I hope that everyone had a wonderful and joyous holiday!
Like some of you, we lost power the night before Christmas Eve due to the major ice storm that swept the Northeast and Midwest. The power came back on Christmas night (thanks to the help of crews from other states to help mend fallen power lines) and we rejoiced.
Here a few scenes from the last week.
I bought about a dozen battery-operated candles for the house, which I love! Little did I think that they would also come in handy when the power was out. It's great that they can run all night without worry - I am a huge fan of them. I think that we'll continue to leave a few out throughout the year.
I started my amaryllis and paper white bulbs about a week before Christmas, so we haven't enjoyed their blossoms quite yet. Perhaps they will be here by the New Year.
A quiet glimpse into the snowy wonder.
I never tire of the scene just outside that window.
I snapped this picture on our Christmas Eve. We postponed the holidays for a couple of days when the power was out, because it was just too hard to keep up with simple tasks of keeping everybody warm and fed. So after we regained power, our delayed Christmas Eve felt extremely warm and cozy - for both heart and soul.
Here is the living room, enjoying the twinkle of the candles (battery operated) and tree lights.
My dear friend Kate told me about this lovely Swedish chime candle that she'd been enjoying with her sweet twin boys. I ordered one for our family and our little dumplings just love watching the angels spin around and ring the chimes. We lit it every night, and will continue to until the candles have expired.
And of course, there's the food...There's always the food. So good.
Using local organic carrots and butternut squash, Mike made an AMAZING soup.
AMAZING. We had something similar at one of our favorite local bakeries and our sweet dumplings gobbled it up.
With a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top, it's especially festive.
Mike also made some buckwheat pancakes. We have a wheat and egg allergy in our family so we've been exploring new recipes. This recipe requires no added sugar as the pureed dates provide the sweetness. They were fantastic. Locally harvested maple syrup helps make them the perfect breakfast treat.
There were also sweet potato muffins, which we made for our new neighbors. Mike's last batch (he made four) had a couple of minutes left when the power went out. He also made a special version for us that were wheat and egg free.
I ended up eating about a half dozen during the power outage.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!