Smore Dip

As summer comes to a close I feel like this is the perfect time to share this recipe. S'more dip, my go to this summer because I both love smores and I live in the city and can't have a backyard fire so this was my saving grace all summer and I will continue to use this all year around. 

You will need chocolate chips (milk chocolate is my favorite), marshmallows, graham crackers and a glass of milk.

Preheat the oven to 325°F

Fill the bottom of a small pan with milk chocolate chips and top off with marshmallows until your pan is full. 

Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Spread on your graham crackers and enjoy perfect smores. 

Helpful tip: Dip your crackers directly into the dip if you like to live on the wild side or use a spoon to place some on a plate if you prefer not to burn your hands. 


Accent Walls

Accent walls are the best. They add character, life and pizzazz to a room while still being an easy task to conquer. I have heard about, talked about and thought about accent walls a lot, but I never had one until earlier this week. I got it in my head that I needed, not wanted - needed, a sparkly wall in my house. A store I frequent had a similar wall and I decided to try it out for myself. I now want to paint the rest of my house to match that one wall, because I love it so much.

 My sparkly wall.   Photo credit to Miranda, she snagged a picture in the perfect light and I am forever grateful

My sparkly wall. 

Photo credit to Miranda, she snagged a picture in the perfect light and I am forever grateful

I started by picking a paint color. I then taped the surrounding areas, including the floor because I make huge messes. Pro tip: make sure you seal the area you tape. I have a couple leakage spots that I need to fix but were completely preventable. I cut in and then rolled the wall once. I wanted the wall to have texture, and one coat was perfect for the look I was going for. You may want to double up on the paint, but it depends on the look you want. Once the paint was dry, I rolled craft glue onto the wall and threw sparkles at it. I tried a few different methods to add the glam but throwing it was the easiest and gave me the look I wanted. We had a ton of fun throwing the sparkles and making a massive mess and the wall turned out great. I have noticed that the occasional sparkles do fall off the wall, but I might try a spray sealer to see if that helps. If I do end up sealing it, I will post an update. 

Since I found the idea in a store I had no direction to follow therefore if you have done something similar in your home, please leave tips and comments below, I have plans to do this in other parts of my home, so all ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated. I also want to see pictures if you are doing this or have done it already. 

P.S. My husband loves it.  


Tables for Turkeys

This year my husband and I have decided to open up our home to everyone who doesn't have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving. I love the idea of having people over for a holiday like that. I spent few holidays alone but the ones that I did I wish there had been somewhere to go to. I love hosting people; it is one of my favourite things.

Another thing I love is table settings. I have no idea why, but every time we had people over, as a child, my mother always got me to set the table. I'm not sure if I loved it before that or not, but I love it now. I can't imagine life without candles, so there are always plenty on the table along with whatever I have found that season that fits. This year I have to start from scratch. Without my mother's collection of candles and trinkets to help me out, I had an excuse to splurge a bit and get a few things I love.  

I shopped around a bit before choosing pieces I liked. The antler candle holder was a last year's find at The Bay. The pumpkins are from Aldor Acres and are one of the cheapest ways to decorate. Little pumpkins are anywhere from $0.25 - $3.00, so you can buy lots of them for a little. The table runner and water jugs I found at my new favourite store in Fort Langley called Living Room, and everything else is either from Urban Barn or Chapters. 

Shopping for table decor can be so fun but also overwhelming, grab a friend or your husband and have a good time with it. I suggest looking for pieces you can use for multiple seasons. The wooden placemats, from Chapters, can be used in both Fall and Winter and as decoration in Spring and Summer. Pumpkins are pretty seasonal, but they start to get mushy regardless, so it is probably for the better. Table runners can be used all seasons as well, but I would recommend a neutral colour if you plan on keeping it year round. 

The decoration aspect is important to me but having an incredible meal with the people I love is the most important. Decor with come and go but family is forever. Have fun with the decor but cherish your family and friends most. Happy Thanksgiving.