Ahhh, yes, the sweet, sweet sound of summer: Steaks sizzling on the BBQ, glasses clinking, the fire pit crackling, and a hum of laughter. One of the best ways to soak up the summer time fun is by giving your living room a break and taking the party outdoors! Having the perfect evening under the stars isn't as hard as it seems, just follow our tips!
Go Wild With a Charcuterie Board
We LOVE charcuterie boards. They are a crowd pleaser and SO easy to make! Pick your favourite meats, any cheeses of your choice, toss on some olives, pickles, crackers, apples, grapes and anything else your heart desires. And as an added touch, make little signs to mark what each item is.
Infuse Your H20
We'll say it, drinking plain water is boring. Amp it up with a bit of infusion fun! Much like the charcuterie board you can add what ever you'd like to your water. Below are a few of our favourite mixtures:
Choose Acrylic or Plastic Wares
Just because you are having an outdoor party doesn't mean you have to go out and purchase 100 red solo cups. But you also don't need reach for your expensive glass wares. Pick acrylic or plastic in a fun colour and style to amp up your table scape, and keep your expensive glass ware from getting broken.
Mix Up Your Seating Options
We like to mix up our seating options for two reasons: The first is to create different spaces for your guests to mix and mingle. The second is because it's more comfortable and looks so much nicer than spreading out a bunch of lawn chairs on the grass.
Have Fun with Colours
Spice up the space with colurful tables cloths, napkins, pillows and blankets. Don't worry about following a specific colour scheme just have fun with it! This will create a more home-y, comfortable feeling.
Create a Drink Station
We love to set up a little "help yourself" kind of bar situation. Include cups, straws, ice, punch and alocholic and non alcoholic options. It's always nice to provide coffee and tea to help warm up and wake up your guests during the later hours
End the Night Perfectly
End off the alfresco evening perfectly with smores around the fire while you stargaze! Bonus - if you want to provide your guests with a little takeaway, take 1 giant graham cracker, 1 large marshmallow and a few peices of chocolate, wrap them in cellophane and tie it in a bow. Add a a little tag that says "S'more for Later" and hand them out as your guests depart!
Head over to Heart of the Home for all of your outdoor entertaining needs!
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Hit it out of the park this father's day with a gift that is absolutely perfect your dad!
Every year, we find that shopping for Father's Day is either extremely easy or ridiculously difficult. Dad will never tell you what he actually wants so it becomes a giant guessing game. This year, we've made Father's Day gift shopping easy by providing with a gift guide of things every dad will love.
Has your dad been watching a ton of the Food Network lately? Maybe, you've noticed that he's pulling out some new fancy moves - a la Chef Gordon Ramsay?
Why not get him putting those new skills to work by giving him a gift that keeps on giving? The Epicurean hexagon cutting board and board butter, and Zwilling 8" professional chef's knife are perfect for any inexperienced and veteran chefs alike.
If your dad's favourite thing to cook is a classic grilled cheese sandwich, help him up his game with the "Grilled Cheese and Beer" cook book which is fill with simple, delicious, hoppy recipes. Happy hour just got a lot more tasty!
Upgrade your dad's favourite - whiskey on the rocks - with whiskey stones and glasses that will be the perfect addition to his liquor cabinet.
Your dad is a grill master. In fact no one loves grilling as much as he does. Set him up for success with everything he needs for all of his grilling endeavours. From beer can chicken and perfectly glazed steaks all the way to grilled beef tenderloin with fire-roasted red pepper and goat's cheese.
Cooking and non cooking gifts that will light a fire in every Mom's heart
This mother’s day, take the opportunity to show your mom how special she is by thinking outside the box with your gift giving. Don’t reach for the flower bouquet and back away from the spa package. Get her something for the heart of her home - the place where her loved ones come together to indulge in good food, good laughs and share great memories. Whether your mom is a green thumb, one with a refined taste or she’s the on-the-go type we’ll help you pick out that perfect out-of-the-box gift with this gift guide for Moms of all kinds!
From birthdays to baby showers, to dance recitals and everything in between, there are so many dates that Moms need to remember! Help her stay up to date with the Sara Miller address book and matching ballpoint pen. With different sections to write down addresses, birthdays, Christmas card lists, and notes, all the details are covered in this handy and beautiful book.
Mother’s day is about spoiling mom, so why not spoil her to a gorgeous 4 QT Staub Round Cherry Cocotte? BONUS, if you buy one in store by May 13, you’ll receive $200 off, making the cocotte a steal of a deal at $149.99.
