BYOB – Build Your Own Begonia

So my mom has this big giant beautiful begonia that I was seriously jealous of. I wanted my own begonia plant so I asked her if I could try to propagate it. We did our research & I found myself slightly discouraged by what seemed like all kinds of very complicated processes to propagating different types…

Brownie Bites

This is a really simple recipe & these may actually be my new favorite dessert. Who doesn’t love soft melty chocolatey cookies covered in powdered sugar? They really are as good as they sound! We plan to double or triple this recipe for Christmas when we have our guests & holiday parties to attend because as…

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

It had been much too long since I last baked something. I basically missed prime apple cinnamon deliciousness season all together (Please don’t share your recipes, I’ll cry.) Luckily I haven’t slept through pumpkin season! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors and you can definitely bake pumpkin anything into the holiday season right along side your…

Deanna’s Honey Nut Pastry

You may not know this about me, but I work at a restaurant on the Piscataqua River in downtown Portsmouth. The other evening I walked into the kitchen of the restaurant to find these three mysterious golden cylindrical pastries fresh out of the oven. Chef was in a good mood that night, so when I asked to try…

Peggy’s Rare & Antique Books

 Did you know that you can find beautiful rare and antique books at Bowerbird and Friends in down town Peterborough? Thanks to Peggy you will find a gorgeous selection of collectable books available at Bowerbird. Peggy first became interested in books because her father was an antiquarian book seller.   When Peggy was just seventeen, she started…

Chocolate Almond Meringues

First of all, meringues can be tricky to make, but DO NOT FEAR the meringue. Here are a few tips to follow in order to execute a successful meringue! Separating eggs is easier when they are cold but they whip to their maximum volume at room temperature. So, I recommend separating your whites then leave…

Lovely Lemon Cupcakes

Below you’ll find a recipe (from my long time baking friend Molly and I) for perfectly moist and zesty lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting. Cupcakes 1 large egg 2/3 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup granulated…

Impress your friends with your French baking skills

There is something special and sophisticated about macarons. Maybe it is that they are French, or that they are just the right amount of sweet, maybe it’s that they go so well with a late or cappuccino. One of the fun parts about making macarons is that you can make any color and flavor. You…

NH Artist – Daniel Thibeault

About the artist: Daniel is a New Hampshire native from the Peterborough area. He is widely recognized through the Monadnock Region for his artistic and entrepreneurial skills. He began painting at an early age, and although primarily self taught, attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. Being a multi-talented man, Dan returned to…

Fiddle Dee Dee

Fiddle fig trees are so IN! Trend setting interior gurus started incorporating them into their designs and we are so happy they did. Fiddle fig trees make an excellent visual impact on any space. They fit into all styles of décor and into any room of the house. Being from a tropical climate, they even…

5 Reasons You Should Decorate with Antiques

Aside from the fact that it is fabulously on trend to incorporate architectural pieces and antique furniture into your décor, we can offer you 5 additional reasons to hop on the band wagon! 1. It is GREEN! Much like recycling you can re-use or re-purpose furniture and other antiques for decor. 2. It’s just plain…

Frozen Charlottes

Perhaps a bit morbid but these little Frozen Charlotte figurines are so delicate and pretty. The Charlotte doll stems from a New England Folk tale. William Lorenzo Carter wrote a song in 1834, describing a girl named Charlotte who wore a beautiful dress for a ball on a cold Maine night. Charlotte’s mother advised her…