i had hoped to have this post up a week ago but it’s never too late to reflect on a year and all of it’s abundance. cheers to 2012. it was a good one. JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER


yesterday we had fun playing in the snow, sitting by the fire, making molasses candy, having a friend over for a tea party, making soup and eating dinner with good friends.


so it’s that time of year again where i brag about my talented hubby and show off the handmade goodness he gifted to us this christmas. he kept it simple this year and stuck to two gifts. but what amazing gifts they are! i was more than speechless and in awe when i opened my […]


all is calm. all is bright.


it’s been a nice few days of baking, wrapping, delivering gifts, and there was even a hike in the woods. the girls left a while ago to deliver some presents to friends. they ended up staying for hot chocolate. chris is out and about doing last minute things like picking up some cheer at the […]


on the longest night of the year we slept by the fire and kept the flames going until morning. in fact they are still burning. it’s a tradition we have been keeping for years and we all look forward to it as much, if not more than christmas. there was a sparkling cider toast to […]


i am trying to tap into that magical, excited, elated feeling that i felt as a child the few days before christmas. i love watching it in my girls. and even in chris. he still has it.


this year’s handmade gift list so far includes: ::chocolate covered apricots ::birch beer ::elderberry syrup (for the upcoming cold season) ::an array of cookies including ginger stars. ::those little wood burned ornaments will be present toppers. there’s still a week left so who knows what still could be made. i have been cleaning out my […]


st lucia


this season we are trying to hold true to giving handmade and simple. and at the same time we are trying to remain in the moment and not beat ourselves up if something does not get made or if we give less than last year to someone. i have to try hard not to keep […]