Handmade Quilt from the Heart…

A Handmade quilt..... is there anything more comforting? Especially when it comes from a friend........ Hello everyone! Well, Spring has absolutely, with out doubt found its way up the mountain.....and this girl could not be happier....although I think the Rain Gods have forgotten to turn off the valves....but at least everything is green! So much going on here at PineRidge Hills, the "Divine Ms. B" has me knee deep in handmade quilting, which I'm just over the moon about....although my Star Spangled quilt is not perfectly squared - it is still mine.....and as I said I will wear my … [Read more...]

Easter Comes Up The Mountain….

Easter comes up the mountain, and hitched to its weathered wagon is Spring! Even the birds are lining up along the road, on top of the telephone lines as if waiting for the parade to start.... Although we had a mild winter here in Northern Pennsylvania, I am glad to see it leave......the daffodils' and crocus are starting to peek through the dirt and soak up the sunshine........The tulips I planted two years ago have tripled, so I am patiently waiting for the burst of color that will adorn the rim of the deck..... Inside PineRidge Hills, Spring is starting to bloom … [Read more...]

A New Creative Room…..

Would you believe I've been sailing thru the Caribbean for the last couple of weeks? How about skiing in Vail? Lunching with Ina in the Hamptons? No? How about clearing out the old office to make my very own "New Creative Room"? well, then you would be right!!! Finally, everything in one place.....no more trips up to my oversized closet that was doing double duty as a sewing room.... now, that we really don't need the "Home Office" any longer, it can be re-purposed!  Although its not quite finished - it is functional - which is fine with me...... I took an old piece that was … [Read more...]

Christmas Spirit…….

Hello from the mountain... Yes, I've been gone for a spell, the fingers have been willing but the mind seems to be leading in so many directions especially when it comes to Christmas Spirit! My dear friend the "Divine Ms. B" has been asking where my two quilts that I so excitedly started are? Hmmm, well, without trying to find a funny two-liner to offer up I just said "Right where I left them - sitting patiently on top of my sewing machine just waiting to be lovingly put together so their message could put smiles on the faces of those they were intended for. Every day I walk into my sewing … [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...]

Pumpkins!

          ........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...]

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...]

Autumn Leaves…

Yes I know....it's still August....but I so want Autumn leaves rustling under my feet and the aroma of hickory burning in the fireplace, a colorful autumn wreath hanging on the front door, a pot of Beef Stew simmering on the stove with smashed potatoes and applesauce sitting patiently on the sideboard and Pumpkin pie lathered in freshly made whip cream with a hint of vanilla and Brandy.....Oh, I just realized it's 83 degrees outside and I am headed down to the lake to cool off....well, its only a matter of time so we might as well start gearing up for Autumn even though summer is in full swing … [Read more...]