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{Simple Summer Recipes} At Home in NWCT

I am soaking up the last bits of Summer in New England while the Mr is traveling for work this week. Without hesitation, I decided to hide away in the country and eat well at home. This is something I have not done nearly enough since the New Old St...
by ABCD Design on Aug 13, 2015

{Simple Summer Recipes} At Home in NWCT

I am soaking up the last bits of Summer in New England while the Mr is traveling for work this week. Without hesitation, I decided to hide away in the country and eat well at home. This is something I have not done nearly enough since the New Old St...
by ABCD Design on Aug 13, 2015

4th of July {Lookbook}

Early last week I had Nicole from Sketch42Blog up to The Country House for a little pretty-making, photo taking and antiquing. She spends her Summers near the ocean, so from what she tells me it was a fun little getaway to see what “country liv...
by ABCD Design on Jul 7, 2014

Strawberry Dessert Recipe Round-Up {Picking Today}

Our house is located right next door to a fruit and berry orchard. There are many reasons why this is a stellar location for a house (for one, the deer and bunnies hang out where there are endless snacks and never bother with our tulips) but my very...
by ABCD Design on Jun 25, 2014

Addictive Salad Recipes {Peonies from the Perennial Garden}

The night before the Day of Design event at the Mayflower Grace we got the biggest rainfall I have ever witnessed at The Country House. (I am not kidding you, even though the river is miles away it sounded like the Housatonic was rushing through our...
by ABCD Design on Jun 24, 2014

{Cookie Recipe} Honey-Nut Lemon and Spice Bars

A few weeks ago the Mr traveled to London for work. To keep me company during a long week with my husband away, our friend’s invited Tauren Poodle and I to their house for dinner. I suggested that I bring homemade cookies for dessert. I whipped...
by ABCD Design on Apr 7, 2014

Whole Wheat Pancakes {Recipe}

I was half way through writing my post about garden planters and outdoor furniture on Monday when I had the overwhelming desire for pancakes. Whole wheat pancakes – to be exact. My brain kept repeating the same mantra: pancakes, pancakes, panc...
by ABCD Design on Mar 26, 2014

Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe {Perfect Party Food}

I happened to be in the grocery store a few weeks ago when my mom texted me a Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe that they were giving away at her local market. She followed up by saying she had sampled it at the store and that it was delicious. I was wa...
by ABCD Design on Mar 3, 2014

Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe

In my last post, I reminded you about the great Eggnog Pound Cake “smack-down” of 2010. Originally, it was Jessica Gordon Ryan who had been talking about her scrumptious Eggnog Christmas Cake recipe on Twitter which got me completely intr...
by ABCD Design on Dec 17, 2013

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup Recipe

As a part of the great post-Thanksgiving weekend Refrigerator clean out of 2013, I was reminded that I neglected to put the sausage I purchased last Wednesday in the stuffing that I made on Thursday. I knew I was omitting it when I made the stuffing...
by ABCD Design on Dec 5, 2013

{Birthday B.L.T. Sandwiches} Bacon, Lettuce & Heirloom Tomato

This past weekend, my life long best girlfriend traveled from Missouri with her husband to visit us at The Country House. As luck would have it, her Mr and I share our birthdate – it’s the very same year and everything! The last time he...
by ABCD Design on Sep 4, 2013

Organic Blueberry Corn Muffins {Easy to Bake Recipe}

I preheated the oven to make raspberry whole wheat muffins yesterday when I was on the phone with my mom. I told her what I was doing, and she told me that her friend was just talking about a blueberry corn muffin she recently had and loved the flavo...
by ABCD Design on Aug 15, 2013

{Salad Recipe} Arugula, Parmesan, Pine Nuts, and Homemade Dressing

It never fails. Every time I toast pine nuts on the stove top I hear “What are you making? YUM!!!” from the other room. That being said, we’re already off to the right start with this recipe. Add toasted pine nuts to a simple salad...
by ABCD Design on Jul 22, 2013

{Sleepy Sunday Morning Baking} Whole Wheat Scone Recipe

I realize I am at risk of sounding like a broken record, but when we have house guests I like to bake a morning treat for them to wake up to. As you well know, in my regular bakery rotation I have two tried and true recipes that I always make. One is...
by ABCD Design on Jul 11, 2013

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! {What’s cooking for the rainy holiday?}

It’s looking awfully lush and green up here in Northwestern Connecticut! We’ve had an entire week of rain storms, and expect more over this holiday weekend to come. We had high hopes of breaking out the grill over Memorial Day weekend, bu...
by ABCD Design on May 24, 2013

Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe {A Healthier Alternative}

I had eight for dinner this past Saturday night. The weather was particularly amazing. We had mid-sixties and sunshine at 6:15 pm. The yard is starting to bud out and our flower beds are full of daffodils. We ate appetizers on the screened-in porch b...
by ABCD Design on May 6, 2013

Salty Oat Cookie Recipe {With Chocolate Chips}

It all started with this recipe for a Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookie by Smitten Kitchen. Even though the recipe specifically states that they are a crispy cookie -explode in your mouth kind of crispy- and I prefer chewy ones, I couldn&...
by ABCD Design on Apr 16, 2013

Kale Salad Recipe {Featuring} Ricotta, Lemon and Garlic

Late last week, we had family passing through Northwest Connecticut on their way back to Michigan. They arrived late on Thursday afternoon to big bowls of hot New England Clam Chowder, a warm French Baguette, and a salad composed of Kale and Ricotta...
by ABCD Design on Feb 25, 2013

Sunny Banana Bran Muffin Recipe

Last week, I got to thinking that there is nothing quite like piping hot muffins straight out of the oven on a blustery Winter day in February. I wanted something that was wholesome and that I felt good about eating for breakfast. I knew that I didn...
by ABCD Design on Feb 19, 2013

Cream of Broccoli Soup {Quick and Easy Winter Recipe}

On Friday night I opened up the fridge and realized I had not one, but two heads of broccoli. We also never made it through the soon-to-be expiring milk in the fridge this week. With that, I went in search of a cream of broccoli soup recipe that had...
by ABCD Design on Jan 14, 2013


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