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Advent Day 1: Tree Trimming Party

TREE TRIMMING PARTY It's December 1st and the Scouts have set up their Christmas tree lot around the corner beside the AME Church. We've had an artificial tree for years....

Advent Day 3: Christmas Cookie Wars

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WARS! Today marks a Battle Royale between the Ancients and the Moderns Today, our favourite Christmas Cookie recipe will go head-to-head with a rookie-newcomer for the title of...

Advent Day 4: Adopt and Invent an Animal

Adopt and Invent an Animal Tuesdays are traditionally giving days on our Advent Calendar Today, we're going "adopt" an animal from a favourite charity We'll be letting the kids decide...

Advent Day 5: Fried Chicken Tour

FRIED CHICKEN TOUR! Today, we're starting stage one of our Fried Chicken Tour of the City of Toronto! T's crazy about fried chicken and looking for the best in the...

Advent Day 6: Late Night Tailgate Party

We've got a late night tonight. So we're going to spend the tail end of it having... A Late Night Tailgate Party Get out the red and green tortilla chips,...

Advent Day 8: Checkered Tablecloth, The Works

Checkered Tablecloth, The Works! Tonight, we're fixing on an old fashioned steakhouse dinner with steaks & burgers, frites & baked potatoes, beer & whisky + dessert! RETURN TO THE ADVENT...

Advent Day 10: Christmas Canning

CHRISTMAS CANNING Today, we're making some extra special holiday gifts. Alongside my famous Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce, we'll be tackling either Lillie O'Brien's Persimmon, Saffron & Vanilla Jam or her...

Advent Day 15: Photograph The City

Photograph the City Today, we'll visit the Art Gallery of Ontario (for Anthropocene) and Allen Gardens (for the Winter Flower Show). Then, we'll go outside and photograph the city with an eye for...

Advent Day 16: Hallmark-Style Christmas Movie Spoof

Hallmark-Style Christmas Movie Spoof Tonight, we're going to write, produce, and film our own spoof trailer, meet-cute, or pivotal scene from a Hallmark-style Christmas Movie. Bonus points for "modernizing" Shakespeare,...

Advent Day 17: Make Soft Salted Caramels

Today, we're going to make Soft Salted Caramels for the family and for gifting! Here's a copy of my recipe! Soft Salted Caramels 1 c heavy cream5 tbs unsalted butter...

Advent Day 19: See All The Lights

SEE ALL THE LIGHTS! Our annual tradition lives on! After a holiday event downtown, we'll cruise the giant inflatable Santas on Inglewood Drive and SEE ALL THE LIGHTS! RETURN TO...

Advent Day 20: Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market It's our annual tradition! Today, B and I will go have a lunch in the Distillery District and Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Toronto Christmas Market....

Advent Day 21: Holiday Beatnik Coffeehouse

Holiday Beatnik Coffeehouse As you may have noticed, I took suggestions from the teenagers as to what they'd like to do on various days in Advent. In addition to the...

Advent Day 22: St. Lawrence Market Cheese Board

St. Lawrence Market Cheese Board This morning, we'll get up before dawn and travel to the amazing stalls at St. Lawrence Market, gathering the ingredients for our Christmas Dinner and...

Advent Day 23: Bûche de Noël

Today, we're making the Bûche de Noël for our Christmas Dinner! We'll either be making this amazing Chocolate Mint Buche de Noël or my all-time favourite Lemon Bûche de Noël with...

Advent Day 24: Christmas Eve Checklist

Here it is! The annual Christmas Eve Checklist! □ Go for a Brisk walk with our mini-schnauzer, Elvis! □ Make tons of Christmas cookies. □ Live stream Jon Solomon's 30-Hour...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! RETURN TO THE ADVENT 2018 EVENTS PAGE

New Year’s Eve Film Fest: Train Movies

TRAIN FILMS!!! This year's New Year's Eve film fest will consist of movies that take place on a train or which feature a train scene as a main plot-point. Since...

Advent Love-To-Do List 2019 Goes Live

SSJ's Advent Love-to-Do List 2019 is now live! Check out the full post, here! And don't forget: SSJ'S 2019 Advent Calendar begins to populate on December 1, 2019! Follow along...

Advent Calendar 2019 Begins Tomorrow!

MY 2019 ADVENT CALENDAR WILL BEGIN TO POPULATE RIGHT HERE ON DECEMBER 1, 2019! FOLLOW ALONG DAILY BY CHECKING THE  2019 ADVENT CALENDAR MONTHLY VIEW OR HEADING HOME TO SMELLINGSALTSJOURNAL.COM ! IN...

Advent Day 1: Tree Trimming Party

It'sthe firstday of Advent!Time to trim the tree! First, we'll have to choose one!This afternoon, we'll trek over tothe local Scouts lot for a tall, slim fir. Then, we'll turn...

Advent Day 2: Design Bookplates

Design your own Bookplate! Today's Advent TBD is a MAJOR THROWBACK to our very first online Advent Calendar in 2011 ! The kids were too young to get involved, and...

Advent Day 9: Make Block-Printed Tea Towels

Make Block-Printed Tea Towels Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with tea-towels, especially calendar tea towels. If we’re going to have a good time this afternoon, DIY calendars may...

Advent Day 10: Donate to Forests Ontario

Donate to Forests Ontario Let's flight climate change, dozens of trees at at time!Today, we're making a contribution to Forests Ontario. How will you make a difference today?

Advent Day 11: Make Fried Chicken

Make Fried Chicken Last year's Advent Calendar started us off on a Fried Chicken tour of the city. This week in conquering our "Fear of Frying," we'll be frying chicken...