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The Hap-Hap-Happiest.


Managed to ease into the holidays with low stress & the idea that if I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, to move along.There is ALWAYS a moment where you feel like this. With help from Dillon’s Gin and minimal ice storm impact, I was feelin’ good, my friends.

Woke up to find the Cold Specks album under my tree. Me oh my, that voice. I have loved almost everything that has come from the Arts & Crafts Toronto based label, come to think of it.

Paid a visit to our friend Karen down @ Primitives Antiques for the annual Open House.

The shop is located behind her farmhouse in the lush corners of Gasline (between Port Colborne & Ridgeway/Stevensville).

I want to be here always – this place is beautiful.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Shortbread…

After 2 failed attempts, I was saved by a friend (as usual). Shortbread is one temperamental cookie.

Deb’s Shortbread


1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 300°

Combine ingredients & mix with a wooden spoon or by hand until the mixture is a buttery dough (it will happen I swear!).  Cover dough & let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Roll into 1 1/2″ balls, gently press and place on parchment paper.

Gently flatten with a spoon (not too much, the thicker the better)

Before the oven, let them set in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bottoms are brown.

Leave on the pan to cool.

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