Archives For May 2015

Fun Retro Kitchens

May 31, 2015

It would be fun to have a kitchen design like one of these!  The retro turquoise color is just so fun =).  You can also find lots of products for your retro kitchen here.  http://www.retroplanet.com/CTGY/KitchenProject1

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Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Winter House Sterling Silver Pendant

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The Key lime pie has been traced back to the early 20th century in the Key West, Florida area and was invented by botanist Jack Simons. Its exact origins are unknown, but the first formal mention of Key lime pie as a recipe may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire; his cook, “Aunt Sally”, made the pie for him.

If such is the case, however, it is also possible and maybe even probable that Sally adapted the recipe already created by local sponge fishermen. Sponge fishermen spent many contiguous days on their boats, and stored their food on board, including nutritional basics such as canned milk (which would not spoil without refrigeration), limes and eggs. Sponge fishermen at sea would presumably not have access to an oven, and, similarly, the original recipe for Key lime pie did not call for cooking the mixture of lime, milk, and eggs.

Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods. The creator of the “frozen” Key lime pie is Fern Butters (1892-1975).

Data Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_lime_pie

 

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Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies 

Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies, no bake, easy, tart and sweet like the perfect key lime pie!

 

 

 

King Fire Jadite – Broken China Jewelry

Broken China Jewelry Fire King Pale Green Jadeite Sterling Drop Pendant

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Glorious Settees

May 29, 2015

In modern usage a sofa or settee, but in the 17th and 18th centuries a long, upholstered seat for reclining, one end sloping and high enough to provide a back rest and headrest.

Some late 18th-century versions had an arm running partly down one side, and this type continued to be made in England in the Regency period. Based on Greek prototypes, such flowing designs, of which there were many variations, were among the most elegant and successful interpretations of the classical revival. Many had scrolled ends and short, scimitar-shaped legs. The couch was superseded by the overstuffed sofa during the Victorian age.

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Broken China Jewelry - Johnson Brothers Castle - Sterling Silver Pin Brooch

 

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Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of poisonous flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Brugmansia was named after Sebald Justin Brugmans, a Natural History professor in Holland. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of Angel’s Trumpet. It is a heat-loving tropical or subtropical shrub that likes warm (80 -85 degrees F) days and cool nights. Brugmansia are native to tropical regions of South America, along the Andes from Venezuela to northern Chile, and also in southeastern Brazil. Brugmansia can be grown in a container in cold winter regions but they have to be taken indoors during the winter months. They must be grown in moist well drained soil. They have been grown as ornamental plants all over the world and have become naturalized in isolated tropical areas around the world including within North America, Africa, Australia and Asia.

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Angel Trumpet have fragrant trumpet-shape flowers dangling from upright stems and appear in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange and cream. All parts of Brugmansia are poisonous if eaten and the plant has been banned in some communities. Most of the species of Brugmansia are fragrant in the evenings to attract pollinating moths. One species lacking scent is the red flowered Brugmansia sanguinea which is pollinated by long-billed hummingbirds. Angel Trumpets are sun-loving, fast-growing plants. Angel Trumpets need well-drained soil and when grown in a pot make sure that the container has a large hole in the bottom to allow easy water passage.

For Angel Trumpets planted in containers watering daily is required, don’t keep the pot in a saucer of water as this will make the soil soggy and this is not what the plant likes. Keep in mind that Angel Trumpets are heavy feeders and in order to keep producing flowers a liquid, blossom-boosting fertilizer is required. Remember to water with plant food at least every other week keep in mind you can’t feed these plants too much, especially those in containers.

Angel Trumpets are commonly available in nurseries and through mail order catalogs. They are easy to root and are available for pass-along gifts for fellow gardeners.

