Christmas Decorations: Nativity Scene

Today I'm going to share photos of two of my favourite Christmas decorations - a Nativity scene with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; and three angels. I love these decorations because they're simple. And I received both of them as gifts from my mom. These items are from Ten Thousand Villages. If you're not familiar with... Continue Reading →

Christmas Decorations: Candles

Last year in the weeks leading up to Christmas I shared several of my family's favourite Christmas baking recipes. Check them out by searching for Christmas baking on this blog. This year I've decided to share a few of my favourite Christmas decorations. I've never gone all out when it comes to Christmas decorations for... Continue Reading →

Where’s Rudolph?

Several years ago while backpacking in Europe I visited my friend Josefin in Sweden. She grew up in northern Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. And a special kind of deer are farmed in this area - reindeer. This past weekend I found these special animals at a Christmas market near Calgary, Alberta. They were a... Continue Reading →

Wordless Wednesday: Santa Surfing?

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus... riding on a surfboard pulled by dolphins! Apparently this is how Santa gets around in Australia. I snapped this photo of a house in Byron Bay, Australia last December when I was backpacking Down Under. Merry Christmas!

Snail mail brightens my day

As I'm hauling my stuff into my place at the end of the day, I slip my hand into the mailbox and pull out what usually consists of a pile of junk mail. A coupon for cheap pizza. A bill. Direct mail from a realtor wanting to sell my condo. Yet another coupon for cheap pizza. Oh... Continue Reading →

Wordless Wednesday: An Upside Down Christmas

While backpacking in New Zealand last December I saw a few upside down Christmas trees. Apparently they're popular in that part of the world. Here's a photo I snapped of an upside down Christmas tree hanging in a restaurant in Queenstown, NZ. There's even a few presents "under" the tree! Would you ever have an... Continue Reading →

Christmas Baking: Peanut Butter Cookies

Today I'm sharing one last recipe in my Christmas baking series. This recipe is for peanut butter cookies dressed up with a simple chocolate rosebud. This is an easy yet delicious cookie. Happy baking! Peanut Butter Cookies 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg... Continue Reading →

Making a Christmas wish list

By now children will have made their Christmas lists for Santa (some of the eager ones may have even completed their lists months ago!). My two oldest nephews had their lists ready awhile ago. The oldest one even took the time to type up the list and include large colour photos of each item -... Continue Reading →

Christmas Baking: Cinnamon Rollups

As part of my Christmas baking series, today I'm sharing a recipe for Cinnamon Rollups. These have a nice subtle cinnamon taste, are not too sweet, and are easy and quick to make. Cinnamon Rollups 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup margarine or butter 1/2 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 1/2... Continue Reading →

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