Counting the Days

Winter has been wicked here.   Today, March 2nd, my deck is still covered in a crusty snow. But  SPRING is on its way. PLEASE! After a sinus and ear infection that literally knocked me off my feet with dizziness, a wild week of driving around New England in horrible weather seeing my two kids, and a weekend of college…

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Looking More Like A Cow

Even a cook like me can  create a tempting dessert with cute bowls ~~~ ~~~  the best ice cream  ~~~ ~~~ and the  right toppings ! ~~~ Of course it helps to have the proper kitchen gadget !! One of my most favorite kitchen gadgets is this  ~~~ ice cream scoop ~~~ which belonged to my grandfather. He came from Poland as a…

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Swans and Fondue

Swans have long been a symbol of  fidelity and love everlasting. Seems like this winter is also everlasting.  So I sent Mr. Fun outside to dig out our mailbox… (I’m expecting some LOVE letters ūüôā) I set the table in the dining room. But the icy view was setting the wrong mood … … so I moved everything to the little…

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KUMQUATS AND RABBIT TABLE

It’s the YEAR OF THE RABBIT ! And even though there are buckets  filling with water in many of my rooms  and some newly hung wallpaper is  saturated and peeling,  let’s celebrate for this cute little fella! He’s a little shy,  like those born under this asian lunar sign.   He’s also lucky, gracious, kind, artistic and stubborn! Speaking of luck,…

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EMBRACE THE FLAKES TABLE

My hopes for a sunny day were dashed when the sky over my house turned quickly from blue to gray. That can only mean more snow! Even when it snows,  the birds find lots of goodies in my feeder. Inside there is another storm brewing on my kitchen table! I love snow globes!  Imagine the little world inside. I kind…

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A Dog’s Eye View

Welcome to my home. ¬†My friends call me Nellie, although I answer to Nellie Belly, Nelle Belle, Miss Brown, Brown Beast, Smelly Nellie, Nellie Belly Burp (because I have been known to…), and most anything sounding like Treat or Ball. ¬† My official name is Naughty Miss Nellie Belle, in keeping with my ancestors who include¬† Bad Buster Brown, Good…

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SPECIAL LITTLE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS

SPARKLING “sugared” fruit on a feather tree … Christmas pins Rudolph and  friends Christmas sweaters   (don’t laugh–you know you want one!ūüôā) Christmas movies you can recite by heart favorite Christmas music and carolers to help you sing ! Men of SNOW and men of gingerbread! a poinsettia in every chicken’s pot Christmas books sitting on Santa’s lap a place to gather  on…

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DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS

Last night we had a dusting of snow. Just enough to start me dreaming of a White Christmas … … and to add the perfect touch to the outdoor pots. But baby, it’s cold outside, so step inside … where we can enjoy  my white tree in  the warm dining room. This mini tree is one of several around our house,…

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‘TIS THE SEASON GIVEAWAY

¬† ¬† Outside my kitchen window is a beautiful maple tree which is the last to turn and lose its leaves. ¬†Sometimes the leaves are still on to greet the first snowfall. ¬†When they turn this luscious bright red I know it is time to put up the birdfeeders. ¬† ¬†Woodpeckers, finches, chickadees, cardinals and bluejays visit daily. **** ****…

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GOBBLE GOBBLE

¬†   Perched on the sideboard in my dining room are several woodland creatures, overseeing the preparations and waiting to hold turkey, stuffing, and other delicious side dishes. ¬† The deep wells on the huge Woodland Spode turkey platter hold all the juices from the tasty bird! But not from this bird! ¬†He’s a guest. ¬† ¬†Serving spoons and plates…

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