Tips for a Great New Year

Everyone loves a fresh start. At the beginning of a new year, it’s time to dream again, time to think about all that we could be and accomplish. What happened in the last 365 days doesn’t matter because a new year is a clean slate.

History tells us this New Year’s zeal is short-lived. Gyms are packed the first week in January (more…)

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

These really are the only cookies you ever need to make. In over 20 years of cookie-making, I’ve tried a lot of great recipes. Truly none compare.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups (532 ml) of flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt (more…)

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Catching Up

Let’s be honest. We’ve all fallen behind at some point in our lives. No matter how disciplined or hard-working you are, there will always be something in life that requires you to catch up.

Because of its many nuances, this phrase has tripped up many English learners in their journey to fluency. But you don’t have to be one of them.

Do you have work to catch up on? A person to catch up with? Or do you want to invite a long-lost friend for coffee in order to catch up? Keep this blog post handy so you’ll be ready to use “catch up” like a native when the time comes. (more…)

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The Story of Santa

Almost 1700 years ago a man named Nicholas lived in what is today Demre, Turkey. While he faded from the scene in Asia Minor for nearly a millennia, he has been made famous across the globe and in recent years his legend has made it’s way back to Turkey.

Santa Claus, as he’s most commonly known, was born in Demre around 270 A.D. to wealthy Christian parents. When he lost his parents as a child, he decided to devote his life and wealth to helping the poor. While there are dozens of legends surrounding his life, there is a particular story that is widely accepted as true, and has been cherished through the years. (more…)

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