We haven’t made it to Thanksgiving yet, but it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Ann Arbor; we had 9-10 inches of snow here yesterday and everything is covered in a blanket of sparkling white, fresh-fallen snow. We haven’t put up our Christmas tree yet, as we always wait until after Thanksgiving at our house to do that, but we did visit the Farmer’s Market yesterday and pick out a gorgeous, fresh fir and boxwood wreath and hang it on our front door – not only does it look nice, it smells wonderful too! I did put a few things around the house in preparation for Christmas, like this really cute, red yarn pom pom garland from a local store, Found, in Kerrytown. And my Christmas cactus is blooming!
The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…
- I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
- Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…
In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.
We picked up this beauty at the local farmer’s market – I really enjoy having a fresh, evergreen wreath on our front door during the winter months. I was also admiring some beautiful, evergreen trees in the sunlight on our neighborhood walk this morning to a nearby park.
I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.
If you’re in Ann Arbor on a Wednesday afternoon, do yourself a favor and stop by the Farmer’s Market and visit the Flour Lab booth. Buy something, eat it, and you will not be dissapointed. Seriously, this stuff is so beautiful and so good it’ll make you want to cry…in a good way!
My beautiful friend Jennifer was kind enough to bring me a very special treat from the Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers Market earlier this week – a delicious (yes, it really did taste as good as it looked) chocolate mint baby bundt cake. The cake was topped with fresh blackberries & a chocolate covered mint leaf & the whole thing was divine! She said her friend at Flour Lab made it. I checked out their website & everything from the website, to the packaging, to the baked goods themselves is beautiful – a treat to not only my taste buds but to my eyes as well!
Oh yes, & I have to mention the fact that our dog, Melody, is over the moon for Jennifer. I’m pretty sure she gets more excited to see Jennifer than she does to see Ryan & I!
One of the many reasons I love shopping at the local farmer’s market – I come home with things like this lovely bunch of lavender!
I like to decorate the house for the Christmas & Hanukkah holidays the Friday after Thanksgiving as I like to enjoy the lights & the decorations for as long as possible – so yesterday that’s exactly what we did; the menorah, tree, wreath, lights, & other decorations are out & my Santa cookie jar has fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in it! There are even two presents already wrapped & sitting under the tree – I really do love Christmas.
We picked up this lovely boxwood wreath from the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market on Wednesday & I thought it was a nice alternative to a traditional evergreen wreath. I think it makes the house feel extra warm & cheery & I love to come home to that!
We had a lovely weekend & were super excited to use our brand new, fancy pants, Canon 5D MarkII camera! We enjoyed a lovely dinner out with friends on Friday at Melange (&, bonus, it was Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor), took a trip out to Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday & then watched the World Cup U.S. vs. Ghana game & ended the day with a nice cookout with friends.
Here are several more photos we took over the weekend with our fancy new camera – it’s so awesome!