5 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever This Winter

Bits of Ivory | 3 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever | www.bitsofivory.com

When I was growing up in the wild winter wonderland that is Wyoming, cabin fever was something you came to expect about this time of year. We became less and less enamored by the snow and cold and longed for the sunshine to peek through the clouds for an hour or two just to reassure […]

Barbara’s Creamy Buffalo Potato Soup

Creamy Buffalo Potato Soup | Barbara Anne Williams www.bitsofivory.com

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to this recipe it’s absolutely true.  The building where I work has a cafe which occasionally serves a delightful, decadent, creamy buffalo chicken soup. That’s a lot of adjectives, but believe me, it earns every one of them.  It’s my weakness.  Well, […]

The Forgotten Bliss of Childhood Snow Days

When life gives you snow, make friends | Barbara Anne Williams www.bitsofivory.com

Recently, a friend and I were reminiscing about childhood winter days in Wyoming. We found slick roads and sidewalks charming, and hung our mittens to dry over growing puddles on the porch floor. The bitter cold was a minor inconvenience that was easily remedied by warm cocoa and a seat near the fireplace. If we were very fortunate the radio would announce […]

Warm Winter Wishes

All Kinds of Love Week - Valentine's Day | Barbara Anne Williams www.bitsofivory.com

Brrrr – It’s COLD outside!  I don’t love slipping and sliding all the way along my morning walks.  I really don’t like slipping and sliding and falling on those walks.  But there’s something so magical and beautiful about a world all white with snow, and tree branch tips covered in shimmering ice.  I’d be lying […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s day to you all!  This is about the time of year when I’m thoroughly weary of winter and long for the Spring.  I start dreaming of my flower gardens and vegetable garden (even though I’m not really that great at either of them).  I think about the birds that will be coming soon […]