Valentine Napkin Ring

Napkin Ring

One of my greatest pleasures is spending lots of time in my cottage kitchen doing what I love, cooking. Being a garlic lover I use garlic in just about everything I cook and have broken apart many garlic bulbs.  Garlic is not only essential in my cooking, but, also as a decorative element in my […]

Out Junkin

Made In Germany Creamer

I don't want you to think I haven't been out junkin..cause I have :-}. To be honest with you I love heading out the door with the anticipation of what "find" will I stumble upon? Thrifting is such a unique experience -- I love digging through cluttered racks and shelves, the musty smell of who-knows-what […]

Its All About The Hearts

Knitted Heart

To be honest once the holidays are over I  feel drained.  So many activities, emotions and hosting/partying has left me mentally and physically fatigued.   I usually just lag through until Valentine's day.  This year the Charmer is about easy and no stress's all about the hearts, knitted hearts. I think I mentioned when fall […]

Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake

Carmelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

My Mom was an excellent cook and even a better baker.  But I've never had a "sweet tooth!  I'm not a big chocolate eater either..but I do have a few favorites that I repeatedly make.  Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake is one of them.  You know what else is great about this banana upside down […]

A Little Bit Of Winter Wonderland

vintage bottles, pearls, buttons

I  love winter!  Yep, I do! I thought I would bring a little bit of winter wonderland inside! You might be wondering why I love a winter wonderland? No sweating Days are getting longer It's quiet outside The sound of snow crunching as I walk on it

Blogging Friend And A Winter Walk

french sugar and creamer set

Last week was one of those kind of weeks where nothing ran smoothly.  Wednesday morning my car's passenger tire blew out.  Not able to get a hold of Mr. C, I left my car, walked in the freezing cold (no gloves or hat) to find shelter until I could reach him. Later on we bought […]

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

pork chops with onions and apples

I'm sure you know by now that one of my favorite ways to cook is using one pot wonder meals. Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions is quick and easy...and is oh so good! Mr. C is a big pork eater and he loves it! Mr. C doesn't love easily :-{

Tiny Homes On The Market

Small Home, Westmont VA

Remember when smoking was cool (if your old enough)?  McMansion's use to be cool too but that trend is rapidly changing. Small space living is back in vogue for many reasons. The Charmer isn't a tiny home, but she is small, 1,182 square feet. When I purchased her, as a single woman in 1987, I […]

Adding To My Currier and Ives Collection

Currier and Ives Porcelain Coffee Cups

Yesterday was predicted to be the warmest day for the next week. It's been so cold I've been staying in and feeling the cabin fever bite. Heading out the door the sun was shinning bright and the snow twinkling.  Gosh you feel so much better when the sun is out!

Colds, Flu and What YOU Can Do!


Throughout the winter months, it is important to keep a strong immune system. When you do feel illness coming on, there are a few simple steps you can take to help boost your immune response and (hopefully!) kick the bug before it begins or at least shorten the duration of illness. Learn how to rid […]