nothing more than big family dinners. Some of my fondest memories are from our big family dinners. Family dinners were always the time we got to catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles who we hadn’t seen in awhile. We’d eat great food, drink delicious wine and chat for hours. The best.


This Rosh Hashana I took the boys to Toronto and invaded my cousin’s apartment to host my Canadian family for the very first time. It was a thrill. The best part was…my biggest responsibility was styling the table. MY FAVORITE PART! The ladies in my family are the most incredible cooks. And everyone has a famous dish. So it was like a big old potluck. So awesome.


My sister and I joined forces as we always do to get the table set and dinner prepped. We took a trip to our favorite place the St. Lawrence Market to grab fresh, seasonal flowers, mini jars of honey and cheese.




Since Rosh Hashana is the celebration of the Jewish New Year where we dip apples into honey to symbolize a sweet new year, I made a small plate of sliced apples, a triangle of brie cheese, a mini jar of honey and a dipper at each setting. It was perfect.



For the seating arrangement, I printed a photo of each family member from Artifact Uprising and placed it at their setting.



And of course served a huge round challah. Divine.





The best part of our family dinners is they end up being a potluck. Everyone has a famous dish that they cook and they bring it so there isn’t one person stuck in the kitchen all night.


Our menu was:
Aunt Sandy’s Brisket
Aunt Debi’s meatballs made by Mandy
Boobie’s potato salad made by Debi
Boobie’s Matzo ball soup
Steamed broccoli
Chinese chicken (Don’t ask)
Aunt Debi’s apple kugel



The night ended with a beautiful cake that Aunt Debi made to celebrate our cousin Daniella’s birthday which was yesterday and then we all helped to clean up which is so fun when you have a huge group to help.

It was another memorable, fun, awesome night. L’Shana Tova. Wishing those who celebrate a sweet and healthy new year!

xx, Seri
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July 1, 2016

Yay for Canada Day!


Seri and I have officially moved out East for the summer with the boys, which means so much summer inspiration and different places to shoot.  In other words, this will be the summer of snapchatting, so be sure to stay tuned!


In addition to this weekend being the 4th of July AND Luke’s 4th Birthday Party, today happens to be Canada Day! We knew that we had to make something in honor of Seri’s home country, and we have been talking about making our own snow cones for ages now.  Why not make them red?  Genius!!


Snow cones are enjoyed by people of all ages, so we made an adult version and a kids version of these babies, both using homemade simple syrup.  Cherry Thyme Simple Syrup, to be exact.  Ya ready?


Here’s what you need:

-1 cup white sugar
-1 cup water
-20 fresh cherries
-a few sprigs of thyme
-bottle of rosé wine
-snow cone cups



Here’s what to do:

1) Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil.
2) Add 15 cherries and a few sprigs of thyme to mixture in pan and stir to combine.
3) Reduce heat to simmer.  Take spoon or mallet and muddle cherries.
4) Let simmer for 10 minutes, until all sugar is dissolved and mixture has thickened.

5) Pour mixture through fine mesh strainer into a heat safe pitcher to strain out cherries and thyme.
6) Cover and refrigerate syrup until cool, about 30 minutes.
7) Meanwhile, take your blender and make about 6 cups of crushed ice.
8) Once simple syrup is cooled, take out of fridge and have ready to go next to you.
9) Use ice cream scoop to scoop crushed ice into each paper snow cone cup.  If you can’t get the cone to form a perfect dome, use your hands to melt the ice into a dome.

10) Take pitcher with simple syrup and slowly pour onto the top of each snow cone.





11) If you’d like to make an adult version, pour some rosé over the top of your cone in addition to the simple syrup.

12) Garnish with a fresh cherry, and you’re done!



Enjoy, and Happy Canada Day!

xx, Abby
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May 2, 2016

Picking the perfect card for Mom


This year, the kids had the last week of April off school for spring break. So we took a trip to Toronto to spend quality time with my family just in time for Mother’s Day.

My sister, first time Mom, and I thought it would be really nice to co-host a little Mother’s Day dinner with a few of the special ladies in our family. We gathered Mom, Aunti Marissa, Aunti Debi and our cousin Bailey who is so good with our children she may as well be a second mother to them. Abby also came with us on the trip as she’s a part of the family and I wanted her to finally see Toronto and meet my Boobie (grandmother).

Before I left on the trip, I took the boys with me to our local Walgreens to choose a Mother’s Day card for everyone.



They chose the most beautiful cards. Naturally each was a Hallmark because let’s face it, those guys know what they are doing. And some were actually the Hallmark Signature cards which were a step above with some pretty beautiful designs.



I sent a photo of all of the cards to my sister for inspiration for our dinner. We immediately agreed on the following:

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1. An ombre of pink flowers would be our centerpiece down the dinner table.




2. We don’t want to cook. We are MOMS TOO! And we needed a break. So we called Mandy’s amazing friend Elyse of Elyse Leanna Catering to put together a fabulous menu and take care of it all for us.




