Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

This Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake is a perfect dessert!  Warm vanilla cake with a sweet cinnamon sugar swirl through the centre.  Delicious! – – – – – – Is there any kind of cake better than a warm vanilla cake with a bite full of cinnamon and sugar?  I think not.  Well except maybe a chocolate cake…but this Cinnamon Swirl Cake is a close first place contender. Today was a cake baking kind of day and I embraced it.  I’m trapped inside in minus 30 degree weather, and it’s days like this when my oven calls to me for cake.  But really, I’m not sure there’s any day that wouldn’t be made brighter with a piece of homemade cake.  No need for a fancy occasion for a warm and delicious cake right from the oven.  No need at all I say. So I seized the moment and made this Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake.  What I really like about this recipe is how easy it is to make…seriously it’s no harder than mixing up a batch of pancakes.  The ingredients for this cake are so simple, and I’m willing to bet you have them in your home already…nothing fancy here.  In fact […]

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5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles

These 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles are a simple and quick DIY!  They’re perfect for a Christmas table setting! – – – – – – – I really love projects that are simple to make, require really no time and barely any supplies, but are cute, like these 5 Minute Christmas Mason Jar Candles!  With our dark winter nights that basically start at 5:00PM, I find that candles are a nice way to brighten up the night.  I love the soft glow they give off.  I also like to add mason jar candles to table settings.  If you get the candle down far enough into the jar you don’t need to worry about setting your sleeves on fire as you reach for dishes across the table! Ha! This year I’ve embraced traditional Christmas colours like red and green, around my home.  These are the colours of the Christmas’s of my childhood, and I’m really happy to be surrounded by them this time of year.  Also because red is so outside the norm for decorating around here, it’s actually a nice change…I appreciate the pop of colour in winter! So continuing with my theme, I decided to make these simple mason […]

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A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide to give you some ideas for this hard to buy for age (13-16)! – – – – – – – Teenagers are so hard to buy gifts for…especially girls because they can be very particular about the things they wear and want.  Actually let me rephrase that, if you don’t have a good list they are hard to buy for.  But given the opportunity to provide a list of things they want, I have found from experience that teenage girls are more than happy to tell you what they like! This Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide was put together by my daughter who is 14 (grade 9).  And she is a very girly girl so most of the items on this list are pretty feminine!  I think it’s a wonderful list of things and I’m so happy she took the time to put it together for you!  I hope you can find some ideas for the teenage girl in your life! A Teenage Girls Holiday Gift Guide This The Chocolate Shop Make Up Set by Too Faced is high on the list for my teenage girl!  Confession…I kind of want it too.  It comes […]

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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

This delicious Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie is a perfect recipe for the holiday season!  Soft nutty flavour with a sweet and cinnamon-y topping! – – – – – – – Today I have something really fun happening!  I’ve come together with a group of food bloggers to each share a delicious holiday cookie recipe with you!  So welcome to this very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange!  I hope you can find some delicious recipes for your holiday season! For this cookie exchange I decided to share my recipe for Jewish Shortbread, but with a twist!  I made a cookie pie using the fantastic Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan!  I try to make Jewish shortbread every year because it’s one of my favourite Christmas cookies…you could always find this classic crescent shaped cookie on Grandma’s cookie plate…I always loved that they were covered in cinnamon sugar! But instead of making individual crescent shaped cookies, I decided to make this cookie pie with Grandma’s recipe for Jewish Shortbread. To make this cookie pie, I just pressed the cookie dough into this special shallow pan, then baked it for about 45 minutes.  I thought preparing it this […]

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A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide to help you with shopping for the men in your life! – – – – – – – Today I’m super excited to share a post written by my husband, Tobin!  I thought it might help you to have some ideas for gifts for the men in your lives, because I know how hard they are to buy for.  Seriously, why are men SO hard to by for?  I hope this guide will give you some useful ideas so you can get your Christmas shopping done relatively stress free!  The Hubbys Christmas Gift Guide Hello A Pretty Life readers, I’m Tobin, the husband behind the blog!  I’m hoping that I can shed some light into what to buy for your men this holiday season.   Whoever said it is better to give than to receive never got a custom splitting axe for Christmas.  Being a husband and a father seems to have triggered some sort of auto response when asked for a gift list for the holidays.  “Oh, I could use some work shirts, a new pair of gloves, maybe a new shaving kit…”  I ask for the practical things, the everyday things that we […]

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Make a Festive Christmas Mantel Swag!

Make a Festive Christmas Mantel Swag!

Today I’m sharing a really fun and festive holiday project over on the Lowe’s blog!  I really love using fresh greens in my holiday decor, so this year I decided to decorate my mantel with a DIY Christmas Evergreen Swag.  I got my inspiration from Lowe’s new Comfort & Joy décor theme. Sometimes it’s hard to find the exact decor and look that we want for our homes, so now I just make my own!  With some simple supplies like ornaments, ribbon and fresh evergreens that you can purchase purchase online or at your local Lowe’s, you can create the project you’ve been dreaming of!  Don’t be afraid to tackle projects like this Christmas swag, because they are a lot easier than you might think.  With the proper tools and some creative ideas, you can bring your Christmas project to life! . Step by Step Instructions for an Evergreen Christmas Mantel Swag I’m sharing the step by step instructions on how to create this DIY Fresh Evergreen Mantel Swag, over on the Lowe’s blog today.  So if you’ve ever thought about making your own evergreen project, stop by to see how I made it! You can read my full Comfort & Joy […]

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Comfort & Joy Wreath

I had some fun with the holiday decor at Lowe’s Canada and created this Comfort & Joy Wreath!  A perfect way to decorate your front door and greet your guests this holiday season! – – – – – – Wreaths are such a lovely way to greet guests that arrive at your home over the holiday season.  But sometimes it’s hard to find just the right wreath in stores, so why not make your own?  The great thing about making your own wreath is the ability to tailor the colours and style to reflect your own home.  And really there are no rules with wreath making because it’s all about what appeals to you!  There are so many options.  I find that once you have a theme and an idea of the colours you want, the rest is easy. I have been busy making wreaths this holiday season because I love them so much, and so far I have made a Winter Wonderland Yarn Wreath, a Vintage Truck Evergreen Wreath, and now this Comfort & Joy Wreath.  The more wreaths the better I say! Making wreaths, especially wreaths with evergreen bases, is so easy.  It’s kind of like decorating a mini […]

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