Our lifestyle editor Lisa Butterworth rounded up five of the most charming products, businesses, and creators to bring you joy and comfort in the colder months.
This ode to Cabot Cove and one of Dame Angela Lansbury’s most beloved roles is a must for foodie fans of Murder, She Wrote. Written by Jenny Hammerton (the brain behind Silver Screen Suppers), Murder, She Cooked includes episode recaps of seasons one through six, each with an accompanying recipe from a famous guest star (Kate Mulgrew’s tenderloin) or Jessica Fletcher herself (from cheesecake to veggie soup).
I’ve been devoutly following artist and writer Anna Brones’ thoughtful musings on creativity and its importance in our everyday lives for years via her Creative Fuel newsletter. Now she’s launched an eponymous podcast that looks at big questions (How do we connect with each other? How do we spend time alone?) through the lens of creativity with the help of researchers, scientists, and other creatives. Major inspo for your own practice.
Keep It Copacetic
Normalynn Ablao (@copaceticcrocheter on IG) is basically a fiber-pastry chef. Her crocheted creations range from adorable cherry-topped cupcakes to striped conchas to mugs of hot cocoa with candy-cane stirrers. She’s got a ton of free patterns on her site and even more for sale on Etsy ($3.50 to $6.50), where non-hookers can also get these confections pre-made.
Piece of Mind
There’s a chill in the air and a fire crackling in the hearth (or on your TV if, like me, your home is fireplace-less). In other words, it’s puzzling season, and Goodfit’s got the goods. This husband-and-wife-founded company turns gorgeous works of art—by the likes of Serena Corson, Terri Po, and Uzo Njoku—into 200- to 1,000-piece puzzles ($26 to $32 on Goodfit).
@shifferdiane Who wants a cinnamon roll?! #mondaymorning #baking #vintagekitchen #cinnamonrolls #nanalovesyou ♬ Making Breakfast – SaraoMusic
For a regular dose of incredibly soothing nana energy, tune in to Dianne Shiffer, aka YourChubbyVintageNana, on TikTok. Whether she’s showing off her newly organized linen closet or sharing her favorite WWII-era pancake recipe, her videos come with incredible vintage, a side of sweetness, and positive affirmations just when you need ’em.
Top Photo: Screengrab from @shifferdiane Instagram