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Oh my gosh, I am for real sneaking this one in just under the wire. I have had a busy day of holiday baking, podcast recording, toddler babysitting, and sibling game night with very little time to write… and when I got home, I discovered that I had left my laptop at my siblings’ house. Luckily my brother Kevin was way, way too kind and rushed it over to me just in time.

And it’s mildly appropriate to today’s post because today’s post features pictures of my family!

Beer 6 Wrapped

The best picture is the one with the mildly creepy Santa that Kevin is totally not in, even though he probably should have been there. (Was he scared of creepy Santa? Probably.)

But anyway, today is not about the Santa pictures… today is about the beer.

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In an absolutely shocking and astonishing turn of events, it is December 10th and I’m already posting about what I read in November. Is it my new format for book posts? Is it Blogmas?

what I read: Nov 2021

Or is it because I only read four books? (And only took pictures of three?)

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beer 5 wrapped

Day 5! We’re nearing the halfway point of the beer exchange, which means we’re also inching ever closer to being halfway through Blogmas. (I realize I’m still three days away but… it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s totally fine. Haha.) As I mentioned in the Day 4 post, I finally decorated for the holidays and I really am beginning to feel festive. (It didn’t hurt that in the barre class I took yesterday morning had some solid Christmas music sprinkled throughout the playlist as well…)

Anyway, we are going a bit back in time here because it was on the day that I posted about Beer 4, that I drank… Beer 5.

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I need to start this post with a little apology, before I start recounting the lovely brunch I had at Calgary’s River Cafe this past weekend. I am so sorry that I am only a medium blogger and literally forget to take pictures all the time. Hahaha.

River Cafe in the Winter
Picture 100% not courtesy of me, because I am a medium blogger. It is directly from River Cafe and on Saturday, it looked a lot like this. Only much greyer and also it was actively snowing. So maybe it’s better that I use their picture.

Every December, my fantastic friends Claire, Kendra and I have a special festive get together. We even managed to pull it off last year, amid COVID restrictions, by watching a live streamed play “together” (but separately, in our individual homes) and getting ready “together” (over Zoom). This year, the restrictions allow us to see each other in person again! So we decided to mix it up a little with brunch at River Cafe!

River Cafe, located on Prince’s Island Park, looks and feels exactly like a little cabin tucked away in the woods. It is rustic, but high-end, with a seasonal menu that is dedicated to Canadian cuisine. And the best thing about going there for brunch?

River Cafe Brunch Menu

The prices are super comparable to any other weekend brunch… but you get all the high-end luxury of being in the beautiful setting. Look at that cutlery! (And the not pictured snow, lightly falling by the window. Like something out of a gosh-darn fairy tale… if only this mediocre blogger had taken a picture…)

Island Fizz

We hold the belief that brunch isn’t brunch without mimosas so, of course, we ordered their take on the brunch classic. The Island Fizz – prosecco and Okanogan fruit juice! (If it’s real fruit juice, it can’t be bad for you, right?)

Artic Char Eggs Benedict

Speaking of brunch needs – I almost always go for Eggs Benedict, especially if there is a smoked salmon option. Of course, River Cafe puts a local twist on an old classic. Under that beautiful Hollandaise was a delicious cured artic char and under the artic char was a roasted garlic and rosemary biscuit. So, so good! (However, a part of me kind of wanted some basic chunky roasted hashbrowns… though the potato rösti was definitely delicious. I’m just basic sometimes.)


Here’s an important holiday question for you! Which do you prefer – a holiday brunch or holiday bar?

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Yes yes yes! Today is December 7th (which means I’ve officially made it a week into Blogmas without losing my mind or missing a day) and today is another day for ye old beer exchange. And today is a very very exciting day because…

Christmas Decorations

… I decorated for Christmas today!

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to find the energy to do it this year! The past two weeks have been crazy busy and it’s been hard to have the energy to do much else other than write and watch Vlogmas videos when I’m home. But I wasn’t called for rehearsal today and I have a friend coming over to watch a festive video tomorrow, so I was inspired!

I probably won’t post about how I decorate – I don’t have a ton of decorations because my place isn’t huge and I don’t live alone. Unless that’s something y’all want?

Anyway, today’s post is not about decorations… it’s about Beer 4!

Beer Exchange Day 4 - wrapped
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Holiday Beer Exchange Day 3

It’s an odd numbered day, so y’all know what that means on this girl’s march towards Christmas… another reveal of another beer from the holiday beer exchange! (And if you squint reaaaaallly hard, you can get an insider look at the nonsense notes I take for MOA. I usually handwrite them because I love notebooks but I just wanted to make it legible for you today.)

This beer came courtesy of friend of the blog, Claire, and she was pretty open with me that she just picked it for the label. What is this beautiful label? Did this method of picking a beer work? Follow me through the “Read More” page break (#nospoilers) to find out…

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Beer Exchange - Cherry Porter

I realized something super unimportant today. Posting about these posts on Instagram will spoil the beers for people in the exchange who aren’t on quite the same beverage opening schedule as me!

This is a Beer Exchange with basically no rules. It is the wild west of beer exchanges. It’s like an advent calendar, if the advent calendar had no dates on it.

Which is good, because in my old age, I’ve realized that I need a tiny bit of flexibility to remain on track.

But, I want to be respectful of the two people in the exchange who might see these posts on my social media so… please enjoy this click through in order to keep the second beer a secret!

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Blogmas 2021! Is that a thing? I don’t know.

Here’s the thing. I failed wildly at Nanowrimo this year. Like, to the point that it was good that I didn’t announce it because I would be embarrassed at my numbers. But, I had my Masters convocation, looked after Rylee for a week, got insanely sick for the first time in two years (not COVID) and got cast in a play. So I was doing all sorts of good things. But now that things have slowed down… now is the time to really work on developing a daily practice of writing, even without a set word count.

So, I’m going to do Blogmas! Like Vlogmas, but written down.

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