Author Archives: Marcia Ren

A Return To Nantucket…

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” -anonymous 🐳 Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are well & enjoying a beautiful November… Today’s post is a continuation from October…The Month I Got Whisked Away… After a quick trip from Hyannis on the Hy-Line … we arrived in Nantucket… 🐳 strolling along the cobblestone streets… to our hotel the Jared Coffin House… Our check in time wasn’t until 2 o’clock (however the desk clerk was kind enough to let us check in earlier) We unpacked and relaxed a bit… then headed out for an afternoon … Read the full blog post

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A Visit To Stonington & Mystic Connecticut…

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is the change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -Miriam Beard Hello, sweet friends… Happy November! Today I’ll be sharing the small towns of Stonington & Mystic Connecticut… (particularly the charming houses & adorable shops) This post is a continuation from October…The Month I Got Whisked Away… there were so many quaint houses… Shops and more around Stonington… 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 Now…Let’s head on out to Mystic… Stay tuned…

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October…The Month I Got Whisked Away…

“Life itself is a privilege. But to live life to the fullest -Well, that is a choice.” -Andy Andrews 🍁 Hello, sweet friends… It’s hard to believe this is the last weekend of October… and that… it was back in early October when Joe brought home a mini pumpkin cake… Which began… a deliciously sweet whisked away anniversary trip to New England… and a few quick decisions… oh my goodness… What… Shall… I… Wear!!!! Fortunately…it took all of a minute to decide… 😂 Because as you well must know… when one gets whisked away…one doesn’t have much time! That being … Read the full blog post

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How To Host an Autumn Tea🍁☕️

“There is no joy in life unless you share it”-anonymous Hello, sweet friend… Fall is here… And I’m excited! Today I thought I’d share with you how to prepare for a small harvest tea. I will be using only those items which I currently have to create a simple yet elegant tea… You can do this too! I hope this post will inspire you to host one of your very own during this wonderful autumn season. *Other traditional English finger sandwiches include roast beef, sliced ham, chicken salad tea sandwiches, tuna salad finger sandwiches with capers, tuna salad finger sandwiches with … Read the full blog post

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🍂A Visit To A Pumpkin Patch…& Recipe For Pumpkin Bread🍁

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s.” -L.M. Montgomery Hello, sweet friend… Happy October! This past week… we took our annual visit to a local pumpkin patch… There is nothing like spending time outdoors… surrounded by beautiful Mother Nature… walking…searching… for the perfect pumpkin… or two… the whole experience was quite relaxing… and fun… Btw…any chance you’ll be visiting a local pumpkin patch this year? 👩‍🍳 WHAT’S COOKING? What better way to begin October than with a flavorful…well spiced…super moist pumpkin bread loaf… 🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 PUMPKIN BREAD LOAF 🍁🍂 INGREDIENTS 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour … Read the full blog post

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A Fall Haul Getaway

Pumpkin spice is my favorite season… Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… I’ve just returned from a fall haul mini getaway… Joe I were able to visit with friends… explore a few fun restaurants… and…of course I was able to do some fall shopping… It’s no secret that I love all things pumpkin spice…and because Trader Joe’s my favorite all things pumpkin spice store is almost 3 hours away…this grocery trip has turned into a mini getaway tradition in which I take an autumn grocery trip to Trader Joe’s…among other favorite stops…(of course) 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? Shortly … Read the full blog post

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Colors of Autumn…🍂

“And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall” – Oscar Wilde Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Joe & I are heading out of town… for a mini getaway… this will be Anastasia’s first experience with a pet sitter… we’ll see how that works out…😂 I thought before we departed… I’d take you for a quick stroll around the garden… this is my favorite time of year… everything is so beautiful… I almost don’t want to leave… However…a change of scenery is always good… whether it’s a faraway trip… or only a small getaway… I always get … Read the full blog post

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My $60.00 End of Summer Haul & A Gallery Wall…

“In order to do something well we must be first be willing to do it badly.” -Julia Cameron Hello, sweet friend… While perusing a recent estate sale… I spotted a few items that were fabulous finds… however all had sadly been sold… disappointing as it was… I’m also not one to get easily discouraged…soooo…. early the following day I headed over to a local church rummage sale… it was there I scored quite well on several items… particularly vintage pictures… I was thrilled since I’d been working on a gallery art wall in the theme of ‘Homes & Gardens’… with … Read the full blog post

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The Sound of Music…And My New Piano

“Music is a form of prayer, uniting people everywhere.” –Zen Insprations Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… This summer marked a few benchmarks…6 years since our move from California…a surprise trip celebrating my sister’s birthday…the garden tour… And… my (new to me) piano. The anticipation of this beautiful instrument took on a life of it’s own… days were spent arranging, rearranging & creating space in our living room…obsessive thoughts of how everything would look afterwards. Not to mention the excitement of getting to a time in life where I was able to choose a piano of my … Read the full blog post

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A Little Bit Of This and That…

“JOY…the Kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens”-David Steindl-Rast Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… This… was a fabulous week… 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 I was thrilled that the piano found it’s way to a young child… Now we can do this… 🐝🐝🐝 What’s Cooking? BLACKBERRY COBBLER Ingredients 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries (do not use blueberries) 1 cup sugar 1 cup All- purpose-flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/2 cup melted butter Directions In medium bowl, stir together blackberries and sugar. Let’s stand about 20 minutes … Read the full blog post

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