I awoke today to a very wet and dark sky. Which is pretty typical for Oregon. And like most days, I feel like I’m still asleep somewhere and only dreaming that I’m awake. I only snap out of it during ridiculous moments when I go and try to do something bizarre. Like going to water the Christmas tree by filling a mason jar with water, then opening the freezer door and proceeding to dump it in. It’s also surprising to find things in weird places, like cream cheese in the spice cabinet and having no recollection of how it got there but knowing that you’re the only one who uses it.
Don’t worry. I don’t drive. And things do improve after a cup of coffee.
Winter in the pacific northwest can be hard or in any place where it’s cold and dark for extended periods. Which is why I find myself looking for little, cozy comforts to help the winter pass. Bread is one of those. Hot, fresh loaves straight out of the oven. Or buttered toast and honey in a pinch. It was the inspiration for this miniature bread basket, which is the new addition to the shop this week.
An assortment of crusty breads in a cute, little basket. It even comes with a pot of honey. The mini Blythe friends wasted no time settling into this snack.
Lots of new goodies are coming to the shop soon. I plan to update the shop every week, possibly twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
Also, you can take 10% off your next order with the coupon code: HAPPY2018, good now thru January 31st.
Mini Blythe was excited to start decorating the dollhouse for Christmas. So excited that she wasn’t sure what to do first. Bake cookies? Wrap presents? Decorate the tree?
She tried to do everything at once, but after getting tangled up in a garland and losing her shoe somewhere, her friend reminded her to slow down and savor the season. And also, have a peppermint stick.
There’s still a few Christmas candy bowls and mugs of hot chocolate left in the shop. But if you plan on ordering for Christmas, try to do so by December 11 to ensure it arrives on time, as the mail can be slow during the busy holiday season.
Mini Blythe was busy in the kitchen having an adventure this week. Maybe she cut them out a little too big or perhaps added too much yeast, but these donuts grew to be a bit larger than she’d expected. But when in doubt, just add sprinkles and that seems to sort things out.
However, these donuts would probably suit her larger cousin much better; who is also the newest member of our doll family!
She’s an Icy Blythe, or something of that sort. I admit I’m not well versed when it comes to the world of Blythe. All I know is that she’s very cute and I love her pink hair.
I hope this wasn’t anyone earlier this week! I didn’t have too much of a candy problem since we never buy any. Living somewhat rural means trick-or-treaters are few and far between. I did eat a baked apple with cinnamon though. Which is a good stop-gap when you’re craving an apple pie but don’t feel like making one.
Well, after Blythe had a rest and a few sips of tea, she began to think and realized that now that Halloween is over, Christmas is just that much closer. The others don’t think it’s quite time to put up the tree yet, so she’s contented herself to sift through the decoration boxes for now.
When I first turned my calendar over to October, the leaves on the trees were still green. And for a few weeks after that, they stayed that way. However, the weather didn’t waste any time in changing and sent in lots of rain and wind storms. I began to worry that we wouldn’t get any fall color this year and instead, the leaves would just turn brown and fall off into gross, mushy piles on the ground. Which happens sometimes when you live in the pacific northwest. It’s so disappointing.
Oh, but what joy for the sunshine this week! Fall leaves are pretty, but they look even more amazing when the light shimmers through them. This is what the walk to the mailbox looks like now. I couldn’t resist getting Blythe to pose with a maple leaf.
And then I couldn’t resist posing Blythe with even more leaves.
Finally, after all that fun, I brought Blythe inside to enjoy a cherry tart and a cup of hot chocolate. These Pumpkin, Apple & Cherry Tarts are also the new offering in the shop this week. They’d work great for fall and also holiday displays. I really made myself hungry making these. I’m craving cinnamon and apples and I will have to go bake a real pie very soon.