Design and Ideas

Everyone has different taste.  I like classic and the 30’s and 40’s era were a facinating time.  I also loved the 60’s.  My parents grew up in the 30s and 40’s.  I grew up in the 60’s.  My children grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and my grandchildren are in the 2018’s.  I guess that dates me.   I don’t have a lot of time left.

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I love the 1932 Ford Roadster with the rumble seat.  My Dad had one similar to that and I love the looks of it.  My aunt Marion has a photo of her in a fur coat sitting in the rumble seat.  So he had that car before he even met my Mom.   I love it.  If I ever won the lottery, I would buy a restored 1932 Ford Roadster.  I would take it for rides on Sunday on country roads and get an old fashioned creemee, which is a softserve ice cream cone,  for along the way.

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I saw the movie “The Notebook” the other night.  It made me cry that there is such love in the world.  I was never privilaged enough to have that kind of love.  But it was so beautiful to see.  I got dumped by my husband in the 1980’s.  So my true love was not that.  And I mean dumped.  Like I was nothing.  And I really do not think that I deserved the life that I was struggled in after that.  But that is the real world.


My husband had a 1965 white Pontiac GTO.  It was car of the year that year.  And it was leather seats, a hurst shift and all chrome inside the hood.   Beautiful car.  Those were the fun times.


My grandparents had a farmhouse that was totally facinating to me as a kid.  This Craftsbury Cottage from Yankee Barn homes is what I would have built to enjoy my retirement.  I would love gatherings with my children and grandchildren in a place like that.



I would have Martha Stewart’s kitchen from the Home Depot.  Because I really love to cook and bake.  I hate to be narcisstic and be all about I, but this is my taste I am writing about.  Some people would like a different kind of kitchen.


The above is my dream laundry room.  That is the exact design that I love.


A beautiful outside area where you could have an outside tea party.  I love the pink Hydrangas.  I think blue and white Hydrangas are gorgeous, also.


A garden with little garden paths would be a design to work on.

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So many ideas.


The above is my next dream house that would be near the ocean.  That would be the winter getaway in a warmer climate.


The above would be the design of the kitchen.


It would have a sewing and craft room designed like the above.

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An office with a desk like the above.


I love the design of the coffee barista above.  Because I love coffee.

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The car that I love would be the Toyota Lexus RX 350.

So that is what I love.  To have all that is not in the stars for me.


I enjoy country roads in the summer and the beauty of orange lillies along the road.


Walks along the walking trail and just enjoying life and appreciating what I have.

But I still like what I like and it’s been quite a journey.




Amazing Time of Year


I just love this time of year.  Each season has it’s pros and cons, but this time of year is just beautiful.  The grass is really green, the new leaves on the trees are such a pretty green color.

The above photo was taken through the windshield of my car.   I love Mt Ascutney and this view of the mountain from the NH side of the Connecticut River is just awesome.  You would have to be there to really see how pretty it is.  Even on a kind of overcast day, it’s just beautiful.

I had to go to West Lebanon, NH because I ordered something at Michaels Craft online and instead of paying shipping, I went to the nearest Michaels store and picked it up.  So fun to get out and enjoy such a beautiful day. ❤


I stopped at a couple of Farm Greenhouses along the way.  Some of the flowers that they have are just so awesome.  The above pink Iris caught my eye.


Then the lavender was next to the pink Iris’s right where you park your car to browse through and around lots of Greenhouses.  Plants and beautiful flowers everywhere.


Hanging Geraniums in every color as well as every plant you can think of. ❤


The most vibrant red Geraniums were irrisistable.  I had to buy one and I just love it.


I also bought the above plant because it is just easy care and grows and grows like an ivy.


They had part of a Greenhouse just full of Succulent plants and some of them were in cute containers.  All reasonably priced.


I loved everything about that place.  So fun to visit.


Then I took a side road that had a sign pointing to Maple Creamees and I came upon a new set of Greenhouses that I never visited before.  They were about a mile down a windy country road along the Connecticut River and it was called Edgewater Farm.

There were lots of Greenhouses and I enjoyed browsing.


I liked all their displays and beautiful plants.


The Creamee place on that road was closed.  But I just went to my favorite Creamee place and treated myself to a Maple Creamee.   Believe it or not, that is a small Creamee in the above photo.  So fun and it was a fun treat after a long day of being out and about.

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On the way back I passed one of my favorite covered bridges with Mt Ascutney in the background.  It was an overcast day, but still very pretty.


I found a really neat mirror that I have been wanting for a long time.  I just love it as it looks like a window.


I also found a really cute stepping stone that I really love.


Vermont is really pretty and there is a mountain top skyline toll road drive on Rt 7A between Manchester and Arlington that has awesome views.  There is even places to stop and have a picnic while enjoying the views.

