About three years ago we finally redid our kitchen and living area. We hit that magical juncture in life when we’d finally saved up the money and when we couldn’t stand living like post-college students for another minute. And we are definitely a family who wants our house (in this case apartment) to feel like a home, and we didn’t even mind living in our bedrooms for a couple of months, eating frozen burritos that we were nuking in the microwave perched in our beds, with me working and cooking in whatever kitchen port in a storm I could find.
Some things came together pretty easily. The living room chairs were not one of them. I couldn’t decide, at all, what I wanted. The boys wanted only one thing: comfort. Good television watching chairs were pretty much the only item on their wishlist, whereas I was angsting over shape, size, fabric, color, manufacturer.
So I did what any indecisive person would do at that point. Bought cheap, placeholder chairs until I could get my act together. They served the purpose of providing a place to rest one’s butt, but surely didn’t make the place feel pretty or finished.
I had always been a big fan of Mitchell Gold Bob Williams, and then lucky circumstances led me to meet up with the lovely people at the company. From that moment on I knew that I still had lots of decisions to make, but where to get my chairs wasn’t one of them.
Truth: I wouldn’t decide to buy furniture from a company I admired just because I admired them….but it sure does make the choice a lot more pleasurable. The fact that the furniture is beautiful and substantial makes the choice very easy. MGBW is a company that is based on some seriously good ethics and values, in addition to being some fine furniture makers. And how lovely to know you are supporting a company that has a strong voice in promoting diversity and equality and human rights, that’s family (and pet!) friendly, that is American-based, and that has a seriously inspiring base of values and beliefs. Do check out their ethos – it makes me happy, and I hope it will make you feel the same.
I continued to angst over the various factors, and finally pushed the button on the chairs you see here. Since you’re surely wondering, I will tell you that they are the Felix chair, in the full-swival version, in Grasscloth-Eucalyptus fabric. Unwrapping them in my living room made me feel like Christmas had come in August….and I’m Jewish, so that’s pretty impressive. We also got a small Allure pull-up table to nestle between the chairs, because we were feeling so grown up about the whole thing.
Hot Toddys (Totties?) All Around
And because I am such a terrific food nerd, I did what any terrific food nerd would do. Made up a drink to celebrate the arrival of the chairs. What, doesn’t everyone create a recipe to make a new piece of furniture feel welcome? And somehow they channeled hot toddy to me. (Also weirdly I have seen people spelling it hot tottie – is this new to you? it is to me).
Since fall is fast approaching (some would say it’s here), I went for warm, I went for comforting, and I went for apple and autumnal spices. It is very hard to be annoyed with cold weather when you have a mug of this in your hand. (And, you know, one of these in your hand.)
We’ve had the chairs and the table for a few months now, and we all (I’m also speaking for the chairs) can’t remember a time when we weren’t together. The only issue is that there are two of them and four of us…..but that’s when the concept of seniority comes in to play.
The Spiced Ginger Simple Syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days in a tightly sealed clean container. You’ll have leftovers, unless you are making a big batch of these drinks, but it’s great to use in other ways. Stir a little bit into oatmeal, or tea, for a burst of fall flavor. Simple syrup recipes abound, and they are a game changer when it comes to making cocktails and mocktails.
Other Apple Recipes:
The Felix Hot Ginger Apple Toddy
For the Spiced Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
For the The Felix
- 2 cups cider
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2 tablespoons ginger simple syrup
- 1 lemon cut into quarters
- Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a clean container and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. Strain out and discard the solids, and return the liquid to the container.
- Place the cider in a small saucepot and heat over medium heat until hot. Stir in the bourbon, and 1 tablespoon of the simple syrup, or to taste.
- Moisten the rim of each of 4 mugs with a wedge of the lemon. Squeeze the lemon wedge into each of the mugs, and drop the squeezed lemon quarter into each mug. Divide the hot cider drink between the mugs, and serve hot.
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