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Fresh Raspberry Pie Recipe

A reader asked me for my fresh raspberry pie recipe. Here it is! It’s a family favorite. We use local fresh-picked raspberries when possible, but luckily raspberries are available any time of year. Fresh Raspberry Pie Bake a one-crust pie shell using recipe of your choice. Wash and let dry 1 qt. of fresh raspberries….

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“Traveling the World with Mom”

“On Tuesday, we flew over the Great Pyramid…” Wouldn’t that be something to do even if we didn’t have travel restrictions? A.L. Renna’s delightful children’s book Traveling the World with Mom shows us how it can happen, with a little imagination and our local library. Growing up in small-town New England, I loved my visits to my…

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Daffodils…need I say more? :-)

Our daffodils are poking up out of the mud, a sign of spring on our Vermont hill. I’ll post photos once they’re in bloom. In the meantime, I gathered these photos of daffodils in the Cotswolds (top, near where I placed Oliver York’s fictional country home!), the Netherlands (middle) and Ireland (bottom). They make me smile…

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An Irish castle walled garden in spring

It might be mud season on our Vermont hilltop but elsewhere spring flowers are in bloom. Like so many of us, I’m an armchair traveler at the moment, but a few years ago we arrived in Ireland early on an April morning and wandered in a walled castle garden filled with spring flowers. It was…

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Irish walks

With gyms and just about everything closed, many of us are tying on our walking shoes and heading outside for a wander. I love to walk, whether at home in New England or on our travels. I’ve come up with countless scenes and descriptions for my books while I’m off in the Irish hills. Here…

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