Hoping you all are enjoying the beautiful weather that is pretty much everywhere this time of year.

Inspirations for Summer


The above is my inspiration garden.  I love everything about it from the brick pathways to the separate sections and the awesome garden shed.  Plus the octagon shape middle with the planter.


Another inspiration is blue Hydrangas and an arch gate with climbing roses.  Just so old fashioned and just elegant.  They never go out of style.



I think that climbing roses are just beautiful.


I love window boxes also.  The way the roses climb onto roofs is mostly where they get a lot of salt air and are near the ocean I think.  But I just love the way they look.




I love Geraniums this time of year.  They blossom all summer and are just beautiful.


I found the above recipe that making the Geraniums bloom.


I love the idea of an afternoon tea party.  I saw the above for inspirations on what to have.  I like the tea sandwiches, the sponge cake and fancy little tidbits.

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Having a tea party out in a flower garden setting is the utmost inspiration.  I love the round table and the pretty tablecloth.  Also the pretty tea set and the white chairs.


I love the idea of a sponge cake.  It’s so Victorian and just elegant.  I pinned several recipes for sponge cake on my cake board on my Pinterest.


Strawberries just add to the elegance.  I love it when the local strawberries are available.  It’s usually only for a few weeks.


Fancy cupcakes and macarons are always neat inspirations.


I love the Royal Dalton tea set patterns.  So very beautiful.


I think that it would be really fun to go to a Tea House and have afternoon tea, also.


I really like the above inspiration for a patio.


I would love to have an apple tree that had blossoms in the Spring.  Just the ultimate.


Another inspiration is the arched gate and beautiful tulips that adorn each side of the gate in the Spring.

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The ultimate summer inspiration is to visit Nantucket Island which is 30 miles out to sea.  The above shows Brandt Lighthouse that you see when you come into the island by the Ferry.  I love the grey cedar shingles on all the houses.  The salt air makes the Nantucket grey color.


I like the bench and the hooks to hang hats, shopping bags and things right by the door.  I would just put a cushion on the bench.

And that is my inspirations for the end of May.



May Inspirations


I love the color of new Spring leaves on the trees.  The above is a route that I take when I go grocery shopping.  It goes along the Connecticut River and just pretty views all along the way.  I like to go shopping in New Hampshire.  For an example, I save around 11 cents a gallon on gas for my car.  Everything in New Hampshire is tax free where as Vermont is all about taxes.  Plus everything in groceries is on the average a dollar less then Vermont prices.  We live right across the river from New Hampshire.  The Connecticut River separates New Hampshire from Vermont.  I could go up the interstate and cross over, but I like the old route 5 on the Vermont side and sometimes I cross over and go on rt 12 on the NH side.


The apple blossoms are out now and just so beautiful.  I took the above photo on Mothers Day last Sunday.


I happened to stop into TJ Max and saw the above napkins and I just had to buy them.  So Spring like and they look really nice in my napkin holder.


I just had a craving for pizza yesterday.  I don’t need the carbs from the crust so I happened to see a cauliflower crust pizza in the frozen foods.  The crust is made from riced cauliflower and eggs hold it together along with brown rice flour and yeast.  It was just like regular pizza crust.  Probably almost as fattening, but I had to try it and it was really good.


I sliced up a mushroom and some red onion to put over it to add a little something-something plus sea salt and fresh ground pepper and a little olive oil.  Then I put some shaved parmesan over it.  I used my Le Creuset oval caslerole dish to bake it in and it fit perfect for half the pizza.  I saved the other half in the freezer for another day.  I didn’t feel guilty for having pizza, anyways.  And it was good with a salad made with power greens and a nice glass of white wine.


I like those little 15 oz Le Creuset stoneware caserole dishes.  They are just right for individual Shephards pies or macaroni and cheese.


They also have a 15 oz round stoneware Le Creuset.  The 8 oz cocotte that they have is way too small.  But the 15 oz cocotte is really hard to find.  They sold out on HSN except for the flame color.  I guess some are on wait list.  They look just like the regular Le Cruesets only in stoneware and the cocotte size.  I like the Provence color for Spring.  They are also fun to use as soup bowls.


I need to get my hair cut and I like the above length and also the way it has like beach waves.  I don’t like the middle part, but I like a side part with the bangs on both sides just a little below or right to the cheek bones.


For fashion finds, it looks like those cape like tops that kind of drape down are in style this Spring.  And flower material seems to be in.


I got the 3 week yoga retreat DVDs.  Even with blocks to help, it definitely is not for beginner yoga.  I struggled with it and got through 4 days.  It got a little easier as I went along.  Very little easier.


I saw the above yoga outfit that might be fun to have.  I like the grey leggings and the cute halter top along with the over top.  I have some cute yoga outfits to make the yoga tolerable.  Plus I have a nice yoga mat, blocks and a stretch band.  The yoga retreat comes with a recipe book and you are supposed to do clean eating and a half hour of yoga 5 days and then weekends a little less.  Not fun in my opinion.  I’ve had to start over twice now.  It’s all about breathing and all kinds of core, stretch, flow stuff.  I’d really rather go for walks and do pilates with my Malibu Pilatis chair or use my stretch DVD if I have to do a half hour of exercise every day.  But I will try and do the 3 weeks.  The first instructor for the first week is horrible in my opinion.  Even if you use blocks.


I saw a recipe for a Coconut Chai Smoothie that sounded good.  It has a cup of chai tea, cooled, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup vanilla coconut milk and 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt.  Then it has 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and ice and blended in a blender.

It had CocoWhip and toasted coconut to garnish.  I would just use Coolwhip myself.

I bought myself a “binto-box” like the above.  Mine is green.  I love it to pack a little lunch for this summer to go to the beach.  Neat to put in a cooler.


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On Lake Champlain up in Burlington, you can go on a sunset cruise in a sail boat.  Sounds very romantic to me and also quite an adventure.

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They also have a day cruise and you can see the mountains of New York on the other side of the lake.

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Wow, sure looks like fun to me.

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Sometimes groups go on the cruise and have a party.


Have you seen how Meghan Markle made Barefoot Contessa’s Engagement Chicken the day Prince Harry proposed to her?  I put the recipe in my Barefoot Contessa board on my Pinterest.  It must be really good roast chicken.  It looks like it has potatoes and carots roasting with it, but on the recipe I saw they were sides.  There must be more versions of the recipe.


What a neat idea to have smoothies all prepped and in the freezer.    Just throw them in a blender with a base.

Well, that is my inspirations for today.  Beautiful day here with temps in the 70’s.  The lilacs are also starting to come out.  Love it.


Mothers Day and More


King Arthur Flour in Norwich has a really neat idea for Mothers Day.  It’s called Mothers Day Retreat with Farmhouse Pottery.  It says that it’s the sweetest way to bond.  You treat your mother to a day of artisan crafts and delicious food.  You start the day off at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, where you’ll learn to make a fruit tart (in an exclusive farmhouse Pottery heart-shaped dish).  Then you enjoy a catered lunch at King Arthur Flur before heading to Woodstock for the afternoon to learn the old world craft of wheel throwing from the experts.  You’ll make your very own Farmhouse Pottery vase – perfect for showcasing spring blooms.   I love it!

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I think that the recipe that they use is Cherry Crostata because I found that recipe on the Farmhouse Pottery website.  I pinned it on my Pie board on my Pinterest.  I don’t have a Mom anymore and the retreat is out of my price range.   But I love that tart idea and it looks super simple to make.  I don’t know how they could make a vase in one afternoon because I think it has to be dried for a couple of days and everything, but I don’t know.  I would rather just buy one at their Woodstock pottery place myself.  They use a special clay and they have a half wreath insigna that goes on it.  I just love their pottery.  As far as I can figure, that tart dish is their 5 inch candy dish that is heart shaped.  It costs $52.00 on their website.


Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock is just awesome.

But I just love everything King Arthur Flour does.  I love that place.


I love banana bread and King Arthur Flour has Whole-Grain Banana Bread as their 2018 Recipe of the Year.   They have the recipe on their website and they have ideas on how to make the recipe your own by adding and substituting ingredients.  You choose from their ideas and then the recipe is fixed for perfect measurements for what you choose to make the recipe come out perfect for you.   Then when you print it out, it has a title of “My Banana Bread”.   I love it.


My sister used to make banana bread from the recipe on Bisquick.  It had walnuts in it and was moist and just really good.  I put that recipe on my breads board on my Pinterest.


One of my favorite fashion bloggers had the above dress to wear for a Spring wedding.   I think it would be nice to wear for Mothers Day also.  I like the style of it.


She wore the above necklace with the dress.


And she used the above purse.  So Spring like and in fashion.


The dress also came in a sea green color which is so cute.


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I like Macarons.  Can you imagine Strawberry-Champagne Macarons?  Yum!  Actually any kind of Macaron is just a treat.


I like the Pioneer Woman new Spring line of dinnerware at the Walmart.  It’s affordable and so cute.

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I like the pasta bowl, also.  It’s perfect for salads as well as pasta.


I have Pioneer Woman’s jars in my pantry.  I put them on a lazy susan and put different kinds of nuts in them.  I have walnuts, almonds, California blend and sunflower seeds.  The jars are inexpensive and just look so cute.


I have a neat pantry, but nothing compared to the above pantry.  I love the wine cooler, the neat handles on the drawers, the warming oven and the neat coffee maker that makes lattes.  And the white cabinets and subway backsplash.  Plus the hardwood floor.  The shelves on three sides with room for everything.  Totally awesome.