While supplies last!*
Help your mom’s home smell as sweet as she does by treating her to the Thymes Fragrances body lotions, hand soaps and mists. Her home can smell like a fresh garden, a tropical getaway, or even a spa-like escape.
Is your mom more of a refined taste kind of gal? Gift her the Sara Miller Chelsea Collection tea set. The pink cup with matching saucer and spoons is the perfect addition to an afternoon tea party with friends, book club gathering, or family brunch. Pinky’s Up!
Do you have a green thumb kind of mom? Treat her to this gift that does double duty. The Thymes Millefleur Collection Candle gives off scents of jasmine, hyacinth, lily of the valley, orange blossom and raspberry. When she’s burned it all up, the statement flower pot that held the candle was made with re-usability in mind, because it comes packaged with a seed envelope containing ready to plant Forget-Me-Not seeds! Tell her to read the Thymes blog here for help on re-using her flower pot candle!
For the mom who loves her furry friends, pick up an adorable piece or two from Wrendale Designs. Add a splash of the British countryside to your mom's kitchen with the charming hand-painted fine bone china tableware, cutlery and giftware. The perfect addition to every animal lovers home!
For the Mom who seems to have it all, we bet she's still missing a few key pieces in her kitchen! Does she have a microplane classic series zester/grater? Does she chop her garlic rather than use an Epicurean garlic press? Read our 10 Must Have Kitchen Tools blog and make sure your Mom has everything on the list!
Welcome to Katryna's Corner! For those of you don't know, Katryna is the owner of Heart of the Home, a kitchenware store specializing in beautiful collections of both everyday and special occasion cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, and unique accessories for passionate home cooks and cooking-inspired gift givers. Katryna's corner is a feature on the Heart of the Home blog where Katryna shares her favourite recipes, kitchen products and more!
Ah... mastering the art of pancake making. It's a simple recipe but creating the perfect pancake certainly doesn't come easy! It's taken me years to master the perfect shape, fluffy-ness and texture and this recipe is my all time favourite.
Old-Fashioned Fluffy Pancakes
*Feel free to make the pancakes as big or small as you please
Choose Cookware and Utensils That Last
The utensils and cookware that you bring into your kitchen should be able to stand the test of time. From the skillets that you cook in, to the containers you store your leftovers in, the least amount of waste is the main goal. Rather than teflon, fill your kitchen with stainless steel or cast iron skillets which can last for generations if you take care of them!
Having a kitchen drawer full of funky colourful knives is fun, but you’ll have to replace them in a few short years, instead purchase high quality knives, like Zwilling J.A Henckels that you can sharpen yourself or bring into our store during our free sharpening events (check our website to see when the next one is).
A generally effortless way to green-ify your kitchen is through using materials that can be used over and over again. We absolutely love the Bees Wrap, a natural reusable and comfortable alternative to plastic wrap! You can use it to wrap your lunches, store leftovers and even meal prep for the week ahead. You can also upgrade your school or work lunches by storing your food in Stasher Containers rather than plastic ziplock baggies.
We’ve all heard numerous time how terrible plastic water bottles are for the environment, but do we know how truly bad they are? According to banthebottle.net plastic water bottles can take between 400 to 1,000 years to decompose, it requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it and bottled water costs over 1,000+ times more than tap water. Using a reusable waterbottle is not only good for the environment, but is great on our bank account well! We currently have a large stock of funky and unique beverage bottles that will keep your drinks hot or cold and can be reused over and over and over again! We’ve also had parents raving about the Asobu Reusable Juice Drink Box that they have been sending with their kiddos to school, dance class and daycare.
Choose Specific Eco-Smart Products
When it comes to being eco-friendly it’s important to think not only about how you are going to use a product, but how that product was produced in the first place. What kinds of materials were used to make it? Are they sustainable and environmentally friendly?
We have recently brought in the EcoSmart PolyGlass Collection by Architec because their products are innovative, durable, lightweight, easy to use and of course eco-friendly. Each Eco-Smart product is made from translucent, recycled, food grade polypropylene (plastic) and recycled glass particles; the glass particles are suspended in the plastic, creating a shimmery natural textured appearance with a smooth surface. By purchasing one of the EcoSmart products you are keeping 20 or more plastic cups out of the landfill! WIN!
We love EcoSmart because these products are easy to care for, dishwasher safe, and are built to last a lifetime.
Supporting local has become a regular, everyday thing for most Edmontonians. We feel so lucky to a part of such a strong community of local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs and fully understand both the environmental and economical necessity of supporting these local entities.
