Monday, August 22, 2016

Healthy Mexican Cocoa

I've partnered with Uncommongoods to review some of their delicious and unique products. I've been a customer for years. 

Today I'm sharing honey with you. Bees Knees Spicy Honey is infused with a bit of chili. The heat sneaks up on you in a very good way. There's just the right amount of spice to balance the sweet. I love this honey. I've been eating it straight with a spoon (don't judge). It's that good. 

This honey is wonderful in my morning Mexican Cocoa (recipe below). The cocoa has a a dash of cinnamon and a spicy hit from the honey. Keep this cocoa recipe in your repertoire for brisk fall mornings and chilly winter afternoons. After a day spent skating, skiing or sledding, it's a cozy pick-me-up. I enjoy the cocoa year round. It's loaded with antioxidants and omega-3s. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Easy Zucchini And Corn Pasta

End of summer cooking means visiting local farms selling sweet corn and backyard gardens bursting with zucchini. It's such a joy to be in the kitchen with the abundance of seasonal produce. Fresh, fast and flavorful food is made in minutes. Healthy meals come together without much fuss. I'm sharing another one of my favorite summery dinners with you again. Chewy-pasta with tender-crisp zucchini, pops of sweet corn and a good amount of herbs.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Castles And Candles

Tom, Ellie and I took another drive up the coastal roads near our home. We discovered a Medieval Castle.  A castle in New England, who knew? Since the interior tour was closed, we explored the outside. On the way home, I imagined the majestic castle lit up by the amber glow of beeswax candles. Beeswax candles have always been my absolute favorite.

I've partnered with Uncommongoods to review some of their wonderful products. I love this company. I'm very happy to recommend their products because I've been a customer for years. I don't do many endorsements here. I make exceptions for exceptional companies.

Today I'm sharing this fun, eco friendly 60 Hour Candle made from natural beeswax. The unique design blends well into any home, whether it be a castle or cottage. It complements my French country living room. It's welcome in a mancave or modern-minimalist interior too. Both my male and female friends love this candle. It's very easy to assemble and use. Uncommongoods even sells refills. It has quickly become favorite here. It sits on my coffee table for hours of enjoyment. Uncommongoods also offers a creative selection of art and pillows.

I live a small and simple life. But I believe in treating myself to special items that bring beauty and peace to my space. Candles are a must. They make any room cozy and inviting. This candle is like a piece of sculpture on your table. It makes a great gift, especially for a candle-lover. To purchase this coiled candle click here . To view more distinctive gifts for men and women click here.

Thanks For Visiting Me Today!
xx ~ Jilly

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Easy Summer Spaghetti

Fresh and fast is what's on my mind. Meals that are bright, tasty and fuss free. During the warm months, I meander around parks, piers and orchards. I'm in the sunshine. I spend less time in the kitchen.   

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Cliffs and Cottage Gardens

Tom and I often walk our beagle along coastal roads, searching for quaint cottages and stopping for lobster rolls. Today I found our dream home. A little cape cod style cottage on some rocky cliffs that jut out into the Atlantic. The ocean sparkles with sunshine and the seaside gardens are in full bloom. Summertime flowers are everywhere. When I'm designing a new pattern or writing a blog post, I keep a small vase of blooms on my desk for inspiration. Fresh flowers perk up any room.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Pattern In Progress

Stitching my next pattern. As usual roses are involved. I can't help myself. ;)

Happy Stitching Everyone!
xx ~ Jilly  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Butterfly Bloom Cross Stitch Pattern

My latest pattern, Butterfly Bloom, is relaxing to stitch in summer. When the air conditioner is humming and the house is clean and cool, a bit of time with a needle and thread is soothing. This design is inspired by vintage embroidery. I love the pink, teal, raspberry and aqua colors. The pattern is available in my petite shop now. Pop on over there to find out more.