Mother’s Day Recipes: Treat Mom to a Special Breakfast at Home

Mother’s Day Recipes: Treat Mom to a Special Breakfast at Home

One of our favourite Mother’s Day traditions is to enjoy Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch at home. It’s a pleasure to cook and entertain guests in our beautiful custom kitchen. Here are a couple of our family’s recipes. The watermelon salad might surprise you — but it’s an ideal treat in the hot weather we’ve been having lately. Watermelon Salad for Mother’s Day 3 ½ lbs seedless watermelon cut into 1” cubes (about 6 cups) 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice ½ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips Coarse salt and pepper 4 oz feta cheese broken into large pieces Combine watermelon, lime juice and ½ the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 plates. Scatter cheese and remaining basil on top. Enjoy! Mother’s Day Crepes 1 c flour 2 eggs ½ c milk ½ c water ¼ tsp salt 2 Tbsp melted butter In large mixing bowl, whisk flour and eggs. Gradually add in milk and water, stirring to combine. Add salt and butter, beat until smooth. Heat lightly oiled griddle or fry pan over med-high heat. Pour or scoop ¼ c batter into pan. Tilt pan to evenly coast surface. Cook about 2 minutes until bottom is light brown. Loosen with spatula, flip and cook other side. To assemble crepes: Spread Nutella, top with sliced bananas and fold over then top with whipped cream. Cream together 8 oz softened cream cheese with 1 ¼ cups sifted icing sugar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Fill crepes with sliced strawberries and 1/3 cup of the cream cheese filling....
Vinarterta Recipe for Christmas

Vinarterta Recipe for Christmas

Vinarterta Recipe for Christmas Vinarterta is a traditional Icelandic recipe with Christmas fruits and spices. It makes a showy dessert to bring to a dinner party, or serve at home. 1 cup butter 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 4 cups all purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼ cup milk Prune filling: 3 cups pitted prunes 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cardamom In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture alternately with milk to form a soft dough. Chill for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut 7 waxed paper circles to fit into bottoms of 8” layer cake pans. Divide dough into 7 balls. Press dough evenly to edges of each waxed paper circle. Set circles into greased pans. Bake in 350°F oven for 20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Prune filling: Place prunes in saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Drain and reserve liquid. In blender or food processor, combine prunes, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and cardamom. Puree until smooth, adding enough of reserved liquid to make spreadable. Let cool. Let cakes cool for a few minutes, then remove waxed paper. When cakes are completely cooled, spread prune filling on 6 of the 7 layers. Stack cakes on top of each other, placing top layer smooth side up. At this point, the cakes will be somewhat crisp; the filling will soften them...
Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Making a lovely, healthy homemade Cranberry sauce is easier than you might think. This year, consider this recipe, featuring Canadian Maple Syrup! 12 oz (one bag) cranberries 1 cup orange juice 1 cup maple syrup 3 Tbsp orange zest Wash cranberries under cool water then dump in medium saucepan. Pour in orange juice, maple syrup and add zest. Stir together and turn heat on high until mixture reaches a boil. Once it is at a rolling boil, turn heat down to medium low and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat. Cool...
6 Tips to Make your Renovation Easier to Live With

6 Tips to Make your Renovation Easier to Live With

This is the time of year when we are preparing…preparing for the Christmas feast, preparing for Hanukah, preparing for visiting with lots of family and friends and preparing great meals in our kitchen! I have to tell you that I just love this time of year. Lately, I have been thinking about another kind of preparation too, the kind of preparation that is needed when you are renovating your kitchen. It is a very large job and I wanted to help you to make it easier. We have helped hundreds of people renovate their kitchens over the last 25 years and found a number of helpful strategies to make the renovation go smoothly. So, here are my best tips for preparing for a renovation, specifically a kitchen renovation, to make your life a LOT easier! 1 – Find the Right Contractor First, obviously, find yourself a good kitchen renovation specialist-you guessed it, I would recommend us, Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms!!! I guess that’s not a big surprise, but we do pride ourselves on being very detail oriented, reliable, timely and qualified. Our kitchen designers are among the best in the industry and all our products are constructed right on the premises. This makes a difference for if you need a cabinet redesigned quickly-no waiting to have the product shipped from overseas. Also, we employ people right here in your neighbourhood-it’s nice to have a “Made in Canada” kitchen! Aside from promoting ourselves, I did want to give you some tips that we have learned will make your renovation go A LOT smoother. 2 – Plan for How Long the...
What to Look for in a Quote for Kitchen Cabinetry or Bathroom Cabinetry

