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  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
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  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Happy #nationalsiblingsday to my two favorite homies! Love you Devan (left) and @theomadams (middle)!!! Photo from November 2012 at the Grove Park Inn here in Asheville, NC. || Not pictured, our two brothers. Love you too, Jimmy and Walker!
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Recent Acquisitions

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Alright, friends. Here it comes. Full disclosure time. All of my holiday decorations are still up. As in, the tree, the felt ornaments on the mantel, the pictures of Huxley with Santa, the globe lights in the dining room. All of it. It’s still on display in pretty near every room of the house.

Lest you think I’m lazy, let me assure you, that’s so, so not the case. The thing is, I really love holiday decorations, or, at least the simple, natural type of winter holiday decorating that I’m drawn to. After all of that glorious build-up to the big day, and the decorating, and the festooning, and the “Let’s go turn on the lights on the tree, Huxley” excitement that has characterized our last 6 or 7 weeks, packing it all up and hiding it away in the attic until next year feels so, well, sad, and anticlimactic.

That is, until today. This morning, I could feel the tide begin to turn, the pull of the rest of winter’s magic starting to build. A large part of that is due to my thumbing through Beautiful Winter. I picked this book up just before Thanksgiving, in a holiday sale at a book club I belong to. I’ve had it on a side table in the living room, looking pretty but otherwise neglected. In between working on manuscript edits today, I glanced over at it and picked it up.

And there it was, the other part of winter decor that I love so very much. Bulbs! Branches! Evergreens! This book is just what I needed to get me out of my “BUT I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS TREE” rut and into a bulb-planting, branch-forcing, twig-gathering groove. It’s full of fun projects, many of them that I know will serve as prompts and catalysts for interpretations of my own.

Here’s wishing you a beautiful winter of your own, and, if you opt to leave your holiday lights up year-round, then know that you’ve got a friend in me!

8 Responses to Recent Acquisitions

  • Lindsay says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing this year! Why did I put it all away? Could I repurpose that evergreen wreath outside? I almost stole red berried berries from the highway exit to take home!

  • Chris & Skip says:

    Our stuff is still up too. We were safe until Dia De Los Reyes—the Three Kings Day—January 6 but now we’re heading into Mrs. Havisham’s territory. Looking forward to clearing out the Christmas clutter this weekend. We have forced bulbs narcissus bursting free but your images have me wanting hyacinth too. And tulips! Hey don’t forget to look outdoors. I saw buds on the flowering quince bushes and winter honeysuckle is popping out (and very fragrant) a couple of places I’ve passed on my walks. Bet after this weekend’s heatwave the forsythia will be ready to come inside too.

  • jen says:

    I left it up until New Years and then it all came down. My neighbor got my chicken tree which they cut up and are using as chicken bedding. :)
    I love the holidays but i’m also a minimalist at heart. After all the swag and lights and merriment in every room and seemingly on every surface, I do enjoy the return to our simple and clean decor. Though by looking at those photos, I think my rooms could stand a little sprucing up!

  • Elaine says:

    We usually keep our tree up until the eve of La Befana, but this year we got ours early and it was way to dry for my comfort, so it came down on the 2nd. I do still have my wreath, winter altar and lots of twinkle lights (which yes, I leave up year round:) they make me happy! That book looks lovely, lots of inspiration for decorating!

  • Aimee (EcoGrrl) says:

    Heh. My neighbor across the street has different lights for each holiday – their Valentine’s Day lights will be going up soon. Nothin’ wrong with lights – I love quiet neighborhood streets lined with white lights :)

  • Betty Minnes says:

    The book looks great! I love the forced bulbs. We get so much winter here that a person gets anxious for new growth.

  • Lacy says:

    Haha, the timing! We just took our tree down about an hour ago. My husband and I are expecting our first baby next month, and I think that made us want to leave our tree up forever since this was the best Christmas we’ve shared so far. I love the mental image of you turning the lights on for Huxley… I bet Christmas just gets better with a baby around, huh? :)