Snow Days


Northeaster snowstorms is all we have been getting here lately.  They are coming up the coast from the south.


It’s a good day for Shepherds Pie.  It’s good comfort food.  I pinned several recipes for Shepherds Pie on my Casseroles board on my Pinterest.


To cheer up the awful weather, I bought a new ivy to go with an African Violet that I have.


And I bought some green Carnations because St Patrick’s Day is this week.


Today is Pi(e) Day.  My Dad used to say kiddingly “Pie are not squared, pie are round.”  I love the way they decorated the Key Lime Pie with the whipped cream dollops using a decorating tool.  Then the lime zest on the whipped cream.


That Key Lime Pie is from Poor House Pies and in the winter they use the above self service.  When they have pies they put “Yup” on the door.

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In Manchester they have a neat breakfast restaurant.  I love their sign that they use.

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And their breakfasts look really good.


I saw the above Poncho on QVC home shopper and I decided to buy it.  It came today and it actually is one size fits all and it fit.  I just love it.  I saw an episode on the Food Network where Barefoot Contessa was in Paris.  She wore a style similar to the above one and it made her look slim and also very stylish.  I was going to wear it to the Flower Show in Boston on Friday.  But my sister was going with me and she has gotten sick this week with what may be the Flu.  She thinks that she will be OK by Friday, but I don’t know.  We have bus tickets and tickets for the flower show that are non refundable.  Besides that, it’s going to snow Friday as this storm is just continuing and the Poncho will not be suitable anyways.  We were so looking forward to going to that Flower show.  I’m worried about my sister as she sounded awful when I talked to her on the phone.  The heck with the Flower Show.  I just pray that she doesn’t have the flu and gets better soon.


I saw the above Hydranga cupcakes and I think they look really neat.  They would be beautiful for like a Spring tea.  It looks like they just went round and round using the leaf tip decorating tool and combined purple and light blue frosting in the piping bag and put it on a chocolate cupcake.

Well, it’s getting late and I have to get off the computer.  Hope the weather is better soon.





Maple Sugar Time


This is the time of year that the sap flows from Maple trees and can be boiled down into Maple Syrup.  When the days are warm and the nights are cold is when they can tap the Maple trees.


It takes a lot of Maple sap to make maple syrup.  A lot of sugar houses have a place to watch how they make the pure maple syrup.



And some Sugar Houses serve pancakes with their maple syrup.


My youngest son and I have a tradition where we go to Stuart and John’s Sugar house in Westmoreland, NH this time of year.  It’s really fun and we order a maple frosted donut with our coffee while we wait for our blueberry pancakes with maple syrup that they make right there.



The above is Stuart and Johns.


There is a really neat entrance and it’s usually crowded and you have to wait for a table.



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It’s kind of fun to go there and there is a glassed in place where you can watch them making maple syrup.

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I like to buy some of their maple syrup so I can make French Toast at home.


I just buy a very small container of the syrup as it is wicked expensive.


Even a small container like the above is costly.

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There is a place in Arlington, VT called Sugar Shack that sounds really fun.  They have what they call a “Cider Sammich”.  It’s maple soft serve ice cream (maple creemee) sammiched between a warm cider donut cut in half.  Yum!

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They also have “sugar on snow” there which is where they boil the syrup down a little more and when you pour it over snow it makes like a maple candy.  They usually serve it with a donut and a pickle.  So fun!

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They also have a Norman Rockwell exhibit which is kind of neat.


In my opinion Vermont has 4 seasons and there is always fun stuff to do in each of the seasons.  Spring is only 2 weeks away and we got a surprise northeaster this week that dropped over a foot of snow.  But we are used to it.  If you turn around the weather changes.  But I love the beauty of each of the seasons which is why I called my blog “yearinvermont”.


March Ideas and Inspirations


Colcannon Chowder has Russet potatoes that are quartered and boiled, shredded cabbage, onions, carrots and smoked turkey sausage that are browned in a skillet and then 1/4 of the potatoes blended with milk in an electric blender to thicken the chowder.  I pinned the recipe on my soup board on my Pinterest.



