2011-2012 : Fall : Advent : Winter : March Break : Spring
2012-2013 : Fall : Advent : Winter : March Break : Spring
2013-2014 : Fall : Advent : Winter : March Break : Spring
2014-2015 : Fall : Advent : Winter : March Break : Spring
2015-2016 : Fall : Advent : Winter & Spring


Fall 2011

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Fruit Leather 101: How to make your own dehydrated fruit leathers.

Paint, Party, Pack: Making the porch floor into a black-board, sketching logos, and two favourite recipes: Chewy Chocolate Brownies & Go Big or Go Home Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  2 x 2 Ways to Resuscitate Those “Lunchboxed” Bananas: Recipes for Boozy or Chippy Banana Bread and Vegan Banana Ice Creams.

 “Glamming-Up Your Cans Lab #1: Canning Label Design: Helping the kids design and produce labels for the lids of our home-canned goods.

Bakery Knock-Offs for Beginners: Cookie Meteors: Our fascination with and recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chocolate- and White-Chocolate-Chip Cookies.

 Bakesale Bestsellers: Sugar Cookie Wands: How to make “cookie wands” for parties or your school’s bakesale.

 foraging for rose petal jelly

The Kids Submit Designs for the Ghosts of Gone Birds and All Tropical T-shirt Contest: The kids create t-shirt designs (a Labrador Duck and a Carolina Parakeet) to highlight the problem of avian extinction.

Beauty Meet Beast: Foraging for Rose Petal JellyThe kids go “foraging” for rose petals in the neighbourhood, and we make rose petal jelly.

 Apple Picking, Finally! : Our trip to the Applewood Farm Winery.

 Gone Birds & All Tropical Contest Update : Where to view and vote for all of the t-shirts in the Gone Birds/All Tropical contest.

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Vanilla Yoda and Chocolate Darth Vader Cookies

 Brown Bag Owl Puppets: A look back at the owl puppets we made this summer!

Creepy Window Silhouettes: Halloween Window Decorations

BIRTHDAY pARTy: GETTING stARTed: Brainstorming for Ideas for Crafts, Organizing, and Staying on Budget

 Drip, Drop, Drag Drizzle: Mini Action Paintings – Inspired by Jackson Pollock

Birthday pARTy: Pop Art Name Plates (a.k.a. Andy “Door-Hauls”)

 “Secret Wish” Fashion Photo Ornaments – Inspired by Steven Meisel

“Chanel-Chic” Pearl and Ribbon Jewelry

 DIY Frida Kahlo Flowered Headbands – A “Loot Bag” Craft

Advent 2011-12

Advent Calendar 2011: A Shadowbox Spectacular:  An Introduction to the Project

Advent Shadowbox: Day 1, Baking Cookies: Test-Cookies for Santa’s Plate – Chewy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bit

Advent Shadowbox: Day 2, Daily Bread Food Bank: Our first “Giving Day,” Making Contributions to the Daily Bread Food Bank in two ways.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 3, Letter to a Friend: Write a letter to a  friend.

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 4, A Birdseed Wreath: Feed the Birds! A DIY Birdseed Wreath.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments: Making glass ornaments with strips of paper detailing our “grateful for’s.”

Advent Shadowbox: Day 6, Pancakes, Syrup, and a Classic Film: Traditional Friday Pancakes and a screening of A Night at the Opera 

Advent Shadowbox: Day 7, Tree Trimming PartyToday’s the day for our tree-trimming party! A free Christmas Printable to the rescue…


Handmade Holidays: Favourite Photo Ornaments: Our annual photo ornaments made easy.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 8, Gingerbread House:  We used a german stamp and m&m’s to announce our activities today – reading Dahl’s version of “Hansel and Gretel” and constructing and decorating a gingerbread house!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 9, St. Vincent de Paul Baskets: Bringing Gift Cards for the Family Christmas Baskets at School.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 10, Kids’ Newspapers: Making “a-year-in-the-life” newspapers with the kids’ top ten lists, comic strips, advertisements and “special interest” stories.


Advent Shadowbox: Day 11, Imagining Santa’s Workshop: Using Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar books as inspiration, the kids draw their own pictures of Santa’s Workshop.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar: Chopping Peppermint Candies and Loading them onto Ice Cream Sundaes!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 13, Movie, Lego, Mindfulness: Asking the children to identify “The Christmas Spirit” during their movie date and lego-building contest.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 14, Salt Dough Ornaments: Making ornaments out from 3 basic ingredients: Water, Flour, and Salt.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 15, “Christmassify” Your Jars, or Glam Cans Lab 2: Applying canning labels to all of the jams, jellies, and preserves we made during our Summer of Funner and decorating the cans to give as teacher gifts.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 16, Have a Tree Planted: Via we will donate to Trees Ontario in memory of the loved ones we have lost.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 17, Christmas Crack-ups: Writing Festive Knock-Knock Jokes.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 18, Make Clove Oranges: We plunge cloves into oranges in festive patterns and letter shapes!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 19, Rudolph Festival (Design Your Own “Misfit Toy“: The kids watch Rudolph, eat snacks, and brainstorm and draw their own “Misfit Toys.”

Advent Shadowbox: Day 20, Festive After-School Spa: Santa Beards, Elf-Hairdos, Christmas Tattoos, the works!!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 21, Carol Hootenanny: Write and Perform Christmas Carols!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 22, Trim Another Tree: Decorate the tree at the Grandparents’ House!

Advent Shadowbox: Day 23, Library-in-a-Box for Haiti via Send a “Library in a Box” to children in Haiti via

Advent Shadowbox: Day 24, Carols to and from the Concert: Sing Christmas Carols to and from this afternoon’s Christmas Concert.

Handmade Holidays: Great Lakes Handkerchiefs: DIY Embroidered Handkerchiefs.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies: Making Biscuits to lure the Reindeer and to keep the dog quiet once they get here.

Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children
: How to make your own bookplates for the kids’ books.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, Santa Baby Cookies: A favourite recipe.

Homebaked Holidays: Bûche de Noël : An easy recipe for a Christmas favourite.

Advent Shadowbox: Day 27, Allons au cinema
: We go to see the new (excellent) Tintin movie.

Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist : Cookie baking, Feasting, and more….

