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Make Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam

Hello, again! And again! There are certain things we do over and over, because, well, they are fantastic! Today, we’re making our famous Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce and Carrot Cake Jam to serve at the holidays and to give away as last minute gifts, you know, for the whozits and whatsits who show up at […]

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Make Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh, this is going to be a good day!  You’re going to want to twirl and tap a tap tap! Today’s the day we make Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies! Can you handle it? Prepare to be amazed by our fantastic peanut butter cookies, dipped in chocolate and, if desired, covered in toasted coconut or […]

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Stocking Stuffers: Design Your Own Playing Cards

The kids have really been enjoying their card games this year, especially Pinochle.  So, I thought, why don’t I get them some holiday playing cards? Well, beware the Google… Look out, kids! Run! It’s the giant U. S. Game Systems’ Santa with a mistletoe whip and a cone of flame! After looking at that, I […]

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Donate to the WWF

It’s a giving day here at the Lunchbox Season. Today, we’ll donate to the WWF.   We wholly support the mission of WWF: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable. […]

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Create an Elaborate Christmas Colouring Page

Alright, so the kids have been attracted to those elaborate colouring books “for adults” that have been on the teaser tables at bookstores large and small. The publishers claim that the whole process of filling in these elaborate colouring pages is supposed to be like knitting or meditation, a work to soothe the soul. I’m not sure […]

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Rewrite the Song of the Summer as a Holiday Carol

Every year, as part of our Daily Advent Calendar, we write a holiday carol. One of our favourites was our rewrite of “Moves Like Jagger” as “Moves Like Santa” from a few years back. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to come up with that idea. Case in point, this youtube video and this one. Speaking of Santas […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Family Book Exchange

Today is the first day of December, and, for many, the easiest day to think of as the first day in Advent. Of course, we started our annual online Family Advent Calendar on Sunday. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a second kick-off event on December 1st, is there? And, what would be better for […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Make Italian Lemon Knots

It’s the last day of November and the second day of Advent! There’s no better way to kiss this month goodbye AND to welcome the Christmas season than to make a classic cookie! My Nana made the best Italian Lemon Knots. Just after Blaise and I got married, I visited her for a week and took advantage […]

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Family Advent Calendar 2015 : Family Tree Trimming Party

The Lunchbox Season’s Family Advent Calendar Is Back! This is our fifth and, perhaps, final year of Adventing! So, get ready for a wild ride! Welcome to Advent 2015! It’s the first Sunday in Advent. And, we’re starting it off in style! Family Tree Trimming Party Alright, lovelies, it’s time to get out the ornaments, […]

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Advent 2015 Love To Do List

Alright, folks, to celebrate our FIFTH YEAR OF “ADVENTING,” we’re doing something we’ve never done before… That’s right, brother, it’s okay to try something new! We’re going to be giving you a preview all of the things that are going to appear on our virtual Advent Calendar from November 29th to December 24th!   Okay, sister, now, […]

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Our Yule Log Recipe Featured on Huffington Post Canada Living!

Great news! Our Yule Log Recipe, Hazelnut Bûche de Noël, was Featured on Huffington Post Canada Living as part of their sponsored feature on taking a new twist on tradition, Inventing a Holiday Dish for the Ages! Click on the screen shot below and check out all of the amazing recipes! And, be sure to join us […]

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Reinventing a Holiday Classic : Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël

Now featured on Huffington Post Canada Living During the first year of The Lunchbox Season, as part of our Daily Family Advent Calendar, I posted my family’s Classic Chocolate Bûche de Noël recipe. Each year since, the kids and I have done our best to come up with a modern twist on this holiday classic. We’ve made an amazing Cannoli Bûche de […]

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

It’s that time of year…..Well, almost! Put a star on it, Bumble! Our annual online Family Advent Calendar begins on Sunday, November 29, 2015. So, get ready for a super-fun activity designed for you and yours presented daily, from the start of Advent to Christmas Eve! Oh, and we’ve got a pair of special previews planned.  Thanks […]

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Homemade Personalized Stationery

‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished… That when your child travels far away… She will write you [and the rest of the house staff] a newsy letter. When I was about Bea’s age, perhaps a little younger, my Aunt Peg sent me a pile of ’80’s carnation pink stationery, [think Pantone Honeysuckle…It was soooo […]

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

This is what I imagine I look like when I’m standing around dreaming about Butter Tarts… Plain! Mmm, with Pecans, sweetheart! Oh! With Cherries and Candied Ginger! The other day, when the kids wanted to host a Tea Party for themselves and their stuffed animals [i.e. when, sick of overprocessed Halloween junk, they wanted an excuse to […]

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Congratulations, Plenty!

Congratulations are in order for Nathalie Foy, Beth-Anne Jones, and Carol Chandran on the launch of their online magazine, Plenty, this week. After celebrating their five year anniversary as 4Mothers1Blog, these multi-talented writer-editors decided to expand their spheres of influence and of interest and change over into magazine format. Plenty is an on-line lifestyle and parenting website. […]

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A Few Repurposed Screen Time Rants and Prescriptions

Hello! And Happy November! Did you have a fab Halloween?  I thought about going as one of these guys…I mean, books. We thought we’d start out November, a rather cheeky month, by all accounts, by repurposing some good old Screen Time Rants and Prescriptions for your enjoyment! Now, you must know we’re not espousing that you get the […]

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