I just checked the extended forecast, and, after Sunday, the next stretch of days in western North Carolina will all have high temperatures in the 70’s. AT LONG LAST! It’s no secret that hot, humid weather and I aren’t exactly tight buds. But, farewell to all that. Helloooooooooo to cardigans, knee high socks, hot tea, and sniffles!
That’s right, the most wonderful time of the year is also often the sickest time of the year for many, myself included. Over the years, though, I’ve wised up, and created a home apothecary of easily crafted remedies for bolstering winter wellness. I’ve shared them here before in the past, but the season is anew, and I wanted to share them with you again here today.
For my Elderberry & Honey Syrup, visit Design Sponge (I used to have a regular column there called “Small Measures” and it’s rife with nifty little DIY projects for home and body; also, I just wrote “nifty”, thereby 100% ensuring that I am my father’s daughter-if I say “dungarees,” though, I might need an intervention).
For my Fire Cider, visit Smoky Mountain Living (where I have a regular bi-monthly column). This is best made a month before you need it, so I’d suggest gathering up ingredients over the weekend and get yours going.
What about you? Have any homemade remedies for cold weather wellness you’d like to share? I’d love to learn about them. Wishing you and yours abundant health and a glorious autumn. Salut!
Friends! How on earth has it been since June that we last spoke??! I will tell you how. No, actually, I won’t. Suffice to say, many balls have been in the air. One of them had to drop. It was a painful move, but I dropped this ball. Today, though, I’m tossing it back in the air. Hurrah! I’ve missed this place, and missed you all.
It’s Friday, and historically speaking (these past 3 months notwithstanding), Fridays here are for roundups of this, that, and the other that have caught my attention lately. Let’s get to it!
*My friend JT and his partner Samara are hosting a Kickstarter to launch their incredible whole hog butchery and speciality meats/deli in west Asheville. Their work is solid and their products are ace. Help them achieve their dreams, won’t you? Only 3 days left!
*I purchased this handmade ceramic match striker with an Etsy gift card given to me by my brother and his wife for my birthday (I turned 40 on July 11th, woohoo!). It’s such a simple thing, but I love it. It lives in the bathroom, for helping mask, um, “bathroom” odors.
*Fairly certain I’ve mentioned this here before, but it’s worth repeating just how much I love The Simple Things magazine.
*Since I seem to be on a bit of an Anglophile spree here today, might as well mention the fact that I’m scheming up a trip to Scotland this June for Glenn’s 50th and our 10th anniversary. This place sure has my attention.
*Drinking this now that fall is upon us.
*Feeling the siren call of overalls. Liking the looks of these.
*We are all in agreement that Stranger Things is the best thing not on tv, right? Even if it caused deep anxiety and restless nights for me. Worth the hit.
*Huge congratulations to my friend Ronni Lundy on the publication of her new book Victuals. It’s getting profuse praise, as it should. Johnny and Charlotte worked on the photography and styling for it, and I’m beyond excited that they’re the dynamic duo working with me on my current project.
I’ve got house guests, and I need to go shower and attend to about a million and one other things. Here’s hoping the super moon tonight fills your soul with inspiration and your home with moonlight!
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, may it be grand!
**A peek at what we’ve been up to over the past week. Visiting beautiful places (Montreat, shown in both images above, is a perennial favorite) and making delicious things (all for the book).