Holiday Fatigue

New Year's Eve 2016 marks the end of one of the craziest years in my lifetime. It also marks the end of the Christmas season in our house. Having had several late nights and days of eating hyper rich foods has left me feeling a bit fatigued, dull and dried out. A quick and easy home … Continue reading Holiday Fatigue


On the Table

Christmas morning, after the stockings were opened, the kitchen table was set for breakfast with Pfaltzgraff "Winterberry" patterned dinnerware.  I began my obsessive, too- extensive collection of this pattern in the late 1980's. My late mother-in-law, who appreciated the table setting more that the food served, fuelled this obsession with annual Christmas cash. At the beginning, … Continue reading On the Table

The Halls are Decked …a little

It is fun to decorate the house for Christmas. Some years every nook and cranny is filled with trees, garlands, candles, ornaments, wreaths, ribbons,  plants and other items that reflect the "spirit of the season". 2015 was one of those years. This year I restrained myself from putting out every Christmas item we have. To me, the house still … Continue reading The Halls are Decked …a little

A Little Gift Idea

Years ago, for our first Christmas in our first house we bought a 4 foot tall Balsam fir from a local service club. The tree stood proudly on a side table in front of a window in our living room. I was determined to make most of the decorations: paper doily angels, gingerbread men, popcorn and cranberry garlands, … Continue reading A Little Gift Idea

Our Favourite Ginger Snaps

There are many recipes  for ginger spiced cookies. A few years ago I found this particular one in the newspaper and have baked it every Christmas season since. They have been so popular this year that I have made three batches! Ginger Snaps 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups white sugar 2 eggs … Continue reading Our Favourite Ginger Snaps