Sunday, December 8, 2013

Peppermint & Pinecones

My mom and I threw Meg and little Baby M a baby shower the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It worked out perfectly since we already had family in from St. Louis for Thanksgiving! We had so much fun planning and creating for this shower- we decided on a Peppermint & Pinecones theme with pops of red, white and pink throughout!  

Here we are with the beautiful Mama to Be and sweet baby girl

We can't wait to meet this little dear in about 40 days! 
Below are some pictures of details throughout...

Champagnes and juices were offered as the guests arrived

We served a brunch of chocolate chip scones, peppermint pinwheel cookies, asparagus wrapped in proscuitto, peppermint bark, citrus salad, quiches, and date nut bread. 

We created a Hot Cocoa Bar with warm hot cocoa, marshmallows- plain and peppermint, chocolate shavings, candy canes, and peppermint schnapps for those who needed a little extra warmth. 

Meg was showered with so many wonderful gifts for baby! 
After gift opening, everyone could 'Decorate your own gingerbread baby' for the girls to take home.

It was such a wonderful morning. This little girl is already so loved! 
We can't wait to meet her!

Monday, October 28, 2013

hunting and gathering

The past couple of days I was able to spend some time in the country & the woods enjoying this fall season. As we were hiking today I thought back to some of the first memories I have of hiking. It was the early 60s and I was 6 or 7. We lived in St. Louis but at the end of our street once you crossed the road was a woods and my dad would take me there on little walks through the trees.  I loved it because I wanted to find the prettiest leaves, rocks and acorns as my pockets and hands would hold. It was special time with my dad. The more I reminisced I realized there were other hunting and gathering walks we went on together as I grew up. In Colorado or Minnesota on camping trips we searched cold streams for agates. They were hard to find but worth the hunt! Beautiful rocks with lined patterns and swirls in pretty colors. Trodding through damp woods in Illinois we searched with my uncle for morel mushrooms which my aunt would bread and fry for dinner~delicious!

Then there were long morning walks on the beach, coffee or apple in hand searching for sand dollars and shells on the gulf coast of Florida. These were all walks that meant a lot to me, not just for the gathering of the perfect piece of seaglass or unbroken sand dollar but more the time with my dad. There may not have been lots of conversation but quiet time walking next to each other was just as memorable.

And so it continues today, picking up leaves, gathering dried stalks to decorate my home for this season; so much beauty at every turn.

~Katie Daisy~

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  ~John Muir

Monday, September 30, 2013

chasing fall

It's the best time of year in my eyes and to hurry into the season we drove out to the mountains to find fall just a bit sooner than we would at home. I've always wanted to see the aspen trees in all their golden glory. We were a week or so early for full blown color but still left satisfied from a week of cool, crisp days, chilly nights, a snowfall up in the upper most part of the mountains, brisk hikes, meals al fresco and beautiful fall colors.

 “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 
~ John Muir

Happy Glorious October!