May 2018

This is a repost from a few years back, but I just felt it captured how we are all feeling

right about now following some harsh months of weather!  Enjoy.

I found this lovely little watercolor on Pinterest, (nestofposies-blog.com).  I think it says all there needs to be said!  I think everyone can relate to opening the windows after a long winter.  The first wafting of fresh air through the house, the unavoidable first ‘SLAM!’ of one of the bedroom doors upstairs when a stiff breeze brazenly enters. Aaaahhhh, the smell, the feel, the joy, the warmth.  Driving along a beautiful stretch of road one day, I saw a car pulled over, the trunk was open and spread out wide were all the necessities for a day of plein air painting.  An elderly man sat on a make-shift stool, wearing a slouchy hat and a large shirt over a t-shirt, sleeves sloppily rolled-up.  Easel before him, he sat quietly painting the beautiful view of the valley and farms below.  I thought to myself, in our hurry up world, what a great way to just toss aside the chores and sieze the day.  I encourage you in this beautiful season, when the earth re-awakens to try to grab a moment, hour, day to yourself.  Take in the view.  Open the windows.

Be sure to check out the “Spring/Summer Essentials”  in the Style section.  I have added product links to purchase similar items as well.  Time to hit the refresh button!

April 2018

Here in the east, March came in…roaring!  Storm after storm has left us so winter weary that the mere thought of April warms us inside.  April too can be unpredictable around here, but there is no mistaking that warmer days are ahead.  I am tackling a few re-decorating projects around the house and like to have them finished before the spring to-do list comes out, as once I can get outside, the gardens start to demand my attention.  Something about that familiar fresh scent in the air, that promise of rebirth and growth.  The anticipation of blooms from bulbs placed in the ground last fall.  Hope really does spring eternal!

March 2018

 

Photo from Pinterest

Here in the northeast March is definitely coming in like a lion with a nor’easter expected to drop several inches of heavy wet snow.  March can be such a tease, one week sunshine and warmth hinting of the long awaited spring to come and the next…..well, snow and even snowstorms.  Whether you like snow and cold or loathe it, you can bank on March to be the last month for consistent winter weather.  While out for my morning walk the other day, I noticed that familiar clatter that made no mistake the red-winged blackbirds and starlings were back in town.  Slowly, the air is filling with our summer inhabitants and I always welcome their song and busy-ness.  Although it is not quite spring yet, March does allow us to think forward to the warm days ahead and our anticipated projects, gardens, vacations and such.  So while we are still primarily indoors, flip through the blog and perhaps try a new recipe or tackle a small project such as starting seeds indoors.  Make your spring to-do list and know that April is just around the corner.  Also, be sure to check out my Irish Soda Bread recipe.  It is a recipe given to me by a dear friend and I can assure you, it is absolutely delicious!

 

February 2018

Here we are, already one full month into the new year.  This will be one very exciting month as we celebrate the achievements of our Olympians at the Winter Olympics in Peyoung Chang.  I posted the picture above as an nod to my daughter, who has been pursuing her dream as well.  In December she competed at Team Selections for moguls in Winter Park, Colorado and made it into finals!  She is committed to her sport with constant year-round training and coaching to keep in peak shape.  I am always inspired by her and all athletes in such elite levels of their various sports.  I savor all the personal stories of the dedication and sacrifices made along the way to their dreams.  We can all take away something from their commitment – a conscious decision to try to be the best at whatever it is that motivates us.  Make this February a start to becoming the best version of yourself for you and all those around you.

January 2018

January – new starts, fresh beginnings.  With this post, I introduce to you my newly web-optimized, user friendly, updated blog!  I’ve been working on creating a blog that is easier to navigate as well as new features.  I’ve added a ‘Style’ section as well as indexing for my recipes.  I am hoping to offer consulting in the near future, in which my readers may contact me for advice on organization, décor, tablescapes, etc.  I am currently in the process of adding many new posts that were on hold while the site was under construction.  I will also be offering exclusive discounts on products I recommend through amazon.  This is an exciting time for me and I am thrilled to share with my readers!  Truly, happy new year and new beginnings!

December 2017


“Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside…”  so the song goes.  As the days continue to shorten, coziness inside becomes more prominent, especially as we countdown the days to our respective holidays.  I am a big fan of candles and I make a point to light them every day at the dinner table as well as here and there around the house.  This truly is a magical season as evidenced when driving about and seeing the twinkling light displays.  It is also the time of year when most people entertain the most and enjoy pulling out all the stops.  Look for inspired table settings under ‘entertaining’ as well as some beautiful ways to present simple foods, such as the pine cone cheese and wreath of olives.  Try not to get stressed by the commercialism and simply embrace the warmth and the beauty of the season.

November 2017

I found this little image and quote on Pinterest.  As I sit and write my November post, the weather outside is terribly dreary.  Wet, foggy and cold.  What I consider perfect weather to stay inside and deal with projects, catch up on correspondence and yes, to stop and be grateful.  At this time of year, many start to feel the familiar pressure of the holidays creeping up.  That, coupled with our many other daily obligations, can really push the stress button.  Everyone that knows me well, knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s such a wonderful holiday – a day put aside just to be grateful for all our blessings, family, friends, etc.  But who’s to say we can’t be that way more often.  Hence, the little quote above.  Steal a little quiet time to yourself, enjoy fully the change of the seasons.  Reminisce or look forward, a year ending, a new one not too far off.  Have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving!

October 2017

Autumn here in the northeast is one of the most beautiful times of year.  The vibrant colors, the smells, pumpkins and apples.  The familiar.  Once again, the turn of the seasons, the things that stay true and we connect to.  The sunlight looks different at this time of year, more subdued and golden and when it shines on a maple in full color the affect is absolutely glorious!  The shortened days beckon us to retreat inside to some of our favorite fall foods and recipes.  This is when I love candles in the late afternoon, cozy and welcoming.  I’ll be pulling our my Halloween decor soon, which always adds a bit of whimsy and fun to the season as well.  Time to warm up the house, pull out a throw and drape it over the couch.  Light some candles and wrap yourself around Autumn.

September 2017

September is here. The kids are back to school.  Back to structured days, routines and fall sports and apple orchards. Much as I hate to see an end to carefree summer days, I do welcome the predictability of the school year.  September is a great time of year to take long walks and enjoy the stillness in nature that comes with early fall.  The sunlight takes on a warmer hue and there is a definite tinge of coolness when in a shady spot.  Gone is the morning chatter of the birds, replaced with quiet rustling as they gather together preparing for their annual migration. The leaves are slowly turning and the trees will soon be ablaze with color.  This is a great time of year to organize around the home, clean out a closet, let go of some clutter.  This month look for my favorite fall recipes.  Grab a sweater, leave the ear buds at home and get outdoors and enjoy the show!

August 2017

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve never been a big fan of August and sadly I believe it is a result of the hurry-up marketing to get to the next season that I always feel.  The mad dash to get out the “back to school” supplies while we are still deep into enjoying our summers.  I know there is a strategy for the retailers, but the thought of it all coming to an end all too soon is something I’d rather not have to deal with every time I step into a store or turn on the TV.  On the brighter side, August is when our vegetable gardens come into fruition, tomatoes aplenty as well as all the other fresh produce we’ve been nurturing and waiting for all summer.  There is such a feeling of triumph and satisfaction when we serve a dish at the table made with our own home grown goods.  Here in the northeast, corn is at it’s peak and absolutely delicious.  August is a month to slow down and take in the last and best of everything that summer offers, long evenings by a fire pit, lazy afternoons on a raft on a lake, cook outs and sleep overs.  Summer is still in full swing and won’t be over until it’s over!