• Oct 03

    How To Charcuterie

    October 3, 2014 • 10:00 am

    This FOOD FRIDAY I'm sharing with you my bella Tori's tricks on how to build the ULTIMATE CHARCUTERIE BOARD!!!!! Take it from here Tori...

    Au revoir spinach dip, the charcuterie board has taken over the entertaining scene. Here are a few tips to help you put together a gorgeous board that will leave your guests in awe.

    1. The Board & Tools: 

    For an authentic and rustic look use a large wooden board (make sure it is food safe) or a large slab of marble. Mason jars or rustic glasses are perfect for grissini or condiments and you will want a variety of small and large bowls for items such as olives and spreads. Make sure that every cheese and spread has its own knife or spoon – I love using vintage cutlery for this!

    2. The Cheese: 

    Try a soft cheese such as herbed goat cheese or French Brie, a firmer cheese like Dutch Gouda and a harder cheese such as Piave, aged cheddar or a nice piece of veined cheese.  As tempting as it may be to dice the cheese, leave it whole for the guests to cut themselves.

    3. The Meat: 

    The possibilities are endless here, but variety is key. Thin slices of prosciutto, dry cured salami, chorizo sausage. Try to pick 3-4 different options for guests to choose from.

    4. The Bread: 

    Move over Ritz crackers! The cracker aisle has exploded with AMAZING options, and that is just the beginning. Grissini (Italian breadsticks), fresh baguette and a variety of flatbreads will add so much to your charcuterie board: use your imagination!

    5. The Fruit: 

    Yes, you read right, fruit. Depending on how big of a role your charcuterie board will play in your meal, it’s nice to offer guests some fresh or dried fruit to compliment the meat and cheese. And, as a Dietitian it just feels right! I love adding whatever is in season to the table for both décor and a healthy twist to an indulgent treat. A big bowl of plums, fresh figs or dried apricots scattered among the meat and cheese, and sliced apples, pears or nectarines are all great additions to the charcuterie board and are so pretty!

    6. The Other Stuff:  

    Ok, here’s where it gets interesting. Walnuts, olives, antipasto, fresh honey, fig spreads, pepper or wine jelly, tapenade and marinated vegetables will make the board stand out from the rest.

    7. Pulling it Together: 

    Perfectly imperfect is what you are aiming for here. There are no rules, but it’s best to make the board about 30 minutes before serving to allow the cheese to come to room temperature and don’t leave the board out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature for food safety reasons.

    We chose to use as many local Okanagan fruits, cheeses and wine's as possible... Huge thanks to BC Tree Fruits for always having the best apples for us to use.. and Wine BC for all of the delicious wine yum yum yum!!!! Perfect for so many things!!

    AND VOILA!!!!!!

    Large Cutting Board | Medium Cutting Board | Small Cutting Board | Circular Tray | Marble tray | Marble Bowl | Serving Bowls | Olive Bowl | Wooden Bowls | Cuttlery | Cheese Knives | Cheese Slicer | Cocktail Fork | Mason Jars | Cloche | Wine Glass | Outdoor Table |

     

     

    Photography Love: Janis Nicolay

    Charcuterie Love: Tori Wesszer

    How delicious do these look?? Tori sure knows how to put on a good charcuterie spread...YUMMM!!!!! Dig in with your friends over the weekend and ENJOY!!!!!!! 

     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Oct 02

    Sneak Peak : Style At Home

    October 2, 2014 • 10:00 am

    I had SOOOO much fun styling my home for this Style At Home shoot a few weeks ago that I HAD to share with you a few SNEAK PEAK pics!!! My house has never looked SO GREAT and SO FRESH... don't you agree!?!!?

    I can't wait to show you the entire shoot... make sure you keep your eyes peeled!!!!

    Pillows | Glasses | Bowls | Plates | Dish Set | Cuttlery | Egg Carton | Flower Vase | Kitchen Vase | Chest | Bedding | Head Board | Cutting Board | Apples | Boots | Bench | Perfume Bottle | Tray | Mirror | Side Table | Basket | Dish Towels | Pear Bowl |

     

    HUUUGE thanks to my partner in design crime Dana. The always wonderful Janis who never seems to dissapoint by taking THE MOST BEAUTIFUL pictures. AAAAAND my bella Tori for not only helping with styling, but also keeping our bellies full ALL WEEKEND!! You ladies ROCK and helped make everything more than perfect!!!

    What do you guys think of the shoot so far??! As excited as I am to see the rest!?!

     

     

     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Sep 30

    Bowen Island Sanga Retreat Giveaway

    September 30, 2014 • 10:00 am

    It's GIVEAWAYYYY TIME ON JH.COM!!!!!!! Today I'm teaming up with Sanga Living and we're giving away a Sanga Digital Detox & Yoga Retreat on Bowen Island ... and it's ALL INCLUSIVE!!!!!!

    MORE GOOD NEWS!!! All of my lovely readers will get 15% discount off any booking of the Digital Detox Retreat on Bowen Island by using the code RelaxJillian at checkout!!! Don't worry your little hearts out, if you win this giveaway, your money is refunded 30 days before you go!!!!!!! 