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Broken China Jewelry Royal Albert Lady Carlyle Pink Rose Heart Sterling Pendant

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How to Grow an Iris

May 28, 2015

Iris Growing Tips

  • Plant them in a sunny spot in late summer. The plants need well-drained soil and at least six hours of sunlight per day. A full day of sun is even better to keep the rhizomes dry. (The rhizomes are the fleshy rootlike structures at the base of the plant.)
  • Prepare their beds. Doris recommends a low-nitrogen fertilizer and a soil pH slightly less than 7, which is neutral. She applies a granular fertilizer twice a year — in early spring and just after bloom when the rhizomes are forming the next year’s flowers. Water only if it is extremely dry or after transplanting.
  • Give them room to breathe. Bearded iris require good air circulation. Plant them a minimum of 16 to 18 inches apart (less space for dwarf irises and more for taller varieties).
  • Do not mulch. Mulching retains moisture, and too much moisture will cause soft rot of the rhizomes.
  • Break off seedpods that form after the blooms have faded. This prevents seedlings from choking the surrounding soil. Seed formation also saps energy needed by the rhizomes, roots, and leaves.
  • Prune back the foliage in the fall. This will reduce the chances of overwintering pests and diseases.
  • Make dividing a habit. Divide clumps of bearded iris every three to four years in the late summer. (See the next page for detailed instructions on dividing and replanting bearded iris.)

Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/how-to-grow-maintain-and-divide-bearded-iris/

 

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Broken China Jewelry Portmeirion Botanic Garden Purple Pansy Flower Sterling Circle Pendant

 

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Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh for a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher’s toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher. Gopher was added to the Disney version. Christopher Robin’s toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.

Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear “Winnie” after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Winnie” was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much loved attraction there. Pooh the swan appears as a character in its own right in When We Were Very Young.

In the first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne offers this explanation of why Winnie-the-Pooh is often called simply “Pooh”:

But his arms were so stiff … they stayed up straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off. And I think – but I am not sure – that that is why he is always called Pooh.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh

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Broken China Jewelry Classic Pooh and Piglet Sterling Brooch Pin Pendant

 

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Jacaranda Trees

The Jacaranda tree puts on a breathtaking floral display. Its vivid lilac-blue clusters of trumpet shaped blossoms appear in the summer, later falling to the earth carpeting the ground with a mass of color.

It is said that if you are walking underneath the Jacaranda tree and one of the trumpet blossoms falls on your head you will be favored by fortune.

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Broken China Jewelry Purple Lilac Flowers Sterling Oval Pendant

 

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May and was originally known as Decoration Day which originated in the years following the Civil War which ended in 1865. A history professor from Yale University holds that the first commemoration was held at the race track in Charleston, South Carolina by liberated slaves in 1865.

Grand Army of the Republic veterans at the annual Memorial Day Parade in New York City, May 1922.

Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead, regardless of the exact date or location. It unofficially marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

May 30, 1912: The Memorial Day parade included many local posts of the Grand Army of the Republic organization. About 700 Civil War veterans marched in the parade. This photo was published in the May 31, 1912, Los Angeles Times.

Civil War Musicians in a Memorial Day parade in Los Angeles, ca.1915(below)

 

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On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery on the first Decoration Day and over 5000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. In 1873, New York became the first state to officially recognize the holiday and by 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971. This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Sources: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day#In_the_North; Memorial Day: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2, History.com: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history, Time: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1900454,00.html

National Memorial Day Parade –  Medical Corps Rememberance – 

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Arlington National Cemetary

 

Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery

 

 

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea at Jackson and Perkins

One of the purest pleasures for the sunny to partly shaded garden is this French introduction, a member of the PeeGee Hydrangea family. With blooms that arise continuously for many weeks, changing colors as they mature, plus a habit that turns from upright to cascading, ‘Vanilla Strawberry’ is a showpiece of a shrub that looks a bit different every time you glance at it, all summer long!

 

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Size 7 Broken China Jewelry Old Country Roses Backstamp Sterling Ring

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In a world of decreasing garden space, living garden walls are becoming popular world wide as way of increasing our green space. They can be indoors or out, in small courtyards, replace art work or make a grand statement, they are versatile and irresistible.

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Broken China Boehm Blue Hen Chicken & Peach Blossom Flower (Delaware) Sterling Circle Pendant

 

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