Chocolate therapy

Go ahead – have another.  That’s my motto these days when it comes to dark chocolate.  Right about 3 p.m. I break out my dark chocolate stash for a little mid-afternoon boost – beats coffee. For the holidays my friend Stacy (of Meadowsweet Mercantile in Philly – you can also check out her cool finds…

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A presidential good read

We love a good read.  And by the length of today’s posting – I hope you do to!  When it comes to good books, here at Connecticut Country House we’re all over the map in subject matter of what we love to read. Murph is all about delving into the history of people, places and…

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Love notes

If you forgot about St. Valentine’s Day – or wish the idea of the day could stick around a little longer – no worries.  In my book, love notes are always a good idea.  Any day. I’ll give you a little peek into my world  – the places where many of these love notes live.…

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I love Yo-Yo

My Valentine’s gift to you my dear friends and my beloved Newtown – 4 beautiful minutes of peace.  Please sit back and close your eyes. With all my love, Nora          

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Office nosh

I believe that spreading a little more kindness starts with our family at home.  But for some of us, we also have a secondary home and family at work – the home away from home crew – the folks we probably spend more time with during the weekdays than our own flesh and blood. Well,…

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Roast chicken love

I have an idea. I know full well that St.Valentine’s Day is this week – Thursday to be exact – and that here in New England we’re dog tired from all the digging out from the whopper of a blizzard this past weekend. So how about we cut ourselves a little slack and agree that…

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Fire-grilled cheese

We were psyching ourselves up to suit up, grab our shovels, and get going; unfortunately, twenty inches of snow is just not going to move itself (bone-chilling winds or no winds)!  But before heading out (and maybe a good procrastination ploy) – how about a quick hot lunch to give us some energy?  Yeah, good…

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Making a fire 101

It’s snowing.  O.K., it’s really, really coming down here in Connecticut.  I think we can now officially call it ‘The Blizzard of 2013’.  I’ve stocked up on foodstuffs – I’m certain much more so than I needed to. Hey, you never know. Murph (a.k.a. Rick) has got a fabulous fire going in the cooking fireplace.…

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Scentsational!

Oh my gosh, if you could only take one whiff of my kitchen right now.  No, strike that.  If you could only take a whiff of my whole house right now!  It smells so good – so gloriously fresh and clean – with a little woodsy hint.  What am I up to?  Well, my home’s…

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Warm and fuzzy

Connecticut Country House is all about country house living.  But this style of living is not defined by the architecture or the location; it’s all about the warmth and hospitality you find inside.  The simple things in life make all the difference. One simple thing is stacking a collection of folded woolen blankets on an…

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Pre-game pasta party

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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A new point of view

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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Pillow talk

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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Language lesson: “I love you”

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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Love for and from Newtown

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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It’s Friday – must be pizza night

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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A winter white color palette

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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Pretty lil’ thing

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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Embrace change

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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First soup

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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