Easter Blessings

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May your heart be filled with the joy of this day…

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…may your mind be comforted by the hope it brings

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May your body find rest from anxiety and worry…

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…As you cast them on the one who brings eternal peace

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May your Soul remain tender and teachable…

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…and your Spirit never too old to wear a pink bunny ear crown!

Bernideen’s Tea Party@Bernideen’s Blog

No Place Like Home@Rose Chinz Cottage

Show and Share@Coastal Charm

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Tuesday at Our House@Our Home Away from Home

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

Inspire Me Tuesday@A Stroll Thru Life

The Scoop@Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Vintage and Thrifty Finds@Dagmar’s House

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Work it Wednesday@The Blissful Bee

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@The Essence of Home

Inspiration Thursday@In The New House Designs

Thoughts of Home@Home with Gemma

Sweet and Simple Friday@Rooted in Thyme

Making Broken Beautiful@The Curators Collection

Vintage Charm Party@Charm Bracelet Diva

No Rules Weekend@Sincerely Paula

Home Sweet Home@The Charm of Home

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday@ Shabby Art Boutique

Friday Favorites@Simply Sweet Home

Morning Cup of Joe@The Cottage Market

Share It One More Time@Shabby Fru Fru

Anything Blue@The Dedicated House

Sundays At Home@Thoughts from Alice

Inspiration Monday@Our Southern Home

Dishing it/Digging it@Rustic and Refined

Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy

Amaze me Monday@Dwellings

Thursday Favorites@Katherine’s Corner

Welcome Home Wednesday@Suburban Simplicity

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On the Road with the Princess

So many wonderful comments about our Chinese Princess…it makes my Mama heart so Happy! We are on the road this weekend to Philadelphia and a first train ride for the Princess…

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The Princess and I are always up for adventure and with the weather turning warmer ( Although Snow? This afternoon? Really?) we will be able to resume our walks around beautiful Downtown Annapolis. The Navy has brought us to the gem of a city but our hearts are leading us to stay…

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We start at our beautiful 1920 Four square rental…It does look spectacular in the winter but I am ready for Spring

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We stroll past one of my dream houses…Annapolis is full of dream houses. This is Acton House and it was built in 1770. Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

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Reynolds’s Tavern is located on Church Circle and serves High Tea on the weekends…I can’t wait to take Princess in a few years…they also have a beer Garden in the summer…my husband prefers that experience.

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The best part of Reynold’s tavern is Darim..the wonderful flower guy. His flowers are lovely and reasonably priced..plus he is the happiest person I ever met…

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Our Princess last year enjoying the flowers!image

We head down the most beautiful Main Street in the country…

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…To the ultimate ice cream experience...Storm Brothers….guaranteed to be filled with handsome (and beautiful ) Midshipman on the weekend…

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Come and visit…The Princess and I will meet you downtown…we can have ice cream together…or crab cakes…your choice!

Show show and Share@Coastal Charm

No Place Like Home@Rose Chinz Cottage

Tuesday at Our House@Our Home Away From Home

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

The Scoop@Stonegable blog

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Bernideen’s Tea Party@Bernideen’s Blog

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmar’s House

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Work it Wednesday@The blissful Bee

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@Essence of Home

Thoughts of Home@Poofing the Pillows

Vintage Charm Party@Charm Bracelet Diva

Home Sweet Home@ Charm of Home

Making Broken Beautiful@ The Curator’s Collection

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday@Shabby Art Boutique

Friday Favorites@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Friday Favorites@Home Sweet Home

Share it one more time@Shabby Fru Fru

Sunday At Home@Thoughts from Alice

Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy

Amaze Me Monday@Dwellings

Dishing it@Rustic and Refined

Morning Cup of Joe@The Cottage Market

Inspire Me Tuesday

Share it 

Welcome Home Wednesday

Moonlight and Mason Jars

Rooted in Thyme

Inspiration Monday

Peace Love and Links

Wonderful Wednesday 

Tada Thursday

In The New House Designs

Risotto for Sissies…

imageI had the huge blessing to live in Italy for almost five years. I ate like a queen thanks to my landlord’s wife who found it sad and strange that I was living alone without a husband. Thinking that my cooking skills might be impeding that life situation from righting itself, she  bravely offered to teach me “basic wife cooking”. Now my idea of basic cooking does not involve several days and 10’s of steps , but I did master most sauces and baked pasta dishes.  My one failure…one of my failures…was Risotto.  It should be smooth, creamy and slightly hard to the teeth…al dente…not sticky, mushy and glue like.  This particular dish is one of my favorites so I tried and tried and tried…no go Risotto.

Imagine my surprise and delight to discover The Barefoot Contessa’s no fail BAKED risotto…heaven on a plate and absolutely no fail…Princess in the basket approved! Even my Italian Mama would be impressed!

