Yup, he’s the dooze alright — drying off by the fire after a wet walk up to Buck Lake in the rain.
We are lucky enough to live about 200 yards down the road from the site of a fantastic, magical community celebration — the Pender Island Magic Lake Lantern Festival. Giant Puppets, Stilt Walkers, Fire Dancers, Shadow Puppets, Community Lantern Parade and a Kayak Ballet, all put to music. It truly is a pagan spectacle!
Whether you admit it or not, everyone makes some sort of New Year’s resolution — it may be a quiet, unspoken promise to be more kind to yourself, or, in an effort to make yourself more accountable, you may choose to declare your intention to the world to finally stop smoking — once and for all.
Most resolutions fail fall by the wayside as the “new start” feeling of the new year fades by mid-January.
I thought it would be fun to focus on a few food oriented resolutions for the WHOLE month of January, exploring new recipes and information to keep motivated on the path to permanent change. (Ideally — reading it back to myself, I realize that it sounds a little altruistic — but throw me a bone here, I’m looking for a theme to kick off the new year…)
In keeping with my “moderation rules” approach to life, I’ve skipped over the more challenging resolves, like “Eat Healthier/Lose Weight” and “Spend Less on Take Out,” for a nice, easy start: Eat Breakfast Everyday.
Bacon and eggs are good as a weekend thing, but not exactly heart-healthy everyday. Store bought cereal? Yummy, but expensive. I am also increasingly resistant to any grocery store product that contains more than 5 ingredients. It’s a flexible guideline, but the more I learn about mass-produced food, the more weary I become. Besides, I make everything else…
Try my best-ever granola recipe. I’d love to know what you think, and what resolutions you are making for the next year, decade, and beyond.
‘Twas 5 days before Christmas, when in my little house, I started 4 loaves of natural sourdough — just 1 for my spouse. I could go on, but what’s the point? You can see by the photo that this story does not end well. Look at it — it’s sad, solid and spotty. Not good. In case you don’t know, it is a 4 day process to make a levain sourdough. (once you already have a starter — which I do — made it myself — with an onion from my garden). I have made my “Pender Island Sourdough” successfully in the past, from the same starter, and I’m not really sure what happened this time, but as you can see, my 4 days of work were for naught.
So a few people didn’t get their entire gift, and we didn’t have PI Sourdough on Christmas morn. Our neighbours didn’t get their loaf for looking after the Dooze while we went to Vancouver for Christmas with my family.
Since we moved to Pender, we’ve only spent one Christmas here. That’s only 1 out of 6. I think we’re due for a Christmas at home very, very soon. I mean, look at the scene on Christmas Eve as the ferry docks to take us to Vancouver…
So we left the dooze, and our island, and spent a lovely 2 nights with my family and some friends. This copper-dipped macaroni necklace was a gift from my friend Alanna — made by Natalie at Makeshift. I love it!
We had our traditional morning with my brother’s family. Potato pancakes, bacon, OJ and prezzies by the tree. Then a great dinner (my Mom makes the best stuffing) — no, I mean it. The Best. It rocks your mothers’.
Our ferry ride home on Boxing Day was equally as clear and gorgeous as the trip out. We got home, collected the Dooze, lit a fire and settled in for a couple of days of nesting. Well earned after another busy Christmas! Best wishes from our house to yours.