About Me

Hello and welcome to Pine Cones and Acorns, my name is Elizabeth. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a step-mother, an aunt, a grandmother and a friend among many other labels. But here at Pine Cones and Acorns I am just me.

I have traveled the world for most of my life, first as a child moving around the USA, from Michigan to Alaska and states in between; then as a teenager spreading my wings with my sister on our first trip to Europe. From the first time we packed our bags I have always loved the adventure of a new place, new things and a new life. I am still a world traveler mostly to familiar places like the States, Paris, Scotland, Italy and places where I can see my friends and family as well as something new.

My love of adventure fueled my thirst for knowledge, and books became my way to "see" the world even when I was not traveling and they are still that way today. A book is a holiday, an adventure, a time machine, an escape and a portal to a new world, a new taste, an invention, a scene of beauty, a natural discovery, and so much more.

I originally thought I would be an Egyptologist and go on digs, perhaps find the next King Tut, but I hate sand, so that would have been a challenge. I changed my major and studied International Relations. I earned a Bachelors Degree, a Masters Degree, and continued on to a couple of years studies towards a Doctorate. Along the way I earned a Certificate in Holocaust Literature and continued in my free time to study Art History and Egyptology. In addition, I interned for Senators, at the Institute of World Affairs and at the Library of Congress. All the while working for my family's business so that I could continue to fund my adventures abroad; meeting my brother and friends for the summers in Germany, and in France where I had gone to school, and to many places in between.

I had thoughts of becoming a writer, or working at a "think tank" to fuel my real passion which is research but then I met my husband and my life took a different path.  Although my original plans did not come to fruition my life is filled with many blessings, the most important (aside from my husband, family and friends) of which is the gift of time. I continue to work for my family's business which allows me the time to travel the world with my husband, family and friends.

I discovered blogs back in 2006, I even thought about starting one but what would I say, who would read it and why? I finally registered on Blogger in 2008 but it took another two years to dip my toes in the water and now here I am. I named my blog Pine Cones and Acorns because first and foremost I have always loved pine cones and acorns, every time I find one I think of them as little gifts from God. They make me smile because each one is unique just like each of  us.

Life is filled with gifts, from our families, friends, kids, a moon on a dark night, a sun peaking out from a cloud, a dolphin frolicking in the waves,  a penny on the sidewalk and the unexpected treasures found while reading a book, and of course a blog or Pinterest. That is really what my blog is all about, the beauty of life, found in travels, nature, books, family and friends.

I hope you come along for the ride, you never know what you will find here, a recipe, the perfect cup of cocoa, a book or movie review, the sights and sounds of Paris or Scotland or somewhere else, or maybe just the musings of life, my love of snow and Winter and my dream of living in a cottage on a Loch in Scotland.

You can contact me at pineconesandacorns@gmail dot com


  1. Oh, so nice to meet you, Elizabeth, 'in person!'
    I love your gregarious background and your continuing adventures!
    I love reading ALL of your musings, and I can't wait to travel with you!
    Looking forward to reports from the road!
    xoxo, Chris

  2. Hello Elizabeth,
    So nice to meet you. You have quite the varied background. I absolutely love getting to know other people through blogging and am so happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I will be following and am anxious to get to you know you better.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. Hello Elizabeth. What a beauty you are. I hadn't seen this on your header before. Is it new? Always a pleasure visiting you daily.

  4. Elizabeth,
    We have a life of traveling in common. Because of my husband being a pilot in the Coast Guard, I too have lived in Alaska...3 different times! Did the military take you there as well. I am not as scholarly as you but love pretty things as you do.

  5. Elizabeth, I am so happy to have found Pine Cones and Acorns. I'm now following along and look forward to frequent visits. Love the name, as I too love acorns. ~ Sarah

  6. I'm so glad I found my way to your blog. Beautiful!

  7. Yay!! I love pine cones and acorns TOO!! So happy to meet you!
    PS-Scotland and Italy?! Seriously jealous.

  8. I make lavender shortbread that is to die for. I had included it in one of my posts of my blog.


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  10. Hi Elizabeth,

    Thank you for joining my blog. I'll do the same

    Emily @ UpstateCountryHouse.com

  11. Wow, you are so accomplished!

  12. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous About Me page! And what a fascinating life you've led Elizabeth. A Certificate in Holocaust Literature? As a lover of history I'm so intrigued, and I loved your description of a book. My God, it doesn't get better than that. I'm so grateful for your comment on my blog because it led me here. I'm a new follower.

  13. I stumbled upon your blog as I was searching the difference between pinecone and acorn. I have a treasured pinecone hence I use its image for my blog. Feel free to have a look at my 'pinecorn' http://littlegirlstory.wordpress.com/about/
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog.

  14. when i read your mention of ravinia, i realized you are nearby and had to investigate. my my elizabeth, your accomplishments are vast and your zest for life is so apparent

    we share many loves especially that cottage in scotland on a loch......sigh.....

  15. You are an amazing woman and yet you seem to be humble. l will enjoy bookmarking your blog so l can return to it again and again. Thank you for sharing your interesting life for those of us that don't have such a fascinating life. Although my life is rich in so many ways l am not jealous but can live a little through your shared experiences on your blog. God bless you!

  16. You are an amazing woman and l am so glad l stumbled upon your blog which l will bookmark to return to it again and again. l like that with your fascinating life that you seem humble.

  17. If you like snow move to Camden Maine tons of artists and writers.
    High Property taxes- expensive yard men.

  18. I loved reading about your journey to where you are now. I also thought I'd be an Egyptologist and dig up tombs! And we both share an affinity for pine cones and acorns. I collect pine cones from wherever we travel. And oak leaves and acorns are a running theme in our decor. Keep seeing the world through your lovely set of eyes, and sharing it with the rest of us!

  19. Thank you for your comment about mine on Lost in Arles. I am even more bothered by H's comment to Sweet Retreat (from Ottawa). I don't understand why H regrets ever having written about Teddy. And from Ellie directly I learned how David's mother had accidentally tripped over Teddy when he got underfoot, thereby breaking bones and ending up in the hospital, but not exactly Teddy's fault, just an accident but serious for David's mother..

    I know Ellie wrote me asking if I would adopt Teddy but I am severely allergic to dogs. I would have found a way to move to France and liberate Teddy but for the severe allergies.

    I greatly enjoyed reading about you above. It brought smiles to me. I love your comment about not liking sand. I love your philosophy that life is full of gifts. And I love the serendipity that brings wonderful gifts to our doorstep. I always wanted to be in a chestnut forest in fall in Europe and one day I found myself being driven through one. I just found the slides the other day. And I thought, what a gift it was to me, a gift that was given unexpectedly and suddenly. Only last night, I thought of all the things that might be different in my life but then thought, for once in my life, I have been given the gift of time. it is nice for me to discover your blogs...Ann

  20. Never enough hours in the day, but I finally read the About You page. Very glad to be a subscriber and enjoying your views on so many topics. Encouraging to here of your journey with blogging...our own journey has just begun and gives me a new admiration for all the bloggers I enjoy.-Laurel

  21. wow, quite a life you have had - such an interesting read. I have a niece who is traveling a lot and i enjoy reading her when she posts which is seldom. She is some near Istanbul I believe, teaching English right now. Nice blog - i'll have to check out your other ones.


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