This is a detailed image of the smoke bush flower – it’s wonderfully soft.We installed a cotton hammock on the porch facing the sprawling landscape back in September. You’ll occasionally find me lazing about in the shade in it when Wesley is napping.This was Wesley’s first time playing in a sprinkler… he was so excited! Rightfully so, it was 36 degrees that day (it’s still spring here!)
A few days back I took a quick glance around – everything is coming together and just looked cozy and clean and clutter free. We don’t own much, and those things we do have here all serve a purpose. I said to Mike shortly afterward that there wasn’t much I need to be comfortable and happy here. I’ve come to love the butter coloured walls I painted back in August, they work well with our furniture and brighten up the living room in a way that is really fresh and uplifting (but also subtle).
After I admired our space, I told him my short list of simple home pleasures…
- a scented candle
- a good book
- fresh clean sheets
- a nice bottle of wine
- a new outfit quarterly (haha I threw that one in at the last second) Some of the clothes in my wardrobe have been a part of my life for many years now. I have dresses and items that are 10 years old now, I still wear them.
I think Mike’s list is even shorter:
- fresh underwear
Another simple pleasure to relish here is in the image of the dip in this post. It has been recreated through a recipe from a German friend who lives inland. I’ve now had her cucumber dip a few times (near eating most of it myself almost to the point of hoarding it from others!) and it’s insanely good and simple!
Cucumber Dip Recipe
- 1/2 cup grated lemon zest (you don’t need to add the lemon zest but I’ve added it to add even more zing!)
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain)
- 1 medium size clove of garlic grated (in the fine grater)
- 1 whole cucumber grated with the skin on (in the larger grater setting) be sure to squeeze out as much of the water as you can
- pinch of salt and pepper
Mix all the items together and serve on whatever you like! It literally takes 5 minutes to make and about 5 seconds to eat.
Dear reader, what are the simple pleasures you enjoy in your life?