4.11.2015

The Art of Brunching | The Juice Bar

When hosting brunch it's fun to set up a juice/mimosa bar. In keeping things simple it means that guests can serve themselves and customize their drink to their own taste. I strive to serve family and friends the best quality ingredients. For this reason I'm really excited about Simply Orange and their newest product, Simply Orange with Coconut Water. It's 80 calories per serving, is never sweetened, has no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours.
To create juice infusions I muddled fresh raspberries in a mortar and pestle; put them in the bottom of my serving jug and poured the Simply Orange with Coconut Water on top. I also created a blend infused with grapefruit and rosemary. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.



PS- For more brunching tips and to share your own brunch ideas tweet @Simply_Orange #brunchoff 


4.10.2015

The Art of Brunching | Simple Menu Ideas

I love having get togethers with family and friends. However, sometimes it's hectic to arrange a formal sit down dinner, so I often turn to hosting brunch. It's a casual and relaxed way to entertain and getting organized is far less complicated.
Mini foods became a novelty some time ago. They're easy to make ahead of time at home, and almost everything you can imagine can be purchased pre-made at your local grocery store. Serving bite sized items means that guests can graze, walk around, and socialize. This also means less clean up for you!
One of my favourite things to serve guests is mini yogurt parfaits. I use wide mouth 250 ml/8 oz mason jars. You can fill the bottom half of the mason jars with vanilla greek yogurt the night before. Cap, refrigerate, and set them up assembly line style in the morning. I put out bowls of granola, fresh berries, honey, dried nuts, etc… for guests to top their yogurt as they please.
Marble Pastry Board (here) and (here
250 ml / 8 oz Wide Mouth Mason jar (here) and (here)

I'm thinking this is what I'll do for Mother's Day Brunch. What are your favourite brunch foods?

PS- For more brunching tips and to share your own brunch ideas tweet @Simply_Orange #brunchoff 

4.09.2015

The Art of Brunching | Decor

One of the things I look forward to when hosting brunch is the set up. I love having a reason to buy flowers and creating coordinated serving vignettes. I came up with a way to make pretty, yet budget friendly, floral arrangements. In keeping things fresh for spring, I incorporated lemons for their scent and a pop of yellow.
I had three 2qt mason or cracker jars on hand. I cut lemon slices fairly thick and stood them up against the inside walls of the jar. I then placed an ikea juice glass (which fits perfectly) in the center and filled it with water. This will hold the lemons in place and provide water for the cut flowers. I picked up some simple florist bunches from the grocery store and cut the stems all to the same length leaving the center stem slightly longer to stand above the rest.

I love how they turned out. You could also change this arrangement, based on season by using cranberries in the fall or watermelon slices in the summer. Happy Brunching!
PS- For more brunching tips and to share your own brunch ideas tweet @Simply_Orange #brunchoff 

4.05.2015

The Art of Brunching

Hi friends. With the spring upon us and Mother's Day fast approaching, I'll be partnering with my favourite beverage, Simply Orange to do a post series on entertaining; more specifically brunch. In today's busy world brunch can be relatively easy to prepare and the idea of hanging out mid day seems much less formal than a dinner party. I find if the set up and clean up aren't completely overwhelming we're more likely to host occasions more frequently… and besides, I just like a reason to buy fresh flowers. So, in the next few posts I'll be sharing my most relevant tips, recipes, decor ideas and must haves.
What's your favourite brunching tip or memory?
PS- Happy Easter sweet friends. xo

2.06.2015

Moth Maison Family Room

We all have a favourite spot in our homes... where we feel most relaxed and at ease. A place where you can gather to hang out, read, watch tv, talk with loved ones, etc. In my home that room is most definitely the family room, adjacent to the kitchen. I'd say we spend the bulk of our waking hours in these two spaces. It's important to love the space you spend the most time in.
Style at Home magazine shared this space last spring. To this day I still receive emails from many of you asking where the different design elements originated. I've put together this post sharing some of the original sources and some almost exact replicas so that you to can shop my family room elements.


1.25.2015

Mini Apple Crisp

It's true that mini things are almost always more delicious… sliders, mini cupcakes, one bite brownies, etc. I try to do something for my family every Sunday. Today it happens to be mini individual apple crisps. I've included my grandma's recipe. It simple, but the best I've had. Happy Sunday.

1.22.2015

Western Living Magazine

This month's issue of Western Living Magazine includes an article with some of my best tips and pointers for how to create the perfect gallery wall. See for yourself (here).
 
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