I love summer AND birthdays so it was great to celebrate both this past weekend. Hooray for Canada turning 145 and hooray for Tessa — seriously the hostess with the mostess! Tessa was the mastermind behind getting everyone together for a huge spread in honor of our motherland and let me just tell you that she does NOT fool around when it comes to planning a party. I will attempt to paint you a picture. The tone on the deck was set by the simple yet beautiful red and white decor as well as the artful presentation of watermelon mojitos, wine, beer, sangria, tortillas and Tessa’s famous guac. which as always nobody wasted any time devouring.
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So the annual tradition (tradition here) remains strong and perhaps one of my favourite days of the year. Last week on good Friday it was time to extend the usual invite to over indulgence in the name of religion. Not surprisingly beer, deep fried food, and sugar is too strong a draw to resist and as always we ended up having a great crowd. Our strategy after many years of experience is to start early. A team went to get the fish around 5:30pm and when they came back with full arms proudly declared that we had cleaned them out of fresh halibut, we got the very last filets! Clearly experience pays because we had scored the desired halibut and with a frenzy for utensils, condiments, the all important coleslaw (the veggie neutralizer makes it all okay) and of course drink refills — the feast was was devoured in a flash.
Its funny because every year people say, “oh man that is a lot of food, I couldn’t possibly eat all that .” Well speaking as the person who cleaned up the food & dish tornado that hit our kitchen — those plates were pretty clean before I did the dishes.
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In my last post I expressed concern about getting my usual Christmas baking done in time. Well I did and it was epic. Now that the powdered sugar fog has finally settled I can share a bit of the frenzy with you. I started out wanting to scale back a bit, you know — making only the true true favourites and well — it didn’t quite work out that way. How do you cut the favourites? In the end I managed to make pretty much all the favourites and then tried some good and bad new recipes to boot. I believe I did also mention in the last post that I was mentally unbalanced? Yes.
I started out with cookie doughs and lets say it didn’t go as smoothly as it usually does - a very rocky start indeed. There were some new recipes I won’t be trying again. Mostly I blame rushing and skimming the recipes as justification for adding 4x the icing sugar or forgetting other key ingredients leading to the multiple cookie dough casualties. I know, whatever I need to tell myself BUT I got discouraged and thought perhaps I’d actually officially lost my baking mojo. Looking around the house with zero holiday decorations, nothing but frantic mess from cookie failures and I say this very tongue and cheek but I went to the dark place pouty face included. I turned to Joel in my [click to continue…]
Halloween like Christmas seems to sneak up on me every year and this year was no different. I must confess that even when I was a child I actually never really liked halloween, never embraced getting into costume and HATED going to ask for candy. As I got older I was so glad I didn’t have to do it anymore and I flat out refused to hand out the candy either — I supposed I waged my own strike against halloween.
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It has been crazy again in the land of freelance and here is a glimpse of the most recent adventure. In between illustrating multiple lighting departments naturally I got a gig wrapping presents for a Christmas commercial. Up for the challenge, in total I spent two nights (after the day job) and a 13 hr. day on set just wrapping gifts. Gifts to sit and look pretty, gifts with real toys to open, stockings to dump out, hero gifts, re-wrapping, adding gifts, it never seemed to end. It was stressful but not nearly as much for me as it was on the rest of the art department. They managed pulling off Christmas in October with only a couple days prep — well done. At the end of the day here is my small piece of the Christmas miracle.
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