Thursday, November 23, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Happy Thanksgiving to you from Rattlebridge Farm.
May your tables be full, your conversations merry, and your hearts filled with gratitude and joy.

Monday, November 20, 2017

InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round


The editors of InStyle Magazine are celebrating the publication of their beautiful guide to chic, effortless gatherings--Instyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round. The 192 page book includes menus, signature cocktails, tabletop inspiration, hostess tips, wine pairings, a moment-by-moment timeline, and more. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else


Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else, where good recipes and great ideas are always on the menu. I'm pleased to share highlights from last week's party.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Slice of Life

Simplifying and minimizing are the key words for 2018, but I'm not waiting for January1st. The last six weeks have been filled with household organizing and purging: I'm bringing order to every cupboard, closet, and drawer. Today, I'm getting the kitchen and pantry ready for heavy duty holiday cooking, and this weekend, I'll focus on the garage, creating zones for garden equipment and bird feeding supplies. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Thanks for stopping by Foodie Friday and Everything Else. 
As the year hurtles to a close, I keep circling around two goals: simplifying, and self-nurturing. The new year will mark a decade of blogging, and already I am reviewing the journey, taking note of lessons learned and focusing on new paths. I'm excited about the possibilities.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lessons from Nature

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The speed of modern life makes it easy to overlook mysteries and magic in my own backyard. But when I bend close to the rock wall, I am amazed by the pluck and perseverance of moss. It is rootless, yet it grows in the most inhospitable places, on rocks and rooftops, impervious to the elements. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

When I wasn't looking, November arrived. It's a feast month, a time to fill our hearts with gratitude, and yet, December always seems to be the boss. Even if we want to savor the last moments of autumn, the 12th month reminds us to sweep away leaves and pumpkins and bring out pine swags and Yule cakes. As the year winds down, I'm thinking about lessons learned and daring to look ahead to 2018. It's good to know that I'm not alone--we inspire and help each other every day.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Notes

"November comes
      And November goes,
      With the last red berries
      And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
      And dawn coming late,
      And ice in the bucket
      And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
      And the kettles sing,
      And earth sinks to rest
      
Until next spring."
-- Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893–1986)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop

This week I'm participating in a week-long Thanksgiving tablescape blog hop, organized by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate, and I'm looking forward to a daily dose of inspiration. You'll find links to the participating bloggers at the end of the post.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Howling

Like many Terrier owners, I'm a tad obsessed with our Scottie . . . and smitten.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Foodie Friday and Everything Else
Welcome to the last party in October. November is creeping ahead, and it won't be long until we're thinking about Christmas. I was in HomeGoods the other day, and the aisles were filled with holiday goodies. And people were filling their carts. Me, I made a beeline for the pet section.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I hope you're enjoying October's whimsical temperatures and beguiling sunlight. Before we know it, Halloween will be here. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Edge of Wildness

I know a place on the edge of wildness, where brambles twist up from the ground, green and alive, welded to the barbed wire. Just beyond the old fence, you'll find a world untouched by developers.

Friday, October 13, 2017

She Shed Diaries: The Ugly Wall

I've always liked exterior brick walls. They are downright pretty, adding texture and subtle color, creating a pleasing backdrop to vines, hydrangeas, or trellises. Also, they can be wonderfully neutral. Never in my life did I think about sprucing up an exterior wall, not until I began working on the She Shed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I'm looking forward to your ideas and recipes. I'm working on the She Shed--this time, the makeover centers around an ugly exterior wall--and I'll have an update this Saturday.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Along the Path

I've been meaning to paint inside the She Shed, but it's just too hot. Still, there's plenty to do outside the little house. Want to join me for a brainstorming session?

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Evening in the Butterfly Garden


I love October's temperature extremes. A hot-as-blazes day can turn into a crisp evening, prompting me to reach for a lightweight sweater. This is the month to play in the yard, to relish the pure joy of being home on a sweet night. What could be better than a marshmallow roast?