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Saturday, Nov. 23: Toronto Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

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Sat. Nov. 9: Make It Indie Christmas Fine Craft and Decorative Art Show!

Weezie World & Headhugz will be teaming up at the upcoming Make It Indie Christmas Fine Craft and Decorative Art Show this November 9 (that’s THIS Saturday) in Coburg, Ontario (just a hop, skip and a jump from Toronto on the 401!)

Make It Indie is an independent Fine Craft & Decorative Art Show whose mandate is to encourage, support and promote regional artists and artisans who unabashedly make it, make it independently and support each other in the process.

Admission: $2 (kids are free!)

I’ll have a whole slew of new items on hand, including some fun Christmas décor (wine charms, ornaments, napkin rings) and these funky new keychains  — made in honour of the upcoming 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who!

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(Incidentally — if these strike your fancy and you’re a bit geographically challenged with regard to the Cobourg event… never fear! You can find them HERE as well.)

** FULL EVENT DETAILS:

Make It Indie Christmas Fine Craft and Decorative Art Show
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 | 10am-4pm.
Where: Lions Community Centre (157 Elgin Street East, Cobourg, ON.) | MAP
Admission: Adults $2 | children are free.

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Weezie Wednesday starts tomorrow!

Looking to get a head-start on your Christmas shopping? Why not do so from the comfort of your own home… and enjoy FREE SHIPPING while you’re at it!

Starting Wednesday morning (November 21) at 7am (ET), simply head on over to the Weezie World Store and use one of the promo codes below and you’ll get your items sent to you at NO COST!

You’ll find all manner of shiny baubles at Weezie World: everything from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and holiday décor. You’ll even find some pretty seasonal accessories to festively accent your outfits this holiday season. Why not treat yourself to a little pre-Christmas jewellery?

Oh, and one more thing Weezie Wednesday has over Black Friday or Cyber Monday? This offer lasts a full week! So you have from Wednesday, Nov. 21 until Wednesday, Nov. 28 (6pm ET) to get in on this deal!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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You Can Check Out Anytime You Like

To my friends & family who witnessed my gleeful boasting during my week-long sojourn in the sun… here’s a wee bit of Schadenfreude in which you can happily bask.

No vacation would be perfect without, at least, one minor hiccup in the proceedings. And ours was no exception to that rule.

The day had been perfect. We’d just spent six-plus hours trekking around the Kennedy Space Center, witnessing some of mankind’s most exciting moments in history and we were looking forward to relaxing in what we had been led to believe would be a charmingly, lovely resort-type hotel on Cocoa Beach.

Missing PhotoSmash gallery: 3

We’d taken a chance and used Hotwire. We’d heard, first-hand, from others who’d done likewise and had great results. So, we figured we’d give it a whirl ourselves. We selected the amenities that were important. We chose the location we thought would be fun. And we made sure to select nothing below a 3-star option.

But something went wrong. So very wrong.

We’re not sure if it was the excitement of knowing that we were going to get to personally witness history the next day in the 39th & final launching of the Space Shuttle: Discovery. Or maybe it was simply the thought of sipping Mai Tais at a balmy beach bar that caused us to lose our usual attention to detail. Either way, we clearly missed the fact that Hotwire had insidiously decided to somewhat alter our search parameters. Because of the shortage of the room calibre we’d selected (due, likely, to the fact that about a kajillion others were also going to be in town that night for the shuttle launch the next day), the Hotwire search engine unilaterally decided to throw in a few 2-star choices to our results page. I know.

Welcome to The International Palms Resort Cocoa Beach. The name drums up some pretty swanky, luxurious mental pictures doesn’t it? Yeah. Not so much.

We stayed in, bar none, the ugliest, tiniest hotel room either of us had ever seen. In fairness, the last hotel we stayed at was on our honeymoon. And it was the Bellagio in Las Vegas. But, whatever. So not the point.

Despite our having been checked into a double room (I guess they figured we wanted separate beds), this place was so small that the bathroom sink… wasn’t even in the bathroom. The vanity & sink were, for some reason, located in the room proper. Lovely.

And the tiny wee (broken) coffee pot was also proudly situated on that very same vanity. Oh, but you couldn’t actually turn it on and brew that half pot of rank Maxwell House java. No, you see the only electrical outlet available in this room was in such a position that, in order to use said (broken) coffee pot you had to sit it on the floor & balance the broken basket on top of the carafe. Oh, how I wish I were kidding.

Oh! Did I mention that when we turned off the AC (that had been set to stun), the room affected a charmingly musty smell by morning? Yep. Pretty awesome.

