Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I seldom prepare food more than one day in advance, but I use visualization to imagine what it is I want to see and taste for the big event. I can't remember the last time I followed a recipe, but I do love to collect them as inspiration. If the ingredients appeal, then I give it my own twist. For last weekend's family gathering, I ran across a recipe for a cornbread sausage stuffing, so in addition to two other traditional stuffings, I did one with spicy lamb sausages, cornbread and dried cherries. Now for the encore .....
A smaller group on Sunday gives me a chance to cook a smaller bird - so fresh capon it is. I 'm picturing a caramelized onion and wild mushroom ragout to accompany both traditional mashed and perhaps a ginger/papaya infused sweet potato smash. There's got to be one sassy taste surprise in there. I like to finish my brocoli on the grill - in fact, with weather like this, a bar-b-que vegetable medley makes perfect sense.
My passion runs out when it comes to making dessert, but we have two shortbread chefs in the family, and plenty of decadent truffles and squares.
Blessings to all, and to all a good night.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Heart in Provence heartinprovence.blogspot.co
Fiona and Twig fionaandtwig.blogspot.com
Urban Farm Girl urbanfarmgirlandco.blogspot.com
The Vintage Inspired Home thevintageinspiredhome.blogspot.com
Patina White patinawhite.typepad.com
Cosas Bellas cosasbellas4u.blogspot.com
Vintage Soul vintagesoul1020.typepad.com
Shabby Chic Inspiredshabbychicinspired.blogspot.com
Vintage with Laces vintagewithlaces.blogspot.com
Sea Cottage seacottage.blogspot.com
Simply Me shabbychicgirls.blogspot.com
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
shabbyblogsblog.blogspot.com. After that, I discovered a wonderful series of craft related blogs featuring outstanding photography in the theme of a white Christmas. Enjoy the amazing creativity of these talented bloggers.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Here's to world peace!
Monday, December 12, 2011
This time I used my sketch book as a kick start to get me in the mood for setting up my little Santa station for wrapping gifts, writing cards and celebrating the season. This exercise helps me 'trick' myself into being fully immersed and present for the task at hand. To complete the picture, imagine Michael Buble's new Christmas CD playing in the background. ( If I knew how to add the accent on the last 'e', I would.)
Blessings blogging buddies!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
For about five minutes when the flurries were flying, but for now we'll have to settle for cold and damp.
Even Santa Rock is confused about the need for a winter coat. The look in his eyes assures me that he's willing to wear just about anything if there's a snack reward in it for him.
I just had to share a little yorkie love to get you through the weekend.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Today's the day! With a little inspiration from a recent visit to Anthropology, and a revisit of these display photos from last year, I'm off to find the perfect pine. If you happen to know how decorating the tree came to be known as ' trimming the tree', do let me know.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
If Danielle or I had to spend the night at the venue, this would surely be the place to provide
sweet dreams and visions of all things vintage linen. Each beautiful item is lovingly constructed
by a dear couple who courageously moved from Avignon in France to Montreal, Quebec so that
we could all benefit from one of the most authentic and dreamy shopping experiences at the entire show.
Bravo Francoise et Thierry. Joyeux Noel a tout le monde!