This Week’s Old-Fashioned Pleasures 3-17-18 – 3-23-18

These little things made me happy this week.

    1. Early spring flowers

    2. Shamrock scarf

      Thrift store find! Ireland tourist scarf, probably from the 1970s.
    3. My continued obsession with Kalocsa embroidery
      I have fallen down a Hungarian needlework rabbit hole, and show no signs of coming out. I’ve been scouting vintage Hungarian embroidery to decorate for my upcoming wedding, and it’s so beautiful. If you, too, would like to become obsessed, here is a 10 minute documentary to get you started.

This little beauty came from Hungary last week.

The workmanship is exquisite–the back is almost identical.











5. Colcannon
St. Patrick’s Day is a hot mess in Chicago, so we stayed inside and ate colcannon instead of dodging drunk people.
I improvise my recipe, but this one from Carol at The 1940s Experiment is pretty close to what I do. I’ve started using a combination of cabbage and kale, and it is delicious. I served it with seitan bacon, and homemade soda bread.

Obviously, this is what I look like while making colcannon.











What little things made your week?

Spring Time

Spring has technically sprung.

After a mild winter, I’m surprised that I’m still feeling that spring stirring, but feel it I do. Snowdrops and crocuses are dotting the block, the seed catalogs are looking alluring, and it’s possible (not likely, but possible) we got the last of the snow last week. (I didn’t say that.)

With more light and a general sense of possibility, I’m feeling optimistic for my immediate domestic sphere. Like many people, “optimistic” has not been able to describe my general mood since November, at least when looking at the general state of affairs in the world. But in my smaller world, it’s spring and it’s time to clear the dust out the corners. Because if I’m going to be horrified on the regular, the smallest comforts seem necessary.

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