Easter In The Country

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Its a rainy day here on the mountain, there's a layer of fog that's slowly making its way up the ridge. It looks eerie and calming all at the same time.....All my running around was done yesterday so today I'm going to hang out with my oven and the rest of the gang in the kitchen....yes I know, Spring can't come quick enough when one starts naming the pots & pans! Well, as you all know, my daughter Tammy is hosting Easter Sunday Dinner...Bless her heart....but I am going to give her a helping hand. I've been visiting all over the net looking for a few recipes to get us away from the … [Read more...]

Spring Crafting….

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So with spring comes the yearning to throw oneself into a pile of mulch...well, maybe not everyone but you get the idea! I can't wait to walk into the woods without boots, a coat and gloves! While, anticipating warm breezes and my tulips and daffodils, I started hunting for some Spring crafts and Easter idea's to get a jump on.... Along the way I found some of the best tips for a second pair of "Helping Hands" and some  great idea's that I had to share with all of you..... Sharpen your scissors by cutting sand paper. Place a little bit of Vaseline to the end of your glue gun to get … [Read more...]

Spring brings Snow…..

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Today is the First Day of Spring....almost.......Three hours and four minutes to be exact......and what did Mother Nature give us here in Pennsylvania? Tulips? daffodils? Crocus heads peering up out of the ground? Do you see the bunnies running and playing with the squirrels? How about the grass starting to go from winter brown to Spring green? No?......me neither....... Mother Nature has a very weird sense of humor this year......just when I finally got to see the grass and my three little fur-babies were able to run and frolic........this happened..... And as if that wasn't … [Read more...]

Spring Book Club Brunch…..

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The girls are getting together for our book club brunch - now that they can get up the mountain! Winter has decided to leave and let Spring come in and visit for awhile.... After we excitedly exchange all the local gossip, gasp at a few "Are you kidding me?" stories and tell each other that the diets we were on all winter are working, we tell a few secrets, and laugh as hard as we can! ..............A typical girls afternoon! So finally we get around to what we will be reading - "Only Time Will Tell" by Jeffrey Archer, this is the first part of a generational trilogy centering on Harry … [Read more...]

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

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 .........Translation: HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY! How's that for a mouthful.........! My maternal grandmother and both of my Great-Grandmothers were born in Ireland and it is number 2 on my "Bucket List" to visit there one day....I have found cousins through Ancestry.com and plan on doing the DNA test next month that they offer! Who knows what I'll discover....The results will make for another post down the road! but today everyone is Irish....and the kitchen smells wonderful.   I remember my grandmother humming a song and every few words sounded so strange to me, that's because she would say … [Read more...]

March Madness….

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I see green stuff!! Oh....I think its grass....Yes! Friday will be the First Day of Spring, and it is slowly making its way  up the mountain...... So that makes today is the last Monday before Spring! Yes, I know...I need fresh air and sunshine....... Well I for one can not wait. My front door is waiting for that knock, you know, when Spring arrives with all it's luggage, and you throw open all the windows and go running through all the rooms pulling down drapes and washing windows till they glisten in the sunlight....shampoo rugs, get the 15 ft. ladder out to clean and shine the hall … [Read more...]

Spring Green…….

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Well, another day - another snow fall - Is Spring ever going to come? I am determined to see color, so today I set the table with Spring in mind. I started my morning with my latest copy of Cottage Journal....one of my favorite magazines of all time! The colors on the cover made me feel hopeful that my tulips and daffodils will be coming up soon. The Forsythia looks good, I checked it yesterday....So please spring come up the mountain! So my table consists of my "Go to" black square plates, my new apple green salad plates and my DIY polka dot desert plates...you can see here how I made … [Read more...]

Spring where are you?

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Have I told you? Did you get the memo?.....How about the full page ad I took out?....No?.....well, ok I'll tell you again...... I'VE HAD IT WITH THE SNOW!!!!!...........I AM DONE! MOTHER NATURE - I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!!!! ok...I feel so much better now.........yes, more snow coming tomorrow for Northeast Pennsylvania.  Then the "Heat-Wave" is coming Saturday and should continue through out next week! Yipppeee! I am doing everything to get rid of the winter blues.....I decided to work at the kitchen table rather than my office, the view is better don't you think? My three assistants … [Read more...]

Battle of the Faux….

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A former neighbor from Pike County, stopped by on her way to visit her children in Ohio,  the house was spotless, furniture glistening, a wonderful lunch was beautifully set on the kitchen table and a fire roaring in the family room.....and I was not wearing sweat pants! even the dogs were well behaved....She came barreling through the front door with such fanfare that I thought HGTV was behind her telling me  I had won the 2015 Dream Home ! .....I didn't....... ............sigh......... After I realized she was alone, I welcomed her in and never got another word in edge-wise.......for … [Read more...]

Winter Blues…..

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  Well........I've written letters to everyone I could come up with...even the Pope... I've made promises that I know I won't keep, to those one should never make promises to.........but the snow just won't go away! It's been one of those weeks......cabin fever is high..... but the idea of wrestling with thermals, three sweatshirts, four scarves and two pairs of flannel pajama pants, boots, six pairs of socks, two hats and nine pairs of gloves.....might as well stay inside! Even the family of wild turkeys we have living here have had it! Elvis, our little Yorkie, has … [Read more...]