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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Celebrating end of summer with a beach picnic in Port Stanley, Ontario

by amanda on September 9, 2013

Our family isn’t big into the “pitch-a-shade-and-stay-for-6-hours-at-the-beach” kinda thing. We prefer a quick escapade for a couple of hours – have a picnic, let the kids dip in, and come back home before everyone gets heat stroke. We are fortunate enough to live a mere 10 minutes from Port Stanley, Ontario and so have the complete luxury of doing just that as often as we’d like.

The Friday of the first week of school, we had what I suspect was our last jaunt of the season. Dinner was pretty simple; carrots and peppers from the garden; boiled eggs; a couple of baguettes, and some pepperoni sticks. I’m not sure anyone minded – they were too busy running after seagulls and doing cartwheels.I always forgot how mesmerizing the water, sky and sand can be until I come upon it again.

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