Summer Days

Here it is, the last day of August. We’ve enjoyed these summer days. Backyard fires, complete with roasted marshmallows, Mornings in bed, Walks in milkweed meadows, Foraging forays, Beach days, Family love, Treks on backyard trails, Cloud watching, Rock hopping, Garden growing, Wetland walks, Warm sunrises, Lounging, And a deep appreciation for each one of…

The Woods

When I was a kid I would wander the woods in back of my grandparent’s house for hours by myself. I’d pretend I lived out there among the hardwoods, the maples and oaks. Now, I have two amazing souls to wander with me. The sun was shining down on us today as we immersed ourselves…

Change, the only constant

Heart-shaped, fluffy white clouds in the blue sky. Purple and pink sky in the morning. A sure sign of an oncoming storm. Snow can change the landscape dramatically. And it sure is fun to play in. Peaking through the hemlock boughs as Ethan prepares to sled down the big hill. Have you ever browned butter?…

New Year

Each year goes by faster than the one before.  Just like everyone else, I’m finding my way. We celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago. I’ve been on this planet for thirty-five years. We finally had some snow. I spy Ethan. Do you? This is our bedroom window on a cold winter’s morning. I’m in…

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve. I’m five years old. I’m lying in bed watching the light stream through the vinyl blinds. It’s nighttime but the moon is bright and it’s being reflected off the snow that is blanketing the ground. I’m supposed to be sleeping. I can hear music coming from the other room. I lift the…

December

Each one of these December mornings I am gently reminded just how many days are left until Christmas. Today? 4 days! Inside, our balsam fir tree is trimmed. Outside, it feels more like October. There’s time for walks… There’s time for practice… And there’s always time fore baking… These unseasonably clear skies offer us more…

Today, we celebrate Thomas!

Today is my husband’s birthday. We met when I was a freshman in high school. We started living together almost immediately. Thomas and I made a great team back then and now, nineteen birthdays later, we are unstoppable. In one of my English classes, we were tasked with writing an essay about an important person in our…

November in New England

It’s November in New England, a very special month for my family. My son’s twelfth birthday is in a few days and the day after that marks sixteen years of marital bliss for Thomas and I. The love I have for these guys is inexplicable, more than I could ever put into words. November is the month…

Orange and Autumn Olive Pancakes

Autumn Olive (Elaegnus umbellata) is ubiquitous. Right now in New England the branches are heavy with speckled red berries. The fruit is tart like a cranberry and what pairs well with cranberries? Orange. For us, pancakes always start with flour, salt and baking powder. The juice of an orange is combined with milk and added to…

Pumpkin Walnut Loaf with Chocolate Chips

October is upon us, which means pumpkin. We collect our ingredients in the sun strewn kitchen on this beautiful Sunday morning. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice speckled flour is incorporated into creamed butter and sugar. Alternate with pumpkin puree until mixture is smooth and orange in color. Chopped walnuts and a healthy dose of…

Apple Season

Here in New England, September is apple picking time. Out of all the fruits in this world, I like apples best. We chose a sunny day to go to the orchard to pick our share of Macs. Now, what to make? My usual would be the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie, always a favorite. Then there’s the…

Apple and Walnut Blondies

My mother-in-law has always had shelves upon shelves of cookbooks. Like me, she sits and reads these cookbooks as if they are novels, with pen and paper in hand to write down the shopping list for the week. A few months ago she gave me a few dozen of those cookbooks that she no longer…