I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn't help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It's still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I'm making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!… Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed that snow is a great equalizer? Covered in a fresh, frosty blanket of white, the most humble structure can be as breathtaking as the most majestic. Here's a collection of photos that recently caught my eye that seem to illustrate my point.
I love the scents of fall: all that cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and, oh my, pumpkin! And nothing beats warming up by a fire... except maybe warming up by a scented fire! Am I right? Turns out, turning your fire into a magical scent-producing machine is super easy and super… Continue Reading
With the cooler weather moving into most parts of the continent, it is a good time to tackle all those tree branch projects we've seen here on Curbly. Today I've got an easy and eye-pleasing project to add to your to-make… Continue Reading
On my to-do list this afternoon: answer e-mails, pay bills, eat lunch. Not on the list: spend 45 minutes plowing three feet of snow off my roof.
I was just getting comfy on the couch with my laptop and a bowl of soup when I thought I heard a faint tip-tapping sound. After eliminating a few other options (The joists creaking? My left big toe cracking?), my fearful suspicions were confirmed: it's the old, familiar drip in the living room… Continue Reading
In a few days, after the eggnog has worn off and all the stresses of holiday entertaining have subsided, all you're going to want to do is curl up and hibernate for a few days. Lucky for you, we've rounded up ten cozy blankets that'll be a comfort to you and your… Continue Reading
Whew! We've been setting a lot of tables around here. It all started with our Thanksgiving table, followed a week later by our Hanukkah table, and now we're gearing up for a Christmas table. We wanted to do something simple, with the traditional red and green. We will have many friends in town in the coming weeks, and impromptu entertaining will certainly happen. We put together this Christmas table in about 15 minutes. Here's the play-by-play.… Continue Reading
We're a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.
Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we spruced… Continue Reading
It's amazing to think that this is the FOURTH Thanksgiving since Curbly was founded! Now's my chance to say THANKS to all of you who visit us every day and make Curbly a possibility. I also want to thank all our great regular contributors, Chris, JoAnn, Shelly, Capree, Alicia, and Jill.
I hope you're all settling in to spend some time with friends, family and food. We're getting hit with a perfect Thanksgiving storm here in Minnesota, so we'll have a white Thanksgiving (which is how it should be, as far as I'm concerned). Here's the view out my front door this afternoon:
For those of you still looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving entertaining or recipe advice, don't miss our Thanksgiving section (which is full of excellent tips and roundups). Have a great, safe and fun… Continue Reading
During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more. The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues. And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today). Are you with me? Great! Let's see what we'll need for a day of November… Continue Reading
Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.
All you need:
- 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
- 1/2 cup of milk or half and half … Continue Reading
Friends, it is November 2nd, Halloween is over, and it's time to begin the wintertide holiday festivities.
Half of you reading this will say, "Duh, Chris, my tree's/menorah's been up for weeks, and my shopping was done months ago, and Bing's on the old hi-fi right now!" And the other half will say, "Are you kidding me?! Just because the corporations say its time to start selling doesn't mean it's December already...Quit being a slave to… Continue Reading
It's still cold outside... So, this weekend, embrace the fact that your stuck inside with these recipes for a few hot cocktails that'll cure your winter blues...
- Hot Toddy: Steamy Tea, Bourbon, and Lemon
- Hot Buttery Rum: Rum, Butter, and Spices...it's like a cookie that'll give you a hangover
- Hot Cocoa and Schnapps: A Peppermint Patty worth the calories..
Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.
To keep the shovel slick and (mostly)… Continue Reading
Where I live, it's cold outside. Really cold. Like -18 (-27.8C) ambient temperature cold. Seeing an image like this reminds me things could be worse. Much worse. Back in ‘05 the wind blew sea spray, which froze on contact, leaving this house in Plymouth, MA, cocooned in ice. Source. Image by Bill Peaslee via Weather Underground.
Have a peek at the pretty that is the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Different every year, it's built from ice taken from the nearby river and from snice (Snow. Ice. SNICE!) sprayed on huge metal forms. Once the basic shape is in place a BUNCH of different designers, artists and clever folks are shipped in from around the world to make each room unique. And, you know, mind-blowingly beautiful.
Here are a few of the highlights of this winter's Hotel.
Milky Way the exterior light/art installation. The… Continue Reading
Several years ago, a local television station started airing the ‘Yule Log.’ Basically, it’s a loop of burning logs in a fire accompanied with Christmas tunes. It has become a tradition in many households, even ones with fireplaces like mine, to tune into 'the log’. As a matter of fact, it’s ratings often top the charts. If you don’t have a ‘Yule Log’ station, here’s the perfect answer:… Continue Reading
Around my house, nothing lifts our spirits more than a tasty, healthy meal cooked out on a smokin' hot grill. We've adopted an untraditional tradition of grilling out on Christmas Eve. Whether it's burgers and brats, or a pork tenderloin, we feel like we've broken the rules a little… Continue Reading