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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!

Link Love

Gift giving is a popular subject online – there are a lot of great ideas out there. I thought I’d share a few of my current favorites.

Author Seth Godin ruminates on the difference between a present, a favor, and a gift – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/06/gifts-misunderstood.html

I found The Gifted Blog after Charissa mented over here, and I’m so tickled I did – what a beautiful blog with so much gift inspiration!

Sites like Make, Craft and Instructables not only provide inspiration, but also detailed instructions on a gazillion projects.  Even though some of these are WAY outside my skill level, and most of them are not things I’ll ever make myself, I find lots of inspiration here, and more things that I feel I could tackle than I ever will have time for. (Bonus link – Jim Henson making puppets! http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/09/jim_henson_making_muppets.html)

I couldn’t even begin to cover all of the blogs with free instructions, patterns, downloads – internet-land has everything you might ever want to find, if you take the time to look for it. Some of my favorites are How About Orange , Jinjerup and Skip to my Lou.

I hope you find some inspiration in these links!

Visit me at homeanddryblog

I guess you might have noticed that blossomdaily hasn’t been very, well, daily of late. Really for quite a while now. This last bit of 2009 has been a bit of a booger for my family, and daily posting was a bit much to keep up with. I’ve decided to move my blogging energies to a new online space. If you’re interested please come visit! I’m now at http://homeanddryblog.wordpress.com. Much thanks to all of you who have shared these blossoms!

Summer Woods in West Virginia

Thinking of the contrast of cactus flowers and speaking earlier tonight with my Aunt Beth back home got me to thinking about how beautiful and green West Virginia is in the summer. I found this picture that reminds me of the woods near our house growing up. They were literally my happy place, so I hope they make you happy too!

Daily Blossom


If you haven’t already, stop by Kindred and check out the fabulous wallpapers available for FREE.  Kindred is Heather “Ez” Pudewa of Creature Comforts and Holly Becker of decor8 who at the moment are offering seasonal wallpaper for your desktop, produced by some fantastic independent artists. This dreamy painting above is by Hadley Hutton. I have it on my computer at home. At work I have the piece below by Danna Ray. I’m excited to see what they give us next! Go! Visit! Brighten your desktop with one of these inspiring pieces of art! (and have a fantastic day!)


The List Continues

The updated list:

* make brownies – I’m trying to come close to the recipe for these (I’ll be posting my favorite recipe soon!)
* laundry, laundry, and more laundry
* serious spring cleaning (still have the serious part to do…)
* organize my pantry
* rearrange my office/guest room
* read a book (Keeping it Real)
* garage sales
* Star Trek
* make a cute skirt (on hold – my mom borrowed my sewing machine because hers is broken)
* cookout with friends here (rained out, but we still had dinner)
* dye my hair I couldn’t decide on a color. I think I’ll let the taunting grays hang out for a while.

So what’s left is the cleaning and organizing. I almost got started on the pantry on Sunday, but decided to nap instead. I stand by my decision. But I do have cute jars to put my dry goods in, so I guess I’d better get to it!  Stay tuned for the brownie recipe and some pictures of my fabulous pantry and office/guest room (cross your fingers!).