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Hmmm, yes, it’s been quite some time since I posted. I’m not where my online life will go in the future, but I wanted to leave anyone still stopping by a “see you later” note.

First, the chai recipe. OK, this is a little foggy as it’s been a few months, but the general recipe is pretty similar to what you’ll find online in lots of places. I’d say if you know you really like, or really don’t like specific spices you should adjust as needed. It’s pretty hard to make a sweet spiced tea that is bad using these spices.  To start peel your ginger (you’ll need a 1/2 – 2 inch piece, depending on how much you’re making and how ginger-y you want it to be. Use the edge of a spoon to peel it, then you’ll need to smash it a bit (I use a mortar and pestle). Put the ginger and your whole dry spices in a coffee filter. We used cinnamon sticks broken into pieces, cloves, green cardamom, star anise and black peppercorns. Simmer the spices and your black tea in a saucepan of water for at least 20 minutes, and longer if you’d like your mix to be stronger. Remove the spices and teabags, sweeten liberally, mix about 1/2 and 1/2 with hot milk, and there you have it. (this is also super-yummy chilled with milk!)

OK, I feel better now.

I guess the only other thing I really need to say is thank you so much, my few readers. I do think I’ll be back online at some point in the future, probably at homeanddryblog but for now my energies are needed offline. I wish you all good things.





I’ve been having such a hard time posting for the past few weeks. I’m sorry I’ve been slacking off. Sometimes it’s an odd thing, this blogging. I really do love it, I love that I have a reason to write, and that I get to share things that inspire me. Then again, there are times that I simply need a break from being online. Like so many people I spend my workdays in front of a computer. Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home is get out my computer and start in again, even if it’s something I enjoy. So for the past few weeks my home computer has been off and in the corner, and I’ve spent my evenings and weekends mostly offline. And just to prepare you, I have a lot going on between now and December, so posting will continue to be a little less daily.  The good news is everything I have going on is inspiring and I’m already excited to share! I hope you enjoy today’s little sneak peek, starting with the colors and textures above that have me inspired to redecorate (maybe…).  

Top Chef Just Desserts and Lucent Dossier – flaming desserts and smokey sensual sideshow awesomeness – what more can you ask for? 

State Parks – cool crisp air just begs to be enjoyed, don’t you think? This past weekend I went we headed out to see this waterfall and I’m hoping the future will hold trips to see colorful maples, and this Indian lodge

Holiday crafting! My sister and I just bought a Cricut machine  and  we’re going to start by using the machine to cut out designs from Contact paper for a glass-etching project similar to the one above from Martha Stewart (I’ll share a tutorial with you next week!) 

Etsy emails make my day. I especially love the collections in Etsy Finds – they give me a fix on those days when I don’t get a chance to explore on my own, and introduce me to things I may never have even thought of. I found this fine silver leaf ring and this modern macrame last week.
I think Cooking Light will be my new magazine addiction. We’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, and it’s so nice to have the calories, fat, and all that other stuff figured out for you without having to eat prepared processed meals. 
Always inspiring is Marie Claire Idees. I stalked the bookstore last week waiting for the latest issue to appear on the shelves. I dog-eared so many pages I may as well have marked the whole magazine! If you can’t find it where you are the blog has lots of beautiful inspiration, and lots of French practice!
I can’t remember how I found the blog even*cleveland, but once I got lost for almost an hour! I love the smooth flow of posts, a beautiful stream of consciousness that carries the reader along with it. For me it’s becoming my mid-day resting place, when I need an escape from the day’s drama. 

Chai tea recipes – it’s so easy to make from scratch, and I’ll share my new favorite with you later this week.
And finally, my recent personal soundtrack…

Matt Pond Pa
Courtyard Hounds
Band of Horses  
Sam Phillips  
Nina Simone 

Hope you find something to inspire you among these links!

