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Mixes for Homemade Soup in Minutes

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Our weather in Dublin, New Hampshire, these past few weeks has been cold and snowy, interspersed with freezing... Read More »

More Paints We Love

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California Paints Based in Andover, MA. Premium paints and historic colors, 100% acrylic latex. 800-225-1141, 978-623-9980 californiapaints.com Benjamin... Read More »

Mud Buddies: For Mud Season

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More about mud: New England’s Fifth Season Mud Season Facts and Trivia Boots: These Timberland Earthkeepers for men... Read More »

New England Paint Colors: Put New England in Your Home

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Boldly, I’m going to say that one of our region’s most significant gifts to America is a palette... Read More »

New England Passenger Trains

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Riding the rails is as thrilling today as it was way back when. Here are Yankee’s picks for... Read More »

New Hampshire Foliage Driving Tour

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YOU DON’T HAVE to be a hiker to enjoy New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains, where roads lead into... Read More »

Ornament Centerpieces | Better Than Bling

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In another bowl centerpiece, Matthew attains easy elegance with what he calls “drop and layer” style. Using no... Read More »

Owen Young, Cellist, Lenox, Massachusetts

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A warm evening breeze drifts over Tanglewood. The muted sounds of flutes, clarinets, violins, and a harp join... Read More »

Providence, RI: Free Travel Planner

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VIDEO: WaterFire in Providence If you are looking for family fun, a romantic getaway, a great vacation, or... Read More »

Resources

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Builder: Art Carlucci Construction, Inc., Shaftsbury, VT. 802-442-2307; accbuilders.net Architect: David Shaughnessy, North Bennington, VT. 802-447-0970. Heating systems:... Read More »

Resources

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NiceRink, Genoa City, WI. 888-642-3746; nicerink.com _______________________ Hockey Essay Read a father’s view of ice hockey today. _______________________... Read More »

Resources

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Horacio Pires Painting, Rumford, RI; 401-438-1072 Adler’s Design Center, Providence, RI; 401-421-5157; adlersri.com Simple Pleasures, Providence, RI; 401-331-4120;... Read More »

Resources for Concrete Countertops in New England

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Thomas Buckborough & Associates, Fine Residential Designers and Remodelers, Acton, MA. 978-263-3850; tbadesigns.com Stone Soup Concrete, Florence, MA.... Read More »

Resources for Creative Coat Hooks

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Phil Kaplan Architects, Portland, ME. 207-842-2888; phil-kaplan.com Wes Myer Construction, Windham, ME. 207-892-1020 Read More »

Resources for Massachusetts Home Design

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Benjamin Nutter Associates, Architects, Topsfield, MA. 978-887-9836; benjaminnutter.com Nutter-Cognac General Contractors, Topsfield, MA. 978-887-3474. (Benjamin’s brother, Steve, was... Read More »

Ring It In!

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Out with the old and in with the new: Matthew gives the year a clean start with a... Read More »

Room for All: Space for a Large Family

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Liz and Michael Smith’s Massachusetts home is the hub of their family. On holidays, at least 30 people... Read More »

Rumford Fireplace: Lord of the Flues

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When it came time to build a fireplace, Roger Wells told his mason that he wanted a Rumford... Read More »

Sandwich, MA, Weekend

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My advice about visiting Sandwich is “go early and often.” And by “early” I don’t mean in the... Read More »

Season’s Must-Haves: Electric Bicycle

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The eGO Cycle is emissions-free, nearly silent, and easy to ride. (Remember how comfy the saddle seat of... Read More »

Season’s Must-Haves: Indoor Rowing

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Who among us hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution to lose that holiday flab? Well, here’s Yankee‘s secret... Read More »

Secrets of Preserving Leaves Activity

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When I was a little girl, I had a three-block walk to school. On these walks in the... Read More »

Simple Holiday-Table Settings

Simple Holiday-Table Settings

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Customize your holiday table with this simple place setting from Matthew Mead. Before setting the table, Matthew says... Read More »

Sparkly Winter Wreath | Christmas Decor

Sparkly Winter Wreath | Christmas Decor

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Instructions to Make a Sparkly Winter Wreath 1. Wrap a Styrofoam wreath form with silver fabric ribbon. 2.... Read More »

Thanksgiving Mantel | Gourds, Candles and Bottles

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Find bottle gourds at Michael’s, The Arts & Crafts Store, or a local farm stand. (This is the... Read More »

Thanksgiving Table Setting | Tradition with a Twist

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Say good-bye to the stiff floral arrangements of olden days for this Thanksgiving table setting. To achieve this... Read More »

The Connecticut Antiques Trail

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The broad, mile-long Main Street of Woodbury, Connecticut, is lined with remarkable historic homes built since the town’s... Read More »