Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The weekend, briefly

sage, waiting
{sage, waiting}

saturday coffee
{saturday coffee}



rose hips
{rose hips}



I'm in full on Thanksgiving planning mode, which is one of my favorite places to be. I picked the sage we'll be using and I'm crossing my fingers that I can keep it alive for a week and a half. It's the Cleveland sage I love and once you use it you can't go back to the grocery store varieties. I'm babying it and refreshing the water every day.

The pomegranates came in a little late this year, but they're gorgeous. They're so readily available now, but I still think of them as precious and I wait for them all year. I don't think we're going to manage to make jelly this year, so I can eat them with impunity. You know you've picked a good pomegranate when you accidentally drop it and it splits wide open and spills juice all over the floor.

I'm doing recipe development for a holiday cocktail that will hopefully involve cranberries, ginger and bourbon. It's slow going because I can only test 2 or 3 drinks before I'm no longer an impartial judge. I'm an extremely amateur mixologist.

Rose hips and roses go together so well and I can't decide which is more beautiful - the flowers themselves or the traces they leave behind. The hips look just like scaled down pomegranates and I love them.


  1. Love all the pictures. Looks like a peaceful weekend of planning.

    Memoirs & Mochas

  2. holy god, is it only a week and a half 'til thanksgiving now? i have been a tornado of incompetence this season.

    i am deeply jealous of your pomegranates - so beautiful! i'm a sucker for most harvest-y decorations (bring it on, gourds!), but pomegranates rule them all.

  3. Sounds like a killer drink. Can't wait til you perfect it and share!

  4. Ah, to live in LA and have a pomegranate tree! ...just slays me. So lucky.

    Swedes make a lovely rosehip soup (nyponsoppa)---but my favorite thing to do with them is actually rosehip ice cream. It ends up tasting similar to key lime, but it turns the ice cream a lovely pink color!

  5. well, here you go again with all of this california goodness. i might have to go on an afternoon pomegranate hunt.

  6. I am beyond jealous you have a pomegranate tree. They're my favorite!

    The Glossy Life

  7. we had pomegranates on public trees at our old place. you make me want to have one...

  8. mmm. this post is getting me excited about the start of the holidays.

  9. I'm sure this is redundant being that your entire blog is entitiled "Heart of Light," but your photos are always so bright & happy...they always lift my spirits when I read. Thank you!

  10. i love that you're cocktail taste-testing for the perfect one. what better way to spend a saturday afternoon (and encourage a late afternoon nap!)

  11. You are so awesome, I should have insisted that we hung out when I was in the City of Angels or at the very least invited myself to Thanksgiving!

  12. One of the best bartenders in Atlanta said that when he's working on a new cocktail recipe he perfects the non-alcoholic portion first then starts in with the alcohol, so he can test more/longer. Might help you out? Either way I'm looking forward to the recipe!

    1. That is exponentially more smart than my method (but also possibly less fun?). I'm not sure I really mastered the recipe but I'll report back soon!

  13. hey, this is my first time on your blog. I love your blog.


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