Bronte-esque Weather We're Having

We awakened to about 1 1/2" of snow and some freezing rain. Then it turned over to just rain, and the fog rolled in...enveloping everything in a shroud of mist. It's positively Bronte-esque out there. Now, if we can just cue the coyotes in the woods to howl and Mr. Rochester to ride down the street on his horse, the picture would be complete!

Hats Restocked

If you've been waiting for me to restock the blue plaid bomber hats in my shop, wait no more! I really do feel a great sense of delight making these...knowing that they're keeping kids warm all over America!

Click here to go to the listing:

Winter Menu Planning

February is such a short month. And I know that as soon as I turn that calendar page to March, it's suddenly going to seem like spring is just around the corner. But winter is such a delicious time for food that I don't want to miss the opportunity to make great comfort food! So, today I planned the next week's menus using a combination of some economical basics AND some tasty new recipes from my winter cookbooks. Here's the plan:

Thursday - pizza from Costco (picked up after a day out), green salads

Friday - Country Chicken (from this cookbook) served over egg noodles, garlic butter carrots (recipe here)

Saturday - Cold Weather Potato Chowder with Caraway Cheese (from this cookbook) served with BLTs

Sunday - Beef Tenderloin with Shallots, Bacon, and Port (from this cookbook), smashed potatoes (recipe here), and green salads

Monday - leftovers from previous days

Tuesday - Honey Sesame Chicken in the crockpot (recipe here), basmati rice, mandarin oranges

Wednesday - Jenny Hobick's Braised Beef Chili (recipe here) pulled from the freezer, corn muffins, green salads

Follow along on my Pinterest account where I keep recipes pinned by following this link!

Sabbath Rest

"For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."

- John 3:16

And Then There Was...

...a cheese knife!

And since I already own so many pieces of red bakelite, it seemed that it had to join my collection. It's my go-to silverware for picnics...casual and sturdy, with just a touch of history. It promptly joined the rest stored away in my favorite picnic basket...just waiting for picnic season.

Lavender and Linen

I love breathing new life into antique linens! I've just repurposed some lovely antique pieces, bought during my last trip to California, into lavender sachets. Plumply stuffed with lavender from Provence, France, they make a lovely gift! They are all in the shop now!

Click here to view this one, monogrammed with an "H":

Click here to view nearly identical ones, but without the monogram:

Click here to see this set of three, embroidered with a blue daisy:

And click here to see a set of two, larger, blue embroidered sachets:

The Winter Kitchen

We are grateful that the rooms of our home where we spend the most time (the family room and the kitchen) are on the south facing side of the house. The sunshine floods in most of the day, keeping the rooms nicely warm and cheery in these cold New England winters (10 degrees as I'm typing this right now), and the sunshine helps to cut down on our heating costs. 

The sun's rays, in the late afternoon when they slant low across the sky, fill the kitchen with a beautiful golden light that just makes my heart smile!

Patriotic Costume for School Programs

I'm busy stocking the shop with historic costumes! I know that from February to May there are many schools that have programs that require costumes. So, for the next month or so, I'll be busy sewing, sewing, sewing!

This week, the shop has been restocked with Colonial Boy's Costumes (click here)...

...and with the complimentary Haversack to complete the look. Click here.

Adventuring with Colette

One of my favorite things to do is go "adventuring with Colette". We love exploring the small towns, big cities, and charming places in New England! Monday, she had the day off work, so off we headed to Wellesley, Cambridge, and the Beacon Hill area...all in Massachusetts.

First stop was Wellesley College, where we went to admire the architecture. Were we still in New England? We felt as though we'd stepped back into Tudor England! 

We grabbed some pizza for lunch...mine was chicken and caramelized pear!

Right across the street was Harvard Yard, so we stopped to take a look.

Time for dessert at L.A. Burdick in Boston!...our favorite stop!

Then we strolled down Beacon Street. I love the historic architecture of these buildings!

The angel looking over the Public Garden.

Then we strolled the streets of Beacon Hill...admiring the front doors, window shopping, studying the architecture, ohh-ing and ahh-ing at the cute passing dogs, and generally enjoying this quiet enclave in the bustling city of Boston.

A Good Day's Work

Yesterday, Colette and I went adventuring (more on that later). And today, both Max and Colette had the day off work, so we spent the day quietly at home. But a day's adventuring means there's two day's worth of homekeeping tasks to do:

- to-do list for the day done first
- downstairs bathroom cleaned
- master bath tub and sink scrubbed and counters and mirrors cleaned
- five laundry loads of clothing washed
- sheets washed and dried and beds remade
- towels washed and dried
- the dog got a good brushing
- downstairs dusted
- wood floors swept
- downstairs carpet and rugs vacuumed
- meals arranged for a family having a baby this week
- new soup recipe, Southwestern Cream of Soup, made for dinner (quite delicious!). Click here to get the recipe.

And in and between and through it all, we continued plugging away on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and we talked politics all day long.

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