the scent of the holidays…

holiday wreath

Scent, it has the power to transport us to faraway lands or travel into the past and make us smile with happy memories. The unforgettable scent of fresh-picked herbs, rubbed between your fingers, then brought to the kitchen for the meal. The smells of the holidays, pine, cinnamon, sage, rosemary, bay, thyme. These are the scents of memories, of life lived with love and fullness. These are the scents of gratitude and abundance. Continue reading

the mythology of green…
taking the green path

Green Mythology

Green, green, green! Everywhere you turn, you’re encouraged to go green, and while we love the idea, we’re also aware that with great popularity comes a whole boatload of myths and misunderstandings. The image of a green life as expensive, extreme, and less stylish still persists. Is there anything to all this green mythology? We don’t think so! Continue reading

decoding coffee…
what’s in your cup?

Coffee

We Americans like our coffee, in fact, per capita, we drink more coffee than we do milk. It doesn’t matter if you like yours straight up, half-caff, extra foam or with a twist of lemon, coffee is a popular drink and many of us not only purchase on the go (hopefully in a reusable travel mug) but we also brew our own at home. And there the fun really starts.

Shopping for coffee beans has gotten almost as complicated as purchasing wine; there are even coffee cupping parties. Beyond your personal taste for flavor and roast, how do you choose the right beans? It’s not all just about light roast vs. city roast and single-varietal beans. Coffee labels have changed along with the rising popularity of artisanal coffees as well. Terms like “organic,” “fair trade” and “shade grown” nestle alongside claims of “Rain Forest Certified” and “Bird Friendly.” Continue reading