The food and products that you bring into your kitchen, and home are just as important as every gadget and appliance that you own. That is why we urge you to purchase local whenever you can. With local farmers markets such as the City Market (on 104th street in the summer, and in city hall in the winter) and 124th street Grand Market, you are able to purchase food and goods that have come direct from a local farm or grower. On top of less transportation pollution, purchasing local foods means you are ingesting products that are devoid of preservatives, biocides and many other chemicals that can be found in conventional foods.
Celebrate Earth Day with Us
We are celebrating Earth Day on April 22, and are offering 20% off of all eco-friendly products! Stop by the store and ask us about our eco-friendly products and be sure to share with us how you introduce eco-friendly habits into your daily life.
Easter is one of our favourite times of the year (besides Christmas of course!) because of the traditions that we have made with our family in the heart of our home. To us, Easter means being thankful for all that we have, enjoying the company of our friends and family, and of course delighting in the food and colours that fill our table.
It can feel overwhelming to host Easter dinner because there is so much that needs to be done! From cooking the food, cleaning the house and decorating the table, it can be difficult to figure out how to mix in both the traditional and modern when it comes to all things Easter. Should I only cook my family’s tried and true traditional recipes, or can I introduce something new?
Before you begin stressing out, here are a few things that you can do to ensure your Easter dinner is perfect.
Let Your Guests Get Hands On
It’s hard to manage cooking the food, serving drinks and entertaining guests so help yourself out by setting up a drink station. Include your single serve coffee machine, pods, cream and sugar, tea, pop, water, wine, punch and don’t forget glasses and mugs!
Bring Spring In, with a BEAUTIFUL table setting
images c/o: Sara Miller London and Le Creuset, we carry all products in store at Heart of the Home, in Edmonton
April is always a tricky time of year because we are left wondering if we’ll have a beautiful spring day, or if we’re going to have a snow storm. Either way, you can ensure that spring fills your home through florals and bright colours. Jillian Harris says to layer everything when it comes to setting your table. “From plates, to bowls, to napkins, to cutlery, candles, flowers...layer, layer, layer!”
Put a Twist on Your Favourite Recipes
We usually eat the same recipes every single Easter, and while we love them, we’re ready to put a spin on the traditional and try something new and fresh! For example, this year we are going for a fresh take on an old favourite: Devilled Eggs!
We’re giving these fancy devilled eggs filled with smoked fish and beetroot aioli a try! Plus they’ll look gorgeous on our colourful table!
Introduce a New Tradition
Again, I love traditions and I love the ones that I have with my family, but this year it feels like the perfect time to introduce a few new ones!
While dinner is being cooked, do a fun DIY project like dying and decorating eggs. Because eggs represent rebirth and life, many people like to give them away as gifts during the spring since the season is associated with growth! Encourage your family members to exchange their finished projects with one another.
Have an egg hunt. This may seem like something only the kids will enjoy but you can definitely put an adult spin on the classic holiday game. Fill the plastic eggs with mini bottles of alcohol, money, lip balm or any other small item you can find!
Host an Easter Potluck. There is nothing wrong with asking for a little or even a lot of help when it comes to hosting a holiday dinner. In the weeks prior to the big day, set up a spreadsheet and ask your guests to fill it out with the item that they are choosing to bring. This will make your life a heck of a lot easier!
Give a Gift
As a token of appreciation for those who attended your dinner, it’s always nice to send your guests home with a small gift! It can be a small Easter basket full of chocolate, a cute mug with all of the necessary mug cake ingredients, a candle or anything else you can think of!
Soothe Your St Patrick’s Day Hangover
We’ve all been there before, sipping green beer after green beer, hoping the luck of the Irish will be on our side in the morning and we don’t have a hangover. We’ve learned over the years that when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day you must pace yourself and make sure to mix in a water, but the older we get the harder it is to avoid that green beer hangover. Thanks to your friends at Heart of the Home we’ve got everything you need to make sure March 18 isn’t a complete write off of a day, because we all know that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
Eat A Full Breakfast
Easy Peasy Green Smoothie
*Smoothie is best served cold. Use frozen fruit or ice to achieve cold temperature.
Not in to trying a green smoothie? Make a banana and honey milkshake instead!
dRINK A hot Cup of Tea
Hydrate inside and Out
We all know that hydration is key when it comes to combating a hangover. Rehydrate by drinking 8 glasses of water. Looking to add a fresh flavour to your water? Try tossing in cucumbers and lemons or limes.
