A Quiet Christmas & and a Bittersweet ending to 2017

Hi Guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The weather report promised us a white Christmas, but here in Halfmoon Bay, we woke up to this

Christmas morning frost

One can hardly call it snow – more like frost, really! I shouldn’t complain. One of the reasons why we moved here is because it’s warmer than almost anywhere else in Canada.

We had a very quiet Christmas this year as our kids were away, but it was filled with lots of chocolate and mulled wine interspersed with some real food. Here’s how our lacy chocolate turned out

Lacy Chocolate

Lacy Chocolate

You can see how we did this here

Our Christmas morning breakfast was a giant waffle cooked in a griddle pan, and thick, hot chocolate that we dipped waffle soldiers into. Decadent, but delicious. Of course, the hot chocolate was laced with our Christmas tradition of Forty Creek Whiskey Cream.

For Christmas dinner, we opted for cornish hens instead of a huge turkey. It’s been a while since I had a good roast dinner, so it was very delicious.

Of course, no meal is complete without a glass of something. I made mulled wine as Tori has never had it before.

A perfect end to a perfect day.

The next day, I woke up to the tragic news that Sheena’s (my sister-in-law) brother, Fraser, had passed away. I was so shocked I felt sick. We all hung out together in the 90’s, singing, eating, drinking, raising our kids. It was a magical time.

Fraser was a unique human being who was prepared to be himself in a world that didn’t allow for that easily. A musician and artist, father, husband, brother, friend – he touched the lives of everyone he met. We thought he was invincible!

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

Fraser, no words can express the life you lived, but you lived it and you lived it so well. Truth be told we are never prepared to say goodbye to someone so close to our hearts, especially someone as vibrant as yourself. There are many things that have been left unsaid and so many things still left to do, but that is exactly how you wanted it. Because now we can only remember the times we said “Hello” and all the blissful conversations that flowed with it. This is the memory you left us with – your infectious passion for life. It lingers within every person you met. Your ability to touch souls and ignite a fire of wonder within them is something you come by once in a lifetime. There have been long nights of deep conversations, contemplating the most amazing ideas and how to go about plans that would never have come true, but in those moments nothing stood in our way. These are the things we will remember you by. I thank you for all that you were and all that you still are, because you are still with us… In our hearts and souls, on our lips as we sip good whiskey, and our tongues as we share tales of the great life you lived. If there is one thing I am sure of it is that your beautiful craziness lives on. It lives on in all of us.

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We ended off 2017 with good friends – just as it should be.

While the weather on the Sunshine Coast was producing very mild winter conditions, the rest of Vancouver were experiencing this deep freeze

Happy New Year!

 

But First, Tequila

 

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