27 September, 2015

Canadian Living Magazine (Weekend Reads)


Sure, I read Seventeen and then later Self and Shape. Sometimes I read Vogue like I understood it. And to keep up with my Dad I read Macleans and Time. But it was Canadian Living that made me feel truly grown up and special.

My Mom had a subscription for as long as I remember. I would wait until her busy schedule allowed her to read it first, but always sneaking peaks at the back page for the little personal essays and the recipe section. Of course, we made note of recipes we wanted her to make! The old issues piled up on our original IKEA book shelves, the weight of the information bowing shelf after shelf.

I would read the magazine from cover to cover, learning about diseases only known to a select few, wishing I could afford to dress and was actually old enough to have a style, and being inspired by Canadians everywhere. Canadian Living was a big part of my education in life, food, and magazines.

It is the 40th anniversary of the magazine. When I found that out I had a bit of a giggle as this is my 40th year as well. I, quite literally, grew up with the magazine. And I still buy it and read it cover to cover, relishing the tips and recipes and stories. It is a delicious Sunday treat. At the end of the issue I often have more dog eared pages than not, notes and recipes marked for reference and continued inspiration. You can have a great website (which they do and I use for recipe searching often) but nothing beats the paper in hand, a cup of tea by my side.

One day I will be published in Canadian Living. I don't think I ever thought way as a kid, even thought I loved to write then, but now it is a big goal. 40 brings on big thinking!

16 comments:

Susan Strong (strongstitches.wordpress.com) said...

In our house it was Chatelaine magazine. I loved that they often had a sewing or crafty project along with the articles and fashion.

Suzanne said...

Sunset Magazine was that magazine in our house. To this day,I think of my mom when I see it on the stands.

Sandy said...

I love Canadian Living Magazine. I have collected many wonderful recipes over the years, plus lots of knitting, sewing and crafting patterns. They have beautiful gardening articles, and practical home decorating ideas. Their Christmas issues always inspire me. I could go on, but you get the idea. I usually read the magazine from back to front -- something I started doing years ago!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Yay! I love Canadian Living too and grew up on it and Chatelaine. Nice pick!

christine m. said...

Oh, I have the same emotional rush of memories when I see the new edition of CL each month at the grocery store check out. I loved Peter Gzowski's reflections on Canada (printed on the last page, as you mentioned.. God rest his soul) and as I planned for married life, I had visions of a home reflecting all that CL mag offered. I have most of their cookbooks and they continue to be my standard "go to" when cooking for any special occasion or family holiday. Thanks for jogging the memory. Long may they reign! :D

Sherry said...

I'm not sure when they started exactly, but I got married in August of 1974 and I think I bought EVERY issue for 20 years. And kept them all. I finally decided that was a bit ridiculous and went through pulling recipes. I still pick up the odd issue so this brought back many happy memories.

Christina said...

I love Canadian Living too! When I moved across the country to do my Masters my mom got me a Canadian Living subscription. My roommates laughed every month about my old lady magazine, really, what 25 year old gets Canadian Living? I loved it, it was like a hug from home! She still gets me a subscription every year for my birthday.

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