Kinfolk Volume 2 will be released next Monday, December 12. Its essays and photographs explore the joy of spending time with friends and family during the winter months, through brisk morning walks, warm fires, and seasonal meals. We’re sharing a teaser of the mood and theme of this winter volume, and we’re all very excited to share the full edition with you.
Going forward, we’ll be publishing Kinfolk in print and tablet (iPad) editions and discontinuing the online version. As we have worked on the magazine, we have felt a natural shift to an experience that fits the content we’re sharing. We hope that you will continue to enjoy Kinfolk in these formats. Thank you for reading, and happy holidays.
Film by Andrew & Carissa Gallo, Vsthebrain
A simple, calming image for the start of a new week. “Indulging in the simple”
If you live in the North East, just before you are pounded by snow and cold for a season, you are given the gifts of Fall. With the way it’s been snowing these past few years I’m not sure how you feel about the trade off, but in the midst of fall it certainly feels exceptional to be part of the season change. Aside from the eye popping color explosions bursting from the foliage, the crisp humid free air, the apple trees fill their branches with apples. Road side stands in turn start stocking up on apple ciders–both hard and sweet, apple donuts are fried, and all variations of apple pie is made. It’s really a delicious time to be alive.
Recently I witnessed the very first pressing of the season at Carr’s Cider House in Hadley, Mass and it was manufactured by The Hydraulic Press Manufacturing Co., in Mount Gilead, Ohio. The press is just over 100 years old, but it’s hard to figure it out exactly and pinpoint the date this particular machine was made. The previous owners originally powered it off the rear wheel of a 1960 GM vehicle before switching to electric motors in the 1980′s.
Jonathan Carr and his wife Nicole purchased the press and tore it down, trucking it back to Hadley, Mass where it has been stripped down, repaired, and fully rebuilt, making a few improvements in the press process. The apples they are currently using are from a nearby orchard in Ashfield, MA. They are a variety named ‘Fortune’, and they make a really tasty hard cider. The hope is that this press will make about 2700 gallons of cider this year.
I witnessed the first press of the season.
I love fall foliage. The trees that gave us blossoms in the spring are now weighed down with little berries and crab apples. The colors of nature all coordinate so well, the bright colors are balanced out by the rich evergreens and the browns of leaves that fell the week previous. It is ridiculously hard for me to walk around the neighborhood and not pick things off of trees. This garland is evidence that I have no self control. I don’t think that anyone can really protest to a girl walking around and picking leaves off trees in the fall though, in a matter of a few days they will be on the ground and then the only way to enjoy them is to stomp through them. I collected each of these branches from trees I passed in my daily path, and the larger apples from the ground beneath trees, worm holes and all.
I particularly like incorporating simple clipping from outside into my home. Fall’s color and abundance of texture is almost reckless, so this garland ended up more complex than minimal. But- I think anything made from natural materials is simplistic in nature. Making a garland to rest on a mantel is easy. To begin wire a few base branches together and place it on the mantel, then feed in smaller branches into them. Just make sure the weight is distributed evenly so it stays sturdy, and you are set. The great thing about the season, is that we are just as charmed by dry leaves as we are by ones that are still alive. So you can let this stay up for a while, and it will still feel seasonably appropriate as it ages.
Great copper pendant lights by Coco Flip, a design studio in Melbourne, Australia. I’m thinking a home kitchen like this would look nice.
via life on sundays
Classic, simple kitchen at the Hearst Castle of all places.
Photography by Peggy Wong
Every time I visit Utah, my friend Eleanor and I make it a point to cook together. This time we combined our mutual love for the mountains and root vegetables. Tinfoil Dinners and baked apples made for a delicious campfire dinner to enjoy with friends.
An incredible collection of Kinfolk-y images – Thanks for the inspiration, Luisa!
Krjrsten Madsen recently relocated her family to London, England. Tea time has become a regular part of her daily life, and these images from her mother daughter tea party are so lovely, they make me want to bring the British tradition into my own home.
This video seems like a dream, really.
Every post that Olivia Rae shares on her blog Everyday Musings illustrates the Kinfolk concept perfectly.
Close friends, great food, candle light and a bustling table. Glad that she’ll be contributing to Vol 2!
“A meal, according to my understanding anyhow, is a communal event, bringing together family members, neighbors, even strangers. At its most ordinary, it involves hospitality, giving, receiving and gratitude.”
– Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table
Photo by Simon Bajada
- Elise of Pennyweight
Great place to gather: Stable Cafe in San Francisco.
The space was an old carriage house, and still has the stable doors.
Enjoying these two videos on mushroom foraging (so good!):
Has anyone tried this? Seems like such a peaceful and exciting thing to do.
Photo by Young & Hungry
Loretta Flower is the full-service floral design company owned and operated by Mary Kathryn Paynter. Out of her Austin studio Ms. Paynter creates truly unique arrangements that are available for any sort of event, party or occasion one might have. I caught up with her recently while on a trip to Austin where she provided some beautiful adornments as part of a shoot for the forthcoming volume of Kinfolk.
- Michael Muller of Threading in the Choirs
Dutch oven cobbler with friends. No other entertaining/dessert package can be easier than this. We just threw the ingredients (3 or 4 things) into the pot and sat around the fire talking while it baked.
Canning is an activity best reserved for small groups (friends or family) with all of the preparation and energy required. The produce is shared and everyone goes home with a collection of different preserves. Why not make it a seasonal celebration?
- Aprile of What You Love