Despite it’s charming Eau de Basement scent, the place was clean. I’ll give them that. And it did come with free reading material (courtesy the Gideons) in the bedside stand. Singular. There was one; two (wobbly & uncomfortable) beds – but only one bedside stand. Oy vey.

The International Palms Resort was just… sad. Oh, so sad. So very, very sad.  Oddly, though? Free Wi-Fi. I know.  I don’t get it, either.

We were determined, nevertheless, to salvage the rest of the night and make the most of it. And, just when we thought all was lost, a light shone out. A bright beacon from within a dark & dingy window glimmered out to greet us.  It wasn’t quite a choir of angels we heard, but it was enough to take our dreary night and turn it right around – all thanks to three magical little words…
 
#1. Cheap.
 
#2. Beer.
 
#3. Karaoke.
 

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Gingerbread Redux (a final shoutout to 2010!)

Cals: 244 | Fat: 9 g | Sodium: 275 mg | Carbs: 36 g | Fibre: 2 g | Protein: 3 g

I know, I know… we’ve moved on. It’s 2011, already. But I promised my mum I’d post this for her. And, since it’s my blog… I’m gonna!

This year, I’d volunteered to bring a dessert to my in-laws for Christmas Eve dinner. And, since I wanted to make something festive but wanted to make it a wee bit more, well… Weezie, I opted for this bit of fabulousness: Double Layer Gingerbread with Eggnog Filling. Yeah. I know. And you’re welcome.

But, despite how decadent it sounds, it’s really not as damaging as one would assume. Including the icing/filling, each hefty slice (we hacked this bad boy into 10; yes, there were seconds) still clocks in at less than 250 calories.

Ingredients
1 ½ cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. table salt
4  tbsp. regular butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda
½ cup buttermilk  (made from Soy Milk!)
1/3 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350ºF. Coat  cake pan (in my case, I used the the cutest silicone xmas tree pan ever made so that I could make layers) with cooking spray.  You could use a similar sized pan OR double the recipe to make two 9″ layers.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda and  salt.
  • Stir butter, brown sugar splenda, buttermilk, molasses, 1/4 cup water and egg together until smooth.
  • Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture.
  • Pour into pan.
  • Bake until cake springs back when lightly touched, about 42 minutes (45 to 50 minutes if you’re using the standard 9″ pan)
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

PS – I did NOT go out and buy buttermilk to make this. Where’s the sense in buying a litre when you’re only using a half-cup of it for your recipe, right? Because let’s be honest – how often are you going to use buttermilk? If you’re me, you can likely count the number of times on one hand. So, what’s a girl to do? Make your own!  But that’s madness, you’re thinking. Crazy wizard talk! Nope. Trust me. If I had magical powers, I’d already have a marathon,  pulitzer and national best-seller under my belt.  But I do have fat-free soy milk. And I have lemon juice. And, as a result of the two, I now have buttermilk.

Here’s how you make your own:

For each cup required: place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add in soy milk (or regular milk, if that’s what you have on hand) to equal 1 cup. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes. Use as needed. Rice milk, incidentally, won’t work as well because of the lower protein content.

Gingerbread + Eggnog = Happy Tums

Since I was taking this particular tasty treat to my in-laws’ house to share and wasn’t going to be serving it warm from the oven, I wanted to add a seasonal flair that would counteract any potential drying out that might occur.

Enter Eggnog Frosting. Not only did I turn gingerbread into a Christmas tree-shaped layer cake, I frosted between the layers with a delightfully decadent-tasting filling of eggnoggy goodness. And, since there was only one piece left Christmas morning (and my sister-in-law quickly snagged that for breakfast), I think it’s fair for me to brag just a wee bit about this creation. Just a wee bit. OK, I’m done.

Ingredients
1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups powdered/confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1/4 cup light eggnog
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter on medium speed until fluffy and light in colour.
  • Add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until it is well incorporated.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and beat until frosting is airy and thoroughly mixed (about 2 minutes)
  • Frost away!

(You can store this in the fridge if you’re not planning to use it right away; just keep it covered and be sure to let it return to room temp. before using.)

This recipe actually made quite a bit more than I needed and, sadly, I wound up tossing about half of it (which, given my sweet tooth, was actually a wise decision.) Once you’ve assembled your layers with frosting in the middle, add a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar (like snow!) and you’ve got yourself a fantabulous, festive, Xmas treat!

Because let’s be honest – how often are you

going to use buttermilk? If you’re me, you can likely count the number

of times on one hand. What’s a girl to do? Make your own!

But that’s madness, you’re thinking? Crazy wizard talk!

Nope. Trust me. If I had magical powers, I’d already have a marathon,

pulitzer and national best-seller under my belt. But I do have fat-free

soy milk. And I have lemon juice. And, as a result of the two, I now

have buttermilk.

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