Simple & Festive

It’s that gossamer season, lightly veiled in dreams of Christmas morning and savoring reminisces of past joys, as the depths of the heart seem to spill to the surface.

Contrasts abound with the giving and surrounding with comforts, the chill in the air and the warmth of firelight, the cloudy, dark nights and the glow of Advent lights, of busily preparing gifts and sleepily resting on a winter’s eve.

A glimpse into our home this week:

Sleepy Sunday afternoons (can you spy a treasure under my tree?) with books of crafty inspiration.

Discovering red glass vintage Christmas ornaments in the basement to adorn our tree, reminding us of the birth and sacrifice of The Light of the World.

Baking sweet blessings (inspired by The Jesse Tree Journey), using delicious Gold-Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions* (What a delight to make healthy, dairy-free treats for our family & friends!)

Juicy oranges and sweet giggles of joy.

Milestones of first steps (at a running pace!) and a big boy haircut.

Celebrating four years of a precious blessing.

Waking up to a teacup of sweet & spicy flavors. (The linky is still open until 12/13, so add yours!)

Sparkling clean floors with a new steam mop!

The crisp smell of fresh greenery in homemade wreaths.

Bright coats of new paint, as we prepare rooms for guests.

A little “sheep,” excited for the upcoming Christmas play, humming bits of carols.

What are you simply savoring in this festive time?

*Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. Some links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission. Thank you for your support!

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  • Meg

    We’re savoring so many of the same things! :-) Although right now we’re completely flooded with gorgeous Fuji apples – they’re bigger than my husband’s fist! Such a blessing to be able to not only enjoy them ourselves, but to share with many who wouldn’t haven’t them otherwise.

    On a side note: my husband throughly enjoyed your Russian Tea recipe… it’s been a while since he’d had any, and he wanted me to thank you. :-)


    Michele Reply:

    Oh, your apples sound so wonderful! I hope we are able to have some apples on our trees this coming year. I’m so glad he enjoyed the tea! Thanks for letting me know. :)



  • I just found your blog, and I’m so excited! (I’m also passionate about God, family, saving money, and healthy food! haha) Those apples sound delish!


    Michele Reply:

    @Liz @ IHeartVegetables, Welcome! :) Thanks so much for visiting. I look forward to “seeing” you around!



  • I would love to come share a cup of tea with you – too bad I live in ohio! I’m so excited for your new bed-n-breakfast endeavor! Your new home is beautiful, too! I love an older home full of nostalgia, comfort, and character! Have a great time hosting your tea party festivities!


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