Thursday, October 27, 2011
When I changed out the wreath above the armoire for the picture that you see,
the delicate toile and botanical rose prints were no longer working.
I knew I needed something that would be a single statement.... How about a big CLOCK?!
Well! You know what is coming next.... I was in TJ Maxx and saw this one for $25. That is a great deal but the arms were bent! Not beyond repair, mind you, bent they needed a little work.
Well I asked and the manager said that she could take 50% off but it would have to be "as is".
I said... "Well... I'll take it!"
I LOVE IT!
Some times it just works out that way.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is going to be gorgeous here. So I plan on enjoying it. What about you?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
It came from The Baker's Daughter ... here in Phoenix.
You can read more about her here.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Make sure you go check out more reviews and recommendations!
October's selection was a fun classic!
Murder At The Vicarage
by Agatha Christie
The first in the Miss Marple series, this is so fun and gruesome! I totally have enjoyed it.
The following are books that I read, "just for fun".
by Albert Camus
by Suzanne Collins
by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Game series is so good!!!!! My Sweet Daughter got me started on these. Fun and fast moving you will be cheering for Katniss Everdeen from page 1. It is easy to understand how this has already been made into a movie and will come out in March of 2012. I hope it is as good as the book!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Now this is grown up Hot Chocolate!
Espresso and steamed milk, blended with mocha sauce and toffee nut flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel sauce and a mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt.
Put down the Pumpkin Spice Latte...
Order up this cup of rich yummy-ness!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
It was a busy weekend here.
We got all of the windows done. Inside and out! Whew, what a job!
And we aren't supposed to have rain for the next 10 days.
So they should stay nice for a while. YAY!
Thank you to everyone that participated in Fresh-Cut Friday.
I hope you will join us next time. November 4th we will feature
the Flower of the Month ... which is the Mum. Of course, as always, you
don't have to post about Mum's... just any pretty flowers from your
home or garden. I have always been a Spring flower person... But I am really
loving the Fall flowers this year.
Make the most of your week!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thank you to everyone the joined in!
I'll be doing another give away soon... stay posted!
Now for Fresh-Cut Friday!
Marigolds, found all over the US, Europe and Western Asia, are hardy, annual plants and are great for cheering up any garden. They bloom almost non stop with few problems. Although they do attract slugs (yuck). French Marigolds are probably the most common and what we, in the US, think of when someone says "Marigold". They grow in tight little bunches 5 to 18 inches high. Easy to grow and perfect for fall flowerbeds with their rich warm shades of red, yellow and orange. Ideal for edging flowerbeds they also do very well in containers and widow boxes. (how cottage is that!?)
October's birth flower is sometimes called "summer bride" or "husbandmans dial," because it’s flower head follows the sun. Also called calendula, holligold, goldbloom, golds, ruddes, Mary bud, bull's eyes, pot Marigolds and the "Herb of the Sun". Marigolds are VERY popular in India because of the shades of gold. Once considered the most sacred of flowers, in India, it was placed around the necks of holy statues. This may have come from an early Christian tradition of placing garlands of "Mary's-Gold" around the necks of Holy Mary statues as a gift of gold from the poor. But the East Indian tradition could have come first too. It's hard to say.
The blossoms are actually edible and the plant it's self has many uses. Marigolds are known to be good for skin issues as well as a good cleanser and a yellow dye for foods. It is touted as a remedy for bee stings. I also read that it is supposed to be very good for ulcers and for the eyes, but I could not find out how you would administer it for these remedies. Maybe a tea? In Mexico, farmers feed their chickens feed that has been salted with Marigold seeds. It causes the eggs to be a more golden yellow and the chicken meat to be a more appealing shade when cooked.
Our ancestors may have used them for love charms and woven them into wedding garlands or placed them on or under a pillow to encourage prophetic or psychic dreams. The Welsh believed that if marigolds were not open early in the morning, then a storm was on the way. There was an old wives tale that eyesight could be improved simply by staring at a Marigold.
Now that I have shared all of that, I can tell you that I was a little surprised that such a simple, little flower like the common Marigold was a flower of the month. But now I realize that it has so many uses and has been around for centuries!
Because Marigolds don't survive once cut, I'm taking you out to the backyard.
Now let's see your flowers!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
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