I have a beautiful bike and there is a bike trail near where I live that goes along the river.  I have to start riding the bike more now that the weather has finally stopped snowing.  Unbelievable winter we had this year.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 80 degrees.  It could snow the day after in this area.   You never know.

Anyways it’s a nice day today.  Hope you are enjoying your day.




Spring Inspirations


I saw the above mug and thought that it was just beautiful.  The little sparkly tea infuser is just a fun touch.


And then what is more Spring then a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.   I put the recipe on my pie board on my Pinterest.


Vanilla ice cream with the Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  Yum!  I like the crystal serving dish also.


Today on QVC, Valarie Bertinelli had a set of serving bowls.  I love the yellow bowls.  So cute and they were on easy pay of just $9.00 a month for 3 months.  I mean what a find.  Such a nice touch to add to the kitchen.  She said they were like kitchen jewelry.

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The inside pattern was just so Italian Tuscany and the braid around the top and handles.  I just love them.

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Then Valarie had a bakeware set complete with trivets.  I just loved that set.  The set came in several colors, but I just love the yellow.  She designed the sets.


I could just see making some lasagna in that baking pan.  I love it.  Then she said that she made banana bread in that bread pan.


I like the ideas on my Instagram and the above containers for the fridge are awesome.  I have the egg container and one for my salad greens.  I’d like to get a couple more containers because they really work in keeping produce fresh.

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I like the Pioneer Woman line of dishes.  The sugar bowl and tea-pot has been at the Walmart this last summer and also that little braided place mat.  I love the napkins and have several sets of them.  I also have that little cow creamer which is just too cute.  And I own that little plate which I love.


I love those fancy cakes that you make in a bunt pan.  King Arthur Flour has a recipe on it’s website for the above Orange Pound Cake with Bourbon Glaze.  Yum!


And if Valarie Bertinelli didn’t have enough to tempt people to buy on QVC today, she had a line of her own wine that she went to a California Vineyard and made up blends herself that would go good with food.  A Chardonnay, a Rose, a Cabernet and another Italian one that I never heard of but sounded awesome.


The above photo is a photo of the Vermont side looking over Lake Champlain to the New York Aidirondak mountains.  So beautiful.  I went to school up in Burlington which overlooks Lake Champlain, many years ago, and I will always remember how clean the air was and how beautiful the views of Lake Champlain were.  It’s actually one of the most beautiful places in Vermont.

And that’s my thoughts for today.  Have a beautiful day!


Friday Fantacies


I would like a nice Latte this morning, but will settle for my regular coffee that I make.  At least it’s dark roast Starbucks.  I love how they make that heart with the froth from the machine.  It’s very easy to do and looks so fancy.   You just need a coffee machine that has the milk frother on it.  On youtube there are several videos that show how they make all kinds of patterns on the coffee.


I love anything French and I love dinnerware.  In my Email this morning I got the link to a sale that Sur la table has on their website for almost half price on a lot of Jacque Pepin dinnerware.  Really, really good deals and if you spend over $59.00 it’s free shipping.  I saw some really must haves but will have to pass on them from the budget already over taxed.

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The above cute mug is usually $20.00 and is on sale for $9.99.  So precious and kind of a keepsake from one of my favorite French cooks.  Jacque Pepin designed the whole line of his dinnerware.


Then Jacque Pepin copper cookware.  So professional and so very beautiful.  I think that if I could get just one item of it I might choose the covered sautee pan.   Then that Staub enamel covered pot with the rooster nob.  It’s just so French and so cute to have for the kitchen.  I love the burgandy color of it, also.

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I love the cute potholder that is half price on their sale.

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The salt and pepper shakers are just plain adorable.  They are half price also.

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Then the pasta bowls.  I just love them.  They are on sale for $49.00 for four of them.   I think that regulary they are about $30.00 for one.  Nice deal.

For what I could possibly swing would be the mug, the pot holder and the salt and pepper shakers.   Then I have a code for 20% off for one which would cover the shipping.  The code is 4C2NBX78FB which I don’t know how long will work and I would use that because I can not afford to spend over $59.00 to get free shipping.  But if you spend $59.00 you can take 20% off the most expensive item which is cool and get free shipping.  I just love sales.   Love, love, love them.  Especially at Sur la table.

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The chicken, wine and mushrooms in the above photo is like my best fantacy.  Love it.


And then a fantacy for summer would be a pizza oven.  Wouldn’t that be fun to have!


And then grill like you mean it with a really neat grill for summer.

It has been one chilly and cloudy day every day for quite a while now.  This time of year really is the pits.  So I have to think of fun things to cheer up unreal weather in this area.

And that is my thoughts for the day from a hurting soul stuck in Vermont April weather.  It’s kind of fun to go shopping on the internet.  What a fun escape.