What to Look for in a Quote for Kitchen Cabinetry or Bathroom Cabinetry

It’s summer and that makes me think of fruit…more berries, but really all fruit. And so, today I wanted to talk to you about some of my favourite fruit-apples and oranges! Yes, this is still us at Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms, but the reason I wanted to talk about apples and oranges is to show you how to compare quotes you receive for kitchen or bathroom cabinetry. We encourage you to get another quote or two if you wish before you renovate your kitchen or bathroom, but sometimes this can cause more confusion than if you didn’t get another quote. Today, I wanted to give you some tools to know what to look for, what questions to ask and how to compare quotes for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. You’ll want to make sure that the quotes you are getting are comparing apples to apples! Free Estimates and Drawings To start, here at Elite we give free estimates, designs and quotes. Be careful of those who do not. Some cabinetry companies charge for this service. A good place to start is to ask if their quotes are complimentary. Also, some cabinetry companies do not give you the drawings to take home to consider. This may not sound like a big deal, but it can lead to confusion when you are trying to compare one price quote to another. We operate on a trust basis. We trust that you will use the drawing to make your decision based on all the information. Delivery and Installation Next thing to watch for is whether delivery and installation are included. Our quotes include both delivery and...
Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Welcome Spring! I have waited for so long to feel that wonderful rush of hope for warmer weather, sunshine, green grass, flowers and all the excitement of the new season! And so, like many of you, my excitement turns to the desire to dust off the winter and get a fresh start. If you are thinking this is an article on spring cleaning, well you are in for a surprise-it’s not!!! (I did that article last year!) This year I wanted to focus on a room that works hard to keep us clean, but can be overlooked and sometimes even put in a dark, dreary basement corner. I am speaking about the laundry room! If you guessed correctly, you win a chance to upgrade your laundry room to a new high! Of course, Ken and Sabrina at Elite would be very happy to help you design the perfect laundry room for you! After you are done, you may never want to leave, except to grab a latte and go back for another load of laundry! Unique Ideas for Your Custom Laundry Room When researching laundry rooms, unique layouts and design elements, I must say, there were a lot of options. Most of us have an area that is designated for laundry. It may be on the main floor and part of the “mudroom”. It may be in an unfinished basement. It may be on the second floor near the bedrooms. Where ever it may be, there are lots of ways to create a useful AND beautiful room that you will enjoy spending time in. You might just go in...

New Year…New Kitchen? Kitchen Trends for 2015

New Year New Kitchen? Here are some of the Kitchen Trends for 2015 If your resolution for 2015 is to update your home, I imagine you have a lot of questions about what is current and in fashion for kitchens for the upcoming year. Let’s take a walk through the new kitchen trends for 2015. I have sifted through what the designers are saying and have found which styles will last and which ones will simply fade away. Designers typically suggest maintaining a more timeless appearance and I agree. Here is what the designers are suggesting will be popular in 2015: White – when choosing a colour, this one is still quite popular. You can choose white for a traditional or contemporary kitchen. It is a great choice especially if you have a smaller kitchen and you chose white appliances that give the illusion of a larger space. You could also combine with dark or natural wood or stone elements to bring in more colour but keeping with the timelessness of white. Natural woods or finishes – Mixing different woods and finishes is also a trend that will be continuing in 2015. We have a large selection of different doors in a variety of different woods that can further be stained an even larger selection of different hues. The choice is yours and we have so much to choose from! We would love to have the opportunity to show you our selection in our showroom. In fact, our newest display kitchen is made entirely of birch-quite an unusual look! We invite you to come to check it out in...

