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for a donation to a local cause. This is a great way to give back to your community and check a task off your holiday to-do list. food basKets Many organizations collect non-perishable items to support low-income families during the holiday season. As a volunteer you can help sort donations, pack boxes or deliver baskets. Alternatively, you can make a donation to your local food bank. To find out how you can help members of your community during the holidays, reach out to charities and organizations in your area.

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Local entrepreneurs need your support For years there’s been a growing interest in buying local goods, particularly during the holiday season. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, supporting local entrepreneurs is more important than ever. Small businesses rely on a loyal customer base to thrive, and your patronage during the holiday season is crucial to their recovery from the current economic crisis. Local shopping benefits everyone Buying local stimulates your region’s economy. It helps create more jobs in your area and provides many families with a much-needed financial boost during the holidays. What’s more, when you opt for locally made products, you’re helping to protect the environment because fewer greenhouse gases are emit-

ted when transporting the merchandise. You also spend less time on the road when you shop locally. This further reduces your carbon footprint and allows you to check numerous items off your holiday shopping list in just a few hours. Local shops offer quality goods From unique gifts and chic outfits to fresh ingredients and handcrafted decorations, local stores are stocked with everything you need for a memorable holiday season. And since small business owners prioritize well-made products, you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth. Plus, you’ll benefit from the friendly, personal service offered by knowledgeable employees. From gift recommendations to easy in-person returns, shopping at stores in your region can lighten your load during the holiday season. This year, make it a point to buy local.

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as these sometimes contain exclusive offers. Limit your eXpenses There are plenty of simple ways to spend less during the holidays without missing out on the magic of the season. Among other things, you can: • Gift your loved ones with memorable and affordable

outings rather than pricey toys or gadgets • Make certain presents by hand (personalized calendar, gourmet goodie basket, etc.) • Wrap your gifts in items you have on hand such as newspaper or reusable shop-

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Meatballs with a honey-balsamic glaze These delightfully seasoned meatballs are a great complement to your holiday meal. They also make a fantastic appetizer. Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 24 meatballs IngredIents • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 onion, finely chopped • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1/2 cup milk • 1 egg • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs • 1 tablespoon old-style mustard • 250 grams ground pork • 250 grams ground beef • Salt and pepper, to taste • 3/4 cup ketchup • 1/2 cup honey • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

Cherry tomato and fresh mozzarella mini skewers These lovely little appetizers are easy to make, delicious and sure to brighten up the holiday dinner table. Feel free to double the recipe so there’s plenty to go around.

IngredIents • 200 grams fresh mozzarella, cut into 24 pieces • 24 small, fresh basil leaves • 12 orange or red cherry tomatoes, halved • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction • 1 teaspoon sea salt • Pepper, to taste dIrectIons 1. On a toothpick or small wooden skewer, place a piece of mozzarella followed by a basil leaf. Add a piece of tomato, making sure the interior side is face down on the plate. Repeat this for all 24 skewers. 2. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic reduction on the skewers. Sprinkle with sea salt and add pepper to taste.

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dIrectIons 1. Preheat the oven to 204 C (400 F). 2. In a small pan, melt half the butter. Add onion and 1 clove of garlic, and cook over medium-high heat until the onion is translucent. Pour into a large bowl and let cool. 3. In the same bowl, add the milk, egg, breadcrumbs, old-style mustard, pork and beef. Salt and pepper to taste. With your hands, combine the mixture until it’s uniform and then form it into 24 bite-size meatballs. 4. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. 5. While the meatballs cook, melt the rest of the butter in a pot. Add the rest of the garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, yellow mustard and balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let simmer for about 5 minutes. 6. Once the meatballs are cooked, transfer them into the pot and gently mix until they’re well coated in sauce. Place them one by one on a plate. 7. Top the meatballs with the balsamic reduction and chives. Place a toothpick in each one to make them easier to serve.

Start to finish: 15 minutes Servings: 24 skewers

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Gazpacho shooters Does a high-spirited holiday season leave you feeling exhausted? This vibrant and refreshing drink is packed with vitamins that will give you the energy boost you need to continue celebrating. Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes (30 minutes active) Servings: 8 small portions IngredIents For the gazpacho • 1 cup croutons • 2 large ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and cubed • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded • 1 red pepper, seeded • 1/2 red onion, cubed • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed • 2 cups tomato juice • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/2 teaspoon sugar • Salt and pepper, to taste

dIrectIons 1. In a small bowl, place the croutons and add 1/2 cup of room temperature water. Set aside. 2. In a blender, puree the tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion and garlic. Drain the croutons and add them along with the tomato juice, vinegar, oil and spices. Continue to blend until the mixture has a smooth, uniform texture. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. 3. To serve, pour the gazpacho into shooters or small verrine-style glasses. In a small bowl, mix the chopped tomato, cucumber and pepper. Top each glass with about 1 table spoon of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over each and garnish with 2 basil leaves.


