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DIY: Talavera Dishware

After a recent trip to Mexico I fell in love with the beautiful design and pattern work of Talavera pottery. Originating from Puebla, Mexico, each piece is intricately hand-painted so no two pieces are exactly alike. You can find plates, vases, dishes, sinks and many other earthenware in the Talavera style made to accommodate everyday use or to stand alone as a gorgeous household decoration. Inspired by the colourful and exotic artwork, I decided to visit a local ceramic painting shop to try and create my own Talavera masterpiece.

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DIY: Rope and Chain Necklace

Chain necklaces are one of my accessory essentials! They are super versatile and can compliment any wardrobe item. This rope and chain DIY necklace can be worn alone as it’s own statement piece or layered with your other favourite jewelry items. Continue reading

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Heartwarming Lamb Stew

In the mood for something warm and comforting for dinner? This lamb stew should do the trick. It is easy to put together and includes a special secret ingredient….BACON! Trust me, it truly takes the recipe to a whole new level.  Continue reading

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Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl

It rains a LOT in Vancouver. Wellies and umbrellas are a common sight when strolling our wet city streets. While we don’t love the rainy weather, it does provide the perfect conditions to enjoy hot bowls of noodle soup.

Coconut curry noodle bowls are my particular favourite. My mom makes a mean Ohn-No Khao Swè, a Burmese style coconut chicken noodle soup topped with boiled egg, crispy rice noodles and scallions.  The taste is similar to Malaysian laksa but milder in spice. Below is my go-to recipe for an easy coconut curry noodle bowl inspired by Burmese Ohn-No Khao Swè. Continue reading

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DIY: Embellished Bib Necklace

I’ve been in love with the bib necklace trend this year. They’re prominent statement pieces that can amp up an outfit.

Prada, Chanel and YSL make beautiful embellished bib necklaces that can cost a pretty penny. You can make a bold neck piece that is gorgeous, unique and will cost you less than $10 with my bib necklace tutorial. It’s easy… Continue reading

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Rigatoni

I love fresh basil and there’s no dish that compliments the herb quite like a pesto dish. After our basil plant was flourishing and fragrant, I plucked off the leaves for this delicious Creamy Pesto Chicken Rigatoni. Continue reading

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How to: Grow your own Basil

There’s no doubt the difference fresh herbs makes to a meal. They add flavor, aroma and can be used as an excellent garnish. But buying them can be pricy and wasteful. A good quality bunch will cost up to $2.00 and on most occasions you will not use the entire contents of a package.

Herbs are simple to grow and can be easily cultivated indoors. For me, they induce a feeling of kick-ass triumph for actually growing something I can eat! Find out how you can get your kitchen garden started today with a Basil plant. Continue reading

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