The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers


Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Frog Hollow Farm is alive and well!

For me, sitting down and deciding to write something, anything, just to begin posting on my blog once again after all these months away feels so good.  So many things have happened, and life is moving so quickly these days, that I realized my blogging helps me slow down and recognize things that happen around me. In the past several months I have looked back at my posts and been amazed at how much I was paying attention to life around me...I don't think that I've been doing enough of that recently.  My blog has turned out to be a chronicle of our lives here at Frog Hollow Farm, and as I look back at the things I wrote about I realize how blessed and lucky I am.  So, here I am, back at the keyboard, ready to reconnect with myself as well as with you all. 

( from Google)

What's been happening here...well, I can't begin without mentioning Sandy, the major storm that hit the eastern seaboard two weeks ago.  This storm was so unique, and such an improbable combination of so many things -  a once in a lifetime event and different from anything I've ever experienced, and it will be a storm that they write about in meteorological texts for years to come.  As some of you may know, FHFB is a meteorologist and he, along with is staff, watched this monster approach the New Jersey coast holding their breaths - it was enormous and devastating to so many.  If you can open the following link it shows some before and after footage of areas on the New Jersey shore.

FHFB is heading down to Brigantine, New Jersey tonight with a bunch of guys from his office to volunteer and help with some of the cleanup.  

Here are some photos of things we've been up to since we last met - I'll be posting about things separately in the future.

We finally finished the little room off of the kitchen.  I couldn't find a design that I liked, but after Googling words like "pantry", "buttery" and "larder" for what seemed like months, I finally found a photo that looked exactly what I was looking for - and we duplicated it here.  

I miss our gardens, especially the flowers and fresh herbs.  We are already thinking about next year, and what we'll be planting.  I don't know about you, but our garden is always a work in progress.

Lantana growing wild on Lipari, one of the islands off of the coast of Sicily.  

So good to be back, 
Ciao, bella!


  1. Welcome back....sweet lady....good to see you again!!



  2. Ann Marie, I'm so glad you're blogging again! The larder turned out beautifully. I've been thinking of you all on the east coast, sending prayers your way. The ring in my post is from my dad's mom, and my Aunt Ann wore it also.

    Welcome back!

  3. Welcome back..... xoxoxoxoxo Flavia

    Anyway here in Sicily Lantana palnts are wherever you go :D ciao bellissima

  4. Welcome back!

    Hurricane Sandy was so horrific! It also did tremendous damage to the NY shoreline and destroyed so many homes and lives. It will take many years of work to get back to "normal" and I think many won't rebuild.

    Your kitchen looks beautiful! I love all the storage space you have.

  5. Welcome back! And the devastation of Sandy is kind of hard to wrap your head around. I love your new pantry, it's beautiful, and it sounds like you've been busy during your absence from blogging.



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