Monday, May 28, 2012

A Time to Remember...

To all those that have given their lives for our freedom...
We thank you!  To the families and friends of those fallen
or injured...We thank you! 
Today, take a moment to reflect and give thanks.
We're lucky to be Americans!
Thank a Veteran for their service.
Fly our flag proudly.
It's not all about cookouts and opening the pool for the season!
Stop and think for just a moment.

Memorial Day

Do you remember dressing up in red, white and blue
for Memorial Day?  Our Mother saved these
lovely outfits and I'm glad she did!

Louisa May Alcott's "Orchard House"

A visit to the home of "Little Women" in Concord
Massachusetts is a trip back in time!
One Place, 100 Years, Millions of Memories
399 Lexington Road
Concord, MA 
Remodeled from two buildings built before the
Revolutionary War, this house was the home of the
Alcott family from 1858 - 1877.  Here Louisa May Alcott
wrote "Little Women in 1868.
Concord, Massachusetts...a great destination!

Friday, May 18, 2012

More Rhubarb!!

More rhubarb...this time paired with blueberries! 
Blue-Barb Pie
Two Sisters Cookbook page 192
This one is my husband's favorite!
Stay tuned for more rhubarb recipes and photos!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie - Everyone's Favorite!

To me...this is the loveliest sight of all not to mention
the wonderful aroma fresh from the garden!  The green and red of the rhubarb,
the red and pink of strawberries, the white glistening sugar and of course
my latest  find...Vietnamese Cinnamon (a.k.a. Saigon Cinnamon).  This
cinnamon is grown in North Vietnam.  It is sweeter and more potent than the
Indonesian Cinnamon  more commonly sold in supermarkets. 
Check out if you'd like to purchase this baking must!
Ready for the oven...Made with King Arthur Flour!  Mmmm....
Two Sisters Cookbook Page 216 for "Kit's Pie Crust"...That's me!
Page 197 for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.
This pie crimper makes the fluted edges of lattice pastry!  This
one was given to me years ago by my friend, Rose! 

A Local Nursery Worthy of Your Support!

Breezy Gardens on Main Street, Leicester,
Massachusetts is a local nursery you shouldn't miss.

Healthy plants for inside and out
are at Breezy Gardens!

Pink and Orange are fun colors to
put together in the garden!

Find your flower passion at
Breezy Gardens.  Tell Kim
and her husband, the "Pink"
sisters sent you!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lilies of the Valley

 Here we have Lilies of the Valley in an old fashioned paper doilie posie holder.
These will be placed on our Mother's grave for Mother's Day.
The fragrance of Lilies of the Valley is evident all over my yard.
If your garden space lacks these fragrant flowers you'd better get
to the nursery and plant some immediately.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

"All that I am or hope to be
I owe to my Angel Mother."
Abraham Lincoln

Lilies of the Valley arrive early this year!

All things Lily of the Valley take their turn on display!  This
adorable dish belonged to my dear Mother-in-law, Lily.
One of my lovely Mother's delightful
English Bone China cups and saucers
finds a prominent place in the breakfast room.
One of our gardens is filled with these pearly bells.  Thousands
cast their fragrance into the air for all to inhale. 

Mr. Fur finds a sunny spot!

Mr. Fur finds a sunny spot on the porch underneath the wicker planter
filled with pale pink geraniums.  Brightly colored azaleas are the
background in this sunny picture of a lazy feline!

A Favorite...Basil

Basil is an annual that loves hot, humid weather.  This basil
was started inside and will be put outside when the weather warms. 
Basil has a spicy clove-like fragrance.  Its perfect partner is the tomato!
What could be better than fresh tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and olive oil?
NOTHING!!  The most popular basil is Sweet Genovese.  I also enjoy
the other basil choices such as, lemon basil, lime basil and cinnamon basil. 
Pesto and other summer recipes thrive on freshly picked basil.
I like to make bouquets of basil and give them to friends.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Quick and Easy Armenian Side-Dish!

Mock Keyma
1 cup fine bulgar wheat
1 large can or 2 small cans Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 bunch scallions, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
(We usually don't add any salt & add 1/4 tsp. pepper)
Combine & Refrigerate for a few hours.

This recipe is a wonderful side-dish and even enjoyed in a pocket bread
as a simple and quick lunch!

A May Basket Was Delivered to ME!

This beautiful, delicate, pink and green May Basket
was delivered to my door yesterday afternoon!  What a
pleasant surprise!  A dear friend of our Mother's, who has
been an inspiration in making May Baskets was the creator
of this charming basket.  Filled with Hershey Kisses,
it was a real treat and so thoughtful. 
This lady has been making baskets for years. Once, she
came to my second grade class along with my Mother and taught the children.
This pattern of crepe paper, paper cup, pipe cleaners & glue
was used when my church group made them.