Welcome to our annual 60-Day Holiday Countdown Giveaway!
From November 2 to December 31, 2016, we're giving away weekly prizes (for a total value of over $15,000) as part of our 60-Day Holiday Countdown.
For easy access to our weekly prizes, sign up for our 60-Day Holiday Countdown newsletters and you'll receive a daily email featuring a link to enter that week's contest, along with Tested Till Perfect holiday recipes, awesome gift guides, DIY decor ideas and more. You can enter to win each prize once daily until each contest closes.
You can enter to win this week's prize below, and see past contests and winners.
THIS WEEK'S CONTEST
Giveaway #6: Asus Zenbook Flip UX360 ($999 CAD value)
Contest closes on Dec. 7th @ 11:59 p.m. EST.
Giveaway #5: Roots equestrian boots ($338 CAD value)
Contest is now closed.
Giveaway #4: Peoples Vera Wang pearl earrings ($1499 CAD value)
Contest is now closed.
WINNER: Joan Kenny
Giveaway #3: LG G5 with accessory gift pack ($1800 CAD value)
Contest is now closed.
WINNER: Taylor Borg
Giveaway #2: Saeco Moltio Coffeemaker ($1500 CAD value)
Contest is now closed.
WINNER: Alison Renault
Giveaway #1: Quartz Laurentia Parka ($829 CAD value)
Contest is now closed.
WINNER: Aline Le
Indigo Kickoff prize ($378.95 CAD)
Contest is now closed.
WINNER: Jolanda Rettinger
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Credits: Jeff Coulson
Be the star of the show with our 11 ultimate potluck dishes.
These brownies are Food Director Annabelle Waugh's secret recipe and are sure to be a hit at any potluck! We now use it as our classic brownie recipe at Canadian Living. You'll see that they live up to their name.
Creamy and comforting? Check. Rich and delicious? Check. This simple, classic side has everything you could ever ask for in a potato gratin. We guarantee you'll make it again and again – and again!
We gave our classic caesar salad a nutrient boost by adding tender baby kale. Crunchy pumpernickel croutons and Parmesan crisps really put this salad above the rest.
Serve this saucy pulled pork as sandwiches piled high on buns, with bowls of garnishes, such as pickled jalapeños, sour cream, shredded cheese and thinly shredded red cabbage (or better yet, red cabbage slaw), and let guests build their own sandwiches.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken. It yields a large quantity of sauce that freezes well if you're feeding a smaller group. Serve over hot steamed basmati rice.
This version of potato salad has all the comfort of a fully loaded baked potato and can be made ahead of time so it's ready when you need it.
No one will be able to resist these flaky savoury sausage rolls. Make them in advance of any party and reheat in the oven before serving.
Vegetarians won't feel left out of the pot luck with these delicious bites and your meat-eating guests will appreciate them too.
Our foolproof 5-ingredient roasted garlic dip couldn't be simpler to make. Serve it with your favourite vegetables, or alongside festive Christmas Tree Veggie Tray.
I know what you're thinking: Who brings biscuits to a potluck? One bite of Mile-High Bacon Cheese Biscuits and the answer will be you! They combine easy-to-work-with dough and the layering technique of puff pastry. They're great at brunch with poached eggs, with soup or – my favourite – warm from the oven with a slice of tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce tucked inside. Instant BLT.
This twist on an Italian classic combines lightly spiced layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and citrus-flavoured ladyfinger cookies in an everyday baking dish that's perfect for a large crowd. Top with praline dust just before serving so that it keeps its crunch.
If you can't find time to hit the gym, you can still do an at-home workout with a quick search on YouTube. Here are five fitness channels that will help you work up a sweat.
Don't feel like going to the gym? No problem. Recently, YouTube has undergone a fitness revolution as trainers post exercises and routines that you can do at home or on the go.
Searches for "home workouts" are on the rise across Canada, and YouTube fitness gurus are stepping up to meet the demand. "There are over 11 million videos on YouTube with 'home workout' in the title," says Google and YouTube trends expert Jenn Kaiser. And you don't have to limit yourself—the videos offer everything from Pilates and yoga to ab and HIIT challenges. We asked Kaiser about the top trending fitness crazes in Canada and the best workouts to try for each.
1) For your yoga fix
"Searches for yoga have been on a steady rise over the past eight years. Today, almost 3.8 million videos have 'yoga at home' in the title," says Jenn.
What to watch: Get a little zen at home with our pick, Yoga with Adriene, which has more than 1.3 million subscribers. With lessons for all skill levels and options to sweat and tone or relax and meditate, this channel has something for everyone. One of Adriene's most popular playlists is her Yoga Boot Camp, a 30-day program designed for beginners to fully immerse themselves in the yogi lifestyle.
