May everyone have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

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Thanksgiving postcards fun to collect and easy to find.  The history behind Thanksgiving is pretty well known. A small group landed on Plymouth Rock in December 1620 and hoped to found a colony with freedom to practice religion as they pleased.

Native Americans helped these early arrivers and provided and a beautiful harvest in 1621.  They held a feast to give thanks to God for their deliverance & the Virginian colonists had held a similar harvest celebration, and it was common practice in many European communities. In fact, any group that survived a year in the New World had reason to be thankful.

The idea of a Thanksgiving Day spread throughout the colonies. Colonial governors issued annual proclamations, and President Washington declared a general day of thanksgiving in 1789.  In 1863, President Lincoln appointed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. It was observed on this date until 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed it to the fourth (but not final) Thursday in November.

Postcard makers liked to focus on one particular aspect of the holiday: a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s very likely that wild turkeys were among the fowl hunted in 1621, but the birds tended to push the Pilgrims into the background on early 20th century postcards. When Pilgrims are pictured, they’re shown in dark, plain costumes with bland expressions that reveal little of the personalities that dared the new world. – See more at:

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Cider Bar for Entertaining

November 24, 2014

A great way to entertain for the holidays is to have a cider bar for everyone to enjoy.

Use a medium sized pumpkin, scraping the sides well and removing all the seeds and pulp before filling it with apple cider. Make apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish and serve in eclectic glasses like mason jars!

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Here is a simple way to make your own apple cider.

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Homemade Apple Cider

Known in the U.S. and Canada as “sweet cider” because it’s not fermented like its “hard” cousin, this quintessential cool-weather sipper differs from standard grocery-store apple juice; the fresh crushed pulp and skins give it a unique tartness and an added texture. Relatively easy to make at home, this unfermented cider is the perfect way to squeeze out all the advantages of fresh fruit from markets and local orchards this season. Here’s our step-by-step guide to homemade apple cider.

You’ll need: 4 pounds of apples (makes one liter)

Tools

Apple corer
Sharp knife
Blender or food processor
Cheesecloth
Saucepan
Thermometer
1-liter glass jar with lid

 

 

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Thoroughly wash apples. Core and cut into wedges, discarding any rotten or damaged parts.
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Step 2

Puree apples in batches until they resemble a fine pulp. Let crushed fruit rest together for 30 minutes.

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Step 3

Place pulp in a triple layer of cheesecloth and twist, squeezing the juice into a saucepan. Continue to squeeze and twist until all the juice is extracted.

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Step 4

Pasteurize by briefly heating to 160 degrees. Be sure not to over-cook—you don’t want to melt away any of that fresh-pressed flavor.

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Step 5

Return cider to a clean glass jar and cover. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve hot or cold. Makes about one liter of cider.

 

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Feeding the Birds Naturally

November 23, 2014

Keeping the backyard birds fed comes naturally when you plant shrubs that produce edible berries.  Here are a few options to consider.

WINTERBERRY

Winterberry is a deciduous shrub growing to 6-15 feet tall and often as wide. It develops a rounded habit through suckering, eventually growing into a sizeable colony of upright stems. The stems tend to be dark brown and often develop a pleasing gray sheen. The 3 inch long, elliptic, toothed, and pointed leaves vary from light to dark green, taking a yellow hue in autumn. Insignificant flowers appear in May – June and are followed by bright red berries in late summer. The berries, for which the common name was derived, remain after leaf fall and persist into the winter months to provide food for wildlife. Winterberry prefers evenly moist, acid soils in full sun to partial shade.

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RED TWIG DOGWOOD

Red Twig Dogwoods are the most popular Dogwood shrubs. They show off brightly colored decorative bark in winter when many other plants are resting. Twig color varies from dark maroon to coral to yellow depending on species and variety.   Small white flowers occur in clusters in spring followed by white to blue fruit in late summer.  They are fast growers to 8-12’ tall & wide with dense branching and foliage. A few lower-growing and dwarf forms are available as well. Most grow very fast, are very tough, adapting to many different soils and light conditions and withstanding temperatures as low as -50 degrees.

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Nannyberry

Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago), also known as Sheepberry or Sweet Viburnum, is shade-tolerant species commonly used as shrub borders, tall barriers, hedges, and windbreaks. It provides seasonal displays of flowers, fruits, and fall leaf color and the fruit are eaten by many species of birds and wildlife.  It is easily transplanted and established and can be propagated by cuttings. Although the growth habit is primarily a multi-stemmed shrub, it can be maintained as a small tree by pruning stems and removing basal suckers.

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Madame Berkeley Rose

November 22, 2014

First introduced in 1899, this blushing tea rose grows 4-6 feet tall and blooms continuously in the warm seasons (although producing smaller blooms in very hot weather).  The stunning salmon pink and apricot blooms have just a bit of gold at the base, and are full and slightly knotted.

 

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Pansy Plant Combinations

November 21, 2014

Cold-Hardy Heuchera

Pretty pastels – The cold-weather red foliage of heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) pairs with Heuchera ‘Amber Waves’ (USDA Zones 4 to 9) and Sedum ‘Angelina’ (hardy to Zone 3). Pastel pansies bring the look together.
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Red Berries and White Pansies
Cheerful greetings – White pansies accented with evergreen branches, red berries and twigs.
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Beating the Winter Blues
A vibrant display – golden variegated sweet flag, wood spurge, and vibrant blue pansies.
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Stunning Views

November 20, 2014

The Portland Japanese Garden – Click HERE for more information.

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Chimney Rock State Park – North Carolina – Click HERE for more information.

See amazing views at Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina.

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Thankful for Turkey

November 19, 2014

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin preferred the turkey as the national bird of the United States? Here are his thoughts from a letter to his daughter in 1784:

For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

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Happy Birthday Mickey!

November 18, 2014

Walt-and-MickeyDid you know that Mickey was almost Mortimer?  Walt Disney originally called him Mortimer, but his Wife Lillian didn’t like it and suggested Mickey.

Good call Lillian!

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