What’s not to love about November? The month that slowly slips us into the holiday season and of course, my favorite, Thanksgiving. The weather seems to abruptly change, coincidence? I’m not sure but last year we had significant snow on the third and this year, the same thing is in the forecast! Not to worry, by this time the gardens and outdoor spaces have been cleaned up and put to bed, so I can start to focus on cozying up the indoors and wrap my thoughts around upcoming holidays. I’m one that does most all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving and this year is no different. I do this primarily to enjoy the season without the commercial pressures that seem to come at us from every angle. I like to savor all the moments in this beautiful time of year. Holidays should not be stressful, they should be filled with the love of family, preparations, and living fully in the moment. I have suggestions on how to make your Thanksgiving stress free under my “Entertaining” section. The key is preparedness. I wish you all a most beautiful November.
October has arrived and suddenly I feel the need to go full-on, east coast, New England, countryside, autumn at it’s best! I’m fortunate to live in an area where farm stands and all their goodness are like a quick trip to the grocery store, and I so love supporting our farmers who work the land tirelessly to produce this and so much more than the mainstream ever see. So here’s a glimpse into October and all that it will bring. The weather will slowly decline, the temperatures will threaten frost and the leaves will tumble to the ground with a stiff breeze. October has come knocking, it’s time to welcome it in.
Everyone needs more ways to use up the zucchini that seems to overtake the gardens. Look for these two, Zucchini Patties and Zucchini Squares. Super easy and I promise, very delicious!
I’m finding it difficult to wrap my head around the fact that August has arrived. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a big fan of this month for various reasons, the most primary one being that it feels as though people tend to dismiss this last lovely month of summer to go headlong rushing into that other ‘F’ word. You know the one…Fall. The second reason is the almost constant barage through media and advertising announcing and shouting “back to school!” Once again, confirming that dreaded feeling of the beginning of the end! Not to worry here my friends. I’m firmly keeping my feet planted in Summer. Typically this can be our hottest month, plus I still had snow in April! So I’m going to enjoy every last bit. This is our month for serious harvest here in the Northeast. My kitchen potager is producing tomatoes faster than we can consume them – again – not complaining! I’ve been busy harvesting and drying herbs (read about that in my Garden section), making my seasoned vinegars and oils and clipping gorgeous flowers for arrangements all over the house. Whereas I used to dread August, I’m having one of my bests ones ever, only because I’m not succombing to the hype of moving along to the next season and living in the present. Fall and all it’s glory will get it’s time to shine, but for now it’s summer and I’m loving it and I hope you are too.
July is here and summer is in full swing. Time to savor all the goodness this season has to offer. My gardens are growing and the changes are daily. The potager is coming along and hopefully I will be harvesting tomatoes soon, along with all the flowers that have been gracing my kitchen counter in beautiful arrangements. And what is more enjoyable than summer foods? I’ve been making fresh salads almost every night. My favorite recipes are all listed here on the blog. Be sure to check them out if you need inspiration. I’ve also been collecting grape leaves for my favorite dolmas! An special treat for sure. Check out The Hive Shop, for new items added for your summer decor and lifestyle. Whatever defines summer for you, may you enjoy it all fully. Happy July!!