Friday, December 12, 2014

It's a Time of Joy!

Hello, everyone! I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful holiday season so far. This post is not exactly Christmasy, but in a way it may be.

The holidays are a time of joy and family togetherness for most people. But some people become depressed during the holiday season, because we often have a history of loss or hurtful situation that we are reminded at that time of year.

You're not alone. Many people have low feelings during the holidays. So many emotions come up for all of us around this time of year. I used to love Christmas, but it became such a depressing time of year for a number of years.
Why? I lost my Dad 8 years ago on December 4th and for years after, it just wasn't the same. (I miss him terribly!)
Here are 4 tips that have helped me in the past. These tips work perfectly for me. Try the ones that you think work for you.

The key to overcome these feelings of sadness is to focus on the positives in your life, be it good health, a place to live, or food on the table - focus on the here and now. Focusing on the past, which can do nothing about, can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety and emptiness.

Remember that it's okay not to feel festive all of the time.

Most importantly, get inspired by the Christmas spirit and give, don't get.

Weather you're spending the holidays alone through choice or through circumstances, remember, human interaction can make the holiday season a little brighter.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Five Things Tuesday

Winter is coming... 
It's a dreary day here today. I hope everyone is having a good day! xx
Getting in the holiday spirit.
 Elegant dresses. So many unique designs and colours.
Yesterday's treat. McDonald's Caramel Sundae. Yum!

5 steps for stress free holiday shopping

The best ways to wrap holiday gifts.

These DIY printable gift tags look great! (and they're free!)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Have a Wonderful Weekend

It was much to chilly in my house today, so I'm warming up with my 3rd cup of coffee.
I'm looking forward to a simple and unhurried kind of weekend. So I'm planning on lying lazy and relaxing at home.



A day in New York, New York.

This video is very cool. I feel as though I've just had a whirlwind trip to New York. I've actually been to New York; several years ago I made my first ever visit to this unique, amazing place. I think I just fell in love with the Big Apple all over again!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

(Video by JacksGap)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Five Things Tuesday

farewell to autumn leaves
Farewell to Autumn.

Well hello, folks! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, spent with family and friends. Have a great December and stay warm! xx
delicious pumpkin soup dinner
Yesterday's Pumpkin Soup dinner. The sweet pumpkin smell filled the entire house.
 fresh citrus for morning juice
Fresh citrus for morning juice.
delicious indian chicken curry
Loving the colour combination.
Indian Chicken Curry. Recipe via Serious Eats.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend


Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to all the American readers! Thanksgiving is only 3 days away! Hope you guys have a safe and wonderfully delicious day with lots of pumpkin pie.

For all of you pumpkin lovers out there and, just for fun, here is Gourmet Magazine's Spiced Pumpkin Souffles with Bourbon Molasses Sauce. A wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. xx

(Photo via Huffington Post)

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Little Touch of Fall

So I've been a little bit crazy busy the last couple of weeks and haven't really had a chance to get out and enjoy this year's beautiful fall foliage.
Autumn Tapestry.

Here are a few fall pictures I've taken over the last month, if you'd like to see.

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and everyone begins to think about what they're thankful for, I'm blown away by how blessed I am. There are so many things in my life I'm grateful for.
Today, I'm grateful for:

-my family. I'm so blessed to have a wonderful, caring and supportive family.

-my friends whom I cherish.

-all of you guys, and I feel the connection with you even though you're physically very far from me. Many of you have been with me for years and for that I'm eternally grateful.

-having a nice place to live and plenty of food to eat.

-waking up to this new day and for being alive.

-clear water.

-what I have experienced and overcome.

-enjoying life in the most simple ways.

-the love and support from the readers of my blog.

I'm also grateful for my cup of coffee in the morning. It's like a "hug in a cup."
I could go on...trust me.

Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy the beauty of fall. xx

P.S. Make-Ahead and Make-Now Thanksgiving Recipes for procrastinators. ;)

12 Complete Thanksgiving Menus via Saveur.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Five Things Tuesday

Early morning in the mountains.

I often ask myself: "Why isn't this world a better place? "This isn't how life's supposed to be." But these inspirational words by Leo Buscaglia always help keep me grounded.

Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer.

Have a wonderful day! xx

Autumn leaves. So fragile, so beautiful.
Morning coffee. {My house has been a kind of messy lately. I hope you don't mind!;)}
November roses.

Friday's desserts. {Layered Vanilla Pudding with crushed chocolate wafer cookies, topped with chocolate ganache.}

How to make roses from maple leaves.