A nice Irish Soda Bread that has buttermilk in it to go with the Chowder.  Perfect for this time of year.  I pinned the link to this recipe on my Irish Recipes board on my Pinterest.

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Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Yogurt cake sounds really good to have.  I pinned the link to that recipe on my Barefoot Contessa recipe board on my Pinterest.


Winter days are back.  It’s snowing right now and no letup in sight.  If the weather is like this next week when we are going to the Boston Flower show, we are not going to be happy.  Hopefully it will be Spring weather again.


I bought a couple of bunches of Daffodils at the grocery store the other day and they were just buds.  Overnight they just bloomed into a beautiful bouquet.  I love them.  They cheer up snow days. ❤


I love the idea of a peg board where you can hang all kinds of little shelves and craft tools.  It just dresses up and organizes a sewing or craft room.

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I like Anna Griffin style and I ordered the above boxes from HSN.  I like the color print on them and think that they would be perfect to store photograph and scrapbooks in.  They just look elegant on a white shelf.


The above is my dream craft room with Anna Griffin furniture.


I would add shelves like the above that I would decorate much different then the photo.  This was a DIY project someone made from an old entertainment center.  Love the idea.


I like the chandelier and the “Smile” and “Dream” little signs in fancy scroll ideas.


I like Anna Griffin’s Cuddlebug machine where you can emboss cardstock with it.


It’s so neat how she shows how to make elegant cards with her ideas.


She just has all kinds of kits and ideas that are just plain fun to create with where she keeps adding on and on.  The above is just the start.  I like her big cabbage roses and framed sentiments that she adds.


I like to see ideas for entryways.  The above wreath on the door and that neat wall planter is a neat idea.  Then the pink and white plant in the corner is a nice touch.


I like the pink and white tulips in a Mason Jar idea.


I also like the yellow and white tulips in a mason jar and the lemons in a jar idea.


I like Spring print dishes mixed with the Jadeite.

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I like the above little miniature herb garden in a box idea and it only takes one hour to make it.

thyme topiary

They made a little topiary in the middle out of Lemon Thyme by taking the leaves off the lower Thyme branches and then tieing them together and fluffing out the top Thyme.  Then they had Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Purple Sage, Grey Lavender, Golden Sage and Mini Blue Lavender in the little garden.  I love how they made a diamond shape path out of little stones.  Makes a nice little indoor herb garden.


I went to the Home Depot the other day and picked up some pamphlets in the kitchen section for ideas.   I love the above idea for the kitchen aid mixer.  The mixer swings up and out when you need it and stores safely when you don’t need it.

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My sister and I have bus tickets that include the admission tickets to the Boston Flower Show next week.  It’s going to be so fun and I’m going to take lots of photos for ideas.

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I love the idea of a bay window over the kitchen sink to display all kinds of plants.


There are a lot of blackberries in the grocery store produce section now and I like the above idea for a salad using power greens.  They just added roasted pecans, pear and feta cheese.  Then an apple cider vinaigrette and then mixed it all up.

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I also saw a neat recipe for no bake energy bites.   They just put raw cashews, dried pineapple, unsweetened coconut and chia seeds in a food processor.  Then rolled that mixture into balls and rolled in coconut.  I pinned the recipe in my healthy recipes board on my Pinterest.  I like that combination and it makes a nice snack.


I like the above Poncho and ordered it on QVC home shopper.  It’s the Barefoot Dreams line and it’s perfect for travel.  Cozy, but not too heavy.  I’m thinking it would be perfect to wear to the Flower Show in Boston next week.  I’ll wear a long sleeve black cowel neck sweater under it or a turtle neck jersey depending on the weather.  The bus delivers you right up to the door of the flower show and it will be just right for the trip down and for wearing inside the huge building of the flower show.  Dressing in layers is always a good idea for New England weather.  You turn around and the weather changes.


And that is my ideas and inspirations for today.   Have a wonderful day!

