Pastel Pink Candy Apples & Halloween Bar Cart

What’s better than candy apples you ask? Pastel pink candy apples of course! You won’t feel as guilty indulging in these treats after all, they’re made of fruit so they’re partially good for you, right?! You will definitely want to add these to your Halloween desserts when you find out just how easy these are to make!

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Traditional candy apples are made up of a mixture of corn syrup, water and sugar that are boiled until they’re the perfect and sticky consistency for dipping. MAJOR TIME SAVING HACK: use candy melts (available at Michaels and Bulk Barn), melt them in the microwave or double- boiler on the stove, dip your apples, and VOILA! Just like that, in a few minutes you will have beautiful “candy” apples!

What you’ll need:

*Green Apples, plastic twigs (I got mine from Michaels), you could use real ones, or candy apple sticks

Candy Melts (in the colour of your choice) + any other sprinkles or toppings you want to put on your apples

Wax Paper (once your apples are dipped place them on wax paper for easy removal)

Cake stand or platter to display your beautiful apples!

 

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Every holiday or special occasion I style my bartcart, it is so much fun to do and you can really get as creative as you want with it!  This year I used the apples as the centerpiece and went from there with decorating the rest. I opted for a black and white theme which really made the pink apples pop!

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Here’s a look at my final styled bar-cart, how cute do the pop of pink apples look on here?!

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These 3- ingredient pumpkin bites were a huge hit! All you need is peanut butter, softened butter, icing sugar, and a little bit of food colouring! Top with a chocolate chip and use a toothpick to make the indents and you’re all set! IMG_2297IMG_2296IMG_2295

Here’s my second styling- I kept with the black and white theme and made a simple vanilla cake with Oreo (eyes) and a surprise purple colour inside!

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The Ferg- Prince Edward County

After spending the last long weekend up north at a cottage, my boyfriend and I made an extended long weekend and headed to Prince Edward County. I had visited both Sandbanks Provincial Park and Wellington before, but had always wanted to check out the charming little town of Picton. After doing some research, I came across the cutest Victorian home vacation rental called The Ferg located right in Picton. The Ferg was originally built in 1850 and has been restored and renovated with inspiration drawn from Scandinavian design, with touches of minimalism, simplicity, and charm. This spot is perfect for a little romantic weekend away for two, a wine tour with girlfriends, or have the family come out and enjoy the Main House. A little R & R is the Ferg’s specialty!

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Talk about pastel perfection!

A sweet escape from the city is always nice, especially when you visit somewhere that feels so welcoming just like home. The Ferg is the perfect destination to do just that. Booking your stay is so simple, head over to their website to book directly.  I heard back from one of the owners Anna right away, who was so kind and helpful throughout everything. With our instructions on how to get to the house and get into our section of the house, settling in was a breeze. The beautiful historic home is divided into three separate sections available to be rented out and has a very cottage-like feel to it. The Main House for a larger group, The Loft, and the One Bedroom Suite (this is where we stayed.) It was the perfect size and had all the amenities we needed.

Immediately upon entering the home I was blown away by the simplistic, rustic, Scandinavian décor. I wouldn’t have imagined myself appreciating this type of décor, but there was something so refreshing about the minimalism of it. Right away we felt right at home.

Tour:

Guests enter through the back of the home (where the parking lot is located). There is a cute picnic table, a bbq that could be used be all  guests, and well-maintained gardens in the backyard. You come in through the kitchen, while although small, has everything and more that you would need during your stay. There is a small table with two chairs which is perfect for tea for two in the morning.  A small bathroom stems off the side of the kitchen, which included a full bathtub/shower.

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A place for everything, and everything in it’s place!

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Guests then walk into the living area/dining room space where a large wooden table is situated in the middle of the room. The colourful fresh cut flowers stole my hear right away. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a home-cooked meal complimented with a nice bottle of local wine.

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Off to the side of the dining room was the bedroom. It was a small space but was really all we needed for our stay. There was a large bed which was so comfortable I could have stayed in it all day! During the day we kept the blinds open in the room to let the beauty of the natural light do its thing. The minimalism decor also carried through into the bedroom which I very much enjoyed, going to bed with a clear room makes for a clear mind and the ability to rest easy.

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The natural lighting in the bedroom makes for optimal makeup application, an added bonus!

The last part of the One Bedroom Suite was the family room. This room had a large L-shaped couch, coffee table, and a TV with cable.  There was an additional door off of the family room that led outside to a small porch which would be a great spot to sit and wind down after a day of touring around Picton and the wineries, etc.

