Keeping Christmas all the year

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

In Dickens’ Christmas Carol, I love Scrooge’s transformation and his commitment to keep Christmas “all the year.” We would all do well to remember that as we pack up the Christmas decorations (usually with a touch of sadness) and store them away for another year. I would like to believe that each of us will try to keep the essence of Christmas in our heart throughout the year.

Yes, Christmas has come and gone, but I am happy to share a few of my favourite memories from December’s festivities. As Washington Irving once said, “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” It is the season of parties, of baking, of feasting, of gift giving, and enjoying the company of good friends.

I love setting up my Christmas table laden with sweets!

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An Ameri-Can Thanksgiving


This past weekend we celebrated a belated Canadian Thanksgiving… or perhaps an early American Thanksgiving! Either way, our Ameri-Can Thanksgiving was a fine feast that included the proverbial turkey with all the fixings. I don’t think anyone minded it being either late or early, depending on which side of the border you celebrate this holiday.

Welcome to our Thanksgiving dinner

Gold and white Thanksgiving table, as featured in the blog post Autumn Gold.

The feast!


And best of all…… dessert!

Chocolate peanut butter pie

Looking for great dessert recipes? As shown above, the Chocolate Decadence Cake is always a hit and everyone loves the classic Puffed Wheat Squares.

It was lovely gathering with loved ones… we felt blessed and THANKFUL. Whether you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving already or are still looking forward to it, I hope it will be a time well spent with friends and family, mindful of how many things we can all be truly thankful for.


A visit to Davison Orchards

IMG_6772No doubt… fall is truly here. I, for one, love this change in the season, especially when I get a chance to visit Davison Orchards in the Okanagan Valley.  Whether you simply love fruit, want to visit the pumpkin patch, love to shop, or simply want to relax over coffee and homemade treats at Auntie May’s Cafe, this is a place for the whole family to enjoy.IMG_6743

If you’re an apple lover (and who isn’t… really?) there are so many varieties to sample and purchase. Not to mention the caramel apples, freshly made apple juice, apple butter, and apple pie!

For those who love to shop, the gift shop at Davison Orchards is a visual & retail delight with items that include wonderful jams, jellies & sauces, fabulous cookbooks, candles, home decor products, toys, and much more.

And when you get back from the pumpkin patch, warm up with hot chocolate or coffee in Auntie May’s Cafe where you will have a tough time deciding which tempting treat to have.

Into its fourth generation of farming, the Davison family has been entrenched in the fruit industry in the Okangan Valley for decades and you can tell they love it. Check it out if you happen to be in the Vernon area. It will be the first of many visits, I guarantee!