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When Spring Comes To Vermont

When Vermonters are ready for spring we are believers. We believe in warmer weather. We have to believe because a 65 degree day in March or April can easily be followed by a foot of snow…just to keep us humble. When spring finally comes to Vermont, you know it. How? Easy. People wear shorts &

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Maple Sugar On Snow at Butternut Mountain Farm

So this post is going to start out with a confession:  I’ve lived in Vermont for almost 15 years and just attended my very first Sugar On Snow event.  OK, I’ve admitted it.  I feel better now. My husband, David, works for Butternut Mountain Farm–The Vermont Maple Sugar Company, and we attended the company’s Maple Sugar on Snow

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Local love: Lake Champlain Chocolates and Grace Potter

Lake Champlain Chocolates is definitely a Burlington favorite on the chocolate scene and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a huge favorite on the music scene so when the two paired up to make a limited edition chocolate bar I expected that it would be fab-u-lous.  I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. “Grace Under Fire” is aptly named.  The

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Everything I need to know I learned from my CSA Share

Most Vermonters have heard about how the newly renovated barn at Pete’s Greens burned to the ground last Wednesday.  I started drafting a post about how much I value my CSA share a few weeks ago (my third post boasting about our share), but after hearing about the fire it made my appreciation for these local foods even greater. We

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 23) Holiday Gift Ideas

There are 12 days until Christmas and today I have a compilation of my favorite things from the past year that I think make great gifts for your loved ones…and quite possibly for YOU, too! Today, 12/13, is the last day to get your holiday orders in to Paloma’s Nest for thoughtful, custom ornaments. While we’re talking about

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 21)

I first discovered my next favorite thing, Mountain Ash Designs, on Etsy 2 years ago and I simply had to have an apron made from recycled and repurposed fabrics.  I love the shabby-chic style of  Sarah O. Green’s designs.  After my husband and I finished setting up a wedding at The Round Barn in Waitsfield this

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Happy 1 year of wedding blogging to me!

I have been blogging for one year…since Nov. 4th 2009!  Happy Anniversary to me!!..and it’s been so much fun to hear people say, “You’re blogging?!” or even better, “I’ve been reading your blog.”  I smile and think to myself, “You subscribe to my feed?  You like me.  You really like me!”  Soooo…as an aw schucks, thanks for reading gesture

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Alison’s Favorite Things (vol. 20)

Cupcakes came onto the wedding scene several years ago and I’ve heard suggestions that they have “had their day”, but I personally cannot imagine cupcakes ever going out of style.  My Little Cupcake specializes in “yummy little cupcakes for every occasion” and they have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a while now.  These

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Eco-friendly Vermont wedding dresses

Tara Lynn Bridal creates custom wedding dresses with eco-friendly fabrics right here in Vermont and her recent design for American Idol, Crystal Bowersox has been making news.  Tara Lynn works with hemp/cotton, hemp/silk, natural cotton and unique hemp blends and she not only wants to make a dress for your wedding day, but she wants

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Alison’s favorite things (vol. 19)

We were at Blueberry Hill Inn setting up a wedding in July when I first tried some luxurious “Lavender Ecstasy” foaming soap by Vermont Soap Organics.  I loved it so much I ran out to Middlebury that afternoon to get some for myself!  There is a warning on their website that it is highly addictive and I must agree!  I

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