February <3

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Valentines Day is coming up in a few days.

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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.

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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.

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A new red top to wear.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

 

 

 

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February Days

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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Wishing you a beautiful day!

 

February Ideas

 

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I love jewelry anyways and the above ring is just perfect for Valentines day.  It is from the Grace Kelly collection on QVC and looks like a real ruby and diamonds, but it is just a replica of the real thing.  I think that it is just beautiful.

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Then there are earrings to match. So elegant.

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The bracelet is just plain and totally very beautiful.

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And then the necklace takes it over the top.  The whole set was on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine at one time and it was the replica, not the real one.  That’s how beautiful it is.  It was all on easy pay and reasonable prices at one time on QVC.  I love it for valentine’s day.  And it could have all gotten home for an unbelievable low price.  But who wants to pay that price for several months.  Actually I would if I could.  But I have bills that come first.  Oh well.

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Just the ring and earrings with the above sweater would be fun to wear.

I like red anyways and the above V-neck sweater is perfect for February.  I like the style of it.

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The heart shape Le Creuset and the matching cocottes were on special with free shipping and $20.00 off the regular price.  Now it’s $14.00 shipping and the $20.00 added.  I was going to grab that offer when it was on special but could not swing it.  So cute to have and especially for Valentine’s Day.  I hate budgets.

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There are all kinds of cute recipes for those cute shaped Le Creusets.  I liked the Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto recipe for the big heart Le Creuset and the Melting Hearts Chocolate Cakes for the cocottes.  If nothing else, I saved the recipes on my Le Creuset Pinterest board.

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Then they had a terrycloth robe that had the cutest fur trim that was soft and looked rich like mink.

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It even had a monagram initial of your choice.  How luxurious and fun is that?

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Nordstrom had ideas for Valentine’s day like the above Cocoa Chanel parfume.  Wow, how nice.

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And then the pure silk “Slip” pillow case at Nordstrom.  I have read that a silk pillow case prevents wrinkles in the skin.  Also it prevents hair from going flat.

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I love scarfs.  And the above scarf is so stylish.

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Then with the middle of winter weather, wouldn’t it be nice to just go and make over the “boudoir”!

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I can’t do a lot of the above, but still love the ideas.  But I love anything French and especially Paris.  So I made myself a calendar on line from Walmart for just $10.00.  The above is the cover photo that I put on it.  I had some beautiful photos of all four seasons of Paris.  I just love it.

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Winter………so magical.

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Spring…….ohhh la la!  Se se bon!

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And a summer picnic.  So fun to make that calendar.  I had a ton of photos and could only use 12 photos.  That was a Valentine’s gift for myself.  A neat calendar for my office.  It cheers up every day of the year.

I’ve always loved nice things.  But reality is that even a replica of nice things is sometimes not feasable and can be selfish to want.  But I always find ways around to just enjoy life anyways.  Little simple pleasures here and there.  Why not.

Garden Plans and Ideas

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You know those fancy salads where they have edible flowers on them?  Well the Johnny Scheepers website has collections of seeds that you can buy for around $20.00 for each collection.  The above collection is the Edible Flower Garden Collection.  He has special collections that have free shipping, also.  Can you just imagine those flowers in a kitchen garden?  I love it!

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Then there were 2 herb garden collections that sounded neat.

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The French Garden collection had shallets in it.  Can you imagine feeling like a French chef to have all those garden fresh ingredients to cook with?  I love it!

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There was a “Happy Baby Garden” collection with baby beets, baby carrots etc.

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Then there was a Spring Greens collection that would be so fun to have for salads.

There was a Pumpkin Patch, Italian Fall Garden, Sunny yellow/orange flower garden, butterfly flower garden, bouquet flower garden, cottage flower garden and a ton more.  I wanted them all, actually.

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They offered a free Valentine gift bag with each collection that you ordered.  I think that it would be fun to order at least a couple of collections.  A valentines gift for oneself.  Why not.  The French Garden collection with Julia Child’s Mastering French Cooking cook book would be an ultimate gift.  So awesome just the thought of it.

