The New Year

The business of the holiday season is over, and I’ve finally recovered from all the festivities!  It was great to have a break from work and enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I loved having our house decorated for the holidays.

charles dickens nook.

One of our friends came to visit, saw our nook decorated, laughed out loud and said, “I love it! Is this the Charles Dickens nook, or something?”  Dan and I thought that was pretty funny so we decided to refer to it as the ‘Charles Dickens Nook’ over the holidays.  Now that the Christmas decorations are gone, we simply refer to it as ‘the nook’.  I love sitting there drinking my morning coffee  (I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea, but saying coffee sounds better and sometimes I wish I drank coffee) and looking at the pond and our sheep – I’ll post a day light picture of the view later.

We played games…


my favorite, Settlers of Catan.

We took naps…


We went cross country skiing…SAM_3454

There is nothing more peaceful then being in the woods the morning after it snows.  It’s still, calm, quiet, and everything seems right in the world.

And we read by the fire…


This is the wonderful book my sister and brother gave my husband for Christmas.  Wendell Berry has given me a lot to think about over the past few weeks.  If you haven’t read anything by him, I highly recommend it.  This particular book is a compilation of  some of his essays.   Wendell’s been writing about farming since before it was cool (1970’s ish).  Michael Pollan has this to say about him –

“He marked out a path that led us back into nature, no longer as spectators but as full fledged participants.”

It’s gonna be a cold one! Dan and I are sitting by the fire – he’s planning our garden for the spring!  I’m excited to see what we’ll have growing in a few months!

farwell from the farm,

xoxo Britta

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

SAM_3339The snow was falling on Saturday morning when we woke up, so Dan and I decided it was the perfect afternoon to go get our tree!  Luckily, there’s a small patch of Christmas trees growing along our driveway.  We walked few steps out our front door, picked out a tree, and cut it down.

  Sunday night I decided it was time to start making some Christmas cookies.  I whipped up a batch of one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, Spritz. It’s a good Swedish cookie – meaning the ingredients are butter, sugar, flour, and of course, almond extract! I’ll share the recipe later this week!