Known fondly as the world’s largest log cabin, the Château Montebello offers a cozy getaway during weary, winter months. The six-sided fireplace encourages guests to relax in the company of others, often after being outside dog-sledding, a horse-drawn wagon ride, skating or tobogganing. Some guests indulge in board games with their families while others curl up with a book on one of the many grand sofas. Still, others spend time in the pool with its large windows and painted ceilings. After a weekend away, we all felt renewed and ready to begin a new week. What do you do to feel renewed and refreshed? What are your plans for the weekend? Below, are some things to things to think about.
Halva is an ingredient that is entirely new to me but, it’s another one of those foods that seem to be popping up everywhere. This flour, tahini or nut-based candy can be consumed as is or added to baked goods. Molly Yeh has a recipe for halva spread so it is a breakfast food as well. Do you eat halva regularly?
Persian New Year
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 marks Persian New Year. Also, known as Nowruz (or, new day in Farsi), it marks spring equinox and the first day of the Iranian calendar. Beginning with the first Zoroastrians, it is a celebration of the changing seasons and recognition of the bounty that nature provides. There are many preparations leading up to the celebration. Admittedly, I first became aware of the celebration because of the gorgeous food that is prepared. The use of fresh herbs is so appealing... just have a look at this recent post.
With the approach of a new season, we start to feel energized. We’re willing to take on new tasks or pick up the ones that have been put on hold. Spring cleaning acts as a rite of passage. It allows us to move on so long as we get it all the work done. Amanda Watters, the creator of Homesong, offers her cleaning tips in this blog post. Although it was posted in January, I think it is particularly applicable to the winter to spring transition.
Linen Children’s Clothing
While dreaming of warm breezes I am immediately drawn to the texture, softness and breathability of linen. While I try to reuse hand-me-downs or purchase used clothing, I find I also look forward to purchasing a new item for my girls. Linen is known for being less of a strain on the environment so I tend to feel better about these types of purchases. Last summer, I bought the sweetest little spring/summer dresses for my girls from Red Creek Kids. Handmade in British Columbia, Canada, these pieces are durable, full of heart and adorable. The dresses I bought are oversized linen and will fit for a couple of years. With a baby on the way and many expecting friends and family, I am currently coveting this: gathered green romper.
The Discipline of Recognizing what is True and Beautiful
‘Mindful’ by Mary Oliver. Words to start your weekend.