~ December 2014 Archives ~

Happy Holidays! / December 24, 2014

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The holidays are here! I thought it would be fun to post a few links I’ve spotted recently, for a little holiday reading…

Whether you are 3-years-old or 30-years-old, these melting snowman cookies are a great Wintertime recipe to make!

A few days ago Joanna Goddard posted a recap of the year on her blog and her site is always filled with such great posts. From food to travel to career tips, and more in-depth topics like how to feel happier, there is something interesting every single day. I’ve told my sisters about it and it has been so great to talk about the different posts that she’s put up that week!

My family is lucky to get to spend the whole week together at our cottage during the holidays and we’re trying out a new drink each night. Included in the list are these old fashioneds! Cheers :)

Just picked up the ingredients to make these puff pastry cranberry brie swirls, which look delicious!

And lastly, a beautifully written reminder about gratitude on Camille Styles’ site!

Happy Holidays! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the site and see you in January!!!

Food Finds! / December 9, 2014

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The other day I ran into a garden centre to buy some Christmas decorations, and on my way out spotted an older gentleman with a booth set up selling kettlecorn. You can bet I joined the line and purchased some from him. There is something so great about buying food directly from the person who makes it, and knowing exactly where it comes from and what goes into it. These last few years I’ve found myself trying more and more to buy things that are local (or at least local-ish!), and in the last few weeks in particular I’ve come across some really great finds. Shockingly, I know, they are all dessert-related…my sweet tooth seriously knows no bounds. Pictured above: the last of the Bobbette & Belle handmade coconut marshmallows that I received as a sweet little thank-you gift a few weeks ago. I may or may not have shed a tear when I took the last one out of the package.

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One of my favourite places to find great food is the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale. Every year for the most part we seem to stick with our tried and true favourites, so I definitely can vouch for these two: Sweet Truth Candy (my favourite is the original almond butter toffee, but you can’t go wrong with any of the flavours). Another must-buy each year are the cookies from Mad Batter Bakers — out of everything in my stocking each year at Christmas, this is one of my favourites — such creative and intricate designs, and the cookies are delicious!

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A new discovery this year was the caramel apples from Bruce County Nut & Fudge Co. I tried the Krispy Kruncher (rolled in Rice Krispies and drizzled with chocolate not once but twice!). My sister went back to the show after I’d visited earlier in the week and I got her to get me another one. That’s right, I had two in one week, and I am proud of it.

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Lastly, I was in Whole Foods recently and found these chocolate sponge candies from Regine Fine Chocolate. They are like a fancier, bite-sized version of a Cadbury Crunchie bar, which was my go-to pick as a kid. These are now my go-to pick as an adult.

Hope you enjoy these finds as much as I did! Happy Tuesday and have a great week :)