August 2021

I’m finding it difficult to wrap my head around the fact that August has arrived. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a big fan of this month for various reasons, the most primary one being that it feels as though people tend to dismiss this last lovely month of summer to go headlong rushing into that other ‘F’ word. You know the one…Fall. The second reason is the almost constant barage through media and advertising announcing and shouting “back to school!” Once again, confirming that dreaded feeling of the beginning of the end! Not to worry here my friends. I’m firmly keeping my feet planted in Summer. Typically this can be our hottest month, plus I still had snow in April! So I’m going to enjoy every last bit. This is our month for serious harvest here in the Northeast. My kitchen potager is producing tomatoes faster than we can consume them – again – not complaining! I’ve been busy harvesting and drying herbs (read about that in my Garden section), making my seasoned vinegars and oils and clipping gorgeous flowers for arrangements all over the house. Whereas I used to dread August, I’m having one of my bests ones ever, only because I’m not succombing to the hype of moving along to the next season and living in the present. Fall and all it’s glory will get it’s time to shine, but for now it’s summer and I’m loving it and I hope you are too. 

July 2020

My 4th of July Tablescape

July is here and summer is in full swing. Time to savor all the goodness this season has to offer. My gardens are growing and the changes are daily. The potager is coming along and hopefully I will be harvesting tomatoes soon, along with all the flowers that have been gracing my kitchen counter in beautiful arrangements. And what is more enjoyable than summer foods? I’ve been making fresh salads almost every night. My favorite recipes are all listed here on the blog. Be sure to check them out if you need inspiration. I’ve also been collecting grape leaves for my favorite dolmas! An special treat for sure. Check out The Hive Shop, for new items added for your summer decor and lifestyle. Whatever defines summer for you, may you enjoy it all fully.  Happy July!!

June 2021

My bearded irises in full bloom.

Of all the summer months, I love June the most. The gardens are at their full glory and the trees and grasses are lush and green. The freshness of a new season and the excitement of all that is to come. Summer is here and it’s time to fill the long days with al fresco meals, grilled foods, refreshing iced teas, lazy days on the hammock with a good book or simply sitting on the porch taking it all in. There is so much that fills this fabulous season and it’s different for us all. Whatever your fun may be, I hope you enjoy it fully. Be sure to check for some of my favorite summer salad recipes and many more. Happy June!

May 2021

The calendar may say that it’s May, but here in the Northeast spring has been slow to emerge from the cold grips of winter. Despite all that, the weather will certainly warm up and the beautiful blooms we wait all year for, will fill our gardens with abundant color! Personally, I can’t wait to get planting in both the kitchen potager and in the flower beds. And of course, who can resist some pretty flowers for Mother’s Day. My arrangement above is my Mother’s Day gift to you. I hope you have the most lovely day and of course, the most lovely month of May!

April 2021

My gorgeous flowers from @Samisachaflowers

Happy April Everyone! I do believe spring has sprung. Our snow is gone, but that doesn’t mean we could still get the odd snowfall, regardless it couldn’t last long anyway. I’m feeling ready to turn over the gardens in the potager and cleaning off the veranda for outdoor living! This has been a long winter and especially cold February and I’m so ready to embrace all things warm weather. My flowers above were gifted to me from @Samisachaflowers. They are grown and harvested in Equador. I’ve had them for over two weeks already and they are still going strong! As much as I love fresh flowers in the house, I can’t wait to pick my own. I hope you have a lovely April my friends. Be sure to check out my The Hive Shop for new items being added in the Spring/Summer category. Just hit the link on this page. 

March 2021

After a particularly brutal February, weather-wise, March has finally made it’s welcome appearance.  March feels like turning a corner. It may not be spring-like for several week here in the northeast, but at least we can start the countdown! I experimented with forcing crocus bulbs (you may have seen this in a prior post), and could not be more pleased with the results. You can see above, they are a happy little sight in my kitchen window and paired along with other growing bulbs, such as my ranuculus and some fresh potted herbs, it creates a little spring vignette that lifts my spirits every day! I’ve still been busy organizing spaces inside my house and preparing for the outdoor season ahead. Since I know once that comes, indoors will take the back seat. Be sure to look for my hands-down favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also check back to The Hive Shop. I’ve been adding lots of fun and new items.  March is here, lets start to celebrate all things spring, even if it is still indoors.

February 2021

I think it’s unanimous to say that January flew by. And here we are into the second month of the year. I know many are wishing for spring, but were I live that is still several months away. At this point in the season, though, I love to bring color back into the house and fortunately that can be done with fresh flowers. This year I’m trying my hand at forcing bulbs, something I’ve never done before. We shall see how they turn out, but for now, it’s just satisfying to see something grow. What’s in store for this month? For me, more organizing and taking stock of what is important in my life. On my Instagram account, I’ve started weekly series that I call #selfcaresunday, where I’ll share all things that I regard as self care. All too often I think we forget to put ourselves first.  It’s so important to be mentally and physically rested before we can take care of others in our lives.  Let this month be a month for rest and selfcare. Winter may be here for awhile in the northeast, but before you know it, our thoughts will be turning in earnest to spring. Happy February friends!

January 2021

The gardens in the winter stillness

To say that we are all ready to put 2020 behind us and move into the promise of a new year may be the first understatement of 2021! January is come and the hubbub of the holiday season is behind. Always bittersweet. This past year was so different for so many, but the solace of winter gives us a chance to be still, take stock of our lives and goals. Perhaps even a time to be a tad selfish and retreat inwards and take care of ourselves. Winter can be long if you are just yeanring for spring. I say, this is your gift, It’s the only time of year when the world slows down. Nature is quiet and no impending large holidays. It’s a time for you and you only. Grasp onto the opportunity and savor the bleak midwinter. 

December 2020

Well we’ve made it to December, and I think we are all more than ready for some much needed Holiday cheer. Despite all the challenges we’ve faced, I feel like people are truly embracing this season. We all need a little happiness and joy in our lives and nothing makes us more grateful for having those we love close, whether physically or in our hearts. My message is simple this year. I wish you all the joy this season brings to you and your families and may you find peace and comfort surrounded by those you love. 

November 2020

Find these beautiful plates linked here, https://www.liketoknow.it/bhomewithbernadette

Yes, it’s true November is here! I think it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. What could be better than a day dedicated to friends, family, food, reflection on our blessings and nowhere to go!! Be sure to check out the Entertain section for my tips for stress free entertaining. Also look for some of my favorite recipes if you are the one hosting the big day. I’ve been requested to put together a menu which I’ll be posting sometime soon. This is a great month to start turning our thoughts to long cozy winter days and dare I say, start dreaming of the holiday season ahead. In my book, it’s never too early to start planning.  My MO has always been, get as much done early – shopping, Christmas cards, etc. The early bird gets to relax by the fire when the bustle begins!  Be sure to check out The Hive Shop (on the left) for items I’m adding everyday, plus it’s a one click link to the Amazon site for all your shopping needs! Have a most beautiful November and Thanksgiving my friends.