Grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage - you'll need it to get through this tale lol. So enjoy the silly and simple things...its what we need more of!
She had just walked out of the den & was taking off her apron after handing out popcorn & freshly baked cookies to her family who were lazing around. It had been the smell of frosted pine together with the sight of the woodland candle confetti in the woven bowl that had triggered the memory of that amazing day!
You see...it’s something that you long for and truly hope for... but very rarely does it happen! And now the memory had been triggered as she recalled one of the most incredible sights. One that had very literally walked right in front of them. I’m not sure ‘it’ even knew they were there, but my goodness, did they ever know his presence!
They must have been walking upwind for him to not have caught their scent. Or maybe he just didn’t care...hard to tell. They had chatted for most of the hike but now they were walking in single file along the old abandoned train track - with the crunching of snow beneath their feet that literally sounded like a freight train. But even before they saw him their ears had been alert to any ‘unusual sounds’. When hiking that far out 'they' often tell you to be prepared and to always be aware of your surroundings. So when they heard what sounded like the snapping of tree branches they froze and started to listen hard while their hearts started to rev up like runaway trains!
They had set out really early that winter morning. It was one of ‘those’ mornings too ... you know, heavy frost, thick mist where your breath billows as the warmth of it hits the cold air. Even now as they stood silent their breath could be seen... and so could his! They saw his breath first and then ... there he was! They were amazed that he didn’t look their way, I mean seriously, could he not hear the sound of their hearts beating against the cavity of their chests? He was humongous!!! And powerful! And absolutely majestic with a HUGE rack on top of his head! In a matter of seconds he appeared at the top of the embankment then took one giant stride down, crossed the abandoned train track and was now stomping off into the bush with seamless effort. They looked at each other grinning from ear-to-ear while letting out ‘silent’ screams of excitement. THIS is what it was all about for them. Yes, they loved the hike and the scenery all around them, BUT if they could catch a glimpse of ANY wildlife then to them ...they had hit the jackpot! And THIS sighting, although short was captured in detail on the canvas of their minds.
They sort of skipped, ran, tiptoed up the track just fast enough to capture a glimpse of his rear end as he stomped off into the thick of the bush. He was wild and free and they loved seeing Him that way as he wandered off into whatever adventure lay ahead for him.
It had been a crazy day of Christmas activities so with those thoughts still in-tact she put her apron down and snuck away to relax in a deep hot tub of eucalyptus mint while re-living the memories of the moose sightings and all the wonderful days spent hiking in the mountains!
And so there we have the inspiration for our TRUE NORTH Christmas box! Featuring our fabulous wild friend - the Moose!
First of all thank you for the incredible support we received this Christmas we literally shipped boxes from Newfoundland up to Nunavut and all the way across to Yukon!!
The makers that we worked with were just lovely so please google them and check out their businesses and their wonderful creations
We custom made our own True North Moose Christmas Apron by using an artist from Newfoundland and our friends at Fresh Image Print in Stony Creek. We also included a Moose Tracks Christmas Cookie recipe (see below).
Market Candle Company from New Market, Ontario supplied us with an amazing Frosted Pine Candle that so many have raved about.
Furever Farm House from Fort Erie, Ontario custom made our birch wood ‘woodland’ candle/table confetti (snowflakes, moose, trees)
Basket & Bowls from British Columbia handmade our sweet woven mini bowls that are perfect for jewelry or candle confetti ☺️
Some Kind of Wonderful Bath Body Home Welland, Ontario made our organic Peppermint Kiss lip balm & the soothing Eucalyptus Mint Bath Soaks
Nighs Sweet Shop Stevensville, Ontario the delicious dark & milk chocolate drizzled caramel corn
Elle Studio Organics from Steinbach Manitoba supplied us with generous coupons for each of the boxes
We hope you enjoy exploring these small businesses as much as we loved working with them. Now onto our March box! Please consider purchasing a subscription or a one-time box and thank you so very much!
MOOSE TRACK CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Preheat the oven to 350*. In a medium saucepan combine the chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, and the butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add the eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, and baking powder. Stir with a spoon until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and the mini peanut butter cups. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm. Let cool on sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wax paper to cool all the way. Makes 36 cookies
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons butter ~ 2 eggs ~ 2⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup flour 1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄4 tsp baking powder 1 cup white choc chips
2 cups chopped mini rees's peanut butter cups