Spring Book Club Brunch….

So, Winter has left and the club is itching to get back into the swing of things with our reading frenzy! So this week is our Spring Book Club Brunch Get-Together......the book? "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin The storyline: "A novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s --- and the scandalous, headline-making and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley. Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is … [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...]

New Years Resolutions……

First Monday of the new year and my FIVE New Years Resolutions (Made at midnight on Dec. 31st while drinking champagne and eating a chocolate éclair) are a priority. And knowing that Spring is on its way, eventually, up the mountain! I'm starting with my First resolution - my new (Yet Again) diet! So far so good.......well, I made it thru breakfast without cheating, although those Danish butter cookies have a "Come Hither" look to them! but I will not cave. There is turkey and chicken in the fridge, fruits and vegetables are overflowing on the countertop and of course my diet coke is … [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...]

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...]

Autumn Wedding

 Is there anything more beautiful than an "Autumn wedding"? well, maybe just weddings in general.....but I am just a tad biased towards Autumn. I was married in September and now my oldest daughter is doing the same! September 26th to be exact. Her first wedding was a fairytale....traditional, planned for a very long time and with every detail adhered to. Sadly, even fairytales come to an end. Not ever thinking she would fall in love again, a chance meeting has brought us to a new chapter in our family saga and his name is Joey! So what kind of wedding does a transplanted Jersey Girl with an … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day Ideas... could the holiday almost be  here?....I need to get busy...... I've been so involved with my little Yorkie "Elvis" and trying to get him over his allergies that it has literally taken up my days! He started two weeks ago, after his third visit to vet we finally got him started on prednisone and hopefully this will do the trick. So my poor little baby has been under the weather and wanting to be held all day.....Now that Daddy's home, I can get some Mommy time! But first I have to let go of him... And now to start thinking of how to entertain on the first "Official" … [Read more...]

Spring Book Club Brunch…..

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...]