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Refreshing Summer Drink: Tea Soda Recipe

Wednesday June 19, 2013 by Alexandra C.

The other day, I happened upon a tea shop right around the corner from CA HQ. I stopped and tried a white lavender tea soda. It was sweet, bubbly, refreshing and like a sparkling party in my mouth. What I mean to say is, it was super delish and I wanted more. 

When I thought about what went into the tea soda, I thought: dude, I could totally do this myself. And guess what, I totally did. 

ChickAdvisor Berry Bake Off + Easy Summer Dessert Recipes

Tuesday June 11, 2013 by Alexandra C.

There's nothing like a little friendly competition, right? Since joining us at ChickAdvisor, our newest co-op Shannon has been bragging about her culinary skills. Obviously, being the resident CA baker, I took offence. Word to the wise: no creeping in on my territory. So, this past week, after a month or so of trash talking each other, Shannon and I decided to put our chops to the test in a bake...

10 No-Heat Meals To Keep Your Summer Cool

Thursday June 6, 2013 by Alexandra C.

When the summer hits us here in Toronto, the heat hits, too. And I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do when it gets crazy sweltering hot out, is to slave away over an equally sweltering hot stove. When it's too hot out to cook, what should you do? Why, reach for this handy list of 10 dish ideas that require very little or no heat!

1. Gazpacho: This chilled soup is refreshing and...

Dessert: Easy 'No-Bake' Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie Recipe

Tuesday May 28, 2013 by Diana

If I were tasked with bringing dessert to a summer BBQ, chances are I would walk in (proudly!) with fudge oat bars from Starbucks. I have never been much of a baker. However, after watching The Pioneer Woman last weekend, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try making what looked like the most mouth-watering dessert ever. What drew me in was the no-bake factor (obviously), but most of all the...

How To Plan the Perfect Picnic

Thursday May 23, 2013 by Alexandra C.

One of the best parts of great weather (besides being able to wear cute skirts and dresses), is being able to eat outdoors. A warm breeze, sunshine, a glass of wine and a delicious plate shared with friends - doesn't that sound great? 

If you aren't a regular picnicker, what are you waiting for?! While dinner parties can be stuffy, a picnic is informal and intimate. It's an easy...

Three Tasty Tea Infused Cocktails for Summer

Wednesday May 22, 2013 by Alexandra C.

Last year, I took a trip to Florida and fell madly in love with sweet tea. Similar to iced tea but with a smoother, tastier (and sweeter) finish, I couldn't get enough of the stuff that summer. This year, I wanted to kick it up a notch. How can you improve on delicious iced teas? 

Um, how about a shot of somethin' somethin'? 

Here are three cold tea infused cocktails for you to...

We Love Fridays: 5 DIY Projects For This Weekend

Friday May 3, 2013 by Alexandra C.

Spring makes me want to get crafty! I think it's because the flowers are blooming and I feel the need to get in on all that creation. This weekend is set to be gawwwgeous, so I think it's the perfect opportunity to get out in the sun (perhaps on a supa cool pimped out patio?) and get DIY'ing. 

I found 5 simple projects for you to tackle on the weekend. They're not too...

Tea and Fruit and Candy - oh my! 6 DIY Crazy Cocktail Combos

Friday May 3, 2013 by Alexandra C.

Last year around this time, I did a little infusion magic with vodka and Jolly Ranchers. It was awesome (if I do say so myself). Some 7 Up and Sprite added to the mix and I was ready to hit the BBQs with summer cocktail in hand. This time around, I'm ready to take infusion to the next level. I'm going to be experimenting with new flavours and liquors.

Want to come with me on this...

Food Charts for Kitchen Tips and Tricks

Wednesday April 24, 2013 by Alexandra C.

Ever wondered how to tell how well done your steak is? Or how long you should be steeping your tea for? Or how to properly prepare a cheese plate? I can't be the only one with a few dozen burning kitchen Q's that need A's. We've got 5 handy dandy charts here for you to do just that!
You're definitely going to want to get pinning, bookmarking, saving, printing or whatever else you do, because...

16 Easy Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

Friday April 19, 2013 by Claire

My kids have the End-Of-School countdown started and are already celebrating by staging elaborate wars between their assortment of Lego Stormtroopers and Webkinz (score: Webkinz 0, The Empire 682). 

Wanting to steer their energies away from the Dark Side, I spent last night's "me time" looking for more constructive outlets for their fertile imaginations. It's also Earth Day this...

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