🌷Renewed…Getting Back to “Normal”👭and an Easter Recipe and Craft🥕🐰

Our second vaccine, plus 2 weeks and we’re “RENEWED!!!” We were lucky enough to get our vaccine in

Virginia, where they started 65 and older in January and we happened to be there, for our monthly 2 week stay at The Train House!! We came back in February for our second shot and just like that we were fully vaccinated…

We were able to go out to eat at a local winery to celebrate Victor’s birthday. Although we were at The Bluemont Winery in Bluemont, Virginia, it felt like we were transported to the vineyards of Italy!!

The fire table helped to keep us warm on a cool March day and there was plenty of room for our grandsons to explore and play!!

This was our first outing in several months, it was a magical day!!

The food and wine here are amazing, especially the Maryland style crab dip and bread, which you can see are gone!! We had celebrated Gina’s birthday here a few years back. See this post for a peek at this winery in the summer and a blog flashback!!


There is nothing like visiting a litter of puppies to renew our spirits!! Our next door neighbor saw Aaden and Parker playing outside and asked them if they would like to see their new golden retriever puppies…

She explained that it would be good for the puppies, to get them used to people, for when they go to their new homes!! They have since all gone to their new homes…

And so we played…

and played…it renewed and lifted our spirits!!


Another sign of renewal, planting seeds in spring with the hope that they will give us beautiful lush plants…

This is a great activity for kids to do in the early spring. These seed starter kits can be found at Lowes or Homedepot. They were perfect for Aaden and Parker to plant their peas and beans!!

Just keep the clear covers on until the plants get too tall to keep them on. In this case, it only took a week and a half for these plants to get this tall, hopefully they will hold on until we plant them in the ground. If not, we will just plant more!! And where do Aaden and Parker want to plant these vegetables?

Around their new clubhouse/treehouse, in which they are building with their Papa!! The three guys with their matching tool belts and one girl ready to be inspector general!!

Working on the floor!!

Floor all done, waiting for our next visit to Virginia to finish, the boys are so excited…I will keep you updated on the progress!!


A delicious carrot recipe for Easter dinner and how to fold a bunny napkin…

Gina gave me the idea for this recipe, she’s making one like it for our Easter dinner, which by the way is the first family dinner for us, since the summer!!


  • INGREDIENTS        
  • 1 1/2 pounds small spring carrots, tops trimmed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped chives or parsley for garnish. (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss carrots in olive oil, smoked paprika, and a generous sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until carrots are tender when pierced with a fork.

While carrots are roasting, place whiskey in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until whiskey is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Cook 2-3 more minutes, allowing sauce to thicken. Lower heat and stir in butter and orange juice until well combined. Season to taste with a pinch of salt. Keep sauce warm until carrots are done. Toss carrots in warm glaze, sprinkle with chives or parsley and serve immediately.  

Carrots trimmed and ready for roasting…

While the carrots are in the oven, start making the whiskey sauce…

Finished and ready to serve…it is amazingly delicious!!

This bunny napkin is made by folding an ordinary cloth or paper napkin. Click on to this video to see how to make it. Such a nice Easter touch at each place setting!! Tip…you might need a paperclip, common pin or clothespin to hold it together in the back. Just make sure you collect them from all your guests when they unfold their napkin to use.


In my last post I showed you this number 1 picture of the Monet, Poppy Field, paint-by-number painting that I was in the process of painting!! Number 2 photo is my painting completed!! Number 3 photo is Monet’s painting!! Although, it was challenging to paint, with very tiny strokes, but so worth it, because now I have a Monet to hang in The Train House!! I will show it framed and hanging on the wall, at some point!!