St Patricks Day Inspirations


I saw the above little Leprechaun centerpiece for St Patrick’s day for an inspiration.  I thought that it would be really cute to use a candle holder and put those chocolate covered with foil gold coins in the bottom, use some shamrock stickers on the candle holder and put a little Leprechaun in it.

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I searched and found the above little Leprechaun on Amazon that would be perfect for the project.



I saw the above Shamrock shake that has Peppermint Schnapps in it.  But it also has coconut milk ice cream and coconut milk with green gel food coloring.  I think it would be fun to have and not all that fattening.

I searched and found some of those little containers like above ones  and found some on Amazon.  They always have those Shamrock plants in the grocery store in March.  Cute to put on the tablescape for St Patrick’s day.


I like the polkadot plates, the green placemats and the white candles in the above tablescape.  The green ribbon with a shamrock is cute for the napkin holders.  Also the cute containers with the chocolate-gold foil covered coins is a neat idea.



I like the above description of Irish.  A lot of Irish on my Dad’s side.  His mom was full Irish and his Dad’s Mom’s name was McKee which was also full blooded Irish.


A nice Irish breakfast is berry scones.  I put the recipe on my St Patrick’s day ideas on my Pinterest.


I found a recipe for corned beef and cabbage for the slow cooker that sounded easy and kind of good.  It was a Martha Stewart recipe.


And then a Guinness Chocolate Cheesecake. Yum!  I pinned the recipe in my St Patrick day ideas on my Pinterest.



An Irish Pub Salad would be fun to enjoy on St Patrick’s day.  The recipe included Tarragon dressing and I pinned it on my St Patrick’s day ideas on my Pinterest.  I also have a board on my Pinterest with some awesome Irish recipes.



I think the above Shamrock ribbon wreath is a cute idea.


I love the above sweater from L L Bean to wear for St Patrick’s day.


I like the above outfit idea.  Except the heel on that boot is a little extreme.


Those earrings are on HSN and I just love them.  They are perfect for St Patrick’s day.  I think they are in the Colleen Lopez’s collection.



I like Kate Middleton’s shawl that she wore for shopping.

kate's shawlThe pattern for that shawl is online and it says that it is easy to knit.  I pinned the link to it on my sewing and crafts board on my pinterest.


So stylish and classy.



And that’s my inspirations for St Patrick’s day which will be coming up in a few weeks.



Winter Soothers


It’s at the point where anything to soothe the horrible weather.  One day it’s cold, the next day it’s raining, the next day it’s snowing, then the day after that it’s a mix with freezing rain.  I think that the sun was out for a few minutes this morning.  Chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of Champagne.  Now that would make anything better.  Even horrible weather.


Maybe curl up by the fireplace with a good book and a hot toddy.  Escape reality for awhile.  The news is enough to make a saint want to scream and curse.


I don’t know about the strong part although to get this far I must be strong, but the little battered part fits.


In April the ice cream places open again. Another 5 weeks or so.  Why not have an ice cream cone right now.  Why not.


I love good luck symbols and I think the Le Creuset 4-leaf clover cocotte is a must have.  I just think it is too cute.  Even after St Patric’s day, it would be fun to use.  I could find all kinds of uses for it all year.


The above cheese board was made using products from Trader Joe’s.  The nearest Trader Joe’s from where I live is 100 miles away to Burlington or 100 miles away to Nashua, NH.


There is an Aldi’s in Keene, NH which is only about 30 miles or so away.  Aldi’s is owned by the same people as Trader Joe’s and has the same products.  I would love to get some of those products and make that cheese board.  That would liven up the dull winter that is getting a little much.

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I had a desk like the above in my room when I was a kid.  I loved it.  It was an antique and because my brother was power of attorney when my Mom passed, my sister-in-law either threw away everything or gave it away.  So the above desk reminds me of that desk and I would like to get it because it brings back memories of some happy times.  You would not believe where I found that desk, but it’s affordable and not an antique.  I love it.


I think that fondue is always fun.  Especially with a glass of wine.


