Saturday, December 20, 2008

Back to Programming As Usual

Now that travel photos have been shared, I can return to posting about the mundane, and occasionally wonderful, details of daily life. As winter has deepened, as the snow has fallen, the icicles have lengthened and the days have gotten ever shorter, here's what's been going on:

Plenty of cappuccino drinking. Can't do winter without it.


Most definitely some baking.Wintertime just cries out for warm pies, crumbles, and New York Times chocolate chip cookies.


Intense board gaming. Specifically Settlers of Catan. Who wants to go out when you can build an empire while sitting at your dining room table?


Holiday-light appreciating. They are almost enough to make one forget how chilly and dreary the weather is.


Guest blogging. I have been taking photos every morning and evening this week to contribute to Amy's photo blog, Every Morn and Eve. (Needless to say, I am in talented company, so the pressure is on!)


And finally, that coziest of winter activities, knitting. Latest off the needles is this cowl, knitted with some soft and fuzzy Malabrigo chunky yarn in the appropriately-titled color of Polar Morn. (A big thank you to Parikha at sixoneseven for the pattern!) This cozy wonder is already warming the neck of a good friend, and there is a second cowl now in the works. (A bit of cowl obsession has developed over here at Under Consideration this season, so you will surely see more of them in the coming months.)



What wintery activities have you been up to? How do you pass the time when it's cold outside?

55 comments:

NWO said...

You have some of the most stunningly beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks NWO!

noosh. said...

your cappuccino looks incredible! (as well as the other food and fun :)) i am especially jealous of the settlers as we have become quite addicted as well and try to con ppl into playing with us. when it's cold outside i simply want to stay inside and curl up with tea and chocolate and be warm! knitting/crocheting/etc goes along with that, but just need to find that time.... hm.

Elizabeth said...

Noosh - I really need to give Ash credit for the cappuccino--I could never get the milk to foam that way. Come to NYC and we'll play Settlers!

amy said...

I am incredibly grateful for all the settlers, all the cookies and all the photos for morn and eve.
mostly, i'm grateful for my cowl!

Elizabeth said...

Amy - Yay, I'm so glad you like it! (And I should be thanking YOU for the Settlers and the cookies!)

Hey Harriet said...

What an absolutely gorgeous blog you have! I'm very happy to have discovered it. That coffee looks so good! What an impressive layer of foam. It's perfection! Love all of your photos & especially enjoyed your Nepal series :)

Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for visiting Harriet, and for your sweet comments! (Gotta credit my husband for the foam on that cappuccino, I could never manage it!)

Ashkon said...

Did someone say Settlers? How about 9:00pm at our place?

Elizabeth said...

Count me in!

j'taimee said...

hahahaha. I love that game - and I love your pictures!

Carolina Lange said...

I love to see your photos! These are all so beautiful! You are so talented! I love the Holiday-light one, so creative!

a friend to knit with said...

you have the top reasons that i love winter listed and captured. thank you!

raining sheep said...

The pie and the knitting really hit the spot. I just want to wish you a happy holiday season and may all good things come your way in 2009.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Such beautiful images, Elizabeth!! All of them. In terms of that chocolate chip cookie recipe I think it has too much chocolate!! I've started halfing the amount - do you like it as is?

Angry Asian said...

gorgeous pictures, as always. this winter, i intend to indulge in even more yarn love, i have two blankets to complete by spring, and of course, now that i have a stand mixer, i hope to bake more. :) if i can bear it, i might step outside in the cold with my digital buddy.

none of your photos are ever mundane, they always capture the ordinary in the most extraordinary ways.

Chessa said...

I love love love these photos!!
They make me feel warm.
When it's cold outside I just like to stay in, snuggle, watch bad tv, drink good wine or hot tea. Make photos, take photos, research photos, read blogs:) lately I've been spending a lot of time outdoors though even though I've wanted to stay in.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

What a charmed little life this post paints.....I wanna learn to knit!! Any good resources you can suggest?

f2images said...

Beautiful images. That neckwarmer is pretty....I should learn to knit! As far as winter activities....just trying to enjoy the season as much as possible, and not get too wrapped up in the craziness.

The Lil Bee said...

Your life is far from mundane...it's gorgeous. Or, at least what you share with the world is;)

BTW thank you for your help in picking out my camera! I think I'm going to stick with the D60. I need to dive in!

rox said...

yeah, i'm a blogger. but a BAD one. just posted something for you.
p.s. i owe you a tupperware because it looks like the one i have been meaning to give back to you now has a crack in it. but i want to give it to you in person, so that i can have an excuse to see you :)

please sir said...

I love these photo...and now miss knitting!

linnea said...

That cappucino looks like heaven.
Thanks for sharing all of your cozy winter loves.
xo,
Linnea

Sabrina said...

Looks like you've got the perfect recipe to manage these winter days and eves. Yummy hot drinks and baked goods + knitting + board games = perfection!

Love your cowl and your pretty pictures of course!

Mary-Laure said...

