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Happy Holidays

December 19th, 2014

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season! As a little gift for being so wonderful, here’s a little playlist of Christmas classics for you to enjoy with a hot cuppa while gazing at Colin’s glorious sweater.

Update: due to my longtime music streaming site being shut down, this playlist is not currently available. I am looking into alternatives and ways to recover my library. Thanks for your patience!

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These Holidays

December 30th, 2013

2013 is drawing to a swift close. These holidays came and went before I was fully aware of their presence. Being horribly ill for the duration didn’t help either. Here I offer a photo essay of the last week, complete with two family Christmases and one 60th birthday.

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Giving Thanks

November 28th, 2013

Wishing all my US readers a very happy thanksgiving! Today I am feeling grateful for:

My amazing, gorgeous husband
Our cozy home
My superlatively wonderful friends
My lovely, quirky family (hi everyone!)
Our health and wellbeing
The abundance of delicious food we shall shortly be enjoying

As a treat, please enjoy the dinner playlist below (made specially for our first Thanksgiving in our home last year). Now back to the prep-cooking…

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Holidays Chez Nous

January 4th, 2013 1 Comment

A very happy New Year to all of you!

Here, life is beginning to take on some semblance of normalcy after the prolonged insanity of holiday cheer. And so it is with great pleasure that I am able to take a moment to share with you just a peek at said cheer.

First we have tortellini making on Christmas Eve. In brodo, naturally.

We also dined on some extraordinary striped bass. Mmm.

The night also included Bulgarian slivovitz, recitations of The Night Before Christmas (at least three), stocking stuffing misadventures, and Boris Karloff.

No one would every accuse us of skimping on the food, and Christmas night was no exception.

I spearheaded the making of duck ragu (props to my surgeon cousin for deconstructing a dauntingly whole duck) over handmade gnocchi. It was scrumptious, but I solemnly vow to take on something much less ambitious next year, as the general … Continue reading


December 28th, 2012

Hello lovely ones! I hope everyone is still in the thralls of holiday enjoyment. We have had a madly packed week, dashing about between two islands and the mainland, full of family, feasts, gifts, and general hijinks. And what’s more it still hasn’t stopped, with a wedding this weekend and New Year’s on the horizon. Today therefore, will be dedicated entirely to rest.

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