Stomach & Soul

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
by Virginia Woolf
One of my favourite quotes

 

Open your home up to friends and family by hosting an old fashioned potluck. On of my recent favourite recipes is with my latest and greatest kitchen gadget…. Instant Pot. Make things simple and fun with games and great company . You don’t need to be a chef extraordinaire or have a mansion to gather people together. All you need is a wee bit of organization and a lot of fun.

On of my recent favourite recipes, Crack Chicken, is with my latest and greatest kitchen gadget…. Instant Pot.

Ingredients

  • I package bacon
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chardonnay
  • ½ cup smoked gouda
  • ¾  cup cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Place chicken and cream cheese in the IP.
  2. Sprinkle the packet of ranch seasoning over the top.
  3. Add chardonnay.
  4. Place your IP on Manual high pressure for 15 minutes. Do a quick release.
  5. Remove chicken only and shred.
  6. Keep your IP on low Add chicken back in. Add cheese and stir. Stir in bacon and enjoy.
  7. Great as an appie with tortilla chips or serve on buns

 

A tool  to help simplify your potluck.  https://www.perfectpotluck.com/

So feed both stomach and soul of those around you.

Happy Holidays,
Kim

10 Bathroom Tile Trends for 2019

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One of the easier and more cost-efficient ways to update a Kitchen or Bathroom is to change out the tile. Whether it’s the backsplash, tile surround or floor, switching out the tile can take your home from boo to whoo hoo!

Here is a quick peek at Tile trends for 2019…

These daring tiles made a splash in 2017 and seem to be gaining ground. Often colourful or mixed pattern, the tiles are used as a feature point in the room. In 2019 expect to see this more and more often in Show Homes.

 

Honeycomb (or Hexagon) will be the number one trend of 2019. Almost every trend on this list can be found in a Honeycomb Shape. Varying in sizes and textures these geometric shapes are showing up in all kinds of design.

 

Bringing together a cohesive design using multiple styles of tiles within the same colour scheme is becoming more popular. Gone are the days of having one kind of tile throughout your entire home. Use a bold pattern in the shower and muted honeycombs in the same colour palette to offer a fresh design statement.

 

Browns have been a no zone for quite a few years, but it seems that warmer tones are slowly starting to push their way back onto the scene. It is important when considering this trend to choose a modern shape tile.

 

Subway is classic, if you are ever at a loss for what to do a simple subway tile will always work. For 2019 this fresh update on the old classic is hot. With multiple ways of installing the tile, this look can work in many different design themes.

 

Though this trend emerged in 2016, it is hanging on. Especially pretty and bold when done in jewel tones, this tile can offer a softer alternative to the straight lines of Subway or Honeycomb shapes. Fish Scale is also really pretty when done on the floor in an oversized pattern.

 

Best used with subway tile, this is another spin on the classic. Vertical Subway Tile can be used side-by-side with horizontal subway as a feature wall or by itself for an updated look.

 

 

Colour lovers everywhere are going to be thrilled with this trend. Jewel tones are popping up in every single area of design. These rich beautiful colours can be paired with dark or light colour palettes and when done tastefully are absolutely dreamy.

 

Trending for years, the modern farmhouse look doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Simple, clean and cozy with industrial elements this classic look seems to be liked by everyone. Make it fresh by incorporating honeycomb, wood texture or even some bold patterned tiles.

 

Labeled as ‘Cocooning’ on one design blog, the desire to bring the outdoors in has never been stronger. Many people use wood texture tiles on the floor for durability but it is also being used as a way to craft our homes with a retreat lifestyle in mind.

Shop Local Gift Guide

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Are you looking for something unique to buy your loved ones this year, something that has more meaning and relevance than just another thing from the mall? Supporting local artisans is such a thoughtful way to gift… not only are you finding something beautiful… you are keeping dollars in the local economy.

I’ve scoured Etsy to find some awesome gift options for everyone on your list. Whether it’s the person that has everything or your BAE, you will be able to find something for them here.

Scroll through the images below to check out some super talented local artists. You can click on the image to go directly to their Etsy store and begin tackling that holiday list.

Happy Shopping!