(copyright Kelli Winn and Phillip Winn)
Kelli Winn over at "There's No Place Like Home" had posted that she had a big surprise for us tomorrow. Some speculated that she might be expecting a baby - that's always big news. But this is even bigger. You can still say that she and her husband, Phillip, have given birth, but it is to a magazine. It is "Seasonal Delights," a quarterly online magazine "for young ladies and their mothers." (She was a little premature in her announcement, having released it today!)
I just downloaded the free first issue at http://www.sdquarterly.com/. It's 20 FULL-COLOR pages of recipes, poems, craft projects, a crossword puzzle and word search, and much more. I don't have a young daughter at home anymore and I'm not a grandmother yet either, but I'll be darned if I'll let that stop me from reading this delightful magazine. There's no saying I can't try the cambric tea myself. (I've read lots of books that mention this mild sweet tea for younger palates.) I'm also going to try the potato chowder and the apple crisp.
All the recipes and projects are lavishly photographed and the directions are clear and easy. Of course, everything in this first issue of a quarterly, seasonal magazine is autumn themed: making leaf rubbings, creating an autumn banner and autumn paper cones, making a nature journal and taking a nature walk, a list of autumn children's books and a fall calendar.
I have previously written to Kelli, telling her that I think she is a homemaker in the truest sense of the word - someone for whom taking care of home and family is an art and a sacred undertaking. I've also told her that I'm amazed at how much baking, decorating, gardening and other activities she can accomplish in a day. Sometimes she makes me tired just reading her blog. But with this magazine she's really outdone herself. Congratulations and best wishes, Kelli!