December 19, 2015

Winter Time














The most welcomed day! Andy Williams on the player, pine candle lit, light streaming in every window, wrapping presents for home, cookies and coffee for breakfast, and drying flowers for herb bundles. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas ~ xo

"Gratitude and love are the highest vibrations in existence. Give thanks for your current reality, love yourself and others unconditionally, and see your desires manifest in the most miraculous ways you can imagine." ~ Liam Tinker


XO

December 12, 2015

Life Lately











hot cocoa with her / full moon / the little hanging that's been everywhere / grey days / my grandpa's t-shirt worn paper thin over the years. miss that man. / my nieces + dried flowers + rose-dyed linen / sweetness / burnt french toast & turmeric milk

Turmeric Milk ~
1 tbs turmeric powder
1 cinnamon stick
ground cloves
1 tsp cardamon
1 tsp ginger 
2 cups milk (your choice, I used almond )
maple syrup
1 tbs coconut oil

Simmer turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger, maple syrup and milk on the stove for 15 minutes. Add more milk if it reduces down too far. During the final minute, add the coconut oil and stir. I made a variation of this recipe. It's a lot like chai, but spicier and not as sweet! 

Besides being a nice warm golden drink, turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. It is thought to be one of the most beneficial and potent antioxidants in the world. Turmeric contains bioactive compounds (chemicals found in certain foods that promote health) called curcuminoids, the most powerful of which is curcumin. Curcumin is, essentially, the antioxidant to end all antioxidants. Along with being a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can bring relief to people suffering from joint pain, studies have shown curcumin to be anti-tumor, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, as well as being a powerful assistant in liver detox, because of this, turmeric has been used for centuries to promote healing of the stomach, gut, and liver. You can find more of its benefits and ways to use it here.

I hope everyone enjoys the next couple of weeks leading up to Christmas ~



"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


XO

December 06, 2015

Sunday







brunch and walk with friends // appreciating the every day gift of nature // learning to live-into the seasons/strangeness of life // learning to take care of myself in a better way // i have more, much more than I need

"The less I needed, the better I felt." ~ Charles Bukowski


XO



December 03, 2015

Christmas Persimmon Spice Cake








antiquing / re-decorating - can't get enough bare, open space + my cowboy boots from when I was a baby / coffee and persimmon cake / grocery store flowers / drying thyme / denim on denim always
Persimmon Spice Cake Recipe ~ 
One of the best cakes I've ever made! My baking was off all Summer so I'm happy about this. Persimmon's taste a lot like honey to me. I added the "spice" {orange zest and cinnamon} but the recipe did not call for it, so feel free to add whatever spices you like.

2 sticks butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar + a little more, 1 lb. persimmons (I used 3) / slice length-wise
2 1/4 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt 
1 1/2c. sugar
3 eggs 
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9" inch round cake pan. Place the pan over medium heat and melt 4 tbs. of butter and the brown sugar (this is where I always add a little extra brown sugar because brown sugar makes everything better!) Remove from heat and overlap the persimmon slices on top of this mixture.

In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream the remaining 12 tbs. butter and sugar until "light". Separate the eggs and yolks, and add one egg yolk at a time to the butter and sugar mixture; mix well after each addition. Add the vanilla + spice. Next, alternately add the milk and dry ingredients to the batter, folding well. Pour batter over persimmons and bake for 1 hour.

Enjoy!


"Going to the woods is going home." ~ John Muir





XO


November 23, 2015

Home





























This is home.

I'm not feeling any words lately. But this is family. These are the people that have your back and the people that incite rage. Right? At the end of the day, all the dysfunction is set aside and the "remember when's" are being said at the table. 

Just trying to pare back and fully appreciate the good, good people in my life and give give give where I can. Because I've been given so much.

"Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence."



XO