Canadian Living December 2020 - Vol.45 No.10

The Canadian Living Magazine for helpful articles on food, cooking, health, relationships, family and lifestyles in Canada.

TVA Publications Inc.
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
holding still

This issue we’re proud to be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Canadian Living magazine. It was in December 1975 that we debuted in supermarkets across the country with a mandate to inspire and inform readers in all things lifestyle, from food to fashion, DIYs to destination travel, human interest to holiday decorating. To date, that’s more than 500 issues packed full of all the things you love! Together, in that time, we’ve witnessed the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the recognition of a new territory, the closing of residential schools and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the legalization of same-sex marriage and marijuana, the birth—and death—of some of our most treasured cultural icons, the first female prime minister, the determination and grit of the…

5 min
10 tricks, tips and ideas we love this month

1 IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING For the first time ever, the 24 Good Deeds Charity Advent Calendar is available in Canada. With a minimum contribution of $24, you can support 24 different projects around the world. Each calendar door opened offers a donation supporting projects focused on a variety of social and environmental issues, including women’s empowerment, poverty and education in Canada and around the world. Every organization has been carefully selected to ensure the long-term impact of each donation received. The Canadian edition, founded by Ute Shaw, features 11 Canadian organizations: Dare to Care, Breakfast Club of Canada, Sarvac, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Spirit North, Wilderness International, Second Harvest, Hope Air, Indspire, Sick Kid’s Foundation and Dog Guides of Canada. Calendars will be mailed out before the Advent season—get…

3 min
winter village chocolate cake

CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE CAKE MAKES 16 SERVINGS HANDS-ON TIME 45 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 3 HOURS 4½ cups all-purpose flour2 cups brown sugar½ cup sifted cocoa powder3½ tsp baking soda2 tsp cinnamon1 tsp salt3 eggs, lightly beaten1½ cups vegetable oil1 tsp vanilla115 g semi-sweet chocolate (4 oz), meltedChocolate Shortbread Cookies (recipe, right) Orange Icing 375 g cream cheese, softened1½ cups unsalted butter, softened1½ tsp vanilla4 tsp orange zest¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice6 cups icing sugar (approx) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside. In large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Using electric mixer on medium speed, beat in eggs, oil, vanilla and 1½ cups hot water until smooth. Fold in melted chocolate. Divide batter among prepared pans; bake until cakes…

1 min
gifts fashion & beauty

WASTE NOT FOR KNOTS These stylish scrunchies made from fabric scraps are an eco-conscious gift. LIPPY LOVE A vast array of lipstick shades in a matte finish. Muah! CUTIE FRUITY Luscious lip pops in blueberry and watermelon flavours make a fun stocking stuffer. 12 DAYS OF MAKEUP Open up a new window every day for a selection of beauty surprises. HAIR FLIP! Give the gift of fullbodied, luminous locks in one simple step IN THE BAG Gift a gorgeous vegan leather purse in a vibrant hue. BLING BLING Adorn a special person in your life with a beautiful collar necklace. DON WE NOW A printed neckerchief will make any one of your friends look dashing… through the snow. PAMPER PICKS A day at the spa may not be possible this year, but DIY facial masks definitely are. HAWT COIF Everything needed for a hairstyling transformation, all in one package. FRESH…

2 min
gifts health & wellness

MASSAGE MADE IN HEAVEN A foot massage anytime, anywhere… need we say more? PAJAMA PARTY Hibernate in style this season by snuggling into this waffleknit set from Roots COUNTING UP Fitbit’s Inspire 2 model is sleek and smart. It’ll send you encouraging reminders to get those steps in, plus track your heart rate and water intake. AT THE SPA A silky sleep mask is perfect for those who need absolute dark at bedtime—and want to look cute, too! MUSCLE MEMORY Someone you love really wants these pretty weights for their workout. SKIP TO MY LOU This LED smart jump rope displays workout data during exercise. LET THERE BE SLEEP Insomnia sufferers will be so thankful for the gift of this natural soothing tincture. FEED THE SKIN This gift pack boasts two of Weleda’s bestselling moisture creams. SAVASANA This vibrant yoga mat is as stylish as it is…

1 min
gifts home & living

SWEET EMBRACE A warm blend of blood orange, red currant, amber and mint makes this candle perfect for getting your hygge on. KEURIG® Elevate your coffee experience to delicious new heights with the new Keurig® K-Supreme Plus™ single serve coffee maker and its MultiStream™ technology. With a full customization of strengths, sizes and even iced coffee for an exceptional experience! PUPPERIFIC PRESENT Your favourite dog person is going to love this adorable illustrated guide to understanding four-legged pals. SOUND THE ALARM Lenovo’s new smart clock is equipped with Google Assistant, so it’s great for so much more than keeping time. GIVE LIGHT Beautiful glassware is always a well-received hostess gift. TOUCH NOT These little helpers are the perfect tools for keeping your fingers off high-touch points. TRADITIONAL TOKEN Learn about fun, unique and super-interesting holiday traditions from all around the world. SLICE O’ PIE Wrap…