‘So this is Christmas at Crossroads…..’
Webster’s definition numbers 9 and 10 under the word savor:
‘to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish
‘to give oneself to the enjoyment of: to savor the best in life’
Giving oneself to the enjoyment of family around the table – a double entendre of sorts: to savor family and food.
Setting the table with family memories…vases from a beloved aunt…
high chair well used by sons, now by their little ones…
silverware from my grandmother…
loving the memories, making new ones………savoring all!
Another attempt to freshen the menu for a Sunday family supper in late summer….and make good use of yummy figs!
cooked down with a bit of sugar and water,
reduced balsamic, garlic and rosemary added
to make a thick glaze.
additional herbs combined with butter,
rubbed under the skin of a spatchcocked chicken – with extra pieces for unexpected guests
served with lightly dressed arugula and feta, baked sweet potatoes on the side
rather well received!!!!
(next time: more garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, a bit more sugar on the figs)
inspired by Country Cleaver
I recently came across a book entitled ‘Orange is the New Black‘. Although the reference is to prison attire, my mind was sent spinning off into my world of design…...orange is the new red, this is the new that, the living room is the new dining room….really??? To be honest, I had already been toying with the idea of switching these two rooms in my house.
Times have changed…we are older, the children are busy and stretched, their children are young…all of which adds up to early evenings when we are together. We now find ourselves lingering at the dinner table, then calling it a night. So the dining room has taken on a new life….comfortable chairs borrowed from the living room, youth chairs and high chairs corralling small bodies, table top covered with butcher paper, containers of crayons and markers replacing center pieces. An added bonus – a fireplace in the dining room!
The piano still sits comfortably in its alcove, now in the dining room;
the welsh dresser remains in its accustomed spot, anchoring the new living room space.
once over the dining table, now right at home over the coffee table.
Adding a smallish white fluffy rug here will bring the room together.
Rearranging and repurposing accessories adds freshness.
We have yet to see how the new spaces ‘live’. Reaction to the changes by some family members has fallen short of full-blown enthusiasm; perhaps this will change after the next family dinner……