November is usually a hard month for me - it takes me a while to adjust to the lack of light, and the weather isn´t helping either - but it´s slightly different this year. First we had that wonderful golden autumn and now we have somehow turned the corner already to real, proper winter with snow etc. Totally fine with me!
Be that as it may, for this winter I have made up some strategies to keep me sane, and one of them is to cook more. Around here there aren´t a lot of options for those long winter evenings, so I tend to collapse on the sofa after work and watch whatever looks good on Netflix (I re-watched the entire series of House M.D. over the last winter. All seasons. I am not terribly proud of it.) (Although it´s really so good and I LOVE House.)
Anyway I thought if there´s time to pass in the evening, I could do some proper cooking even on weekdays. I bought two new cookbooks which is something I rarely do because everything is on the internet nowadays, but I thought having beautiful books on hand would be motivating... so far it works! Lots of Persian and Indian dishes coming up this winter!
Oh and by the way, the kitchen will stay as it is. I´ll find another way to store our preserves. Sometimes you need to consider change to realize that things are just the way they are meant to be. Goes for kitchens and life in general.
Another resolution is to work on a few house-related projects, like a new picture wall in my library. Since this is the room with the best view of the garden I always thought it would be nice to have a wall of nature-related prints. I adore the work of Olga Inoue so I asked her whether she would do a custom order to make that happen; and this Saturday the most beautiful parcel arrived all the way from Russia (will you look at those stamps, oh my!). It will take me a while to get the prints up (I am aiming for my christmas break), so in the meantime go and buy all the things from Olga´s Etsy shop (here), her work is so very lovely (and even with the slow Russian postal service, everything should arrive in time for christmas - just saying!).
Speaking of christmas, here´s a little wreath I made this weekend for our front door. I am not a professional wreath-maker, I have a very, uhm, creative way to throw them together, but at least I love how they look so I think we are good.
Have a happy week!