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Hazelnut Truffles = Homemade Ferrero Rocher

Every Christmas, my boyfriend and his brothers make chocolates. They make rum balls and Nanaimo Bars, and then Tiramisu and Chocolate Cake with a Rum/Brandy/Coffee-soaked sponge base. This year, I asked to add a new chocolate to the mix: hazelnut… Continue Reading →

Knitter’s Festivus (Belated Wrap-up)

Back in December we had our annual Knitter’s Holiday Swap. This is the third year our local knit group (via Ravelry) has celebrated the holidays with handknits. Louise (aka ladybugaloo) spoiled me rotten! She knit me the Broadstreet Mittens out… Continue Reading →

Long-Overdue Book Reviews: Persepolis, A Christmas Carol, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

These book reviews have been lingering for a while, so I figured I’d smoosh them together and call it a post. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens I’m embarrassed to admit that I read this nearly a year ago during… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Vegetarian Collection from Canadian Living

The thing that makes this cookbook, Canadian Living: The Vegetarian Collection, so accessible for non-vegetarians, is that (I believe) these are all recipes originally published in Canadian Living magazine, which is not a strictly vegetarian audience. I am no master… Continue Reading →

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

I first heard about Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge last year and unfortunately couldn’t make it. So when Miss604.com posted a Canyon Lights contest, I entered excitedly. I was so thrilled when Rebecca (Miss604) emailed me to say… Continue Reading →

Just Keep Knitting

So last time I blogged about knitting, I had not finished Gnome for Festivus, I was planning to frog Argante, start Gaenor, and cast on for some fingerless gloves. I still haven’t finished Gnome. Here is how much I’ve knit… Continue Reading →

Bloedel Conservatory’s Jewel Box of Lights

This past year, the Park Board announced plans to close the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Protests and petitions starting rolling across the city to save Vancouver’s iconic dome in Queen Elizabeth Park. I signed a petition to keep the Bloedel, but… Continue Reading →

Happy Catmas

Henry + Sassafras + Abby = Catmas Hope everyone has a lovely holiday season (whatever you celebrate). I’ll be celebrating Catmas!

Carol Ships Harbour Tour

Earlier in December, my friend BW and I went on a Carol Ship tour with Vancouver Cruises. We enjoyed sight-seeing the most. Vancouver’s harbour looks completely different all lit up for night. Unfortunately my camera died abut 20 minutes into… Continue Reading →

Vancouver’s German Christmas Market

The first inaugural Vancouver Christmas Market will hopefully become a new tradition here. After visiting the German Christmas Markets in Manchester, England I was very happy to hear we’d be getting our own. While it’s not quite like the ones… Continue Reading →

Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama 2010

I was a last minute addition to the Festivus Miracle Swap-o-Rama when I found out I’d be here for the event. Sign-ups were in July as the premise is to knit a gift for another knitter (and receive one in… Continue Reading →

It’s the Most Crafty Time of the Year

I haven’t been crafting much (besides the knitting I blogged about) but I have been attending craft fairs and purchasing locally-made goodies. First, there was Circle Craft Christmas Market at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West from November 17-21. I… Continue Reading →

Circle Craft Christmas Market 2010

This year, over 270 artisans are participating in the 37th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market. Meet wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. As well, check out various craft demonstrations taking place in the… Continue Reading →

Festivus Knitter’s Swap

I just got back from the lovely Festivus Dinner for our Terminal City Yarn Wranglers‘ swap. The idea, dreamed up by the amazing beentsy, was essentially that as knitters, we often give the knitted gifts, but rarely receive. So gather… Continue Reading →

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert

This afternoon my mom, my godmother and her mom, and myself all went to see Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert at The Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver. I have been reading Stuart’s Vinyl Cafe books since I was… Continue Reading →

The Phantom of the Opera in London, England

The stage play was absolutely amazing! It was at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, which was a small, intimate theatre with 2 balconies and the floor. Our seats were fantastic; we were on the floor, row F, dead centre. The… Continue Reading →

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

This is the main hospital in downtown Vancouver and I was born here (in the now defunct maternaty ward). At the end of November each year, they put up the Lights of Hope — a holiday light display errected on… Continue Reading →

Christmas Meme

Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper with ribbons and bows! Unless it’s a really awkward shape like… a bottle of wine! Real tree or Artificial? I love the smell of a real tree, but it’s a lot of hassle,… Continue Reading →

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

Earlier in December, when VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights had recently started, my mom and I went to go stroll in the garden and look at the lights. Because the actual botanical part of the garden isn’t very spectacular this… Continue Reading →

TBR Mountain: Holiday Plan of Attack?

Okay so I’ve gotten a lot of books accumulated here, and I definitely would like to read a few over the holidays. The only problem is the weight of my luggage both going to England (Dec.15), and coming home (Jan.3)…. Continue Reading →

Christmas in November

I gave my friends their facecloths that I knit, and the handmade soaps I bought at Granville Island. I really wanted to order Sharon’s Soaps but unfortunately I’m on a time constraint that the postal service wouldn’t be able to… Continue Reading →

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