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
When it comes to your kitchen, like any work space, you need to have the proper tools to not only do the job properly but to do it well! We have gathered our top 10 must have kitchen tools that ensure your kitchen is both an easy place to work, and a fun place to be!
With the arrival of the holiday season, also comes potluck dinners, new years parties and other festive gatherings that revolve around good food and great company. Whether you’re the one hosting the celebrations or you’re taking a delish contribution to a friend’s house here are 20 delicious treats that are sure to delight everyone!
As a big thank you for reading our blog, we wanted to share with you the master list of every item that is going on sale during our 12 Days of Christmas (December 11 - December 22)! Mark your calendars, write these in your daily planner, or set an alarm, these are deals that you definitely don't want to miss out on!
December 11: All Salt & Pepper Mills - 15% Off
December 12: Caldrea - Buy 3 get the 4th Free
December 13: Napkins - Buy 1 get One 50% Off
December 14: Mugs - Buy 1 get One 50% Off (excludes Wrendale & Le Creuset)
December 15: All Glassware - Gift with Purchase (Every Day Wine Charms) (Excludes Sale Items)
December 16: Gurgle Pots - 20% Off
December 17: Emile Henry - 25% Off
December 18: Le Creuset - 30% (excludes already marked on sale products)
December 19: Aprons - Buy 1 and get 50% Off Matching Mitts
December 20: Cloth Placemats - Buy 1 get 1 Free
December 21: Paddy Wax Candles - 15% Off
December 22: Fondue & Raclettes (accessories included) - 25% Off
124th Street's all is bright festival
This Saturday, November 25 join Heart of the Home and our fellow businesses of 124 Street and High Street at the annual light up festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
We will have demonstrations from our friends at Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Trudeau and Emile Henry that you do not want to miss, as well as a social media contest that you have to be in-store to participate in!
Don't forget to take a peak at all of the new items we have in store just in time for Christmas!
You absolutely don't want to miss this unique event that celebrates the winter season in Edmonton; lighting up the night through illumination, fun, and live entertainment. The festival is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome!
The main festival site is located on 124 Street between 102 Ave and Jasper Ave, with activities extending north on 124 Street to 108 Avenue.
Head on over to the @shop124street Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up to the minute updates and don't forget to use the hashtag #AllisBright!
See you there!
It's that time of the year - pumpkin season - but it's certainly not easy to cut them correctly. Thanks to Zwilling, now we know how!
How to prepare pumpkin
1. Don't remove the skin, it can be eaten. Briefly wash the pumpkin under cold running water and dry it with a clean kitchen towel.
2. Use a large chef's knife, the Zwilling Pro Chef's knife is the perfect tool for the job. Rock the knife in a see-saw motion as you cut. Top and tail it, then cut it in half.
3. Use a table spoon to remove the pulp and seeds.
4. Hold the pumpkin firmly and continue cutting into sections.
Check back next week for a spicy pumpkin recipe!
Heart of the Home carries a large assortment of Zwilling J.A. Henckels products. Pop by the store or give us a call to see what's new!