Sugar Snow

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There is a wet, heavy snow right now that is pretty because it’s sticking to the trees.  My Mom used to call this kind of snow that is late in the season “sugar snow”.  It melts like sugar and it’s a spring type snow that falls during the maple sugaring season.

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I like Spring wreaths and the above wreath next to that color door just stands out.  So pretty.

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Kind of a neat idea for a laundry room.  I would want another shelf added for folding.  I love the color of the cabinets.  There is an Annie Sloan Chalk paint that is called “Duck Egg Blue” that looks like the color of the cabinets.  I love the farmers sink idea.

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I love the kitchen island idea with the contrast with the island and the white kitchen cabinets.  Neat place to store cookbooks and lots of work space.

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I love salads and a neat recipe is just arugula and shaved Parmesan with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.  Love it.  I put the recipe for the vinaigrette in my salads board on my pinterest.  I have 2 pinterest boards that happened when I used my ipad to get to pinterest.  They are both under Linda Tuttle.

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I love hanging water gardens.    They look so nice hanging in a window.

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They have all kinds of the hanging water gardens on hangingwatergardens.com.    They are from Vermont and were at the Boston Flower show this month.  I went online to their website and they had videos of the Flower show and even showed Boston Harbor.  It was almost like going to the flower show.  Loved it.

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They have neat spiral containers and they come with the plants.

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They really impressed me.  So beautiful.

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The above is the booth that they had at the Boston Flower Show.  So awesome.

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They had a tiny house display at the flower show and they had one of the water garden plants hung over the table like a chandelier.  So neat.

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The above is the outside of the tiny house.

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Love the little breakfast nook in the tiny house and the neat hanging water garden over the table.

 

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I love organizing ideas and the above tea holder caught my eye.  It’s on Amazon and I’m going to get it one of these days.

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I love the above coffee bar idea.  She used that Annie Sloan chalk paint “Duck Egg Blue”.

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Then for the top of the coffee bar table she used the above stencil that she got online.  She has all the information on artsychickstyle.com.  Awesome blogger.

I have not been tending to my blog over the last few weeks.  Everything happened at once to me and now I have a terrible cold.  It’s been one of the worst months of my life.

Feeling more like myself today except for the cold.

 

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First day of Spring

 

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Today is the first day of Spring and the Spring equinox.  Just the thought of the end of winter is refreshing.  Although I heard on the weather that there is going to be a brief Artic blast.

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The Crocus are so hearty that they come up through the snow.

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When I think of Spring, I think of lemons for some reason.  I saw the above Lemon Cheesecake Mousse which the recipe was in my Pinterest Spring ideas and it just made me smile.

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I like lemons anyways but this morning when the sun was just coming through my kitchen window and it was the first day of Spring the lemon on my kitchen counter just looked so sun-shiney and Spring like.  That lemon is the hugest lemon I ever saw. as I bought it in the local grocery store that is more expensive then where I usually shop and I wanted to get my moneys worth.  🙂  I like to have ice water with lemon in the morning before my coffee.

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I bought the Beekman Heirloom Dessert cookbook just to get the above Coconut Cake with lemon curd filling recipe.  It’s just like a must have recipe for Spring.

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I like cute Easter Bunny cupcake ideas that look very artistic but are easy to make.

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The above cupcake is so fancy looking but just using the right frosting tip for the swirl and buying the bunny and flower decoration looks really awesome and easy to do.

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I like the above toaster cover idea to have in the kitchen for morning break.

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Pussy Willows are a sign of Spring and I think that they look beautiful with Tulips or Daffodils.

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So the Spring Equinox is on the first day of Spring.  Have a wonderful Day!

Sunday

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I like the Le Creuset new limited edition pot they have that has a rose on it.  The color and pattern is kind of neat.

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The Le Creuset that I like the very best is the white one that has Bon Appetit written on it in red and the god knob which is also a limited edition.

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I like organizing ideas and the lazy susans are a neat idea for spices.  I like the pot holder on the inside of the cabinet door idea, also.

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The drawer dividers are a neat idea to store kitchen gadgets as it makes it organized and easy to find kitchen tools.

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Those drawers that pull out are really nice.  Keeps everything organized, easy to find and neat.

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I love closet organizers to make the most of spaces.

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A storage bench and basket are always a plus.

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A must have is an organized space for cleaning stuff.

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I like pantry organizing ideas.

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So many neat ideas.  I see ideas and sometimes find ways to use them here and there.

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I love Forsythia in the Spring.  The Faux Forsythia is awesome for Spring decorating.  I made a wreath for my front door years ago from Faux Forsythia and use it every year in the Spring.

It’s the first day of Spring in a few days.  Hope that it warms up soon and we don’t get any more snow storms.

Fun Friday

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We went down to Bernardston, MA on Friday which is just below the Vermont border.  We were a little early for supper, so we explored the area around Bernardston and drove up a mountain road.  There was a farm that had panoramic views that were just beautiful.  That must be the Berkshires in the distance.

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At that farm, they had cute little baby registered Holstein calves that each had their own little private hutch with a little fence.  They were very friendly and had little blue coats on and cute little pink noses.

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All along that mountain road, there were sap tubes connected to maple trees and big buckets to collect the sap for maple syrup.

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A lot of the farms had neat looking sugar houses to boil down the sap into maple syrup.  Lots of wood piled up outside the sugar houses to use for firewood for the boilers.

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Because Friday was St Patrick’s day, we stopped at the Four Leaf Clover restaurant and had our traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage.

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Because we spent so much time exploring the area, the Four Leaf Clover was packed with people and we had to wait in line for a table.  I liked the chalkboard in the hall that had the specials written on it.  I could not get a very good photo of it because there were too many people in line.

