May 21st, 2012 / comments
Do you still have snow? Is the sap running? Have you seen mergansers on the river?
These familiar questions are heard at the post office, the Creamery, the market, and at community dinners in the early spring.
It was a bright morning last April, when I saw pink sprouts pushing up through the cold earth. Within a week, there were pink stems topped with dark green leaves. Rhubarb! It would be the first harvest from my garden. Along with the phoebes that nest in the rafters of the barn, it’s rhubarb that announces the arrival of spring in Vermont. … read more
January 11th, 2012 / Comments
It’s not to late to make a New Year’s resolution. Rather than resolving to go to the gym three times a week, or to sort out the extra clothes at the back of my closet, or to re-read at least one classic before the daffodils appear; I have resolved to have an empty fridge when it’s time to travel to Italy in March.
(I wanted to share my most recent painting, Rainbow Carrots, even though carrots have nothing to do with this post. )
The first step is to dispose of all of the half-filled jars of mystery sauces that have accumulated since we returned from Italy last spring. The second, and perhaps more difficult part is resisting the jars of exotic sauces at the market. I will make do with only three jars of sauce, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise. The mustard is grainy Dijon mustard, the ketchup is what remains of the homemade ketchup I made as a Christmas gift for Charles, and I will make mayo as we need it. … read more
November 21st, 2011 / comments
Decorating a holiday table is fun. I use flowers, leaves, candles, small sculptures, beloved toys, photographs, even stones or shells when I’m setting a table for a holiday meal.
I also use place cards so everyone can find their place at the table. When everyone is seated, I ask that the place card be turned so that names can be seen by the other guests. It works like a charm, new friends names are no longer a mystery. If you’re not sure who Squanto is, Google him and you will find a bit of Thanksgiving trivia to share at dinner.
I’ve created a place card that can be down loaded and printed and with a minimum of effort on your part it can be on your holiday table.
June 17th, 2011 / Comments
This blank card can be used for an invitation, a thank you note, a note to a child away at camp.
You can download and print it by clicking here. Ignore the reference to Fathers’ Day at the top of the page.
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May 26th, 2011 / Comments
Watercolor painting by Carol Egbert
Saying grace before a meal provides an opportunity to settle, a pause in the hubbub of energetic conversations. I have posted the second in a series of grace cards on the PIN – Print It Now page of this blog as a gift from me to you. You might put one on your table or pack one in a lunch box.
The link to the PIN – Print It Now is at the left under the painting of the blueberries or you can download it here.
December 18th, 2010 / Comments
Here is the last Christmas Card of the season from me to you.
Click here to download and print it.