I thought I would round up of some of my favorite poems for the winter season. Is it just me, or do you conjure up images of Robert Frost and some of his poems, like Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, when thinking about winter poems?
- Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Snow flakes by Emily Dickinson
- Winter Stars by Sara Teasdale
- A Winter Morning by Ted Kooser
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
- Silver Filigree by Elinor Wylie
- White-Eyes by Mary Oliver
- Winter Trees by William Carlos William
One of the items on my fall bucket list included compiling a list of some of my favorite autumn and fall poems. I have include some of my favorites below.
- Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg
- Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
- To Autumn by John Keats
- Last Week in October by Thomas Hardy
- Autumn Day by Rainer Maria Rilke
- October by Helen Hunt Jackson
- Unharvested by Robert Frost
- Autumn Chant by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- October’s Party by George Cooper
- Under the Harvest Moon by Carl Sandburg
- Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Do you have any favorite autumn poems to add to the list?
With Christmas just around the corner, I am really getting into the holiday spirit (a lot of holiday music, holiday tea, holiday decor). I’ve included some of my holiday favorites below.
Tea: Candy Cane Lane green tea, Tazo Joy loose leaf tea, Trader Joe’s Vanilla & Cinnamon black tea
Music: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Holiday Treats: Peppermint bark and Christmas cookies
What are some of your holiday favorites or holiday traditions?
As a follow-up to my post on fall favorites, here are a few of my favorite foods in the fall. As the weather gets cooler, my favorite foods shift towards warmer, heartier meals compared to what I enjoy eating in the summer months.
I love my honeycrisp apples. I find that I hoard them when they are in-season at the grocery stores and eat them as often as I can. For me, they truly are the perfect apple – sweet, slight tart and very crispy and crunchy. I also enjoy eating soups and chili in the fall. A few favorites that have been in my cooking rotation include lentil soup, butternut squash soup, minestrone, beef and bean chili and chicken chili. Pair soup along side some warm, crusty bread and it is the perfect meal. I also love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I had a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich when I was out to lunch with a friend that I have to re-create at home. The sandwich combined two cheeses, thinly sliced apple and honey. Delicious. Finally, I couldn’t talk about some fall favorites without including candy corn… Perhaps not technically classified as a food, but I have to get a small bag every fall.
What are some of your favorite foods in the fall?
My apologies for the disappearing act recently… The last few weeks have been busy as we wind down the end of summer. There was a glimpse of some fall weather and now we appear to be warming up again. Summer was nice (a little too warm this year for my liking), but I have to say I am looking forward to the change in season. While it still isn’t officially fall yet, I thought I would share a few of my fall favorites.
- Honeycrisp apples – I eat one almost every day when they are in season!
- Cider donuts – the perfect treat at an orchard
- Leaves changing colors – I love the rich fall colors
- Sunny days and cool nights – use mother nature for air conditioning!
- Curling up with a hot cup of tea and a good book (honestly, this is really a year-round favorite, but hot tea is more appealing with the cooler weather)
- Wearing light sweaters and lots of layers
- The feeling of a “fresh start” with the beginning of the school year. It provides a good opportunity to think about goals and plans for the remainder of the year.
- Long walks with the leaves crunching beneath your feet
- Bonfires glowing in the cool night air
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite ways (and products) to be a little more “green”.
- R, R, R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – need I say more?
- Donating – I love when you can give something away that someone can use
- BYOB… water bottle (at work, travel, etc)
- BYOB… bags (reusable) for shopping
- Save scraps – you know that extra white space when you print something out and only need half of the sheet of paper? I have a basket of “scrap” paper from things I’ve printed and blank sides of envelopes from mail – they work great for quick notes or lists.
- Books – go to your local library or visit used bookstores. Books can be passed along to new owners/readers
- Use leftover water – we save and use the leftover water from glasses at mealtime and in water bottles for watering plants
- Light bulbs – we’ve switched over all of our bulbs in our house to LED or CFL bulbs.
- Method – love the hand soaps, all-purpose cleaners and Steel for Real
- Seventh Generation
- Clorox Green Works
- Mrs. Meyers
- Avalon Organics
- Dr. Bronner’s
What are some ideas or tips you have for being “green”?
I really enjoy listening to scores and soundtracks from movies. They are the perfect background music while reading or writing. Here are a few of my favorites – all easy listening and of course, a few movie titles based on books!
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Shakespeare in Love
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings
The other day, while browsing through the Children’s Book section for a gift, I started reminiscing on some of my childhood favorites.
A Chair for my Mother – I still remember this one from watching Reading Rainbow on TV
A Pocket for Corduroy – love the bear
Bread and Jam for Frances – I loved this one!
Frog and Toad are Friends – I enjoyed the Frog and Toad series
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present – beautiful illustrations and story
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – I still have my copy from when I was younger and loved the Ramona series
Little House on the Prairie – loved the book and the show
The Baby-Sitters Club – I think I read the entire series!
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – great adventures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charlotte’s Web – a classic!
The Black Stallion – I really enjoyed this book, along with a few in the series
The Indian in the Cupboard – I was surprised how much I liked this book
Anastasia Krupnik – a fun character
One of my favorite genres in books is historical fiction. Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy reading non-fiction history and biographies, but I’ve come across some great books that provide a fun escape where I feel like I am learning a little at the same time. I’ve also included a few books focused on art or music.
Here are some titles that are currently sitting on my shelves:
- The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
- The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
- The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George
- Helen of Troy by Margaret George
- Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel by Margaret George
- The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel by Margaret George
- Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
- Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
- I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
- The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici by Jeanne Kalogridis
- Dark Angels by Karleen Koen
- Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
- The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III by Sharon Kay Penman
- Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
- Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman
- The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
- The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
- The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
- The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
- Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell
- The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
- Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner
Choosing your favorite books can be a challenge. I have included some of my favorites, where I put the book down and couldn’t stop thinking about it, or loved it so much that I plan to read it again.
I enjoy learning what others deem as their “favorites”, so I would love to know what your favorite reads are. I am always looking for book recommendations to add to the shelf and my “plan to read” list.