What Does Valentine’s Day Mean to You? {w/ Recipe for Sugar Cookies }

What is Valentine’s Day? Is it a day that we hold special, taking the opportunity to do something nice for the one, or one’s we love? Or is it, as the cynics among us proscribe, just a day created by companies to move product during a particularly slow period in the retail calendar? Actually, it’s neither. Saint Valentine’s Day is, or was, a religious celebration honouring Valentinus, an early Christian Saint. The day didn’t really take on romantic overtones until 18th century … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Man ~ Perfect for Fall!

DIY Pumpkin Man ~ I'm not quite sure where this summer went? One day I was sitting on the deck clad in capris, a tanktop and sunglasses, sipping a chilled glass of wine; the next I was wearing jeans, a heavy sweater, wrapped in a wool throw and sipping hot chocolate. (dosed with Caramel Baileys - my newest obsession...lol). Honestly, I am not exaggerating, that is exactly how quickly it all happened this year. … [Read more...]

Sunday Dinners, Are They A Tradition In Your Home?

I did not grow up with this awesome concept, but each week my husband's family always had  "Sunday dinners".  It is a tradition we have continued in our home, pretty well since our first child was born. … [Read more...]

Happy Easter Everyone!

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~ A Family Tradition; Preparation of a Nativity Tray ~

A few people have asked if I would again this year explain the tradition surrounding the preparation of a Nativity Tray. Less than a week from today is Christmas Eve so I thought this would the perfect time to share with you a  tradition in our home.  This Christmas Eve will be our twelfth year to prepare a Nativity Tray, which is a medieval English custom. … [Read more...]

From our house to yours…

{Photo credit - squidoo.com} From our house to yours -  via Charles Schultz ...wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!       … [Read more...]

Our trip to the local Farmer’s Market

I love this time of year, our local farmer's market, which up until a couple of weeks ago had a bit of local produce is now bursting at the seams with fresh beans, carrots, potatoes, garlic, radishes, onions, cucumbers, lettuces and the list goes on! Our market also carries organic meats, seafood, locally produced maple syrup and honey, ethnic foods, flowers, lots of crafts, baking and coffee.  {Let's face it, when you're at the market at the crack of dawn you need lots & lots of … [Read more...]

3 sisters + 1 camping trip = fun, fun, fun {Photos}

My sisters and I recently headed out on a "girls" camping trip.  This was our 4th year and each year we've managed to stay a bit longer...lol.  We had a wonderful time and I thought I would share some photos of our week in a rustic shelter at New River Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick. {Right about now I can see my sisters cringing and thinking...OMG, I had better not see a picture of myself in a bathing suit...lol...well, they will just have to wait and see!!} … [Read more...]

3 Sisters + 1 Camping Trip = Fun, Fun, Fun

My sisters and I are heading out on a little "girls" getaway.  This is our 4th year going and each year we've stayed longer...lol.  This year it will be 5 nights and 6 days of 3 sisters + 1 camping trip = fun, fun, fun! … [Read more...]

Today, January 27th, is Family Literacy Day!

About Family Literacy Day Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. … [Read more...]

Do you prepare a Nativity Tray?

A week from today is Christmas Eve and I want to share with you a relatively new tradition in our home.  I think this Christmas Eve will be our tenth year to prepare a Nativity Tray, which is a medieval English custom. I first read about it in, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  I thought it was such a wonderful thing to do and to me, it epitomizes the spirit of, "good-will toward men".  If you have the Simple Abundance book you can read all about the Nativity Tray on the … [Read more...]