Autumn Farewells

Autumn on the mountain brings with it a sense of change on all fronts, it also brings farewells.....some are easier to deal with than others.... The  leaves fall and the trees seem to become bare almost over night, delicious aromas both inside and out, a color palate that only Mother Nature could conger up. The lake is ablaze in color, as if someone came along with a brush and didn't miss a stroke. This is also a  time to replenish the firewood, fill the clothesline with flannel sheets and watch the colorful quilts bow to the gusts of October winds that are slowly … [Read more...]


"........... It doesn’t get much better than a crisp autumn day, and yes my favorite color is October……"  Summer has finally bowed to Mother Nature, relinquishing its hold on sandy towels, ocean scented breezes and flip flops. Balmy nights at county fairs and rides on the Ferris wheel are now a “Remember when” comment…..the wilted flowers whose colors were bleached away by the never ending sun, until they were mere shadows of their original selves. The Hummingbirds sipping nectar from the “All you can drink bar” set up on the kitchen window.  Clotheslines heavy with whites and pastels, … [Read more...]

The Old Bench….

What is it about The Old Bench that makes you want to sit and ponder? I always imagine where they started out and where they end up.  The people who sat there contemplating their lives.....the conversations that were heard....maybe even confessions.......Somehow you always can see things clearly once you stop and sit, its as if you took a "Time Out" from life for just a moment and yet be able to watch everyone else march past you never even realizing your there. Its somehow empowering.....Some of my best decisions were made sitting on a bench, My husband proposed to me while sitting on … [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 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...]

Pennsylvania Roads…

So what new places did you visit this summer? My "Pennsylvania Roads" Summer Bucket List kind of fell to the wayside ..... all my good intentions kind of slipped into the 2015 "I'll do it next week" bucket list....and that bucket is now overflowing.....sigh....oh well there is always 2016!  Well, although I didn't get to Martha's Vineyard or the Biltmore in Ashville, I did get to enjoy what, for us here in Northeast Pennsylvania,  consider a  "Local" my Road led me to Jim Thorpe, our beautiful County seat and just a ten minute  ride up another mountain from PineRidge Hills! as a … [Read more...]

Easter In The Country

Its a rainy day here on the mountain, there's a layer of fog that's slowly making its way up the ridge. It looks eerie and calming all at the same time.....All my running around was done yesterday so today I'm going to hang out with my oven and the rest of the gang in the kitchen....yes I know, Spring can't come quick enough when one starts naming the pots & pans! Well, as you all know, my daughter Tammy is hosting Easter Sunday Dinner...Bless her heart....but I am going to give her a helping hand. I've been visiting all over the net looking for a few recipes to get us away from the … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads: Sightseeing

Do you have your gloves? Are you wearing your walking shoes? You didn’t forget your camera did you? Oh, good…..Yes, the pick-up is all ready for our trip along Pennsylvania roads…….so hop in, buckle up and let’s get our “Pensie Groove On”……..  First stop Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love….probably the most famous city in America’s history…..The declaration of Independence was drafted and signed here in 1776, Hometown of Benjamin franklin and his Key fetish……and we tend to hold our keepsakes close even when they’re damaged such as our cracked Liberty Bell…… but did you know…… That … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania roads: Punxsutawney Phil

For the record Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the home of a very special fellow.....he is cute as a button, loves to sleep, and doesn't mind company at all!  He is the adorable and very famous groundhog extraordinaire - Punxsutawney Phil. This little guy is the most famous groundhog in America. On February 2, Groundhog's Day, of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about … [Read more...]