New England winter story

January in New England could be a month of long shadows, dreaded ‘winter’mix’, or white, crunchy snow punctuated by sparkly sunshine, when you instantly start searching for sunglasses. The contradictions can be good for you, you don’t linger in one of these moods too, too long…It allows for rest and recharging, but also for planning the creative year ahead, working on long stalled projects. Here is what my favorite type of weekend day in New England looks like. First things first, breakfast! This is the month to indulge in homemade dutch baby. Unapologetically made with buttermilk and topped with homemade whipped cream alongside home brewed cappuccinos. This is also number one discovery of my January so far – few minutes gets you perfectly whipped, unsweetened cream, without the waste of the store bought spray can. Never going back on this one.

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Heavy and sweet breakfast needs fresh air as a companion, so we head out to the ocean for a brisk walk on the beach. Pictured here is Manchester-by-the-sea, and it’s tiny beach almost impossible to get to in high season, but perfect day walk destination in January.

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Late afternoons and evenings are for crafting. Naturally, the fabric of choice for winter is velvet. My collected over the years small remnants are being put into use, and a series of casually mismatched cushions is in the making. Stay tuned!

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