12 Days Of A Northern Homestead Christmas

This will be the last post of 2013.

With Christmas just a handful of days away, I have to get into uninterrupted overdrive to get everything accomplished.

Meanwhile, I have made a video for you all to enjoy in my virtual absence
(make sure you turn your speakers on).

Merry Christmas to Everyone!  Enjoy the Holidays with your Family and I will see you on or around January 2, 2014!

Oh… Happy New Year too!

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I’m In The Kitchen…

and up to my eyeballs in cookie batter and To-Do lists.  The only thing getting a serious workout this week is Black Beauty (my Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer).

I don’t have a ton of time before the BIG Day(s) next week so I am bowing out of posts until Friday.  You will only be missing one days post ~ tomorrow’s and Friday’s post is a special one.  One that is definitely not to be missed as I am pretty sure I will be nominated for a Screenplay Award for it….so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I need to get back to the kitchen … Read more...

Last Minute Gift Idea For Knitters

This post appeared last December just before Christmas and I am running it again because these knitted slippers are so darn cute and so quick to make, you will have them done in a day.  I am sure there is someone on your list that would really get a kick out of a pair of these…or maybe just for yourself.

Santa Slippers

Not just any slippers either…..but slippers in the likeness of Santa, complete with red nose (from being out in the cold) and white pompom on his hat.  These are just about the cutest things I have seen.  Very … Read more...

Christmas Decor ~ What Type Are You?

Inquiring minds want to know…what colour or theme dominates your Christmas Décor?

Are you a ‘White’ Decorations Person? White Xmas Decor







A ‘Red’ Person? Red Xmas Decor





A ‘Blue’ Person? blue Xmas Decor







Or ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ type person? Coloured Xmas Decor





How about a totally ‘Eclectic-anything- goes-could-be-totally-outrageous’ type person? eclectic Xmas ideas





We are a mix of Colour and slightly Eclectic Décor, mainly because I still display some treasured items the kids hand-made when they were little as well as using almost all the decorations we have … Read more...

I am almost done….

With the Christmas chaos that is.  This time of year requires strength, stamina and fortitude.  Pretty much equal to running a marathon.  Marathons have an official distance of 42.195 kms (26 miles and 385 yards, bizarrely, neither number is rounded), I bet that is how much mileage people put on their feet doing their Christmas shopping.  People train for years to run a marathon.  Some do it only once, but others do it religiously every year, sometimes running several in one year.

Can you imagine going through all the hoopla and hullabaloo of Christmas multiple times in a year?  Call … Read more...

DIY Christmas Greenery

For those that know me, know that I am cheap (um…frugal).   The holidays bring out all kinds of over-priced Christmas decorations with every grocery store or nursery displaying row upon row of urns filled with various plant materials topped off with a bow.

They want a minimum of $40.00 for one of these decorative planters.

Sure, they look fabulous, but I am not parting with 40 bucks on something I can make myself for nothing.  Seriously, at home as well as the Homestead, there are tons of trees and shrubbery around to make use of (and think of it as … Read more...

Next Weeks Menu….

Is on vacation.

Probably until after the New Year.  This is a hectic time of year and with hubby away 2-3 days working in the States,  I don’t feel like making a regular meal just for myself.

I am opting for reheated leftovers, perogies or anything Mexican that I can whip up in between baking batches of cookies and finishing up sewing, knitting and weaving projects.

Tonight will be the standard Friday night Pizza, as hubby would disown me if I tried to make anything else.  He loves his pizza!

Have a good weekend everyone.   If you are heading to … Read more...

Staying Healthy During The Holidays

What is the Hardest Part of the Holidays?

Staying Healthy of course…

As we head into a very stressful time of year with a very hectic schedule ahead.  Make sure you and your family stay healthy over the holiday season by being mindful of holiday stressors that can suddenly creep in to kill the holiday mood.

Fatigue:  Most adults can attest to not getting enough sleep all year long, but throw the madness of holiday time into the mix and you have a good chance of being downright miserable and cranky come December 25th.  So do what I do – … Read more...

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Let the annual Christmas baking season commence!  These buttery cookies were a part of our holiday table when I was little.  A Ukrainian Holiday staple that been made every year since.  If I don’t make them, hubby will pout.  The kids will pout.  My brother will pout.  Everyone will pout and refuse to acknowledge that Christmas is here.

I best get into the kitchen then.  I will share the recipe with you all though, cause it’s Christmas time and I am in a nice, giving mood.


DCF 1.0Christmas Pinwheel Cookies


4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 …

Christmas Cards…

I enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards.  I display them in my living room by attaching them to a long length of 3″ wide decorator ribbon and pinning it on the wall.  Cards make a room look festive all on their own.  I am one of the diehards that still hand writes notes inside Christmas cards every year, and this past weekend I sat down and completed 44 cards to send to family and friends.

Xmas Card imageI still don’t know how I know all these people…some are family, but the rest must be looking for an invite to my Christmas Eve … Read more...