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But I stepped in front of some people for a few seconds and got the cutest part of the special board which was the 4-leaf clover and the cute Irish hat.

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We got a neat booth and I like the placemats that they have.

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I got the corn beef and cabbage which was fun to get on St Patrick’s day.  They also have home made rolls with are served warm with real butter and they just are wonderful.

While we were waiting in line, there was a couple in line in front of us that were the same age as us and we had fun talking with them.  Then another couple near our table where we were seated said that they go to the 4-Leaf Clover restaurant all the time as they live near there and that the restaurant also had a really nice breakfast.  Really nice people in that area and we just had a fun day.

 

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day

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I sometimes find four leaf clovers on my walks on the walking trail during the summer months.  The above 4-leaf clover took a nice photo with my cell phone case as the background.

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Cute Irish cupcake idea.  I love the green cupcake liner with the little belt idea.  The decorations are probably from a cake decorating web site.

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I love the above idea for a veggie tray for St Patrick’s day.

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I love the above idea for a centerpiece featuring a little captured Leprechaun.

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So delightful.

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A neat idea for the Shamrock shake.  I pinned the recipe on my St Patrick’s day ideas on my pinterest.

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Then a wrap using those spinach wraps is a cute idea for St Patrick’s day.

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I love the idea of a cozy tea on St Patrick’s day.

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If I could visit Ireland, I would want to buy some Waterford crystal and some Connemara marble.

Today on QVC, the special of the day is the above Waterford and Connemara marble Cylinder Hurricane Lamp.  So beautiful.

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Cute idea for candy kisses.  The “kiss me” format is a free printable from Pinterest.

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I love corn beef and cabbage for St Patrick’s day.  I like how the above plate of the Irish dish is arranged.

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I like the above antique good luck charm.  Triple good luck.

So I have a lot of Irish in me.  One of my grandmothers was full blooded Irish.  My grandfathers Mom’s maiden name was McKee and she was full blooded Irish.  My son named his youngest son’s middle name McKee.  Love it.

Have a fun and wonderful St Patrick’s day!

 

March 15, 2017

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Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake with cream cheese frosting sounds perfect for dessert on St Patrick’s Day.  I pinned the recipe on my St Patrick’s day ideas on my Pinterest.

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An Irish potato and cabbage dish called Colcannon which is sort of like Bangers and Mash was on my facebook feed today from George Hirsh.  I pinned the recipe on my St Patrick’s Day ideas board on my Pinterest.

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A really neat pie place in northern Vermont called Poorhouse Pies has a winter stand that is self serving for their pies.  Two women that are former Chefs make the pies.

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When there are pies in there, they put up the “yup” sign.

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In the summer, they have their regular pie stand that has a refrigerator inside.

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One chef specializes in cream pies and the other chef specializes in two crust pies.

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They really know what they are doing and I know where they worked as chefs and found some of their recipes for their pies on the websites where they worked.  They definitely will not give out their recipes if you ask them.

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On Sundays on special holidays and stuff they sometimes make donuts.  The donuts are out there early in the morning and the lines start and the donuts are gone within a short time.

I figured out where they might have gotten their recipes from or a close match searching and searching on the web for their ideas on wonderful donuts.

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They said that they can’t give out recipes because they make pies in bulk and their recipes are for making a lot of pies at once.

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The Pioneer Woman has got a new line of Spring dinnerware on line at the Walmart.  I don’t know if they are in the stores yet or not.  I like the colander that she has for washing berries.  I have a small colander I love for rinsing berries but the above colander would be cute to have.

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I like mason jars and the above idea was to use McCormic food coloring in the water to make plain mason jars have a color.  You can get that food coloring on Amazon.

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Cut out cookies are so fun to make.  The above are cute ideas for Easter to personalize cookies.

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I like the above decorating idea for Spring.

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Although it doesn’t look much like Spring in Vermont after the blizzard we got this week.  When I went out to clean my car off, the snow went up to my hips on one side of the car where the wind drifted the snow.  The skiers love it.  It’s a light powdery snow.

And that’s my thoughts for this cold day in March.

 

 

 

 

Snow Day

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It’s like a blizzard out there today.  The visibility is bad and even the snowplow almost got stuck plowing the deep snow out here today.  Spring is only a few weeks away and we get  a snowstorm like this.

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I knew it was going to be a bad day today so I picked up the above Daffodil plant to bring a little sunshine into the day.

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They have Spring styles out everywhere now.  I guess the style this Spring is the “cold shoulder” look and prints.

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I like the above supplies closet idea.  Perfect to store the vacuum cleaner, paper towels, cleaning supplies, brooms and mops.  Love it.

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I also love the above idea for a pantry door. So organized and it would be easy to find the exact spice that you need and a handy place to store aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

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I really like Kale Salads.  I put the recipe for the above salad in my Salads board on my Pinterest.

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I love the cauliflower that is chopped up to look like rice that is in the freezer sections of the grocery store now.  They have one that has peas and carrots in it also.  I love the stir fry idea and I tried adding it to a veggie soup and loved how it turned out.

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I love salad ideas.  They are healthy and you can make up any kind of salad from what is in the fridge.

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I love the scalloped potato with caramelized onion with gruyere cheese idea that was on Sur la table.  I’m going to try to make that before Easter for a trial run to see if it comes out good.

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I love the above 1929 Good Housekeeping magazine cover.  Also love the price of the daffodils.  Wouldn’t it be nice if prices stayed the same and wages went up.

And that’s my thoughts for this snowy day in March.