It’s already week two of 2013 and I wonder how it’s treating you. I’m easing back into the bustle of daily life and things are good. We bought a new car, but I can’t help but feel a little sad to see the old one go. I get attached. The new car has won me over, though, with comfortable heated seats and the soothing Sirius-ly Sinatra station. It’s hard to be someone who gets attached these days. In a world of car, home decor, phone, and fashion upgrades on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget the comfort of loving what you have. Our visit to Nashville was a nice reminder of how I strive to live, a lesson I learned early from my Oma: buy nice things and keep them a long time. Many shops we visited in Nashville and in particular, Imogene + Willie, promote this idea in everything they do. Their store is an expertly curated collection of American-made goods. I’ve been hooked on their blog ever since. Honestly, I can’t afford much from I+W, but I think this concept is feasible for every budget. Take a little time to find something you’ll love a long time. Take care of it.
I feel the same way about food. We eat several times a day, every day, so why not make it good? I try to be adventurous and eat seasonally. Cooking beautiful things yourself can be rewarding as well as nourishing. The recipes do not have to take all day, either. This colorful plate of goodness was my contribution to a fantastic New Year’s Eve party we attended. It comes together in just a few minutes. The dip is salty, tangy and just pretty with that drizzle of olive oil. I served it with colorful root veggies for a seasonal take on veggies and dip. It’s the perfect thing to share.