Best of the Week No. 1

Best of the Week in gardening cooking cocktails and books to readIt’s official… It’s the kick-off of the first weekly issue of the Best of The Week! Join me each Monday for a curated collection of a few of my favorite things that I would like to share with you. Some gardening, a few roses, a little cooking.. you get the idea. We all have multiple interests and likes, and this is my weekly forum to share them with you. So here it goes…

Impossible not the keep with the fall theme this week as the temperatures at my farm / nursery are dropping. High temperatures are now in the mid 40’s and lows in the 20’s. Snow showers appeared over the weekend.  Yes that’s what I said “snow showers, rain, ice, and wind”. This lovely picture looking from my nursery towards the mountains was taken over the weekend.

snow in November in Oregon
The 1st real snow of November! It can stay up in the mountains for now 🙂

I don’t know about you but a cold snowy day makes me want to curl up with a good book, I’m reading several right now including The Girl From Venice – Martin Cruz Smith. Acclaimed author of Gorky Park and Rose, another must-read. The Girl From Venice is an intriguing, well-written suspense, romance novel set in 1945. It contains all the necessary elements of a great-read; love interest, stolen gold, forgery, Germans, capture and escape. My only negative is that it was way to short. Too quick of a read.

With thanksgiving around the corner I started perusing recipe blogs for a few additions to my staple Thanksgiving fare.. I happened upon this delicious Cranberry Margarita cocktail recipe from Gimme Some Oven that contains cranberries – one of my favorite foods and tequila; what could wrong.. actually nothing. It’s a tasty recipe to try and perfect for entertaining.

Cranberry Margarita recipe and photo from Gimme Some Oven.

With more snow around the corner I’m on the web power shopping for all things winter. Right now I’m gearing up for snow shoeing… one of my favorite winter past times and a great way to burn calories and firm up the rear. Never snowshoe? No problem, it’s probably one of the easiest of winter sports to master. REI has a great how to snowshoe guide to steer you in the right direction.  Other than a good pair of snowshoes, waterproof insulated boots, insulated gloves, insulated snow pants (I wear snowboarding pants) and a vest and hoodie, not much is required. If you live anywhere near the snow you probably own much of the required wear. For snowshoes I’m partial to Tubbs for Women. They’re made in the USA – which I love and they are light and short, great for smaller builds.

Enjoy your week, and drop me a note with some of your favorite things. Cheers 🙂

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