last night we got together with our sweet friends to have an epiphany feast.
this is the first year i've ever heard of Twelfth Night - january 6th - or three kings' day, the day that the legend has it the three wisemen showed up to pay their respects to the baby jesus.
i am so glad to have come into this knowledge because i got to keep my christmas decorations up for a few extra days this year, and the holiday festivities have continued for the whole first week of the new year and we get to start new traditions.
it was really good to be together and be grateful for our lives and friendships and abundance.
everyone brought the most delicious homemade seasonal dishes. stan made several loaves of fresh bread from his own homemade yeast starters. ash and eric made the colorful carrot mint soup above, seasoned with my favorite spice: cumin! lesley made an indian rice pilao sprinkled with raw coconut and almonds. we brought mixed chard and kale with butter, onions and garlic; grayson made goat cheese pizza; joey made a vegetarian stew: are you hungry yet?!
i also wanted to show a few little tidbits from around stan and lesley's adorable house.
lately les and i have been talking about living styles and spaces, scandinavian simplicity and charm, tasha tudor, the selby, all that good stuff.
her home style represents all the sweet things about her.
she makes her own miniature felted creatures and adds touches of nature and colors of the earth in every nook and cranny.
stan put together this memory board for lesley for christmas.
plus their house has all the old-fashioned architectural touches of long ago.
like these gorgeous decorative tin wall panels.
we got to feel the baby doing a little jig in becky's beautiful belly.
and the boys played a rousing game of "ninja"...not sure how exactly it works but i guess it's a guy thing.
and a pretty little kitty showed up at the front stoop in need of some love and food.
lesley was in heaven; we want to call her "epiphany luna."
drinks, toasts, conversations, plans, dreams, love abounding...
hope you're all having a delightful entry into this new year.