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Happy 2021!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, fulfilling New Year to you and yours!

All the best,

Carla

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Merry Christmas!

Wherever you are, whether you’re on your own this year or with family or friends, I wish you a merry, merry Christmas!

All the best,

Carla

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A recipe for hot chocolate

When we were growing up in small-town New England, my six brothers and sisters and I would spend hours sledding on the hills behind our 18th-century house (a work-in-progress!). We’d come in pink-cheeked, usually with snow in our boots and cold, and inevitably our mother had a big pot of hot chocolate simmering on the wood stove. What a way to warm up!

I’ve made lots of hot chocolate since then, for adults as well as children. I’ve used mixes but prefer to make it from scratch. Since my father was Dutch, I’ve tended to use Droste cocoa. King Arthur Baking Company, its head… Read More

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Welcome, December!

December to me means family, friends, afternoon tea, reading by the fire and reflecting on the past year. And writing. Of course, writing! It’s rare a day that I don’t write. Right now┬áI’m in “monk mode” with new projects, a great place to be on these short, chilly (cold!) days.

My granddaughter and I are planning St. Nicholas Day (December 6) festivities. She’s in the second grade and loves to draw and do art projects, especially ones involving glitter. I love her cheerful rendition of sunflowers, below, that she did for me last week. I can’t help … Read More