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Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is my favourite holiday – I love everything about it, the preparations, the giddiness and the anticipation leading up to the day, the carols and the adorable twinkly lights.

I love that we’re a little compassionate during this season, and I love that I get to spend the day in my PJs, be merry and spend quality time with my very favourite people.

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There’s always a peaceful quietness I relish about Christmas day, as always, our day was super relaxed and cozy.
We slept in, ate spiced banana cake with tea and shared a delightful moment hanging out and opening presents.

For Christmas 2013 we decided on dinner instead of the breakfast/brunch we normally do.

We had a little feast of wild rice salad with dried fruits and nuts, lentils baked in pastry (lentils en croute), a simple balsamic vinegar roasted fennel and cilantro and cranberry sauces to go with it.

Dessert was a citrus and ginger bûche de Noël from one of our favourite bakeries.

I loved the rustic simplicity of our meal and maybe next time we’ll do some baked salmon for the pescetarians.

I hope you had a magical and merry Christmas! :-)

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But wait, there’re some more photos from our Christmas Day… !

Scenes from Around Here: Whytecliff Park

 
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Reason #286 why I love summers Vancouver – Whytecliff Park; the sun, the rocky beaches and the magnificent views…
Summer around these parts makes the other miserable nine months almost bearable, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be!

“Whytecliff Park (15.63 hectares in size) is located in a beautiful corner of Howe Sound with a rugged coastline and spectacular views of colourful mountains and passing boats. The waters off the Park became Canada’s first Salt Water Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 1993 and are now famous for its incredible underwater diving. Five hectares (12.3 acres) of this park contains a playground, picnic spots, a swimming beach, tennis courts and an observation pavilion from which to admire the stunning views.”

The promise of sun and higher temperatures this weekend has me dreaming of summer! Can’t want to relive all this again…

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Scenes from a Christmas Morning

 
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Happy New Year, dear reader; here’s to a year filled with peace, joy, laughter, success and all the wonderful things you desire.
I’m excited for this new year, starting with good intentions, promise and hope for lasting change.
Although, I’m going to miss the magical few weeks I spent at home savouring the splendour of the holidays. I hope your holiday was magical and relaxing too.
On Christmas morning we baked a lovely blueberry lemon loaf (recipe coming soon), brewed coffee in our new Chemex (more on this soon) and tea – and had breakfast while exchanging presents.
The laughter and conversation flowed late into the afternoon… one of those rare merry moments I wish could last forever.

And here are some…’scenes from a Christmas morning’

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Scenes From Around Here: Deep Cove

 
Being out in Deep Cove always feels like a little adventure, there’s just so much to do and discover.
Just a little over ten kilometres from downtown, Deep Cove feels worlds away with its laid-back small town charm, exceptionally scenic views and outdoor recreation.
Deep Cove has hiking, kayaking, rowing and paddleboarding, incredible vistas, quaint shops and restaurants, a museum, ice cream and the best doughnuts!

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Ice Cream!

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Scenes From Around Here: Lynn Canyon Park

 
I love Lynn Canyon Park, there’s so much to see and do.
Moss covered trees, gushing waterfalls, trails, tall trees and wooded forest, a siphon coffee serving café and of course, a suspension bridge.

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