Written By Gary Hynes Places / Vancouver / Victoria Nov 5, 2015 November/December 2015 EAT Magazine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSearching malls and big box stores for Christmas gifts can not only be exhausting, it can send money out of the community. So this year, I will be doing the holiday up DIY-style—and either making as many presents as possible or shopping at locally-owned stores to find unique and unusual handmade items. The pleasure comes, from not only making the gifts, but also going around and dropping them off—and if I’m lucky, I might be offered a wee tot of something good to drink.One year my family and I made our own candy—almond butter crunch toffee brittle covered in chocolate and Persian-style nougats with pistachios and rosewater. We really got into it and bought a large, 4’ x 6’ piece of white marble. (When hot candy is poured on a marble slab, it cools more quickly and this makes it easier to work with.) We also bought small, white boxes and filled them with several layers of our candy separated by parchment paper. Of course, there was beautiful ribbon to tie up the boxes. As a final touch, we hand-painted ceramic Christmas tree ornaments and tied them to the ribbon. It took us a few days and, by the end, we were so sick of the smell of chocolate we had to get out of the house and eat out for a few days. Read OnlineMerry Christmas and have a Happy DIY Holiday. – Gary HynesEditor SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Travel September 12, 2017 Tofino-Ucluelet News for September 2017 Fall in Tofino brings with it the opportunity to visit favourite eateries again as the lineups start to ease, but it’s no wonder people are ... Read More Causes / Victoria August 28, 2017 Vikram Vij Helps Raise Funds with Dinner for Power To Be Vikram Vij leans in beside me on a soft, teal chair on the stunning waterfront patio. The large outdoor kitchen behind us conjures images of ... Read More Travel August 17, 2017 Italian Culinary Trip – Oct 14-21, 2017 October 14-21st, 2017 days, 7 nights, 5 Regions from north to south From Piedmont to Puglia with stops in Emilia Romagna and Le Marche to get to ... Read More Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Destinations / First Look June 26, 2017 Newly relaunched Cure Lounge in Whistler is just in time for summer fun Nita Lake Lodge proudly relaunched its Cure lounge just in time for some fun in the sun during Canada’s 150th summer. Built in 2008, Nita Lake ... Read More Comments are closed.