Advent Shadowbox: Merry Christmas

Last Minute New Years Eve: Sherlock Holmes Party and DIY Detective Kits: We have a Sherlock Holmes Film Festival, and the kids are surprised with homemade Detective Kits packaged in a shiny New Year’s Hat.

Winter 2011-12

Sunday Suppers: A Chinese New Year Feast: Recipes for Pork Potstickers, General Tso’s Chicken, and Kung Pao Shrimp.

Valentine’s Lunchbox Treats: Caramel-kissed Chocolate Thumbprints & Mini-kissed Chocolate Hearts: Chocolate Cookies two ways.

Handmade Holidays: Valentines for School: The kids design their own mini-valentine cards: Hearts, Harry Potter, and Skylander themed.

Homebaked Holidays: King Cake Two Ways: Recipes for Auntie Robin’s King Cake with Lemon Ginger Cream (we’ve been recreating the Lemon Ginger combo in most of our dairy treats ever since…) and Uncle Rock’s Chocolate King Cake with Chocolate Cream. That’s right! A Double Chocolate King Cake!

March Break 2012

Looking Backward: March Break 2010: A summary of our most successful MARCH breaAK! to date, featuring Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, a Handmade Go Fish! Game, and a Modeling Chocolate Recipe and Game.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Tentative Schedule: A list of the activities we have planned for the week of March 12-18, 2012.

Illustrate-Your-Own-Book Entries

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald: An Illustrate-Your-Own-Book:  Whether you’ve written a book specifically for them or simply pulled a chapter book off of the shelf, here’s a quick how-to on how to get your kids illustrating what they read and imagine.  In this post, you’ll also find a brief synopsis of the book I wrote for my kids to illustrate over MARCH breAK!: The Adventures of Sir Lóchrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study In Emerald, Day One: Story and Illustrations: I provide a summary of the first two chapters of The Adventures of Sir Lóchrann Holmes: A Study in Emerald.  A gallery of the kids’ coloured pencil and oil pastel drawings follows.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Two: Story and Illustrations: The kids illustrate the third chapter of their book, which I summarize, with permanent marker & watercolour.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Three: Story and Illustrations: Marker Pointillism and Gel Pen Picture Pixel Pointillism are the phrases of the day as the kids illustrate the third and fourth chapters of the book. Summary included.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emerald, Day Four: Story and Illustrations: The kids work with their father to create amazing mixed media illustrations for Chapter six of our Irish Snake Detective mystery.

MARCH breAK! 2012: A Study in Emearld, Day Five: Story and Illustrations: We illustrate the cover of our book and the concluding chapter to our story. A summary of our conclusion is provided, in part. But we’re not splling the beans about the identity of the culprit.

Food and Crafts

MARCH breAK! 2012: Fingerprint Four-Leaf Clover Cards: We use fingers, green ink, and magic markers to create four-leaf clover St. Patrick’s Day cards for family and friends far away!

MARCH breAK! 2012: Shamrock S’mores:  Recipes for Homemade Mint Marshmallows,  Chocolate (Mint) Graham Crackers, all Shamrock Shaped, and fixed into a fabulous late afternoon snack, Sir Lóchrann Holmes’ Favourite Shamrock S’mores! The recipe ties into our book project, above.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Serpent Mobiles, Stick Puppets, and a Skip-Counting Game: We make double-sided watercolour snake mobiles (printable template included) and snake stick puppets with dowels, pipe cleaners and pretty papers. We also play a skip-counting game with coins (printable game-boards included).

MARCH breAK! 2012: Irish Soda Farls, Popping Mustard, and Lime-Berry Jam: We provide our take on Irish Soda Bread by baking sweeter, individual farls with a list of potential mix-ins. We also make low-sugar lime-berry jam using Pomona’s pectin. We follow that up with a fantastic new mustard for the next day’s sandwiches.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Necktie Bean-Bag Snakes…and Lunch: Our favourite snuggable so far! We make bean-bag snakes out of neckties. And we provide pictures of our lunch of oven-baked salt and vinegar chips (link to recipe on a great blog), snake sub sandwiches, and St. Patty’s themed shakes.

MARCH breAK! 2012: DIY Python Masks: How to make watercolour python masks like ours. We’ve included a free printable template of our hand-drawn mask!

MARCH breAK! 2012: Frogwiches! Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla or Citrus Cream: We make gingerbread cookie sandwiches, kind of like a gingerbread version of the oreo, really, correlating with a similar cookie in our original kids’ book, A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012:Snake Sock Puppets: We make a nest of snake sock puppets and perform a puppet-show version of our MARCH breAK! story, A Study in Emerald.

MARCH breAK! 2012: Sweetening St. Patty’s Day Brunch, Lime Mint Syrup: To sweeten the last two weekend days of MARCH breAK!, we make a lovely lime mint syrup to pour over pancakes and to sweeten mixed drinks.

Spring 2012

Easter Egg Workshop: Tons of newfangled egg-dying tips. Koolaid Eggs, Marble Eggs, Crayons, Sharpies…

Easter Brunch: Carrot Orange Poppyseed Mini-muffins with Cardamom Cream-Cheese Glaze: A new recipe that proved to be a big hit on Easter morning!

Cheaters Curry: Easy Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Curry using basic pantry staples. Can-Opener friendly…

Kale Chips: Basic + 4 Flavours, Sweet to Spicy
:  How to Bake Plain Kale Chips, and Recipes for Honey Cinnamon, Garlic & Pepper, Soy Nut Sesame and Spicy Chile Flavoured Twists on the Basic treat.

Observing The Transit of Venus: Easy “Backs to the Sun” Pin-Hole Viewers & Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies: How to make Pin-Hole viewers to view eclipses and the rare Transit of Venus. And a treat for the afternoon’s adventures”: Blood Orange Cookie “Suns” with Dark Chocolate Chip Venus in Transit.

Cleaning Out The Lunchbox: Chewy M&M and Oreo Brownies: A twist on our “Block Party Brownies” from last Fall…A tasty way to get the kids to clean out their lunchboxes.


Fall 2012

Our Best Chewy Granola Bars, a Flexible Recipe: Here’s our take on a chewy lunchbox treat! It’s been a favourite with family and friends since we published it! Recipes Included.

Small-Batch [Memorize-a-Poem] Ketchup: We take part in the odyssey known as ketchup making! And so we memorize some poetry on the way! Recipe included.