Why we love it: Adriene breaks down yoga moves for beginners so you can learn them step-by-step.
Don't miss: Yoga for Complete Beginners, 30 Days of Yoga (Day 1) and Power Yoga.
2) For a fun fitness challenge
"Fitness challenges are a huge trend on YouTube," says Kaiser. "They typically involve a combination of different exercises that you repeat, and eventually work up to 200, 500 or 1,000 reps." We might not be completing 200 squats anytime soon, but we like the idea of using a challenge to motivate ourselves to get moving.
What to watch: Blogilates (3 million subscribers). Cassey Ho, the creator of Blogilates, is known for her POP Pilates videos, where she combines Pilates moves with Top 40 hits to make fun challenges for her subscribers. Blogilates is the perfect channel to visit if you're looking to test your limits, with videos featuring squat, ab and push plank challenges, and even a flexibility challenge. Ho's energy and spirit make your Blogilates session something to look forward to.
Why we love it: Ho creates a free, printable monthly workout calendar for subscribers, with each day devoted to working a different part of the body. Her channel also features a segment called "Cheap, Clean Eats," where Ho provides cheap but healthy meal and snack ideas that anyone can make.
Don't miss: Ho's Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge, which is one of the top squat challenge videos on YouTube with more than six million views. Other notable picks: What Makes You Bootyful Butt Challenge and The Ultimate Hot Body Workout.
3) For the ultimate abs
There's no shortage of ab videos online. In fact, "there are over 42,000 'ab challenge,' videos on YouTube" says Kaiser. But some are better than others.
What to watch: BeFiT (2.1 million subscribers). With their 30-day six-pack abs program, BeFiT is the perfect channel to visit to feel the burn. By combining routines from top fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels and Jane Fonda, BeFiT has established a reliable team that will whip you into shape in no time. Aside from ab videos, the channel has a range of exercises to help you tone and build muscle, from Pilates to dance exercises. With their 30- and 90-day workout programs, it's easy to keep up a regular fitness regimen.
Why we love it: BeFiT uploads a new video daily, so you'll never have to wait around for a new routine.
Don't miss: 6 Week Six-Pack Abs, 10-Minute Cardio Dance Abs and Jillian Michaels: Standing Abs Workout.
4) For a high-intensity sweat session
"Searches for HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts are at an all-time high in Canada," says Kaiser. "HIIT workouts consist of intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of rest. They have many scientifically proven benefits, and are known to increase metabolism, burn fat and improve cardiovascular health."
What to watch: Our pick for your Hiit challenge is Tone it Up (561,000 subscribers). Founded in 2008 by two best friends, Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn, Tone it Up brings a new approach to fitness with a focus on community and sisterhood. Their enthusiasm and friendly tone makes you feel like you're working out with a group of girlfriends rather than two trainers. Their goal was to create a group for women to stay connected, through their online community and the #TIUgirls hashtag, which allows women to support each other on social media throughout their fitness journeys.
Why we love it: Their videos are filmed on the beach in sunny California and will have you dreaming of your next vacation and how toned your body will be.
Don't miss: Hump Day HIIT!, HIITy Bitty Bikini and Boxing HIIT Workout!
5) For an express workout
If you only have a few minutes for a workout, you might not have time to get to a gym. Luckily there are plenty of express workouts available at the touch of a button.
What to watch: Fitness Blender (3 million subscribers). Fitness Blender was created by Daniel and Kelli Segars, a husband and wife personal trainer team. They started their channel with a mission to make fitness accessible to everyone regardless of income. They provide the perfect resource for at home fitness with over 350 videos for home training. With more than 120 express workouts that you can do in 10 minutes or less, you have no more excuses for skipping your workout.
Why we love them: Their interactive website lets you pick your workout length, calorie burn goal, body focus and equipment so you can have the ultimate at-home session tailored to your needs.
Don't miss: 10 Minute Abs, 5 Minute Butt and Thighs and Quick 10 Minute Core.
Need a workout that requires nothing but a smartphone? Check out these free apps that will make your workout better.
Canadian Living visited the historic South End district of Halifax to see the celebrated craftsmanship of architect Andrew R. Cobb. Over 100 years since his work, his signature style has left a mark on the residents of this charming period neighbourhood, who take time to decorate their doors in vivd holiday vignettes. Find inspiration for your own holiday decorations from one of these 12 beautifully decorated holiday doors.
