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Easter, a Downed Tree, and a Whole Lot of “God’s Eyes”

Posted by mrssmythe on April 19, 2017 in Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Ginger's Snaps, Seasons, Week in Review |

The daffodils are out at Springfield College! The girls and I noticed them (and whole-heartedly approved) when we were on campus last Friday. Other welcome spring color… Glory-of-the-Snow. Isn’t that a wonderful name for a plant? These are popping up in unexpected spots in the yard. I love them. The Flowering Quinces are getting ready […]

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Rock Tumbling and Other Winter Pastimes

Posted by mrssmythe on January 30, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, House, Week in Review |

With the cold stretching long before us and the bright busy-ness of the holidays over, we at the Smythe house find we are, more and more, relying on hobbies and creative projects to fill our days. Pepper received a rock tumbler for her birthday earlier this month and finally broke it out. It’s been a fascinating process to watch. Here […]

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Some Cooking, Some Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on January 10, 2017 in Cooking, Crafting, On the Home Front, Week in Review |

This photo sums up our weather so far this winter. A little rain, a little snow…We’ve had a little bit of everything. We’ve had balmy, spring-like days in the middle of December, and now it feels like we’re in a deep freeze. By Thursday, it should be back in the mid-fifties. Up and down we go. […]

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Post-Holiday Update

Posted by mrssmythe on December 26, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

I hope you had a lovely holiday. Ours was packed with fun, food, and good friends – just the way a holiday should be. The past two weeks were equally full and festive. We enjoyed a performance of “The Nutcracker” at The Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. Here you see one of the lions who guards the […]

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Holiday Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on December 13, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Our holiday traditions have been scaled back this year in an attempt to manage Christmas production rehearsals, athletic events, school schedules, and just life in general. I’m calling it “Holiday Lite”. For starters, I toned the baking way down and am employing my good friend, the Sprinkle, to make simple things, like these Vanilla Wafer Cookies, look festive. These are […]

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