Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas!


Each year, I celebrate Christmas more than I celebrate any of my Hindu celebrations. Though we are not a Christian family, the season is magical, and the spirit is  contageous.

This year I did something a little different. One of my closest friends often spends this weekend with us, as her family lives far away. Last night, my sister and I decided to accompany her to the Christmas service at the local Anglican Church. I always enjoy the atmosphere of place of worship, but actually participating in the service was an amazing experience. The service itself was great. There was a 7 peice band and a choir, and we all stood up and sang with them. Similar to bhajans, everyone got up, people clapped along, and it was extremely involving. We then read a passage of the Bible, and I was expecting the priests sermon to be very serious. It was nothing like what I expected! He was relatively young, and the sermon related the passage to things that all of us face.

The lesson that the preist wanted to get across, was that we all have fear. Whether it be fear of not paying the next credit card bill, fear of being abandoned, fear of performing etc. If you take all the fear and its associated negative feelings, and replace it with the goodness of god, the world would be a happier place.

We then did communion, where we walked up and accepted a peice of bread dipped in red wine, representing the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This was followed by a Candlelight service where everyone sang Silent Night with nothing but the candles.

Here is the video that they showed us of the Christmas Story. Merry Christmas!

7 days of Christmas Day 6- Pineapple Upside Down Cake


My mom made this pineapple upside down cake with the help of my sister and myself for a Christmas gathering last weekend. My mom has used this recipe throughout our childhood, and it’s always been a huge hit. If you expand the second image, you can see the recipe that we used, straight from my mom’s old recipe book.

For the Christmas season, I decided to give myself a french manicure. I had a lot of fun using nailpolish to decorate my thumb with a snow flake.

For my fun Christmas sight, I thought I’d attach this picture of my friend’s dog Caeser. Christmas isn’t only for humans it seems!

7 days of Christmas Day 5- Cake Pops!


Last weekend my friend came over and she brought her cake-pop machine. She also pre mixed everything we needed to make the cake pops, so we just put it all together like we were professional chefs. The results were SO awesome, and were perfectly in theme with our blue and silver Christmas party. For the stand, we wrapped up a styrofoam board in wrapping paper.

Here is our blue and silver Christmas tree! We always sort our ornaments before we put them on the tree, so we get the perfect colour balance :)

7 Days of Christmas Day 4- Christmas Cookie Cutter Cookies


Last week, for a small Christmas gathering we had at home, my sister and I made nearly 100 cookie cutter cookies for gifts bags, and party snacking. These cookies were the BEST sugar cookies i’ve had, and the icing turned out great! I used THIS recipe, and used simple cookie cutters that I got from Walmart.

In my modified recipe I used 50% of the egg quantity, and used the following ‘egg recipe’ for the rest:

1 egg = 2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp oil + 2 tsp baking powder

The cookie dough MUST be refridgerated over night. I wrapped the dough in wax paper, and then secured it with cling wrap to make it air tight. When working with the dough the next day, we kept it in room temperature for 1/2 an hour or so before starting, but it was still hard. We used a knife to cut the dough into slabs, kneaded the dough, then we rolled it on a powdered surface.

Once you get the hang of it it’s extremely quick and easy, and the results are professional!

To make the icing, we used the following recipe

1 cup icing sugar + 3 teaspoons milk + 2 teaspoon light corn syrup.

I didn’t have corn syrup at home, so I made some myself. I boiled 1 part water, then added two parts powdered sugar (NOT icing sugar). I boiled it until the sugar dissolved, then added a few drops of vanilla extract. I doubled the icing quantity and it was good for about 20 cookies.

From the picture above, you can also tell that we made a batch of ‘Smore’s cookies‘.

Outside this gorgeous white tree in the Downtown Path, many pretty tables have been set up where anyone is free to enjoy their lunch. Almost every day this week, there has been live music entertaining all those who pass by.

7 Days of Christmas Day 3- Bulk Christmas Cards!


This year my sister and I went on a Christmas card rampage! It all started when my coworker “K” spotted this fun wrapping paper at this  store called “essence du papier”. After a huge hunt for some card paper, I got three huge sheets of navy blue, silver and red paper at Curry’s for only $3.00! My sister and I spent two full evenings making cards for our friends and coworkers. The red and green cards are the ones that we made for corworkers. “K”‘s neat handwriting gave the cards a nice finish I could never get with my chicken scratch :) The cards for our friends were made on the navy blue paper, to match our navy blue and silver Christmas theme.

After two full nights of card making, we were definitely in the christmas spirit. Literally “IN” the christmas spirit. We were COVERED in sparkles!

For the fun sight of the day, here’s some of the snow fall we had last weekend. The snow fall was very light, although it was nice that each snow flake pattern was so distinct. It melted by the end of the day, but it did give us momentary joy.

7 Days of Christmas Day 2- Christmas Cards


Here are some fun results from my final Christmas Card order of the season! These were made using Acrylics and gold pen.

When my sister and I went to lunch this afternoon, we bumped into one of the greatest Christmas sights I’ve seen this year! This little caroling group was singing “Winter Wonderland” in front of one of Toronto’s many Christmas trees. The singing was so beautiful, and the outfits were great!

What have been your favourite Christmas sights this year?

7 Days of Christmas Day 1- Marble Cake


In the 7 days leading up to Christmas, I will be posting 7 fun Christmas creations! For the two Christmas parties I had last weekend, my sister and I made two marble cakes using THIS recipe, replacing unsweetened with sweetened cocoa powder and cutting the sugar by 1/4 cup. They were delicious, albeit a little pale in comparison to the other fancy desserts at party #2.

Two years ago, I spent Christmas and New Years in India. It made me realize how much I absolutely love the Christmas season in Toronto. To appreciate all the effort people put into bringing magic into the city, I’ll try to post a picture of a fun Christmas sighting each day.

Here’s a little Toronto for you to enjoy. This the rotating Swarovski tree at Eaton Centre. There are no words to describe how awesome (or expensive) it is.