Christmas traditions, dishes and how to present them

I am a Christian. I do not know how much of a believer but a Christian in terms of traditions. I was raised in Romania in a mixed Hungarian-Romanian family with many customs that did not fit one norm but rather straddled the two cultures.  Food tradition, like in any celebration everywhere in the world,…

Three things to look for this holiday season that make gifting yourself or others a pleasure

With the holiday season just around the corner, the stay-home crowd will naturally think of gifts and shopping, cooking and house decorating, outfits and social visiting schedules. As you approach it, you better start planning some things ahead. Time goes so much faster between November and January, does it not? Considered by many the lesser…

Alfresco Cheese, the perfect presentation and dining just south of the 45th parallel

On average, in Ontario, the frost-free season starts somewhere around the 23rd of March and ends on the 31st of October. In its window of 161 days, the flurry of life outside most Canadian homes is in sync with the season, ripping the benefits of a warmer sun, flower beauty and much-needed positive energy. Part…

Games night at home and how to let the kids win graciously

Letter to the parent who wants to  set a perfect games night   time: any Friday night of your choosing place: once upon a home, in a house full of laughter and joy Dear parent,   This one will be an easy one. The kind that you need a stiff drink for and a lot…

Happy Earth Day and how to think about the flowers that decorate your table

There is no better day than today to be mindful of the cycle of life that keeps our planet alive. In the post-industrial age we live in, we in the north-western hemisphere, are perceptually disconnected from the resources of our existence. This has a big impact on how we do everything, from waste to decorating…

Happy Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with the ones you love and respect and the ones that feel the same toward you. Typically celebrated at dinner, this year the day falls on a weekend. With work out of the way, a full day can be planned around love, intimacy and affection. So set up…

Outdoors are the new indoors

2021 TREND SPOTTER 💫 LIFESTYLE Biggest lifestyle trend for 2021 will be getting out and styling it like there is no tomorrow. When out of hibernation and back into the greens, spring will bring with it the much-awaited access to the great outdoors. Lawn chairs and fishing rods may do the trick for some, but for…

Fifteen minutes of domestic pleasure

This is an ode to the Everyday, the normal day, the one that tends to get ignored, the one that you want past while you reach the special ones faster, that day, that ordinary one that fills most of your life, the one that should get the most attention.

Al Fresco Modern Table Decor

Aaaa-almost smelling the summer…a day here, a day there, some would say you feel it in your bones, the non-gradual, rather chaotic back and forth seasonal change that is so typical in Ontario: one day sleeveless, one day parka. The teaser of summer days makes you think of .. Funky placemats The round mats from…