Of chalets and snowy mountain villages and such...

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Chalet Bedroom as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Chalet Bath Vanity as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Axel Vervoordt Chalet, Chalkboard Label Storage

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Axel Vervoordt Chalet, bedroom, as seen on  linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, elegant lodge table setting detail as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, elegant lodge table, as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, rustic exterior mountain lodge as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, alfresco dining, mountain air as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, winter mountain scene as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, mountain village hotels, shops as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Axel Vervoordt Chalet as seen on  linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, natural antler candlesticks as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Axel Vervoordt Chalet, Wood Mantel as seen on linenandlavender.net


Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, mountain lodge facade as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, frozen mountain lake as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, mountain village architectural detail as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, mountain village building facade, old grey shutters as seen on linenandlavender.net

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002, Axel Vervoordt Chalet,Stone Surround

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002 mountain village bell tower as seen on linenandlavender.net

I was flipping through the pages of Côte Est Magazine last night and dreaming I was on a ski trip holiday ensconced somewhere in a cozy chalet (dressed like Carrie Bradshaw with the Russian, no less) lounging near a crackling fire after a full day on the slopes.  

Though a snowy mountain escape is a far cry from where we will be celebrating in sunny So Cal this Christmas, I did find this simple recipe I plan to make, a reminder of many ski trips and holidays past…  

Côte Est Dec-Fev 2001-2002 smoked salmon and cream cheese/chive tartines as seen on linenandlavender.net

...smoked salmon with cream cheese and chives on a rustic baguette.  


Isn’t it interesting the memory associations we have?  For me, an image of smoked salmon (smoked salmon) sent me traveling to times and places and people I haven’t visited in ages…sleigh riding in the snow-covered mountains of my childhood and big groups of us piling into our vehicles to go to the local lifts...some idyllic romantic escapes surfaced too, nights in a hot tub with views of the stars in the crisp night sky and the twinkling lights of the village below us…good times.

Not in the cards for me this year though — smoked salmon and a trip down memory lane will have to do.   
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