Each and every year, as soon as we haul down the boxes of tree trimmings from the attic, I feel like a little kid – I can’t wait to dig into those boxes and see my old friends again. I’m a romantic at heart (actually a pretty big mush) when it comes to these ornaments.…

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Two important things I like to keep in mind: Follow your passion, and follow your friends on Facebook. I met my friend Mark on Facebook earlier this year through our mutual love of American Country. I liked his postings, and he consistently liked mine. And voila, a friendship was born! And when that love of…

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The Holiday issue of our e-magazine is now on-line. It’s a beautiful issue filled with tons of imagery, stories, keeper recipes, and “Holly Jolly” decorating tips. The “Holly Jolly” part of the decorating imagery came out of a time when spirits could not get much lower. You see, the story goes…barely a week after tragedy…

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I was digging for a new Cranberry Sauce recipe, and what better place to find what I was looking for but from the Cranberry capital of the world, Nantucket. This recipe originated from one of our favorite restaurants on Nantucket, 21 Federal – a 2nd great reason I had to check this one out. And…

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Daylight savings time seems to be the catalyst for a whole new mindset when it comes to entertaining, and candlelight becomes my secret weapon to styling the house for any evening event. ‘Tis the season to take stock of my candle inventory – tapers, pillars, votives, and tea lights – this way I can create…

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The Road Not Taken  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better…

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I love Halloween photo shoots, especially when it involves children. I started with the best children’s photographer I know, Duanne Simon. And to capture Duanne’s and the team’s efforts (the behind the scenes stuff) Conor got that part of the gig. Technically, the shoot started at 1 p.m., and officially at 3:30 – until 7. Long…

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The first time I set foot on Pumpkin Hill Farm, I immediately felt like I had arrived at a gracious Litchfield County country estate. I loved being greeted by the crunch under my tires of the white crushed stone in the driveway and the surrounding ancient plantings of wisteria, lilacs, peonies and lavender. And once…

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What would October be without Halloween – an autumnal celebration loved by children and adults alike? Clearly, we needed to take this fun-filled day and feature it in a very special way. With great pleasure I introduce to you the premiere issue of Nora Murphy Look Book – a digital flip book featuring A Happy…

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The leaves may be falling all around Connecticut Country House, but until we launched our new Autumn issue of our on-line lifestyle magazine today, for me, autumn had not officially arrived! Here she is – www.noramurphycountryhouse.com – filled with gorgeous photography, personal stories, my favorite seasonally based recipes and decorating tips – just so much…

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You know the old saying, “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade”. Well, you can also say, “When your rose garden give you a few measly blooms…make a nose gay”! Late September and my rose garden is a former shadow of its beautifully full and billowy – spring into summer – self. Right now, the whole…

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If you’ve planted tomato plants this year, we’re probably in the same boat…lots and lots of tomatoes ready for the picking, or in my case, falling off the vine and ready to be picked up! One of my favorite things to make from this late summer bounty is homemade salsa. Let’s face it, once you’ve…

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For over 20 years now, Murph’s been getting up at daybreak and driving to Main Street to set up front row seats for our town’s annual Labor Day Parade. This year would be different. You see for 51 years, Newtown has had the most celebratory Labor Day Parade in the state of Connecticut – this…

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This past week I’ve felt like I’ve been under house arrest – I’ve been on my laptop fighting writer’s block from exhaustion and typing away on content for the upcoming autumn issue of the e-magazine. After consecutive days of being cooped up (with the exception of walking out to the kitchen garden once a day…

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There’s something about a smoothie that makes it the perfect summer weekend treat. So technically, we started our weekend yesterday morning when it was dark and rainy. No amount of coffee was doing the trick, so Murph offered up a tasty mid-morning solution – smoothies! Seeing that we had gorgeous fresh local peaches and blueberries…

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Blueberries are ripe for the pickin’ here in Connecticut. And picking them by hand – well, let’s just say there’s nothing like it. I don’t know what I like best…making something with them or just eating them straight off the shrubs! It may just be a tie. Around here, a tray of classic blueberry muffins…

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She’s here! My brand new baby online magazine! Her name is NoraMurphyCountryHouse.com. She weighs in at 11 up-close and informative stories, 24 Nora’s Notes – full of DIY details, over 500 photographs, recipes, decorating, gardening, flower arranging, antiquing, and vacationing tips, as well as my favorite inspirational quotes that wrap up each story. NoraMurphyCountryHouse.com is…

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Happy summer! It feels good to be back. We’ve been working 24/7 (quite literally) on our new website, and with fingers and toes crossed, we’ll be introducing it to you in a little less than 2 weeks! I can’t even describe how darn excited I am. Our new site features our beautiful e-magazine (a.k.a. our…

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This weekend I declared the Peony to be my favorite flower.  Now, this here declaration is a big deal because I have so many favorites (lilies, roses, orchids, sunflowers – just to name a few) I’m usually swayed by the beauty or scent of what’s in bloom at that moment and season.  Right now, the…

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“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll, British gardener (1843-1932) When I was a little girl, my father taught me how to garden.  I didn’t realize back then that he was teaching me how to live…

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Good morning.  It was 6 months ago today on a Friday morning, here in Newtown, 20 children and 6 of their teachers lost their lives.  Quite innocently they went to school that morning, and never returned back home. All I know, is that the last 6 months has given me a new awareness and appreciation.…

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Murph was really on his game this weekend – concocting probably the very best, most awesome batch of Corn and Crabmeat Chowder he has ever made – ever. One taste and you knew it needed no more tinkering.  Hands up and step back.  We knew we needed to share the love – this wondrous soup…

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Oh, go for it – show a little floor!  At least for the summer.  That’s what I do. Rolling up my rugs and showing a lot of bare floor during the hot summer months instantly changes my warm and cozy house into a light and airy summer house.  It makes for a quick and easy…

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Each week, here at Connecticut Country House – something’s in bloom. (Love it and so in my element.) This week, the back path to the house (which happens to be the main path) has been in full bloom with white Azaleas.  There are other Azalea shrubs scattered on the property (most planted a long time…

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“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) I love the sea.  And this wonderful old quote always reminds me of just how much stronger we are than we think we are. Happy Thursday and a very Happy Birthday to my…

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