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    A Birthday Dinner at Rosalinda

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    Hello and Happy New Year! Here's hoping that 2019 is a good year for all.

    The holiday season is extra special for us because there are, not one, but, two birthdays to celebrate in there, in addition to all the other good stuff.

    (My man Nick's birthday came first. Unfortunately, he was sick on the day, so we kept it quiet with gifts and cake at home and a promise to go out for a nice dinner once he was feeling better. It was one of those lingering colds that's just clearing up now, so we still haven't made it out for that, but we will.)

    The second important birthday person in our lives is our dear friend Julie. She and I went to a restaurant that neither of us had been to before, where we had a delicious meal accompanied by a nice relaxed stretch of time to talk. It was great!

    Rosalinda is a Mexican restaurant in Toronto, located at 133 Richmond Street near University Avenue, which comes with a "not easily noticed from appearance" surprise ... it is completely vegan.

    Before you have a chance to think, "Well, I'll just stop reading now because I'm not vegan", please hold on, because neither are we! That didn't stop us from enjoying every bit of our experience at this beautiful place. And now, I'm glad to have a place to recommend and go to with our vegetarian friends.

    We began with cocktails, a Margarita for Julie and a Polo Loco for me, which was reminiscent of Rum and Eggnog with the eggnog replaced with horchata which is a Mexican drink made from rice.

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    Holiday Crochet : How to Make a Wreath

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    Hello!  I know not all of you are crocheters so I want to begin by thanking you for taking a look at what I've made, even though it's something you won't likely be doing yourself.  And, for those of you who do crochet, welcome, I hope I can inspire you to make something you end up loving.

    Here's a crocheted holiday wreath.  The beauty of making things yourself is that you can use whatever colour you want.  Personally, I love the colour of turquoise and felt a need for a holiday wreath in that shade.  Well, more accurately, I felt the need and I also had some leftover bulky yarn in variegated shaded of turquoise, just sitting in my stash, and a metal ring meant for making a wreath with silk flowers, that I'd been given a while ago but hadn't found a use for.  So, I combined those elements with some medium weight cotton yarn, and made this wreath.  The soft and fluffy bulky yarn added just the right amount of cozy wooliness to the finished creation.

    Perhaps you'd like to make one too ... here's how ...

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    A Holiday Art Date with Andrea : Hand Lettering

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    Greetings to you!

    My friend Andrea came over for an Art Date on a recent Sunday afternoon.  

    We worked on lettering, she making some Christmas cards and I writing out a holiday quote.  (The lovely frame I put it in was a gift she gave me a few years ago, making the project more meaningful.)

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    Live Music : Peter Bjorn and John at The Velvet Underground

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    I got to add one to my ongoing "favourite-songs-that-I've-heard-performed-live" list on Tuesday, when Nick and I saw Peter Bjorn and John play at The Velvet Underground.

    The song that I was especially looking forward to hearing was "Young Folks" (you probably know it ... "and we don't care about the young folks, talkin' 'bout the young style, and we don't care about the old folks, talkin' 'bout the old style too") however, this indie band, from Stockholm Sweden, has many other great songs as well. They've been recording since 2002 and just released their eighth studio album, called "Darker Days" in October.

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    Gift Wrapping : How to Make a Crocheted Flower and Button Topper

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    Hey hi! Here's an idea for the crocheters out there, who would like to add a handmade touch to their holiday packages.

    These small three-row flowers are easy and quick to make and are a good project for beginners.

    Here I've turned the flowers into gift topper decorations by adding a button to the centre, but I previously used the same pattern to make a garland, seen in this post, which is hanging in our living room.

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