I found Johnny Sheepers garden seeds from the Martha Stewart website a few years ago.  She uses those seeds in her gardens and I ordered a catalog and also several other catalogs from seeds that she has for her gardens.

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I just love all kinds of garden ideas.

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I saw the above soup recipe that sounded really good.  I love the bowtie  pasta and artichokes idea in the soup.

Farmhouse Rules

The Food network’s Farmhouse Rules with Nancy Fuller had some interesting healthy recipes last week.  I put the link on my Farmhouse Rules board on my Pinterest.

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I would love a chicken coop with a few chickens and have farm fresh eggs.

And that’s my thoughts for today.

 

 

 

January fantasies

 

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The above house is everything I love.  It was for sale and then it went off the market for some reason.  But the view and the style is just awesome.

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That house has the above little breakfast nook which I love.  To make it my complete dream home, I would put a crystal chandelier and a white french style round table and chairs.

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I would remodel the kitchen to my Martha Stewart Seal Harbor kitchen that can be bought at Home Depot.

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I would remodel the master bedroom bathroom to a luxury bath.  Complete with a glassed in shower that was marble and a rain shower.

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I would have the dining room furnished like the above for fun family gatherings for holidays and special occasions.

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I love the idea of a little elegant office with a French style desk and chair.

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I would make the laundry room remodeled to look like the above.

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I would create a French kitchen garden with herbs and everything for salads.

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I would create a secret garden for outdoor dining in the summer.

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I would put in a pond and a gazebo and a pond.

 

 

 

 

 

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I would add a pantry.

And with all that, it makes some nice pipe dreams for a cold winter day.

The house had a really reasonable price on it and if like as little as $40,000.00 was put into it, you could have all that for $300,000.00.   Now after the remodeling and little touches to make it your own, it would be exactly as your own taste would be.  But that would be my taste.

Because I had a real estate license, I know location is everything.  It has to be near work where you could get a good income to pay for it or near skiing or some attraction.  That house is not in that location.  And that is why it is off the market and why it is at such a reasonable price in my opinion.   The resale value would be less then you paid for it. Where as in the right location, you would double your investment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 24, 2018

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This week has been in the 30’s mostly.  A couple of foggy days, a little snow and some freezing rain.  The ice got broken up in the rivers because of rain and some areas got flooded from back up of the rivers.

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The covered bridge between Windsor, VT and Cornish, NH was closed and the road on the NH side was flooded.

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I have been enjoying Craftsy on line classes and have access to 3000 of their classes with their Craftsy Unlimited deal.  I only have to pay $15.00 a month or $125.00 for a year.  Just one of their classes is usually about $45.00 or so and sometimes they can be about $19.00.  And yesterday I found a class on French Madeleines and Macarons which was really fun for me because I love anything French.

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The class showed step by step instructions on how to make Lemon Madeleines.  I have a Madeleine pan and have been wanting to make some of those delightful little creations.

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They also made Mocha Madeleines.  They are called a cookie but they are almost like a shell shaped little sponge cake.  I just love them.  It’s like something out of a French Pastry Shop.  They have class materials that have all the recipes and tips that can be printed out that goes along with the video class.  I just love it because, to me, it’s like going to Culinary School.

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There was also a Craftsy blog that showed how to write fancy on a chalkboard.   Then I found an art journal class and a class on rubber stamping.  I love it.

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I watched Nancy Fuller with her Farmhouse Rules program today on the Food Network and saved the above recipes on my Farmhouse Rules Pinterest board.  I also printed the recipes out because they were all very healthy recipes.  The Chocolate Nut bars were just cashews and some trail mix with coconut oil and honey.  Plus coconut oil and dark chocolate melted together for a glaze.   No sugar.  The roasted Veggie salad had goat cheese in it and a really neat dressing idea.  The blueberry smoothie had milled flaxseed and yogurt and chia seeds along with the blueberries.   And I think Almond milk.  The salmon really looked and sounded good to me.  The Chicken-veggie soup had beef bone broth in it and she made her own bone broth.  I think that this was one of my favorite cook shows in awhile.  All the recipes are on the Food Network website, also.

