Angels and Demons - a Christmas message

I am not a religious person, but a post on thepublicblogger.com website garnered my attention over the weekend.  Kendall F. Person has developed one of the most compelling artistic blogs I’ve encountered in my fledgling experience so far, combining the thoughtful written word along with song and visual art to stimulate both mind and senses.  ...more

10 signs it's almost Christmas

I wasn’t going to write this week so I could take a break. But gung-ho Erin just can’t relax. I am driven to succeed! ...more

Ho! Ho! Huh? Interesting Christmas Facts

It’s almost time for Santa!  Young or old, the holiday season is magical.  Overtime traditions have changed and evolved but they all stem from a history rich with Christmas Spirit.  Here are some interesting historical facts through the 1960’s, on how some of our favorite traditions were born: ...more

How to write a letter to Santa and get what you want for Christmas

It’s finally here, the time of year when my kids write their Christmas lists and submit them to the big guy. Hopeful their requests will be heard and honored. Trying their best to stay on the nice list, but still stumbling along the way. Falling somewhere between nice and naughty on most days. In the end, my girls are more nice than naughty, so they make the cut despite themselves....more

An Experiment With My Insanity – Christmas Sucks

On the occasion, my sense of humour takes a vacation and I’m forced to take drastic measures to cheer up. This time of year is particularly hard because most people are stressed out and are short on humour themselves. What to do, what to do?I can go kick my ex in the balls? Merry Christmas, Jackass?I can go and pretend to steal people’s parking spaces?I can go to people’s houses and redecorate their trees?Looks like I’m getting beaten up for Christmas.Oh goodie, an emergency room Doctor, haaaay.http://skinnyandsingle.wordpress.com/...more

Duck Breast with Redcurrant and Port Sauce

Duck is my favourite poultry.  That said though, for some reason I seemed to struggle when cooking it.  Overcooking, undercooking, drying it out or ending up with a smoke filled house because of all that hot duck fat.  I decided it was time to focus on getting it right.  Getting it right every time....more

The Worst Gifts

With so many opportunities for gift-giving in our fortunate lives, nearly everyone has a story of receiving a terrible, terrible gift. An informal survey of friends recently yielded stories of some real corkers. Settle in with a cup of rose hip tea that your husband’s cousin gave you, even though she knows you spend your days mainlining coffee, and enjoy this list of:...more