This week's recipe for a peaceful Saturday was pretty simple: fried egg breakfast sandwiches and mugs of hot chocolate, pale pink parrot tulips, and a new hat on the needles.
Friday, February 5
Wednesday, February 3
Tuesday, February 2
Sugar Plum spent most of November and December knitting bunny rabbits for her cousins, her brothers, and for me as Christmas presents. The first rabbit that she knit was the brown one in some beautiful yak yarn that she was given a year or so ago from Button's godmother. You can see how much she improved in her pattern following, knitting, and sewing as she went along. In all, she created seven rabbits!
Joyous Feast of the Meeting of the Lord!
There's nothing like a special dessert on a feastday! Today we made chocolate cupcakes (with mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top before baking), frosted them with cream cheese icing, and decorated with tiny golden stars.
Monday, February 1
Church in the Home
The feast of the Meeting of the Lord is tomorrow! Father John will be blessing candles following Liturgy. In the past, we have rolled our own candles to bring to church, but this year we opted to purchase some ready made ones from a local shop. We also plan to bake chocolate cupcakes frosted with cream cheese icing and decorated with edible glitter stars.
Saint Nicholas (also known as me!) left the lovely treat of churned seashore honey and a tea strainer inside my shoe back in December and I have been enjoying them so much. The honey is quite a fancy treat, but a little goes a long way (for my taste) and so I think that it will last for quite awhile.
On My Bedside Table
After re-watching the first season of Grantchester this last week, I began Sydney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. I had started reading it over the summer and got sidetracked by our travels. It reminds me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency... light reading without gore or too much suspense!
With the final season of Downton Abbey in full swing, John Lunn has released a new collection of selected music from the series. My very favorite song from the series, Duneagle, is one of the tracks. Have a listen:
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Sunday, January 31
Father John was scheduled to bless the house of one of the couples in our church this afternoon and they very kindly invited any parishioners who wished to attend for the blessing and a meal afterward. Their house was simply breathtaking! It had previously been a studio for an artist and was transformed into a lovely home. The furnishings were so lovely and unique, many from antique stores and junk shops in the area. The fabrics that were used for the pillows, curtains, and tablecloths were such lovely colors and made from quality materials. It is such a pleasure and inspiration to visit the home of someone who takes such care with their surroundings!