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Valentines day is in a few weeks.  The above inspiration for a tablescape is one that I found on a blog a few years ago.  I like the red crystal goblet and the crystal water glass.  I like the red candles and the little white tea light candles.  The little Raspberry Heart cakes are really cute.

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I pinned the recipe on my Valentines board on my Pinterest.

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The Wilton heart pan is on Amazon.

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Every year I want to get the heart shape Le Creuset.  But I never do.   So cute.   On the Le Creuset website they have a recipe for Fig and Goat cheese Stuffed chicken Breast with Fennel and Potatoes for a recipe for that heart shape pot.  So cute for Valentines day.

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I like the above idea for a chest of drawers for a sewing room.  I love the color of it, the oval mirror and the carved wood.

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I like the above colors for paint.  Especially the Sea Salt color.

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I also love the above idea for a mudroom.

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Over and out from chilly Vermont.

Inspirations and Ideas

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I made a Taco Salad today from an old recipe that I had from a Suzanne Somers cook book.  I pinned the recipe on my Salads board on my Pinterest.  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef.  It was OK but the salsa that I put on it was too hot.  I’ll use a mild salsa next time.  And I grated the cheddar using a too fine grater.  I’ll use a bigger blade grater next time.  I used iceburg lettuce instead of Romaine because there is some kind of problem with Romaine right now.  I also used the 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne that the recipe called for.  Next time I will just use a pinch of the Cayenne.

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I was trying to find a good yoga DVD and I considered the above.  But I decided that I would just use my worn out Yoga VHS tape that I have.  It’s just 15 minutes each day and that’s all I really want to do on yoga.  I can’t stand long, drawn out yoga that goes on and on.  I am going to have my old favorite VHS tape copied over and have it copied over onto a DVD.

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I have a yoga mat, but I think that I will order the above mat on Amazon.  It’s thicker then the mat that I have and I just like it.

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I like the “namaste” rock idea for the garden.

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I read the book “Think and Grow Rich” way back.   I also read the “Power of Attraction” which is the same idea of positive thinking.  And then I read “The Secret”.  Same as all the books which is the idea of if you think you can or you think you can’t, that is what will be.

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I like the above inspiration to reduce stress.

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I think that the “bad hair day” snowman above is cute.

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A real Vermonter can pronounce Montpelier correctly and also with a French accent.  🙂

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A lot of the ski mountains now have snow tubing trails to use as an option to have fun.

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I really like Le Creuset pots and I bought myself the above Le Creuset 4 1/2 quart pot.  Plus it came with the silicone trivet that is a plus.  I like the above pot because it is perfect to make a stir fry as well as soup or a pot roast.

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I like using the slow cooker and saw the above idea of putting together the ingredients for crock pot recipes and sealing them up in bags for the freezer.   Then all the prep work is done and you just dump the ingredients in the crock pot for fix it and forget it.  I pinned the above recipe ideas for freezer bags in my “freezer meals” board on my Pinterest.  I think it was 10 ideas.

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I like Shepherds Pie or Cottage Pie and found several good sounding recipes for them and pinned the recipes on my Casseroles board on my Pinterest.  I bought a single portion frozen Cottage Pie in the grocery store in the freezer section and was disappointed at how little mashed potato there was with it.   I mean dime thin.   I like to make Shepherds Pie the way my Mom did and she used to put cream corn in hers and she wasn’t stingy with the mashed potatoes.

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Gesine Bullock Prada has a recipe for baked cider donuts that sound really good.  They have those donut pans to bake donuts in at King Arthur Flour and they can be ordered in their catalog or on line.  I’ve been wanting to get one of those pans.  I pinned the recipe on my Gesine recipe board on my Pinterest.  It’s also on the food network web page on Gesine’s Baked in Vermont.

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I saw a neat idea for using an old wine bottle.  I wonder how they cut the bottle out like that, though.  I have a neat blue wine bottle but you must have to buy a bottle all cut out to make that planter.  I would think that if the hubby took it in his shop and used one of the power tools on it to cut it, but I think it would break.

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I like the above house.  It reminds me of a friend I once had that had a house that looked just like the above.  They had views of several mountain ranges.

And that is my inspirations and ideas for today.  It’s way late and I have to call it a day.  Good night all.