For native midwesterners like me, sweet corn is a whole thing. We would have sweet corn at every meal for weeks while it was in season and never get sick of it. There’s just nothing like eating corn right off the cob that was picked earlier that day. The sugars haven’t turned to starch yet so the kernels are so tender and sweet. Anything you find in the grocery store has already become starchy and, in my opinion, inedible.

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Well, if you couldn’t tell from my recent botanical print update or from the newest holiday items in my Etsy shop, I’m really into a mushroom aesthetic recently.

Any room in my house is home to anywhere between 5 and 10 houseplants. Many of them have names and many of them might be hiding a miniature little gold dinosaur peeking out from behind the foliage. I love adding small touches of whimsy throughout my home and felt these mushroom plant ornaments were the perfect addition.

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The onslaught of snow that bombarded us the last week in October stirred the need for warm, hearty comfort foods. As a native midwesterner, that generally calls for slow-roasted pot roast, creamy casseroles, and hearty stews.

I was reminded of feeling cold and tired and longing comfort during my trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal last spring. The Moonlight Lodge in Namche was my favorite along the trek. The rooms were quite comfortable, they offered hot showers (for 500 rupees), free device charging, and their food was the best I had during the whole trip. Luckily I had the pleasure of staying there for a total of 3 nights; 2 nights on the way to base camp since we had an acclimatization day in Namche and 1 night on the way back down.

The thing about trekking in Nepal is that you get comfortable being uncomfortable. Coming off a season filled with lots of backcountry skiing, I already had a decent tolerance to being chilled and achy. I wouldn’t say the trek was easy for me by any means but I was surprised at how well my body and mind handled it. Quite tired of dal baht, I ordered the Sherpa Stew at the Moonlight Lodge one night and found it healing in more ways than one.

Moonlight Lodge Sherpa Stew
The Sherpa Stew at the Moonlight Lodge in Namche, Nepal

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Welcome November!

While many people like to jump straight into Christmas decor the day after Halloween, I opt to savor the autumn season for a little longer. An ironic thing to claim with a foot of snow outside and a guest bedroom cluttered with Christmas crafts that I have planned for the blog in December.

Thanksgiving Botanical Gallery Update 2

So, as I remove the spooky spiders, bats, and toads from my Botanical Print Gallery, I’m adding some more harvest-themed prints in celebration of Thanksgiving. In addition to botanical illustrations, I’ve also included animals like turkeys and owls. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Botanical Gallery Update (plus free printables)”

Double, double, toil and trouble.
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Double, double, toil and trouble.
Something wicked this way comes!

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It’s that time of year when we spend our evenings at home carving pumpkins and handing out candy to trick or treaters. I wanted to concoct a witchy libation for these traditions and came up with this Fizzy Blackberry Daiquiri. Continue reading “Witch’s Fizzy Blackberry Daiquiri”

I’m definitely not the first person to think of this, but when Pinterest showed me a botanical print of a mandrake on my feed, I felt obliged to update my botanical print gallery for Halloween. I may have already printed out some specifically for Thanksgiving as well. I also might be constantly brainstorming which prints I should try to find for Christmas. Poinsettias? Holly? Why not?

I didn’t swap out everything, but I pulled down some of the more colorful butterflies and flowers and replaced them with more witchy prints. Like toads and ravens and spiders. Keep scrolling for links to the free printables I found.

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