1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

5 cups simmering chicken stock, preferably homemade, divided

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup dry white wine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup frozen peas

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the rice and 4 cups of the chicken stock in a Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset. Cover and bake for 45 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Remove from the oven, add the remaining cup of chicken stock, the Parmesan, wine, butter, salt, and pepper, and stir vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes, until the rice is thick and creamy. Add the peas and stir until heated through. Serve hot

 

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Let’s Party…

Show us Your Life@Kelly’s Korner

Busy Monday Morning@Pinch of Joy

Amaze Me Monday@Dwellings

Tuesday at my House@Our Home Away From Home

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

The Scoop@Stonegable blog

Bernideen’s Tea Party@ Bernideen’s Blog

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Work it Wednesday@The Blissful Bee

Home and Garden Thursday@ A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@Essence of Home

Home Sweet Home@Charm of Home

Thoughts of Home@Poofing the Pillows

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Friday Favorites@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Friday Favorites@Home Sweet Home

Share it One More Time@Shabby Fru Fru

Shabbilicious Friday@ Shabby Art Boutique

Sundays At Home@Thoughts From Alice

Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy

In The New House Designs

 

Pastels are not my jam…

Let me just get this out of the way…outside of the Princess’ room, I am not fond of pastels. Also, I may skirt the borders of the land of whimsy with a few…OK 10…chickens in my kitchen but I have no desire to move completely into cute town. This presents a conundrum  at Easter when the expected decor seems to be pastel hued and bunny driven…is there room for compromise? Can I reflect the beauty of the season and still maintain the integrity of my design style? Join me on a brief tour as we meet these challenges head-on…

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My antique bottle drying rack embraces the lightening of the season with vintage glass bottles to reflect the glorious afternoon light…

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And look! Beautiful eggs in various textures and colors…they don’t have to be pastel!

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A smattering of cute on the mantel with some jewel tone eggs and yellow Vaseline glass candlesticks…a few bunnies go a long way!

imageA small tray of treasures makes an appealing vignette…yes, there is some “cute” and a little pastel but the memories of acquiring each of these pieces makes it a special collection and the perfect example of compromise.

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I guess every home needs a bowl of eggs at Easter…these were arranged by the Princess and re-arranged almost daily….hopefully her Easter will be a bit more cheery than last year…

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Can anyone relate?

Show and Share@Coastal Charm

Bernideen’s Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party@Bernideen’sBlog

No Place Like Home@Rose Chinz Cottage

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Tuesday at My House@Our Home Away from Home

Inspire Me Tuesday@Sand and sisal

Inspire Me Monday@A Stroll Thru Life

The Scoop@Cedarhill Farmhouse

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmar’sHouse

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@Knick of Time

Work it Wednesday@ The Turquoise House

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Share your Cup Thursday@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share your Style@Essence of Home

Inspiration Thursday@In the New House Designs

Thoughts of Home@White Spray Paint

No Rules Weekend@Sincerely Paula

Vintage Charm Party@Charm Bracelet Diva at Home

Making Broken Beautiful@The Curator’s Collection

Home Sweet Home@The Charm of Home

Shabbilious Friday@ Shabby Art Boutique

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Friday Features@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Friday Favorites@Simply Sweet Home

Home Matters@Life With Lorelei

Share it One More Time@Shabby Fru

Sundays at Home@Thoughts from Alice

Busy Monday Morning@Pinch of Joy

Amaze Me Monday@Dwellings

 

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McCall Manor

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Pull up a bench and stay awhile…

You will have several to choose from…

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How about this vintage Korean bench in the front foyer, the perfect perch to watch the world go by…

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Or this gorgeous antique Chinese theater bench in the living room…a stylish way to watch TV…

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This 1800 era Monk bench is pretty and practical…that was my justification for purchasing it. My hero says the benches are just an excuse to buy more pillows and throws…he may not be completely wrong…

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Of couse nothing beats a cozy Sunday afternoon on a bench with a good book…wearing green beads.

Let’s Party…

Something to Talk About@Karen up on the Hill

No Place Like Home@Rose Chinz Cottage

Show and Share@Coastal Charm

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Tuesday at My House@Our Home Away from Home

Inspire Me Tuesday@A Stroll Thru Life

Inspire me Monday@Sand and Sisal

The Scoop@Stonegable Blog

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmar’s Housey

Wow Us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@Beyond the Picket Fence

Inspire Me Wednesday@Adventures of Mel

Work It Wednesday@The Turquoise House

Share Your Cup@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Share your Style@Essence of Home

Thoughts from Home@Poofing the Pillows

Shabbilicious Friday@Shabby Art Boutique

Friday Features@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Friday Features@Home Sweet Home

Feather Nest Friday@French Country Cottage

Making Broken Beautiful@The Curator ‘s Collection

Friday Favorites@Simply Sweet Home

Let’s Talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Share it One More Time@Shabby Fru Fru

Home and Garden Thursday@A Delightsome Life

Sundays at Home@Thoughts from Alice

Busy Monday@Pinch of Joy

Amaze me Monday@Dwellings

Home Sweet Home

Morning Cup of Joe

5 Star Fru Fru

Inspiration Monday

Digging it/Dishing it

BTTCG@Bernadeen’s

Welcome Home Wednesday

Rooted in Thyme
Peace Love and Link

Finding Silver Pennies

Vintage Bliss

Share It

Wonderful Wednesday 

Moonlight and Mason Jars 

Tada Thursday

Imparting Grace

Vintage Chic

In The New House Designs
Sincerely, Paula

Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} 

 McCall Manor