Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cozy Homes

I went to bed the other night with that annoying little scratchy sensation at the back of my throat.
You know that feeling.
And right away I decided that I had better be proactive.
Take control of the situation..... My kids would be laughing reading that line...they know only too well what that looks like.




I decided to get myself into cocoon-mode,
snuggle in with hot tea and blankets.


It got me to thinking about the various layers in our home that really define "cozy" for me.
I think that may be the benefit of creating those so-called layers.

It is... simply put... all those little items or collections or memorabilia
that provide you with a sense of comfort, allow you to relax and recharge.



 I also got to wondering where people that live in very minimalist modern homes go
when they feel sick and need to hunker down to do battle with a cold.

It really is quite personal in the end....
the layers that is.
And perhaps not everybody needs that?



But for me it provides a sense of warmth,
a chance to reflect on life,
and an opportunity to pool my resources and recharge!

Now, don't get me wrong.
I can stare at photos of crisp, clean, sparsely decorated rooms and love them.... really.
But when I am sick, I need some "stuff".

Where do you go when you are not feeling well?






Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Epiphany Feast

Well, sort of,
and yes, 4 days late.

But there is a reason for this.

You see,
our cell phones were humming on the 25th,
as one member of our family came down with a 24 hour gastro...
you know,
the bad one,
the talking on the big white telephone variety...

Christmas dinner was cancelled, more or less,
well we were three still standing
or rather sitting around the table to enjoy a feast meant for many more,
and well,
we had to tell people to,

stay home, don't come,
yes, we do have an 18lb farm fresh turkey cooking in the oven but you still should not come.

My husband had made his pumpkin pie as always,
yes, we have fresh cranberry sauce and danish potatoes....oh boy that is always a tough one....kids go crazy for those buttery caramel-y delights.

Yes, there are salty caramel squares, hello dolly's and pecan balls.
Perhaps I can tin them and send them your way? 

No I won't go into any more detail, don't worry.
So I am planning an Epiphany dinner ... of sorts...this weekend...
to replace the Christmas dinner that never happened.

There is probably some Irish superstition that makes all this brouhaha a terribly bad idea
but I don't want to know if that's the case.

I mean after all, I remember camping with our children when they were quite young and by accidental chance....does that make sense???.... we stopped at a campground that celebrates Christmas in July.

The kids absolutely loved it and well, so did we.... it entertained the kids for a day or two and they were sooo excited to see Santa on a 4 wheeler ...
and well,
I loved the fact that it all happened without any need for gift-giving
and hey Santa could actually swim??

So, this Saturday night we are pulling out all the stops,
as many as possible that is...
and recreating Christmas or Epiphany or maybe I should call it what it is....
a brouhaha dinner.

Did you know that brouhaha in the dictionary is defined as being larger than a kerfuffle.

I am thinking I will gather up some fresh pine boughs and haul out the odd ornament and make a big centre piece of sorts for the dining table.

http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/brown-sugar-pound-cake/


Definitely going to bake this cake for the kids.
Raclette will be fun as well, and give a chance for all the adults to drag out dinner around
the table...

Which by the way, everyone in this house loves to do.
Perhaps we need more comfortable chairs around that table given the desire to sit there for hours on end?
Hmmm, that could be my excuse... for new ones...chairs of course.

Anyway, I will keep my camera handy for some raclette shots as everything on Pinterest
looks a little too much like an advertisement for a cheese company or
a lure to get you to purchase a raclette maker.

So, yes tomorrow will be TGIF for everyone.
Or, happy brouhaha!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 ACTIONS words

Well,
I realize that I am a bit slow with my first post of 2015...
and wishing you all a happy and healthy time in the year that lies ahead.

But, I have been dragging out that holiday mood for as long as possible.

Today, I plan to remove all the last signs of Christmas.
The tree did come down on the 29th as planned
but the decorative touches
that were keeping the holiday glow alive
stayed put.


And now, here we are,
almost 6 days into 2015 as I write this...
and I have not made one single resolution.
I have no chosen word or phrase for inspiration this year.

I have not even attempted to start a plan for organizing my home.

There is laundry to be done now that the guests have all departed.
Oh and the fridge,
full of
left-overs!

Nope, so far 2015 started rolling forward
with very little interference or direction on my part.


Maybe this is the year where I let loose and let things happen on their own accord?
Perhaps 2015 
will be about spontaneity... caution to the wind....and all that?

And then maybe I just need to think less about the words and more about the action....


Yes, I think that is it for me.
Simplistic right now,
but a place to start.

How about you?





Sunday, December 28, 2014

I Think She's a Comin' Down

I have a little secret that I try hard to conceal at this time of year.
But, each year, it gets harder to hide.

About 2 days following the 25th...
well, I get a real strong desire to take down the tree.

Yep, about now, I am itching
to remove the ornaments
and haul the tree ...lovingly of course
to the edge of the road.

Crazy?
Oh don't get me wrong.
I LOVE our Christmas tree and all that it represents...every year.


I love all the build-up,
the parties, the traditions,
 the tree-trimming, the unwrapping of ornaments,
the hanging of ornaments, the gingerbread houses,
the music, the hot-rum toddies,
le réveillon,
Christmas morning,
wrapping paper....
and even the mess.

But, right about now I am ready to pack most of it up.

It ends up being a bit of a debate amongst friends and family,
early up and early down?
early up and late down?
you see where I am going with this, right?

One thing for sure is that it can never be up after the 31st... my mother always said that
it was bad luck to have 2 Christmas trees in the same year.

Hmmm?
Good strategy mother. :)

Anyway, what is your position on all this?







Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Le Réveillon

Le Réveillon or
Christmas morning....

Growing up I always celebrated Christmas
with anticipation
of crawling from my bed in the early hours
to descend down the stairs to our living room
and sneak a peek at what was waiting under the tree.


As our children have grown
we have tried to
combine our own childhood Christmas traditions
with those of our Québec home
where the Réveillon is the form of celebration at this time of year.


Of course our emphasis is all on the food and our family.
A lovely dinner with all the favourites.

Tourtière and a bûche de Noël,
lovely wines
and of course a nice glass of Sortilège
to finish off the evening.


So, a lot of time spent around this table with family tonight
and then again tomorrow night with friends and family.



I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Wishing you all the best.

Now it is time to hit the kitchen and prepare this recipe
for this evening's celebration.

Bonappetit.com

Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël from me here at An Anglo in Québec. :)

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