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Sneak Peek – Derks Formals 2011 Catalogue

Take a behind the scenes look on the set of our Derks Formals 2011 Catalogue Photoshoot:

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Perfect Suit Fit


Tuxedos can be Flexible and Comfortable

Do you have a special occasion to attend this fall or winter that demands black tie attire? If you’re not accustomed to wearing tuxedos, you might expect your tuxedo to be restrictive or unflattering.  Rest assured that this is not the case. Properly measured and tailored formalwear will make you look your best.

At Derks Formals, the staff will be able to help you to select the outfit that’s going to work best for you. That means considering your body type to determine what’s going to look best on your frame.  Derks will also ensure that your tuxedo is tailored just right.

Once you’re wearing your tuxedo, it’s important to relax. Remember – You wear the suit, not the other way around.  All tuxedos are designed to be flexible enough for movement. Wearing a tuxedo is no excuse to avoid the dance floor.

Derks also offers styles for the little men in your life.  Your boys will be dressed to impress for your special day in tailored suits and tuxedos, and ranging in sizes 0-14, no boy is too young to look his best. Remember that young boys grow very quickly, and may outgrow their tuxedos if they are purchased too far ahead of the event date.  Look to start shopping four to six weeks ahead to ensure the proper fit.


Derks Formals is Proud to Be a Part of Fashion with Compassion

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Derks Formals is proud to be a sponsor of Fashion With  Compassion. This year’s event was a fantastic success.

Derks Formals provided tuxedos for the husbands of breast cancer survivors to wear to the occasion  and also outfitted some of the female models with tailcoats.

This year marked Fashion for Compassion’s 14th annual fashion show and dinner. It was a sold out event produced by Kelly Streit of Mode Models. All proceeds from Fashion for Compassion support the Compassion House Foundation and Sorrentino’s Compassion House which supports women and their families dealing with cancer.

Fashions by Blu’s, Derks, Night Owl Designer Lingerie, Women with Vision Opticians, Katwalk Shoes, Alligator Pie and Vandenberg’s Jewellers.

For more on Fashion With Compassion and to learn how you can help, visit Fashionwithcompassion.ca


Fashion With Compassion

Fashion For Compassion was held last week on October 7th at the Shaw Conference Centre. The event featured amazing fashion, silent auction packages, delicious food and inspiring speeches.

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This year marked Fashion for Compassion’s 14th annual fashion show and dinner. It was a sold out event produced by Kelly Streit of Mode Models. All proceeds from Fashion for Compassion support the Compassion House Foundation and Sorrentino’s Compassion House which supports women and their families dealing with cancer.

Fashions by Blu’s, Derks, Night Owl Designer Lingerie, Women with Vision Opticians, Katwalk Shoes, Alligator Pie and Vandenberg’s Jewellers.


Effortless Entertaining

Thanksgiving … you’re the newlyweds and newly elected by your new family to do the next holiday dinner. You can still sail into preparing a family feast with ease if you organize your menu and ingredients beforehand.

With both members of your family working, you need to keep this meal as effortless as possible but still come up with a traditional family fare in a polished and simple manner. Not as hard as it looks! With a little effort and organization, you’ll pull this off and impress both your new and your existing family.

Let’s Talk Turkey Tips
• Make sure your turkey is fresh, or if it is frozen, completely defrosted
• Remove neck and organs from inside the turkey
• Wash the turkey in cold water
• Put olive oil in bottom of turkey pan
• Put turkey in pan (check before to make sure your turkey fits in your pan)
• Stuff the turkey
• Baste the turkey with melted butter. (Baste hourly)
• Put salt, pepper, and a small amount of granulated garlic on the turkey
• Cook your turkey 15 minutes per pound at 350 F
• A roaster with a lid is your best bet to cook turkey in

Dressing
Fast fixing tip: For convenience, cook the bacon, onion and celery mixture for the stuffing, perogies and brussel sprouts in one frying pan to save on time and clean-up.

• 4 slices diced bacon
• 2 cups diced onion
• 1 cup diced celery
• 10-12 slices bread (cubed)
• 3 eggs
• 1/2 cup melted butter
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tbsp. poultry seasoning
• 1 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 1/2 tsp. Pepper

– Fry bacon, onions, and celery until golden in olive oil-Add bread, eggs,
butter, and poultry seasoning
– Mix well
– Add salt and pepper to taste

Brussels Sprouts
• For convenience, use frozen brussel sprouts as they are cut
• Boil the brussel sprouts
• Add 1 cup (bacon, celery, and onion mixture)

Perogies in Golden Cheddar Mushroom Sauce
• 2 cans cheddar cheese soup
• 2 cans golden mushroom soup
• 2 cans chicken broth
• 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
• 1 cup (bacon, celery, onion mixture)
• 2 pkg. Perogies
• salt, pepper to taste

– Put into a Dutch Oven or large covered casserole dish, add all
ingredients but perogies and mix well
– Make sure perogies are covered by liquid-Bake at 325 F for 3 hours

Gravy Mushroom Gravy
• Use the drippings left in the roasting pan after removing the turkey
• Add 2 cups sliced button mushrooms (fresh or frozen)
• Cook until mushrooms are cooked
• In a bowl, mix 1 cup cold water and 2 tbsp flour. Make sure there are no
lumps
• Add to mixture, cook 5 minutes on medium heat
• Add salt and pepper to taste

TIMETABLE
2 weeks before:
• Order a fresh turkey
• Make a shopping list
• Order flowers

1 week before:
• Make and freeze your dessert (or ask one of your relatives to bring
dessert)

1 day before:
• Shop for your groceries
• Set the table and decide what serving platters you will use
• Dice the onions and celery and put into Ziplock bags

5 hours before:
• Fry onions, celery and bacon
• Preheat the oven
• Make the dressing for turkey
• Stuff the turkey

4 hours before:
• Put the turkey in the oven
• Put together appetizers

3 hours before:
• Peel the potatoes, put into a pot with cold water and some salt
• Baste the turkey
• Put the perogies on to cook

2 hours before:
• Make the salad and dressing
• Turn on the potatoes
• Baste the turkey

1 hour before:
• Put out the appetizer tray
• Baste the turkey – if it is not brown enough, take the lid off and if it too
brown, cover it with foil

45 minutes before:
• Cook the brussel sprouts
• Cook the corn

30 minutes before:
• Take the turkey out and put it on a platter
• Make the gravy


10-10-10 is a Big Wedding Weekend

This weekend is a big one for the wedding industry. Couples worldwide have opted to tie the knot on October 10, 2010, or 10 10 10.

For those who planned well ahead, this weekend is likely to go smoothly, but those couples trying to book vendors at the last minute are going to be in for a challenge.

“With these fun novelty dates, if a couple is doing their planning well in advance and have first pick of fabulous vendors, everything’s great,” Edmonton wedding planner Jolyn Saramaga told CBC News.
The number 10 is considered lucky according to numerologists worldwide. It’s especially important in Chinese culture, where 10 is a perfection number.
For those couples who weren’t able to make it for 10 10 10…Another novelty date is right around the corner.  11 11 11 is just over a year away.

CBC News – Consumer Life – 10-10-10 is big wedding weekend.