One Pot Pasta!

Yes! I cook! I know most of you know this about me as I share some of my fav recipes with you here. But, you would think it was big news the way Tracey and Jason reacted when I prepared my first ‘On Air’ dish last week on Cityline.   This healthy and quick ‘One-Pot’ meal is a go to staple in my home.  Using just a handful of seasonal and inexpensive ingredients you will have a delicious dish in just 13 MINUTES!! Setting your kitchen timer is of course optional.  I find using this tool lets me enjoy cooking and the company I am keeping. Your focus can be on your guests rather then worrying about your meal timing. Hear the beep, add the next ingredient, reset and relax!! Once prepared, this dish serving is so big it can easily be served warm right away and as cold leftovers the next day! Delish!   Here is a printable recipe to add your recipe binder! Penne with Shrimp, Feta and Spring Veggies...

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Marshmallows

Over the Christmas break,  I made these delicious little nibbles and served them at my New Year’s Eve party. I loved the look and the taste of them so much that I wanted to share. Most years after the holidays,  many of us are left with uneaten chocolate and candy canes. Well, instead of throwing it away, here is a fun, easy and tasty way to use up those Christmas goodies. They are great to serve in a  bowl or add them to a piping mug of hot chocolate after coming in from the cold. I’ve set out the instructions below.  They couldn’t be easier and were really quick to make. I hope that you enjoy making them and that your guests and family enjoy eating them! ~ Shoana     1. Crush candy canes into small pieces. 2. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. You will need this later. 3. Break up the chocolate into small pieces and add it to a double boiler.* 4. As the chocolate melts, stir gently. The chocolate will melt in just a few minutes. 5. Dip one end of the marshmallow about half way into the melted chocolate. 6. Then, dip the chocolate end into the candy cane pieces. 7. Place the marshmallows, candy cane side down, on the wax paper. Don’t worry, the candy cane pieces keep the marshmallow from sticking. 8. Let them cure for at least 30 minutes then enjoy!  *TIP:  I don’t have a proper double boiler, so I improvised by filling a pot half way with water and using a heat proof glass bowl.   **REMEMBER:  If you do this, don’t forget to leave room for the steam to escape. This will prevent the...

Holiday Decorating with Chatelaine Magazine

  There is nothing like putting a personal touch on your holiday decorating!  Chatelaine Magazine’s December issue has all the tips you need to make your own decor from things you’ve probably got at home!! The ‘Fabulously Fake’ look will have you cutting, creasing and glueing craft paper into wreaths, ornaments, even fireplaces and trees! For more ideas on decorating with fresh, foraged and fabulously fake finds, check out the link from Cityline’s Chatelaine Day! Check out the cute video Chatelaine did for a step by step guide on making your own fun folded accordion wreath! Happy Christmas crafting! ~...

DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Thanksgiving Treats

Wow! You guys really love your Pumpkin Spiced Lattes!! Yesterday, I showed a recipe on Cityline and I have been swamped with requests for the recipe! Well, ask and you shall receive! I hope you all enjoy!! Here is the link to the whole segment so you can see the other DIY Thanksgiving desert ideas I shared. Happy Sweet Thanksgiving! ~ Shoana p.s. I would love to credit this recipe properly but I just had it saved on my computer. If anyone recognizes it, please add the credit to the comments page below.  ...

Backyard Makeover – All Done!

Okay, I showed you the before & during and now it’s time for the big reveal. We are so happy with our backyard and have already hosted many friends and family get-togethers here. Here are the pictures and details…   Source List: I know that thee will be questions about where I bought stuff so here is the list for those who want to know. If I missed anything don’t hesitate to ask, I am always happy to share! Bouclair – ALL of the pillows Home Depot – Grey Adirondack chairs Ikea – Sideboard table, fire pit side tables, navy blue umbrella, dining table, white blankets, dishes and glasses HomeSense – Lanternes, table runner, napkins, dog bed Target – Navy blue chairs & chevron poufs Loblaws – White umbrellas Rinox – all of the stone including the stone on the shed Benjamin Moore – ARBORCOAT Premium Exterior Stain THE PEOPLE! Tersigni Landscaping Quality Gardens Carson...

Caramel Apple Cocktail

I hope everyone had a great long weekend. Now comes the unofficial first day of fall. It’s the perfect weather (here in Toronto) to get us into the mood! It also brings us to the last installment of the Cityline summer series, “Shoana’s 60 Second Cocktails”. It is the perfect transition drink. Maybe you can enjoy one around a campfire on a chilly evening this weekend? Cheers! Shoana [brightcove exp3=1753810288001&vid=2638636715001] Caramel Apple Cocktail Ingredients: 2 oz Black Velvet Toasted Caramel 3 oz apple cider Cinnamon stick for garnish Instructions: Combine cider and Whiskey over ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick or apple...