Saturday, December 16, 2017

Snowy December at My Cottage

We have already had 3 snows in December. Nothing major yet and each one was easy to shovel and didn't require snowplowing the driveway. Yay! via

Easy Reindeer Cookies

These are all Rudolph cookies with his red nose. But you could do the other reindeer too using a raisin. They would be so cute left on Santa's plate as energy treats for the reindeer pulling his sleigh. via

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Living Christmas Card

This fabulous photo is perfect for adding your Christmas text in the snow. via

Greenwich Village 1827 Townhouse for Sale

Craft room with fireplace and dog bed in a Greenwich Village townhouse that is for sale. Before you get too excited and look at the other amazing rooms, be advised the price is in excess of eleven million dollars. See the listing here. It doesn't cost anything to look and you might get an idea or two for your own home.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beautiful Hoar Frost

Is there anything more beautiful than a good hoar frost? I think not. via

Sheepish Sheep and Hard Boiled Eggs

They look a little startled. I wish I could read their minds. The two sets of twins are adorable, aren't they?

I should have posted a photo with chickens for those of you who have an abundance of fresh eggs. Do you ever complain about how hard they are to peel when you hard cook them for deviled eggs or egg salad? I know it's a big problem. I just got an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker and have been playing around with it. I had been thinking about getting one ever since I listened to a segment on NPR with Melissa Clark, the NY Times Food columnist and cookbook author. So far I have made soymilk yogurt and garbanzo beans, starting out with dried ones that I soaked overnight. Both turned out wonderfully. I am excited about my quest to get maximum nutrition without adding cans and cartons to the landfill. The link above is just to show you the model I purchased. If you cook for a big family, you might need the 8 quart model. I also got Melissa Clark's cookbook for this device and a glass lid to turn it into a slow cooker. This is not a sponsored post. You can purchase from any seller you want.

Watch this video and see how easily the eggs peel. You don't save any time in the cooking process but will in the peeling process. I can't wait to try this. You can cook as many eggs as you like by piling them in a pyramid. Do you already have an Instant Pot? How do you like it? xo


Here's the link in case you cannot see the video.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bringing Home The Christmas Tree

What a Great Christmas animated gif. via

My Latest Christmas Find

I was out and about yesterday ducking in here and there and found this amazing old Mercury Glass Christmas tree on a tin base with a tin star at my favorite charity shop. I found the old glass votives there earlier this year. The Peace tray was a find at another shop last year. I put my feather tree in my kitchen this year and I'm liking it in the middle of my farm table but have yet to get a photo that does it justice. I'll keep trying and post one soon. My rosemary topiary is doing well as are all the cuttings from this mother plant that are getting quite mature. I love this type of indoor gardening for the winter. Today is the first really cold day and when I got up the thermometer was in the single digits. It has "warmed up" to 22° at 10:00 so I really can't complain. See you later. xo
I posted this on my Instagram yesterday if you want to take a peek at my feed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Stockings Are Hung

These stocking hooks are adorable and the mantel looks wonderful. A fireplace in the kitchen or dining room is always a wonderful thing. via

Stunning All Marble Bathroom

Image from Architectural Digest Photo by Simon Upton. Studio Peregalli Design.
This room is a masterpiece in every way. It's like a Roman Bath.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Stone Cottage: Highlands of Scotland

I adore this photo and would love to know more about this tiny Scottish Highlands Cottage with its stone steps and steep stone walls. The stone mason who constructed it certainly knew what he was doing, and it has stood the test of time. via

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Calligraphy Snowman

Walking in a Winter Wonderland via

First Snow 2017

It started snowing yesterday (Saturday) about 10:00 in the morning and continued all day and into the night. I think we got around 6 inches. I took this photo this morning just before 8:00 when the sun was just appearing from behind the clouds. The railing has already melted and the temperature is almost above freezing so the melting can begin. I am going to let Mother Nature do as much as she can before I get out my shovel. It's very peaceful and beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday morning and I'll see you later. xo

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Simplicity

I love the origami star. This little tree says Christmas Simplicity so very well. via

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Tree Grove with Snow

Snow expected overnight here with 2 to 4 inches tomorrow. I guess the snow down south is coming my way. via

Sheep and Lambs with Red Barn Door

Proud mama with her triplets. via

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stone Barn Converted to Guest Cottage and Library




All photos by Paul Massey
Wanting a place to display her treasured collection, Emma Burns, senior decorator at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, transformed a converted barn at her country home into a sitting-room-cum-guest-cottage full of hidden surprises and witty details...tour the inside here.

Christmas Decorations with Snow

This setting is wonderful. I love the door and the Christmas wreath. I don't understand the little garage for boots though. If you took them off before entering the house, what would you have on your feet? There is still a lot of snow before reaching the front door. via