Last night, I celebrated Halloween just the way I wanted to: quietly and cozily. The stars had aligned, and it was the first of four consecutive days away from the restaurant for me. We have been going through another managerial transition lately, which has entailed a little stress, so all I wished for was peace […]
Today is the first day it actually feels like fall here in Denver. Cool, rainy, and cozy. Thankfully, I have the day off, and I defiantly plan on staying in my PJs most of the morning. There just may be a Hobbit marathon in the works. I am actually welcoming the idea. I came home […]
Well, hello and happy….December!?! Yeah, I know it’s been awhile. I just got back from spending a week down in sunny Florida, in my hometown, to recharge, recenter, and visit my family. I had the most amazing and memorable time. The days there seriously flew by, and all of a sudden, here I am back […]
Happy beginnings of the holiday season! It is also the season for pie-baking, one of my favorite things to do. Personally, there are times when I want to bake an entire pie and either share it with some friends or devour most of it myself. There are other times, however, I just want to have […]
Prompted again by another “Grow Write Guild” post, I am writing about the transition that occurs in the garden during the fall. It is such a beautiful time of year that builds in color, fans its vibrant wings, and flies by almost too quickly to experience its magnitude. Fall. Even the word itself suggests movement, […]
Gardening is definitely not a picture-perfect hobby. There are many days spent dealing with powdery mildew, battling against bugs, anguishing over produce stolen by squirrels, and contemplating how on earth I can’t just grow a consistent tomato crop. This year, we have been blessed with a classic Indian summer in Colorado, where the shades of […]
Rooted in a love of gardening and crafting cocktails from what I grow in my backyard, holly & flora is a resource for garden-to-glass drinks that are seasonally driven and culinarily influenced.