Winter winter.

This week I’ve found myself longing for warmer temperatures and time outside. Just when I thought there was a peak of spring the forecast is calling for snow. Don’t get me wrong, I love our Washington weather, but something about this winter has me uhhgg-ing a lot.

When it is actually warm and sunny in these parts I like to do what I call photosynthesizing. This calls for me sitting in a chair on my front porch contently absorbing all the warmth of the sun. No other activity required. Glorious.

I did get to participate in a lovely styled shoot this week with a new acquaintance, Kinzie from Wandering Love Collective . We met out at Lake Crescent Lodge greeted by chilly temperatures, tiny snow flurries and a closed down Lodge. She still managed to put together a sweet picnic set up on the shore of the lake for her models despite it all, and I was very glad to be part of it. Full details coming soon.

What I made this week:

In the search for inspiration for this blog I spent a bit of time over on Joy the Baker’s site and obviously couldn’t have left it without picking up some recipes. I made the lamb meatballs with orzo from her site and it was absolutely delicious. Just the right amount of something different to break up my usual dinner routine (there’s only so much chicken I can stand to eat).

I also made the most out of some blood oranges that I bought with high hopes of eating, but came to terms with the fact that oranges are not easy/enjoyable for me to consume. I love the flavor of them, but eating them is cumbersome. So, I juiced them, added sugar and vinegar (I used 3/4 white wine and 1/4 apple cider) and made my first batch of shrub. Hopefully mixed with some seltzer (and maybe gin????) it will give me the illusion that I’m on a beach in Italy photosynthesizing.

Styled shoot with Wandering Love Collective at Lake Crescent.

Styled shoot with Wandering Love Collective at Lake Crescent.

The snow really is beautiful, and my pup loves to stick her face in it which is adorable and hilarious.

The snow really is beautiful, and my pup loves to stick her face in it which is adorable and hilarious.