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Agendas Before they were a Thing

Agendas Before they were a Thing

Planners and agendas have been a part of my life for a long time. As a teacher, I prepared numerous year long course descriptions that outlined for students the topics and timeframe that would be covered in each science class. From that skeletal overview, each week...

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Friday Finds

Friday Finds

As you are reading the title of this blog post, I can certainly hear many of you asking, “Why would she go antiquing when she is supposed to be following the mandate of staying home?” Don’t worry, today is the fourteenth day of staying home for me. Just like all of...

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Natural Egg Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes

Practical Kitchen Chemistry Have you ever thought of your kitchen as a science lab? Perhaps that might be more natural for me, having spent 30 years as a high school science teacher. I thought it might be helpful in these strange times we all are experiencing to...

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The Tale of the Yellow Rose

The Tale of the Yellow Rose

The red rose is the flower most often associated with Valentine’s Day. As a teenager and young adult, I dreamed of the day I would receive that bouquet of 12 long-stemmed red blooms from my “Prince Charming” ... my one and only ... my soul mate. Life has had a unique...

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Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Pastel flowers, plenty of pink, touches of gold and winged cherubs always remind me of the beautiful antique Valentines from the Victorian era. I used that for the inspiration for this romantic table setting.  I like to pick an inspiration piece as the starting point...

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Made by Hand

Made by Hand

Valentine Rag Wreath with Vintage Lace Parties and celebrations are always a big part of what happens on Trout Lily Hill.  In the past, I left the Christmas wreath on the front door until there were at least glimpse’s of spring but this year our mild gray winter made...

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The Thanksgiving Table

The Thanksgiving Table

One of my favorite holiday gatherings is Thanksgiving.  This holiday is all about savoring traditional family favorites while leisurely enjoying conversation with all of the people that hold a special place in my heart. Growing up in a large family meant that my...

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Party Planner In Training

Party Planner In Training

Say the word party or special occasion and instantly just like a horse charging from the gate as the start gun sounds, my mind is off and running at high speed dreaming, imagining and planning. The size and scope of the party never seems to intimidate me as I have...

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Trout Lily Hill Established

Trout Lily Hill Established

And the tale begins, A pending marriage, a guy who wants a country home with acres of land, a gal who wants a traditional home with all the conveniences of the city. He says it must be a ranch, She says I’ll take a marble fireplace, chandeliers and a grand entryway....

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Welcome to Trout Lily Hill

Blogging about life on Trout Lily Hill will allow me the opportunity share all of my tips and ideas for creating great family memories in the place you call home.