Holiday Season 2022

Perhaps I’m a little behind on this post, as for me, the holiday season really includes my favorite of all – Thanksgiving.  I believe that starting a season off with gratitude and a celebration of simple gathering is the best way to grasp that special spirit that embodies this time of year.  Our tree always goes up the day after Thanksgiving. A tradition we started so many years ago. Its such a fun weekend, since all my children are home and the house is bustling with activity.  Traditions are the root of the festivities at our home, starting with decorating the gingerbread houses, trimming the tree, making my annual pot of turkey soup, playing Christmas music, etc. The list goes on and my family wouldn’t have it any other way! There will be more, of course, as the month progresses and we creep closer to the big day.  Each year these days move along quicker and quicker. Gone is that childlike feeling of time being at a crawl. With so much to enjoy and accomplish we can get a little lost in that bustle. My advice to you is to try to savor all the moments, even the mundane. Each one becomes a moment in time that adds up with all the others to create that vision in our memories of another holiday that could slip by all too quickly.  My wishes to you for peace and the feeling of love and kinship all through this glorious season.

Autumn 2022

Find these beautiful table linens @AprilCornell

Once again the seasons change. This time bringing that slight chill to the air and a hint of tinged leaves.  Within a few short weeks we will be experiencing autumn in all it’s glory. The scent in the air has that unmistakable earthiness that only comes at this time of year and I feel that urge to start cooking long simmered dishes and baking apple pies. Autumn is truly the season for cozy feels and taking full advantage of all the outdoor activities we can before we finally retreat indoors driven by colder temperatures and shortened days.  And as the trees give up their final leaves to flit gently to the ground we will welcome the feast of Thanksgiving and be once again, grateful for family and friends. I wish you all a most beautiful autumn season. 

It’s pickling season!

Try making these super easy pickled red onions. They are great on sandwiches and salads alike. My recipe is under the ‘Vegetables and Sides’ section in the From the Kitchen category.

July 2022

July – the quintessential essence of summer. The days are long and warm, the gardens are growing voraciously and vacation days are officially well underway. What is there to say about July that doesn’t evoke even the slightest of summer nostalgia. Catching fireflies, swinging hammocks, al fresco meals and just soaking up being outdoors more than any other time of year. July is that month we like to hold onto for as long as we can to savor all the goodness this time of year has to offer. We just recently finished jarring strawberries for the sweet memories they will bring during the bleak winter months. We had our annual Fourth of July BBQ featuring all the tried and true American classics – all recipes on the blog of course and are anticipating harvesting the first of our tomato crop. On another note, I have decided to make a minor change to the blog. I am no longer going to do monthly intro’s. As much as I love posting about the beauty each month brings into our lives, I have decided to simplify my life a bit as well and therefore going forward, I am going to post an intro for each season. And of course, there is always much to say about each one, especially when they are all so distinct here in the Northeast. As usual, check out my Amazon shop The Hive Shop, for products curated by myself and often have in my own home. See the link in the side bar. Have a fabulous July and summer, get out there and soak in the joy! Happy summer my friends.

June 2022

The view from the kitchen potager

June. The month of graduations, weddings, and other milestone marking festivities. Here in the northeast, the gardens are planted and new hopes along with them for a bountiful crop. Summer is officially underway and we are all eager to enjoy warm weather and outdoor activities. Personally, my favorite is al fresco dining. What else can beat eating outside while a soft breeze wafts through the surrounding flowers, soft flickering candles and that lazy, maybe I’ll have another glass of rose’ feeling? Others enjoy gathering around the firepit while the last vestiges of the day disappear into a lovely sunset and the fireflies flit about. June is definately magical and I’m ready for it.  Welcome June and welcome summer!

Egg Bites Recipe Added

I experimented with making Egg Bites and developed this recipe, look for it under Main Entrees in the From the Kitchen category.

April 2022

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. I’m hoping that this will be the case for us here in the Northeast. April weather can be fickle and an occasional snowstorm is far from unusual.  Despite that, there is no denying the longer sunlight as each day brings us closer to warmer days and budding flowers. The earth is once again waking up and filling our world with color, and birdsong is starting to become a louder chorus as more and more migratory birds return to stake their claim to the best nesting site! This month I will add a few new recipes that I’ve tried and loved. I’ve been experimenting with Sourdough Starter as well.  I’m still in the process, so we will see how it turns out.  Hopefully,  soon I can get into the kitchen potager to turn the soil and prepare the beds for May planting – fingers crossed! There’s plenty to do on the household projects list, so I’d better get busy. Have a most beautiful month and enjoy the re-birth!