The Old Bench….

What is it about The Old Bench that makes you want to sit and ponder? I always imagine where they started out and where they end up.  The people who sat there contemplating their lives.....the conversations that were heard....maybe even confessions.......Somehow you always can see things clearly once you stop and sit, its as if you took a "Time Out" from life for just a moment and yet be able to watch everyone else march past you never even realizing your there. Its somehow empowering.....Some of my best decisions were made sitting on a bench, My husband proposed to me while sitting on … [Read more...]

Craft Room Ideas….

........This is my Dream Room......How do I get it?............ So what do you do with a home office that is slowly metamorphosing into a craft/sewing room? If your like me you jump for joy while doing cartwheels down the hallway.....ok so maybe rethink the cartwheels, but since I retired a home office really isn't a necessity any longer but a sewing room is! So I've been surfing Craft Room Idea's all over the net and of course Pinterest.....I thought I would share some great finds with you.... Fabric yardage is easy to get at when you keep it in a magazine rack..... Wrap … [Read more...]


.......Have you been to Oktoberfest yet? This is such a beautiful month, Autumn has brought with it brisk, sunny days filled with pumpkins and the smell of cider and of course all those festivals that only this month has........ ...........But where did all this start? Oktoberfest - German Pronunciation: (ok ' to; be fest) is the world's largest Volksfest (Peoples Festival).  Held annually in Munich, Bavaria and Germany, it is a 16-day Folk Festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the … [Read more...]


          ........Well Autumn  has finally come up the mountain and along with it came the pumpkins....... My dear sister-in-law snapped the above from her front porch! She lives only about a mile from me but she has mostly hardwoods so the colors are brilliant..... This morning was a bit foggy.....I so love to be in the back when the sun starts its journey over the pines - there's something so serene about standing among the trees and just listening. For us its the roosters crowing and the gaggle of geese wanting to get out and about! This is my most favorite time of … [Read more...]

A little boy became a man……

"........On Saturday the 26th of September , a little boy walked his mom down a grassy aisle......when asked who gives this woman in matrimony .......a little boy became a man and joined her hand with his new dad's and said "I do" two families became one...." ...My daughter Tammy, was married this past Saturday in the middle of a beautiful green grass field....surrounded by family and friends....... As a mother I cried tears of happiness because she so deserves it.  As a wife I held my husbands hand tighter than normal because he deserved to see his daughter … [Read more...]

The Creative Side…..

Thank you for coming back to help celebrate our second anniversary.Today we are going to look back at "The Creative Side" of PineRidge Hills....we've seen so many talented crafters out there in Blogland, and they have inspired me so much.  Here are a few things we came up with..... This was the best Christmas gift I ever received from my husband.....I had mentioned once that I would love to use the old pine desk as the base to a hutch for the Breakfast day.....well low and behold there it was one morning in November when I came down to start breakfast.....he even redid … [Read more...]

The kitchen at PineRidge Hills…

 Thank you for joining me on our "Anniversary Tour" .... Some of my favorite entries are those that come from The Kitchen at PineRidge Hills! It's been two years since that first publish button was hit.  I've received so many emails from folks across the country sharing their recipes with me. Many have become tried and true in my all of you - Thank You! today I wanted to revisit some of my favorites.....are you hungry? Grab a cup of Earl Grey and a scone and lets head for the kitchen....... Potato Latkes anyone?....I can eat a dozen of these! Homemade Beef … [Read more...]

Autumn Revisited……

Autumn Revisited!....It's been two years since we launched PineRidge Hills......where did the time go? We have been through two Christmas', Easter Sundays', Summer BBQs', but this is our third Autumn so lets start our anniversary trip with our first season.   This is absolutely my most favorite time of year. The crisp air and vibrant colors, the wool blankets coupled with hot spiced tea.....the fireplace ablaze with the smell of hickory. Even my "Fur babies" love Autumn. They actually prance around when they see their sweaters coming out of the closet. This year, we have finally made a dent … [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary PineRidge Hills

 Happy Anniversary PineRidge Hills....Anniversaries carry such emphasis on our lives, they mark important times and events. And this anniversary is not disappointing! Yup, PineRidge Hills Blog started two years ago! I can't believe it! I want to thank all of you for joining me on this exciting adventure...I've met such wonderful people across the country....and for so many who have visited us on FaceBook and have become "Family".....Thank you for an amazing story. I hope I have bought some laughter to your day, a few new recipes to your table, maybe a reason to take a road-trip and visit my … [Read more...]

Never Forget……

Never forget our Fallen Heroes who, fourteen years ago today, went to war without ever knowing why..... my daughter survived and together we managed to find our way home that day...many did not.... I watched and felt the tremendous force with which the towers fell, not knowing if my daughter was safe. Two hours later, there she was at my office door....hurt but alive! Twelve hours later we made it back to New Jersey....the people I commuted with that morning, friends from my own town, did not come home with me that night. As we slowly pulled into each station, we saw all the cars that would … [Read more...]