3. Let’s skip the dishes. We’re always slaving over the sink after a big meal so this time we opted for the new Little Miss Party in a Box to set the table and boy was that a game changer. Clean up was a cinch!  So we got to enjoy each other for longer.


One of the nicest things about hosting this dinner was putting it together with my family. My sister and I drank wine and laughed over flower arranging, my son helped set the table and we used the cards for each Mom as a place card so there was no problem finding seats when our guests arrived. Oh and obviously we topped each with a tulip. Duh.





Before dinner was served everyone opened their card. I included recent school photos of the boys which everyone loved. And the best was watching everyone read our notes and the pictures that the kids took the time to draw.





EVERYONE was so appreciative knowing the time it took to choose those cards, draw a note and print out photos.

To end off on a sweet note, we knew to ask Aunt Debi to make dessert because well….she’s taking things to a whole new level these days. These rosettes?  I mean, c’mon.


Simply Beautiful Eating, you never cease to amaze me.



One very important woman missing was Frieda. Boobie. AKA our grandmother and Queen B.

Boobie Frieda doesn’t do dinner at 3pm anymore. So when we want to see Frieda, we go to Frieda.

It was a pleasure to see her, and she loved the card and photos from the boys.


Happy mothers day to all of the aunts, cousins, grandmother’s and sisters of the world. As you know, it takes a village. Without you us mom’s would be lost. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I was asked to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens #CareWithACard campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens but the love for these woman is all on my own.

Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Marissa

    It was the most wonderful dinner! Thank you so much. I loved my card and will always treasure the memories of a wonderful evening spent with people that I care about!!

    Love you,

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April 29, 2016

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

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Over my years as a home cook and baker I have never been able to master two things:

1. An avocado rose

2. The elusive Macaron

I’m just going to forget about that rose…..BECAUSE the macaron is where it’s AT.

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Notice that I’m referring to this cookie as just a Macaron and not a French Macaron? That’s because there’s a difference between a French Macaron and an Italian Macaron. I learned to tell the two apart this past weekend at a Macaron Making Workshop at Le Dolci Bake Shop in downtown Toronto where we were invited to attend their 2 hour class.

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We couldn’t have been more excited. My Director of Sponsorships (Daniella Visconti) was even more pumped to try her hand at this delicate task because she is set on making a “macaron tower” for her upcoming bridal shower. A tower? I’m was just aiming for a few cookies that didn’t fall apart or look like BOOBS.

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When we arrived at Le Dolci (and found a stellar parking spot) we were greeted by two lovely ladies – Lindsey (the instructor and pastry chef extraordinaire) and Stephanie (who is the “I do everything” gal).

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We donned our aprons, which in my opinion were super cute. Thank you for hooking us up with these Kitchen Stuff Plus! Then we washed our hands in preparation for us getting all “Mac’d up” and settled into our seats. Other “macaron” students filed in one by one until the table was full.

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You can definitely tell that my partner is a school teacher. She sat with her pen poised, taking oodles of notes and actually paid attention to the instructor. Unlike me who used to talk in class when I was little, got in loads of trouble for yapping AND still haven’t changed since Grade 3.

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And then…..

It began.

The instructor/chef – Lindsey started the tutorial by explaining the difference between French and Italian Macaron recipes. What I absorbed out of that was …..we were not going to Paris but instead to Rome for these Macs. If you want to know the difference I found this blog that explains it perfectly – CLICK HERE

Here were the next steps in condensed form along with a pictorial:


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THE RAIN (of sugar)

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I THINK THERE WAS WHIPPING AGAIN ( I can’t remember because I was too busy snap chatting, shooting, eating my sample macaron and most likely TALKING)

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THE SLAPPING (too violent to photograph so I’m going to jump to the next pic)

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THE BAKING (again no photo because this is what we did while they were in the oven – SMILING AND PRAYING

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THE LICKING – (ya, you heard me….this was the best part)

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THE GILDING (with gold by the way…..uh ya….like real gold)

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And finally….


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When all was said and done, we each had a load of macs to take home with us AND the recipe for these delicate little beauties.

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The one thing I do remember the instructor saying was “you will try this recipe at least 3 times before you get the hang of it”.

3 TIMES???!!!!

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Oh and the weather needs to be good AND you can’t make macaron if you’re stressed. I’m convinced the perfect place for making these would be in Arizona at a Spa.

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But seriously? If you want to spend a wonderful, fun afternoon by yourself or with friends, head down to Le Dolci for this class or others that they offer (I want to do donuts next) or to purchase one of their beautiful custom baked products.

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Thank you so much for having us Le Dolci ! We loved the lesson and hope to try it at home soon.


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Mine even survived the ride home!

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Want to watch the whole shebang on You Tube? Grab your macarons by the feet and let’s go!

debi, @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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