Chinese Spring festival in Kaleidoscope

I really love the Chinese New Year festivities, they are absolutely magical.

Via CGTN CHINA and You tube

Dancing with Spring Colours at the opening of the New Year Holiday Spring Festival Gala in China

Via CGTN CHINA and You tube

The Martial Arts spectacle presented by the Henan Shaolin Tagou Schcool is like a human Kaleidoscope of thousands of Martial Arts students in blue, yellow and red colours. 

Via CGTN CHINA and You tube

The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese. This Festival is celebrated all over the world.

Via CGTN CHINA and You tube

The Dragon and Lion Dance acrobats are wishing you a Prosperous and Happy New Year

Via You Tube

GONG XI GONG XI GONG XI NI to all my Chinese friends.

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CHEN KUN is one of the most popular Actor/Singer in China.

Just watched THE RISE OF PHOENIXES on Netflix, I loved it, it is subtitled in English, excellent actors, gorgeous decor, costumes, and cinematography. 

Enjoy my lovelies.

Quick Christmas Decor

I find that decorating my decorative objects with Christmases wreath and decor simplifies my life and is done quickly.

For instance I have this big stone horses head and I crown it with a colourful wreath and multiple pearl necklaces. 

Year after year I hang my lovely angel on my table crystal chandelier.

Made a special laurel wreath with a bit of pink glitter for my Plâtre de Paris bust, she is ready to party.


Found these cute acrobatic angels at Home sense a few years ago, and I love hanging them on my big silvery candlesticks. They are singing I am almost there and ready for Christmas.

 

Queen Nefertiti really deserves a crown made out of a few artificial flowers and leaves from the Dollar store, 

This Child bust likes the brilliance of a gold wreath.

 

My Ikea topiaries enjoy a few Christmas balls and a small musical golden angel.

This cute golden putti is holding a miniature angel orchestra decorated with a musical note ribbon

Enjoy your Christmas my lovelies

Please don’t give me a cup for Christmas

Christmas gifts under $20.00

From amazon a Nana note-book with funny saying for  $10,62 CDN  I am a Nana so this would be my first choice.

Amazon Guitar picks flowers for Geoffrey, Why not flowers for a man $9.99 CDN

Indigo fur-trimmed reading socks so comfy for lazing around on a Sunday $17.25 CDN

Imagine a fireplace with Indigo Crackling firewood candle for $14.00CDN

Relax your brain with ”Crazy Rich Asian” the book at Indigo for $11.92 CDN

Cook with Lisa Dawn Bolton ”On Board” book at Indigo for $15.00 CDN

A white mini waffle maker for an intimate Christmas Holiday morning breakfast

at Crate and Barrel for $19.95 CDN

A layered  Mason Jar cookie mix to bake with your grand children. Crate and Barrel for $12.59 CDN

Just discovered the Japanese boutique Miniso, it is colourful and very reasonably priced. Sports bottle for $12.99 CDN Miniso has opened boutiques in 70 countries

 

Pink and turquoise Selfie Extensions for $3.99

Pink cooking frying pans 

Pink little piggy kitchen accessories for 3.99 at Miniso 

 Paw patrol tuques and gloves for little girls and boys 

Very cute iPhone cases Bare bears

Wine drip ring for a Hostess gift or Christmas stuffer $2.99

Pretty black Hooks for all uses, kitchen, bathroom, mud room 

Witty reading lamps  from $12.99 to $14.99

By the way if you insist on giving me a cup, I prefer Royalty cups like King Elvis cup or

Queen E of England cup or my grandchildren photo cups.

There is stil time for Christmas shopping gifts, small prices and big effect my lovelies

Last minute Hanukkah table decorations

Run, run and get your Hanukkah blue and white table decorations.

Pinterest has great Hanukkah decorations ideas  https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/390828073887784036/ You can buy lots of  blue and silver balls at a dollar store and line them up as a center piece on your table.

The meaning of Hanukkah the Festival of light by Mayim Bialik

This elegant  Menorah at Crate and Barrel  can become your traditional Menorah on sale for 49.97 CAD (only pick up at stores) Let your contemporary pattern Blue and white Hanukkah plate become your traditional plates. On sale at Crate and Barrel for 7..97 CAD (in stores) 4 Blue and white napkins with same pattern as your plate, on sale at Crate and Barrel for 29.97 CAD (in stores) Hanukkah platter on sale at Crate and Barrel for 29.97 CAD (in stores)

Blueish wine glasses at Stokes for 6.99

Via Pinterest

Filling up your glass vases with blue silver and white balls is most effective for a very low price

Via Pinterest  A few white flowers mixed with glass bowls of chocolate Gelt is always a happy Hanukkah decoration

HAPPY HANUKKAH MY FRIENDS MAY THE LIGHT BE WITH YOU ALL

Stay tuned next week we will find all kinds and all priced Christmas gifts for you my lovelies.

ASAP Thanksgiving dishes

 

Simple Last minute recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Adding a little colour and freshness to the boring month of November with this orange and fennel salad.

Vinaigrette is made with orange juice, oil and balsamic vinegar,

 

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Cream cheese and mashed potatoes

Directions

  1. Heat refrigerated potatoes according to package directions. Transfer warm potatoes to a serving bowl.
  2. Stir in cheese and parsley. If desired, sprinkle with French-fried onions. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until cranberry skins begin to burst. Taste and add more molasses, if necessary. Top with watercress, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. Cover and chill any leftover sauce up to 2 days.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Directions

  1. In medium saucepan combine pumpkin, unsweetened coconut milk, beans, broth, and sage. Heat through.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with black peppercorns. Drizzle with lime. Makes 4 servings.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN THE USA

 

Thirty shades of Orange

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

Photos decogirlmontreal

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

Via Paint me Pink

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Au Natural with pinecone wreaths and pinecones all over.

Via Shades of Blue

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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.

Via Cherished Bliss

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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

Via House Beautiful

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

Photo via http://www.rtl.fr/

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

Via Better Homes and Gardens

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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.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

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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.

Via Martha Stewart photo Clive Streeter

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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.

Via Food Network

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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/

Via Martha Stewart

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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.