How ’bout a new way to get the party started?  I’m thinking about changing it up with a pre-game pasta party on Sunday.  On game day, the bottom line on the eats has got to be delicious and comforting.  So I’m thinking…pasta.  Homemade pasta.  And besides the satisfying taste factor – what better (and totally unexpected)…

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I love to really look at things in a different way; from a whole new point of view.   I don’t know why I do this other than loving a challenge, and feeling that inner excitement when I’ve discovered a new combination or creation – I guess you could say it’s what makes me tick.…

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Throw pillows, like shoes, I can never have enough of.  And very much like my eclectic shoe collection, I’ve got my favorites.  My pillows run the gamut – from richly colored and patterned Turkish kilim pillows (that you can say are on par with my treasured collection of classic Burberry pumps) – to small novelty pillows…

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With Valentine’s Day being right around the corner, and my beloved Newtown being the recipient of so much love from around the world, I’m inspired (and thought it would be fun to change it up a little bit) to learn to say “I love you” in a different language.  Please let me know how you…

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Today is January 14th – the one month anniversary of Newtown’s darkest day.  In one way it’s hard to believe it’s already been one month, and on the other hand, I can’t believe it’s only been a month. This morning, my sweet companion Fiona (my Cairne Terrier pup) and I decided to jump in the…

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Friday nights at Connecticut Country House, it’s all about pizza – homemade pizza that is.  First and foremost, I love the freshness and lightness of homemade dough.  Not to mention the same goes for all the infinite combinations of toppings. Fair warning: once you make your our own pizza dough, there’s just no going back!…

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The crispness of starched vintage linens, mossed pots of Paperwhites, and old craggy chunks of coral.  The creaminess of fuzzy woolen cable-knit sweaters, freshly baked vanilla meringues, and a big bunch of full-blown roses.  And, the inherent coziness of tea-tinted antique crocheted lace. These are the best descriptions of what winter white is – not…

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I’m a nut for flowers.  All year, no matter what the season, I rely on flowers to add a little “pretty and happy” to the space I’m living or working in.  Right now, my mass planting of paperwhites is doing a great job (as usual) in sight and scent, and will probably keep me going well…

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A new year – a time for new traditions and habits.  This tradition, or habit, grew out of necessity – the necessity to help clear stuff off the kitchen island. I love our big work space.  It fits a lot of working hands and generous platters of food, but between gigs it also multi-tasks as…

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My New Year kicked off with sweet surprises. One – Every weekend we have a fire going in the big cooking fireplace in the dining room, but yesterday Rick changed it up and had a beautiful little fire crackling away in the tiny parlor.  I woke up later than usual – day 2 of a…

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