Chilaquiles

December 30, 2016

Mexican comfort food. Can you think of a better way to start the New Year than with a bowl of tortilla chips simmered in salsa and topped with a fried egg, cheese, avocado, onion and cilantro? The hardest part is the gathering of the ingredients. If you can put some salsa in a pot and fry an egg, you’ve got this.

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Let Rick Bayless guide you through your first time using a handful of prepared ingredients. After that you’ll find yourself making them on the fly for breakfast lunch and dinner. http://www.fronterafiesta.com/cook/starters-snacks-a-light-meals/355-chilaquiles-with-salsa-and-eggs-

 

 

 

I’m feeling like…

December 27, 2016

a little Danish. A single selection or a few easy pieces by master of mid-century Danish Modern, Finn Juhl would satisfy that craving. Moving into the new year you might find yourself looking to simplify things as well, and the 57 Sofa, a 45 chair, the Finn Juhl Bench and Sideboard would outfit a room beautifully with s single stroke. I’d definitely favor walnut as my wood selection with neutral leather and textiles for the upholstery. It doesn’t get any more simplequietmodern than this.

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http://www.finnjuhl.com/inspiration/inspiration-house-of-denmark-in-paris/

 

 

 

and to all a good night.*

December 24, 2016

The holiday seemed to speed up on us, didn’t it? Now that it’s here, all that needs to be done is to leave a plate out for Santa. These Nut Horns have been part of Christmas as long as I can remember. I’m thinking Santa will be pleased.

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You might try Mrs. Donato’s recipe for nut horns found here. Thanks Leslie, it’s every grandma’s recipe.  http://www.afriendtoknitwith.com/2016/12/mrs-donatos-nut-horns.html

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* A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore

 

 

 

Cause For Celebration

December 22, 2016

The Winter Solstice may herald the beginning of Winter but it also gifts us a little extra daylight each day…slowly inching us out of the darkness. Good reason to celebrate to be sure. I’m thinking a Stinger and an arm-load of white fringed tulips are in order.

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Stinger: equal parts Brandy and white Creme de Menthe. In this case, on the rocks.

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Looking Back

December 18, 2016

One of the best Christmas gifts I ever recieved was a pair of Minnetonka deerskin moccasins. I wore them all of the time. I wore them everywhere. I wore them out. It might be time for a new pair as Winter takes it’s hold. Or, I could switch from the classic to their soft sole fringed boot. Either would be perfect for padding around the house on the inevitable snow day.

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top photo via: https://www.minnetonkamoccasin.com/men/styles/moccasins/double-deerskin-softsole-men

bottom photo via: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=40110678&category=MENS_SHOES

 

 

There’s Still Time

December 15, 2016

While there’s still time to make that online purchase and receive it before Christmas, you might consider whipping something up yourself. This knit body mitt can be completed in a couple of hours and would be a great stocking stuffer, small gift when paired with a handmade soap or a little personal indulgence. Sitting  down to a bit of knitting zen couldn’t hurt either as things ramp up to the big day.

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Linen Body Washcloth by Fog Linen at Need Supply Co.  Photos:http://needsupply.com/linen-body-wash-cloth.html

Purl Soho Cotton Pure in Black Sand   Photo: https://www.purlsoho.com/yarn/cotton-pure.html

This near black cotton from Purl Soho is a perfect choice if you’re knitting it up yourself. And, it’s available in over forty colors. Simple put, cast on to knit up a rectangle 12″ wide and knit until you reach ten inches. Cast off, fold in half, seam up the side and close one end. I’d suggest a simple pattern of k 1 p 1 across and k all the way back…you’ll end up with a rib on one side and a pebbled texture on the reverse. Done.

 

 

 

 

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December 13, 2016

AKA ” Greenery”, Pantone Color Institute color of the Year for 2017. You could almost see this one coming. A bright yellow-green offering us hope, promise, rebirth and rejuvenation*. That’s a tall order for a single color. You might think about taking it for a test drive now, and use it as a starting point when decking your halls. Simple winter ” greenery “, assorted cones , a hit of  vintage inspired ornaments…

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*According to Pantone. Top image via:http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

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Ornament photo:http://www.shopterrain.com/holiday-tree-ornaments/miniature-bulb-set