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Red velvet bites This bite-size version of red velvet cake will allow your guests to sample all the desserts at your next holiday spread. You can count on these to be a crowd pleaser.


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Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active) Servings: 24 brownies IngredIents For the brownies • 1 cup butter, room temperature • 2 cups sugar • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 4 eggs • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 cup flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the icing • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 cups icing sugar • 3 tablespoons milk • 1 cup heavy cream • 1/4 cup sugar • 24 strawberries, hulled

dIrectIons 1. Preheat the oven to 177 C (350 F). Grease a 22 by 32 centimetre (9 by 13 inch) baking dish. Set aside. 2. Using a whisk or hand beater, blend the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the eggs and mix well. Incorporate the rest of the brownie ingredients and blend until the mixture is uniform. 3. Pour the brownie mixture into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool. 4. In the meantime, whisk the butter, cocoa powder, honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the icing sugar and milk while blending the mixture at low speed until it reaches the desired texture. Set aside. 5. In another bowl, mix the heavy cream, sugar and the rest of the vanilla. Blend at high speed until the whipped cream is firm. 6. Once the brownies are completely cool, spread a thin layer of the chocolate icing on top. Cut the brownies into 24 equal portions. Place 1 strawberry upside down on each piece of brownie. Using a piping bag, create a circle of whipped cream around the base of each strawberry and top the fruit with a dot of whipped cream.

Miniature chicken pot pies

This dish, served in adorable individual portions, is an ideal meal to help you unwind during the hectic holiday season. Start to finish: 1 hour 10 minutes (45 minutes active) Servings: 6 IngredIents • 1 potato, diced • 6 tablespoons butter • 1 cup green peas • 4 tablespoons flour • 1 cup corn kernels • 2 cups warm chicken broth • 1 cup green beans, chopped • 1 cup heavy cream • 600 grams chicken breast, • Salt and pepper, to taste cooked and diced • 1 onion, diced • 1 package (about 400 grams) • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped all-butter puff pastry, thawed • 2 carrots, diced • 1 egg yolk, beaten

Are you short on time? To simplify this recipe, use a frozen vegetable mixture. You don’t even have to thaw it in advance.

3. Preheat the oven to 204 C dIrectIons (400 F). Coat 6 small 1. In a large pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low ramekins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Unroll the puff heat. Add the flour, and whisk until the mixture is a smooth pastry onto a flat surface and cut into circles that are about paste (commonly called a “roux”). Let cook for a few mi3 centimetres wider than the ramekins. nutes, then add the chicken broth. Mix well and add the heavy cream. Salt and pepper to taste, then mix well. Let 4. Pour the chicken mixture into the ramekins. Use a basting brush to coat the rims of the ramekins with egg yolk so the simmer over low heat. pastry doesn’t stick. Place one puff pastry circle on top of 2. In a large pan, melt the rest of the butter over medium-low each ramekin, making sure the edge is sealed. Coat the top heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 miof the pastry with egg yolk. nutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly browned. Pour the vegetable mixture 5. Put the ramekins on a baking tray, and bake in the oven for and chicken into the pot of sauce and mix well. Salt and about 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let sit pepper to taste. Remove from heat and let cool. for a few minutes before serving.

Start to finish: 3 hours (1 hour active) Servings: 40 bites IngredIents • 3 cups sugar • 3 cups flour • 1/2 cup cornstarch • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt • 4 large eggs • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk • 1-1/4 cups warm water • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon white vinegar • 2 tablespoons red food dye • 125 grams cream cheese, room temperature • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature • 2 cups icing sugar • 800 grams white chocolate • 1/4 cup red decorative sugar dIrectIons 1. Preheat the oven to 177 C (350 F). Grease an 18 by 28 centimetre (7 by 11 inch) baking dish. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, use a whisk or hand beater to mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, warm water, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, vinegar and food dye. Blend until the mixture is uniform. 3. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool. 4. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, butter and the rest of the vanilla. Slowly incorporate the icing sugar by blending at low speed until the mixture has a smooth, even texture. Set aside. 5. Once the cake has completely cooled, place it in a large bowl and use your hands to crumble it until it has the consistency of wet sand. Add about a 1/2 cup of the cream cheese icing to the cake at a time and mix well. The final texture should allow you to form balls that keep their shape. 6. With your hands, form 40 cake balls and squish them slightly to create a disc shape. Place the balls on a baking sheet, and put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 7. In the meantime, melt the white chocolate using a double boiler or water bath. Let the chocolate cool slightly while ensuring it remains a liquid. Using a fork, dip each cake ball into the chocolate so they’re completely coated. Place the balls on a baking sheet and immediately sprinkle the decorative sugar. Put the balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

