House & Garden Tour Update

Six beautiful homes and six gardens of our fellow Newtowners’ will be featured at the 21st Newtown Historical Society House & Garden Tour this upcoming Sunday. (Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Connecticut Country House WILL NOT be on this year’s wonderful tour.) This tour is always so inspiring, and this year includes homes overseeing Taunton…

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Getting All Spruced Up!

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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Your 24/7 Country House Style Library

When the snow is covering the ground, and the plows haven’t been through, sometimes it’s the best time to get cozy, kick back and catch up on a little light reading. If you have a hankering for design inspiration and fabulous recipes, or just craving eye candy (our photography is all our own), dive into…

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We Choose Love

As Christmas approaches, we here in Newtown, Connecticut, must sadly pause today to acknowledge the heartbreaking events that took place 3 years ago in our backyard: the tragedy that has become known worldwide as “Sandy Hook.” Grieving is a process, not an event. Everyone heals at their own pace, in their own way. And with resilient…

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My neck of the woods

The way I celebrate Earth Day is to take care of my neck of the woods. And I mean that literally. I live on a beautifully scenic road in Connecticut, filled with protected woodlands, streams, open fields defined by mossy old stonewalls, and some really beautiful 18th-century country houses. And even though my road is…

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Surviving a blizzard Country House style

What happens when a crazy busy schedule meets “The Blizzard of 2015”? I feel it’s nature’s way of saying “time-out”! (Sadly, I need a blizzard to make me stop and just be.) So, if we’re in the same boat and need to “just be”, don’t you think it’s a matter of style? Here’s my checklist:…

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Snowflakes for Newtown

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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Foodie Friday: Hash browns for Conor

My son Conor is turning into a foodie; he truly savors the meals at his weekend part-time gig at our hometown eatery – My Place. When he’s not up to his elbows in soap suds, he’s buzzing around bussing tables. He likes his gig. Other than the good feeling of making his own money, and…

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A Country House Christmas back-story

The Holiday issue of our e-magazine is now on-line. It’s a beautiful issue filled with tons of imagery, stories, keeper recipes, and “Holly Jolly” decorating tips. The “Holly Jolly” part of the decorating imagery came out of a time when spirits could not get much lower. You see, the story goes…barely a week after tragedy…

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A labor of love

For over 20 years now, Murph’s been getting up at daybreak and driving to Main Street to set up front row seats for our town’s annual Labor Day Parade. This year would be different. You see for 51 years, Newtown has had the most celebratory Labor Day Parade in the state of Connecticut – this…

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Take a hike

This past week I’ve felt like I’ve been under house arrest – I’ve been on my laptop fighting writer’s block from exhaustion and typing away on content for the upcoming autumn issue of the e-magazine. After consecutive days of being cooped up (with the exception of walking out to the kitchen garden once a day…

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We are Newtown

Good morning.  It was 6 months ago today on a Friday morning, here in Newtown, 20 children and 6 of their teachers lost their lives.  Quite innocently they went to school that morning, and never returned back home. All I know, is that the last 6 months has given me a new awareness and appreciation.…

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Miss Fannie’s mac n’ cheese

Yucky and yummy.  The two words that best sum up this past weekend. The weather here in Connecticut was cold and raw, rainy and (anticipating) snowy, so obviously this was the yucky part.  The yummy part – the unbelievably yummy part – comes in the form of a classic comfort food – the ultimate in…

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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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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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We need a little Christmas

The lyrics of this song have always been uplifting.  And just the melody by itself – well it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in my head and I find myself humming.  Last week, when I was thinking about what I was going to write about for Christmas – I was a little stuck.…

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Silent night, holy night

It’s the night before Christmas, and on the old stonewall in front of the house, not a creature was stirring – just the twinkling of twenty-six candle filled mason jars. Christmas Eve Candles for Sandy Hook When: Monday, December 24th at 5:00 P.M. Where: Your home Please join me in lighting a candle tomorrow night,…

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Christmas cookies inspired by Sweet Pea

What a tough week.  Mega understatement.  Here in Newtown, everything has changed.  But the overwhelming outpouring of love and good will on our little community has been, and continues to be, of the utmost importance to all of us.  Honestly, it’s probably the glue that is helping to hold it and us together. I personally…

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Defining moments

Late Monday I shared a posting that took a long time to compose and took a lot out of me.  I was hoping it would be a cathartic moment.  And as much as I wish it were, it wasn’t.  I was so hoping it would make me feel better – it didn’t.  I guess I…

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My Newtown

Hello my dear readers. I write today’s posting with a very heavy heart.  Here I sit staring at my monitor, writing, re-writing, staring some more, and wondering if this 245-year old country house has ever been hit with such profound sadness – maybe, maybe not – maybe not since the Revolutionary War. I think I’m…

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Quiet and cozy

On the 6th day there was light.  Hurricane Sandy packed a huge punch, but fortunately our loss of power was the very worst of it.  So needless to say, I am so very grateful.  On Monday, during the thick of things, I paced around the house like a caged animal – very anxious and worried…

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Hello Sandy!

We’re ready and waiting!  We’ve got firewood and board games at the ready, as well as a big pot of freshly simmered spaghetti sauce. Here at Connecticut Country House, we spent all day yesterday preparing and battening down the hatches – and at this point are as ready as we’ll ever be for the uber-high…

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The taste of a good life

What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen and hub…where there is always something brewing? Would you like to take a behind the scenes peek into a hive…

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