take five: belated winter

1) frosty sunrise

2) cozy kitties

3) woodgrain

4) navel & blood oranges with fennel

5) intricate patterns

ski sugar

Snowboarding Sugar Mountain, North Carolina ~ February 2014

the arrival

 first dusting of snow

baked french toast with rum raisin maple syrup (recipe found here)

 ready to go

view from the top

 back to the condo

 sukiyaki for dinner

until next time...

happy campers

Great gatherings often spring from simple concepts. An early Winter afternoon spent in the crisp outdoors, scarves bundled tight, cradling mugs of spiced cider, scooping crackly-crusted breads into steaming bowls of rich soup -- sounds warm and cozy, no? And what better way to extol friendship and bid adieu to a terrific family!

Fun props were displayed (enamelware pots and pans, lanterns, pine cones, evergreens) and tables were dressed in red and black buffalo plaid. To the side was a bountiful homemade pie bar, each creation gloriously displayed atop rustic tree stump risers. Just for fun, and what has decidedly become a hallmark of every party I design and fashion, I set up an outdoor photo op for anyone willing to awaken his or her inner lumberjack!

Another memorable shindig, another tumbling forward in the timeline of life.

winter hike

photographs taken 11.30.2014  --  Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee