Goodbye Roaring Twenties – Hello Thriving Thirties! – A 30th Birthday Celebration

What better way to celebrate entering your thirties, than an ode to all the good times you had in your twenties! Prepare to be emerged into a speakeasy, back alley gambling, cabaret evening! When I was thinking of what I was going to do for Mackenzie’s 30th, I knew it had to be BIG…right? I started researching, pinterest-ing and sketching the vision of this event in my my notebook. Which companies that would fit this theme perfectly and make it all come together seamlessly.

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Make sure you scroll all the way down to see each of these amazing companies, decor ideas for your own twenties themed event, the most delicious desserts and a link to a fun DIY of a fairly easy ‘mugshot’ photo-booth. Below is a full collection of the shoot, styled by me and a true labor of love. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did putting it together and seeing it come to life!

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Mirror + Stand : The Jubilee Collection

String Lights – Pretty Things Rentals

1988 Balloons : Party City

Letter Board : Letter Peddler

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The Decor for this was on point solely because of two unreal boss ladies – Valerie from Pretty Things Rentals and Kayla from The Jubilee Collection, both of which I have worked with before and each time they wow me with their ability to completely capture a vision and run with it alongside you as the creator. Make sure you check out their pages below for more ideas and all the options they have to deck out and glitz up your next special event!

Sequin Runner, Trumpet Vases, Candle Sticks, Goblets – Pretty Things Rentals

Wine Barrels, Sidebar, Chandeliers, Bench, Rugs, Sign Holders – The Jubilee Collection

4 DIY’s For A Speakeasy Themed Party **Coming Soon**

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The pastries and sweets that were provide for this shoot were unbelievably tasty, perfectly captured the essence of the event and were way beyond anything I could have ever imagined creating! A HUGE shout out to these amazing (and LOCAL) vendors who were apart of this big day and helped me capture the vision and feel of the 1920’s.

Letter Donuts – Cartems Donuts

Gold + Silver Candy Floss – Soul Sugar

Gold + Silver Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Gatsby Sugar Cookies – LilleYums Custom Desserts

Bulk Sweets + Cookies – SaveOnFoods

Platters, Draping, Sequin Runners, Flute Vases, Gold Chargers – Pretty Things Rentals

Here are a few more outtakes from later that evening. Some things not pictured was the outdoor poker match we had set up for some ‘backyard gambling’ and some delicious meat and cheese platters from Grimm’s Meats. Enjoy!

 

Check out some more themed parties I’ve done:

Rainbow Baby Shower

SG Harvest Feast

Donut Grow Up – Cake Smash

40’s Lemonade Shoot

 

Apple Cider Sippin’ – Recipe

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WELCOME! to THE best apple cider you will ever make. I honestly cannot believe how YUMMY this was! I am also not one to declare to the world that something is THE BEST, unless it really is. so here you go!

Now this was the one that intimidated me. When I first set out to put this post together of my favourites for the fall, one staple for me is apple cider, and yes, the powdered ones. This time though, I wanted to try and actually MAKE the cider. So here we are!

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I am embarrassed to admit this, but I am quite the snob when it comes to apple and orange juices. I love the raw, pulpy, hand squeezed taste. My absolute favourites are ‘Simply Brand – Apple Juice’ and ‘Tropicana , Some pulp, Orange Juice” LOL! If you love cider as much as I do well then this will be a treat! Here is the full recipe to this delicious Apple Cider, Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

Serves 10-12

• 1 orange

• 1 lemon

• 10 apples (a mixture is good — we used Jazz apples and Granny Smiths)

• 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

•  1 small piece ginger, peeled and sliced

• 1 teaspoon all spice

• 12 cloves

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•  3/4 cup brown sugar

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Instructions:

1. Peel the zest off the orange and lemon, being careful not to peel off the white pith (as this is very bitter). Cut all of the white pith off and discard, then cut the orange and lemon into slices (don’t worry about the seeds — they’ll be sieved out later).

2. Cut the apples into quarters.

3. Place the orange and lemon slices and peels into the slow-cooker pot along with the apples, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, cloves, vanilla extract and sugar. Pour in enough cold water to cover everything.

4. Turn the slow cooker to high, place the lid on and cook for three hours.

5. After three hours, use a potato masher to mash the fruit into the water, then place the lid back on and cook for a further 30-60 minutes.

