T H I R T Y

T H I R T Y

A  young lady who I've had the pleasure of getting to know this past year is turning 30,   which got me thinking about my thirties. Oh my gosh, it seems like forever ago. My twenties were a blur, fun comes to mind, and I was having a lot of it! I was just getting [...]

#NEWWAYS

#NEWWAYS

These are interesting times, to say the least, self-isolation brings "new ways" for us to socialize. I've experienced virtual coffee mornings with the girls, also happy hour, a holiday dinner and a workout, (which I tried today for the first time) not to mention, a family dinner. Connecting with my family "face to face" during normal [...]

Pass some over!

Pass some over!

It's another holiday season, I'm not religious, but  I still like to partake in a variety of seasonal festivities. Regardless of which holiday I'm celebrating, for me, it's about bringing people together and enjoying good food. Unfortunately, during these times of self-isolating brings new challenges, like "where are my dinner guests?" It's not ideal being [...]

Chrismukkah

Chrismukkah

"Chrismukkah" refers to the idea of merging Christmas and Hanukkah, while the concept of merging holidays was foreign to me, I embrace any reason to celebrate family and traditions (and great food!). The man in my life happens to celebrate Hanukkah, also referred to as the "festival of lights." I know very little about Hanukkah, [...]

BANANA BREAD

BANANA BREAD

My son was home for the weekend, bananas in tow... "mom, I didn't want to leave them at my place, they'll get too ripe, maybe you can use?" What's a mom to do? Make banana bread, of course! This is a tried and true recipe passed on to me, definitely a family favourite... Banana Bread Recipe [...]

The Table

The Table

It's one of the few things I've missed the most from our family home.  Downsizing from a  house to a townhome, my 8' long dining table which acted as a centrepiece for family gatherings, dinner parties, celebrations, homework and yes, even beer pong, no longer fit. This being one of the few pieces of furniture that [...]

48 HOURS

48 HOURS

My ride to the airport arrived at my home in the early morning, it was both strangely familiar and surreal. As he rushed to toss my bags into the trunk, he informed me “I was listening to the news, but I turned on the music just for you” this made me laugh. Our banter picked up where [...]

DIVORCED

DIVORCED

It's official, I'm divorced. Another first, making me a statistic and joining thousands of other unsuccessful marriages. I now have to live with the stigma of "divorce" which in my mind equals failure. That said, I am looking at this with glass is full attitude, feeling proud of 31 years with the same partner. Let's face [...]

MY DNA

MY DNA

For as long as I can remember I have always known I was adopted. You choose your friends, not your family but in this case, my parents chose me, well, sort of. As a child I would imagine a room filled with babies and cribs, my parents walking towards me and picking me as if I [...]

My Christmas Carol…

My Christmas Carol…

    I don't perceive myself as an "Ebenezer Scrooge" type and yet there are definitely parts of the Christmas holiday when I have those "bah humbug" moments.  I don't think   I'm alone.  Let's face it, Christmas can be stressful at the best of times,  I'm trying very hard not to get caught up [...]