On this day in March, there wasn’t a soul in sight on our beach on Cape Cod…in a few months it will be very different, with lots of people and colorful umbrellas dotting the landscape…while walking I was pondering my thoughts…

Spring Equinox is a time of renewal, fresh starts and rebirth, it also represents joy, hope and growth… After long and dark winter months, we can finally step out and enjoy beautiful scenery. In years past we have embraced all these spring changes, with running and leaping towards it all, like a brand new puppy! However, this spring might be a little different, because the darkness this winter started sooner with the pandemic, keeping us in and isolated for a whole year…it has been the darkest winter that I have ever been through. I think I am looking forward to this spring more than ever, but going towards this celebration, like a leaping puppy will not take place for me. It will take place slow and gentle, like the petals of a flower opening. It will happen…I will visit with friends and family, go shopping in actual stores and go into restaurants, but it will slowly happen, like the opening of a flower.

Happy Spring Equinox and Happy Easter to you all🌷

10 thoughts on “🌷Renewed…Getting Back to “Normal”👭and an Easter Recipe and Craft🥕🐰

  1. Hi Carol! Love your post. Chip and I are one week from our second shot… I know exactly how you feel…can’t wait to get back to some form of normal and to be able to see and visit with family again. Like you, I am looking forward to venturing into stores again…can’t believe it’s been over a year since I have been into the grocery store…finally I can pick out my own fruits and vegetables! Happy Easter!

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    1. So glad you are getting your second shots, things have seemed all over the place in FL, like MA. It is great to get back to some form of normalcy, but as I said, it feels weird, might have to be done a little at a time. I went to Shaw’s and Wole Foods for the first time in a long time, I spent so much money, because everything looked so good!! Next it will be TJ Maxx😉 Happy Spring/Easter🐰


      1. I guess I worded that wrong…we got our second shots one week ago. Only one more week until we are all set to get back out there…cautiously of course!

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  2. once again, thoroughly enjoyed this post! please say hello to Gina and everyone for me.
    I can’t believe how much the boys have grown. happy that you got your second shot .
    One step closer to some normalcy. I get my second shot on Tuesday. hope all is well..
    keep the blogs coming !

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    1. So glad you are getting your second shot, Denise…MA has had a difficult time getting vaccine into arms!! Can’t wait for all my friends to get fully protected, so we can start visiting!! Just have to tell you that Aaden’s voice is starting to change, can’t even believe it!!!
      Enjoy your spring and Easter, and say hello to Julie and your whole family (I enjoy seeing her family on Instagram)🌷💞


  3. Happy Spring Carol . Please wish Victor a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY (belated) for me. Looks as though Victor, you and your family had fun celebrating. Glad to hear you both got the vaccine, its slow in NJ.
    The puppies are adorable. It must have been difficult for the boys to part
    with them . Speaking of the boys, I can’t believe how tall Aaden has gotten. They are both good looking boys having a great time building a
    tree house with their Papa, who is also having a great time .
    It’s great that you are able to spend Easter with your family in Virginia,
    dinner will be delicious. So happy things are getting back to normal; now if everyone would still take all the precautions it would be great. The lonely Cape beach brings back fond memories, I do hope I can get back there this year. It’s often in my thoughts and always in my heart.
    It seems Austin and Texas are always in the news. Hope Patty,Don and their family are well and safe.
    Thanks Carol, a great blog and closing verse. It a great way to keep
    in touch. Enjoy the beginnings of Spring and warm wishes to you Victor and your family for a very HAPPY EASTER.
    Much Love,

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    1. It’s always great to hear from you, Lucille!! Yes, we had fun celebrating Victor’s birthday, so grateful we can be in VA for celebrations! And also, to be VA to see the boys growing…we go every month and everytime we go back they have grown more!! Aaden will be in middle school next year and his voice is getting deeper!!
      It would be great if everyone took precautions, mostly everyone around us in MA is, I never see anyone in a store without a mask! But I see on the news, not everyone is taking it seriously!! Don and Patty have gotten their first vaccine, they are doing well, so hopefully they will be heading to the Cape for the summer🙏🏽
      Thank you for checking in on my blog, wishing you, Dee, your family and friends a wonderful Spring and Happy Easter💞


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