Snow White Kitchen

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We love this all white kitchen designed by LA’s Erinn Valencich. The curvy counter and mirrored mosaics are a playful counterpoint to the handsome lines of the cabinetry and sliding doors.

Question: Does an all-white kitchen work in climates where there’s snow on the ground for 4-6 months of the year?

#JustCurious

Frosted Flakes DIY

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Snowflakes, gemstones and ribbon enhance a gift as well as the look of your Christmas tree. DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci dazzles us with inexpensive dollar store finds.


Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Frosted Flakes’ in Issue 11 of Dabble

Snowshoe Hot Toddy

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Recipe by Dee Brun

The Dabble gang know exactly how to throw the perfect snowshoe party. And a cool party needs a warm drink.

Ingredients

1 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
4 oz hot chocolate
1 can whipped cream
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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Welcome to Ottawa

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In Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, politics play a leading role. The parliament buildings take centre stage downtown while the Prime Minister and Governor Generals’ residences face off on Sussex Drive. For a small city, architecture makes a big statement and yet, it’s the capital’s natural setting that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

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With four season offerings for the outdoor enthusiast Ottawa is a year-round destination. But none can deny the magical charms of winter in the capital. Christmas lights emblazen the downtown core as temperatures drop, turning the lively Rideau Canal into the world’s longest outdoor skating rink.

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Red, White & Green

  • Pine Adirondack chairs—painted “Mountain Stream” from Pittsburgh Paints—sit sentry year round on the wraparound porch.
  • Simple parson chairs strike a festive pose when tied with a bright red ribbon and decked with humble ornaments.
  • Lynnette uses white Stargazer lilies throughout the home as a reminder of Christmas in New Zealand, where people typically decorate for the holidays with an abundance of fresh cut flowers.

Lynnette and Mitchell Eisen created a family home that combines elements of their respective childhoods—hers, beach front New Zealand, and his, a wraparound porch in Toronto. The charming result is a practical home that welcomes family and friends with natural light and and casual comfort.

“Find something from nature like the bark on a tree, or a sentimental decoration, and use that as inspiration. Be creative and let the design reflect your individuality.” ~Lynnette 

Winter whites and natural earth tones bring nature’s palette indoors. The effect is enhanced by large windows that make the connection stronger still, infusing the country home with natural light.

Entertain Me: Snowshoe Party

Snowshoeing is nearly as easy as walking, but oh, so much more fun say our conga-line trekkers. Follow their lead and celebrate winter with a snowshoe party. Grab your toque and earmuffs, then gather adventurous friends.

With a roaring fire and warm friends on hand there’s no need to fear the cold. To build a fire: Gather tinder such as dry needles, plants and grasses and place at bottom of fire pit. Add dry kindling such as small twigs and sticks. Finally, stack logs in the shape of a teepee. This way they’ll fall into the fire as it burns. With a solid arrangement in place light the fire. Always have a bucket of water (or snow) nearby. 

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Pre-party warm-ups
Fire up your guests’ anticipation with a pre-party loot bag. Plaid covered, fake fur earmuffs are a practical enticement.

Snowshoeing
A fast-growing sport, snowshoeing burns about 600 calories an hour, it’s easy to learn and relatively inexpensive.

Dinner by fire
The fire is roaring and dinner is served. Wrap salmon steaks, potatoes and green beans in heavy foil and cook over open flames.

Snowshoe Salmon

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lemon, juiced (keep skins)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 6oz salmon, skinless
  • 1 sprig dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and add onion and garlic. Once melted, add lemon juice and remove pan from heat.
  2. Cover salmon in oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay salmon on a piece of tin foil with lemon skins. Cut the sprig of dill in half and place half on each piece of salmon. Pour butter sauce over salmon, then wrap with tin foil.
  3. Place foil-wrapped salmon on a grill and place over open fire to cook, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Note: If an in-kitchen cooking experience is preferred, preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Snowshoe Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 4 oz hot chocolate
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • Sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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