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Home Decor || My 3 Easy Hostess Tips with @TheBrick || #partner

IMG_9331We love to host guests! When we moved in last year, the kitchen was the first renovation update we tackled. With some help from The Brick we found 3 amazing appliances that help us cook, gather and celebrate in the heart of our home. For the majority of the week we have friends and family stop in for a visit like an endless revolving door. Let me tell you, having last minute guests keeps you on your toes! Over the years, we developed some simple tricks to hosting a large or a small group with relative ease.

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1) Add bouquets throughout your home. It doesn’t matter if you buy flowers or cut them from your own garden the end result is the same… that heavenly smell. Florals have a way of keeping your house smelling fresh and light. Remember to change the water and recut the ends to prolong the life of your gorgeous blooms.

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2) Have all the fixings on hand to throw together a small charcuterie board. We went with this Whirlpool all-fridge from The Brick for a reason. We love to eat fresh ingredients we rarely eat frozen. This way we have all the room we need for infused waters, chilled Prosecco, pre-made salads. Plus all the meat, cheeses and olives any great charcuterie would need. Because we are not preparing from frozen, I can put together a snack for my guests in minutes thanks to this fridge.

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3) Have plenty of counter seating. The kitchen is the heart of our home, naturally whenever we have a gathering most guests gravitate to it. I love our counter seats, they allow our guests to chat with us while we prepare a meal. We can sip, gab and snack along the way without the separation of the host from their guests while cooking. It’s so casual, it has a way of making our guests feel right at home.

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Lifestyle || Restaurant Quality Barbecuing || How To: Himalayan Salt Stone Edition with @TheBrick #partner

Summer is officially in full swing and you know what that means… it’s BBQ season! Next time you’re hosting guests definitely think about investing in a quality Barbecue. Look for key features like: temperature gauge, large surface grilling area and quick easy flame starters. We love to entertain outdoors so when I saw the Park Terrace 7 piece dining set I had to have it. The large table is perfect for hosting our Sunday family dinner and the glass top is easily cleaned in seconds.

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We took our grill game this year to the next level with a Himalayan salt stone. We can use it directly on the surface of the barbecue we found at The Brick. I know I was a bit intimated by these stones when I’ve seen them in cooking magazines and culinary chef shows. But now that we’ve started using them I know how easy and how amazing they season whatever you’re cooking. Here are my easy tips for achieving restaurant quality meals at home with your grill:

1) SLOWLY heat stone! This is key for the longevity of your salt stone. I put mine directly onto my grill, set heat to the lowest setting. I let it slowly heat for 15 minutes at a minimal. Then you can up the heat and start grilling! If you start on high heat you may crack your stone. At home hack: don’t have a grill? I use this stone in my GE range oven too. 

2) The longer the food stays, the more seasoned it will become. We usual do our steaks 2 minutes per side on the salt stone, then transfer to the grill fast minute to get those crispy black grill marks.

3) It’s not just for meat! We anything from steaks, to mushrooms to lettuce hearts for salads. Seafood too!

4) Clean up is easy and fast. Don’t use soap but instead lightly rinse with water, scrap any big bits off and pat dry. Easy as that!

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Home || My Sit Up Bar with @TheBrick || And a refreshing drink recipe! Strawberry Lemon Spritz #partner

I’m so excited to share our bar sit up with The Brick. We scored these bar modern stools a few months ago. I love the padded leather and adjustable height, perfect for my guests to pull up a seat and make a great summer drink!

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The Strawberry Lemon Spritz

What you’ll need: 

1 oz. Gin  (We choose Hansen Distillery Trouble Gin)

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

4 oz. Sparkling Water

Fresh Mint

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Lemon Slice

Strawberry

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Muddle mint, lemon juice, and half a strawberry. Add all ingredients. Garish, lemon slice, mint leaf and half strawberry. Serve on ice.

Such a refreshing drink for those hot summer days.

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Lifestyle || The tastiest pork chop recipe you ever did see… || @TheBrick & @GEappliancesCA #partner

With the summer in our sights we are getting outside as much as possible. It’s the time of year I notice that we start to shift from winter’s comfort food to light fresh fast meals. With my little helper Alastair, we are going to share one of our family favourite recipes using organic ingredient’s from Spud and seasoning from our friend’s at Epicure. We’ve been loving the additional of our new GE Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Convection Range to our kitchen. With two ovens I can cook a meal and bake dessert at the same time. Or in this case, cook a hot dip as an appetizer while I using the other oven for dinner. I found with my last oven I never used my warming draw and it slowly transformed into pan storage. Such a waste of space. Doubling my oven space has been amazing, making cooking even easier! I don’t think I can ever go back to a conventional single oven range.

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Italian Pork Chop

What you’ll need: 6 pork chops, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil, fresh spinach, 2 large savoury  tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Epicure’s Balsamic Vinaigrette seasoning (or Italian blend of choice).

What you’ll need to do: brush a table spoon of olive oil onto pork chops, season both sides with pinch salt and Epicure Balsamic. Cut tomatoes into thirds, season and place open flesh down onto cooking pan with pork chops. Cook in oven at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes (cook meat throughly). Place tomatoes on top of each chop with a sprinkle of cheese. Run under the broiler on high for approximately 2 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Serve on bed of fresh spinach and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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