Lunares Ornaments

Crown Peace

I love these Christmas ornaments by Lunares Home via ShopBop. Gold, white and/or silver is a super fresh combo and would look fab on any tree. My favs are the Crown Peace and Wishbone ornaments. These would make great hostess gifts! And from $15 - $26 you can't go wrong!

J xx

Wish Star




Smitten with Deb

Last night I met Deb Perelman - the cutest cook and author of the world famous Smitten Kitchen blog and now - cookbook!  The Cookbook Store hosted a book signing last night to celebrate the launch of Deb's long awaited book.  I'm happy to report that Deb is the most adorable person!  It was fun to hear her speak about her success as a blogger, her hits and misses along the way, and her experiences in creating her first cookbook.  She was so real and witty, and confessed to not being the biggest fan of eating fish.  I love that Deb is a self-proclaimed picky eater and yet, is respected as a first-rate cook and admired by her 5 million monthly blog readers for her delicious and unique recipes.  

During the Q&A, Deb was asked how she comes up with so many new recipes, and her answer was amusing. She said she often thinks of recipe ideas while running errands, like the other day when she was in her car and suddenly thought about how much she loves eating rye bread with her eggs, and wondered why English muffins weren't made of rye.  Such a simple idea, but proof that sometimes the simple ideas can be the best ones.  For the record - I also prefer rye bread with my eggs!

All that said, I'm happy to own a hardbound collection of Deb's unique (easy!) recipes.  I'm excited to try her cheddar swirl breakfast buns, tomato scallion shortcakes with whipped goat cheese, and her popcorn cookies, to name just a few.  And despite her success as a famous blogger and author, wife and mom - all pale in comparison to perhaps her greatest accomplishment yet - getting me to cook!  Well done, Deb. Well done.

J xx

At long last!

My friend Jenn and I - happy campers to meet Deb!

Isn't she the cutest?!

Deb, signing my book!


Purple for the Holidays

Indigo, Toronto Eaton Center

So, my man told me that purple is 'in' this year for the Holidays, and I scoffed and said, "what do you know, you're a dude!"  Well, perhaps I've been a bit hasty.  I snapped this photo today of a holiday vignette showcasing seasonal decor at Indigo, and as you can see - purple's looking rather dashing.  When paired with gold, purple looks even better and can make for a very pretty Christmas.  Now, purple's not my colour for the holidays, but it may be yours - and I don't blame you!

J xx

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