Haiku-kies! The lunchbox treat to end all lunchbox treats? How could you top our haiku-kies? Each day the kids receive cookies imprinted with words from a haiku. By the end of the week, the poem is complete. Recipe, Instructions & a Printable Included.

Bakesale Bestsellers II: Wonder Bars, A Flexible Recipe:  A graham-based bar with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and whatever else you have around to throw into the mix! Recipe Included.

Eat This (,) Chicken: Our quick and easy take on an Ina Garten classic roasted chicken with lemon and onions. Recipe Included.

Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce: Break out the Whisky & Cider. Here’ s our original recipe for a cinnamon, whisky, and fig filled Cranberry Sauce that will be the highlight of your holiday meals.  Recipe Included.

Apple Pickin’ Pie with Disappearing Vodka Crust: We reveal our best-ever apple pie recipe, with our take on that fabulous “disappearing” vodka
crust. Recipe Included.

Pumpkin Courvoisier Pie with Cream Cheese Crust: This tangy-crusted, cognac-infused pie is reason enough for giving thanks and distinctive enough to serve at any time of the year!  Recipe Included.

This Year, Everyone’s Sitting at the Kiddie Table!: A fun and easy way to decorate the Thanksgiving Table with brown shipping paper and sharpies-on placemat frames. DIY. Instructions Included.

Recreating a Deli Classic: Creamy Cucumber and Dill Pickle Soup: Finally! We’ve come up with a recipe that’s as good as the Creamy Dill Cucumber Soup from  a favourite deli (too far away) on the other side of town. Recipe Included.

Quick & Easy Mummy Cookies: A Halloween Themed Lunchbox Treat! We make sugar cookies with our ginger-people cutters and ice them to look like mummies! Recipe and Instructions Included.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Five Ways:  We add all sorts of seasonings to our Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Basic, Hot & Spicy Chile, Savoury Garlic, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Honey Orange. Recipes Included.

An Icing Tasting Party: We make micro-batches of Peanut Butter Icing, some including cream cheese and chocolate, as testers four our Red Panda birthday cake. All Four Recipes Included.

Red Panda Cake: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with [Chocolate] Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing: Another celebration cake is in the works here! A chocolate red panda with tasty peanut butter kick. Recipes and DIY Included.

Advent 2012


Advent Shadowbox 2012: An Introduction: 
We (re)introduce our Advent Shadowbox Calendar Tradition and include some tips for how you might create a similar tradition of your own.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 1,  Have  a Tree Trimming Party, Make Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments and Favourite Photo Ornaments: We decorate our tree with our famous Favourite Photo Ornaments (an annual tradition) and we make new, fragrant Cinnamon Glitter Ornaments to add to the tree. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 2, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts I-II: We introduce the kids to The Winter’s Tale by reading them a synopsis of the first two acts and then reading those acts aloud as a family. Then, we present them with notebooks and have them illustrate their favourite moments, quotations, and characters from those acts. This begins a 4-5 week, Sundays-in-Advent project.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 3, Support the World Wildlife Fund: The kids help make online donations to the WWF to help their favourite wild animals continue to survive in the wild.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 4, Draw Blue-Prints of the House for SantaThe kids have fun looking at the official city survey of our home and draw imaginative blue-prints of our home to include in their letters to Santa.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 5, Write & Perform Harry Potter Themed Christmas Carols & Make Butter Beer Blondies: Not only do the 12 Days of Christmas take on new meaning as “The 12 Days of Hogwarts,” we’ve come up with one of our best ever recipes to celebrate the occasion: Butter-Beer Blondies! Song Lyrics & Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 6, Create Your Own Christmas-Themed “Clue”-Style Board Game:  Best day so far!! We make a Christmas-Themed Mystery Board Game based on one of our favourite board games. And then we spend hours playing with it!  DIY & Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 7, Begin our Friday Holiday Film Fest with an Unusual Double Feature & Make Kringle Corn: We start off our Friday Film Fest with a Double Feature of some wacky holiday movies: Gremlins & Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Crazy! And to go with the films, we make a snack mix now lovingly known as “Kringle Corn.” Recipe Included.

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 8, Holiday Canning & Test-Cookie Party, Kid-Friendly Thumbprint Cookies, Carrot Cake Jam & Cranberry Sauce
A banner baking and canning day! We make several batches of our famous Carrot Cake Jam, Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce, and Thumbprint Cookies to fill with our fabulous concoctions! Recipes & DIY Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 9, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Acts II-III:  We continue reading The Winter’s Tale, illustrating our favourite scenes, including those famous stage directions, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear!”

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 10, Give a Beehive: Via PlanCanada, we donate a beehive and lessons on how to use it, to a family abroad.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 11, Make a Christmas Collage Post-Card, Write a Memory Poem on the Back, & Send it to a Friend: The kids get to work creating collages out of vintage christmas media, write short poems on the backs and mail them out. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 12, Improvise a One-Act, Christmas-Themed Hunger Games PlayThe kids love to improvise and play-act, so we decided to challenge them to come up with a Christmas-themed number and to perform it before bed.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 13, Learn “Who” to Knit, Begin a Family/Welcome-Guest Scarf Project: The kids learn a basic knit & purl, and we begin a long, long, long, long, long, Dr. Who-Style scarf project to leave around the house for guests to add to when they visit.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 14, Watch Holiday (1938) and Make Prof. Potter’s “Hidden Whallop” Punch & Judy Cookies:  The Fridays-in-Advent Film Festival Continues as we introduce the kids to one of our favourite movies. We watch Grant & Hepburn in George Cukor’s Holiday (1938). We came up with a very special cookie just for the occasion! Toblerone-stuffed sugar “Punch & Judy” Cookies. Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate:  The kids spend a bit of time designing an ideal gingerbread house before we have a gingerbread house decorating party with friends.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 16, Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act IV: We continue our project of illustrating Shakespeare’s play in our special notebooks.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 17, Fill a Pantry:  We give to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Make Silhouettes day 18
How to Make Silhouettes from Digital Photos Using Free Online Photo-Editing Tools & a Printer/Scanner:
 A step-by-step guide to making classic silhouettes from photos you can take on your own digital camera or phone using free online tools like and a printer/scanner. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 18, Make Silhouette Self-Portrait Cards & Send Them to Family & Friends:  We have a fantastic time making silhouettes from photos of the kids, colouring them in with images and phrases that most-represent the kids, and scanning them, and sending them to family and friends. DIY. Instructions Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 19, Pre-Christmas-Concert Pizza Party with Quick & Easy Individual Thin Crust Pizzas: For a busy night, we make our new favourite home-made pizzas. Recipe Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 20, Make a Deck of Constellation Cards: We make a deck of cards with patterns of the constellations punched out so that you can hold them up to the light and see the constellation shine through or create shadows-and-light shows of the constellations against a table, book, or wall. DIY. Printable Constellation Patterns Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 21, Order Fish & Chips and Watch The Bishop’s Wife: We watch a holiday movie we’ve never seen before and indulge in home delivered fish & chips.

