Entertaining at Christmas…

Don't we all wish we were as relaxed about entertaining as Ina Garten...not to mention being a whizz in the kitchen like her?  I have most of Ina Garten's cookbooks, and her recipes and philosophy about cooking and entertaining are simple but elegant. In addition, she has a fantastic kitchen garden that provides all the… Continue reading Entertaining at Christmas…

What’s on your tree…

For me, setting up the Christmas tree signals the beginning of the holiday season. However, this year, I've decided it would be too risky to decorate a tree with all my treasured ornaments. Unfortunately, Charlie, our Labradoodle puppy, is still in charge over here, and I know she would delight in nothing more than plucking… Continue reading What’s on your tree…

Entrez s’il vous plait…

While I was out walking Charlie, I noticed that my neighbours had the exterior of their house painted a sunny, golden colour. As I was admiring it,  I wondered, "what colour will they paint the front door?" Further along into the walk, I noticed that another neighbour had a newly installed front door and garage… Continue reading Entrez s’il vous plait…

Should I…or Shouldn’t I…

When it comes to painting, I'm not one to procrastinate (usually), but when deciding whether I should paint the hardwood floor in my living room, I'll admit I've waffled back and forth for months.  I knew once I made the first swath across the floor with a loaded paintbrush, there would be no turning back!… Continue reading Should I…or Shouldn’t I…

Trimming the tree…

      Trimming Christmas Trees has been happening for hundreds of years. Originally a pagan practice, the Christmas tree then became a part of Christian religious celebrations, and today it's central to the holiday tradition of many.  (More history of the Christmas Tree is on the December 8, 2017 blog post.)  In earlier days,… Continue reading Trimming the tree…

Wine Wednesdays

Last March we all found ourselves living a new reality...our lives were about to change drastically.  Many of us were shut indoors during a mandatory lockdown only venturing out for the essentials.  I remember having such "cabin fever" that I would get in the car and start driving around the city amazed at how little… Continue reading Wine Wednesdays

The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

  About 10 years ago, I started selling beeswax candles in my store.  A friend, who ran the general store in Colinton, (a small town in northern Alberta), would stop by for a visit and shop at CC when she came to the city to pick up supplies.  She supported the farmers in her community… Continue reading The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…