Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas..and This Is Us~






My piping needs work..I am hoping the finished product will make the piping less noticeable.




Remember how I loved Parenthood?

I have my new favorite Parenthood..

It 's a show called This Is Us..

And nothing bad ever happens Christmas Eve..

Love this show..my husband.. loves it too..

..not one show have we not shed a tear or two..

watch the first episode..you may be confused..but just get ..that these are flashbacks to now..

The other show we like..and in this case the reviews are bad..is Pure Genius..
a billionaire Silicon Valley guy(adorable)..Augustus Prew..♥ starts a state of the art hospital called Bunker Hill and hires the best of the best.Dermot Mulroney..is the DR in chief..need I say more?♥
The Christmas one..you got it  ..we cried..
so who cares about reviews...



I have been baking..listening to Spotify.. Christmas..with the light shining in..granted Monday it snowed so less sunny.. you can tell by the darkish photo of our front taken through the window..but is is SO BEAUTIFUL...but we made our tourtières..who cares less sunny if the snow is blanketing every square inch of our little town..

I look forward to that day..Jacques is the assistant baker and does a lot..unwraps everything..taste tests..wraps up and admires..he loves those few hours also.

My mom made them..his mom made them..so many different recipes..we make ours by flair now..

..no potatoes though as our mothers never used potatoes either.
I made the gingerbread cutouts I need for something I am hoping to make..I made the gingerbread cookies from: Baking A Moment..no spreading and good..
Max had a reindeer..Lucas did and Oli did..Max looked at me and said..mmm..these taste like Christmas..
you can find her recipe here.

I made some toffee shortbreads dipped in chocolate with sea salt on top..
Lucas salted them..and milk chocolate as it's favored by the boys in cookies.

I am happy to say..things are underway for our traditional Christmas eve and morning..

..things have changed through the years..we used to host Réveillon and breakfast..

Caroline and Frédérick took over the eve..w/ a full course meal..last year no electricity:( Yet they were troopers..)

Christmas day is here for brunch..in pjs..and for  Santas gifts that he drops off here♥

Flashback...not Flashdance:)



Found this little gem going through old pics..not many of me..my parents did not seem to be into photography..this photo was taken by a studio..
..and it was one of my Mary Beetles   school of dance shows.. our Christmas show..we had to somersault out of a box that had tissue paper and dance and then do the splits..I have no idea what this costume was supposed to be..I did find another that makes us look like the Rockettes;)

This I think was 1960-63..

I have very few memories under the age of 10..but this I remember..
..the smell of my pale pink leather  ballet shoes..the underneath like a paw:)..the feel of my black patent tap shoes..looking at the precisely placed taps under my ribboned shoes..

the sound I made..tap dancing.

Days of Yore and Joy.

my leotard set..I LOVED everything..

when we moved to the suburbs..I was ten..and MB school of dance ended there:(

I would love to go back..for one more moment in time..

Can you guess where I am?


We have a real life Elf on the shelf here:)






He had to do a presentation in class..so this is it:) A series of a number of photos at his home..being the Elf on the shelf:)

Photos..courtesy of his mom:)
Bonne semaine:)

56 comments:

  1. Oh Monique, bliss. First, I saw the cottage cookies and wondered how you were going to decorate them. Perfectly of course. Then, Jacques helping in the kitchen.... What a sweetheart. I too took dancing and I'll have to show you my dance pictures. First I thought you were second from the left, then third from the right, then I decided I couldn't tell. I've never seen a cuter Elf On The Shelf. Noah is precious. The snow looks beautiful but I wouldn't want to linger out there. Christmas is coming too fast. I'm not ready.

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    1. I can't wait to see your dancing pics..funny I danced like Elaine used to on Seinfeld now..I sit dances out ,,now,

      I went out this morning during sunshine moments to take photos..thank goodness our son-in-law came by on skis..it made a path..
      Jacques is snowblowing as I type..
      Christmas is coming soooo fast..you will be ready!

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    2. I forgot to say Im hunting for shows to watch on tv so thanks for the advice. I've been binge watching on Netflix. First, Bloodline set in the Florida Keys and now The Killing which I can't seem to stop watching. There was another one that was good and I'll have to look it up on Netflix when I get back to the city because I can't remember the name. You're going to die when you see my pic.

