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Valentine Picnic ideas

Dress the youngster s warmly; grab the summer picnic blanket, your favorite Valentine picnic treats and head out to have an afternoon of winter fun. It is no snow at Toronto at the moment so I think it safe to say that we will be skating for our outdoor valentine picnic this year in our community ice rink close to our house if the winter will stay in Toronto.

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Semlor and Fastelavns boller and Mardi Gras

Different foods are served all over the world, but this pre-lent treat have something in common as they are both very rich with cream and sweet buns like king cake in New Orleans with icing and different colors. Funny enough my husband is going to New Orleans and I’m going to ask him to bring some King cake home so I can taste how it taste compares to semlor and fastelavnbun.

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Florida Road Trip Highlights

We recently spent a week in Florida, plus about 2 days driving each way. As a family more interested in the natural than the commercial, here are our highlights. Savannah Georgia,Crystal River, Disney, Magic Kingdom,Beaches and The Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
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Make Snow Ice Cream

Ever tasted snow ice cream before? Not me either until recently. I had heard about it before some of the cartoons on TV.
We had some friends over last Saturday sledding and dinner. Since we just had a bunch of new fallen snow we decided to try to make snow ice cream with the kids.

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Give a heart to the birds

It is a traditional belief or story that on Valentine’s Day the birds find their mates. They have to hook up early in the year to make sure the children will be strong before the fall arrives.

What better Valentine gift can we give our bird friends than to give them some extra energy this winter? Make some suet cakes for your birds. You will attract western bluebirds, chickadees, jays, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers and more to your backyard.

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Holiday ice art

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Ice,ice baby

By Kari Svenneby

One year we celebrated Christmas in Norway, my home country. My parents were scratching their heads when my husband and daughter started to fill balloons with water and put them out on the porch to freeze. We then took cookie cutters on cookie trays and buckets and filled them with water.

Every time we were having dinner or hosting a holiday party last year, we would look at the beautiful ice sculptures glowing in the candlelight. It was so easy, cheap, environmentally friendly, educational and so beautiful.

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