My husband Rick, a.k.a. Murph, is a great cook. I truly believe that he initially won my heart through my stomach. While the man conjures up a lot of amazing dishes, I’d have to say that his chili is a perennial favorite. Murph’s version is loosely based upon an old go-to Craig Claiborne cookbook, Craig…

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When I first got word that Connecticut Country House was nominated for the 2016 Design Blogger’s Conference Hall of Fame Awards for Best Overall Blog, I just about fell out of my chair! While it’s hard work, it’s also my pleasure to share the joys of the Connecticut Country House lifestyle. Hearing from you whenever…

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“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus Despite the cold temperature today, I was inspired to grab my Canon and head outside. The dazzling sunshine, united with the peace and tranquility of a snow blanketed world, was just breathtaking! Wishing you a beautiful…

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This apple tart recipe is one of my very favorite go-to desserts. Perfectly proportioned for when the two of us are craving a little something sweet, this light and tasty treat, served warm from the oven and paired with piping hot coffee, is wonderful! Having a dinner party? I’ve got you covered! Just as delicious,…

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To add a modern twist to a Country House interior, think black. Pepper touches of ebony hued accents and painted furniture throughout. In large doses, like my piano and bed, it makes a graphic statement that anchors and lends weight to a room. Smaller, more subtle elements – an accent chair, an inky tole lampshade,…

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Say what? Yes, I’ve never heard of Sea Fan topiaries either, and yes, I understand that the term topiary refers to sculpting shrubs and trees into ornamental shapes, but what better way to describe these arrangements? My favorite French painted wooden buckets, when paired with a few sea fans plucked from their residence in my…

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While I always see clear tubs of them in stores, I’ve never attempted to whip up a batch of Meringue Cookies. Recently I decided to give making them a whirl. Meringue Cookies Makes approximately 9 – 2 1/2″ cookies Ingredients: 3 large egg whites, at room temperature (Not a speck of yolk please! *) ¼…

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Freezing cold temps and a new coat of snow remind me to feed my chilled neighbors – the sweet birds that winter in the trees and brush surrounding Connecticut Country House. Their favorite nibble? Why, whole sunflower seeds of course! A small galvanized bucket with a tightly fitted lid, is kept handy just outside of…

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In season now, clementines are both healthy for snacking and absolutely wonderful for decorating. Simply arrange the contents of one or two boxes of clementines into a large tray, bowl, or basket. It’s such an easy way to add a punch of bright color, texture, and form to any gathering spot. Happy styling! Love, Nora

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I’m a sucker for anything tartan, but with the arrival of our cold New England winter temperatures, I’m drawn to the comfort of my collection of warm and wooly plaid throws. While I have a bevy of beauties, I’m always on the lookout for new additions. From the bright jewel tones of a Royal Stewart,…

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When it comes to growing paperwhites, people always ask me how I keep them from flopping. To be honest, I don’t. Within reason, I let them naturally do their thing. Initially staking the emerging plants with twigs and twine works – to a point. One day they’re casually elegant, and the next, they’re arching over…

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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”  – Jim Rohn Ain’t that the truth! This new year I’m focusing on spreading the love – the Country House lifestyle love! Whether it’s through this blog, my on-line…

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