Winter Home Atmosphere

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for
a talk beside the fire;
It is the time for home.”

-Edith Stilwell, British poet

I’ve had this quote sitting at my place at the table for about a week now…just thinking about it. It’s prompted a lot of thinking about the atmosphere of our home. Naturally, I hope our home is filled with the presence of Christ, and His love and presence can be felt by those who live here and those who visit. But I was thinking about the atmosphere we create…the tangibles that create beauty and make home feel like home. And then I was thinking about how, for me, that atmosphere is entwined with the seasons of the year. So, I put pen to paper in an attempt to sort out my thoughts. I found that, in my mind, each season has an atmosphere all its own, and that that atmosphere spills over to: the kitchen, touches of beauty and comfort, and our activities. Here is how I thought about this winter:


Quiet. Home. Peace. Rest. Togetherness.
The Kitchen:
-hot cocoa with whipped cream on cold nights
-warm, comfort food
-eating last summer’s preserved food from the freezer, pantry shelves, and basement
-cinnamon rolls
-maple syrup

Touches of Beauty and Comfort:
-cozy quilts
-indoors together
-flannel sheets

-garden planning
-arranging dried flowers (picked fresh last summer) in vases
-afternoon walks
-family fun


  1. Kate -

    I hadn't thought about it before, but your post brought to my mind how I view our home differently in each season - thank you for "food for thought". So much to be thankful for in every season! God is good. I have placed a hold on Ski House Cooking at our library - I love to read cookbooks. Your idea about trying a new recipe a week is a great idea. We had your Spiced Peaches recipe for Christmas Eve dinner - perfect addition. Thank you for sharing. As always, your writing encourages me in my calling as a homemaker - praying for you and your family. - Esther in NJ

  2. I'm so grateful to the Lord that my blog encourages you, Esther! I'm glad you enjoyed the Spiced Peaches. I hpe you like the delicious!!!


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