Country Picnics…….

Hello everyone! Did you have a great weekend? Here in Northern Pennsylvania the weather was beautiful! And today is 70 degrees.  My kind of weather.....Everyone is outside, wheel-barrows are filled with dirt, mulch and new plants for the garden.  Neighbors are waving to each other and gossiping over rakes and hoes.  I always wonder why it takes my husband so long to mow the front of the house in early Spring, then I realized he stops to talk to everyone who passes by either by pickup, car or horse! We were busy starting to get ready for Spring to really hit us! We started taking inventory of … [Read more...]

Weekend Bistro – Update

I promised you I would give you my take on these eye-catching appetizers from Williams Sonoma.....one of my favorite sites.... Caramelized Onion & Apple Tarts with Gruyere and Thyme...... And the verdict is in - Delish!  Now, you know me, I have to add my own little something to it or increase the ingredients...The next time I make them I will add more Gruyere (My favorite) and more salt & pepper to taste. Also I think I might dry a little Merlot added in.  wine can only make it better!  I baked for 25 minutes.....might try it at around 22....... But all in all, another great … [Read more...]

Weekend Bistro

You must know by now that I love Williams Sonoma for their recipes....Most times they are adapted from actual Chef/Owner of restaurants. This one is adapted from a recipe by Chef Justine Kelly, The Slanted Door, San Francisco. I will be making them tomorrow, if they turn out as delicious as I expect them to, I might just surprise my daughter next week for her Easter Dinner! The "Love of my life" said "your doing the table setting, making side dishes, decorating - why didn't you just have Easter here?" I starred blankly at him and without hesitation I said "Isn't it time for the dogs to go for … [Read more...]

Easter In The Country

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...]

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

 .........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...]

Out with the old….

I finally got the Hutch cleared of Christmas and winter......even thought there is a foot of snow outside.......I decided to think Spring..... so my grandmothers Rose Chintz stoneware came out along with her tea pot and there are brownies on the table cooling......ah, life is good! My dad always told me how he remembered his mother siting in front of the kitchen window sipping her tea from her little pot....that was 1930....  Well that was an early fix this morning! Now what goes well with my Earl Grey? Brownies of course...... These brownies are loaded with chunks of Dark Ghirardelli … [Read more...]

“Tea Time” Pumpkin Mousse Tartlets

Good Morning Sunshine..... Well the sun is starting to edge its head up over the ridge.....The weather here in Northeast Pennsylvania has been very cooperative the last few weeks, we had a bit of snow but not enough to wake up the shovel which i sound asleep on the deck! If it's up to me, he can sleep all winter! Yesterday we had a beautiful red fox, lingering up on the hill under the Birches, no doubt hoping for a free meal.....Bradford the Bear - you remember him? well, he seems to have finally realized it way past his bedtime and has hopfully found a nice warm den to cuddle up in till … [Read more...]

Anniversay Week!

Good morning! I thought this week we go back one year to when PineRidge Hills was just getting its feet wet in Blogland....so I'm going to share some of our most popular, and some of my favorite days here on the mountain! Your going to need another cup of tea this morning...... Lets see how Autumn played up here at PineRidge one year ago.........Our mornings are still Misty! The Boyz still love to play on the deck, although Oliver is starting to feel his age a bit more this year.  December 3rd will mark Oliver & Duncan's 11th birthday(The Westies) and Elvis' 8th!(Our adorable … [Read more...]

Raspberry Shortcakes……

It's been a thousand years!.......                      Seriously......I have been "Non-Blogging" for that long.....Well it feels like it....... Where have I been?......well, laundry room, closets, power washing deck and house, refinishing furniture in the garage, still house-painting......ugh! I dream in color swatches! I think I've had it......Burnt out! So yes, I took a few days off and went for long walks along the lake, visited a few friends and a few cows that I have come to know......bought apples to the two horses who come up the road for a visit every now and … [Read more...]

July 4th…..

So where did June go??? Its almost July 4th already! PineRidge Hills has been under siege from paint buckets, spackle and ladders.....but it's all worth it....The renovation is coming along beautifully! I'll be sharing it with you soon..... But for now, I have been scouring through photo's of how we all celebrate the 4th......there will be some of you doing so with sand between your toes and some with mountain views......some on a lake and some camping through Yellowstone...wherever you chose to spend it, or with whom.....remember no matter what our differences are....we have the freedom … [Read more...]