Another arctic front is moving through this week and I have just the drink to help you warm up, wassail. What's a wassail, you ask? Wassail dates back to the 1400's and is an Old English tradition.Wassail comes from "waes Hael" and means to "be well" or to "be healthy". At the beginning of the year, the lord of a manor would yell out "waes Hael", a crowd would soon gather and reply with "drinc Hael" which means "drink and be healthy". As years went by, people carried on this tradition by going to the neighboring homes around Christmas time, with well wishes and carrying with them a hot, spiced ale drink which came to be known as wassail. The tradition of going around to neighboring homes and wishing well became known as wassailing....more
That’s right, being a drunk is fun, you get to meet all these great people at the bar. You hang out with them, you love them, they become part of your life. If you don’t see them, you miss them, more than the booze. I’m not an alcoholic for the beer, the bar is where my friends are. The people I love. The people that get me through good and bad times. The people that give me silly ideas, thoughtful comments and insight....more
You might think of Winetherapy as that relaxing glass (or two) of wine each evening. But our Winetherapy is an exciting new line of premium handcrafted Italian cosmetics made of natural, locally sourced ingredients from an Old World vineyard in Umbria, Italy.The secret of Winetherapy is polyphenols, a substance in grapes that stimulates circulation while detoxifying and moisturizing the skin. In addition to cleansing the skin, polyphenols provide antioxidant and anti-aging properties chasing away the toxins gathered day after day....more
It’s 7am and both the husband and the child are still sleeping. We’re on ‘vacation’ time now so the kid has been going to sleep at around 9pm, which means she’s been sleeping until 8ish and we are all loving every second of it. I thought I might steal a few quiet moments to myself this morning—fresh cup of brewed coffee, sitting chair all to myself—-to finish this post in peace. I’m kinda excited about it (well if that’s not the nerdiest thing to be excited about, I’m not sure what is).
So, what do you have planned for tonight? We keep our New Year's celebrations pretty simple with just some time with family hanging out, sharing in some yummy food and watching a movie or two. Often times we celebrate the evening with some fondue or over some seafood. This year we are keeping it even simpler...making some homemade pizzas. We'll watch Rockin' New Year's Eve and as soon as the clock strikes midnight, we'll exchange New Year wishes to each other and then head off to bed. Pretty festive, eh?...more