Cannoli Buche de Noel:  Our new twist on a classic. Chocolate (or Vanilla) Cake with Rum Syrup, Cannoli Filling, and (Chocolate) Mascarpone Icing. Recipes Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 22, P.M. Pajama Party – Make Cookies for Santa:  
We make our famous Cookie Meteors & Santa Baby Cookies. Recipes Included.

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 23: Read & Illustrate The Winter’s Tale, Act V:  We finish our play and provide illustrations for the final Act as well as “book cover” illustrations!

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Christmas Eve Checklist:
 Our TBD’s before Santa arrives!!

Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Perform & Record The Winter’s Tale (with bears and stuffies): The kids play out the basic story of our Shakespeare play using their favourite animals.

Lord Peter Wimsey’s Case Crackin’ New Years Eve Party:  A menu and a movie list for another mystery-themed New Year’s Eve fete!

Winter 2013

Looking Backward, Love: A look at our previous recipes for Valentine treats and homemade Valentine projects.

Toy Heart Photo Valentines [using Skylanders, Lego, Stuffies & Monster High Dolls]: The kids make photo valentines by arranging piles of toys in heart shapes and adding text with free online editing tools. Instructions included.

Valentine’s Treat: Cream-Cheese Sugar-Cookie Conversation Hearts:  We made conversation heart cookies with fun messages! Kismet! Recipe Included.

Chinese New Year Special:  Best of…Snakes: We take a look back at all of our snake crafts from last year’s March breAK! And we look back on some recipes, too. Links. Recipes. DIY.

Toby’s Snow Day: Creating Checklists for Independent Play:  An easy way to manage independent activities for kids when you’re super busy.

March Break 2013

Illustrate-Your-Own-Book Entries

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part I: Old Married Bears and Unmarried Bears: The kids illustrate the first chapter of our Spirit Bear version of Jane Austen’s Emma using oil pastels: In the village of Maaya’ol, a remote portion of the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Ahma Gan-Walp’s long-time teacher and companion, Miss. Luup’is, has married a neighbouring widower-bear, Mr. Haymaad’m, and leaves Ahma’s home, Spa-Haayk. In front of her brother-bear-in-law, the gentle Mr. Mansm’, Ahma takes credit for making the match between the two Haymaad’ms. She announces her decision to do the same for the spirit-servant Mr. W’Nax. Ahma then befriends the Miss. Harriet Hootlga Gyemck and considers her a suitable spouse for the reverend W’Nax. She paints Harriet’s portrait and encourages Mr. W’Nax to travel to Prince Rupert to have it framed.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Part II: A “Sleuth” of Proposals: The kids use pencil-eraser-in-paint pointillism for today’s illustrations: Ahma is discouraged by the news that Harriet has received a proposal from a salmon-guardian and beekeeper Mr. Yeni-Marten and persuades Harriet to reject the offer. Mr. Mansm’ criticizes Ahma’s interference as foolish and warns her against pushing Harriet towards the rather vain Mr. W’Nax. After a dinner with the Haymaad’ms, Ahma is stunned to receive an offer of marriage from Mr. W’Nax and, after rejecting him, is forced to break the news to Harriet.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, the Spirit Bear, Part III: In Which Harriet is Saved and Jane Tries Not to Be: The kids use permanent marker and watercolours to illustrate today’s portion of the story:  Ahma meets new arrivals in town, Jane Ha-Liimi and Noosik Churchill, and together with the latter, comes up with an inspired tale about the torrid love-life of the former. Meanwhile, the new Mrs. W’Nax sets out to “save” the same Miss. Jane by finding her inappropriate offers of employment. Harriet, embarrassed by Mr. W’Nax at a dance, is saved by Mr. Mansm’. And, the next day, when Harriet and Ahma are surrounded by Sea Wolves, Mr. Churchill saves them both.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Ahma, the Spirit Bear, Part IV: A Berry Picking Party & What Follows The kids go back to oil pastels to create covers and illustrate the final section of our exciting Spirit Bear version of Jane Austen’s Emma:  On an outing to Amap’as Hill hosted by Mr. Mansm’, Ahma embarrasses the spinster bear, Miss Wax’l by uttering a crude remark. Mr. Haymaad’m brings news of the death of Noosik Churchill’s strong-willed aunt. News soon surfaces of a secret engagement between two of our spirit bears. Things resolve themselves, however, as they always do. And several others make matches of their own.

The Related Activities & Recipes

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Portraits on Newsprint with Easy Stick or Dowel Frames: The kids draw bears on newsprint using oil pastels and then “frame” their work using cardboard, mod-lodge, and wooden dowels.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Kermode Bear Genetics: Learning About Biology and Probability By Copying a Scientific Illustration: We look a a National Geographic illustration which reveals how important the black bear population remains to the health and well-being of the white spirit bear.  The kids copy these illustrations in their own hand in order to memorize this lesson in genetics and probability.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Mrs. Haymaadm’s “Salmon” Wedding Cakes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut-Butter-Cup Cupcakes with Pink Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing: Included here is a fabulous recipe for a rich peanut-butter-chocolate cupcake with a mini peanut-butter-cup hidden inside. And we top it off with our recipe for Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing, gone “salmon pink” for bear week.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Quick & Easy Spirit Bear Claws [Puff Pastry with Chocolate Filling]: We make an easy breakfast with puff pastry and a few pieces of chocolate. Recipe and DIY included.

