Holiday Re-cap

Lots of photos to share on today’s post!!

I have pictures of a few things I did during the holidays as well as a little of this and that.

 

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This is the meal that Doug and I made for Winter Getaway.  For the past five years, my friends and I have been renting a cabin for a couple nights during the holiday season.  We all sign up for a meal and then we take turns cooking.  Doug and I made a Thai Broccoli Slaw (broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, Kraft ginger Thai dressing and peanuts) and Pad Thai.

I always look forward to Winter Getaway with my friends.  It’s great to get away and relax with people, especially those that I don’t see too often.  This year, my friend Karen decided that each person attending (there were 10 people) should lead a workshop to mix up the activities we did.  Each workshop lasted about 10-15 minutes…really they were just little games or seminar-type things that “forced” us to try things we wouldn’t otherwise.

I called my workshop “Frugal Divas”.  During the workshop, I shared ideas for saving money when grocery shopping, buying clothes, and going to the spa.  I gave a brief talk on ideas and then the activity I had everybody do was to look through the flyer and plan a meal for 10 people using a $20 budget and what you had at home in your cupboard.

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Being a Frugal Diva!!

Another workshop at Winter Getaway was Beer Tasting 101.  My friend, Kris, led this workshop and we tried 8 beers.  I don’t have any pictures from the workshop, but I found this cool picture online that I think really showcases how many different kinds of beer there are out there!!

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My personal favourite is IPAs!! What’s yours?
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This is the bed we had during our cabin stay.  It’s hard to see, but the outside of the bed is a round leather circle.  🙂

A few days after Winter Getaway, Doug and I went to a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve.  The theme of the evening was Midnight in Paris.  It was a lovely evening!!

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Can’t believe it is 2017!!
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I tried a new recipe during the holidays.  The recipe was for homemade healthy coffee creamer.  Basically, you mixed 1 1/2 cups almond milk, 3 tbsp honey and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla (approximate amounts).  The creamer was not bad, but it did not compare at all to the creamer you’d buy in-store. 

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Hygge is a concept I first heard about on CBC radio one day when I was driving.  The idea is that in Denmark, they have long long winters (just like us in Canada)…however the people there have the mindset that winter is a time to be enjoyed, not just endured.

So, from what I gathered, a few ways to hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) include:

  • Bundling up and walking around the neighbourhood, with a yummy hot drink in-hand.
  • Having friends over for a tea party
  • Play board games indoors with friends
  • Include lots of cozy touches in your home; like soft lighting, blankets, candles, and even calming background music.

Check out http://www.yesandyes.org/2015/11/how-to-hygge.html for many more ideas on how to hygge.  This website is where I got a lot of my ideas 🙂

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I hope that you have a great week ahead.  It looks to me that it will be a perfect week to start your hygge practise…if that’s something that interests you.

-Stacey

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