Say hello to my little friends.
Oregano and paper whites have just made each other’s acquaintance.
They may feel or look delicate, but it takes a strong will to withstand a winter storm.
If they could talk, they should say something like: “We’d like to see you spend your weekend out here, in the frigid ground, having ice, snow and blustery cold winds whip you around and around.” It’s not a walk in the park, people!”
Got to give those pansies some credit. They are tough!
But, as in life, not all who fight the brave battle, survive.
The cycle of life is anyone’s guess.
Rest in peace, fallen comrade. ❤
What do you do when you don’t have traditional egg noodles, but you’re craving Chicken Noodle soup? You throw in Spaetzle, “farmer style” egg pasta. Or buy some at any grocery store.
It’s so worth it.
I think I wolfed down my bowl in under five minutes. That good. That simple.
I made it for my children, but those little stinkers didn’t even try it. That’s ok, that’s what mason jars are for…
I only make chicken noodle soup when I have a leftover roasted chicken and I’m feeling a bit like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Mom, (Caroline). When you use every bit of something after it’s main purpose is gone, you kind of feel like you’ve stepped into the real world of using what you have, as a cook. And it costs very little.
New Year’s has a lot to do with that. I love that we get the do-over each year. We need it.
So here’s what I do…
Finally, the SPAETZLE…!
The texture of the spaetzle feels homemade. I love how it tastes, too, but especially how it’s a little thicker than thin strips of egg noodles I’ve used in the past. Spaetzle wraps around the chicken and broth like a big bear hug.
Comforts the soul. And your appetite.
I’ve seen all kinds of critters on my morning walks here in Cary, North Carolina, but this is a first.
That’s right. Some form of crustacean. Is it a crayfish, a little lobster? How did it get here? Cary is at least two hours from the sea. And yet, on a rainy Tuesday morning, here he is, just walking down the sidewalk in the suburbs. 😳
My friend’s dog was equally curious. She cautiously approached only to be greeted by a most definite warrior, ready to do battle.
Not so fast!
Where did you come from little fella? Good luck to you little lobster. At least it’s raining today.
Decorating or design in a home isn’t just about making things pretty. It’s about creating that space that you connect to.
The place that makes you feel good. Peaceful. Home.
This family in Cary North Carolina reached out to me late this summer when they decided that they were ready to bring that sense of peace they loved in Hawaii to their home in North Carolina. It’s an ongoing project, but I’m impatient and just had to share how it’s going. I hope you will watch and get inspired. Is there a room in your place that could use a second look?