The year was 1972 and I remember my brother was going to see Led Zeppelin, the coolest band on earth.  Led Zeppelin rolled through my hometown of Montreal that year and I wanted to go.  Of course I was only 8 years old so that was out of the question.  My brother and his friends went and I thought he was the luckiest guy on earth.  I remember when my brother brought the LP home,  I scanned it from front to back and I loved every single song on the album, especially “Stairway to Heaven”.   I envisioned Robert Plant on stage, dressed in white with a giant stairway behind him leading to “some place in the big sky” while he sang “and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”  Don’t forget Jimmy page – the coolest guitarist ever.   My memory might be sketchy but I recall asking my brother, when he got home from the concert, if Robert Plant was dressed in white!  President Obama honoured the legendary band at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors along with Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova and David Letterman.  Ann and Nancy Wilson did a tribute to Led Zeppelin by performing “Stairway to Heaven.”  This has to be the most beautiful tribute ever to a group of talented legendary musicians.   Can’t imagine the pressure of performing this song in front of the President and Led Zeppelin.  The guitarist was under no pressure either.   Funny thing – I showed my husband the video and he said he always thought they were a bunch of long-haired hippies!  Maybe but talented hippies!  Enjoy below – from the days when you had to have talent to be famous!


chicken pot pie

Are you still eating turkey two days after Christmas?   Here’s a recipe to get rid of a bunch of turkey at one time – recipe and pictures are from food.com.  Recipe is also for chicken pot pie – I added turkey instead and a few of my own spices as well.   I didn’t have time to make a crust nor did I have a frozen pie shell in my freezer, so I cut up the rest of the croissants I had and layered them on the top – turned out really good – trick – I made sure I cooked the veggies on top of the stove until they were soft – not as much cooking time needed in the oven.  That way the croissant topping didn’t get too crusty!

Chicken pot pie (or Turkey pot pie at Christmas)

1cup potato, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
1/3 cup melted margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
2 pie crusts (either store bought or your own recipe)

1.Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Saute onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in margarine for 10 minutes.

3.  Add flour to sauteed mixture, stirring well, cook one minute stirring constantly.

4.  Combine broth and half and half.

5.  Gradually stir into vegetable mixture,

6. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.

7. Stir in salt and pepper; add chicken and stir well.

8. Pour into shallow 2 quart casserole dish and top with pie shells.

9. Cut slits to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly and cooked through.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/delicious-chicken-pot-pie-10744?oc=linkback


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With all the fuss and running about  – the little drummer boy brings us to the simplicity of Christmas  – a little boy and his drum.  My favourite Christmas carol is Silent Night but the little drummer boy always makes me smile as this was my father’s favourite Christmas song.  Every time I hear it I think of the smile on his face when this song played on the radio.  Merry Christmas everyone, hold your family long and tight…Pa rum pum pum pum….

Come they told me

Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born King to see

pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring

Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the kIng

Pa rum pum pum pumrum pum pum pumrum pum pum pum

So to honor Him

Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come Little baby

Pa rum pum pum pum

I am a poor boy too

Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring

Pa rum pum pum pum

That’s fit to give our King

Pa rum pum pum pum,rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you

Pa rum pum pum pum

On my drum

Mary nodded

Pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time

Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for Him

Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for Him

Pa rum pum pum pum,rum pum pum pum,rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me

Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum

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All pictures taken from Etsy….



A few pictures from Christmas past.  Some wonderful memories, ones to cherish forever.  Wishing you and your family many wonderful memories this Christmas and  a New Year filled with hope, health and happiness.


Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift…..

2 Corinthians 9:15


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Now if you got here thinking you would see naked old men, I’m sorry to have disappointed you.  Vintage balls as in Vintage Christmas balls.  I saw in “Life as a thrifter” an interesting idea what you could do with Vintage Christmas decorations and I was thrilled to realize that I had already come up with my own unique idea using everything I had in the house.  I really did – Life a s thrifter did not inspire me, I came up with this idea all by myself.  I have a little vintage corner as you see below:


A few vintage items mixed in with a new modern Ikea lamp sitting on top of a vintage sewing machine.  I decided to hang a few vintage balls, my mom used on our Christmas tree when I was a child, on an un-used jewellery stand I had hanging around my room.  I think it looks pretty good  – I didn’t have to spray paint anything just hung the balls!  Mind you, I do like the silver colour “Life as a thrifter” chose for her project…mmmm.. .. Maybe next year…Enjoy….



chicken soupThere is really no recipe involved – this is something I throw together on a whim and depending on what night I’m simmering this soup, you will taste something different every time.  To start off –  whenever I buy one of those pre-cooked chickens in the grocery store for a quick meal, I always take the carcass, freezer bag it and throw it in the freezer.  I do the same thing with the turkey carcass at Christmas.  I never feel like chicken or turkey soup just after I’ve finished eating the meat, I freeze it for later.  This past weekend, Monday and today, the stomach flu has spread like wildflower through our house.    Tonight we were all just beginning to get our appetite back and we  felt like soup.  In the freezer I had a frozen chicken carcass and voila – homemade chicken soup.    Below the steps:

Fill the pot with water so it covers the frozen carcass and boil until meat comes off the bones.

