Fabulous Princeton Univeristy

Princeton University is a private, Ivy League, research college located in beautiful Princeton New Jersey. Last Thursday we spent the afternoon just roaming around this amazing and historic campus.

The university was founded in 1746 in Elizabeth N.J. as the college of New Jersey, then moved to Newark, N.J. in 1747 and then to Princeton in 1756. The university was renamed Princeton University in 1896.

The architecture of Princeton's extraordinary buildings spans four centuries and includes a variety of architectural styles.

Styles of architecture include colonial, Collegiate Gothic, Italianate, Romanesque and modern.

Below is a upshot of Nassau Hall, the oldest building on campus.

This is the front of the Princeton University Chapel.

The chapel, which is more cathedral like to me, decorated for the holidays.

The next photo is of the Firestone memorial Library.

Our day in Princeton was so enjoyable that even Michael and Grace loved the time they spent walking around the campus. Of course they were absolutely convinced they were at the Hogwarts School of Harry Potter fame!

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful new year!!!
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A Peek Inside Princeton's Historic Nassau Inn

Nestled in the heart of Palmer Square directly across from Princeton University, is the beautiful  Nassau Inn. The original Nassau Tavern was built by Judge Thomas Leonard in 1756. However in 1759 after the death of the Judge, his own beautiful and elegant town residence was turned into the College Inn. At the turn of the 19th century the College Inn was renamed The Nassau Inn.

There's my crew...they look so cozy sitting next to that roaring fire!

 The Inn boast 188 guest rooms and specialty suites along with 14 gorgeous banquet facilities.

Which can be transformed into this...

And then there is the charming Yankee Doodle tap room.

This tap room houses a wall of pictures of famous Princeton alumni including....

Brooke Shields ~ Class of 1987

Jimmy Stewart ~ Class of 1932

Charles L. "Pete" Conrad Jr. ~ Class of 1953
Apollo 12  ~ Took the Princeton flag to the moon.

And one of my favorite newscasters, Charlie Gibson ~ Class of 1965
Plus many many more!
So if you are ever in the Princeton area the Nassau Inn is simply a must see! I couldn't resist posting this beautifully decorated Inn especially as it is all dressed for the Christmas season. I have more to share with you about our trip today to Princeton, including of course the fabulous architecture of Princeton University. 
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Christmas in Our Kitchen

Oh my goodness has this been a very busy week for our family. Lots of preparations in the ways of cooking, baking, cleaning, gift wrapping and a house full of out of town family and friends. Wonderful!! But with all this Christmas busyness, I haven't had the chance to post my Christmas kitchen.

Since I have my rustic tabletop and beautiful black and white buffalo check drapes, this year I decided to keep a woodsy feel in my kitchen by using a bunch of fresh greenery and the bling of some silver Christmas balls.
I also created a little coffee station for our overnight guests.
If you remember, back in the fall Mr. Rosemary Lane placed a shelf above the drapes of the back slider. I adorned it for Christmas with fresh greens and pine cones from the yard, along with some green apples, purple faux berries and more silver Christmas balls.
There are even some fresh greens on our chandy.
And that is our Christmas Kitchen this year.
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Making a Good Idea Just a Little Better

I know I've already shared with you my decorated front porch, but as it is my nature more often then not, just when I think I am done with something I may come up with another idea for it...possibly one a little bit better than the first.
You see I have these two beat up, and in need of some serious attention, Adirondack chairs my sister got at a yard sale for free. I have them now as I am holding onto them for a friend. Then I had the bright idea of using one of them on my rustic front porch setting.

Here is my porch before the chair...


And here is how I moved a few things around to accommodate the chair.

My sled is still on the porch only now is sits to the right of our front door.
I really am liking the way the chair fills up the porch making it feel a little cozier. Then I put the pillow I had on my green chair in the entry on the Adirondack chair to welcome friends.
In the meantime I am still plugging along trying to finish my kitchen so I can show you.
Hope you have all of your presents bought and packages wrapped cuz we are only 5 days away from Christmas!!!
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