Winter Mantel: Candles and Nature

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, my house was looking cold and barren. I thought about what I could do to cozy things up and decided to create a winter mantel. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers was on the same wavelength. She organized a small group of bloggers to all share our winter mantels today. (This post contains affiliate links.)  If you're coming here from Blesser House ... welcome!  I love Lauren's beautiful … [Read more...]

Where’s My Christmas Snow?

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I'm definitely not a winter person. I like butterflies and warm breezes with the sun on my face. But when it comes to Christmas, it might as well snow so you get the full, magical effect of the holiday season. The forecast isn't showing much hope for Christmas snow between now and Christmas Day, so I thought I'd find a few snowy scenes over at Houzz to enjoy. Traditional Exterior by West Hartford Home Builders … [Read more...]

Maple Snow Recipe

While most of our country is still in the iron grip of Old Man Winter's clutch and everyone is bemoaning the extreme cold and excessive snow, I begrudgingly tried to enjoy a little bit of winter today. In an old issue of Country Living magazine I found a recipe for maple syrup taffy. It was a lot of syrup and I thought it might be on the sickening sweet side instead of the pleasingly sweet side. So I added my own little twist and turned it into a … [Read more...]

Midwestern Prairie Life

Last weekend I took a little detour on the way home from seeing my daughter. Rather than turn right toward home, I turned left to venture down a dirt road that leads to Garfield Farm and Tavern. It had just snowed and I knew the historic farm on 281 acres would present me with some good photo ops. I took so many pictures I decided to split the post up. So welcome to part two of my little visit to Garfield Farm on the Illinois prairie. (You can … [Read more...]

A Wintry Walk Down Pouley Road

Come for a walk with me, won't you? It's frosty outside and we'll hear the comforting crunch of snow under our feet as we stroll down historic Pouley Road.Thanks for strolling down historic Pouley Road with me. Let's head inside and warm our tootsies by the fire, shall we?   … [Read more...]

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