A Quick Trip to DC

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I went to Washington, DC for a couple of days over the 4th of July weekend.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the 4th than in the nation’s capital!

4th of July Fireworks in Washington, DCI love vacationing in our former stomping grounds because I don’t feel any pressure to stuff our days with the must-sees of DC of which there are many. Instead we spent our days catching up with friends, revisiting some of our favorite places in the District, and exploring some new ones. Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! I always get a little homesick for Washington, DC around the 4th.  Yes, it is usually hot and crowded and there is lots of extra security, but I love the patriotism that prevails. There is also something magical about sitting outside on a warm summer night alongside family, friends, and neighbors, faces all turned toward the sky, watching fireworks.  During those times I feel very grounded in a community and connected to others, yet also very humbled and small.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

I’m taking the day off to spend with my husband and friends, but will be back next week with a simple craft project and a delicious recipe.

How are you spending the 4th? Do you have any favorite Independence Day traditions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Finding Beauty

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more conscious of the beauty in the world around me.  While this may not seem related to either cooking or crafting, I see this resolution as being related to both of these pursuits. I craft and cook to create beauty and I see beauty as “the promise of happiness.”  Stendal,De L’Amour (1822).  I cook and craft to show others how much I care about them and to create the backdrop for what I hope will be happy memories, whether these memories are of celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas with family, a friend’s pregnancy, or a home cooked meal. I also think that this is part of the allure of others’ beautiful foods, crafts, and design and why I enjoy sites like Craftgawker and Pinterest so much.

Since one of my resolutions is to try to notice beauty more, occasionally I plan to share pictures of pretty things I see like the winter flowers I posted last week or this bird that Jaime and I saw on a river walk this weekend. Surprisingly, the bird did not fly away when I approached to take this picture! (Granted, there was a few feet of water and a large drop off between me and the bird.)

Bird on RockI hope that everyone had a fabulous weekend! I’ll be sharing at least one (hopefully two) recipes later this week and I hope that you’ll stop by to see what I have been cooking. In the meantime, I’d love it if you’d share why you cook or craft in the comments.

Winter Flowers

It was such a lovely surprise to find this bush in full bloom outside our door in the middle of January.  I’m adding having flowers in the yard in January to my list of things I love about living in the South.

A Winter Flower

Anyone know what type of flower this is? Hope the New Year is off to a lovely start for everyone!

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy new year to all!

Did you make any resolutions for the new year? I love making resolutions at the start of the new year when almost anything seems possible.  I see it as a way to take stock of where I am and where I would like to be.  One of my goals for the new year is to grow this blog.  If you are a fellow blogger who has advice you’d be willing to share on this front, I would love it if you would email me or share in the comments. Thanks in advance!