A Wintertime Journal Entry

“All hail to the days that merit more praiseThan all the rest of the year,Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songsTo drive the cold winter away“ December 26th, 4:02 pm. The skies to the west are a pale yellow as the sun sets slowly into the cold Pacific. We slept late and brunch was chicken…

Making Traditional Christmas Orange Pomanders

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol I love looking at photos of Victorian…

My Autumn Evening Routine

Evenings in Autumn are my favourite times. After a comforting warm meal it’s a time to wind down, share thoughts about our day with family and take time for ourselves. Welcome to my cozy Autumn Evening routine. I hope you’re all enjoying the season. At sun down I dim the lights and light candles. I…

Cozy Homes From My Favourite Movies – Part II

4 years ago I wrote a blog with the homes in some of my favourite movies. Home like Iris’ cottage in The Holiday and the Owens sister’s victorian home in Practical Magic. Part of the allure of watching movies for me is forgetting about the world for those 2 hours and immersing myself in the…

Making The Autumn Home: An Easy Bread Recipe

I’ve loved the Fall ever since I was a child. Wearing a new sweater, the air cool and orange leaves dancing in the wind as we walked up the hill on our first day of school. I grew up in Ontario and by September, Summer felt like a distant memory. I remember walking at High…

A Perfect Sunday

“If your Sunday doesn’t involve wine & yoga pants you’re doing it wrong.” I am cozied up on the couch under a blanket about to watch some Celebrity Ghost Stories. I love a good ghost story; The episodes with Joan Rivers and Marilyn Manson are a couple of my favourites.  I am having the perfect lazy…

A Rainy Day Indoors, Blackberry Pancakes & Ghost Stories From Vancouver Island.

“All was silent as before, all silent save the dripping rain.” Special Weather Statement Issued at 11:01 Friday 21 August 2020 Heavy downpours are likely today over the south coast. An upper disturbance embedded in a southwest flow of moist, unstable air will move across the south coast today. Consequently, widespread showers and isolated embedded…

Blackberry Harvest Cordial With Brandy

O híu Noshàh O hí Lúghnásádh Feed the flames and set them dancing Hail the Sun and Hail to Life Spear of fire Burn so brightly As the sunwheel in the sky *Note:  My recipe yielded 5 + bottles so after tasting the final product, another 3 3/4 cups of brandy were added and it…

Date Night At The Red Accordion

  “Growing up in the Pacific Northwest as a young girl, whenever I felt emotionally overwhelmed, I would take a walk in the woods. Being in the stillness and grandeur of trees has always calmed me.” ~ Brenda Strong The Red Accordion is a quaint Pacific Northwest inspired bistro hidden in an old character home…

How To Hygge In The Summer

7 days of sunshine is what the weather report was as of yesterday.  Guess they were wrong, again!  I can’t imagine having to predict the weather on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It’s temperamental, stubborn and indecisive. It’s a grey rainy June morning and I’m feeling very Hygge even as the Summer Soltice nears. If you’re…