Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Master Bathroom Makeover

Before I took my little hiatus from blogging, I promised you all a peak at my newly redecorated Master Bathroom! This is one makeover that has been a long time coming. My husband and I bought our home almost three years ago. It was a short sale so we were able to get more for our money. Our Master Bathroom was in good shape but several things were missing, including towel holders. I finally decided that after having a bathroom that wasn't anywhere from feeling like a retreat that it was in deed time for a update. I didn't re-paint this space but I did add a few more decorations,-a new valence, candles surrounded by berries, towel holders and a shag rug which really contributed to warming up this area. My color of choice when it comes to decorating my home-Red!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy a pop of red in any room. My color of choice is Burgundy and I have carried that theme color throughout my home. It not only keeps things simple but It truly brings out the cherry and black stained wood that is around my home.

Let's take a look at the before...


Now let's take a look at the After.

I love how it is warm and dare I say Romantic?

I love my newly decorated Bathroom.

One of my favorite Decorations is my Earring Holder Frame.

Isn't it cute?
My talented Friend Emily made it for me for my birthday back at the first of June. I love that this Earring holder matches my decor yet is functional and stores all my Jewelry!

Well, there you have it. My new Master Bathroom Makeover! I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and afters! :D


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Grillin' Up a Good Time...

A few favorite pastimes of mine during the summer months is camping, cookouts and family picnics. These are memorable events that my family and I look forward to each year. However, it can be frustrating if you don't have great equipment to use when participating in these fun past times. I was recently asked to review Canada Post Website. This is a great comparison website that features products sold at many big box stores. I love the convenience in knowing that instead of roaming around town trying find the best deal on your desired outdoor items you can just make Canada post your one stop shop!  I love that They compare prices and make shopping easy and simple.

This website is tailored to offering their customers products that are perfect for enjoying the Great Outdoors. Some of the products that they offer are BBQ's, Grills, Smokers, Outdoor cooking equipment and utensils, camping accessories, and products for pick-nicking. Their selection is limitless and they have some very interesting and fun products.

While searching their website, a product caught my eye and became my favorite by far!They have darling picnic sets that include the place settings for four and it comes with a picnic blanket. Perfect for laying on the ground or over a picnic table.

 I can see my husband, kids and myself using the nifty little picnic set often during the summer months. I also like that this set would  be perfect for taking on camping trips!! Just throw it into your RV or into the back of your vehicle and you have a earth friendly cute little plate, cup, and utensil service for 4. Just think, there will be no need to waste money on buying paper goods before heading out of town! 

So if you are in the market for buying a new camp stove, BBQ grill, smoker picnic supplies or looking for some new out door furniture, look no further and head on over to Canada Post to see the other wonderful products they have to offer. You won't be disappointed! Click on the link below to see what Canada post is all about!

The opinions written in this review are solely my own.


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen

Cheesy Chicken Tortellini Bake

I first sampled this recipe several years ago at a Pampered Chef party that a fellow friend held at her home. It was love at first bite and I begged her for a copy of the recipe! Since that party, I have been making this dish for the past 5 years and it has become a family favorite.  I love this hearty pasta dish because it is extremely easy to make and yet is so elegant. It is the perfect weeknight main dish and can be in and out of the oven and on the table in about 30 minutes. I also love that this pasta bake freezes well. I will usually make the full recipe and freeze half of it for another busy weeknight when my little family is on the go and I don't have time to cook. It is also a favorite of mine to make and take to girl friends whom are sick or have just had babies. It is comfort food at its finest! I Hope you enjoy this recipe and that it becomes a favorite at your home!

Cheesy Chicken Tortellini Bake


Pasta Mixture
1/2 c. chopped onion ( I use a small onion)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic cloves, pressed
1 Jar (16 oz). Bertoli Brand White Alfredo Sauce
2 (9 oz) Packages Buitoni Brand refrigerated cheese-filled or spinach tortellini
1 1/2 c. cooked cubed chicken
1 c. milk
1 c. water
1 c. frozen peas
1/4 teas. Pepper
1 teas. Dried Basil Leaves

Crumb Topping
1/4 c. grated fresh parmesan cheese
2 T. Butter/margarine
1 c. Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. For pasta mixture, chop onion using a food chopper. In a saucepan heat oil on medium to high heat; add onion and garlic. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in Pasta sauce, tortellini, chicken, milk, water, peas and black pepper. Heat until mixture comes to a full boil; remove from heat and add basil.
Meanwhile, for crumb topping grate parmesan cheese. Place butter in a small microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until melted. Stir in bread crumbs and cheese. Mix well.
Spoon pasta mixture into a greased 9X13 baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes or unitl edges are bubbly and topping is golden brown.

Yield 6 servings.

Side Dish suggestions: Garlic Bread and Honey Glazed Carrots.


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I haven't forgotten you....

This is a picture of my sweet little girl.

 Life has been a little busy around my neck of the woods and I know that my recipe/craft posts have been sparse. I ask that you Please don't give up on me!! My little girl just went in for an angioplasty this weekend to try to correct a previous heart condition that she was born with. She is on the mend and is doing well. 


Ashlee, The Culinary Queen

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