Not only do we need to make sure we are hydrating the inside of your body, we also need to take care of the outside. We always find that our skin is extremely dry after an evening of heavy drinking. We combat that by moisturizing with our favourite Brompton and Langley Luxurious Hand and Body Cream.
Do as the Irish Do
If none of these hangover cures sound good to you, do as the Irish do and cure it with the hair of the dog. What does this mean? It means sitting back down at a bar stool and having one last beer – Guinness to be exact.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
1. Fred and Friends, Hangover Mug | 2. Tealish, Chill Out Loose Leaf Herbal Tea | 3. Tealish Pineapple Tea Pincer | 4. Wrendale Designs, Candle | 5. Brompton & Langley Hand and Body Cream
Roll out the red carpet, pop the bubbly, and butter the popcorn it’s Oscar party time!
The biggest night in Hollywood is here and we’re bringing the glitter and glam to Edmonton with our very own Oscar party! Complete with games and of course fancy, schmancy, delicious treats that your guests are sure to love.
Now, don’t fret, throwing an all-star Oscar party doesn’t have to be difficult, especially because we’ve done half of the work for you! We’ve got you covered with a fun DIY, Hollywood rated desserts and of course provided you with links to printables and games to play.
Continue reading for all of the inspiration you need to easily host the perfect night. Now, invite your friends and gather on the couch for a memorable evening!
And the Oscar goes to…
Give out your own Oscars with this quick and easy DIY.
Pick up some Ken dolls from your local dollar store and paint them gold. Don’t forget to write up your own funny awards that you can give to your friends as the night goes on!
Read the full DIY instructions here.
Put Some Glitter On It
Nothing says Oscar party like glitter...and lots of it! From donuts and cupcakes to popcorn and prosecco there is nothing a little edible glitter can’t do.
Add some glitter to The Golden Girl Cocktail
Make your glazed donuts shine
Spice up and Sparkle your Popcorn
Cast Your Ballot
During this time of the year we always think of two things: love and chocolate, lots of it! Around Heart of the Home we spend much of our time thinking about food - can you blame us, we have some of the best and most inventive kitchenware products in store - If we aren't on Pinterest looking up new recipes then we're most certainly in the kitchen whipping up something fun!
This Valentine's Day we wanted to be able to spend time with our loved ones, but we would also like to save some cash and avoid the crowds. There's no better way to do that than by having a date night in complete with a delicious menu. Here is what will be on our table February 14.
1. Red beet powder can be substituted for the red food coloring if that is a health issue for you.
ORIGINAL RECIPE: https://keviniscooking.com/red-velvet-waffles-with-cream-cheese-glaze/
3. Sprinkle your countertop or cutting board with a little flour. Place the room temperature pizza dough on top and use the 4″ heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the dough. I was able to get 5 mini pizzas out of 1 pre-rolled pizza crust.
4. Place about 1 tablespoon of sauce in the middle of each crust. Use a spoon to spread it around the entire surface and top with cheese and heart shaped pepperonis.
5. Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the cheese is just beginning to brown. Allow it to cool for a minute and enjoy!
ORIGINAL RECIPE: http://sarahhearts.com/mini-heart-shaped-pizzas/
4. Sift together the flours. Use a large metal spoon to fold the flours into the butter mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture, in 2 batches each, until well combined. Divide the mixture equally between the 3 prepared pans. Smoothen the surface with the back of the spoon.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Stand for 3 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
6. Once cooled completely, frost with chocolate fudge frosting, either by spreading the frosting with a spoon or piping it onto the cake layers. Decorate with fresh raspberries.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
ORIGINAL RECIPE: http://www.sugaretal.com/2016/03/09/3535/
When the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve, many of us find ourselves setting new goals and hoping to uphold them for longer than a few days.
The "New Year, New You" mantra, no matter how over played it seems, will always ring true for many of us, and therefore we want to make sure that it lasts longer than a few days or even weeks.
For us here at Heart of the Home, we find that many of our staff have made it our mission to not only spend more time in our kitchens, but to explore new recipes and try to introduce healthier habits into our daily cooking.
We have gathered a few recipes that not only make our bellies and minds feel better, but also taste absolutely delicious.
10 MINUTE HEALTHY PITA PIZZA | via: https://the-fit-foodie.com/recipes/10-minute-healthy-pitta-pizza/
MINESTRONE SOUP | via: http://bitchinhousewife.com/blog/myminestronesouprecipe
COCONUT VANILLA CHIA PUDDING | via:http://valerialipovetsky.com/blog/2016/4/28/coconut-vanilla-chia-pudding