A Long December

With Mike in school (he finally finished yesterday, thankfully) for all of November and most of December, things have been a bit crazy at Chez Get Outside.  I have been hand-making many of the Christmas gifts for our friends and extended family, which means my kitchen often looks like a frat house, and my hands bear the wounds of oven burns and knife-related miscalculations.

I can’t really share all of the things I have been making, as Christmas is not yet here, and most of these things are gifts, but here’s a bit of a sneak peek:

I got most of my Christmas shopping done and wrapped very early this year, which is unusual for me, but a huge relief, as I don’t have to go to any stores this weekend, unless I really want to (Mike and I do plan to go out this afternoon, but not to a mall, so that we can both get new winter boots).

Brown Paper Christmas Wrappin

We got gifts shipped out east to Mike’s family (although a bit later than I would have liked, I am hoping they arrive on time, Canada Post says Christmas Eve, which is perfect) and are planning on heading up to see my family on Christmas Day, after gifts and dinner with the kids and their dad.

It’s definitely been a busy few weeks! I’ve really been enjoying the holiday season this year, which is sometimes a challenge for me. I always make an effort to put on a great Christmas for the kids, but it’s lovely when I feel really in the spirit myself.

In the New Year I hope to share some of the holiday recipes I made and more details about the gifts I put together for everyone!  Until then, it’s back to the kitchen to get the last round of treats made before my weekend is gone 🙂

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Mike & Cal have been backpacking around Alberta for the past decade. This site is where they share trip reports, photos, and tips and tricks for getting outside.


  1. Good Luck with Canada Post….they have been crappy this year…express post in 2days yeh right 2 weeks late! But MERRY CHRISTMAS you two

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