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Chorizo stuffing recipe

This chorizo stuffing recipe has always been a favorite of mine — try it this year with your family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hannah Magsamen Barry

Music credit: “If I were a bell” by Oscar Peterson

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How To Make A Candle Stand Centerpiece

We love sharing DIY decor projects!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we decided to create a candle stand centerpiece.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hannah Magsamen Barry

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The Desk

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I spent years using my bed as a makeshift office, spreading my schoolwork, and what eventually because my professional work, in piles covering the blankets. I’d sit surrounded by papers doing my research only to then throw it all on the floor when it was time for bed. Only recently have I discovered the divine virtues of a proper desk and what joy it can bring to ones life. For starters, I am able to organize all of my work and not have to throw it all in messy piles daily. Secondly, having a desk has brought me to designing a work environment that I have grown to love – where I can feel creative, and a place where I am able to fill the walls with materials that make me feel inspired. Collecting paintings, photography, and prints crafted by artist that I admire, mounting a vision board with inspirational quotes, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other odds and ends that bring me joy, or finding the perfect candle scent to set relaxing mood as a paint or write all contribute to what makes me work space special for me and truly my creative sanctuary. No matter what your profession is, we all need a place where we can feel inspired, and to be alone with our own thoughts.

Hannah Magsamen Barry

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Charlemagne’s Gardens

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The Capitulare de villis is a text composed in c. 771-800, which lists a set of rules and regulations that must be followed by royal estates under the reign of Charlemagne. These rules and regulations pertained to things such as land management, animal care, administration, and gardening.

The object of this document was to ensure that all royal estates had certain basic necessities and knew how to use them. In particular, fruits, vegetables, and medicinal herbs.

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While visiting the Loire, I came across a recreation of one of Charlemagne’s gardens. Planted in what used to be a castle moat, I came across plants and herbs that I had never in my life heard of – Species such as Costmary and Ammi, which aid in digestion; Burdock, which purifies the blood and was chewed to prevent dental pain; and Asarabacca, which was used as an emetic.

Though I think I will skip the planting of Asarabacca in own, there are many simple at home remedies for common ailments that can easily be grown right at home. For instance, lavender tea naturally soothes and aids with sleep; mint aids with digestion; rosemary is a great antiseptic; and chamomile flower has soothing properties. I am quite keen on planting my own apothecary garden soon, or as my mom calls it a “farm-acey” Farm+pharmacy… get it? Good!

Hannah Magsamen Barry

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Building your Nest

The concept of a nest, and I mean an actual birds nest, is something that warrants more awe and amazement than it usually gets credit for. If you have ever taken the time to inspect a bird’s nest up close and personal you would notice the painstakingly intricate and precise way that a bird chooses […]

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Artful Journey Workshop

Coming soon, I will be leading a 30 day workshop, once weekly, and open to anyone who would like to come with me on a journey of creativity, fun, and self discovery. ARTFUL JOURNEY WORKSHOP Engage your curiosity, playfulness and imagination as you journey toward self-discovery and artful living. Using her newly published book, I’m […]

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A Harvest

This past weekend, my family and I headed into the countryside for a much needed escape from the often oppressive beat of the city. Paris has innumerable charms that certainly enchanted and quickly won me over, but even in the best of love affairs we all need a moment away. With my parents visiting in […]

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A gift for my friends!!

I am delighted to announce a new partnership with the premiere personalization publisher, Put Me in the Story. Just in time for the holidays, I have adapted two of my favorite and best selling books, Our Little Deer and Whooo Loves You? to be made as personalized books. Our kind publisher is extending a special […]

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A Family Photo Affair

In the small, Vermont town where we live a father and daughter team of photographers (Jay and Sophie Paris) have been working on a project together for the past 21 years. Every 7 years, the two spend one day photographing what is happening in our town that given day. The subjects of the photos are […]

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Be innovative

Recycle and reuse materials in artful ways. When my sisters and I were little girls, our mother always covered our schoolbooks with the brown paper bags that groceries were packed in. She carefully cut and turned the bags inside out and then expertly folded the paper around our books. I loved these book covers because […]

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