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Today at Connecticut Country House it’s all hands on deck in decorating the exterior with our collection of flags.  Each area around the house gets its own unique flag – traditional flags hanging from a
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A milestone for the Murphy’s


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A celebration is on the way at Connecticut Country House – our 25th wedding anniversary! Hooray us!  Rick and I were married twenty-five years ago today – a rainy Saturday morning (my Hungarian Mom says
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Fishing on the Farmington River, on a beautifully sunny – lightly breezy – blue skied day is my husband Rick’s idea of a nearly perfect day.  And catching the biggest, most beautiful rainbow trout he
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Happy summer!  And here at Connecticut Country House the gardens are a – bursting!  What better way than to kick-off the summer with the attention grabbers of the week, the roses; a luscious color study
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I’m on a strawberry roll. After finishing up the fool the other day, I still had quite a bit of super ripe strawberries left, just sitting there all washed, gorgeously red and staring at me.
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A fool, buckle, crumble, cobbler, grunt or slump, pandowdy, and a betty – just some of the centuries old desserts with funny names that have always intrigued me, and just the sound of them makes
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First impressions are key.  And the first step into my home is not just about looking good, it’s got to feel good.  The most traffic happens at the back door of the saltbox.  Whether you
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You know, it’s funny – every week, from spring through the fall, I think I don’t have much in bloom in the gardens until I take a pair of clippers and a bucket in hand
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Tender spring greens are in season, and when they are gently tossed with this simple vinaigrette – magic happens. Really.  Some time ago, I found this beautiful little vinaigrette recipe in one of my very
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As of today, I’m promoting a quiche revival.  My hay day of quiche making was back in the late eighties when I was newly married; it was quick and easy to make, not to mention
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Every single time I take a scoop of ‘Rosa’ – inspired guacamole with a perfectly salted corn chip, I think I faintly see a halo-like glow hovering over our lava bowl!  This fantastic guacamole is the
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  • O' Bodkin - A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • Obdam- A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • White Lion - A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • Ice King - A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • Intrigue - A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • Flower Drift - A daffodil is just a daffodil
  • Geranium - A daffodil is just a daffodil

Just when I thought the daffodil season here at Connecticut Country House was over, these late bloomers have proven themselves to be no ordinary daffodils – I am now definitely hooked.

  • Sailboats - My first time
  • Eagle Door - My first time
  • Plate and Table - My first time
  • Painting - My first time
  • Plate and Table - My first time

I was seven years old when I stepped foot into my first Connecticut country house.  It was a small white quintessential Cape Cod-style house perfectly tucked behind its gracious manse in Southport – just a
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What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen
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