Each of our three trees this Christmas has a distinct personality. From the biggest tree in the keeping room/dining room, filled with heirloom ornaments and special little mementos over the years from family and friends, to the smaller parlor tree adorned ever so lightly with sweet little glass, gold, and silver ornaments that for the most…

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A.K.A. French onion soup. I love how it sounds in its mother language. But more than that, I absolutely LOVE the way it tastes! For years, when visiting Paris, for the majority of my lunches and dinners, other than my usual fromage plat (cheese plate), I would order (and happily slurp) soupe à l’oignon…with each bowl hoping to…

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This week two years ago, I specifically baked a big batch of gingerbread cookies for the undecorated Christmas tree we had just set up (only the little white lights made it up). I liked the idea of making each cookie unique, so I cut them into various snowflake forms and sizes, and decorated them so…

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Major John Gile Holiday Rum Cake Cake Ingredients 1-¾ cups all-purpose flour 1-½ cups granulated white sugar 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix ½ cup crushed walnuts ½ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup cornstarch 4 teaspoons baking powder 4 large eggs 3 tablespoons + 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup whole…

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To kick-off December I’m starting with wreaths and keeping them green. Maybe I’ll dress them up as we get closer to Christmas, but for now I’m loving the entrances to Connecticut Country House simply adorned. Just because they’re simple, doesn’t mean they need to be skimpy. I personally prefer big fat wreaths! Last week was…

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I’d love to introduce you to my dear friend Dana Schwartz and her 1763 Major John Gile House, in Nottingham, New Hampshire. When Dana called to tell me all about the fabulous house she had found, it sounded too good to be true! And then she followed up with photos of the amazing details from…

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