I'm yearning for the sweet smell of hyacinths, colorful lilac and magnolia trees in bloom, and fresh cut flowers in every room of the house. But this cold and snow is unrelenting! Some tulips from the florist and coconut scented candles are helping me shake off the winter blues. A pedi would make a nice pick-me-up too, although I'm laughing at the thought of wearing flip flops. Oh, how my tkees are calling for me!
Fruity salt water taffy makes me think of the beach and summer boardwalks. Yum!
It has been almost four (!!!) months since I have given some love to my blog. Shortly after my last post in October, Tammy, our little bundle of love needed to move onwards. She enjoyed 16 joyous years - a whole decade more than she was expected to live due to her heart condition. Her soul was always full of spirit. I know she's now dancing with her soulmate, Bear.
Then, Roo had major surgery. He was a stray who had spent more than a decade living on the street in our neighbourhood. His teeth - every one of them - were fractured or damaged. He now doesn't have a single tooth, but he is completely pain free and enjoys slurping up his daily buffet of moist cat food.
As soon as Roo healed, we got a call from the vets. A gorgeous one year old orange kitty who had been living in a ravine was looking for a home. He has a frostbitten ear and a large scar above his left eye, which you can't see in this photo. Of course we'd take him and love him forever. I've officially become the Cat Lady. We named him Kona which means "golden coast."
The holidays were packed with Christmas cheer and celebration. My parents' tree and home during the holidays is always a source of decorating inspiration.
This is our coastal Christmas tree. Not the greatest photo, but it's the only one I can find. I'll have to do better next year. It was gorgeous and this photo doesn't do it justice.
If you are looking for a stunning DIY coastal Christmas decoration, here is what my beautiful friend, Sarah, made for me. I was blown away. She painted the backs of clear decorations (on the inside) with turquoise paint, then inserted our monogram (which was created by my other beautiful friend, Erin, and her husband, Dave) on a transparency. Then, she filled them with sand and shells. They are so gorgeous and beachy, that I want to keep them out all year.
It feels good to be back and to rekindle my creativity!
Sweet roasted beets with their gorgeous red and golden hues make for a beautiful fall salad when drizzled with organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar then topped with fresh goat cheese. Beets are an excellent source of folate and potassium. A sprinkling of pepitas adds a little protein, healthy fat, iron, and some crunch. I roast olive oil coated beets in a foil packet at 350 degrees for about an hour at which point their peels slip right off. With a bed of peppery arugala underneath, the colors and flavors of this autumn salad are incredible.
One day, I intend to surf. My neighbour, Nadia, surfs. My girlfriend's husband is a pro surf instructor. I am surrounded by inspiration so there really is no excuse (except, maybe winter). Yet I haven't tried. It's like Jack Johnson's lyrics, "One day is only two words we say. I don't want to let them get in the way." I've spoken these two words often and had visions slip away. And so, I will don my Roxy t-shirts and pretend until I get over the intimidation factor (and also purchase a bikini that won't fall off when I fly off the surfboard). This is my "one day" commitment. I do intend to surf.
Images above from Swell on Pinterest
Below, a collection of Trent Johnson's (JJ's brother) Alaia surfboards.
Ehukai Designs makes surfboards from reclaimed wood.
A few mini pumpkins with metallic paint, a handful of starfish, and natural woven chargers became my coastal tablescape for fall. I wasn't feeling the vibrant oranges this year. I think I am still desperately trying to hold on to summer, despite my fondness for a half-sweet pumpkin latte here and there. Turquoise is a fall colour, right?