My head start on Christmas
Had a wonderful time visiting the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for their annual Christmas in November event. You can read all about it in my Hot Home column this week. There was so much to tell, however, that I ran out of space and couldn’t include all the seminar presenters.
In addition to Chefs Michael Smith and Anna Olson, whose tips I share in my column, visitors attended seminars by event planner Katherine Lomax, chef Julie Van Rosendaal, cheese specialist Wolfgang Stampe, Edmonton Journal garden columnist Chris Standring, and health and wellness experts Dawn Kosloski and Lindsay Nealon
Canada AM décor expert Karl Lohnes hosted a popular holiday décor seminar, using lots of items from Debbie Travis' Christmas line for Canadian Tire (shown above) and he kindly agreed to share an easy, elegant décor project he calls Fire and Ice.
What you need:
Rose bowl, vessel to fit inside of rosebowl, florists' clear cellophane paper (about a 6-foot length cut into 12-inch pieces), water, votive candle
What you do:
Place clear vessel (water glass or skinny pickle jar works best) into the rose bowl. The vessel should be about the same height as the rose bowl.
Scrunch up pieces of cellophane and pack in the rose bowl all around the vessel. Take time to tuck any fly-away edges into the rose bowl.
Put a low, votive candle in the bottom of the vessel (LED votives work best). If using a real votive, then lighting it is easy with a long BBQ lighter.
Pour water in around the cellophane, making sure not to spill any into the vessel. Fill to the top.
Give it a try - I guarantee it will start to get you in the mood for Christmas. And, if you just happen to be thinking about a blow-out family gift this year, consider planning a trip to Jasper. Everybody should see it at least once in a lifetime - it's simply magnificent.