~ CLOSED ~ Must-Haves From the 2016 Hallmark Holidays Collection {w/Giveaway}

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The Christmas holidays have always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The holiday “season”, is aptly named "season" because it’s far more than just a single day. It seems to be the only time of year that we all come together and share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. If you are still out, searching high and low for the perfect gift for that special … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Creating Memories with my Instax SHARE SP-2 Printer (w/Giveaway & Party)

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The Christmas holidays are easily one of my favourite times of the year.  However, this year is going to be a little different for us. Our daughter is living in a remote area of the Northwest Territories and won't be home for the holidays. I think she is missing many of our family traditions like baking together, decorating the tree and the house, going out for a festive dinner with a group of family and close friends, Christmas at the market, apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes and the … [Read more...]

#WarmWishes From Our Friends at Tim Hortons

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If you like to pick up a "Tims" on your way to work or before heading out shopping or if you follow along on social media, then I'm pretty sure you are aware that the Tim Hortons #WarmWishes trucks were recently doing something VERY special! On November 16 from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Tim Hortons set up in Moncton, N.B. among six cities across Canada asking the community to submit their good deeds and wishes to be granted by Tim Hortons. The Tim Hortons Warm Wishes trucks took wish submissions … [Read more...]

Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pecan Stuffing

Roast turkey

The upcoming holiday season is by far, my favourite time of the year. And, I think the word "season" describes it perfectly, because the holidays are so much more than just a single day. This seems the only time of the year that we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about the holidays, my thoughts are never about gifts, … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ #HoHoHoliday $400USD Giveaway {via PayPal, Open WW}

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#HoHoHoliday $400.00 USD Giveaway {Paid via PayPal, Open WorldWide}   Please tell me I'm not the only one who hasn't given a lot of thought yet to the holidays!  I know they are in the rear view mirror and will be arriving before too long, but I haven't even begun to get ready! I haven't started to write even one of my famous "to do" lists. By now, I usually have started making detailed lists of:   What to bake Gift ideas Decorating Parties Christmas Eve dinner, … [Read more...]

Wishing You a Happy Victoria Day, Here’s to the Queen!

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Queen Victoria By Alexander Bassano - Scanned from the book The National Portrait Gallery History of the Kings and Queens of England by David Williamson, ISBN 1855142287, p. 153., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6640482 The Victoria Day weekend signals the unofficial beginning of summer in Canada. Yes, we are well aware that the season doesn’t officially start for another month but for we northerners, when the weather becomes warm enough to haul out the … [Read more...]

7 Surprising Saint Patrick’s Day Myths

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St Patrick's Day 2015, Dublin, Ireland ~ Photo credit: Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC I thought we would have a little fun today looking at some popular misconceptions surrounding Saint Patrick and Saint Patrick’s Day. When repeated often enough, it’s amazing how even the smallest premise can become legendary. I hope you find at least some of  these as surprising as I did. Myth #1 Saint Patrick was Irish. Despite being the best known, and one of only … [Read more...]

Is it Christmas or Excess? Try the Want-Need-Wear-Read Philosophy of Gift Giving

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Christmas has always been, by far, my favourite time of the year. The Christmas “season”, yes, aptly named because it’s far more than just a single day, is the only time of year we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all have signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about Christmas, my thoughts are never about gifts, either given or received. My memories always … [Read more...]

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

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For as long as I can remember, Peanut Butter Balls have been a Christmas tradition in our home. We always make them, often a double or triple batch. Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without them. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very … [Read more...]

Wholly Guacamole and Salsa = Easy Entertaining!

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Most of us need no reminder that the busiest entertaining season of the year is barreling down on us like a runaway train! There is no turning back and before we can blink, we will be inundated with parents, in-laws, siblings, and friends.  Whether they are staying for an hour or a few days, they will be looking forward to some tasty treats from our kitchen.  And, because it is the season of joy and good will toward men, we cannot  disappoint! Honestly, I love a "traditional" meal or snack as … [Read more...]

Wassail Punch {#ChristmasRecipes}

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Just in time for holiday entertaining, here is another great recipe from the Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes book.  {Reprinted with permission} Excerpted from Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes: 1485 Favorites from the World's #1 Food & Entertaining Magazine By Taste of Home  {Photo courtesy of Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes} Wassail Punch Yield: about 3-½ quarts Prep/total time: 25 min. Cloves and cinnamon dress up a blend of fruit juices for special occasions. The spicy … [Read more...]

Health Canada ~ Food Safety Tips for the Holidays {Healthy Living}

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Food Safety Tips ~ Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. However, many of the foods found at holiday parties, such as baked goods, eggnog, cider, seafood and turkey, can carry viruses, bacteria or parasites that could cause foodborne illness ("food poisoning"). Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some basic steps they can take to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season. … [Read more...]

Homemade Eggnog {Recipes}

Eggnog

Just in time for holiday entertaining, here is a great recipe from the Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes book.  {Reprinted with permission}   {Photo courtesy of Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes} … [Read more...]

Iams Home 4 the Holidays!!

Iams Home 4 the Holidays has grown to become one of the most successful pet adoption and shelter-support campaigns in the world. … [Read more...]