As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. I’m hoping that this will be the case for us here in the Northeast. April weather can be fickle and an occasional snowstorm is far from unusual. Despite that, there is no denying the longer sunlight as each day brings us closer to warmer days and budding flowers. The earth is once again waking up and filling our world with color, and birdsong is starting to become a louder chorus as more and more migratory birds return to stake their claim to the best nesting site! This month I will add a few new recipes that I’ve tried and loved. I’ve been experimenting with Sourdough Starter as well. I’m still in the process, so we will see how it turns out. Hopefully, soon I can get into the kitchen potager to turn the soil and prepare the beds for May planting – fingers crossed! There’s plenty to do on the household projects list, so I’d better get busy. Have a most beautiful month and enjoy the re-birth!
It seems as if I just posted my February intro and here we are welcoming March already! As much as many are a little winter weary and ready for spring, I stick true to my mantra, that all seasons are wonderful and rushing through one to get to the other only hastens our moments, our days and our lives. It’s true we have had a very cold winter so far, and for us in the Northeast, there’s still a bit to go, however it’s the subtle changes in nature that bring me joy. The days are lengthening, mornings are brighter and I’ve seen and heard more song birds. This subtle change is remarkable to witness. Just the way, once again, the sun as it changes it’s position in the sky, fills my kitchen with it’s bright afternoon light. I am feeling the need for growing things so I’ve been bringing some potted flowers such as hellobores and cyclamen into the house. I’ve also been starting to think of some new spring fashion. All little steps towards what will be inevitable. But for now, I’m just going to savor the still quiet winter, because what also comes with Spring is my to-do list with all the projects and such that will need attention and truthfully, I’m not ready to get that busy quite yet. Happy March my friends!
February, a month of flowers, hearts and loads of pink – at least in my world! February is such a transition month. Winter still has it’s ice grips on us and will through the end of March for certain, but somehow come the end of February, we start to feel that next season slipping into the nearer future. The days are markedly longer and the sun feels so much stronger and warmer. As for the color pink, it just brings such happiness, especially pink flowers. I’ve purchased a few pink cyclamens with their sweet heart-shaped leaves and happy color, they bring a breath of freshness into my home. Much needed to combat the sea of white just outside my windows. Have a most wonderful month!
Well we finally made it! Another year over, another just begun. I’ve put all the Christmas decor away to shine in another season. As I packed away the garlands and ornaments, I reflected on all the memories made this year as well as past Christmases. Each item has a memory, my first Christmas married, a gift from a dear friend, something made by my children. It all gets wrapped carefully and tucked away. Once the bins are put away, there’s that familiar feeling of melancholy. The holiday season is so poignant. A yearly marker for us all. This year was so different for so many, but the solace of winter gives us a chance to be still, take stock of our lives and goals. Perhaps even a time to be a tad selfish and retreat inwards and take care of ourselves. Winter can be long if you are just yearning for spring. I say, this is a gift. Winter is the only time of year when the world slows down. Nature is quiet and no impending large holidays. It’s a time for you and you only. Grasp onto this opportunity and savor the bleak midwinter!
Happy December and welcome to the sparkly and glorious holiday season. This last month of the year always comes loaded with so much nostalgia and promise. As we haul out our decorations, we reminisce about Christmases past and make plans for changing things up a bit as well. For me, I decided to go a bit simpler and use fresh greens where I never had before. I am always worried that they won’t last very long, but with a daily misting, so far I’m loving my simpler aesthetic. Now, it is time for me to turn to my holiday baking. I’m going to be making my little gingerbread mug huggers and of course my tried and true Biscotti and Cranberry Shortbread. All recipes are here on the blog. My Christmas wish for you is a home full of happy faces, love and mostly peace as we savor this most wonderful time of the year.
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.