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    3. LOVE Bloodline,The Killing..The Fall but not this season..Happy Valley..House of Cards at the beginning..actually the middle:) Not anymore..yawn.
      Grace and Frankie,again not the latest shows..:(
      Stranger Things
      Bloodline..Kyle Chnadler..I find him absolutely beautiful..funny a 62 yr old saying that..but he is just lovely to me.His..eyes..hair..stature etc etc..

      Hurry up w/ the pics:)

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  2. I love every picture, every word, every wonderful feeling in this post more than I can say. It is SO the spirit of Christmas. I love the cookies (I'm baking again today too -- and listening to music!) and that window view. Sigh. We have snow, too, and it's a perfect day to stay in and smell good things from the oven!

    You have the cutest Elf on the Shelf EVER!!! I love it... love it, love it!

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    1. It happens once a year..while we are able..why not try to make memories right?No matter what they are..could be a phone call..a visit..a smile....little things that mean a lot.
      I bet it smells good chez vous these days.
      Thanks re Noah ..he is practicing in front of us Thursday:)

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  3. Enjoy Christmas Darling .....i promise i try and Will do my best to enjoy too.....hard times right now...love Ria x ❤️

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    1. Oh no..
      ..just remember Ria..I only write the good stuff..happy ever after stuff..

      I don't know what you are going through..and everyone's hardships are different..but I do know you are not alone..it's not all Hohoho.
      Take care and I hope things turn out well for you♥

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  4. How fun to find your blog! Your Little Elf looks like he was enjoying himself! The Cookies look so beautiful, I think your piping is brilliant! Love the old photo too, so sweet! Have a nice week, Catherine

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    1. Your stitchery is lovely and so are your photos:)

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  5. It will be a fun weekend of cookie making and gingerbread house decorating here with our big boys ♥♥. I just bought those cute little Wilton gingerbread man decors for them to use among many other little things :) Your cookies all look wonderful! I think I need those chocolate-dipped ones! Can't wait to see what the finished project is, I'm sure it will be adorable. I have a project I'm working on too. I spy an adorable little girl 1,2,3 from the right - could it be you? Same sweet smile :) I loved dance class too. For me it was ballet. I remember my recital where we danced to Marche Militaire :) I wonder where that photo is - LOL. What fun memories. An adorable real Elf on the Shelf you have!! I think he will be a Thespian in school, don't you?

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    1. Well if you go to the end of the girls..and come back to the 3rd girl with ringlets totally focused ahead of her..oui tu as raison..c'est moi.
      How nice was my mom to take me and wait♥
      You will have a ball and a sticky kitchen LOL..thet photo of your boys on IG is supercalifragilisticexpialidociously beautiful.
      What handsome little gents nana:)♥
      Those are my last 2 wee gingrebread men..careful how you take them off the card..the legs pop off:(
      Love "Thespian"♥

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    2. That's the one - #3 :-) Totally focused, no distractions! Bravo :) Our parents were troupers. Parents now - even more so! So many more activities now than for us. Too many sometimes, I think. The kitchen will be a fun mess! Thank you, Monique re the photo - it was a lucky capture. Glad we made it there in the snow storm!

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    3. I agree re parents today..very involved..I love that..btw..Max's football team won regionals and provincials..first time ever for this team..the last game was played at the McGill stadium..where the Alouettes play.He was so excited..his family has watched the movie of it too many times..lol

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  6. Fun post, Monique! Your piping looks great! And I love the pic of the little girls, those were the days! And your grandson and the Elf on the Shelf. Our 5 year-old grandson named his elf, Davidy for whatever reason. Wish I could post pics of him with it, but his parents are against that. Take care and have a great rest of the week.

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    1. I wondered about the Littles pics on my blog..but they always say of course..they are on FB and IG..it seems it has lost it's stigma here..so many kids all over the net.
      Pam I bet he is as cute as a button..maybe one day you can and we will meet him❤️

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  7. 3rd from right? Did someone guess yet? I didn't look. I love you're live elf. So cute. So much snow already! Oh my.

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    1. Yes..you are good..:)
      Vry good!
      SO MUCH SNOW yes..but I like it this time of year..granted..I am not the one that snowblows and shovels..I create ambience..;)Or try to!

