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Erin, Meaghan, cake, and bubbly. Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

Recently my daughter and I ventured into Halifax for a change of scenery. She was on her university reading week and needed to escape the confines of her bedroom, where she spends most of her days tethered to a desk and computer, the unrelenting reality of online education. 

The trip to the city made us giddy. Both of us needed a break from our rural Nova Scotian existence. We made a reservation at a popular Halifax eatery, eager for the din of dining out and hungry for the convivial noise of mashed-up conversations, music, and the comings and goings of staff from the kitchen. 

Even with masks and plexiglass barriers, we weren’t disappointed. She was two weeks shy of her 20th birthday. We ordered wine with our dinner and a decadent layered caramel cake for dessert. The night didn’t start out as a celebration, but it ended as one. 

Behaviouralists have discovered the power in celebration, how we all can use it as a way to help pull ourselves out of dark and lonely places when the future seems dim. I have often relied on seemingly small moments of accomplishment in my own life when I need a reminder that the slightest progress can be worthy
of celebration. 

The joy of celebration inspires this issue of East Coast Living. And what better way to celebrate than with cake? There are many things that I love about cake, but most of that love is layered in it as a symbol of celebration, sharing, and the joy of bringing people together. If there
is cake, there is usually a good time happening. 

And speaking about good times, what fun we had on our cover shoot with cake maker Meaghan Adamski. We had no idea that our cover girl was also a birthday girl on the day that we snapped the photos in the gorgeous kitchen owned by Meaghan’s friend Erin Sanderson in Middle Sackville, N.S. 

It was Meaghan’s special day, but her gift to you are easy instructions to make your own spectacular sugar flower decorations. Learn more here.

Let your creativity bloom and when you gather with your special people to reveal your masterpiece, say cheers with a glass of wine from one of your favourite East Coast wineries. Writer Sara Ericsson asks you to open your senses to the new world of local wines, that have moved from the fringe to forefront, lauded internationally for innovation and experience. See her story here.

These days we don’t need a lot of space to celebrate. Increasingly, people are looking at ways to live large in tiny homes. Contributing editor Janet Whitman explores the latest in the tiny-home movement, exploring how living small contributes to sustainable and affordable living here on the East Coast. Read the story here.

Maybe your idea of a tiny house is a different kind of green. Gardening experts Niki Jabbour and Jodi DeLong dig up the best ideas for extending your growing season with tips on building green houses and cold frames that could see you celebrating the bounty of your garden well into next winter.

It’s been a tough year to celebrate, but even while navigating all of the setbacks and heartaches endured since last spring, the human need for triumph has been part of our journey. We hope you enjoy all we’ve packed into this issue. Happy spring!

Crystal Murray,

East Coast Living