our happy place.  Traditions, warmth and welcome.

Home is a feeling. It radiates fond memories of countless holidays, birthdays, milestone celebrations and after school projects.  It’s also simply seeing the beauty in the everyday.  It’s where your stories are written, the place where you belong.

Each season brings with it celebrations, holidays, weather – all playing a vital role as to how we live and play.  So many can relate to the feeling of cold weather coming upon us in Autumn.  Long cooked winter meals, football and a crackling hearth.  Shortened days, the rustle of leaves, the scent of candles burning inside a jack-o-lantern.  The sounds, smells and tastes that all come together to create a feeling.  This is your home, your good life.

I would like to share with you my ways to make each day a celebration, make the ordinary extraordinary, and how to be organized and efficient and enjoy living for the moment.

I extend my invitation to you to come inside and experience home…Welcome!

Month to Month Inspiration

Summer 2023

Welcome summertime! The weather is warm and ready for us to move our activities outdoors. For me that means gardening – in all it’s forms, tending to the flower beds and planting the kitchen potager. It means, al fresco meals out on the veranda and evenings by the outdoor fireplace. Summer days and evenings are so full by nature, primarily because of the extended daylight hours which we all like to take full advantage of.  Summer also means, fresh foods as roadside vegetable stands start to pop up. The abundance of fresh produce alone is conducive to so many wonderful recipes and what can beat a warm tomato plucked right from the garden? So many of my very favorite recipes are listed in my “From the Kitchen” section, be sure to look them up! Whatever your favorite summertime activities are, and where ever your summer travels may bring you, I hope you remember to set aside time to savor some of the simple joys of this season. Watch fireflies at night, smell the air after a summer storm, enjoy the plethera of early morning birdsong, walk barefoot through dewy grass or pick bouquets of wildflowers. These are just some of the things that belong to summertime and she is ready and willing to share all of this goodness.  Enjoy all the moments!

New Chicken Recipe added!

Just added this fabulous recipe to the From the Kitchen category. Simple and delicious.
Chicken with Roasted Grapes, Garlic and Rosemary

Herbs from the Potager

I’ve been drying more herbs from the potager. I’ve decided to make my own custom blends. Read about drying in the Garden section.

Grilled Short Ribs recipe added!

Beef short ribs aren’t just for the slow cooker anymore! These grilled ribs are done in less than a half hour and are amazingly tender. A great new recipe for your summer grilling.

New Recipe Added

Just added this recipe for Crispy Buffalo Style Cauliflower Bites. Look for it under Vegetables and Sides in the From the Kitchen category.

Order at the Kitchen Sink

I just freshened up my counters for spring and added this enamel ware tiered stand to hold all the necessities near the kitchen sink.  I think it makes an attractive display. I found the stand at HomeGoods. 

Spring bulbs

These are my little crocus pots when I planted them in the late fall. See the February intro pic to see how they are growing now!

New Recipe Added!

This Rutabaga, Celery Root and Potato Gratin hits all the Autumn notes and super delish! Find it in the Vegetabes and Sides category!