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Yes! “Write postcards.” ~Maeve Binchy

Long before either of us visited Ireland, my mother introduced me to Irish novelist Maeve Binchy’s books. I, too, became a fan. I can see my mother, who died a little over two years ago, reading one by the fire in the back room. Ms. Binchy, who died in 2012, left behind a few tips…

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Happy 2024!

2024. It has a nice sound to it. We don’t stay up for midnight in Vermont but instead ring in the new year on Irish time. With bubbles. 🙂 Here’s to a happy, healthy, adventure-filled year, with lots of books at hand!

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Merry Christmas!

Yesterday’s flooding rains haven’t dampened our Christmas cheer. We’d have preferred snow (there’d have been a ton of it!) but appreciate the sunny days ahead as we finish our shopping, wrapping and planning for our gang to arrive. Fine-tuning what goodies to bake and buy is especially fun! We’re planning on making a Christmas wreath…

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A recipe for hot chocolate

Winter’s getting an early start here in Vermont with chilly days and snow. Perfect for homemade hot chocolate! It’s a great way to incorporate hygge into these cold, dark winter days. No better time to repost my recipe! It appears in my Swift River Valley Christmas novel, A Knights Bridge Christmas. I use Dutch-processed Droste…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with good food and good cheer. Up to half a foot of snow is in the forecast for tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow morning, so we’re in for a white  Thanksgiving on our hilltop. We’ll load…

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