Mountain Days….

Well, I think it's safe to say that Ol' Man Winter finally woke up and found his way to Pennsylvania, So when he came knocking I simply let him to visit for a spell, and share my mountain day.....I served him a new Earl Grey tea that I received for Christmas from the Divine Ms. B, and as a thank you  he let it rain instead of giving us snow on Sunday.....now today will be a different story - pour yourself a cup of tea and visit for awhile and I'll share what I've been up to.... But back to my tea......the Divine Ms. B knows my love of Earl grey Tea, so she gave me a gift of a new one...and … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest!

.......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...]

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...]

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...]

Summer Book club Brunch

Summer is teetering on the edge of Autumn soon it will be forced to say good bye for another year, so lets really enjoy the few weeks we have left and cast ourselves into a New England setting in between the pages of our Summer Book Club Brunch choice " The Primal Place" by Robert Finch.... ".....This is a voyage of discovery, a personal odyssey into the nature of a single Cape Cod neighborhood. It is a rich portrait, beautifully drawn, of a landscape and a community whose essential character lies in their penetrating interface with the sea. But it is also an individual quest, a journey of … [Read more...]

Childrens’ Picnic….

Here in Northeast Pennsylvania our children are now into their fifth week of Summer Vacation!  I know......you can see the toll already taken on the Moms....so what can you do to keep the energy flowing and productive? Give them full rein to run a muck! How do you reel them back in? host a Children's' Picnic under the old Birch trees..... .... the faster they run out of steam the faster you can get that ten minute breather ..... yes I remember those ten minute breaks.  I used to live for them! With three daughters my summers were calculated in Blinks of an Eye not days or weeks.  When … [Read more...]

Legend of the traveling book…..

Have you ever owned a book, the subject matter isn't important, that you hold as a prized possession? I have and still do.  Maybe its the writer in me because I have such a love affair with books that make most people look upon as, well, strange to say the least! I believe its because, along with a vivid imagination a book can take you places that in your wildest dreams could never materialize, and yet afterwards you know you've been there.... I've had this Love Affair since I was old enough to read.....I remember when I would have to leave my friends for the summer and head to our home … [Read more...]