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My absolute favourite part of the house was the large wooden table with mis-match painted chairs, it came together and worked so well. There is so much character in this space and you really felt at home, truly a great place to relax! The rustic floors added even more charm to this space, not to mention made for a great place to take pictures! There is so much natural light that emanates through the rooms and the crisp white décor really make a blogger’s job of photographing a dream.

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The specs:

This fully self-contained and private One Bedroom Suite offers a queen bedroom, a spacious dining room and living room with a queen sleeper sofa, a charming gas stove to heat the unit, a foodie-equipped kitchen, a full bathroom with a bathtub and a private front porch shaded by an old maple tree.- thefergpec.com 

Amenities:

24/hr Check-In

Cable TV

Family / Kid Friendly

Free Parking

Hair Dryer

Heating

Indoor Gas Fireplace

Iron

Kitchen, complete with Coffee Maker

Laptop Friendly Workspace

Pets Allowed

Organic Shampoo & Conditioner

Smart TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Unlimited WIFI

Mavea Water Filter

Organic Coffee, Tea & Sugar

Thank you to The Ferg for a lovely little getaway. If you are planning to visit, you’re sure to love this space as much as we did!

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The rest of our stay in PEC:

We decided to do a little touring around the area and ended up coming across some really neat spots!

We stopped into Bloomfield and visited County Collective‘s pop-up shop. This has to be hands down the most adorable shop inside and out, not to mention the sweetest owner (Tania!)

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Escape Canvas Utility Bag: Forest Bound- $99.00

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The Tiffany Pratt Canvas Collection is to die for!

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The most beautiful coffee table book out there! Tiffany Pratt- Designer, Author, Maker is the epitome of rainbow perfection and DIY’s

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Next on our list was a visit to the hip and modern Drake Devonshire.  This is a definite must when visiting PEC. This restored historical home dubbed “Drake by the lake” has been beautifully transformed into a hotel, restaurant/bar, and even a hot-spot wedding venue.

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These are the views you’ll get to experience while sipping drinks on the back patio.

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We then headed up the mountain to check out Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park. Now, this concept might sound strange, but it’s actually a lake on a mountain…really think about that for a second. It stands 62 meters over the bay with a constant flow of fresh water, water that no one knows where it comes from…

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We grabbed drinks and a delicious charcuterie board at The Miller House Cafe Brasserie which had a spectacular view from the back patio.  The Miller House has quite a bit of history behind it and is the oldest building in Lake on the Mountain.

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When I found out there was a winery with a big purple barn I knew we had to go check it out. Closson Chase is really the first winery that  helped start the fascination of Prince Edward County’s wine industry.

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After a day and a bit in ‘The County’ I’m already dreaming of going back.

xoxo,
Sara

c/o: The Ferg (Instagram)

Baby Blues + Her Majesty’s Pleasure Review

When I saw this jacket on sale at Forever 21 I instantly fell in love with the soft material and beautiful baby blue shade! It isn’t a very warm coat but it’s a great coat for a girl’s day or night out if you want to have something different than an all-black coat.

I did in fact wear this for a girl’s day out! My friend and I checked out Her Majesty’s Pleasure in the heart of King West Village in Toronto and were treated to a wonderful manicure! The place itself was absolutely stunning with a vibrant atmosphere, I could have stayed in there all day and it was the best manicure I’ve ever had! There is a full-service bar so you can sip on drinks while being pampered, talk about feeling like a queen!  I’ll post some pictures below of the inside of Her Majesty’s Pleasure along with the polish we decided on! 🙂

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Necklace- J-crew Factory Outlet!

Here’s a look at the inside of the beautiful Her Majesty’s Pleasure! This wall was EVERYTHING and deserved to be photographed. Now if only it was in my house!!!

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Now I couldn’t not take a picture of this wall of manicures!

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I even got busted snapping the photo by my friend!

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We both opted for shades of purple from Smith & Cults nail polish line. I had never used the brand before and absolutely loved it and the shade!

Her Majesty’s Pleasure was Voted Best Salon Design and Top 10 Global Interior Design by Azure Magazine

Take a peak at the full spa menu below (we opted for the ultimate manicure on our visit):

FOR YOUR HANDS

FOR YOUR FACE

FOR YOUR EYES

FOR YOUR FEET

FOR YOUR HAIR

BODY

HAIR REMOVAL

Such a great experience! This was such a thoughtful and personal gift my friend gave to me and it a great way to spend a girl’s day!

xoxo Staffordable