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September

There's something special about September in New England. The days are cooler but the sun still brings warmth. Flowers still bloom. Wishes can still be made. There's a golden hue to the sun filtering in through the windows and splashing across the hardwood. It's still warm enough for strawberries. But cool enough for fires in… Continue reading September

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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… Continue reading Summer Days

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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?… Continue reading Change, the only constant

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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… Continue reading New Year

Essays

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… Continue reading Christmas Eve

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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… Continue reading December

Essays

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… Continue reading Today, we celebrate Thomas!

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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… Continue reading November in New England

Breakfast, Wild edibles

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… Continue reading Orange and Autumn Olive Pancakes

Loaves

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… Continue reading Pumpkin Walnut Loaf with Chocolate Chips