Tag: Christmas

THE BEST TECH GUIDE AT AMAZON PRIME | LAST MINUTE GIFTS

THE BEST TECH GUIDE AT AMAZON PRIME | LAST MINUTE GIFTS

How did Christmas holiday creep up on us so fast?! There is only one weekend left to check off everyone on your Christmas list! If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, DON’T WORRY – if you act quickly you can still get your gifts […]

The Holiday Christmas Gift Guide

The Holiday Christmas Gift Guide

This is the BEST holiday Christmas Gift Guide ever! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? There is exactly 10 days left to cross off everyone on your Christmas list! Scroll down, and we guarantee you will find some awesome gift ideas that won’t beg […]

SPECIALTY ADVENT CALENDARS YOU NEED NOW | 2017 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

SPECIALTY ADVENT CALENDARS YOU NEED NOW | 2017 CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Christmas is less then two months away. It’s time to talk Christmas. One way to set the mood for Christmas are specialty advent calendars. Here is a list of our favourite non-traditional advent calendars filled with delicious treats, beauty and home products, and even BC Craft Beers to keep you cheering in December. I love advent calendars because they are great to get you to try something new everyday!

 

Get them while quantities last. I have a feeling they will disappear real fast!!

 

Saje Wellness: 12 Days of Wellness Advent Calender $109

Blended with ingredients grown natively in each region, these limited edition blends celebrate the vibrancy of our diverse planet. Let’s show gratitude for the world that we live in and all that it has to offer. Gratitude can travel any distance.

Davids Tea: 24 days of tea $45

Count down to the holidays with our legendary tea-filled advent calendar.

 

OLE HENRIKSEN: 12 Days of OLE Glow Skincare Advent Calendar $82

Count down to the holidays with this OLEHENRIKSEN Advent calendar, featuring a handpicked selection of must-try skincare minis.

Inspired by the holiday tradition of Advent calendars (Julekalender in Danish), Ole created this set so clients could bask in the excitement of the season as they reveal their favorites—including bestselling Truth Serum® and Sheer Transformation® Perfecting Moisturizer—and discover new ones. The 12 numbered panels feature a unique modern twist on the festive seasonal stamps popularized in Denmark in the early 1900s.

 

 

 

Ciaté London: Ciate Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Set $70

Ciaté’s annual Mini Mani Month is back with a super glossy upgrade for 2017. Treat yourself (or another nail polish lover) to the ultimate holiday countdown and a season full of magical holiday manis.

This year’s set includes 19 minis and one full-size pot of the new and improved, long-wearing, GELOLOGY formulation. Five of these are new and exclusive shades. The set also features a mini treatment base coat and a magical top coat so you can dazzle through the party season. Each product is tucked into its own box for the ultimate unwrapping experience.

 

 

TWG Tea: 12 Days of Christmas $198

Enclosed in a gold and ruby-red chest and elegant sleeve, the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Box is an advent calendar in your teacup.  On December 25th, awaken to chilly winter mornings with TWG Tea’s ultimate festive offering, the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Box, composed of an enchanting collection of 12 ornament-sized mini 25 gram tea tins filled with our favourite fine harvest teas and most beloved blends.

 

L’Occitane: Signature Advent Calender $69 and $134

Discover our captivating Signature Advent Calendar, featuring 24 irresistible beauty products and beautiful illustrations. Also discouver the Premium Advent Calender with irresistible treats you’ll want to keep for yourself! Featuring a selection of must-have skin care, body and bath, and hand care gifts

 

 

 

 

 

Day 12 – STAUB Cast Iron Cookware| 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 12 – STAUB Cast Iron Cookware| 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Wonderful! It is the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! I hope you have been following along! If you haven’t today is the LAST DAY to enter all 12 amazing prizes! You have until 12 midnight PST tonight! For wrap things up, […]

Day 11 – Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 11 – Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

I’ve been following Dana’s blog The Minimalist Baker for quite some time now. I love all the easy, no fuss recipes using 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare! Recently she came out with a new cookbook: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday […]

Day 10 – Donnelly Group | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 10 – Donnelly Group | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

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The Donnelly Group in Vancouver is a hospitality company with a collection of restaurants, bars barbershops and nightclubs. If you are unfamiliar with the name Donnelly than you must have heard of Hello Goodbye , Royal Dinette, The Bimini Public House, Barber & Co, Bar None and Republic Nightclub.

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Whether you are in the mood for a few casual bites like fish and chips, farm to table fare with city’s locavore darling Chef David Gunawan (Farmer’s Apprentice and Grape and Soda), or grab a few drinks and party the night away, the following establishments got you covered!

 

Day 10 – Win 1 of 2 Gift Cards to any Donnelly Group establishments (valued $50 each)

To enter this amazing giveaway, you must be Canadian resident (13+ years of age). Complete the following. Your chances increases the more items you complete and the more social media platforms you follow. Good Luck! DEADLINE: Dec 12th, 2016 11:59pm PST
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xx
Nancy

 

 

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Day 9 – Vij’s Indian Cookbook | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 9 – Vij’s Indian Cookbook | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Vij’s is a popular Indian Restaurant in Vancouver since 1994. The name Vikram Vij should be no stranger to most Vancouverites. His restaurants won many accolades and he’s even one of the Dragons’ on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Have you been to any of Vij’s restaurant? […]

Day 8 – Matcha Ninja | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 8 – Matcha Ninja | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Matcha Ninja is a premium, ceremonial grade, matcha green tea powder on the market that can be served cold. Their Tencha leaves are de-stemmed and finely ground for a longer period than regular matcha to allow for a super soluble and superior tasting matcha. Ceremonial […]

Day 7 – Cacao Restaurant | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 7 – Cacao Restaurant | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

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A friend asked me what was one of the most memorable places I’ve eaten lately. I have to say Cacao Restaurant specializing in Progressive Latin cuisine out in Kitsilano, Vancouver. Dave and I both loved Chef Jefferson Alvarez’s fresh modern take on Latin American food with a playful note.

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For example, take the chilled and aerated foie gras. It is fluffy and melts in your mouth as you are welcomed by pop rocks. To tie it all together, the sweet acidity of guava gel and catalina.

 


Fans of local and sustainability can relax knowing Cacao uses ethically sourced ingredients and the seafood are Ocean Wise.

Cacao offers brunch Tuesday to Sunday with wildly delicious things like wild mushrooms and 65º free range eggs and gluten free chicken & waffles.

Dinner menu consists of both a la carte and also 3 course ($45 pp) and 5 course ($75) tasting menu.

 

 

Day 7 – Win 5 Course Cacao Degustation Tasting Menu for 2 (valued $150)

To enter this amazing giveaway, you must be Canadian resident (13+ years of age). Complete the following. Your chances increases the more items you complete and the more social media platforms you follow. Good Luck! DEADLINE: Dec 12th, 2016 11:59pm PST

 

 

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Good Luck!
Check out the other 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway HERE! Remember to enter visit our other channels for opportunities to win! Contest closes Dec 12th midnight… It’s not too late to enter!
xx
Nancy

 

 

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URL: http://www.cacaovancouver.com
Cuisine: Latin

Hours:
Mon closed
Tue 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

1898 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1G5
(604) 731-5370

 

 

Day 6 – TATCHA Skincare | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 6 – TATCHA Skincare | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

TATCHA Skincare is one of my FAVORITE skincare line as of late. I love that it is based on ancient Geisha skincare traditions which is ideal for my fair Asian skin. The company is based in San Francisco, USA. Everything from their ingredients to their beautiful […]

Day 5 – Grown Here Farms | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 5 – Grown Here Farms | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Grown Here Farms  is a local producer of fresh sustainable microgreens and vegetables. They are certified organic since 2005. They do not partake in traditional agricultural practices, such as the use of pesticides or chemicals. Simply put their products are planted biologically into the soil and […]

Day 4  – Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 4 – Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston Cookbook

Sundays are best for rolling around in bed, going to church and for baking sweet treats with a glass of milk with ice cubes! Even better if the milk itself is grass fed and hormone free too! To be honest, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth – tho I enjoy a chewy chocolate chip cookie and carrot cake from time to time. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Edmonton blogger Karlynn Johnston pulls some serious heart strings with stories and recipes that points to Old-Fashioned desserts. If you’ve been a fan of www.thekitchenmagpie.com you will be excited for recipes like Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Cherry Whipped Shortbread, Doughnuts and Salted Buttered Pecans.

That being said, Karlynn brings back the Flapper Pie unique to Alberta and even more so in the farms of Manitoba of our grandmother’s generations. What once was a staple in prairie kitchens is a rarity. My parents never heard of it. My friends never seen it. So it will be interesting to make this hard to master graham crumb crust pie filled with decadent creamy custard filling and topped with meringue.

 

FLAPPER PIE- THE LOST PRAIRIE PIE

by Karlynn Johnston
serves 6
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INGREDIENTS
  • Crust:
  • 1¼ cups graham crackers
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Filling:
  • 2½ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Meringue Topping:
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ¼ tsp of cream of tartar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix all the crust ingredients together, save about 2 tbsp to the side and press the rest into a 10 inch pie plate, in the bottom and up the sides. Refrigerate.
  2. Combine the filling ingredients together and cook on a medium heat until it boils and thickens, making sure to stir constantly! Set aside to cool while you make the meringue.
  3. Beat the meringue ingredients together until they form stiff peaks.
  4. Pour the filling into the crust and top with the meringue, making beautiful little spikes that will brown up all lovely on top! Sprinkle the rest of the crumbs on the top and slide into a 350 degree oven.
  5. Bake until the meringue browns like below, around 10 minutes but watch it carefully! All ovens are different!
  6. Cool in the fridge and eat the same day. This isn’t a pie that is going to last a few days, meringue topped pies get slimy between the layers. This is best made mere hours before serving.

 

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What caught my eye was the recipe for Mini Doughnut Waffles. It looks like a Liege waffle but it’s part donut. I can’t wait to makes these. Now you can too by entering the contest below!

 

 

Day 4 – Win one Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston (valued $32.95)

 

To enter this amazing giveaway, you must be Canadian resident (13+ years of age). Complete the following. Your chances increases the more items you complete and the more social media platforms you follow. Good Luck! DEADLINE: Dec 12th, 2016 11:59pm PST
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Good Luck!
Check out the other 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway HERE! Remember to enter visit our other channels for opportunities to win! Contest closes Dec 12th midnight… It’s not too late to enter!
xx
Nancy

 

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Day 4 – Bake with Anna Olson | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 4 – Bake with Anna Olson | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

We love HGTV, Food Network and Netflix at the Lui household. And if you are like us, chances are you’ve baked with Anna Olson a handful of times. How could anyone resists baking classic chocolate chip cookies or citrus Madeleines?! Citrus Madeleines by Anna Olson […]

Day 3 – Good Earth Coffeehouse Vancouver | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Day 3 – Good Earth Coffeehouse Vancouver | 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Good Earth Coffeehouse is a popular Alberta-based coffee franchisee that recently just entered Vancouver’s coffee scene! The first location is located in the Point Grey neighbourhood at 2505 Alma Street and Broadway. It is around the corner from Nourish. Co-founder Nan Eskenazi plans to open three to […]