Category Archives: Countries

Sugar Shacks & Maple Syrup

Maple syrup taffy making sessions, hot pancake meals and wagon rides are traditional events starting every spring asView full post »

Little Leprechauns

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in our home each year with trying to trap a leprechaun. A leprechaun is a type ofView full post »

The Bath : Friday Night

Bathing is an unhurried affair, and the bath is customarily taken in the evening. It is a time for yourself to findView full post »

Wedding Dress Up : Friday Night

The wedding dress. It is an icon for the big day, but the day goes by so fast and in the end, this brilliant gown is View full post »

Hygge

It may seem we are a small fish in a small pond at times, but there is a whole ocean out there. We value how other View full post »

Soap Making

The first evidence we have of a soap-like substance is dated around 2800 BC., the first soap makers wereView full post »

Biscotti

Biscotti is an Italian biscuit or cookie. The word originates from the medieval Latin word biscoctus, meaning “View full post »

Feliz Navidad : Mexican Hot Chocolate

With a rainbow of festive colours from piñatas and streaming paper decorations to several courses of traditionalView full post »

The Christmas Tree : Rockefeller Center, NY

You know that Christmas Tree. The one in Christmas movies with New York as a location. We have seen this icon and manyView full post »

Advent Calendars

Whether in boxes, pouches, envelopes, windows or doors… or hanging from trees, walls, mobiles or branches…View full post »

Black Friday

As early as the 19th century, shoppers have viewed Thanksgiving as the traditional start to the holiday shopping seasonView full post »

Happy Thanksgiving

Our American friends are having Thanksgiving. The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims afterView full post »

Tapas Evening : Friday Night

Tapas can be a flavor-filled experience. For a different style of eating, plan to create ‘little dishes’View full post »

Guy Fawkes Night

The air outside is filled with the smell of bonfires and the sound of fireworks. Guy Fawkes Night, also known as BonfireView full post »

Thanksgiving Traditions

In Canada, we celebrate this food-filled holiday in October. Back in 1578, an English explorer named Martin FrobisherView full post »

Oktoberfest

Known for beer, pretzels and bratwurst, Oktoberfest is a German celebration that appeals to the masses. From wearingView full post »

The Granny Lunch

It is a perfect time of year to reap the benefits of the last days of summer. With the ending of summer, comes the lastView full post »

Schultute : First Day of School

The tradition of the “Schultüte” leads back to approximately 1810, in Germany. When children in Germany,View full post »

France Living

France is a country with endless beauty and inspiration. From the history to the culinary arts, it is a country to learnView full post »

Dirty Dancing : Summer Series

The memories of childhood and teenage summers spent in the 1920’s – 1960’s are fading with eachView full post »

Outdoor Cinemas : Friday Night

A summertime tradition with many is an outdoor cinema experience. This can range from movie drive-ins to gatherings at aView full post »

Canada Day Parades

Canada Day occurs on July 1st, the anniversary of Canada’s confederation. Canadians commemorate the day with parades,View full post »

Midsummers Nights Feast

In Sweden, midsummer is an occasion. It is a time when the sun never sets and everyone escapes from the city to enjoyView full post »

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is a time of celebration, feasting and defined as the longest day of the year. It has been celebratedView full post »

Rituals of Tidying

The art of tidying and organization is an everyday occurrence – and with this, it becomes a ritual. TheseView full post »

Mushroom Hunting

It was always delightful going on a hunt for mushrooms in the pastures and fields of the prairies. As a child, it wasView full post »

Anniversary Meal

A special tradition has started between me and my husband every year, after getting married in Mexico from fourteenView full post »

National Donut Day

We must love donuts, since there are two National Donut Days in the year. The first Friday in June is National Donut DayView full post »

Tosset Cakes

There is a forgotten food dating back over 700 years ago called the Tosset Cake. This little spiced biscuit dates backView full post »

Cozy Friday : Fredagsmys

In Sweden, on Friday evenings, there is a special ritual that takes place. Jennie, a native and regularView full post »

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo simply means the date of the holiday — the fifth of May.  There are numerous ways to enjoy MexicanView full post »

Off to the Races : The Kentucky Derby

On the first Saturday in May at Louisville’s Churchill Downs, it is known that the Kentucky Derby is the “View full post »

Ohigan

Ohigan literally means “the other shore” in Buddhist terminology. It is two periods of seven days with theView full post »

Easter Baskets : Interviews & Stories

The history of the Easter Basket, actually has pagan roots. Ancient farmers depended on their livestock and crops for aView full post »

A Pineapple Welcome

When welcoming a new neighbor or visiting a friend, you can bring them a pineapple as a symbol of friendship andView full post »

Nowruz : First Day of Spring

For many, when we think of Spring’s arrival… we think… fresh, new, alive. It feels like a big stretchView full post »