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".......now 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 Room....sigh...one 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 kitchen.....to 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...]

Autumn Hutch…..

Well, Autumn has arrived here at PineRidge Hills, yes I know I kind of forced it to visit and stay awhile but I had enough of closed windows and not being able to walk on the deck for fear of frying my feet! I am definitely not a summer girl! So down came the boxes marked FALL. Are you like me? I love to open my Season's Boxes, its like finding a present on a shelf, even though I know what's in it, I'm still excited to see my old friends! So over the weekend I did my Autumn Hutch..... Then still with the autumn glow swirling around I added some to the mantle in the family … [Read more...]

Quick DIY…

Hope your weekend was wonderful...ours was busy! Our good friends Brigid & Glen hosted a BBQ filled with great food, lots of laughter and BFF's.....and yes the Divine Ms. B was there! we had a wonderful time.....Then on Sunday, my husband and future son-in-law, Joey attended the Indy 500 at Pocono Raceway.....I got to spend the entire day doing what I enjoy...sewing and a quick DIY..... In the office (AKA library/sewing room) I have the wall space on either side of the Bay window.  it's narrow but still needs something on it.  So I went to www.thegraphicsfairy.com and printed out some … [Read more...]

Country Style Afternoon Tea…..

I have been in love with "Tea Time" since I was a little girl growing up drinking tea the way other kids drank soda! Both grandmothers were Irish and English so afternoon tea was a normal event at Nan's house.....Although I married an Italian, who drinks Espresso in the afternoon, I still kept my "Tea Habits".....and keeping the tradition doesn't mean Afternoon Tea has to be over the top, as laid back as we are here in the country, my Country Style Afternoon Tea is simple but a tradition none the less.... Where did all this start? well Tea Time Magazine explains the origins of Afternoon … [Read more...]

Fridays on the mountain…

Fridays on the mountain are always a bit laid back,  after running all week its nice to just sit on the deck and welcome the start of the weekend.....some of my neighbors join me...... The bird feeders are at standing room only! I think we need to start taking reservations. A new family of deer have come to live here, we have six "Bambie's" running through the River Birches all day, what a comedy show! And of course there is the troop of turkeys that love what the Nuthatches and Wrens are dropping into the grass.... The crows are busy patrolling the ridge and are squawking up a … [Read more...]