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

Autumn 2023

Simple dried hydrangeas from the garden combined with cattails and white pumpkins come together to create this welcoming fall vignette for my tabletop.

There was a soft knocking at my back door.  I knew who it was, she’d been lurking, dropping hints and calling cards of tinged leaves and cool mornings.  I opened the door and in she wafted with the unmistakable scent of moist earth and mushrooms.  And then she settled in with her lovely gifts of pumpkins and gourds too decorate and cozy up all the corners of my home.  Welcome Autumn.  

For many, autumn is their favorite season.  There is something so appealing about a warm hearth, heartier meals, cooler days and of course the glorious colors of the turning deciduous trees.  It’s hard to resist.  It’s the season of apple and pumpkin – everything.  The season of our quiet retreat preparing for winter and all that it entails.  Enjoy the transition and be certain to check out my favorite autumn recipes such as stuffed acorn squash and delicious roasted chicken.  Autumn is here, may yours be perfectly beautiful!

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!