Summer has started and I’m one happy camper! There’s so much to love during this fabulous time of year. Here are my Top 10 summer loves: Gardening Picnics in the backyard or on the beach that last long into the balmy night. A perfect fresh tomato picked at the peak of ripeness, destined for a…

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A while ago, we watched an episode of Jamie Oliver’s TV show, Jamie’s Food Escapes, that featured him visiting Italy, kicking back and preparing this mouth watering dish over an open fire. It. Looked. Amazing. Rick whipped up his own adaptation for a gathering of family and friends last summer and it was exactly what…

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Before planting that flat of perfectly gorgeous lettuce you just bought, how about using it as a simple summery centerpiece first? Beautiful spring green romaine lettuce makes for an unexpected, inexpensive and unique arrangement. At home on a kitchen island or party ready placed outside on a picnic table, it looks great anywhere. It’s so…

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Dear friends! So very excited to invite you to Connecticut Country House, Sunday, June 26th, 11-5, for the Newtown Historical Society House & Garden Tour! Murph and I will be here to welcome you and show you around! As you know, Project Refresh Part 2 is in full swing! Braun Movers were here yesterday swapping rooms…

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The kitchen garden is starting to burst with fresh herbs at Connecticut Country House. I find that the best way to make short work of chopping them up is by using one of my favorite kitchen tools, a mezzaluna. Italian for “half moon,” the curved blades of this very sharp knife (which can have single,…

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I posted these yellow peonies on my Nora Murphy Country House Facebook page and everyone has had the very same comment: “I have never seen a yellow peony!!!” Neither had I! So the story goes . . . . One fall day I was poking around my local Agway and happened upon a bunch of…

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The Volvo is stuffed with all kinds of gorgeousness! I’m looking so very forward to not only attending the Country Living Fair, in Rhinebeck, NY today, but also to giving a live presentation and demonstration. I can’t wait to share with you some style snippets of how to create stunning, living arrangements by simply combining…

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