    Retreat Dates: November 30th - December 3rd, 2014

    Participants must reside in British Columbia, Canada to enter. All entries outside of BC will be invalid. To learn more about this retreat, head to Sanga Retreat's website or Instagram

     

    ENTER HERE!

     

    Good luck everyone!!!

     

    xo

    Jilly


  • Sep 29

    Blushing for Fall

    September 29, 2014 • 10:00 am

    As we transition into fall, (which I am beyyyyyond exicted about!!!) I thought I'd pay one last homage to my love of pastels, blush tones and whites! I'm all about breaking the rules when it comes to seasonal colours...don't get me wrong, I do love fall fashion, but too many dark fall tones can get quite depressing!! Separate these pieces to mix them with deeper colours, and they're all the perfect fall staples!

    Blazer | Top | Jeans | Heels | Bracelet | Earrings

     

     
     
    Happy Monday!!!!
     
     
    xo
    Jilly

     

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  • Sep 26

    BC Tree Fruits Fried Apple Rings

    September 26, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Whoever invented FRIED APPLE RINGS should be granted guaranteed access to heaven!!! I have been seeing them everywhere on Pinterest lately so decided to make my own version (with a pinch of salt)  … GENIUS and SO easy!!!!! 
     

    Ingredients
     
    4 large BC Tree Fruits McIntosh apples
    1 cup of flour 
    1 1/2 tsp of baking powder 
    2 tbsp of sugar 
    1/2 tsp salt 
    1 tsp vanilla
    3/4 cup of half and half 
    1 egg 
     
    Directions
     
    1. In a bowl, combine 2 cups of sugar,  1 tsp salt, 1 tbs of cinnamon for coating.
     
    2. In a large skillet warm up a pound of shortening.
     
    3. Sift all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together in separate bowl.
     
    4. Slice your apples, core them and use a round cookie cutter (or jar/glass) to create your apple rings. 
     
    5. Turn the temperature for your shortening up to medium (not too hot or it will burn!) 
     
    6. Dip your rings in the wet bowl, then the dry bowl, and then into the shortening. Flip when brown. Toss into sugar cinnamon bowl, set aside and repeat until all your apples have turned into little bites of heaven … then enjoy! 
     

     

     
     
    Happy apple ring eating!!!!!
     
     
    xo
    Jilly
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  • Sep 25

    Everyday Makeup Routine

    September 25, 2014 • 10:00 am

    I know you've all been requestins a post on my beauty routine, so TODAY'S the day!!!!! My lovely makeup artist Kaitlin Hargreaves is sharing my favourite makeup products and every day routine with all of you!!!

    First I PREP the skin with MAC fast response eye cream, gently massaging under and around the eye. Next, I use Eminence coconut moisturizer. Be sure to use Embryolisse moisturizer for very dry skin.

    Moving onto the face, I gently buff MAC Face and Body foundation in C4 all over the face and blend down onto the neck. For under eyes, I use either MAC studio finish concealer in nw20, or MAC prolong concealer in nw20, blend it in in a v shape and all the way up and around the eye to the brow. For any blemishes or discolouration on the face, I use studio finish concealer in nc30. Blend it all in until it's seamless. I finish the skin with Christian Dior nude powder foundation on top in 030 to give a bit of extra coverage and to mattify the skin.

    For the brows, I use a small dab of Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in "ash". Dip a coarse brow brush in and apply using small hair strokes, elongating the tail and squaring off the centre. 

    Fo the eyes, I apply MAC Paint in "tan ray" all over the lid and slightly up into the crease - this is a base for the eyeshadow as  this prevents any creasing and helps the shadow stay put all day. With a duo fibre eyeshadow brush, I buff MAC's "cork" and "satin taupe" all over the lid, blending it nicely into the crease. Next, apply "Kat Von D" inked liquid eyeliner on the top lid, winging it out slightly. Tightline the inner waterline with Christian Dior "carbon" black waterproof eyeliner, and make sure to apply to both the upper and lower waterline. Next, apply a coat of Christian Dior "maximizer mascara base" and then 2 coats of Christian dior "extase" mascara in black.


    For the cheeks, I contour with a Ben Nye medium brown powder color from the top of the ear towards the mouth, ending two finger widths from the mouth. Apply Christian Dior blush in "lucky pink" on apples and bring upwards onto cheek bones and temples. Lightly dust Christian Dior nude bronzer in "Cinnamon" on high points (forehead, temples, cheeks, nose, chin.)

    Lastly, line the lips with choice of color - I like MAC's "what a blast" (orange  red) and "kiss me quick" (cool red). Top the liner with your choice of lipstick. I like MAC's "you say tomato" (orange red) and Christian Dior's "999" (cool red).

    Finish off with Merle normal's "expert touch finish spray".

    And VOILA, you're done!


    Makeup Forever Aqua Brow | MAC Pro Longwear Concealer | Christian Dior Powder Blush Christian Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick | Christian Dior Nude Compact | Diorshow Extase Mascara  MAC Fast Response Eye Cream | MAC Face and Body Foundation 

     

     
     
    Thanks Kaitlin!!!! And HUGE thanks to Janis Nicolay for these beautiful photos!
     
    xo
    Jilly

     

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