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Weeknight Meals: Seared Tuna, Stir-Fried Vegetables & Chili-Garlic Beans

By: Matt allison Apr 18, 2014

Seared Tuna, Stir-Fried Vegetables & Chili-Garlic Beans

I do love fresh tuna, it's a bit of a taboo as much of it is under severe threat from over fishing, so make sure you use a sustainable option from your local fish monger or market.

This dish is a perfect Spring time treat served with a chilled glass of white wine on the… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Wall Sconce Task Lights

By: Matt allison Apr 16, 2014

DIY Wall Sconce Task Lights

I love these DIY wall sconces, not only because they're very on trend, but because would you believe that they are repurposed Target desk lamps! Yip, a little bit on ingenuity turned these $25 off the shelf lamps into a custom, one-off designs. Get step-by-step instructions at the link… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce

By: Matt allison Apr 11, 2014

Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce

This is comfort food at its best, simple, wholesome and packed with flavour. Roasting tomatoes brings out intense flavours, don't be afraid to get a little colour on them under the grill… Continue Reading

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Free Printables from The Open Art Project

By: Matt allison Apr 09, 2014

Free Printables from The Open Art Project

I stumbled across this collaborative Canadian design consortium, Open Art Project dedicated to making quality art posters accessible and FREE to… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Scandinavian Brown Cabbage Soup

By: Matt allison Apr 04, 2014

Scandinavian Brown Cabbage Soup

I know cabbage isn't everyone's favorite vegetable, but this recipe may just turn you into a convert. It's rich, luxurious and hearty, without being heavy like many winter variants, perfect for a evening… Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Maker Home Tours with Our Gathered Home

By: Matt allison Apr 02, 2014

Maker Home Tours With Our Gathered Home

Looking for some decor inspiration? Take a peek at Our Gathered Home, a photo journal that started out of a need to share honest, authentic homes lived in by real people across the… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

By: Matt allison Mar 28, 2014

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas

Harissa is a North African paste, a rich blend of herbs and spices like chili, garlic, caraway seeds & coriander. You'll find it at most Middle Eastern Markets or specialty stores, though a word of caution, no two brands are a like and you'll need to taste it first and add to taste, the 1/4 cup is… Continue Reading

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Make It: Slouchy Leather Sling Planter

By: Matt allison Mar 26, 2014

Slouchy Leather Sling Planter

There is no doubt that hanging planters, macrame and terrariums are back en vogue. There is something quite nostalgic and familiar about them and they prove to be perfect way to add a bit more serenity in our homes by bringing the outdoors… Continue Reading

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Weeknight Meals: Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

By: Matt allison Mar 21, 2014

Tuna, Olive & White Bean Salad

The combination of tuna and white beans is a classic and this is one recipe that you can keep going back to for those moments of 'I need to eat now, but can't be bothered to cook', yes, we all have them!

It's designed for experimentation, swap out the parsley for arugula, spice it up with tabasco or chili, the… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Mini Copper & Marble Shelves

By: Matt allison Mar 19, 2014

DIY Mini Copper & Marble Shelves

Try your hand at making these beautiful, useful mini shelves that are great for organizing smalls like jewelery or beauty supplies in the bathroom, best of all they cost under $2 each to make! Instructions and the parts list available at the link below.… Continue Reading

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