After months of construction and hard work our newly renovated showroom was ready for its unveiling party. Guests including designers, media and friends arrived excited to experience the transformation and AyA evolution. Now featuring a new front foyer, 3 all new AyA kitchen displays and an entirely new AVANI section with 3 kitchens showcasing AVANI’s Arc, Base and Carve collections. > Click for more
Solmar Development Corporation, in partnership with CCS and Johnson Chou Architects, have created a site just outside of Bolton that is unique to Ontario, and possibly the entire country. It is called the Caledon Exchange and it has reinvented the traditional food bank.
Don’t call it a food bank, because it is much, much more than what would be expected of that term. The Caledon Exchange will incorporate a community AyA kitchen, storage areas, offices, meeting rooms, educational activity rooms, board rooms, and classrooms where the community can gather, learn about each other, teach each other, share with each other, and more. > Click for more
Last week I posted our Mini Camp Fire gifts that my kids and I made for their teachers. To add to that gift, we also created a little treat to complete the theme, and made our very own “Smores”
For S-mores on a stick you will need: (most items can be found at your local bulk food store)
• Candy sticks
• Large size marshmallows
• Chocolate for melting (I chose dark chocolate knowing these were gifts for adults)
• Graham cracker crumbs
• Clear plastic candy bags and ribbon for tying. > Click for more
The kids and I made these as a Holiday gifts for their teachers this year. They are “Mini Campfires” To enjoy on a cold winter day. This activity was a great family time activity, where the kids got to help create the gifts they were giving to their teachers, and we got to spend time together as a family.
For the Mini Campfires, You will need:
• Glass container and candles (I splurged and went for my favourite 3-wick candles from Bath and Body Works) I choose seasonal scents to keep with the theme and used Fireside Marshmallow, Snow Day and Fireside Aromas.
• Twigs collected from the yard. Make sure they have sections that are more straight than curved.
• Hot glue gun and glue sticks
• garden pruners for cutting the sticks. > Click for more
The holidays are quickly approaching and what better way to share the holidays than with sweet treats,family and friends.
These ultimate chocolate chip cookies are guaranteed to spread some holiday cheer.
Wrap them up as gifts or have them out at holiday parties to share with your guests!
4 Cups all purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking soda
2 Teaspoons salt
1 brick butter (softened)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
4 Cups chocolate chips or any other desired treat
(to celebrate the festive season, we also included crushed candy canes!) > Click for more
Amanda Britton, Sarah Richardson, Sara Knol
This past weekend was the 3rd Blogpodium, and AyA’s 2nd time sponsoring this grand event. Blogpodium gathers bloggers alike, from all over, to educate themselves on successful blogging, with tips on creating content, gaining loyal followers, and turning blogs into businesses.
The keynote speaker this year was Toronto’s very own Sarah Richardson. Sarah set the tone of the day with inspirational quotes and advice for all. And some grammatical advice too-who knew “these ones”, and “those ones” is grammatically incorrect? It sure got us thinking!
Another great part of Blogpodium was AyA’s Blogpodium Bound contest. Our 2nd annual contest held, giving bloggers a chance to win a trip to Blogpodium, including flight, hotel and entrance into the event, by submitting a moodboard based on year’s topic. > Click for more
On August 9th AyA Kitchens was featured on Canada’s top morning show Breakfast Television.
The segment was “Renovating your kitchen on a dime”, design consultant Frank Turco showcased a beautiful AyA kitchen island filled with a variety of storage options.
From roll-out drawers, cutlery tray inserts, to recycling centres and even a hidden gem in the toe-kick. This sleek island in AyA’s Harlem Lucca door featured upgrades and storage solutions for different price points and needs.
Watch the Breakfast Television segment and see a few of the offering available at AyA kitchens. > Click for more
We’re half way through the summer, and the August Civic long weekend is here!
We’ve had some great weather this year in Toronto, unpredictable at times, but for the most part, it’s been perfect for backyard grilling. If you are looking for a new bbq recipe to try this weekend, and the standard hot dogs and hamburgers isn’t really on your hit list, you must try this dish. I have only recently added fish to my diet, and this dish is not “fishy”, but delicious, light and fresh-and it’s easy too! > Click for more
AyA has hosted yet another successful Blogpodium Bound Contest for 2013, and this year’s entries were bigger and better!
Blogpodium is an annual conference hosted downtown Toronto, for the blogging community, educating bloggers on how to manage their blogs as businesses, generate traffic and create interesting content for a loyal group of followers. The Blogpodium Bound Contest gives bloggers a chance to win a trip to Toronto complete with hotel accommodations and a ticket to the conference by designing a kitchen mood board. This year’s theme was the Ultimate Party Kitchen, complete with a signature cocktail or dish to be served in this happening space.
We received several great entries with recipes that made our mouths water, got us thirsty, and quite frankly, we were waiting for invitations to these parties! At the end of the day, we had to narrow it down-who would be the lucky winner to be Blogpodium Bound this year? > Click for more