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Alternatively, choose a quilt or blanket for their bed. • A goodie basket. Purchase a gourmet gift basket or assemble one yourself with treats your relative loves. Make sure to avoid perishable items if their room doesn’t have a fridge. • A decorative item. Visit local shops and craft fairs to find unique pieces that will add character to their home. Consider pairing a handmade frame with a new family photo. While all of these presents are sure to be well-received, remember that the best gift you can give a loved one is time spent together.

How to create a Christmas village A miniature Christmas village is the perfect decorative piece to add to your home for the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you create an enchanting display your whole family will love. The components Take some time to reflect on the elements that will make up your village before you go out and buy anything. For example, you’ll want to opt for figurines and buildings from the same brand to ensure everything in your village is proportional. Be sure to include: • Moving parts. Animated features such as a skating rink, cable car, train, windmill or merry-go-round will bring your village to life and draw the eye to various sections. • Infrastructure. Streets, bridges and walls will provide structure to your village and help you organize the buildings in a logical way. • Accessories. Benches, fire hydrants, street lamps, trees, flag poles, birds and other de­tails are essential to create a realistic display. The assembly First, you need to choose a spot for your village such as under the Christmas tree or on a fireplace mantel. The location should give you enough room to create depth and varying heights in your display. If certain features need to be plugged in, make sure there’s an electrical outlet nearby.

To maximize your village’s wow factor, test out several configurations (with the lighting turned on) and choose the option that best showcases each element. Use risers, boxes or books to elevate sections of the village as needed. Once you’ve settled on the layout, add the streets, artificial snow and accessories. If there are wires, make sure they’re hidden. Finally, place the figurines near street lamps or illuminated buildings so they’re visible in the evening too. If some areas of the village are in shadow, add a miniature spotlight or a tiny strand of string lights. If you keep these tips in mind, your Christmas village is sure to become a holiday essential.


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3 stylish trends to celebrate the season The holiday season is practically here, and time is running out to find an outfit for your upcoming office party or family gathering. Here are three runway trends to help you put together a dashing look. 1. boLd prints If you prefer to remain inconspicuous, this might not be the trend for you. However, a holiday party is the perfect opportunity to experiment with a paisley blazer or pants that have a geometric pattern. 2. eLevated denim Don’t even think about wearing your worn-out work pants to a fancy dinner. However, there are haute couture jeans that make brilliant use of trim, rips, prints, fading and stitching to create modern pieces suitable for any occasion. 3. shades of red From a sleek burgundy suit to a scarlet cardigan or spotted bowtie, red can be incorporated in a variety of ways to suit almost any style or occasion. Plus, it’s a perfect option at Christmastime. For advice on how to best pair clothing with the right accessories, speak with a style consultant at a local men’s clothing store.

The holidays are an ideal time to experiment with bright tones, bold fabrics and showy trim. Here are a few ideas to inspire a dazzling look. 1. feathers Put an ephemeral twist on classic pieces by opting for a dress or shirt with feather trim or a blouse with puffed feather sleeves. For a more moderate take on this bold look, consider a playful feather purse or earrings. 2. fringe Holiday fringe in 2020 is sophisticated with a hint of whimsy. Whether you opt for this trim on a shirt, dress or skirt, the way you move in fringe is sure to mesmerize. To boost your wow factor, opt for a shimmery fabric. 3. siLver Recreate the shimmer of a starry night sky by wearing a chiffon blouse adorned with silver sequins. Balance the metallic sheen with a sophisticated colour like navy or charcoal. Or embrace an all-out silver-inspired look by slipping on a long-sleeved lurex dress in this festive hue. 4. goLd From subtle gold threading and oversized chain link jewelry to gorgeous metallic cocktail dresses, there are plenty of stylish ways to incorporate this classic holiday colour into your look. 5. baLLoon sLeeves These short, wide statement sleeves are a playful nod to the bubbly bottles of champagne that are sure to make an appearance over the holiday season. The voluminous sleeve design pairs well with chic straight-leg trousers but makes an even bolder statement on a colourful sheath dress. For glamorous pieces made of quality materials, visit the boutiques in your area.


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