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My mom made birds nest cookies every year at Christmas and they were treasured because they were a small batch cookie and once they were gone, they were gone. Over the years, the nuts my mom used for the nests changed. Traditionally, she always used chopped walnuts as those were readily available in grocery stores. Once my parents started spending their winters in Arizona, with pecan trees all around them, mom switched over to pecans, as she often made her Christmas cookies in Arizona and then brought them home in tins for the holidays. This family recipe comes from my... Continue reading
Posted 57 minutes ago at janice's mash-up
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I have made this Cranberry Eggnog loaf before and it was a hit. Nice and moist and festive looking. We had a little holiday celebration at work last Friday and I made a loaf to take with me. The original recipe is found on Canadian blogger Angie's site, Echoes of Laughter here. Cranberry Eggnog Loaf 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup eggnog 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups AP flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at janice's mash-up
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I always like having a roll or two of frozen cookie dough ready to bake when a batch of fresh holiday cookies are needed. This year, it will be these toffee bits shortbread cookies. Original recipe is an Anna Olson one found here on the Hershey's Canada site. Toffee Bits Shortbread 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups AP flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup Chipits Skor Toffee Bits Beat the butter for a minute and then add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at janice's mash-up
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Last summer I worked on mastering homemade caramels but for the holiday season, I was looking for the same luscious taste but quicker and less chemistry-involved! I've been following Rebecca Cooper's blog for years and had pinned her recipe for microwave caramels and have been meaning to try it for awhile. Although not a fan of micowave cooking, I will make an exception for caramels. Rebecca's blog post about the caramels is here. Another great gifty treat. Easy Peasy Caramels 2 1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar (I used Best Brown) 1 cup butter (I used unsalted) 1 cup light... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at janice's mash-up
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Welcome to another year of my Holiday Treat Week. Posts and recipes from previous years can be found by clicking on the "holiday treat week" link in the word cloud in the right side bar of the blog. First up is cinnamon sugared almonds. I've actually never made seasoned nuts before but am often given them as gifts during the holidays and they always get eaten up around here! This recipe was found here. When I read the recipe, I didn't really believe the syrup would dry and crystallize the way it suggested it did, so I was happily surprised... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at janice's mash-up
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A year ago I did the eulogy at my mom's service. A year ago last Friday, my mom passed away after a tragic time in the hospital. My sisters and my dad are all still grieving and all still in shock that it happened and that our lives are going on without mom. Missing mom happens unpredictably for me. I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes still, and can't get back to sleep, my thoughts consumed with the last weeks of her life. I will be driving and a song comes on the radio, particularly now during... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at janice's mash-up
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Today my baby turned 15. He's man-like now and I am proud and sad at the same time. Proud of the young man he is and sad that his childhood is really going, going, gone. Determined, caring, bright, witty, charming, agile, fiddly, strong, tenacious, unique. Happy birthday Colin! You are very loved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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This late start to the school year has me all discombobulated. Back to school photos happened on September 23 ...this was the last first day of school photo I would be taking of the boys together in front of the front door. Adam has started grade 12 and there are all sorts of lasts and firsts that will come with that! And then there are all the other things that come with back to school...pulling out the slow cooker, hockey and soccer games and the changing of the seasons. So the world keeps turning, the seasons keep changing, life keeps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I continue on my quest of sharing #justlittlethings photos via Instagram each day this month. Some days are easier than others and the stars align and something happens that lines up with a page in the book. Other days, I realize that the book's author leads a different life than me and I have many other #justlittlethings that make me happy because of who I am, where I live and what I love. So I thought I would share some other simple pleasures in my life this month. being able to pull off the road and up to a farm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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When my sisters and I were going through my mom's kitchen, we found her last batch of blackberry jelly. It was a favourite growing up and my dad would go berry picking, coming home with scratches on his arms and legs so that mom could make jelly. All I remember ever seeing in the process was the big bag of cheescloth tied up with twine to one of our cabinet doors dripping luscious blackberry juice into a big bowl on the kitchen counter underneath the bag. And then, magic, there were little jars of jelly. I still remember way back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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One of my sisters gave me the book Just Little Things for Mother's Day this year. My mom had always liked these little inspirational books. Its been sitting