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...]

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...]

Lakeside Weekend…

So Saturday morning we awoke to bright sunlight and warm air flowing thru the windows....YES! Down the stairs, coffee is brewing for the "Love of my life", tea is in my mug and the smell of bacon is throughout the entire kitchen....The sun is up and I'm on the deck inspecting the Tulips, Croctus', and Hyacinths.....everything survived that snowfall we had two weeks ago....So with camera in hand I started "Tip-toeing through the tulips" so to speak! I had forgotten what the colors all were from when I planted all 240 bulbs! And the aroma of them! So delicate yet so … [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 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...]

Gifts anyone?

  So what do you do when a gift you gave to someone ends up on their table at a garage sale?........ Do you point it out to your friend or just move on to the housewares she is selling?...... (Like she would know what a salad spinner is!) Do you immediately think back to that long shopping day when you lovingly picked out that gift? all the time spent on where she would place it? how it would majestically sit on the buffet at Christmas dinner? how guests would all try to steal that lovely gift you, her dearest and closest friend( Well maybe not that close) bestowed upon … [Read more...]

No housework?

While the renovation is still under tow inside PineRidge Hills, the outside is coming alive! Tomato plants are in, Parsley, Oregano, Sweet Basil and Rosemary are all planted too......PineRidge Hills is "All-over Green Again!" My husband, the renovator, has informed me that there is no reason to dust or mop the floors, as the sanding is about to commence! Really? no housework for a few days? What in the world will I do with myself??? Well, the boys and I went for a walk, visited the hens and the roosters.....We found a load of pinecones for Fall projects, we said hello to Brigid and Glen's … [Read more...]

Bradford the Bear…

Remember "BRADFORD THE BEAR"? the one who loves our bird seed and suet? Well we got a letter from him today....."Dear Landlords...since Mr. L built that contraption on top of the Feeder Pole I haven't had a decent meal! I have decided to vacate the premises! I am headed up the road to Brigid & Glen's....if that doesn't pan out my cousin in Jim Thorpe has found a wonderful buffet in Glenoko Estates...please forward my mail"... signed Bradford..... Good Luck Bradford.... … [Read more...]

A Perfect day

  Have you ever had a whole day to yourself? One without schedules, bill-paying, menu planning, laundry, bed making or errand running? A day with sunshine and birds singing and rabbits playing hop-scotch? A day where last year's jeans fit, your hair looks as if you had just come from the salon, and for the first time when walking up to the mailbox - you welcome the passerby cause you look GREAT! A day where the dogs don't care if the Guinea Hens are squealing for them to come out and play, the husband is going to be working late so dinner is not necessary.....the River Birches are … [Read more...]