Monday, June 27, 2011

Ode to 33 - Amor Vincit Omnia

Side by Side, Year by Year....

Happy Thirty Three Years of Marital Bliss to my Honey!
Time sure does fly when you're having fun....................xxoo

Monday, June 20, 2011


This is an amagram...a phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another phrase.

Astilboides tabularis, Shield-leaf Roger's Flower

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Kern's Pink' Enkianthus campanulatus 'Summer Hill'

Cornus 'Rutgan', Hybrid Dogwood

Sinocalycanthus chinensis, Chinese Sweetshrub

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace', Black Lace Elderberry

Magnolia virginiana, Sweetbay Magnolia

Happy Day before Summer!!! SEE BEAUTY!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

D is for Dell Glass

Dell Glass came into existence during the 1930's in Millville, NJ. The company produced lovely decorative glassware, stylized and colored in happy jewel tones of amethyst, turquoise, green as well as clear glass. Tulip dinnerware was its signature pattern with very cool textural and unique detailed elements . As Depression Glass, the pieces are noteworthy for their substantial heft and less delicate nature making them quite practical for everyday use. The Dell Glass Company had showrooms in NYC and Los Angeles only until 1950. Due to its short production span, Tulip pieces are not as abundant as other Depression Glass patterns and are therefore highly sought after by collectors. Made in America to make you smile.
Happy Hunting!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dandelion - Bitter, and, Sweet!

Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion

Isn't it so true of some childhood memories remaining as vivid today as the day they occurred. For me it is of my Sicilian grandfather, quintessential forager, donning his ubiquitous hat, sleeveless white ribbed undershirt, khakis and leather work shoes with tomato basket and screwdriver in hand. The mission: scrumptious dandelion greens for a tasty salad to compliment his daily pasta. In his world, life was all about the food. And, I must say, after all these years I have to agree with him. Sweet! is how I describe the bitterness of this particular salad green as the memories of times gone by add to its taste.

Taraxacum officinale, commonly known as the lowly dandelion, was once considered an essential part of a healthy diet. The plant is in the daisy family Compositae, and is loaded with vitamins A and K, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Tender leaves are best picked in early spring, and can be eaten raw in a salad, sauteed as a side dish, or dried and steeped as a tea. Choose plants growing in wild areas, as many manicured lawns are chemically treated. Oncologists are testing extract from the dandelion root with promising results as an alternative naturopathic treatment of leukemia.

Bitter Sweet Dandelion Green Salad
6 Cups, Dandelion greens
1, Avocado, thinly sliced
1 Cup, native Blueberries
1/4 Cup Golden Raisins
4 Oz., Pecorino Romano Cheese, shaved

Dressing: 3 Tbl., Olive Oil whisked with 1 Tbl. Red Wine Vinegar. Sea Salt and Fresh Pepper

The Old timers knew - here's to your health!
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