MARCH breACK! 2013:  Spirit Bear Silhouettes, Two Ways:  The kids make lovely silhouettes, first by filling in the white body of a spirit bear with colourful drawings and expressions of joy about the bears themselves, then by filling in the body or the outside of the bear with colourful scraps of paper. Free Printable picture and pdf versions of both types of silhouettes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Eco-Protest Posters: Save the Spirit Bear!: The kids investigate threats to the Spirit Bear population in the Great Bear Rainforest and create their own protest posters against Oil Pipelines and Oil Tankers.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Tea with Ahma the Spirit Bear: Little Bear Brioches, Strawberry Soup, and Honey Cinnamon Hot Cocoa: We make cupcake sized brioches with bear faces to serve alongside of a favourite treat of ours, Strawberry Soup. Also included is a honey-hot-cocoa recipe for those moments when you could use a little comfort. Recipes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Dice Game: We play a fun addition (or) multiplication game using dice and a fill-in-the-bear printable. Free printable game with instructions included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: White Kermode Bear Paw Cookies and White Grape Gummy Bear Popsicles:  We make super-cool bear paw cookies with butterscotch dough, peanuts, and white chocolate kisses for our high tea. And we make white grape juice and gummy bear popsicles for a late night dessert. Recipes included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Mooksgm’ol [Spirit Bear] Drum Faces Inspired by Tsishmian Art & the Four Tsishmian ClansThe kids look at artwork and design their own bear drum faces. Printable Blank Drum Face included.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Kermode’s Path Math Game: Help the Kermode cub find his mother bear! A Free Printable Math Dice Game with instructions.

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear S’mores: Honey Graham Cracker Cookie Cut-outs and Honey Marshmallows from Scratch: Our recipe for the best graham-cracker cookie ever. And a honey-marshmallow recipe that is golden-delicious! Together with a chocolate square, these make the perfect s’mores!

MARCH breACK! 2013: Spirit Bear Stick Puppets and Finger-Walking Bear Puppets: We make several bear puppets by decorating printed outlines of bears, cutting them, and either attaching them to sticks or to our fingers! Free Printable Templates included for all projects.

Spring 2013
The Vanities of the Leaked Upon: Our Family Bathroom Dilemma and Design Ideas.

Making the Movie Monster Video: The Kids Make a Poem “Video” to use as a “Book Trailer” for the father’s upcoming book launch!

Book Fan Shirts: Using Bleach to Make a “book fan” shirt for Blaise Moritz’s Zeppelin.

DIY Cookie Cutters, The Zeppelin Edition: Easy tutorial! Use Disposable Aluminum Trays to Make Your Own Cookie Cutters!

Saying “Thank You”: Hand-Drawing Thank You Cards for a Music Scholarship. We Love TURTLES!

First Communion Fun: A Marble Oreo First Communion Cake and Hand-Drawn Gift Wrapping.

Contractor Cookies [and Bathroom Pics]: A Peanut-Butter Oatmeal Coconut Butterscotch Chip Cookie Recipe and some pictures and videos of our finished Bathroom.

Knappa Loves Melodi: The Easiest Ikea Hack Ever: Making the Knappa lamp into a ceiling fixture by borrowing a few elements from the super-cheap Melodi light fixture – now featured on

Book Cover Re-Design Workshop I: Zeppelin Poems: The Kids Make their own Book Cover Designs of their father’s book for a birthday present.

Book Cover Re-Design Workshop II: Teacher’s Favourite Book Cover Thank You Cards: The Kids Make Thank You Cards for their teachers by designing book covers of their teachers’ favourite books!

Summer of Funner 2013 is Up and Running: Check out our summer activities over at sister site: Summer of Funner!


Fall 2013

Fall Bucket List 2013
Get Ready for Some Changes!

The Lunchbox Season is Back! Here’s our Fall 2013 Bucket List!

Great News! We’re a Part of!

We’re Going on 3! What’s our Birthday Present? A New Facebook Page!

weekly trEAT: Brown Sugar Funfetti Spritz

Spread’s The Word: Our Pink Lemonade Jelly is a New Family Favourite

Exploring Tommy Thompson Park: A Young Explorer’s Notebook [Free Printable] and a Homemade Video

Stuffed Animal Candids: Photo Cards for Overnight Camp, Birthdays, or Just Plain Fun

How Ssssssssweet is That? Our Snake Mobile was Featured on “A Faithful Attempt”

Bakesale Bestsellers III Double Chocolate Mars Bar Meteors
Bakesale Bestsellers III: Double Chocolate Mars Bar Meteors [Cookies]

Snapshots from Word on the Street

A Little Weekend Cartooning

Making Fire By Chance: Lego Survivor

Robot Birdfeeders
 Robot Bird Feeders: Make Robot, Monster or Alien Birdfeeders with Wooden Boxes or Milk Cartons

Resurrection Chicken: Adapting Greenspan’s Chicken in a Pot for a Family Gathering or a Heroic Appetite

Keeping Track with Fox and Wombat: DIY Reading Logs and Free Weekly Reading Log Printables

Almond Butter Chai Spice Cake

The Kids Photograph Fall Colours: Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles and Nuit Blanche

The Lunchbox Seasons 10 Best Thanksgiving
The Lunchbox Season’s 10 Best…Thanksgiving

 Ginger Cognac Cranberry Sauce

Apple Picking with a New Camera & Sharing the Pie Love

Fill-in-the-Silhouette Holiday Table Setting

Table Magic: Creating an Alien Multiplication Chart

Halloween Art for Kids: Spooky Still Life, Two Ways

Vampire Brownies: Red Velvet Brownies with a Cream Cheese “Bite”

The Lunchbox Season's Spooktacular 13 Best of Everything Halloween
The Lunchbox Season’s Spooktacular 13: The Best of Everything Halloween

Making T1: Toby’s Light-Up Robot Turtle Costume

Halloween Tip: Have a Signature Pumpkin

Quick and Easy Hunger Games Catching Fire Party Invitations

Double Double Apple Crumble: Double Layer Deep Dish Apple Crumble & Doctor Rosey’s Famous Double Crumble

Hunger Games Catching Fire Party Favours Personalize Your Own Bookplates
Hunger Games Catching Fire Party Favours: Personalize Your Own Bookplates

Hunger Games Catching Fire Loot Bags

Spirit Bear Birthday Cake: Carrot Pecan Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing and Toasted Coconut

Let the Countdown Begin! Our 2013 Advent Calendar Begins on Saturday, November 30!

