End of Year Lists: Books Read

It's been a busy summer, fall, and winter! As we gear into a season of hibernation (hello, hygge life), it's fun to look back over the last year and compartmentalize every detail into an end-of-year list. Maybe not every detail. But books, movies, food, drinks...things like that, yeah. We're no Obama, but here's the list…

Party Time All the Time!

Add a little party to your day. Put light-refracting crystals in your East & West-facing windows, and at the two sleepiest times of day (8am and 5pm), HELLO DISCO! It's hard to be in a bad mood when rainbows of light are dancing in your house. Little tear-drop crystals are easily found at thrift stores,…

Indoor Picnic

The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes...the whole works. Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was…

April Showers…

...bring May Flowers. And we love flowers! Real ones, pictures of ones, books of them...on floral prints, in folk art, embroidered on shoes. We'll take them any way we can. Here are some floral delights to look at until the rain goes away... Watercolor tulip print by Nicole Chilton Art *** Hot Chocolate Mary Jane…

Book Roundup: The Cozy Cookbook

Having recently finished Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles, I realized I have a thing for cozy, story-driven family-centric cookbooks. I devour them like novels, and keep them on shelves faaaar away from the mess of my kitchen. Here are a few in my collection: Apples for…

Mood Board: Winter is Going

Here in SWMO, the sun is starting to shine, the days are getting longer, the weather just a bit warmer. With the arrival of Spring, we are finally saying goodbye to winter. But I won't lie. I love winter, and this one was particularly cozy. Full of family, nights by the fire, strong cocktails and…