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 of beautiful wood to create something that will be passed down from generation to generation…perhaps a table where families will gather and make new memories, or a hutch that will hold keepsakes from your Great Grandma….it can become a way to rock a baby to sleep……a dance floor for the newlyweds to dance on or something to lean on when praying…..


Here at PineRidge Hills our trees are starting to turn gold and red, although this being an old Christmas Tree Farm, we have mostly White Pines and Hemlocks. the deck is quiet and starting to become the Squirrel & Chipmunk Turnpike between the ridge and their homes. Even our local celebrity “Bradford the Bear” has been seen checking out what’s new here at PineRidge Hills, unfortunately he has not been invited to dinner so he must find another dining spot. Surrounding us is Beltzville Lake, which is part of the Beltzville State Park, the trees across the lake are changing to a beautiful mix.  This year the colors are so vibrant…..
Here is a peek at what we see every day……and being the weather is changing its time to think about crackling fires and siting around our new fire pit!
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This is beautiful Shohola Falls not far from us….
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and this is our Beltzville Lake…..its quiet and very calming this time of year. During the week only local folks walk and sit a spell….the children’s playground is silent except for a few squeak’s of the swings and seesaw….
Northeast Pennsylvania is the most beautiful place, for me, when Autumn starts……
What is it like where you live?Are you starting to feel “Fallsy” yet……get your flannels out!

Here is a great recipe to keep you warm around your fire pit. It is from one of my favorite “worn” cookbooks, “A Yankee Christmas” Book 2, from 1993, by Sally Ryder Brady, her other book “A Yankee Christmas’ book 1, 1992 are two of my favorite books. I wish she would have continued the series but I can’t find any additional info. If you do please let me know. If you can by all means add them to your collection. They are filled with wonderful stories of New England and great recipes and how-to’s for the holidays. the pictures are wonderful….

Here is one of my favorite “Go To’s:
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1/4 lb. salt pork, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 lge. potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups of shucked Quahogs or littlenecks (Including their liquor)
4 cups of Milk (Can substitute some milk for cream – awesome! Just don’t look at the calories)
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Sprinkle of chopped fresh Parsley

fry the salt pork in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat for 4 – 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels or a brown paper bag to drain.

Add the onions to the pan and sauté in the pork fat until the onion is soft and translucent. Remove the onions to paper towels or a brown paper bag to drain. Pour off any fat remaining in the pan. Return the onions to the pan with the potatoes and enough water to cover them by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 t0 12 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, strain the clams over a bowl and reserve the clam liquor. with a sharp paring knife, remove and discard any black necks from the clams. coarsely chop the clams. Add the clams and their liquor to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove from heat. t
scald the milk in another pan and add to the clams and potatoes. At this point, you can add the salt pork again or leave it out if you prefer. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.


I also wanted to share my quick little pumpkins for my basket that is now sitting on the hutch….
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cut fabric in a 12 – 14″ circle, gather the sides with a loose stitch, and fill with polyfill. A few stiches to close the top and use branches from your own back yard or from a garland (Like mine) and display all over! No limit to your imagination!

happy Tuesday!

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  1. It’s so nice to find kindred spirits! I too, love trees (and animals). I’m not ashamed to say that, several times, I have actually cried when neighbors, or others, have chopped down beautiful, living, healthy trees. I realize that sometimes it is actually necessary, but even then, it makes me very sad.

    • Hi C.C……
      I know exactly how you feel! when we built our home, I actually had them move the foundation site so as not to disturb my groove of Birches! I’m definately a tree hugger and proud of it! wear your limbs proudly! LOL! Please Come back and visit again………

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