It's still very cold here, in fact much of North America is in the deep freeze this week. Even the dogs, who are usually pretty excited to get out for a long walk, are happy to snooze by the fire. In between research sessions I've been trying out various chocolate recipes for the website. Today's winner was Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips. Research has shown that small amounts of semisweet or dark chocolate actually boosts your brain power for a few hours, so a chocolate chip muffin as a snack before an exam might actually be a good thing.
In the evenings I'm still working on jewellery and have completed a new piece. I used an old metal mesh coin purse and grey fresh water pearls mixed with a gray/blue Austrian crystal. The colours outside the window seemed reflected in the little bowl of pearls and as I started to string them together, the whole theme became grey and icy. When I set up my Etsy shop in the spring this will be for sale, with a few other pieces I'm working on. For now, though, it's wrapped in a piece of felt and tucked away on the shelves of my studio.
And no matter what I'm doing, cold days call for hot drinks: mulled apple cider, hot chocolate, and lots of tea with honey.
I hope you have something interesting to keep you occupied during these miserable cold days of January. Not a crafter? Don't care for writing? Here are a few great books I finished in the last month. I recommend all of them for a light read.
1. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith
2. Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki
3. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen