Thursday, September 20, 2012

Foodie Friday


Welcome to Foodie Friday. 
Fall has arrived at Rattlebridge. The sky is porcelain blue, and the breeze carries the smell of woodsmoke. It's one of those warm, coolish days. I love this weather, but we're feeling too puny to enjoy it. A croupy-cold has sickened us all (and, since bad luck comes in bunches, my poor laptop died--from overuse, my agent said). 
I stood on the porch a minute, enjoying the sunshine, and gave myself a pep talk. I'm buried in work, but I do not have time to be sick. I can do this. Our family motto is:
Yes, you can. And you will.
A family tradition is to make a cup of tea and count blessings. I am using the spare laptop--not familiar with the keyboard just yet--but I managed to pull up an old, "tea-centered" post. (Also a bad weather post, but tea is always welcome.) Whether you are healthy or out-of-sorts, I hope you will enjoy it.
 

On rainy Sundays, I crave heat and light.

I'm ready for flannel, fuzzy slippers, and comfort food.
But sometimes I need more.

I need a comfort-scape.


A comfort-scape is a cousin to a tablescape, but it appeals to the emotions, engages the senses, and contains edible elements. The idea is to build a little microcosm that distracts you from abysmal weather.







Elements of a Comfort-Scape

Scented candles send ripples of light over your table and perfume the air. Within minutes
you're enveloped in a rosy cocoon.  Chances are, you'll forget to look out your window.

Gather your favorite gardening books and turn your thoughts to springtime. 
Make a list of plants you want to add to your garden: cone flowers, hydrangeas, bee balm, roses, lilacs.



Change your world view.
  A sunny attitude is contagious. As Valentine's Day approaches, pretend the world is heart-shaped.


A basket of herbs infuses the air with fresh fragrance and hope.

 Green tea has anti-oxidant properties and is a natural appetite suppressant. But any comforting beverage will work, such as coffee, hot chocolate, espresso.

Rainy days can be grim. Whimsical (or much-loved) objects create instant comfort.
I am a third generation frog collector, and I can't be sad when a frog or two sits on my table. 
Shop your house for objects that make you laugh.


Layered white tableware is preferable to layered clothing (and trudging outside to plug goat holes). White is symbolic of fresh starts and bright summer days.


Suggestions for a Rainy Day Comfort-Scape
Include elements that appeal to the five senses:



Touch: an afghan or plaid wool throw
Smell: Aromatic herbs and scented candles
Visual: white dishes and whimsical objects

Sound: A Billie Holiday CD
Taste: strawberry muffins, croissants, berries, honey, hot tea








Do you have a rainy day ritual?
What would you include in a comfort-scape?

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Have a great weekend.


30 comments:

  1. After a long absence, I am able to join your party. Sorry you are feeling under the weather. A nice bowl of chicken soup will make you feel better. xo

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  2. I love your photos, they conveyed comfort for sure!

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  3. I love the idea of a comfortscape! Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry

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  4. Happy Friday and thanks so much for hosting. You always have the prettiest tablescapes.

    Hope you're feeling better soon. I never feel like I have the time to be sick either. Maybe it's time to put your feet up, pamper yourself, and munch on that croissant.
    Sam

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  5. I hope you feel better soon, what a good hostess keeping the party going even while feeling punk.

    I'm looking forward to cool rainy days that just beg to be enjoyed with a good book and a hot drink.

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  6. Sorry the bug has hit your home! Hope everyone gets to feeling much better soon. Love your comfort scape. A plate of fresh fruit and a croissant sounds good about now, maybe add a little cheese.
    Love this weather !!
    Enjoy your evening.

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  7. Hope you're all feeling better soon Michael, take care:@)

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  8. Hello: Hope you are feeling better soon. Thank you for hosting the party today, and I hope you enjoy my pear beignets!

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  9. Shucks I'm loving "YOUR" comforts so good I think I agree with every one,these are my favorites tooo...maybe just add one: snuggle up on rainy day with something sweet to eat,nice cup of coffee/tea with a book about miz Templeton!!...teehehehe

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  10. Sad to hear you are not feeling well. A little rest is probably what you need. You seem to move full steam ahead 24/7. Thanks for sharing the comfortscapes again. Anything you post offers inspiration. I think I'm going to go make a cup of hot tea now.......Sarah

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  11. Enjoy your tea, relax, get to feeling better soon! Thanks for hosting and have a "Be Good To Yourself Weekend"!
    Miz Helen

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  12. New to this blogging thing-would appreciate any views or new followers, and comments/advice! -I linked up the Blueberry Cream Cheese Wafflewich. Such great ideas on here! Love it! :)

    Check out my latest recipe, review & giveaway @ Baking Blissful

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  13. Hi, Michael Lee! So sorry you're not feeling well. I've had the same croupy cold and your wonderful comfortscape looks like just the cure. Thanks so much for hosting today. Hope you and your family are feeling better very soon.

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  14. What an incredibly beautiful post. Your staging is impeccable.

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  15. I brought you some soup... I hope you and your family get better soon. it sounds like you have the right remedies... Thank you for pulling it together and posting the party.

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  16. Thank you so much for hosting. Such BEAUTIFUL photos! Feel free to share your recipes on my Munchin' on Mondays Link up..Thank you!

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  17. Thanks for hosting! Hope you enjoy my Brie appetizer and have a wonderful weekend!

    http://axiomathome.blogspot.com/2011/09/brie-with-carmelized-onions-and.html

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  18. Thanks for hosting! Hope you enjoy my Brie appetizer and have a wonderful weekend!

    http://axiomathome.blogspot.com/2011/09/brie-with-carmelized-onions-and.html

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  19. As usual, your photos are brilliant in every way.. They feel so good to look at.

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  20. What a lovely comfort scape - great ideas, and beautiful words and pictures! I do hope you and yours will soon be feeling much better, and that your laptop is soon repaired/replaced. This week I have shared a Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake. Thank you for hosting, and feel better soon!

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  21. Beautiful photos. I myself am looking out my rainy window, drinking some ginger and cinnamon tea with honey and lemon to fend off a sore throat. I've shared a recipe for Thai inspired patty pan squash. Thanks for hosting!

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  22. I'm sorry to hear you're under the weather Michael ~ I'm telling that whateveritis to SHOO!

    Your comfort-scape images are so beautiful! Thank you for hosting us darling. xo

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  23. Hi Michael, love the pictures, thanks for hosting :)

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  24. I’m sharing what’s going on in my kitchen and at the co-op in “Harvest Time” and then something that I constantly have running in my kitchen: dehydrating tomatoes!

    Thanks for hosting!

    We also host a blog hop called Eat Make Grow we are always looking for folks who write about gardening, cooking, crafting and kids to link up.

    Stop on by if you get the chance:
    http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/search?q=eat+make+grow&max-results=20&by-date=true

    Foy

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  25. I’m sharing what’s going on in my kitchen and at the co-op in “Harvest Time” and then something that I constantly have running in my kitchen: dehydrating tomatoes!

    Thanks for hosting!

    We also host a blog hop called Eat Make Grow we are always looking for folks who write about gardening, cooking, crafting and kids to link up.

    Stop on by if you get the chance:
    http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/search?q=eat+make+grow&max-results=20&by-date=true

    Foy

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  26. Such a wonderful "recipe" for a comfortscape!

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  27. Beautiful photos. I myself am looking out my rainy window,

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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