As the holidays approach we are always inspired by the Majestic pines…the site and smell transport us to holidays past and hold excitement of holidays to come…

pinetree

despite its stillness the pinetree manages to dance.
its arms stretch out,
thin and rigid,
ardently asserting I am.

looking at this one I’m overcome with strangeness:
slanted on a mountain peak
it reaches out into the darkening night,
as if awaiting to spar with the moon.

~from HelloPoetry.com

Simon Pearce– inspired by Vermont Evergreens.  

Celebrate this holiday season with something special from Simon Pearce, Vermont glassblower, Ireland inspired. His handblown glass trees reflect the beauty of the forest which is captured with brilliant clarity. As in nature, each of his trees is unique: they’re handmade by Simon Pearce artisans to showcase the purity of their materials and honor the regal yet rough-hewn essence of an evergreen. Collect multiples to create your own shimmering forest or give one as an elegantly elemental gift!
  

Arte Italica Natale

Natale is the festive collection to entertain through the winter season. Berries and pine boughs surround the snowy evergreens. The Natale Square Plate is perfect for serving tasty treats, or cookies for Santa. Pair the collection with pewter or some of Arte Italica’s new pieces. Hand made in Italy.

Recipe of the week

Pine Needle Tea 

Bouquet of Foraged Pine
2 cups Filtered Water
1 teaspoon Raw Honey
Pinch of Salt 
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Begin with heating the filtered water on the stove at a low to medium heat. Begin with your pined bouquet and separate the needles from the stem, pulling them off in the opposite direction of growth. Make two piles, needles and stems. Take the needles and chop them with a knife or herb chopper into one to two inch sections. Place into the water as it just begins to come to a boil. Keep at a lower heat! You want to steep the pine needles, not boil them otherwise they will taste bitter. Simmer on the stove for ten minutes. Add in the pinch of salt which expands the flavor and then turn off the heat and keep covered for five minutes. Strain out the pine needles with a colander or cheese cloth and pour tea into a mug. Stir in the raw honey and apple cider vinegar and sip the woods.