Coconut & Quick Oats Bars


When it comes to food recipes, easier is always better. This bar recipe is one of them, except that it is a quick one too.
This recipe is pretty much just melt, mix and bake.Easy, peasy and they are delicious!!

I made a batch of these bars the other day and my husband and I, sneakingly from each other, have eaten almost all bars.
I am very happy to share with you the recipe and the pictures that I took the other day while it was nice and sunny outside. These last few days it rained a lot so I am “craving” for some sunny whether, just like I craved for these delicious bars before baking them.

2 cups graham crumbs
1 cup coconut
1 cup oats
1/2 cup melted butter/margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix these ingredients altogether and press lightly into a  8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (or you may leave them a couple minutes longer).

Melt 150 grams dark chocolate and 1/4 cup vegetable oil in microwave.
Stir until mixed well and pour over the top of the bars while they are still hot.
These are easier to cut if you put them in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
Try this recipe out, and let me know how your bars turned out. Would love to hear from you.
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Easy Spring & Easter Tablescape


These last few days spring was in the air, and today we officially marked the start of the loveliest season of the year. I love spring, and all the pretty colors that it brings along. Beside pretty colors, it brings joy, warmth, and most importantly restores my mood.

Being in a good mood, and to welcome spring, I created this informal and colorful spring tablescape which can be applied throughout early spring as well as for sunday easter brunch.

To create this look I used natural elements, such as fresh flowers, blossom branches and eggs, and the palette of white, yellow and blue with some touch of gold. Sticking to a palette of two to three colors makes decorating easy and the end result looks perfectly put together.

To incorporate yellow I used branches of yellow blossom from our backyard bush. I created an imperfect wreath and beside adding a color to the palette, the wreath’s imperfectness added a casual and springy feeling to the eating area.

I also added some branches of the yellow blossom to the hand woven wreaths placed over the black charger plates.
For the centerpiece I used clear glass vases of various heights and filled them with white eggs which were previously “dip died” in gold, and tied white and blue ribbons around the vases.
I used a simple white linen tablecloth, and for a punch of color I added a blue velvet runner.
I used my all purpose white china and beige cloth napkins,and to add some more color and layering I placed colorful paper napkins on top of the cloth ones.
For place cards I used paper orchids paced inside small crystal glasses filled with menthol candies.
To create this tablescape I used what I already had, and yet this simple table setting turned lovely, colorful and very, very springy.
Happy Spring Everyone.
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No Sew Table Runner


Do you like to have an unique table runner but you can not find to buy one, or cannot make one because you don’t have a sewing machine or do not know how to sew? Well, no problem! I came up with a table runner design which is quite unique, simple to make and you do not need a sewing machine or any sewing skills.
This unusual, no sew table runner design involves some webbing of 4 inch wide ribbon pieces, or stripes of fabric which does not fray.
To make this runner I used repurposed stripes of sheer fabric previously used for this project.
For the vertical stripe that runs in the middle of the table I used three 60 inch long and 4 inch wide stripes; whereas, for the horizontal runners I used six 45 inch long and 4 inch wide stripes.
I arranged the three long strips side-by-side then I weaved three shorter strips across to form placemat like setting. I made this runner to fit setting for four, but you can make setting for six or more depending on the size of your table.
table runner
The weaving process is quite simple but the downside of this design is that you need abut10 minutes for the weaving process before you set the table. So, if you are not in a rush to sett the table, and you want something really unique and funky then this is the table runner to use.
I am loving my table runner design, and I hope that I have inspired you to make one too.
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St. Patrick’s Day Starburst


Sometimes I wonder if non-Irish and/or non-Christians have any business celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Well let’s be honest, like St. Valentine’s Day and, arguably, Easter and Christmas, we’ve secularized and commercialized what is really a sacred Christian feast day.

However, I don’t actually think we’ve “ruined” the holiday. When people celebrate the secular side of this holiday properly, they’re celebrating cultural heritage. And I love seeing people celebrate their heritage, but I love even more seeing people celebrating the heritage of others.

And even though the day is named after a Christian saint, there’s nothing religious about the celebration in Canada.

The joke is that on March 17th, everyone is Irish, so let’s celebrate the Irish culture of over four million Irish Canadians on that day.

