Author archive: Janis

    MAY YOU ALWAYS BE BLESSED WITH WALLS FOR THE WIND. A ROOF FOR THE RAIN. A WARM CUP OF TEA BY THE FIRE. LAUGHTER TO CHEER YOU. THOSE YOU LOVE NEAR YOU. AND ALL THAT YOUR HEART  MIGHT DESIRE. (Irish Blessing)   Vegan Irish soda bread 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon baking…

  “The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” ― Thomas Moore           I love setting the stage for romance, for myself, and my loved ones, as well as for my guests.  The extra attention to detail makes…

Winter Wonderland in the Berkshires

Freezing rain Ice and snow Bitter winds Winter woe But in the depths The flowers grow.                        (by Joyce Monachina, my mother)   The Berkshires offer an especially magnificent landscape after freshly fallen snow. I thought I would take you to a couple of my…

Love is in the air at Crabtree Cottage!

“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert Heinlein Celebrate Love & Chocolate all month long at Crabtree Cottage.  Crabtree Cottage loves to set the stage for romance. Arrive to a cozy fire and chocolate covered strawberries in the parlor. Stroll down the street to one of our…

  “If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited it will calm you.” -William Ewart Gladstone On Inauguration Day we decided to host a High Tea / Supper Tea.  High tea is usually served…

Part 1: The Art of Tea

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ― Jimmy Johnson Sometimes, when I am paying attention, I notice the most ordinary moments or ideas are what make life so special. Things we take for granted every day, that we would miss if they were taken away, or worse, went unnoticed.  Most rituals…

  “Cooking may be as much as a means of self expression as any of the arts.”   Fannie Farmer What can I say?  I am hooked on the home arts.  Ever since I was a young girl I have been cooking, decorating & gardening. My mother used to entertain a lot, and I think,…

And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been.  Rainer Maria Rilke

“The gardening season officially begins on January 1st, and ends on December 31.” – Marie Huston Welcome to my Holiday Home! Today I thought I would take you on a little house tour of My Berkshire Country Home! Thanks for coming along with me on my little tour!              …

About us: Hospitality is one form of worship. ~ The Talmud My husband Jeff and I bought his family homestead sixteen years ago. When our major renovation was nearly complete a year later, we opened Crabtree Cottage Bed & Breakfast. This journey has been and continues to be a lifestyle of incorporating all of our…

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