Tea towels. The very name conjures up images of Victorian drawing rooms and ladies sipping tea from dainty cups. Well ditch that dated image! Tea towels are the unsung powerhouses of your kitchen and dining room. They’re not just a pretty face, they’re not afraid of getting down and doing some dirty work. Classically made from linen for its soft texture, durable nature and the fact that it won’t leave lint on the fine china, tea towels can be found everywhere from stove side to on the table, and that’s just where they belong. The tea towel’s close cousin, the flour sack towel, is an example of frugality meeting sustainability—old flour, grain and feed sacks would be repurposed into household towels.
We all know that a penguin is an aquatic, flightless bird that lives primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly in Antarctica. The Emperor Penguin is by far the largest penguin in the world, and the only one to actually breed in the harsh winter of Antarctica. An emperor penguin can dive up to 1,750 feet below the surface and stay submerged for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Along the eastern side of Italy and Sicily are a series of olive groves where trees are lovingly tended following old traditions. These groves were “organic” before the rest of the world knew what the term meant, producing pure, natural, high-quality olive oil. No pesticides. No preservatives. No artificial anything. The resulting olive oil is nothing less than sublime. It’s packed into tins to preserve freshness, protect it from sunlight and reduce shipping weight.
When grocery store shelves are brimming with olive oils, what makes these so special? Continue reading
Over the river and through the woods… Ah, holiday travel. The very thought brings up a host of conflicting emotions. The joy of seeing family, the hassles of travel during busy times, inclement weather and more. Unfortunately, travel can also do a number on our planet. But we’ve got some tips to minimize your impact, without canceling those reservations! Continue reading
You’ve cleaned your guest room, stocked up on linens, planned out the menu and even tackled the table. Getting a jump on all the prep well before the annual holiday family invasion begins is a great way to ensure things go smoothly and with as little stress and hassle as possible. Now that you’ve got your space all spruced up, there’s one more thing to think about before guests start arriving, and that’s atmosphere.
You’ve decorated and dressed, cleaned and organized, primped, primed, and prepped everything you possible could, what else can there be? Creating the right atmosphere seems like a small thing, but in reality, it’s that finishing touch that ties it all together. After spending so much time and effort on everything else, you don’t want it to all fall apart for lack of a scented candle.
How can you create a welcoming, holiday atmosphere? Oh, that’s easy. Continue reading