6. Strain the liquid through a sieve into a large jug and serve immediately.

7. Alternatively you can cool, cover and refrigerate until needed. Simply reheat in a pan when ready to serve.

Have a recipe you’d like to share? or maybe your very own spin on Apple Cider? I would love to hear about it and add to my recipe book!

XOX

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Homemade Apple Pie – Recipe

The classic homemade Apple Pie. Today I am going to share with you how to make this Holiday Staple. Start off by picking up some hard, tart apples, Granny Smith or maybe Honey Crisp are great! The best part about this recipe is that there are only 7 steps and you will only need TEN ingredients, and most of these are already sitting on your shelves!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 batches of my one minute homemade pie crust (or 1 if you roll it out very thinly!)
  • 7-8 small granny smith apples, peeled, sliced, and cored
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

1). Place the peeled, cored, and sliced apples in a large bowl. Set aside.

2). Preheat oven to 425F.

3). In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the 3 tbsp of flour and mix well, forming a paste. Add the water, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and mix well. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then reduce heat to a simmer for an additional minute.

4). Remove from heat and reserve about 1/3 cup of filling for pie crust. Add remaining filling to apples. Toss well.

5). Pour apples into prepared pie crust, mounding slightly. Top with second pie crust (lattice design, etc). Brush the remaining 1/3 cup caramel filling over the crust.

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6). Cover the pie loosely with aluminum foil. I lightly spray the foil so it does not stick to the pie. Place the pie on top of a cookie sheet (to catch any drips) and bake at 425F for 10-12 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350F and bake for another 50 minutes (remove the foil the last 10 minutes to let the crust brown), or until done.  The pie is done when the crust is golden-brown and the apples are soft when pierced with a fork.

7). Allow the pie to cool before serving. Enjoy!

Serves: 8-10 people.

Recipe adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Pie-by-Grandma-Ople/. 

Adapted recipe courtesy of Audrey’s Apron.

Mini Pie Bites (or deceiving sausage rolls)

After I had put the filling in to the pie crust and noticed that I had some left overs of the filling and the dough. I quickly cut up another apple and made little triangles of dough to wrap with filling for small like apple bites. It was a complete on the whim experiment but it worked out! I put them on a small pan beside the pie and let them cook about the same time as the pie – checking on them every 20 minutes or so though!

Enjoy!!

I would LOVE to hear your favorite fall time recipes and if you have ever experimented with your very own apple pies! or better yet, created apple bites yourself lol!

XOX Cass

 

The BEST Butter Chicken Sauce!!

Butter Chicken. Mm mmm. Delicious. If you love butter chicken as much as I do, you have try this combo of Naan and Butter Chicken!!

Grab your frying pan & rice cooker and let’s get started! I have a small, three cup, black&decker rice cooker and we’ve had it since we’ve been married and use it all the time! It’s small, easy to clean and we never really need more than 3 cups of rice!

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Butter Chicken Sauce : Umi’s Kitchen Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce. I picked up two bottles of it from a past market I just attended but you can get your sauce here , your local Save on Foods and Granville Island Market!

Naan : CRISPY Traditional Style Tandoori Naan. We grab ours from Walmart

Basmati Rice : Kirkland Brand

Two Chicken Breasts

**We also like to add a veggie option for a side! Tonight we chose red pepper**

You know when you start a meal and you’re so excited to get it going, and then you cook the carrots first to perfection but then the potatoes are still going to be another twenty minutes? Man! That is so annoying; I hate it when that happens! So below I have written out your schedule to the perfect butter chicken that will all be pipin’ hot when you plate to serve!

First Step: Prep

Ÿ Cut your chicken breasts into cubes

Ÿ Place 2 cups of rice in rice cooker & fill to 2 cup line

 

Step 2: Turn on rice cooker (roughly 20minutes) & Preheat oven to 200degrees

Step 3: Start cooking chicken in frying pan with a drop of vegetable oil in pan

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Step 4: When chicken is all cooked, add in entire jar of Umi’s Kitchen Butter Chicken Sauce into pan. Place lid and let simmer.

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Step 5: Place naan directly on middle oven rack and sprinkle with water on each side, cook 2minutes.

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Plate & Serve

Enjoy!

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After making this meal, I feel like I ate the whole plate in one bite. I’ve also included an after photo of my little girl at the end of her dinner time tonight for a few laughs. Hope you enjoy it!

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Send me a note after you try this sauce and tell me what you think!! I’d love to hear your thoughts or about your own Butter Chicken dinners!