Hot Apple Pie

The frost is on my pumpkins outside and the heat has been turned on .... sigh.......yup winter is making its way up the mountain! slowly, but steadily.... Was a great day for Earl Grey Tea and Apple Pie........ Yummmmmmm........... Now start the fire......grab a wool blanket and find that book you wanted to read three years ago, turn the phone off and put QVC on just in case something like homemade pie crusts come on.......   HOME MADE APPLE PIE 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie    (Or use Pillsbury Pie Crusts like I did - you know I'm deathly afraid of … [Read more...]

Country Lunch

It was 31 degrees this morning! The pumpkins on the porch are asking for scarves.......hmmmm, scarves for pumpkins? have to think about that one! Homemade chicken soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are on the menu today.....and a Hot Rum Toddy with a cinnamon stick for stirring while sitting in front of the fire.... Simple tablescape with my favorite little pig that my husband made.....cute story about my pig, while cleaning my countertop one day my little pig fell off and broke his foot! I was so upset...my husband picked him up and said looks like "Bacon" for breakfast! I nearly hit him … [Read more...]

Table runner/pillow

Soooo, your at homegoods...sigh..... and you see this beautiful table runner, but you have enough tablerunners to last a lifetime....but.....its on clearance.....$6.00.....WHAT!.....have to buy it.....ok get it home......Now what?...think PILLOW! Yup......sewed the sides....opened the bottom and filled with fiberfill.....while watching Halloween Cupcake Wars.....slip stitched it closed and BAM.....a 72" pillow....fits perfectly across a full-sized bed as an accent pillow, or on my bench......how about the couch? well, its going on the bed in the guest room.....$6.00 and an hour of my … [Read more...]

Red Doors….

What is the meaning of a red door on a house?  A red door means "welcome".......but there are many meanings to a red front door: In Feng Shui, a red door symbolizes the mouth of the home. By painting our door red (or any bright color that stands out) chi (positive energy) is drawn to the house. It is the entry point in which abundance and opportunities find us. The Chinese consider red to be the lucky or sacred color. Many doors are painted with a fresh coat of red just before Chinese New Year to invite good luck and happiness. In Ireland, a red door is supposed to ward off … [Read more...]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.....   which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.   A few months ago I found a great blog bakingbites.com......the recipes are great! check it out......this recipe was on there and during the summer I gave it a try....This week I found beautiful strawberries and decided to make them again this time with pink frosting in memory of two friends I lost to … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Cupboard

Good Morning!! Being sick is NOT fun......while in bed under the covers I thought how nice it would be to have homemade soup brought up on a tray and have someone just hug me! I realized that's a  "Grandma" thing......so it got me thinking of my grandmother.....sigh... she has been gone a very long time but I am so fortunate to have many of her keepsakes that was passed down and saved for me.....her table linens, some that she made just for me.....her antique dinnerware and glassware and several pieces of jewelry....I have just finished a few months of searching on Ancestry.com and found … [Read more...]

Tissues, Cold Medicine and Tea

Well, threatening the Gods didn't get me anywhere...trying to outrun got me right behind the eight ball! still sick, and the fridge is still not fixed yet! ....sigh......just read five magazines, started an acorn basket and sewed buttons on three jackets, two flannel shirts and replaced one zipper...I'M DONE!!!!!!! I can't take it......need to get outside and throw dirt on myself or jump in a pile of leaves.....go for a walk up the ridge or walk down the road to my friend BettyAnns' house and throw acorns at her window......she'll never know its me.....although my nose is so red Santa could … [Read more...]

Where’s The Sparkle?

Well, I'm sure you were expecting a few awesome tablescapes coupled with a scrumptious recipe for a French tart, or perhaps a new way to clean windows without water.....or how to make a pumpkin out of recycled bottlecaps......well, maybe that one isn't so far fetched......but today all I can share with you...reluctantly is my ....COLD! The very same cold my husband, the builder, decided he just had to share with me! So this morning at 5:15 he woke me up, even though I had only fallen asleep fifteen minute earlier, to tell me...."Think positive! Keep telling yourself your NOT sick! you will … [Read more...]

Finally Friday!

Happy Friday!!!! So how was your week? Busy or non-eventful? Mine was a BEAR! Last week my washing machine decided to “Run away from home”! now waiting for parts.... Then this week the fridge decided to go too! again, waiting for the parts..... Late last night was the septic! It’s probably the only thing I miss about living in the city…..you never think of wells and septic’s! Oh, why did I mention the well? It’s the only mainstay that  Stayed  so far……sigh...... Well, at least last night we had a fabulous dinner!! (Have no choice but to cook as much as I can - my new fridge is the cooler … [Read more...]

Black and Orange Autumn Table

Good Morning! Today was a little strange here at Pineridge Hills......I got out of bed and came downstairs to start my morning with coffee....it was 5:15.... to my surprise the table was set! hmmm, very nice - but who did it? I thought I saw a flash of orange behind me....could it be a gremlin? I've heard of these little orange guys that sneak into houses and play havoc in the kitchen.....what do you think?         hmmm, pumpkins on the napkins? is it a hint? Maybe I should go outside and see if anyone is there....your coming with me aren't … [Read more...]