The holidays are officially over, but they seem to slip by so quickly don’t they? Sometimes I want to blog things simply to remember them, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite moments this past holiday season, if only to hold onto them a little bit longer.
I baked my first cake
Buttermilk Spice Cake with a German Buttercream frosting! It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty tasty. I’m not a baker at all -- in fact, just two weeks prior to baking the cake I had several meltdowns in the kitchen trying to make sugar cookies and failing quite miserably. I'm so glad I didn't let that stop me from trying to make something else. Life lessons happen in the kitchen, too (ha)!
I recently collaborated with a flower company to style some photos and it reminded me how much I love having fresh flowers in the house. When winter hits, I usually don't grab bouquets as often and I've sorely missed how much flowers can brighten up a room. I also recently received a crystal vase that was my late grandmother's, so it has been extra special to place holiday blooms in this year. Makes me feel a bit more connected to my late grandparents, especially since my grandfather wasn't with us this holiday season.
I felt extra compelled to soak up time with family and I also tried to make sure my presents were really useful or thoughtful. I asked my brothers to do a mini photo shoot in the park for my parents and I’m so glad I did it. It was so special to see how much it meant to my father. I’ll cherish his reaction (and can't wait to give them to my mom soon!).
Drinking Copious amounts of Chai
Since the recent chai workshop I attended, I've basically replaced candles and coffee with chai. Brewing chai on the stove tops reminds me of India and makes the house smell SO good! Can't get enough, I tell you.
Weekend Trip to Nevada City
Nalini and I traveled to find snow, but without luck. Instead, we did find a bit of Christmas spirit in a tiny town with outdoor markets, cozy coffee shops and plenty of books! Tiny towns always reaffirm to me that adventure can be found anywhere and it’s all in your perspective. Open hearts, open minds.
Hope you all had a lovely holiday season!