Advent 2013

Easy Gingerbread Garlands for Advent from The Lunchbox Season
Family Advent Calendar 2013, Advent Eve:  Tree Trimming Party: Make Easy Gingerbread Garlands and Favourite Photo Ornaments

Family Advent Calendar, Day 1: Read & Illustrate As You Like It, Act I [Withe Some Alternate Options for the Little ones]

Family Advent Calendar, Day 2: Give a Bear Hug! Contribute to the World Wildlife Fund
Honeycomb Sponge Toffee Cinder Toffee Hokey Pokey Recipe
Family Advent Calendar, Day 3: Make & Eat Honeycomb and Turkish Delight

Family Advent Calendar, Day 4: Write a Holiday Story Inspired by a Work of Art
Family Advent Calendar, Day 5: Make Christmas Cards! Draw Portraits of Santa in the Style of Modigliani, Kahlo, Klee & Etrog

Family Advent Calendar, Day 6: The Advent Film Festival begins with Pilsner Pretzels and a William Powell Double Bill:  My Man Godfrey & After the Thin Man

Family Advent Calendar, Day 7: Lego Christmas Party! Lego Christmas Building Challenges and Lego Christmas Cookies

Family Advent Calendar, Day 8: 
Read & Illustrate As You Like It, Act II

Family Advent Calendar, Day 9: Give Fruit Trees! Contribute to Plan Canada!

Chewy Christmas Nougat with Pistachios and Dried Cherries
Family Advent Calendar, Day 10: Make and Eat Chewy Christmas Nougat [with Pistachios and Dried Cherries]
Family Advent Calendar, Day 11: A Percy Jackson Christmas? Improvise Christmas Scenes with some of your Favourite Fictional Characters
DIY Holiday Puppets and Shadow Theatre
Family Advent Calendar, Day 12: Make a Shadow Puppet Theatre and Christmas Shadow Puppets
Family Advent Calendar, Day 13: Watch Topper & His Girl Friday and Make Thin Crust Pizzas 
Holiday Floor Scramble from the Lunchbox Season
Family Advent Calendar, Day 14: Make and Play Holiday Floor Scramble

Family Advent Calendar, Day 15: Read and Illustrate As You Like It, Act III
Family Advent Calendar, Day 16: Fill a Pantry! Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank
Soft Salted Caramels
Family Advent Calendar, Day 17: Make and Eat Soft Salted Caramels

Bonus Post: Our Pink Lemonade Jelly & Gochujang Pickles All Dressed Up For Giving

Family Advent Calendar, Day 18: It’s a Carol Off! Rewrite an Existing Christmas Carol or “Christmassify” a Popular Song
Family Advent Calendar, Day 19: Harry Potter Special! Design Your Own Patronus
Family Advent Calendar, Day 20: Watch The More the Merrier & The Talk of the Town and Make Punch & Judy Cookies
Pfeffernusse Recipe chocolate chocolate chip crinkle kringle cookies from the lunchboxseason
Family Advent Calendar, Day 21: Christmas Cookie Party! Make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Crinkle [Kringle] Cookies, Pfeffernüsse, and Other Old Favourites
Family Advent Calendar, Day 22: Read and Illustrate As You Like it, Acts IV & V
Family Advent Calendar, Day 23: Encourage Deep Breathing, Contribute to Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Lemon Buche de Noel with Full Recipe and Instructions Yule Log Cake here we come
Family Advent Calendar, Day 24: Christmas Eve Checklikst and a Recipe for Lemon Bûche de Noël
Family Advent Calendar, Merry Christmas!

Family Advent Calendar Bonus Post: Final Friday Film Fest Flicks: Screwball Cruise Ship Mysteries: Watch the Lady Eve and The Princess Comes Across

Family Advent Calendar Bonus Post, December 29: Perform and Record As You Like It with Stuffies and Bears

Winter 2013

It’s a Lego Docto Who-Year’s Eve: Multi-Serial Marathon and Lego Building Challenges

Framing Gulliver’s Travels

Year of the Horse: Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printable]

Year of the Horse: A Lighter Chinese New Year Feast, Cabbage-Wrapped “Pot-Stickers” and Spicy Green Beans with Pork [or other protein]

Year of the Horse A Lighter Chinese New Year Feast, Grain-Free and Sugar-Free Date-Nut Drömmar Cake

Super Bowl Special Best Ever Hot & Spicy Baked Chicken Wings and Blue Cheese Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Super Bowl Special: Best Ever Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Yogourt Dipping Sauce

Homemade Printable Skylanders Swap Force Valentines

And for the Parents…

Printable Sochi Bear Olympic Valentines

Mardi Gras: King Cake Style Cinnamon Roll Ring

March BreACK! 2014 is Coming…

March breACK! 2014

The lunchbox season Presents march breaACK! 2014 a Tentative Schedule
March BreACK! 2014: A Tentative Schedule

March BreACK! 2014: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Bearicles, Act One

March BreACK! 2014: The Kids Make Mediterranean: Manakeesh [Manakish] With Cheese or Za-atar

March BreACK! 2014: Hidden-Secret Cookies: Ma’amool with Nutella or Date-Nut Filling

March Break Ideas Design Your Own Snakes and Ladders [Chutes and ladders] Board Game
March BreACK! 2014: Design Your Own Snakes and Ladders Board Game

March BreACK! 2014: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Bearicles, Act Two

The Kids Make Mediterranean Beer Battered Calamari and Lemony Grilled Calamari

March BreACK! 2014: The Kids Make Mediterranean: Lemony Grilled Calamari and Beer-Battered Fried Calamari

March BreACK! 2014: Design Your Own Shields and Mottoes and Have a Living Room Tournament

March BreACK! 2014: A Taste of Morocco: Paula Wolfert’s Lamb Tagine with Tomatoes and Eggplant

March BreACK! 2014: Illustrate-Your-Own Books, Bearicles, Act Three
Shipwreck Cookies from the Lunchbox Season
March BreACK! 2014: Shipwreck Cookies

The Kids Make Mediterranean - Pizza Boats, or Turkish Pide, two ways
March BreACK! 2014: The Kids Make Mediterranean: Pizza Boats, or, Turkish Pide, Two Ways

March BreACK! 2014: Building Sailboats with Recyclables and Racing them in the Tub

March BreACK! 2014: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Bearicles, Act Four

March BreACK! 2014: The Kids Make Mediterranean: Baked Fries with Feta and Basic Hummus

March BreACK! 2014: Make a Blue-Print of a Pirate Ship

March BreACK! 2014: Illustrate-Your-Own-Books, Bearicles, Act Five

A baklava snake even the kids could make! easy awesome baklava recipe
March BreACK! 2014: A Baklava Snake Even the Kids Could Make

March BreACK! 2014: Mapping the Ancient Mediterranean of Bearicles [or Shakespeare’s Pericles] Prince of Tyre

Small batch pickled turnips, preserved lemons and preserved limes easy recipes from the lunchbox season

March BreACK! 2014: Stocking Up for Next Time Small Batch Pickled Turnips, Preserved Lemons and Preserved Limes

Spring 2014

This is a mini photo book 2
Make This Mini Photo Book!