by my reading chair and at the end of August, when many things seemed to be heading towards doom and gloom, I decided I needed some reminders to be grateful, to appreciate my life and to be. Starting on September 1, I have been using the diptic app on my iphone and creating an image with a photo from my day alongside a page from the book. Some #justlittlethings from the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Each year when we visit the Oregon Coast in the summer, we try and do or learn something new and visit a new place or two. This year, those things were all rolled into one as we spent a day in Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is a small town north of Lincoln City, a few miles off of Highway 101 where two rivers merge near the Pacific Ocean. The town has a population of about 1000 people which I am sure swells in the summer months with all sorts of visitors. There are a few stores and restaurants (really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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This year's 6th Annual Garlic Festival at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm was a family affair. Both boys volunteered, Neil biked around it and I stocked up on garlic and attended a gardening workshop. Colin was volunteering all day as a first aid attendant and I had to drop him off early. This gave me a chance to walk over to the new playground by the dyke. Amazing. The community gardens were lush, colourful and full of flowers and produce. It's great to see how this farm has grown over the years. And then the star of the day...garlic. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I have had it in my head that I wanted to get to Victoria this summer. It has been a few years since I have been and there was a museum exhibit I really wanted to go to, so I almost had my family convinced to join me for one last summer adventure. The boys, that would be all three of them, just didn't seem into it when we got back from Oregon so it became a girls' trip instead and my good friend joined me for a day away. After a lovely ferry ride over, we were heading down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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the annual trip not a summer goes by without our visit to the Oregon coast cannot imagine a summer without it (aghast at the thought of going somewhere else) summer traditions and treats trying new things having adventures exploring new places uplifts rejuvenates restores brings joy love. this. trip. every. year. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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With friends spread all across Canada and a fire ban across the coastal region of BC, our annual international smores day celebrations were limited this year! BBQ smores...nope, we were out of gas. So Plan C, stovetop smore for the win! Ooey gooey indulgent summer treats! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Some things come full circle. On Friday I took Colin over to the Maritime Festival where he was volunteeting for the afternoon as a first aid attendant. I reminded him that we used to come to this festival in its early years, when the boys were young. He didn't remember. There was a time for a couple of years where we found a festival in the Lower Mainland almost every weekend and it was all a big adventure for the boys then. Now, not so much. We did go back and enjoy a snack from a food truck with Adam... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Our backyard was full of fresh ripe fruit this August...it has been so hot! Lesson learned though...the perfect looking fruit just on the verge of being too ripe can be there one day and gone the next thanks to the family of raccoons that frequents our backyard. Alas, the few ripe tomatoes that I left too long on the vine also got snatched before I was able to take photographs1 The blackberries are not raccoon friendly though so we have an abundance of those. Blackberry jelly for sure this year! Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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The boys have made lots of comments about Segways over the years and I have always been curious about what riding one would be like. When a groupon came up this spring for guided tours of local natural areas on Segways, we jumped at the chance to do this as a family. We made the drive out to Pitt Meadows and were greeted by our WildBC Glide guide, Chuck who gave us our "training". I guess the boys already knew how the Segways worked but I didn't really so was quite surprised that both a computer system and gyroscopes controlled... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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We picked Adam up from the airport on Tuesday...he was exhausted but it was so good to see him! He had an amazing experience playing his favourite game in Japan. The hockey was tough but Adam felt good about how he played and they ended their series wth a big win. They played 6 games in ten days, on international ice against the best high school teams in Japan. Such an honour! A bit of a summary with some comments from Adam... Tokyo was huge and hot and crowded. Adam said that on the subway train it took two hours... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Adam has been away in Japan for over 10 days now and I am so looking forward to his return on Tuesday! It just hasn't been the same at home without him. Although not on the scale of Adam's grand adventure, we have all had our own little adventures here at home. The first night Adam was gone, Colin decided to do some tree parkour and had a tangle with a tree. His face was a bit of a mess! I have been tracking Adam's activities in Japan, which has done a number on my sleep cycle with Japan being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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As the grasses at Garry Point have turned yellow for the summer, the lupines have gone to seed, the blackberries are ripening and new wildflowers are in bloom. Blackberries and thistles... Gazania... It always surprises me how much change there is in a month...when you take the time to look closely. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at janice's mash-up