Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Blues

Is anyone else ready to move on to the next season? If only it worked that way....

Well, while we are still stuck in winter, I propose making this Spinach Feta Avocado Blood Orange Salad by Joy the Baker. It cheered me up!

And, if you live close to Chicago, stop in the greenhouses at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Standing there, with my face toward the sun, I can almost trick myself into believing I'm in Florida. Almost.

Monday, January 14, 2013

DIY Humidifier

When my nose was really dried out, as it easily becomes in winter, my co-worker gave me this great idea to humidify our apartment using the stove top. Not only does it add moisture to the air, it creates a lovely aroma. I chose to use rosemary, lemon and vanilla, but there are really all sorts of options. Sometime I would love to try lavender.

Side note: my vanilla has little bits in it because I made it by soaking vanilla beans in vodka.

Stick everything in a pot with at least enough water to fill 1/4 of the pot - you don't want all of the water to evaporate and cause the rosemary and lemon to burn. Turn the stove on low and enjoy the moisture and aroma in the air!

This probably goes with out being said, but make sure you turn the stove off after a while.