What We Ate: Build Your Own Buddha Bowl

The 10 Best Ways to Entertain Flat Stanley In Style

Weekly Treat: Soft Sparkly Ginger Cookies

Weekly Treat: Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Chocolate Chip Robin’s Egg Cookies

Bunny's Hawaiian Rolls Recipe from the Lunchbox Season King's Hawaiian Bread Copy Cat Recipe
Bunny’s Homemade Hawaiian Rolls: For Easter Monday Ham and Cheese Sliders

Cinco de Mayo Papel Picado Garland

The Kids Take on Surrealist Collage

Summer of Funner 2014 is Coming!

Summer of Funner 2014 is Up and Running…Check Out Our Love-to-Do List



Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Love-to-do List Fall Bucket list
Fall 2014 Love-To-Do List

Blow-Your-Mind Bagels! Homemade Bagels for Back to School and the Rest of the 365

Easy Locker Magnets

Keeping Up with the Kids 365 [sponsored post]

Drunk Cherry Jam: Cherry Bourbon Jam with a Low Sugar Option

Small Batch Sweet Spiced Pickled Parsnips

A little evening gardening PLANTING SPRING BULBS
A Little Evening Gardening: Planting Spring Bulbs

Word on the Street 2014

All-About-Me Pendants

A Wicked Weekend

Bourbon Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce

Earnest Apple Picking Peking Duck

From Weekend Main to Thanksgiving Side: Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie
Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie with Bourbon Pecan Crust

Lunchbox Ideas: Sandwich-Sized Bacon Lattice for our Apple and Cheese BLTs

The Kids Write Night Poems

Pumpkin Oatmeal Choose-Your-Mixins Cookies

Spooky Silhouette Window Clings

Pumpkin Poppy Seed Loaf with Citrus Cardamom and Cognac
Pumpkin Poppy Seed Loaf with Citrus, Cardamom and Cognac

Happy Halloween 2014

Whole Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Chicpea Hummus

Getting Ready for The Tempest with a Robby the Robot Double Feature

When All Else Fails…Make Caramel Apples

Paper Storm Trooper Rocket and Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher
Paper Storm-Trooper Rockets and Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher [inspired by Stoked about Science]

Loaded Cookie Cake
Loaded Cookie Birthday Cake

Our “Out of Trouble” Books

Advent 2014


The Lunchbox Season’s Sweet Shop: Our Best Holiday Recipes
Kick-Off Party: Stir-Up Saturday: Make a Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake
0 Sketch-It Sunday: Re-Illustrate Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
1 Make-Ahead Monday: DIY Vanilla Extract and Simple Syrup
2 Tonic Tuesday: Adopt an Animal From the World Wildlife Fund
3 Write-It Wednesday: Compose and Perform an Original Christmas Carol
4 Throw-Back Thursday: Draw Fresh Blueprints of Santa’s Workshop and Make Our Famous Santa Baby Cookies
5 Festive Friday: Tree Trimming Party: Roast Chestnuts, Sing Carols, Make Favourite Photo Ornaments…
6 Stir-Up Saturday: Make Soft Gingerbread Crackle Cookies with Candied Ginger Bits
7 Sketch-It Sunday: Create Your Own Illustrations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
8 Make-Ahead Monday: DIY Massage Oil Bars, Bath Bombs, and Bath Salts
9 Tonic Tuesday: Give a Family an Endless Harvest via Plan Canada
10 Write-It Wednesday:Use a Line from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas as the Inspiration for your own Poem or Story
11 Throw-Back Thursday: Make Picasso Santa Holiday Cards and Bake Turkish Pizza Pides
12 Festive Friday: Take Out Chinese and a Triple Feature: The Maltese Falcon, Murder My Sweet, and The Lady in the Lake
13 Stir-Up Saturday: Cherry and Pistachio Studded Short Bread Cookies
14 Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts I-III
15 Make-Ahead Monday: Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers
16 Tonic Tuesday: Donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank
 17 Write-It Wednesday: Holiday Haiku Challenge
18 Throw-Back Thursday: Play Holiday Floor Scramble and Christmas Clue, Revive the Holiday Shadow-Puppet Theatre, and Make Butterbeer Blondies
19 Festive Friday: Fish and Chips and a Quadruple Feature: Pimpernel Smith, Q Planes, The 49th Parallel, The Spy In Black
20 Stir-Up Saturday: Reverse Chip Brookie Cookies
21 Sketch-It Sunday: Read and Illustrate Much Ado About Nothing, Acts III-V
22 Last-Minute Monday: Make Holiday Bark for Giving: Host a Bark-Making Party for the Kids
23 Tonic Tuesday: Give Forests Ontario
24 Christmas Eve Checklist and a Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Holiday Brunch : The Lunchbox Season’s Panettone French Toast
The Lunchbox Season’s Family New Year’s Eve : The Hitchcock Edition

Winter 2015

Winter 2015: Nourish #Nourish2015

Onion Soup with Lemon Thyme, Lavendar, Cognac and Piave Vecchio

Off cartooning… 

Keeping Out the Cold with a Draft Dodger Hacked from an Ikea Table Runner

Elderflower Ices and Snow Ice Cream

Chicken Soup with Za’atar, Lemon and Parsnips

Inspired by … Book Lists

Building a Bird Feeder from an Old Gingerbread House Kit

Roasted Carrot Soup with Lentils, Preserved Lemons and Ras el Hanout

The Kids Photograph The Season: The Toronto Zoo, Winter 2015

The Last of the Castles

Get Your Love On: Beet Cranberry and Coconut Milk Soup [Vegan]

Grow Lights and Garden Resolutions

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Heart

Parsnip Pecan Loaf with Lemon Cardamom Glaze

Free Printable Sonic Valentines

Tea Valentines with Glammed Up Vintage Valentine Cards and Sweet Heart Tags [Free Printables]

