Tag Archives: Christmas

5 Places For Christmas Dinner in Toronto 2017

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Trying to avoid cooking a big feast on Christmas day? Would you prefer going out with family and leaving the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to someone else? Here are 5 places for Christmas Dinner in Toronto for 2017:

1) Cafe Boulud

The fancy Cafe Boulud inside The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto will be serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu for $107. Make sure to book early as spots will fill up quick. The main course includes an option of turkey, scallops, venison, fish or pasta. See more from our visit! (more…)

This Beautiful Day’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping. I love getting it all done ahead of time so I can spend most of December just enjoying the holiday and not rushing from store-to-store.

Here are a few unique and interesting things someone on your wishlist might love! (more…)

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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I originally shared this recipe last year, but thought it would be good timing for me to re-post again as everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season and Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is on the horizon and American Thanksgiving is not far behind. I’m already collecting recipes for things I might want to cook for the big feast. I thought I would share my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce for those of you also planning ahead. It is so easy to make, that you’ll never want to open a can again.

This year, my parents are flying into Portland for a visit and staying for about 3-4 weeks to baby-sit BINGO while we have a bit of traveling booked on our calendar. So we will likely do a very small celebration in the city with the four of us before Paul and I head out to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Zion National Park + Bryce Canyon!

Gobble gobble! Bookmark, pin or print this recipe for your Thanksgiving menu.

Bring to boil 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved before you add ONE 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries.

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Simmer for 8-10 minutes until the cranberries begin to burst (more…)

French Canadian Tourtiere Meat Pie Recipe

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One of my all-time favourite winter traditions is making a tourtiere for dinner.

We usually make one for Christmas Eve and it’s a traditional French Canadian meat pie with mashed potatoes, onions and spices. It’s SO good that I thought that it was worth making again after the holidays as a winter comfort food idea. You could even re-create my holiday brunch if you’d like! (more…)

Happy Holidays from This Beautiful Day!

Ace Hotel Portland

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here!

It’s a race to the finish line for us as we are closing on our new house just a few days before Christmas. I am super excited to move in, get decorating and finally figure out what we need to get this place up and running on airbnb.

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I’ll be taking a small blogging break to rest, recharge and strategize for 2017. I’m always panicked that my blog traffic will disappear – but it turns out everyone is out-of-the-office and relaxing with friends and family as well!

I decided to take a blogging break every year because I find I’m completely refreshed and ready-to-go when January rolls around. Look for new blog posts coming your way on Monday January 2nd, 2017. (more…)

How To Create An Easy + Relaxed Holiday Brunch

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Brunch is one of my favorite meals and I love having the time to put in a little extra care and effort this time of year for a full-on holiday brunch for friends and family. I definitely want things to be special, but at the same time – I like to keep things easy, simple and relaxed.

If you’re hosting a holiday brunch for your own family, here are 5 easy holiday brunch ideas and recipes to get you inspired! (more…)