Happy Year of the Rabbit❣️
❤️ As some of you know, I have a rabbit fetish. In honor of the Year of the Rabbit which officially began on January 22, I have gathered all my ceramic, wood and cloth rabbits together on a bookshelf top; they are happy little critters who make me smile. Pictured above is my latest addition.
There’s a lot to read about the Year of the Rabbit. Here’s just a little of what I read in the Japan Times. It’s a “yin” year of “relaxation, fluidity, quietness and contemplation” as well as one that holds “promise for ‘a more balanced life…There could also be more movement and traveling’ just like that of a swift rabbit.” Yes! I hope it’s as positive a year as it can be for all.
❤️And then there’s Pantone’s Color of the Year—Viva Magenta. According to Pantone experts, the color “vibrates with vim and vigor…expressive of a new signal of strength.” Okay. I’m good with that. And they continue, “Viva Magenta is brave and fearless and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.” Wowza—you go, Viva Magenta! I’m ready and have a small magenta-ish scarf to help bring that exuberance in.
❤️And for a food entertaining idea, I’d like to offer one of my new explorations—cheese/charcuterie boards! I had two mini-lunches on our deck over the holidays and had fun putting together some boards. Perhaps by the photo below, you can see some of what I included. I started with some traditional foods—three kinds of cheese, prosciutto, salami, sliced veges and crackers.
My favorite add-ons were Scharfen Berger chocolate squares (officially known as Chocolate Provisions), phyllo crisps, Castelvetrano olives and marcona almonds. There are so many options—and many books about these boards; almost anything goes. Fun!