Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
We're total kitchenware addicts and we're loving our latest finds for not only being functional, but for adding funky flair to our home too! We're digging the easy-to-use BODUM® Brazil French Press 8-Cup Coffee Maker for manually brewing a perfect-tasting coffee. We also couldn't resist matching up the French Press with the groovy-looking BODUM® BISTRO Toaster. Made of stainless steel with a rubberized coloured finish, this two-slice toaster has variable browning and temperature settings as well as adjustable-width toasting slots and a removable crumb-tray. With both items available in eight different colours, breakfast time has become an extra bright highlight to our mornings!
Items sold separately at cookworks.ca; available in eight colours (red, pink, purple, green, brown, white, black, or grey).
Friday, June 26, 2009
In spite of all the controversy surrounding him, Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) was undeniably a musical genius. Today we'd like to honour the King of Pop whose music has been incredibly influential to an entire generation.
Take a moment to listen to the soulful and beautiful words from Heal the World, Jackson's biggest hit single from his eighth studio album Dangerous:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ina Garten's Fresh Whiskey Sours
Prep Time: 5 min
Yield: 4 cocktails
3/4 cup whiskey (recommended: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
2/3 cup sugar syrup*
Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, and syrup. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and pour in the drink mix 2/3 full. Shake for 15 seconds and pour into glasses. Add a maraschino cherry and serve ice cold.
*Note: To make the sugar syrup, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil, and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Chill before using.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
If you find yourself in similar money predicaments and need ways to remedy the problem, click here to read Cettina’s article or copy and paste this link into your web browser:
Monday, June 22, 2009
$275 (Chapa Heather design); To find your nearest retailer, visit www.swissmasai.ca
Friday, June 19, 2009
Be sure to give your dad butterfly kisses (and real kisses too) this Sunday! Have a great weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Christine Cushing's Apricot Bellini
1 oz apricot nectar (30 ml)
Prosecco, to taste
Pour apricot nectar into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
Casting call alert! Cushing is currently working on development of a new show called "Fearless in the Kitchen". Want to be on her show? Click here for casting call info. To download the application form, click here!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Want more? View the entire 30-minute commencement speech here:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Click here to read Bond's five other travel tips or copy and paste this link into your web browser:
We're definitely advocates of sleeping smart while travelling, which is why we're never without our EcoTools Bamboo Sleep Mask. Made of super soft bamboo fibres, we place the earth-friendly mask over our lids to ensure we get the proper amount of shut-eye while thousand of feet in the air. And even when we're in a hotel room or in our bed at home, this trusty eye mask is just what's needed for a good night's sleep.
$3.99 USD; To find a retailer, visit parispresents.com
Monday, June 15, 2009
The winter days that expose our skin to harsh weather elements are behind us (for now!), but it's still important to keep our skin moisturized in the warmer months--especially since we'll soon be showing off our tans! Part of our year-round daily beauty regimen is applying Curel® Continuous Comfort Fragrance-Free Lotion to ensure our skin stays soft and silky smooth no matter the season. We just lather on this luxurious lotion, slip into a short sleeve top, flowy skirt and our favourite pair of sandals and we're ready to soak in the sunshine. Our tanned skin will certainly feel as good as it looks!
$11.99 for 380 mL; $3.49 for 100 mL at Shoppers Drug Mart & other major drug stores
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Though most of us may not be lucky enough to take in the picturesque views of Okanagan Valley daily, we can certainly bring a piece (or, rather, a bottle) of it home with us! In beautiful Summerland, B.C. lies the gorgeous and cheeky-named Dirty Laundry Vineyard, producer of the voluptuous 2008 Gewurztraminer - Madam's Vines. The white wine's intense flavours and aromas of lavender and lychee (yum!) easily seduces our taste buds. Strong flavoured cheeses, seafood or simply "sitting back and relaxing on a warm summer day" are all vintner recommendations of what goes well with this delightful wine. Cheers!
$19.99 at dirtylaundry.ca
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Visit the official Kiva website at www.kiva.org for more info about microlending.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thousands of Canadians are victims of identity theft every year, but you don't have to be one of them! We read the informative and helpful Simple Strategies to Avoid Privacy Leaks by Adam Bluestein in which the author outlines how various everyday scenarios such as opening a new credit card account, using your work computer for personal matters, and even making a phone call can put your private information at risk of exposure. Though some parts of the article pertain specifically to U.S. citizens and laws, there is still a wealth of practical advice that Canadian Career Gals would be wise to take to ensure they protect their identity.
Click here to read Bluestein's article or copy and paste this link into your web browser:
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hmmm... what shall we have to satisfy our afternoon munchies at work? We've discovered the most pleasurable snack to curb our cravings! The oh-so-yummy Cheesestraws are just the savoury treat we like to nibble on before the clock strikes five. Handmade by Toronto-based specialty food company All The Best Fine Foods, the cheesestraws come in three delectable flavours: Herbed Chevre & Walnut, Sesame & Cheddar and our favourite, Lemon Cracked Pepper Reggiano. Keep a box of these crunchy, gourmet sticks stashed in your desk drawer--though we're willing to bet they won't last long in there! Makes for a fabulous party snack too.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Enjoy the beautiful weekend, ladies, and see you on Monday!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
6 oz vodka
3 x clear crème de cacao
1 tsp Cointreau, or triple sec (This adds an extra dimension, but just omit it if you have none on hand.)
Fill a martini shaker or a large glass with ice. Add all ingredients and shake or stir. Strain into chilled martini glasses.
Garnish: An unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss or a single Rolo (or any small chocolate candy).
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We particularly enjoyed his post on the importance for investors to realize the power of compound interest on returns (originally posted on July 3, 2007). As Ferris explains, the “Rule of 72” is a simple answer to the question of “how soon will my investment double?”.
Click here to read Ferris' entire post or copy and paste this link into your web browser:
Monday, June 1, 2009
$19.99 USD at The HBO Store (1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY) or shop online at store.hbo.com