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    2. That's such a cute picture M.Yes, you do create the ambiance and very well!

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  8. I think you are the third in from the right. Noah is an adorable Elf on the Shelf. Your cookies look perfect. Now That I see those alphabet stamp cookies I realize how cut they are. They are on sale now, decisions, decisions. Love the moose too. I have been way behind on baking. I keep getting colds from the grandkids. Now Jerry caught my cold. We need to be better for Christmas Day hosting. I made the dough for spritz cookies but operating the cookie press is a bit hard with the bum wrist. The snow looks beautiful.

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    1. I actually got a cold for the first time ever in years:( Thankfully colds go away..Lucas was here today and was sniffling and sneezing..I can't help hugging him..and kissing him..regardless..
      Terry those WS stamps..are deep and print so well..imagine..I bought them full price LOL and I am canadian..check out our exchange..yet no regrets..Falalala Merry Christmas to moi.
      Spritz cookies ..I loved them..until I stopped using my vintage hand cranked aluminium one..the Wilton etc ones..never worked for me so I stopped:(
      They jammed and broke and became unhinged..nothing has lasted..now if WS made one..I might reconsider..I have a wonderful recipe..from at least 35 years ago..from a friend I admired so much..Gail.
      I hope you both feel great soon.

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    2. Mine is the old model and it has worked well. Maybe I'll let the dough get warmer crank them out and throw them in fridge or freezer to keep their shape. My recipe is from the 50-60's. My mom's friend passed it onto her and I got it from my mom back in the 70's. Hope you stay well and don't get another cold.

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    3. The stainless one..trying to remember the name:)I got it from a friend in the 70's..oh those 70's:)

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  9. Your cookies look too pretty to eat. How fun to have a real life Elf on the Shelf, he is a cutie.

    I always enjoy seeing photographs from the early sixties. It looked like it was taken at a public school. The stage and cabinetry below looks exactly like the one that was in my elementary school. It looked like you were doing a great job in your recital and your heart was really in it. I had dance lessons for a few months. Apparently, not my cup of tea at that age. All I remember about it was from tap dance class, out-back-down-step-step.

    Beautiful snow on the trees photograph.

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    1. Not sure if it was at a school..seems to me it was a private big industrial looking building..flat..no charm..but I loved it..funny how you can wrap your heart around certain memories..I wish I had so many more..today's children will have many
      ..photo books..photos..movies..good for them❤️
      Apparently Brownies were not my cup of tea...did not work out for me..wonders never cease..today..I would strive for certain badges lol.
      Thanks Susie!

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  10. Oh Monique...I picked you out right away!! The face♥️ I also took tap and ballet...the good old days,eh?
    That gingerbread house will be so French...the decorating is fabulous!
    Love the elf...such a cutie! I have a crochet pattern for one, but sadly never got to it!
    Have not watched that show...boyfriend not keen on mushy shows :o(
    Your Christmas Eve and morning sound perfect...you will enjoy...I know this!
    Yes the snow is beautiful, and the cold weather should keep it looking nice and white..
    Enjoy your evening...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I keep saying ..if you lived next door..I had Oli making stamped Christmas cookies this week..boys are different than girls..girls are mostly more delicate..he was at the beginning and then strength proved to be more fun😉
      So cute though ..he called his mom who had gone to a hair appt this weekend and said:"So did you do blonde?..
      I was in stitches..it was so cute his voice..

      Anyway if you were next door..lots of wee baking stuff here for Miss v.
      Oh your husband may get there..
      We have been into mushy for quite a while..me 43 years st least.
      You Christmas will be wonderful too👍

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    2. Would love to live next door....💓
      "Did you do blonde"... Adorable....

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  11. Oh Monique, I just love your posts. Love those mittens in the window, your elf on the shelf and now I have a new show to check out. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I know you will love This is us!
      You could make those mittens in a heartbeat..imagine knit ones!:)
      Merry merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  12. Oh you have snowwwwww! I love the first snows. Your elf is so dang cute, what a great idea. Thank you for your dance class reminiscences, you remind me that I had tap class briefly as well. Do tou think it would be too late to take it up again ;) I will miss seeing the nephews & niece this Christmas. Will have to plan a video call with my sister.

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    1. I think you could tap again..one of my daughters tried a few years back..I think I would have to have a ladies room close by..like Jumping Jacks..hope I made you smile.
      You are young..energetic and adventurous..plus you would look great in a blue outfit..
      Maybe 2017?In between painting and work..and reading and writing and photographing.🎨

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  13. Really love and enjoyed this post.
    Also love the Elf, so cute :)

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  14. The best Elf on the Shelf is Noah...and what a sweet smile. My co-worker loves "This is Us" and when we went to Rue 57 in NYC recently, some of the cast were there having a bite to eat. The magic of the season is all around your home, I love the cookies and made my son's favorite Spanish butter cookie from his childhood last evening and texted him. He was thrilled :-) We have snow, too, and it's looking a LOT like Christmas. Those mittens in the window are the cutest.

    You have the cutest Elf on the Shelf EVER!!! I love it... love it, love it!

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    1. The cast of This Is Us♥
      First episode..is a bit different..but the more you are into the show..the better it gets..I watch gruesome etc..but shows like this and The Great British baking Show..and Call The Midwife:) Much more..US;)
      How cute your son was thrilled..I think that's adorable.
      He's a character our Noah..a real Elf On The Shelf for sure!

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  15. Noah is adorable as the elf on the shelf, very sweet. the cookies all look fabulous, love Christmas family traditions. Happy Holidays!

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  16. To you too Cheri:)Happy to see you in IG..as I said because it seems the wizrds od Windows won't let your posts come to me...

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  17. C'est magnifique toutes ces photos qui nous inspirent pour les fêtes ! Tu as un lutin trop mignon ! Bises

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  18. Everything looks so beautiful, as always. You make the prettiest cookies, Monique.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Well thank you:)
      That's so nice of you to say.
      Thank you Amalia..probably not deserved..but so sweet to read.Merci merci.

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  19. What an adorable grandson - he is a charmer! I loved dancing too - tap was my favorite. I stopped to look at the photo and try to figure out which one is you :) My guess would be third from the right. The tall girl with the beautiful curly hair! Actually they are all lovely - such a great shot. I also love your cookies - saw them on Instagram and can't wait to see what you are making. Enjoy your snow!

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    1. Thanks..and you are right..I must drop you a note..you will smile.

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  20. what a cute Elf! I am glad he dressed up , because when he gets a little older, he will balk at it...LOL You always have amazing baked goodies. It looks like a bakery. I bet your house smells heavenly. The snow is beautiful. Enjoy and happy holidays.

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    1. So many of their photos we will show to their girlfriends!☺️Happy happy holidays to you too Linda!

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  21. How I wish I still had the cookie cutters of yesteryear...especially the big and little Scottie dogs...sogh

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    1. I will keep my eyes peeled..I have never seen them..love the shape of the little Walker's Sotties..so cute.

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  22. WOW what a terrific post. Love all the cookies. I haven't started yet. Today I was going to start, but my COPD acted up, so I laid low.

    Love the Elf on the Shelf - how cute is that.

    Loved all the photo's, they are so good.

    Have a Very Merry Christmas.

    Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary..not fun to have COPD..I never knew what it was until a few years ago..and Dr Google told me..take care..Wonder Woman:)

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  23. Adorable dance photo! :) And adorable Elf as well!

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    1. And I got an adorable photo in my yearly card♥Hope you have having fun with your mom:)

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  24. Love seeing the snow out your window, even if I can't have my own. What a cutie your little Elf is!

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  25. UN véritable elf on the shelf ! J'espère qu'il ne fait pas trop de bêtises quand même, la nuit, dans la maison ! ;-) Allez, vivement Noël prochain ! Là, il faut que je parte travailler. Mais j'ai passé un délicieux début de matinée en ta compagnie, Monique.
    Des bises et à très vite
    Hélène
    PS : Bien sûr, je ne t'ai pas reconnue au milieu de toutes ces mignonnes Rockettes ! ;-)

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  26. J'ai très peu de pjhotos de moi petite..pourtant..j'étais adorée..encore moins de photos maintement..mon choix:)
    Il est le plus "busy " notre Noah..et tout autant charmant..Moi aussi j'ai bien aimé lie tes billets..pour une petite confession ..je voulais que tu vois mon gateau de Noel..por ton approbation:)xx

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