Category: Winter

Chasing Away The Winter Blues

I’m at the table with my personal recipe to chase away the Winter Blues: Blooms, Dishes, and Sunshine! While sunshine can be hard to come by in January, flowers and dishes never fail. Our weather this month has fluctuated from the single digits to temperatures in the 60s. A little January sunshine is always welcome and…

Winter Nest Feathering and Giveaway!

I feathered my nest, aka Potting Shed, with some fresh winter nesting materials~ clearing away the Christmas tartan, leaving the pine cones and cutting some fresh sprigs of fragrant pine. Snow bird salad plates, on sale at Pottery Barn after Christmas, came home to roost. They’ve flocked together  among the birdhouses for a little tabletop dining and seed buffet.…

Cedar Linings

The weather has been unpredictable and typical for winter here~ 60 degrees for a few days, then temps dropping to the 20s & 30s, thunderstorms, then a welcome snow shower. . . This cedar tree, a casualty of a thunderstorm and high winds came down,  thankfully missing the house. Biding my time until spring, I…

Gardening Under Glass

Garden under glass with a terrarium for a fun winter DIY project to add a little green indoors. Easy and self-sustaining and best of all, no green thumb required! I consulted the almanac and decided that since Spring is still a couple of months away, February was the perfect month to Garden Under Glass!  An escape…

Winter Minestrone Soup

Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone. I can’t say enough good things about this soup recipe…foolproof, hearty, comforting, but the proof is in the bowl.  From Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone is not only foolproof, it is hearty, comforting, and the perfect soup for a cold winter day!  I borrowed this cookbook from…

Winter Window Dressing

I’m biding my time until Spring when I can enjoy some blooms and fill pots with flowers~ My Potting Shed front porch looked cold and my window box looked empty, stripped of its magnolia, pine & gazing ball for Christmas. . . So I tucked in some cozy layers of landscaping burlap around pots of…

Winter Oreo Fun

We celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family but my family’s celebration was postponed due to the flu making the rounds. Our “Christmas” was rescheduled for this past weekend since Monday was a holiday and the kids were out of school.  I broke out the Winter Oreos I picked up in December for our celebration, and…

A Friendly and Snowy Village Winter Tablescape

I had a little Friendly Village table top inspiration in December while shopping at T.J. Maxx~ These little houses and churches with their stone exteriors and  snowy rooftops, were two aisles over from Johnson Brothers Friendly Village School House plates~ I’ve always been drawn to the pattern’s English engravings of the snow-covered village and old school-house. The…

Less-Loaded {with Calories not Flavor!} Potato Soup

Less-Loaded Potato Soup is cozy comfort food in a bowl, lightened up of calories but not flavor. Cooking Light Magazine’s January/February issue had a recipe makeover for Potato Soup. The Less-Loaded version is out with the calories and saturated fat~ but in with plenty of flavor and creamy texture, without the cream! Comfort food in a bowl for…

Return to a Winter World

  Winter World **** by Bernd Heinrich I’m  reposting this book review from last year for Food for Thought, which I’m thrilled about returning, with our first book selection Friday, Jan. 20th~ The Night Circus! Next up is Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could ~ a…