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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catching Up

"I can see meadows, deep woods, which the first outburst of buds mists over with an elusive green, cold streams and forgotten springs.  Easter primroses, daffodils with the saffron coloured heart, and violets, violets, violets..."
~Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Oh my it truly is spring here.  The violets are just starting to bud out and that is a sure sign winter is gone.

I'm sorry I did not write as soon as I had planned but the day after my update our old lady kitty got sick and passed away.  She had been with us for almost 18 years, it was heartbreaking. 

I was glad for the nice weather afterwards to keep my mind busy raking and weeding in the garden.  Plus I have this little nilly following me everywhere just like a puppy.  We are still working on making her a lap kitty but she loves being with us.  A small blessing...I think we needed her just as much as she needed us.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday.  It was a lovely, sunny, perfect day here.  Just like I remember when I was little, walking up to my grandparents house after church with the everything smelling like hyacinths.
Had a wonderful day baking up some lovely Italian goodies with Dino's Uncle, Zio Ugo.
These next few weeks I will be getting ready for the Spring Gathering at 1824 Walker Farmhouse on May 10th.  Making all kinds of little springtime pretties.  This is what I'm working on today ~ bluebirds!
Warmest wishes to you for a beautiful spring!  Happy week to you all.  I promise to return soon.  xo Jenn
Rest in peace our beautiful Hannah Banana. We loved you and will miss you very much. 7/13/1997 - 4/9/2014

Monday, April 7, 2014


I'm having a little "bunny" update tonight on my website.  Please stop over and take a look.  www.rabbithillprimitives.com

Will catch up more tomorrow.  Wishing you all a lovely day!!

xxoo Jenn

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We made it.

 "The first day of spring is one thing,
          and the first spring day is another"
~Henry Van Dyke
See that little bumble bee up there?  All it takes is one warm day.  Unfortunately that wasn't today.  Who cares! Happy first day of Spring!  The sun did pop out for a few minutes (after the snow flurries this morning) and I'll take it!
This time of year is exciting to dream about the garden.  To enjoy those first little bursts of spring.  Like the little snowdrops that are opening up everywhere whispering to me warmer weather is on its way.
Bringing a few posies inside is good too! 
Alys Fowler has a lovely series called "The Edible Garden".  I watch these over and over again.  Beautiful garden, beautiful filming, beautiful lady (and I love everything she wears!)  Here is the first in a series of six. 

Enjoy spring and keep dreaming!
Happy hugs, 


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day/Easy Corned Beef

We have a few little traditions here, we wear green, make a little Americanized Irish dinner, and watch "The Quiet Man".  I am a tiny bit Irish so it's kind of fun!
We always have the same thing for dinner....Corned Beef, Cabbage and Noodles, and the best Irish Soda Bread.

I'm posting this quick little recipe for Corned Beef, first, because I wanted to share with you; and second, my hard drive went on my laptop last week and I lost a "few" things. My recipe file here is my "back-up" for favorites.  Plus they are easy for me to find without having to use my "other" system...aka a stack of a hundred or so printed recipes.

I buy the flat rectangular cut of corned beef.  It's usually packaged with a tiny pouch of seasoning.  Follow the directions on the package for cooking the beef via the simmering method.  When it is finished cooking (this is the yummy part), slice the beef and place it on an oven-proof platter.  Mix up 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, 2 tablespoons catsup, and 1/3 cup brown sugar packed.  Spread it all over the corned beef.  If it's a big piece double the mixture.  Put in a preheated 350 degree oven for a bit to warm the sauce and serve.  That's it!  Delightful!

Sadly, I lost my "Quiet Man" dvd and they are not showing it today on TCM.   "The Quiet Man" is an annual classic for St. Patrick's Day, the same way "It's A Wonderful Life" is for me at Christmas. One of my all time favorites. If you don't know what I'm talking about, its a wonderful classic movie from 1952 staring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Not a western (ha ha) but a lovely, funny, romantic film, shot partly in Ireland.  Here's a little clip I found on youtube so you can see what I mean.

If you can't find a way to see it today, mark your calendars because it is scheduled to air on April 23 at 12:30 pm on TCM. You can sign up for a reminder from them here:  http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/24069/The-Quiet-Man/

Have yourself some good luck today!
xo Jenn

p.s. If you've emailed me in the last week, I am still figuring out how to get my Rabbit Hill email back up and running and will get back to you very soon!!  So sorry.

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