Lynn O'Callaghan took the three Rs to heart for her vibrant decor. She reduced the number of urns on her veranda to a single standout arrangement; reused her old wreath, updating the original lime ribbon with fab fuchsia tulle; and recycled a large birch branch destined for the dump by sawing it up and inserting pieces into the urn. We'll add a fourth R for "reimagined." Instead of plastic ties, Lynn used green dollar-store pipe cleaners to suspend her handsome spruce and hemlock garlands. Brilliant!
Wreath, propsfloraldesign.com; light, livinglightingns.ca
The bright Bermuda-inspired front door of Elizabeth and Michael Ryan's 1920s Andrew Cobb home is complemented with a simple homemade wreath. Elizabeth wired small pinecones onto a wreath form; added a few larger pinecones that she and her husband, a Second World War buff, found in Normandy, France; and finished the look with metallic gold sprays and ribbon.
With its luxe louvered shutters, stucco exterior and climbing vines, Lynn Tilley's home exudes French country charm. During the holiday season, an ornate wreath of pink and burgundy flowers, berries and pinecones pops against the stately black door, while a bold yet elegant bow tops the pretty package.
Bow, mymothersbloomers.ca; wreath, costco.ca
Festive flourishes are no sweat for Larry Swinamer and Susan MacIntosh. Decorating, says Larry, is "a collective, fun endeavour. It just sort of flows." He's in charge of the entryway's delightful arrangement of hanging ornaments, while Susan, who is the owner of Props Floral Design, takes care of the wreath and planter. She breaks up the evergreens with decorative elements made of copper, including whimsical whales – a nod to the couple's waterfront location.
Wreath and planter arrangement, propsfloraldesign.com
"A wreath on the door expresses the circle of love, peace and joy that begins at home," says Catherine Johnston, who had this splurge-worthy statement piece custom-designed to complement her home's dazzling façade. As a personal touch, she added fragrant cedar and balsam fir boughs cut from her winter cottage at Foley Lake, N.S.
Wreath, propsfloraldesign.com; light, homedepot.ca
"Every year I'd buy a wreath and it would come with a piddly little red bow," says Cindy Wheeler Ingham, who wanted something more substantial to decorate her Andrew Cobb home for the holidays. Her search led her to this bold ready-made bow in her youngest son's favourite colour – only to find it was too big for her wreath. So...she ditched the wreath!
Bow, mymothersbloomers.ca; coach lanterns, homedepot.ca
"We really try to achieve the classic Dickens theme," explains Margo Giacomantonio. From the thick pine garland wrapped in 40 feet of ribbon to the pine and eucalyptus wreath, everything in the traditional red-and-green scheme is fresh and homemade. Flanking the door are two massive urns featuring dogwood, gold-sprayed branches and poinsettias."
Ribbon, kent.ca; wreath decorations, propsfloraldesign.com
Why should the front door get all the glory? Graced with a corner lot, these homeowners took much care in creating garden gates that were not only complementary to their Tudor-style home but also pleasing to passersby en route to the nearby city park. The neutral backdrop means the sprays – a mix of balsam fir, white pine, alder and teasel – garner the attention they deserve.
Sprays, Balsamea House, 902-624-6261
"Nova Scotia weather is not kind to Christmas decorations," says homeowner Suzanne Morrison. The secret to her success? A collection of fabulous faux adornments, including holly berry and pinecone garland, lit potted plants and a cool contemporary silver wreath.
Garland, walmart.ca; plants and wreath, homesense.ca; planters, halifaxseed.ca; mailbox, michaels.com; sconces, kichler.com
At Laurie Cruess's 1915 American foursquare–style home, a wreath of wide-meshed ribbon, purchased at the Dalhousie University Christmas Craft Sale, shimmers under the soft glow of the period-perfect mission sconces. With the help of a friend who works at the Halifax Public Gardens, Laurie arranged the planters with fresh evergreens clipped from her own garden, along with magnolia leaves, pinecones and dogwood branches.
The Boileau family refreshed the stately elegance of their 1910 Andrew Cobb home by repainting the original sconces and replacing the drafty old door with a handsome replica. But when it comes to decorating for the holidays, they choose fun over formality. Take, for example, their wreath, decked with brilliant purple baubles and delightfully unexpected eggplant-coloured leaf clusters.
Silver branches, winners.ca; silver baubles, realcanadiansuperstore.ca; wreath decorations, propsfloraldesign.com; evergreens, Balsamea House, 902-624-6261
Janet Willwerth keeps her front-door decor minimal but meaningful. "I find comfort in the familiarity of my Christmas things," she says. "Each time they are brought out, they bring back memories." Her whimsical grouping showcases two special gifts (the Santa and candy cane), a robust wreath (bought from a door-to-door salesperson) to which Janet added a bow, and an antique ship's lantern from Pictou, N.S., that's been in her family for generations.