“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...]

Trees……

Have you hugged a tree lately?.....No, really....... .........I love trees........ all trees........any shape, color, texture........Tall or Short.......does not matter........ Yes I am a tree hugger.........Why? well, things are so much nicer when a tree is involved! Picnics, playing hide and seek with the grandkids, a refuge from the sun.....the bearer of your initials forever........Family memories......the ever changing colors, the announcer of each season....the protector of birds and little critters....sigh.....and when a trees life is done it gives its beauty back in the form … [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...]

Book Club Brunch/Tablescape

Remember yesterday when I showed you how easy it was to make a set of designer Plates for under $5.00? here... well here they are joining us for our monthly Book Club Brunch, along with this week's menu. And the book we plan to read... "THE HURRICANE SISTERS", by Dorothea Benton Frank...... Now onto our table and what's for lunch! The feeling is summery.....light and easy going....... I love simple, delish little bites that can be made with what you have in the house! I made these for Today.......the entire menu will consist of Cauliflower soup with garlic & Parmesan croutons, … [Read more...]

Picnic by the Lake

Having lunch by the lake is so relaxing! especially after two weeks of non-stop house renovations.......I bought along my book and sunglasses and just sat.....Have you done that lately? you know, nothing........ It's an awesome way to spend an afternoon! I live within a mile from Beltzville Lake here in northeast Pennsylvania......The lake is bordered by Beltzville State Park, almost 3,000 square acres and the lake has twenty miles of shoreline. During the week its just local folk, on the weekends we get quite a crowd coming up from the city. But during the week is my favorite  time to … [Read more...]

Spanakopita Bites…..

One of my favorite appetizers to make is Barefoot Contessa's Dinner spanakopitas.....but if you don't have the time here is my solution..... I used Fillo Shells instead of sheets to cut my time in half....works beautifully! they are already made and all you do is stuff them and heat! Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 green onions, chopped 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach. thawed and squeezed dry 4 to 6 ounces domestic feta cheese, crumbled 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg Salt and pepper to taste 2-3 Boxes Frozen Fillo Shells 8 tablespoons butter (1 … [Read more...]

Cupcakes!

Ever wonder how that drink your having  would taste in a cupcake?  wonder no more!  At your next party offer dessert right along side the cocktail hour! I have found several famous drinks AKA as dessert! Enjoy this weekend...........party style.......... Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes sugar and snapshots is a wonderful blog I found! visit them for a delightful story and great recipes and blogging info! The name of these cupcakes alone makes me want to PARTY!  If you are not familiar with this shot that inspired this amazing confection let me give you a brief rundown. You get a small … [Read more...]

Are you hungry?

Having company this weekend and went surfing for some new  tidbits to make.........I'm getting somewhat tired of the same old food that I always feel safe making.....not this weekend......we are going "Outside the Box"! Here are a few "Tidbits" that are going to make it onto  the menu! Parmesan Bacon Gougères by Donald Link "Down South" cookbook                                                Makes 2 dozen INGREDIENTS 4 strips of thick-sliced bacon 1/2 cup whole milk 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon sugar … [Read more...]