Carpe Diem means to make the most of the moment, seize the day!! I feel a little letdown, after the Holidays…So I like to look around my house and find a comfy nook, make feelgood recipes, read good books, watch comfy movies and maybe add a little sparkle to my life!! In other words, make the most of the cold winter days!! My friend, Penny, gave me this sweet little book packed with jewels of wisdom, that reminds us to stay in the moment and enjoy it as much as we can!!! Here are some of the jewels of wisdom that I especially liked:
I love Oprah and Eckhart Tolle, so I was delighted to see quotes in this book from them!!
So now I’m showing you some things that help me get through the cold winter months!! This is my favorite corner in our house to read a good book or watch a cozy movie…it’s in our bedroom right next to a bay window, but I have a very warm blanket to keep me warm…It’s faux fur on top and soft fleece on the back…I loved it so much I bought one for The Train House in Virginia, at TJ Maxx!!
One of my favorite movies to watch on a cold winter night is “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black, it’s funny and warm-hearted!! The fairy tale country cottage in this movie is so cozy, it looks like it has been around for 200 years, but in fact, they built it in London for the movie. See how they built Rosehill Cottage on this website!
This is a recipe that will warm you and makes your house smell divine, on a freezing cold day or night…
The ingredients!!In a baking dish before it goes into the oven…Finished!!
Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs with Vegetables in Mustard-Wine Sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 lb. small red potatoes
1 lb. large carrots
1 Red Onion
3 clove garlic
4 large chicken drumsticks
4 boneless thighs
3/4 c. dry white wine
1 tbsp. coarse-grain Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbsp. Dried marjoram leaves
- Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper with potatoes and next 4 ingredients in a large roasting pan. Rub chicken with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Arrange on top of the vegetables in the pan. Pour wine into the pan.
- Bake at 450 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is done and golden. Remove chicken and keep warm. Bake vegetables for 10 more minutes, or until they are tender. Serve chicken with vegetables. I served it with spinach or you could do a salad and I paired it with a glass of white wine…The wine in this dish gives it a gourmet taste and smells divine… so tender and savory!!
And now for some sparkle in my life!!My hairdresser added “Fairy Hair” or “Bling String” as she called it!!
It’s hair tinsel tied to strands of hair, I chose gold!!! Fun and a good way to start a conversation with people…lots of people come up to me asking what I have in my hair???
So these are just some of the things that will get me through a cold, snowy New England winter…of course, we can always just pick up and go to The Virginia Train House, which is what we did before this latest snowstorm😉 Our renovation in The Train House is coming along…Before picture, when the wall was knocked down between the family room and kitchen eating area… The same view now, as I was writing this post🤗 That second staircase leads to the master bedroom…still lots of work to be done, but comfortable to live in until it’s finished!!
Sometimes it takes a lot of courage and strength to “untie the ribbons,” but it can be totally worth it. I feel like our Virginia home was one of the many “gifts” in our lives and now we are in the process of “untying the ribbons” to reveal this beautiful old house!!