The Winter of our Discontent


When the frost of the first several snows of the season sinks into your soul, it can be uplifting to have some natural elements in the home in order to make one feel that spring is on the horizon.

I love to dry rosemary, thyme, and oregano and then tie them together with twine or a ribbon and hang them upside down in the kitchen to use during the harsher months.  These dried morsels are very aromatic as well as endearing to look at.

In addition, gathering branches, berries, and other dried ornaments and gathering them in vases can be quite pleasing.  Ferns can be magnificent as can dried wheat, thistle, and maple leaves .  Very importantly however, I would most certainly stick with the natural variety, and not the faux ornaments that come from the shop.  Unfortunately, the manufactured variety can cheapen your environment very fast.  Stick with what comes from the earth and your home will benefit enormously.

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus


Courtesy of Food 52, ImaKalya, John Steinbeck