First, meet Vanessa of LotusPaperie. Vanessa has the unique distinction of being the team member that is located closest to Santa's workshop in the North Pole. She is located in Whitehorse,Yukon! LotusPaperie is colourful shop where cards and scrapbooking bits are created with the most delicious papers. Cozy knitted items are also available.
Here is what Vanessa shares about the holidays:
My favorite holiday tradition is definitely, without a doubt, the food. I love the process of selecting items to create, the actual creation of the foods and of course, the consumption of the foods. We make a lot of tasty foods & drinks rather than buy them (hot buttered rum & mulled wine - YUM!) And of course, decorating the tree is a time-honored tradition. I get transported to my childhood as each delicate ornament is carefully unwrapped from its tissue...I hope my kids are being imprinted with the magic of this season the same way I was. The Christmas music starts playing pretty much immediately after Remembrance Day and if I manage my time *just* right, I get crackin' on all the handmade gifts I have planned. All in all, we just savor each day and make it as meaningful as possible.
Sounds like my kinda holiday, Vanessa!
Traveling back across the country, we meet Rita of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rita puts her position on the Atlantic coast to good use, with her shop seaglassdesigns. In her shop you will find unique handcrafted jewelry which features the most stunning array of beach treasures.
Rita shares a special holiday treat: The Very Best Shortbread Ever recipe
The recipe came from a friend's grandmother, and has been spreading Christmas cheer to Nova Scotians for generations. 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup margarine 1/4 cup corn starch 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 3/4 cup flour Mix together dry ingredients. Blend butter and margarine, and mix well with dry ingredients (can be done in the food processor if you don't wish to do it grandma's way). Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Decorate with red or green glazed cherries or slivered almonds and bake at 325 for 20 minutes. Or, if you prefer, skip the cherries and sip half of the baked, cooled cookies in chocolate. Yum.
I don't know, I think that's a recipe that should be used to spread cheer across the rest of Canada, too! Rita is also hoping to spread a little extra cheer with this message: Visitors to the Trans Canada Etsy Team Blog, receive a 10% discount at Sea Glass Designs- just type Trans Canada Team in the message to seller field and you will be refunded 10% via paypal, or, if you prefer, hold off on payment and I will send a revised invoice.
Check back tomorrow to see what the sixth day of Christmas brings. And remember to click here to learn how you can win a TransCanada Team Goodie Bag Prize, which includes items from LotusPaperie and seaglassdesigns.