It’s National Chocolate Cake Day

I love how these random “days” just come about. I don’t know who decides on them. Can I suggest a few? National Mimosa Day? National Stay in Your PJs All Day? National Leave Work Early and Go to the Beach Day? National Drink Wine (or beverage of choice) at the Beach All Day Day? Clearly…

Old books are like old friends

I have been a book lover since I was a small child. My Mamma always read to me when I was little. Once when I was only about three, my Mom was so impressed with me. She thought I had already learned to read because I was reading along with her as she read to…

The stones of peaceful slumber

I sleep with rocks under my pillow. It sounds crazy, trust me, I know. Even my husband teases me about it. As part of my crystal healing studies, though I have learned the stones that are meant to bring calming energy and peaceful dreams. Having a few of these comforting crystals in a small medicine…

Snow day link roundup

We are getting hammered here in Yadkin Valley Wine Country with snow and sleet. I’m really more of a warm weather gal, but I have to admit the snow is pretty. Now we’re just hoping it doesn’t turn to freezing rain. So on this snow day here at The Lush’s Blush headquarters, here a few…

My Korean cooking adventure

I heard a really interesting segment on NPR not long ago about kimchi. I know next to nothing about Korean cuisine, but I do know the word kimchi. My dad served in the army and was stationed in Korea from 1965-1966. He was not a fan of Korean food and doesn’t speak highly of kimchi….

Vineyard weddings in the Yadkin Valley

I am extremely proud of the beautiful Yadkin Valley Wine Region I call home. I got married an one of our area vineyards, RagApple Lassie, and it was a magical experience. If you are in North Carolina and considering a wedding venue, one of our state wineries or vineyards is a lovely choice. Below is…

Super simply spicy enchiladas

You can certainly make enchiladas all the way from scratch, even making your own sauce. They are delicious. But sometimes, you want something a little easier and a little quicker. My husband and I made these super simple spicy enchiladas last week and they hit the spot! Super Simple Spicy Enchiladas Ingredients: 1 to 1…

Stones of the serene spirit

These are the stones of the serene spirit. In combination these stones are protective and can provide access to personal healing, past life recall, joy and connection with loved ones who have crossed the veil. Desert Rose Selenite – Calms anxiety, offers access to angels and spirits of positive energy and past life remembrances. Crazy…

Wine Review: Apothic Dark

I feel like Apothic wines are the new “it” wines. I hear a lot of people talking about them, and with good reason. They are great wines. Last night for dinner my husband made a delicious red wine braised roast which we served with Apothic Dark. I am a red wine drinker, but I admit…

Favorite Things: The Velvet Lotus

My good friend Seja has an absolutely amazing crystal shop on Etsy. I’ve heard her refer to it before as her “little rock shop.” Well, let me tell you, The Velvet Lotus is so much more than just a rock shop. The Velvet Lotus is nothing but pure magic. I have a number of crystals…

Red wine braised roast

I can take absolutely no credit for this recipe. This is my husband’s culinary creation and it is amazing. I’ll spare you a long and drawn out post describing exactly how good it is and just give you the recipe and some photos. I promise it is amazing and you’ll want to make this as soon…

My wedding day was magical (and yours will be too)

This time last year I was deep in the throes of wedding planning. I remember being excited, but also a little stressed and worried. Number one, weddings are expensive. All of the pretty things, even when you are trying to DIY, can add up quickly on the budget. And then there is the added stress…