Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Promise of March

Spring Teaser via
This glimpse of spring doesn't seem possible as I gaze into the frozen abyss outside my window. We'll just have to hang on until Mother Nature decides it's time for a spring thaw. Enjoy your Sunday. xo

Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Wish for You Tomorrow Morning

Wouldn't this be a nice way to welcome March? via

Wow. An Overwhelming Task.

So far, so good. via

Kitchen Fireplace

I'm loving the raised hearth fireplace in this lovely kitchen. Home is where the hearth is, right? I see comfy furniture too so I'm sure it's a room you'd never want to leave. via
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Unique Bathroom Vanity

I really like this setup. I'd much rather look out the window than look in the mirror, wouldn't you? I know you're not supposed to have water pipes on an outside wall so this wouldn't work for me, especially in the deep freeze we are having. Anyway, I like this a lot, except for the bare bulbs. via

Bill Murray - Portrait

I have no idea what this is all about, but it caught my eye this morning. via Just found out it's by a firm called Replaceface. Link will take you there. Fun!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vintage Cape Cod House Photos

18th century cape cod houses …all photographed in the 1930s

So sweet. From simpler times. via

What a Nice Place to Work

This Vermont Farmhouse is the home of the editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine and the Public TV Cooking Show "From America’s Test Kitchen". I can't imagine a nicer place to work, can you? I'm sure it's pretty in the snow too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lovely English Robin

I love these British birds with the inverted hearts on their breasts. via

Snowshoe Winter

I'm sure I'm not the only one who could have used a pair of these this winter. I'm so tired of falling through the snow and so is Webster. via

This cute little otter doesn't seem to mind the ice cold water. Stay warm and I'll see you later. via

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wonderful Ceiling Treatment

Light walls and dark ceiling.
I love it all: the horizontal wall paneling and the lantern within the X beams. via

Spring Will Come

It seems hard to believe right now but I know this to be true.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Great Weathervane in England

Weather Cock in the Snow, Aldridge, Walsall, England

My Morning Mantra

Mine was delicious this morning. I still have to power up and shovel my front walk and clean the new snow from my car. My driveway has been plowed so I can get out for a noon real estate showing. Wish me luck. xo

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Amazing Screened Porch

I love the architectural details in the screen panels, don't you? Swoon. via
Sorry I'm so late posting today. I had to take an all-day mandatory real estate course that started at 9:00 this morning and I didn't get home until after 4:00. The instructor shortened our lunch and breaks so we could get out a little early because of the snow. I'm so glad to be safe and sound in my cozy cottage. Have a great weekend. xo

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Life Changing $1.00 Purchase

Yep. I have one of these things you see advertised on TV. I've always been curious about whether or not they work and as luck would have it, I found a Stonewave Microwave Cooker unopened in the original box at the church rummage sale for one dollar. I pounced on it and have used it numerous times every day for the past two weeks. The hardest thing for me to do in the winter is to eat green vegetables. This little nuclear cooling tower is perfect for frozen broccoli florets. Arrange as many as you can get in the container and still be able to get the top on snugly. Pop in the microwave for four minutes and they are perfect. Piping hot and not mushy. Dessert? How about a baked apple? Core one and cut it in pieces. Four minutes and it's the best dessert ever. No need to add sugar but some cinnamon is nice. I had broccoli tonight and then I heated up a bowl of chili. Onions are fabulous too. I cooked my chopped onions for the chili in this little thingie with some of my liquid aminios. Delicious. It's super easy to clean too. I have had string beans and peas and spinach, but broccoli is my favorite. I buy it in a big bag with loose pieces that have been flash frozen. The big bags from Costco are Organic. I really have eaten a nice helping of green veggies every day and I couldn't be happier. I want to try fresh cauliflower next. via

I searched all over and Bed and Bath has these cookers for $4.99 each. I'm going to buy two three more so I can keep things hot while something else is cooking. My local store has them in stock and I have a 20% off coupon. The size is perfect for portion control too. If I had heated up the whole pot of chili I might have gone back for seconds. You can top whatever you're cooking with grated cheese, put the top back on, and it melts with no additional microwaving. I think every household should have a set of these. You're welcome. xo