Fall 2014 Newsletter: Kitchen & Home Organization

Here’s the recipe from our Fall 2014 newsletter. Download the full newsletter with kitchen tips, a special offer from Well Seasoned gourmet food store and more… here. The Flavors of Fall! Recipe from Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned gourmet food store in Langley BC As the weather starts to cools, the tasty root veggies start to make their debut at the local Farmers Markets – that to me, is a sure sign of the days getting shorter! One of my favorite side dishes of all times is a simple roasted vegetable medley seasoned with Herbs de Provence. I change it up occasionally, adding other vegetables as they are available and sometimes garnishing it decadently with chopped fresh dates, a little feta cheese & fresh parsley! Roasted Fall Vegetables with Herbs de Provence Herbs de Provence is a classic French seasoning blend of rosemary, fennel, thyme, savory, marjoram & lavender that works particularly well in this recipe but also with roasted chicken or pork. 2 large sweet potatoes or yams peeled & cut into ½ “ pieces 1 large white onion 2 large carrots 2 large parsnips 12 Brussel sprouts, cut in half 3 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 3 tsp. Herbs de Provence 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, peel and cut all vegetables into ½ “ slices, place in a large casserole dish. Whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until fork tender. Serve warm or at room temperature. For a special treat from...

Organize your Kitchen for Fall

Inspiring ideas to jump-start your kitchen and home organization As summer turns into fall, I find myself wanting to bring order back into my home. The carefree summer days are now turning into the days of a new routine. A routine that could use some new order. So, that makes me think of organizing. Perhaps you are thinking the same thing. If not, hopefully some of these ideas will get you thinking about joining me in my madness that is constantly trying to make order out of chaos! But, one thing is certain, if we need to organize, let’s get creative about it! So, you’ve probably guessed by now that I am looking into unique and useful ways to organize your home-not just your kitchen. Since our business is designing kitchens, I thought that would be a great place to start. At Elite Kitchens, we already design our kitchens with lower cabinet drawers so that everything can be easily accessed. We also have been designing an additional drawer under the sink cabinet-a great place to store your tea towels, washcloths, etc. We have lots of drawer organizers to choose from as well. Consider cutlery dividers. I have one that is two levels to store even more! We have lots of pullouts to show you to maximize space in even the smallest of kitchens. I realize that the best way to show you these ideas is with photos, so if it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s about seven thousand words’ worth of organizing ideas! We also found the perfect place to store your large...
Expand Your Kitchen with an Island

Expand Your Kitchen with an Island

Custom kitchen islands provide opportunities for added space and organization in your home. If an island getaway isn’t in the plans for you right now, there is another kind of island that may be exactly what you are looking for! Kitchen islands are very popular at the moment and for good reason! They are great ways to expand your counterspace, give extra seating and storage, but there is more to having an “island oasis” than that! Just imagine, the holiday party at your place. Where does it end up? In the kitchen, always! Now imagine your kitchen with an island-that is, unless you already have one! This is where the party is. The guests all mingling around the island, perhaps some sitting on the stools at the breakfast bar, others resting their wine glasses on the countertop while nibbling the appetizers set out in front of them…well, that certainly makes an island sound inviting! But it doesn’t stop there, I have more ideas for how to use that extra space in your kitchen. First, consider the function the custom kitchen island would have. Would it be mainly for extra storage space? How about for extra seating and countertop? What about to house your larger appliances? Or, how about an additional sink or cooktop area? These are some of the ways you can maximize your custom kitchen island. Consider putting in a single sink for vegetable prep with a new in-counter compost bin. These bins fit just under the counter and have a stainless lid that can be removed to add to the bin from the counter. The bin has...

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