“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favourite things.”
“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” ~ Rodgers and Hammerstein
Oh, the Sound of Music – one of my favourite films. Ok, so I’m not a big fan of the rain, I’m allergic to kittens and wool makes me itch; however, I do think Maria was on to something. Turning to your favourite things, especially after a difficult or challenging day, does make you feel better.
While my favourites may differ from yours, we all have them. I bet you have a favourite person that brings you joy when you are in their company. Maybe you have a favourite place that immediately puts you at ease when you visit. Or, perhaps it is an object that makes you smile whenever you see it. Favourites can be static – staying strong throughout one’s life, or dynamic – changing with the season or circumstance.
Often, our favourites are determined by what pleases our senses. Arguably, humans have a multitude of senses; however, sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch are the five most traditionally recognized.
I am forever interested in the “favourites” of others. I look forward to weekly or monthly favourites on the blogs or Youtube videos I follow, in hopes that I may be introduced to a new favourite.
In the first of what I expect will be a reoccurring series on the blog, I offer you a glimpse at my current favourites, one to satiate each of the senses:
Nigella Lawson’s latest series reaffirms that what, and how we cook, can do wonders for our bodies and minds. Packed with mouth-watering recipes and fabulous tips, Nigella proves that food, both in the eating and making, should always be pleasurable. While I’m not an avid cook (trying to change that), grabbing a hot beverage and spending some time with Miss Lawson is one of my favourite things to do.
While I listen to and appreciate several genres of music, jazz has always been a favourite of mine. Since its release, I have been enjoying Stacey Kent’s latest album entitled, Tenderly. Described as an “intimate collection of standards”, Kent collaborates with veteran Brazilian guitarist-composer-producer Roberto Meniscal to produce a swoon-worthy album. Kent’s soft, light voice is soothing to listen to and is certainly one of my favourites.
There is nothing better than a delicious snack that satiates your taste buds and is easy to make. Lately, I have been enjoying Haley Bell at Home’s Herb Roasted Nuts. From start to finish, this five ingredient snack takes less than 15 minutes to make and tastes sensational. While I have been using cashews (my favourite), you can substitute different varieties of nuts to suit your taste. For this and other delicious recipes, I encourage you to head over to Haley’s blog.
Linen water is one of life’s simple luxuries. Historically used by the French to perfume their sheets, linen water provides a hint of aroma to bedding or other types of fabric without being overwhelming. While there are a multitude of varieties to suit individual taste, I am currently loving Lothantique’s Linen Water in the scent Verbena. To treat your fabrics, simply pour into a steam iron or spray directly on to linens and then, breath in.
When I want to truly relax, a luxurious throw is always part of the equation, especially during the winter months. Right now, I am head over heels for my Faux Fur Throw, in the colour ivory, from Chapters/Indigo. Made with finely spun strands that mimic the plush hand and rich shimmer of natural fur, this throw can be used all year to keep you warm and also, keep your chair or bed looking très chic.
Whether it’s a new find or an old goodie, I encourage you to make your favourites a part of everyday. Like Maria said, simply remembering your favourite things can do wonders for your mood.