Thirty shades of Orange

The color orange is often associated with pumpkins, this is how I see this color, what about you?

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Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, the color orange and pumpkins are a perfect match

 

The Atwater market celebrates Thanksgiving with its variety of pumpkins and squashes.

The colorful mums of fall are such a treat.

 

Mix your Pumpkins with your mums and be happy

 

Be bold and introduce the color orange in your own home.

 

The color orange can be quite vivifying. 

 

Orange background for your books.

 

A touch of squash in your bedroom.

 

A small corner with the color orange.

 

It’s beginning to look like Christmas

Run run it is never too late, let’s decorate and celebrate.

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The more Gold the Merrier. Decor Suzanne Vachon

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Au Natural with pinecone wreaths and pinecones all over.

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Sleeping with a Christmas tree in your bedroom can be magical.

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Red and gold Christmas tree decorations are eternal.

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Yes you can do it on the piano. Make your Christmas decor musical.

HAVE THE MERRIEST OF CHRISTMAS MY LOVELIES

The role of Cranberries at Christmas

Simple cranberries can turn into a fabulous Christmas decor and yummy foods.

Photo via http://www.lapresse.ca/

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Cranberry field in St. Louis de Blandford.

Celebrating Christmas with Cranberries is colourful and part of history.  in the 17th Century, the American Indian Algonquian introduced Cranberries to the English Settlers in Massachusetts, and we have been cultivating them and eating them since. Another name for Cranberry is Atoka. In France we call them Airelle.

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The cranberry harvest in the Island of Nantucket by painter Jonathan Eastman Johnson  1880

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Now we are talking, Champagne and frozen Cranberries for a Merry Christmas.

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7742899471_the-cranberriesIrish rock Group ”The Cranberries” You can also accompany your Champagne and Cranberries with the Irish rock group music of the Cranberries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yam5uK6e-bQ

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Making Topiary Balls with Cranberries and leaves.

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Plaid table runner from Pottery Barn and a center piece made out of Cranberries, pine cones,candles and candy canes.

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Add Snow wonder instant snow to a glass vase, a wide candle and Cranberries, that’s it your table will look super festive.

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Use a cake plate and add small trees and vases with cranberries, a few branches and silver and gold Christmas ornaments. Home sense usually had cake plates during the Holidays.

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Topiaries made out of Cranberries. Use a foam ball (Dollar Store) toothpicks that you insert in fresh Cranberries and deposit each topiary on top of some glasses or candle holders  to obtain different height.

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Of course you can also make Martha’s quick Cranberry Sauce.

https://www.ricardocuisine.com

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Ricardo’s Cranberry muffins are to die for.

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Fifty things you can make with Cranberries. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-things-to-make-with-cranberries.page-2.html

This humble fruit is really something to talk about.

How to celebrate 2016 year of the monkey

For the year of the monkey, I would favor a buffet dinner party this year. I gathered a few ideas for you, let’s try to keep it simple.

For Starters

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A bit of champagne is always a good idea, you can get these Hederlig champagne glasses for 2.99 at Ikea.

 

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Roasted dates with pancetta and almonds recipe from roasted-dates-with-pancetta-almonds-recipe/ from http://houseandhome.com/

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Buckwheat blinis with smoked salmon http://houseandhome.com/

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Mini Cheese and Chive Puffs from http://houseandhome.com/

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From Martha Honeyed ham with pears and cranberries for recipe go to http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Rib roast with herb crust preparation 15 minutes http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Salmon with brown sugar and mustard glaze http://www.marthastewart.com/

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I definitely would add the Da Fiore Venetian restaurant recipe butternut squash risotto courtesy of chef and owner, writer of ”The Da Fiore cookbook” http://www.marthastewart.com/

A few ideas for your table decorations where ever you are.

I wish you all the ingredients for a GREAT YEAR, HEALTH, LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP.

Enjoy your New Years Eve festivities.

Last minute Christmas shopping in montreal

OOps it is almost Christmas and as usual I am running late for Christmas shopping. I am looking at my list of favorite Boutiques in Montreal and I would like to share my finds with you. Don’t forget to call before you shop to make sure that they still have these items in stock.

Old Montreal http://www.ludovik.ca/ is like the caves of Ali Baba with a zillion things ranging from $5.00 and up. 514-678-6617

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Starting with the eternal scented candles, they are a great gift, we cannot neglect the power of smell. The sense of smell is closely linked to memory, maybe more so than any of our other sense and I believe that Christmas is also about memories.

Votive Scented candles $3.99 to $31.99 for the adult ones.


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Funky Nostalgic Animal Pillows and others, great for your teenager vary from $18.99

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I am thinking of getting this portrait of a Moose for my son louis by Quebec artist

Phuc Nguyen $65.00, anything Moose is very in this year.

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Create your own Puzzle Moose or is it a puzzled Moose. Quite a few moose, they differ in prices.

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From Haïti dozens of decorative animal heads, price vary.

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For my daughter in law Fiona,  an Eiffel Tower, Paris toujours Paris.

$35.00

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For my ex-husband I was thinking of a Jonathan Adler cup $27.95

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I could also get my Ex this brain game, they are 2 Pisces that you have to separate, there is a variety of zodiac signs. $14.95, but you really don’t have to buy your Ex a present, no obligation.

