Up until this week, we've pretty much avoided all signs of a real Canadian winter. It's been cool, rainy and wet and we definitely did not have a white Christmas.
However, the snow never stays away for long around here and sure enough, winter has arrived full force here near Toronto.
The boots have come out, the woolly scarves are wrapped and knotted and the dog no longer wants to go on his early morning walk. It's mid-January and it finally feels like winter.
So while the snow and wind rages outside, my family and I have been enjoying all the cosi-ness of home.
Joining in once again with Amy's "Five on Friday," I would love to share five photos that illustrate the week that has been.
Number One: Quiet Book Time
Every night at about 7pm, the whole family sits down quietly in the family room and enjoys an hour of reading time all together. Snacks are allowed but they have to be prepared before 7pm so that food prep does not cut into the time meant for books. We sometimes have complaints because the kids would rather be on the Wii or building with Lego, but usually we can count on all three children to be cuddled up on the sofa with blankets, books and the dog. It's the perfect way to wind down before bed.
Number Two: Flowers "Just Because"
Kevin brought these roses home one day this past week. He said it was for "no reason" but I am sure he realized I was having a grumpy day and that I could really use something beautiful to brighten my spirit. He knows me so well!
Number Three: Strawberry Macarons
My daughter received a macaron baking kit for Christmas from Santa Claus. This past weekend we finally put it to use. Our first attempt was about a 5 out of 10. Half the biscuits stuck to the non-stick silicon baking liner or cracked upon removal. However, they did taste good, had a marvellous texture and were especially delicious sandwiched together with strawberry jam.
Number Four: A New Mug
One can never have too many cute mugs. My hubby might argue otherwise, but really, would you have left this "knitted" mug at the store??
Number Five: Redecorating
Now that the Christmas décor has been put away for over 2 weeks, I am slowly trying to add in some little décor items that will add some pizazz back to the house during these cold and grey days.
I had forgotten that I bought this cute little guy last winter and was pleased as punch to put him out again on my simple winter mantel.
Do you have plans for your weekend?
How are you staying warm during these cold, wintr'y days?
I just heard about a Danish bakery in a nearby town and we'll be heading there for brunch on the weekend. Other than that, we'll stay close to home, perhaps wear our pajamas all day.
We've also planned an "Alan Rickman" movie party. So sad to hear of his death today. Our first 2 films will be "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and then "Sense and Sensibility." If time allows we'll also view at least one Harry Potter film, too.
Wishing you the loveliest of weekends!