Etsy Blossoms

I love these pillows by utilitarianfranchise. They’re cool and clever, and I think I need some for my living room! They were recently featured on Apartment Therapy too!Uniqueartpendants makes some great jewelry. I had a hard time picking pieces to show – they were all so beautiful.  I love the different collections her pieces are grouped into. It’s easy to see why these little works of arts are carried in so many museums!I love tiny things, and these books by Ruth Bleakley are superb mini treasures. Of course, not all of her books and journals are tiny, and all of them are fabulous!Aren’t the little moth notecards by Moth to a Flame great? I love that they’re actually moth-shaped! After browsing through the beautiful goods here, be sure to check out her other shops, Unearthed Elements, La Petite Abeille Ruche and The Milliner’s Daughter.WrenWillow has silkscreened hand dyed tees for every member of the family – even the dog –  in ridiculously cute designs.  I love the mandolin, and the VW, and of course the luna moth.  Check out her other shop – ArtHistory101 – for more tees, this time art history themed, and buttons and magnets with quotes and art history questions and answers.

A Tree for Tuesday

This vibrant tree was painted by my talented cousin, Katie (the Texas one – I have two cousins Katie!) and is currently on loan from my parents. I have it in my bedroom, where I see it first thing every morning. I hope you enjoy.

Wet Wednesday

It’s raining again today – it’s been a very wet month here in Austin. Apparently the wettest on record since 1921. Central Texans aren’t exactly good at rainy weather – the traffic has been horrible – but I find this weather comforting. For me fall is supposed to be cooler, wetter and a bit more overcast. Now that summer is officially over, I’m enjoying this little bit of “real” fall.  

I snapped a few photos of the last flowering bush in our parking lot at work for you. The rain had mostly let up for a few minutes, and the sun was shining it’s brightest as it ducked behind the buildings on it’s way to sleep. I love the tiny drops of water on the flowers and leaves. Seeing the sun peek through all of that green took me, just for a moment, back to the woods I played in as a child.

When I got home this little guy was crawling up my storm door. He was moving pretty quickly for a snail – maybe I scared him getting all up close and personal like that. He never quite stood still enough for me to get a good, clear photo, but I thought I’d share with you anyway.

I hope you stay warm and dry tonight, no matter what the weather outside.

oops! Moths vs Butterflies

A big thank you to Lynette Schimming, the photographer who took yesterday’s gorgeous photo. Turns out that was a butterfly, not a moth. Oops! She was kind enough to share these photos, which actually are moths, and I was inspired to look up the differences.

It seems that butterflies normally have thin antennae with balls or clubs on the end. They usually have brigher coloring, thinner bodies, smoother wings with smaller scales, and fly around during the day.

Moths, on the other hand, have a variety of antennae, but usually without the clubs on the end. Their bodies tend to be fatter and furrier, the larger scales on their wings make them look fluffier and they are generally nocturnal.

There are more differences I found (wing structure, cocoon versus chrysalis, resting posture) but the physical ones are the ones I’m most likely to remember and be able to identify. I hope you enjoy these pretty moths (for real this time). Thanks again to Lynnette Schimming for the gorgeous photos! Happy Tuesday!

A Moth for Monday

Photo by Lynette Schimming, found on bugguide.net

Happy Monday everyone – hope your week is off to a good start. I’m enjoying a little cool fall weather here in Austin – it’s only in the 80s today, and will dip into the low 70s tonight! I love the fall and it’s so nice to get a little taste of fall down here in Austin – it doesn’t happen very often. This cool(ish) weather, combined with the fact that October is fast approaching has me in full-on fall-fever. I’m toying with forest-related crafts ideas lately, and one that I thought of was making some felt moths for my yarn wreaths. Moths are one of those things I don’t immediately consider, but when I do I realize how incredibly beautiful they are. Something about them seems much more fall-ish and forest-y than summery butterflies. I’ll share some photos once I create some creatures. In the meantime you should check out bugguide.net for some great photos of moths and other critters.