January 6th was National Shortbread Day. I love shortbread cookies, and it's one of my favorite things about the holidays. I had planned to make a fantastic recipe of shortbread cookies and share it. As so often happens, life got in the way. I will just have to save them for another day. Hopefully soon. To tide you over, here are a few really fantastic shortbread recipes from around the web.
Spring and Autumn are my two favorite seasons. I think Autumn edges Spring out, but just slightly. Five reasons I love Spring
1. Birds singing. I love hearing the birds singing, tweeting, and peeping after a long winter.
2. Everything coming back to life. Grass starts to grow, trees begin leafing out, and flowers start to poke up from the ground.
3. Warm weather. This one is pretty self-explanatory. The weather starts warming up, meaning that you can spend more time outside. YAY!!!
4. Baby Animals. I loooooove baby animals. Always have, always will. Skunks, squirrels, deer, horses, lambs, puppies, it doesn't matter.
5. New stuff at the Garden Center. Yup. Looove the garden center and the nursery. It's a sickness, haha. But…it also means I get to plant new stuff in my garden, so that's pretty awesome.
I like all things preppy. Plaid, stripes, argyle, cardigans. mmmhhhmmm. I always have, I’m not sure why, as my parents are total free-spirits. Perhaps it’s my form of rebellion.
Squee!! I saw this while surfing the interwebs last week and it immediately went on my Want list. It’s a lid, so it’s reasonably priced, too. I think this would be a fabulous switch from the red lid I have now!
As I was standing in the local patisserie, trying desperately to make a decision, I realized that I should add caramel treats to my list of Fab Five topics.
I adore the sweet-savory flavors combined. Salted caramel does this so well. Photo of my local patisserie’s case.
Autumn is my favorite season – by far! Apples, leaves changing, crisp air, kids going back to school, the list goes on and on. Here are a few of my favorite autumn delights.
YES! It was last weekend that I saw it was available again. That is always one of my key indicators that fall is coming.
1. Starbucks. I'm not a huge coffee fan, unless it's a fancy frou frou coffee drink. Even then, I'm rather picky. For some reason, I just really like Starbucks. It may be the ease of paying with a card, so it doesn't feel like real money. Perhaps it's the convenience of the drive thru. And yes, I sucked it down before I took a picture. HA!
2. Nail Polish. This may fall under the make-up of last week, I'm not totally sure. But I loooooove nail polish. Especially loud, crazy, wild colors. Yes, I'm the girl working in the office with bright teal nails!
3. Paper. I admit it, I am a huge paper snob. Linen, laid, vellum…like music to my ears. That doesn't even touch terms like deckle, handmade, chiyogami, florentine, etc. I'm smiling as I write this.
4. Ikea. I totally want to live in their catalog. Living most of my life in an area that had multiple locations fairly close by, I took the store for granted. Never again!!! Now I have to plan a long weekend to visit a store.
5. Sawdust Festival. The absolute best fair I have ever been to. I made my first visit when I was just a few wees old and it has been an annual event. All handmade items from local artisans in one of the great areas of America. Jewelers, glass blowers, painters, fashion designers, and sooo much more! The show only runs through August 28th, so go this week if you're in the Laguna Beach, CA area!
These are a few of my favorite things. What are yours?
Images courtesy of Nars, Sawdust Festival, unknown Ikea pic.
Since we're still getting to know one another, I thought I should share some of the things I really like. You may have a chance to win one (or more!) of these things soon.
1. Lip Balm. My favorite lip balm is one I bought in Seattle at a small store a dozen years ago. I carried the empty tin around for a while, comparing it to every similar lip balm I ran across. Alas, the tin is long gone and i never have run across the same one again. A close second is Burt's Bees. I love the tingle, the scent, the lack of taste, pretty much everything. At any given time, I have 3 or 4 different lip balms on me.
2. Miranda Lambert. Love her sound, her attitude, her personality. And this song? Yeah…
3. Harmonica Necklace. I totally dig these! Sly. Sassy. Kitsch. Plus, it gives you something to do if you're dying of boredom or need someone's attention. And you never know when a jam is going to break out.
4. Makeup. My favorite time of the year is Christmas. Not for the season, particularly, but because that's when the cosmetic companies put out the big collections of makeup! I have always loved cosmetics, even though I'm not particularly girly in my everyday life.
5. Old Buildings. I adore old buildings. Some have been remodeled, some have not. All have a rich and varied history.
How about you? What do you dig?