Friday, December 21, 2012

{easy last minute christmas cookies}

YAY for Friday! My last day at work before Christmas - I am ready for this much needed break!!

I've got dinner guests tonight - and a slew of other events in the next few days, and seeing as I've been super short on time I needed a quick and easy cookie recipe for guests, friends, family & our neighbours. Here's what I whipped up {literally!}:

These are the easiest and most delicious little shortbread cookies you can make! Great thing is you only need 3 ingredients - and I'll bet you have them at home already ...


- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened - either leave at room temp a few hrs or warm in a microwave for approx. 30 seconds)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup icing sugar

Combine all ingredients and beat for 10 minutes. And when I say 10 minutes, I mean TEN MINUTES. If you have a hand mixer like me, you'll get a good bicep workout in ;) It's this step that makes these cookies soft, whipped, melt-in-your-mouth amazing.

Drop from a teaspoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 mintues at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or until edges are just golden). This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies, so if you double it, you've got enough to feed the whole block! Hope this comes in handy if you needed a quick last minute recipe with ingredients already around the house.

YUM! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

{oh christmas tree ...}

Happy Thursday! Did all of my fellow Vancouverites make it ok in the crazy snow yesterday?? Gosh, my commute home - which is supposed to take a total of 45 minutes - took me 3 entire hours! Any one with winter weather conditions please be careful out there!!

Needless to say, the snow itself is so beautiful. And it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Here's a little look at my Christmas decor & tree this year:

Turquoise and shades of copper:

Also, today you can find me guest contributing over at La Dolce Vita - dissecting the makings of a Windsor Smith kitchen. The kitchen is the perfect family gathering spot during the holidays, don't you think? Hop over to check out my post, here's a peek:

Thanks for all of your support, and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

{lusting: plum furniture}

Well, it's a pretty darn happy day when you learn that one of your favorite designers now has a line of furniture that includes pieces that you've drooled over in all of their projects! That's how I felt when the lovely people over at McGill Design Group emailed to let me know about Plum Furniture. Principal designer Colleen McGill is insanely talented, and I've been following her career for a few years; now I'm lusting over every single piece in her new line. Here are a few photos of Colleen's latest project {complete with before and after!} utilizing several pieces from Plum Furniture; first the BEFORE!

And after:

It almost hurts it's so good! Everything Colleen does blows my socks off! And so many of the pieces you see are from the Plum Furniture collection.

Seriously my favorite entry vignette ever, I LOVE the idea of placing a lucite console table in front of an oversized mirror {see my past post here}:
And there will be much much more where that came from! Here's a sneak peek at two
new products not yet listed on the site but available by special order and coming soon!
The Reese Bench elongated
The Sandra Napper –Double
The Plum Furniture products are all available online and ship to Canada and the US. And you have approximately 60 different fabric and colour choices for each upholstered piece! Go here to see more products & check out McGill Design Group's design solutions {including e-decorating}, and go here to see Colleen's amazing porfolio.
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