Bookshelves and Books….

I have a secret....come closer....here it is......I am addicted to Books and the Bookshelves that hold them! Books of any kind, whether it be travel, mysteries, cooking, gardening, decorating......sigh.....yup! I'm addicted! And as any book enthusiast will tell you, they have to have a special place - hence bookshelves. Next, is where I would love to do my reading...hence the above picture! Can you imagine just swinging with a warm breeze sweeping across your face, a cool lemonade within reach and of course, not a sound except the birds in the tree above...sigh...ok I just gave myself the … [Read more...]

Country Farm Stands….

 Time to start visiting your country farm stands....Summer brings out the best in what the farmers market and orchards have to offer......living in the country has its advantages when it comes to fresh - everything! The blueberries and strawberries are best in mid-summer. When it comes to Apples and vegetables we have two local farms that we visit weekly.  We also have several Farmers Markets in our area....but did you know.....not everything is as it seems.  Farm stands are big business now a days.  especially within city limits.  When you shop at a farm stand remember that New England … [Read more...]

Book club and Spring DIY Designer Plates….

Remember when  made my DIY Designer polka dot plates?....here....well I've decided to go at it again! I'm addicted to this easy-peasy plate knock-off! For just a few dollars I can actually match my plates to my linens.  What did we ever do before Mod Podge? Today I am sharing our book club lunch, unfortunately only two of us could make it, with summer starting schedules are in over-drive! The book this month is a "Poolside / Lakeside" reader.....Nantucket by Nan Rossiter. Here is a little intro from the New York times..... " A tender, moving story of rekindled passion, set amidst the … [Read more...]

Potted Herb Wagon…

finally got my herbs planted on Sunday.....this year instead of planting in the beds along the back of the house, or putting them directly in pots that sat on the deck, I decided to bring my wagon up onto the deck and put it to work!  My husband made this wagon for me several years ago, and I love it! this year it will hold the pots of herbs that I use everyday in my cooking.  Basil, Oregano, Parsley...I couldn't find French Tarragon or Rosemary so I'm not completely done with my Potted Herb Wagon.....I planted several varieties of tomatoes including San Marzano, I am also going to plant … [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...]

Chandelier Keepsake

Have you ever looked at something in your home and thought...Time to replace! Every time I walk into the dining room and look at the brass chandelier those words come to mind....My husband was so tired of hearing me complain about how its a bit tarnished, has seen better days, its so old...etc...etc...that last week he took it down! I came home to find him packing it up.  I was shocked! He turned and smiled and said "OK....now go buy a new one"! So, do we go glam this time? crystals? Beads? Wood? I was so excited......I immediately went online to peruse all those wonderful Chandy's with … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Brunch…

Tomorrow is the 141st. "Run for the Roses", or as most know it as the Kentucky Derby...."the most exciting two minutes in sports".... the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891-1893 and 1911-1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.  The Derby is the crowning event after a … [Read more...]

Deck Gardening

Now that Spring has arrived and is not leaving the mountain, I'm gearing up for my deck gardening to start.  I will be planting some Perennials in the beds around the house but my deck will hold some of my favorite flowers and of course my herbs. I'm lucky that my deck is right off my breakfast room so its far more convenient to grab some Rosemary or Basil just steps from the stove rather than going down the steps into a garden. Besides the wildlife would be enjoying the fruits of my labor too easily! The Daffodils are finally in bloom and I'm waiting for the Tulips to bloom.... Last … [Read more...]

Soup Day!

I know most people think of Autumn when they hear Soup......but not me - I am a soup-crazed lady! It doesn't matter what month it is, there is always room for soup! And one of my favorite soups is from Chef and Entertaining Stylist John Hadamuscin....he is a down home family style chef......I have all his cookbooks. He was raised in the Midwest, and his cookbooks are not only filled with delicious recipes but a story accompanies each one....about his mom's kitchen, life on the farm and his life in New York City! Today I'm making his version of "Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup".....one of my … [Read more...]

We are on Hometalk!

Hi everyone! Just to let you know PineRidge is now on Hometalk! come on over and visit my board Heartfelt Homemade Gifts.........So much going on, all your DIY questions about Home & Garden  and lots of idea's over on Hometalk..... You can also share your own projects as well as ask questions to the HomeTalk community!   … [Read more...]