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(Remember this object) For a writer friend, this adorable typewriter porcelain knob. $5.99

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Whales seem to be in also this year. A salt and pepper shaker by Jonathan Adler $55.00

for His and Hers

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For me, a Think outside the box paper holder, to remind me that there is a solution for almost everything.

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For children or adult, a lovely metal box $17.00

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Mobile and tablet scented holder $25.00

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For your office door, a ”I am thinking” sign, ”please be patient”

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A Zipper Ring for your girlfriend’s Christmas stocking from $20.00 to $40.00

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A foxy giant eraser $12.95

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The soft stuffed toys for the little ones (if you can pronounce it) a bit of a tongue twister. $28.99

http://boutiquekokoon.ca/ Bernard Street Outremont 514-4901061

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For my grand-daughter Ella, a beautiful rabbit bamboo blankie (made in Canada) $31.95

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Colourful bibs by Le Baluchon from Montreal $11.00

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Incredible crazy socks for the entire family around $14.95

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Sock it to me socks $14.95

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Moose again, socks $14.95

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For little girls rings and necklaces by Baluchon

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Little girls Rings from $4.00 Baluchon

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School bags and lunch bags from $30.95 (Made in Canada)

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Who would not want an O’ Canada musical box, I certainly do $19.95

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Hey Jude, Beatles’ music box $19.95


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A very girly Alice in wonderland note-book $17.95

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For my sister Louisette Quebec artist Lili Graffiti’s nostalgic Poster

” Live winter in Montreal” $28.00

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An enormous multicoloured dream catcher by Pop Factory Montreal $80.00

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Pac-Man alarm clock $41.95

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A Vegan tote for Fiona who is vegetarian

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For cookie lovers an owl cookie jar. $34.95

For the Foodies http://lerichmond.com/le-richmond-marche-italien/ in Griffintown

514-508-8749

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At Le Marché Italien, you can find anything and everything that a foodie can dream of.  Panettone  from $4.99

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Sophisticated oil, Oils are like wine now, there is a big range of prices.

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Frasier Fir products scented liquid soaps, diffuser anything scented for the kitchen or bathroom.

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Reed diffuser is a super gift for host or hostess or your lover or all your Ers $36.95

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Jams, sauces of all kinds to enhance your meal.

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Always chocolat, chocolat Biologique by Chocolat le comptoir Montreal.


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Natural soaps hand-made in Canada




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Pepper mill made by The Pepin Shop

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Salt box by The Pepin Shop $45.00

https://boutiquelachaumiere.com/ in St. Bruno South shore of Montreal

450-653-2627

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Brigitte Sheddleur $64

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $49.75

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00

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Josh bracelet for men $23.95 leather and stainless steel

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Josh bracelet $69.00

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Meunier Pillows with poems for family and friends $30.00

Boutique La Chaumière carries a multitude of jewels by Quebec Designers for women, men and teenagers.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/

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Don’t forget Indigo, where you can choose marvelous books for all and at the same time you can get very interesting presents such as these Insertia winter gloves that allow interaction on your iPad and iPhone, great for teenagers or me. $13.50

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Back to scented candles perfect Host or Hostess gift $20.00

The boutique of the Museum of fine Arts in Montreal [email protected]
514-285-2000, option 6

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The Museum has also a great children’s books and educational toys section.

TIPS

I would recommend that you keep your last minute shopping for smaller gifts, the less expensive ones. For the bigger presents like for the love of your life, you can always buy something at the last minute, but try to scout a few items before so that you are not in a bind and forced to buy something your will regret.

These choices are from $5.00 to $75.00 except for the big puzzled Moose.

To all my last minute shopper friends, ”MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” and have the Merriest of Christmas

A peek at buildings and homes during the Holidays in Manhattan

From New York with love.

Photos decogirlmontreal

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It was a beautiful festive day in New York, I was happy that we could walk everywhere, this way I could  share with you the magic of Christmas in New York starting with Rockefeller Center. The angels were having a great time playing their trumpet, Saks Fifth Avenue is just across the street with its golden garland.

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Busy time at Salvatore Ferragamo.

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The Peninsula Hotel is also quite attractive with its red decorations.

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Harry Winston Jewelry store is decorated with diamonds of all shapes. Santa was just passing by.

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The magnificent St. Patrick Cathedral is decorated all year round.

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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is of course the bell of the ball.


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If you go to New York during the winter Holidays, make sure you try the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, it is an unforgettable experience.

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Barney’s was luxurious as usual but the window decors tended to be a bit too mechanically inclined to my own taste.

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I am back to my hotel for a short rest before I choose the New York homes of my dreams. This is the view from my room backing these gorgeous classical Manhattan homes.

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I certainly could live in this home with the lovely Christmas wreaths.

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Remember this elegant home for your next Christmas decoration. The stairwell is totally decorated with very light  garlands.

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The Northeners are very much in fashion, I did a little research and found out that these Christmas garlands are effectively made out of Swedish pine.

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Arched windows with Christmas wreaths and flower boxes.


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A Versailles box at the Pierre Hotel

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The decorations of the Versailles box

IMG_0690I could not walk anymore, so I am on my way back to my Hotel, hope you have enjoyed the visit..
If you like New York as much as I do, come back and visit me for more of my NY  I certainly could not get enough of it.

Have a great evening