I decided to incorporate green in my home decor to mark this celebration so I created this simple green starburst. I have put this piece together by using dried greenery, fresh magnolia leaves, and thumbtacks.
I had these green, long dried stems purchased years ago at IKEA. Luckily, I haven’t thrown them away, and I happen to rediscover them just at the right time when I needed to create something for this holiday.
To make the starburst, I bended and stapled together each stem, forming a sort of loop. I cut a piece of cardboard in a round shape and attached the loops around the cardboard as shown in the collage. I added straight stem pieces between the loops.
PicMonkey Collage
I traced a clover shape onto magnolia leaves and cut the leaves with scissors.
I cut a styrofoam ball in half and covered it with thumbtacks.

I placed the thumbtack styrofoam ball in the center and arranged and glued the clover shaped magnolia leaves around the ball.

To add dimension, using the florist wire, I attached some clovers around the thumbtack ball. I made a hanger piece using beige ribbon.

This was a very speedy and non costly project, and it turned quite cute.
Are you decorating for St. Patrick’s holiday? If so, I would love to hear from you.

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Knotted Pillows & Tutorial


Throw pillows are everyones best friend – and with good reason! Vibrant throw pillows can transform an entire room’s decor and deliver a bold color statement. If such pillows happen to be vibrant and dimensional, like these knotted ones which I made few days ago, then they can have a double effect in any room’s decor.
I made these pillows using a purple fury like fabric which was a leftover from a DIY floor pillow featured in this post.
To make the knotted pillow I cut a strip of fabric about 1.5 yards long and 8 inches wide. I folded the strip of fabric in half and sewed the long length of it leaving 1/4 seam allowance. I used a straight stitch to sew the fabric into a tube, and after the sewing I turned the tube inside out.

To stuff the fabric tube, I rolled un unused poster board and placed it inside the fabric tube. I scrunched the entire length of the fabric tube onto the roll, then I proceeded with the stuffing, pushing it through with a wooden spoon. This is the hardest and most time consuming part of this project, as the process was proceeding quite slowly and I had to make sure that the tube was being stuffed evenly, without lumps. The last few inches, at the start and at the end of the tube, do not need to be stuffed as they will be sewn together.
PicMonkey Collage
After the tube was stuffed I proceeded with creating the knotted design as shown in the pictures of the collage. As the stuffed tube is not very long, there is only one knot and the two loose ends are tucked as shown in the collage.
knot collage
The pillow then is flipped over (at the back) and two lose ends are sewn together.
For the design with thiner tubes, I cut 2 stripes of fabric about 1.5 yard long and 4 1/2 inch wide, sewed the withs together ( to turn it into a 3 yard stripe), and followed the same method as explained above; except that for this design I doubled the tube (making it as one strand) to make the knot.
The pillows have turned really cute; they have dimension and texture and for sure are adding a punch of color to this corner in my home.

Hope that I inspired you to make one of these cute knots for your home. In case you decide to make one, I would love to see how yours turned out.
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Thin Crust Homemade Pizza

Friday’s are usually pizza nights for us, and this is slowly becoming a tradition at our home. Now that my husband and I have more time to devote to cooking, we are not any longer ordering pizzas. We are making our own delicious, thin crusted, fully loaded pizzas in our little kitchen, and we are loving them.

In fact, my husband is now in charge of making them. I only take part in throwing the dough ingredients in the mixer, and then wait for few hours to be served with delicious slices of custom made pizza. It doesn’t get any better than that, don’t you think?

I used to make pizzas, but my husband thought that he could make them better and after the first pizza he made, I was convinced that he is definitely doing a better job than me, and I am sooo happy for that.
So here is the recipe and the photos of the pizza that we had last Friday.

Dough (makes two 16 inch pizzas):
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/4 cup lukewarm water

1 teaspoon salt

5 cups flour
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup pasta sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1tablespoon soya sauce
1teaspoon sugar
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon oregano


Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, pepperoni (or canned tuna) , mushrooms, peppers, chopped tomato, onion, spinach,olives.

Sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm milk in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in salt, water, olive oil and then stir in the flour about 1 cup at a time. When the dough is together enough remove from the bowl, knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 5-10minutes. Divide into two pieces, and form each one into a tight ball.
Coat the dough balls with olive oil,cover them with pastic foil and let stand for about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Using one ball of dough at a time, lightly dust the dough with flour, place it in a pan and stretch gradually throughout the 16 inch pan.
Using a large spoon, in circular motions, spread the sauce over the crust.
Layer the crust with toppings of your choice and cover with shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with dried oregano.
Bake for 17 minutes in 425 degrees F or until the crust begins to brown.
Cut into wedges, serve and enjoy.
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