I wish I had a kitchen to do some baking, too. Ginger cookies would be in season...

Jen said...

Ack...the cappuccino! Love it and all the photos you showed here. Yes, when cold strikes, we hibernate, craft, watch christmas movies and dance. happy Holidays!

Elizabeth said...

j'taimee - Isn't it addictive? Come join us for a game!

Carolina - Thank you sweetie!

A Friend to Knit with - I'm glad to hear we share the same idea of winter fun!

Raining Sheep - Happy holidays and lots of pie-eating to you too!

A Day that is Dessert - Funny you should mention that--I actually use 1 lb of chocolate chips, where the recipe calls for 1 1/4. So I don't halve it (I like my chips!) but I don't use as much as they ask for either.

Angry Asian - Thanks for your sweet comment my dear. I hope we'll get to hear all about your stand-mixer-enabled baking and yarn love on your blog!

Chessa - Oh, hot tea! Yes, that is another winter pleasure! How could I forget to mention it?

Wayfaring Wanderer - Check out knittinghelp.com. They have lots of good instructional videos! And so does youtube actually.

Tartelette said...

It's been 80F and then Boum! yesterday and today it is around 40F...go figure!!

Been baking and baking and baking :)

Elizabeth said...

f2images - Knitting is such fun! Check out knittinghelp.com for some good tutorials if you want to learn.

Lil Bee - No problem. Can't wait to see the awesome photos you take with your new D60!

Rox - Yay for your post! And when can we hang out and do a tupperware handover?

Please Sir - Thank you! Come on, join the knitting fun!

Linnea - mmm, yes, it was heavenly!

Elizabeth said...

Sabrina - Thanks sweetie! And if we can be knitting and board gaming while drinking hot drinks and eating baked goods, all the better, right?

Mary Laure - Mmm, ginger cookies. You're so right. They would hit the spot!

Jen - Dance! I love that! We've been doing a bit of it too. Happy holidays!

Tartelette - So sad when the temperatures drop like that! At least we have baking to console us...

cindy : quaint said...

you have the most stunning and vibrant photos. the cappuccino and pie look great and i'll have to check out that board game. lately, i've been dragging my husband outside to take photos. sometimes, it's really cold and we feel really old ;).

enjoy your holiday!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I can't take credit for my header on my blog. I got if from flicker,and when I went back to get the name of who took it, I couldn't find it anymore. I wanted to give credit where credit is due. Your blog is wonderful by the way. Love all your travel pictures! I love to travel as well.

Elizabeth said...

Cindy:quaint - Thank you for your comment! I hear you about feeling old when you're out in the cold trying to take photos. And you really must try the board game!

Elizabeth - Thanks for visiting me here as well! Glad you liked the travel photos.

Anil P said...

How did you manage the foam in the cup. I haven't seen anything like it before.

nathalie said...

can i have some capuccino, please? pretty please! it looks wonderful!! and your photos are stunning as usual! i give you a gold medal for knitting. it is one thing that i can't do. well, one of MANY! like baking. cooking. and i could go on and on! it is sooo cold outside!!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE your Wintry post... YUMMY cappuccino photo! Looks like you are having an ENJOYABLE time!

bee said...

here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful 2009, dear elizabeth.

TBC said...

Came here through your comment on my blog. Thanks for stopping by.
What a fabulous little space you have here! You take the most beautiful pics! I have to come back when I have some more time.

Happy Holidays!

Edi Style said...

Can I come too? Your pictures are so fantastic
Happy New Year!!!

Aran said...

i love the coziness of winter.. these are stunning images. happy new year!

melly said...

Isn't that the most perfect cuppa o cappuccino?

Bonbon Oiseau said...

oh! how i long to have had that time in december...I'll just have to live vicariously through them for now--so lovely and soothing...happy new year elizabeth!!!

Jaimee said...

Your photos are fabulous but that Cappuccino has the ultimate yum factor added in...looks delectable!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

uh yeah hey..hello??? elizabeth? i can't live this long without at least one post from you!
hope you're well and keeping warm!!!!

molly said...

two things:
OHMY, the foam on that capp!

and,

can i recommend skipbo? a game of goodness for the entire family!

your photos are wonderful...love, love, love

Jen said...

I have been thinking about you...hoping all is well and that you are just really busy.

Pink of Perfection said...

oooooh, i love the idea of knitting a cowl. sounds so simple! i keep hearing about this settlers of catan game and how fun it is. meanwhile, i have been wii-ing up a storm!

nathalie82 said...

yummmm may i have some cappuccino too?? where have you been??? i hope you finished that knitting project already!!!

nathalie said...

that was me!

limonana said...

sigh...i miss your posts! but i have no right to say anything seeing as i blog so irregularly! :o)
just saying. i miss your online presence.

Jen said...

I come back to that cappuccino and just really want one. Oh the fluffy froth!

Anonymous said...

missing your blogging! :) happy fast. xo tz

Angry Asian said...

elizabeth - i miss you on here! hope you are well.

molly said...

beeeeautiful photos!

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