Strain the broth into a pot, separate good meat and add to the broth.

Cut up the vegetables you want to use – tonight I used red pepper, green onion, celery and fresh carrots and carrot tops.

Add more water and a can of vegetable or chicken broth.

Add a handful of pasta or rice

Add spices – poultry, sage, salt and pepper or whatever you fancy – tonight I used just a pinch of chilli powder..

Simmer until vegetables are soft and pasta or rice is cooked – voila – homemade soup in no time!

The picture above is not mine so I have to share the link – who can argue with Rachael Ray – her 30 minute chicken soup looks pretty damn good  – No carcass in the freezer – try Rachael’s 30 minute chicken noodle soup….


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Christmas.   Christmas to me is a celebration, a celebration of life and new beginnings.  Celebration of Jesus’ birth, sharing his  love for us to one another and let’s not forget peace on earth.  I love giving gifts, especially to see a child’s face light up upon receiving a gift they’ve been waiting for.  I love hanging around the house with my family watching Christmas movies, new ones and oldies.  This is why it’s hard for me to admit that at times I can hardly wait until Christmas is over.  I hate consumerism, hate shopping malls, hate waiting in lineups to see fake Santa (thankfully I don’t do this anymore), hate when people run me over with buggies while I’m shopping and don’t even bother to apologize.  I have this peaceful, lovely Christmas in my head and then I get out of my house into reality and everything annoys me.   I try not to spend too much time in the shopping malls, I write everything I need and fast speed through the stores and get everything in one day.

Christmas can be stressful on relationships as well, especially relationships amongst family members where things are strained to begin with, then add Christmas and the expectations of Christmas – one big headache.  We have experienced this situation in our family.  Family members that we don’t really see all year and when we do see them the situation is definitely strained.   I’m not sure what went wrong but it’s one of those situations where it’s pretty obvious that things have taken a downer;  nothing has really happened, no fight, no exchange of words but the whole relationship is one of forcefulness when we get together.  I have many theories and if  I could say it in one word it would be –  alienation!   Now let’s throw Christmas at this relationship and we’re getting together to exchange gifts and being, I’ll say it, very phony.  Pretty much Christmas day was the only day we saw these family members and every year the visit got shorter and shorter.  I drew the line to the big happy party the year that the guests’ coats didn’t even come off during our annual visit and someone kept looking at their watch and declaring “we have to go,” took their gifts and went.  The visit lasted all of twenty minutes.   After they left my husband and I got into a fight because quite frankly we were both upset, I was upset about the insulting behavior and he didn’t know what to say.  I had plenty to say and wanted to hear him say the same thing,  which led to a fight  -tis the season to be jolly, fa la, la,la,la,la,la,la…   The next year I told my husband that I simply could not do the whole  happy family scene anymore and that we had to put a stop to the madness.  He was  a little stressed and said “how am I supposed to handle this one?”  Neither one of us want the door closed to these family members and I suggested that he  tell them that they are more than welcome to come by for the annual Christmas visit, but it seemed silly to exchange gifts as we don’t see each other all year.   This is what he did and last year our annual Christmas visit didn’t happen.  Even though this is a frustrating situation we are thankful and blessed  to have  friends  and family that we spend time with throughout the year and when we visit at Christmas, it’s more than a 20 minute visit.  I really think everyone has to work at getting rid of tensions from their lives, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.   I know I’m not the only one who has a crazy Christmas family story – I think most people have similar stories.  The fact is life is too short and if someone doesn’t appreciate you or doesn’t like you for whatever reason, you’ve tried to rectify the relationship and it’s not working, get out of the situation, move on, even if it’s Christmas, don’t settle for less just because it’s Christmas.  You never have to accept rudeness in any relationship.   Christmas is a time for happiness, celebration, peace and tranquility.  Keep it that way and spend the time with people who truly enrich your life and while you’re at it – keep away from those crazy malls.

I’ll leave you with a few pics around the house decorated for Christmas.  I like very simple decorations at Christmas, my husband likes lots of decorations so we compromise – he decorates at Halloween and I take Christmas – it works – he can go overboard at Halloween with all his ghosts and goblins and I can go subtle at Christmas with my angels, nativity and Santa.  Enjoy the coming days, may there be peace and tranquility in your house and hearts this Christmas.