Homemade Free Printable Digimon Style Valentines

Pink Grapefruit Poppyseed Loaf

Matcha Goats! Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies for Chinese New Year

Year of the Goat Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

What the Kids Made: Animal Sketches from Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Inspired by Cameralinks 2015: Here, Now, Today at Gallery 44

Love Your Local: Grinder on Main

Love Your Local: Maha’s

March breACK 2015

March Break Widget Galactic Mint Brownies with Andes Mints, Peppermint Patties or Mint Chocolate Chips Recipe from The Lunchbox Season

March BreACK! 2015, Imagined Galaxies, A Tentative Schedule

Galactic Mint Brownies – Chewy Brownies with Andes Mints, Peppermint Patties or Mint Chocolate Chips

sfg1final Space Fish Mixed Media Collage for Kids Deep-Space Pizza Planets - Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Space Fish, Aliens, and UFOs : Mixed Media Collage for Kids

Deep-Space Pizza Planets [Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Recipe]

Space pARTy 101 Imagined Solar Systems a fun kids art and science craft from The Lunchbox Season Loaded Skillet Cookie Asteroid

Space pARTy 101: Imagined Solar Systems

Loaded Skillet Cookie Asteroid

Space pARTy - Buzz Aldrin Inspired Space Helment Self-Portraits Art Project for Kids from The Lunchbox Season Space Party Juice & Smoothie Bar for Kids - Date Almond Asteroid Milk - Choco-Nut Protein Blaster - Steel Pink Rocket Power Booster, Mint Green Motivator Juice - Healthy Kids Recipes from The Lunchbox Season

Space pARTy : Buzz Aldrin Inspired Space Helmet Self-Portraits

Space Party Juice and Smoothie Bar : Date-Almond Asteroid Milk, Choco-Nut Protein Blaster, Steel Pink Rocket Power Booster, Solar Mint Green Motivator Juice

Kid-Invented Constellations - Art and Writing prompts - from The Lunchbox Season Cold Stars and Newly Minted Moons - Homemade Peppermint Patties - The Lunchbox Season

Kid – Invented Constellations

Cold Stars and Newly Minted Moons: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Kids DIY Book Illustration Project

March BreACK! 2015 : Illustrate Your Own Books : The Earl of Tellurine

Spring 2015

What We’re Planting: Our All-Time Favourite Herbs, Container Vegetables & Edible Flowers

Market to Table: Rhubarb and Cherry Galette with Honeyed Ginger, St. Germain, and Pineapple Sage

Lemon Lilac Mini Muffins with Lilac Simple Syrup & Lemon Glaze

Love Your Local : Building the Ultimate Cookie Plate

Inspired by Amnesty International…The Kids Illustrate The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Love to Do List

September Unplugged : 7 Ways to Take it Easy this Month

Family Pinochle Night

Recreating Aunt Von’s Butterscotch Pecan Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Fiery Ferments: House Made Kimchi

Apple Picking Peking Duck 2015

Thanksgiving Unplugged : Seven Ways to Take it Easy this Holiday

The Best All Butter Pastry Crust for Pies and Butter Tarts

Secret Scary Book Swap : All Hallows Read

Chewy Pumpkin Cookies with Butterscotch and Chocolate Chips

Scary Scrabble Stories

A Few Repurposed Screen Time Rants and Prescriptions

Congratulations, Plenty!

Butter Tarts Three Ways : Plain, Pecan, and Cherry Ginger

Homemade Personalized Stationery

The Lunchbox Season’s Family Advent Calendar 2015 Is Coming…

Advent 2015

Reinventing a Holiday Classic : Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël

Our Yule Log Recipe Featured on Huffington Post Canada Living!

Advent 2015 Love To Do List

Our Top Picks from the One of a Kind Show and Sale, or, The 12 Crushes of #OOAKX15

Family Advent Calendar 2015 : Family Tree Trimming Party

Family Advent Calendar : Make Italian Lemon Knots

Family Advent Calendar : Family Book Exchange

Rewrite the Song of the Summer as a Holiday Carol

Create an Elaborate Christmas Colouring Page

Donate to the WWF
Stocking Stuffers: Design Your Own Playing Cards

Make Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
Make Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam
Provide a Newborn Checkup via Plan Canada Gifts of Hope
Make Lichtenstein Inspired Holiday Cards
Picnic Beneath the Christmas Tree
Make Saffron Lussekatter : Santa Lucia Buns
Illustrate or Cartoon “Good King Wenceslas”
Holiday Cookie Bake Off
Design Holiday Gift Tags
Teacher Gifts : Make Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies
Random Act of Kindness Day
Visit the Toronto Christmas Market
Dinner and Star Wars
Posterize the Twelve Days of Christmas
Red and Green Supper : Make Bowtie Pasta
Give to the Daily Bread Food Bank
Pizza, Popcorn, Pajamas, and an Ernst Lubitsch Triple Feature
Illuminate or Video Shelley’s Ozymandias and Make a Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël
Christmas Eve Checklist

Merry Christmas!
A New Year’s Thin Man Movie Marathon

Winter and Spring 2016

Risk Failure in a Visible Way

Reinterpreting a Classic and Instituting the Weeknight Feast : The Lunchbox Season’s Chicken MarVella

Feel Good! High Iron Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

Easy and Amazing Valentine’s Desserts: Key Lime Possets and Pink Lemonade Possets

Year of the Monkey Graffiti Resolutions [Free Printables]

Chic & Simple Narhwal Valentines [Free Printable] 
Fifth Anniversary Special: All of our Free Printable Valentines in One Place
Be Mine: Deep Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Arrows and Hearts

10 Things to Try on Leap Day
Mother Daughter Skincare: Drug Store Must Haves
Best of March Break!!!
Butterscotch Krimpets! Brown Sugar Cakes with THE BEST Butterscotch Frosting

A Few Non-Traditional Takes on Traditional Mother’s Day Gifts
Ras El Hanout , Our House Recipe

Preserved Kumquats
After School Snack Science: Making Homemade Yogurt, Greek Yogurt, and Probiotic Whey Lemonade With The Kids
It’s Lilac Season Again!
Last Post of the School Year: Rhubarb and Pineapple-Sage Simple Syrup and Tart Apricot Brown Sugar St. Germain Syrup