I love the above bench to have near the front entrance.  I like everything about it.  The white color, the place to sit and take your boots or shoes off, a place to hang your jacket or shopping bag.  Little drawers for storage. ❤


I would love a door like the above for my laundry room. ❤

So those are the thoughts that take away winter blues for me anyways. 🙂

February <3

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Valentines Day is coming up in a few days.


How romantic would it be to have candles in the snow path leading to the front door.

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A romantic dinner for two with crystal glasses, red candles and fancy china.


Fig and goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with fennel and potatoes made in the heart shaped Le Creuset.

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I love the above ring with white and chocolate diamonds.


A new red top to wear.


A frosty tipped quarter zip pullover for him.  So that would be my idea for a very romantic Valentines day.

And then February is a cold, snowy month and ideal to have some sewing projects.  I took fashion and fabrics when I was in school for an extra class.  So I know the basics for sewing.



I love to sew and the above sewing table is from Walmart on line and I just think that it is a nice deal.  I have seen sewing tables that look just like it for hundreds of dollars more in price.  The sewing machine fits on that shelf in the middle when the table is not in use.  I have a beautiful sewing machine that would look beautiful with that table.


It’s just beautiful and folds up and out of the way when not in use.  I love the white one.


Anna Griffin had a chair something like the above but it’s no longer available.  I saw the above chair on Wayfair that has free shipping that looked like a perfect chair to have for that sewing table.  It has a French style look and it’s comfortable and sturdy.  It actually costs more then the sewing table.  But I just love the style.

So that is my inspirations for February.




February Days


We got about 8 inches of snow today.  I didn’t know if I could make it up my hill but I did and did not even slip once.  I have a light Prius that goes into totally stopping at the slightest sign of a slip going up a hill.   I did a “Hail Mary” and held my breath.  Nothing like having to back down a hill when it is slippery.  Worst possible nightmare.  Been there, done that and it was scary.  When I got home, I was just so relieved.


It really is pretty when it snows.  The wind wasn’t blowing and the snow was light and dry as well as powdery.  It would have been fun to go skiing today.  It would be really fun to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle that is good on bad weather roads and then the money for a lift ticket for the whole day.  This kind of snow is beautiful for skiing.  Especially when you go on an easy trail that goes out and around and isn’t steep.  The views from the top of the mountain are just breath taking.  Then to have on a neat pair of ski goggles that have a tint to them.  If I won powerball, I would get a Jeep with a ski rack and just enjoy every snow day to the fullest.  But I think that it’s over $65.00 a day for a lift ticket.  Maybe more, now.  When I worked at Okemo and got free skiing, I never took advantage of it once because I worked all the time and didn’t have the time.  Now I have the time and don’t have free skiing.  Isn’t life grand?!


The above is a jeep we saw at Killington.  That would be sooo fun to have.  Wow!  I love it.

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I picked up my calendar at the Walmart today.  It’s neat how you can make a calendar with any photos that you want.  I love my January photo.  It just makes me smile when I look at it.


And then to keep with the French theme of the day, I made a Paris Bistro Soup.  I used my Le Creuset pot and followed a recipe that I found on line.   I pinned the recipe on my French Recipes board on my pinterest.


It was snowing outside and I lit some candles and turned on my fireplace.  It was just cozy and just right for today.  I made a lot of soup from the Paris Bistro soup recipe and can have soup for lunch for a couple of days and freeze some for later.


The above cake is the one that you can make at Gesine Bullock-Prado’s cooking class that she has at her cooking school in Hartford, Vermont.  I would love, love, love to take one of her cooking classes.  They cost $85.00 a class.  In April she is having a cooking class for French Macarons.   I would love to take that class, also.


I like the above sweatshirt.   I like wine, but don’t really buy a lot of it.  Anything in moderation.  But have you seen those neat refrigerators that are just for wine.  They have the perfect temperature for wine.


In Vermont, the snow would chill the wine perfect.  Ha!




Wishing you a beautiful day!