WHY GEZELLIG?

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.

Holiday Cards

19.11.2015

So…something I’ve done in my head a thousand times before….finally put pen to paper (so to speak) and made some holiday greeting cards. Pretty happy with the result! I worked with a local printer and got some great paper. The design uses metallic ink. The result was pretty fab. The whole process reminded me how […]

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Kitchen Reno Part Two

19.11.2015

Although I still love love love our kitchen, my loyalty stops at the desk area. We’ve had a pathetic excuse for a “drop zone/family office” for 3 years now. See below. The pile of junk is a never-ending struggle, and I realize this will never change. However, I am keen to at least get some […]

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What’s in a word?

05.11.2015

I’ve already explained to you why I chose the dutch word, “Gezellig”, for this blog. If you don’t recall, I’ll restate it here (my words): 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 […]

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DIY Design

07.10.2015

Two things that got me thinking about how the world is changing. In every way, there is so much DIY design happening: in music, books, and art. No longer are these industries reserved just for the pros and big publishing/recording companies: the available tools and learning that’s happening out there is slowly changing the way […]

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[re]launch of Professional Website

30.09.2015
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You know the old saying that the last project a contractor will do is his/her own house? Well, in terms of revamping my site, I couldn’t have put it off much longer than I did. Although I really loved my old site, I began to realize, from a marketing point of view, it was somewhat confusing. […]

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Fall Equinox Harvest Dinner

22.09.2015
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Our neighbour farmers over at Wildflowers Tea Farm hosted a most spectacular outdoor dinner last weekend. Despite the brutally ominous weather, we were treated to a wonderful evening of music, food and great company. The meal was entirely plant-based and was exclusively supplied by our farm, Common Ground! I tried my best to mix business […]

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The ruins of St. Thomas

18.09.2015
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St. Thomas was once a stately city; situated equidistant between New York and Chicago, it once housed a large complex of factories and services for the booming train industry. Sadly, its time has long past and we are left with the remnants of a city that once was. Luckily, there are some plucky citizens that […]

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Creative Mornings in Toronto

25.08.2015
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I’m on my way! To quote Creative Mornings themselves: About CreativeMornings In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and […]

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Londonpreneur video aka me on TV!

10.08.2015
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So a few weeks ago I saw a call for participants for a local podcast called “Londonpreneurs”. Happily I filled out the form and submitted. I heard back from them a couple of days later and they accepted by submission. “Please come for the video taping at such-and-such a time…” WHAAT??! Here I was thinking […]

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The myth of 350 degrees

05.08.2015
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You know what I’ve learned in 21 years of cooking since leaving the (sigh) amazing flavours and tastes of home? That nothing ever truly delicious comes from middle ground. When I first began cooking, I would read a recipe that inspired me, and dutifully preheat the oven to 350 because that’s what pretty much every […]

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