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Creme Caramel

When I was growing up, there always seemed to be enormous competition amongst the Portuguese ladies to see who could come up with the perfect Creme Caramel.  Don't ask me what that was all about, but seems like that's the yard stick to deciding who is the perfect housewife.  This is my version, I bastardized my mother's recipe cos she makes it way too sweet. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup cold water 250ml cream 1 1/2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 egg yolks Method: Combine ...

Flowers on the moon…

Not yet, but it’s coming! Image Credit: NASA In 2015 scientists are planning on sending some seeds to the moon to study the germination of plants in lunar gravity & radiation on the moon. They will be creating a self contained habitat and attempting to grow basil, turnips and arabidopsis (a small flowering weed from the mustard family). Once the seeds have landed, water will be added and growth monitored and compared to controlled specimens on earth. They will be using the moons ...

On the ground, finally

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Florida, and jetlag has brought the hammer down today. I think I’d better sit, and be still…let my body and mind catch up to each other. So, if I remember correctly, I was getting ready to board the plane for Zurich. I  like to board early, and get my stuff sorted. The lounge attendants had other ideas, they really did not want me to leave when boarding started. So, I sat back down, I ...

The Lucky Meme

Thanks to all of you who have suggested I should put my stories into a book. In fact, I have. I’ve collected my favorite childhood memories and created a memoir called The Kid in the Kaleidoscope: A Chubby Chatterbox Grows up in the 50s, 60s and Beyond. I was recently tagged by Teralyn Rose Pilgrim over at A Writer’s Journey and asked to participate in a manuscript hop called The Lucky Meme! Teralyn is a fine writer and an excellent historian. ...

Saturday Selection – An Interview with Andreea Ayers

I’m really excited to share this week’s Saturday Selection interview with you! If you are a fellow entrepreneur with a mission to bring your products into the world – Andreea Ayers is definitely someone you will want to connect with. Andreea and I have known one another for a couple of years – we have worked together, collaborated with each other, and have supported each other while we have changed and grown into who we are today. She is the founder of ...

Brought to you by the letter "C" - By Lisa Brandel

Ron asked me to be his feminine cycle and shoot around once a month to give you my good word. I can’t turn down the invitation to be a monthly pain (daily when I can get away with it) so here I am. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter "C" and let me explain why. I live in the central part of Ohio, in the United States. This year we hit record highs for summer temperature averaging in the ...

Parashat Shemini - Kosher Korner

This week we read Parashat Shemini, found in the Book of Leviticus.  Our health certainly guides what we put in our mouths.  For some, eating is just a need…they’re hungry, so they eat. This week’s Parashat teaches us what we should eat and what we shouldn’t, and that how we feed ourselves is sacred and relevant to our identity and our community. Kashrut gives us an opportunity to eat with holiness, and to transform ourselves. It tells us to pay attention ...

Our Visit to Royal M Farm

My wife and I wanted to see for ourselves what Scottish Highland were like and have a chance to talk with in person  a farmer who raises them to see if all they say about Highlands are true. This is part of our education process to becoming farmers. All the reading of farm books and magazines do not replicate to actually talking to a farmer who is doing what we want to do. I looked on line and found the American Highlands ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)

Scabiosa is commonly called the pincushion flower because the round, prominent stamens in the center of the round blossoms look like pins in a pincushion. Scabiosa, which is native to Europe and Asia, can produce 20-50 blooms per plant, with one flower per stem. The small, but showy flowers can grow to be up to 3 inches in size and are available in red, white, pink, lavender, light blue and burgundy. Flowers can be single or double bloom. These nectar-rich flowers are ...

Traditional Easter Flowers & Symbolism

As you know, flowers are perfect for any occasion and for no reason at all. That being said, Easter is one of those times of year when flowers have significant meaning, especially for Christians. Traditional Easter flowers are often displayed in churches to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and new beginnings. These are the traditional flowers associated with Easter: Easter Lily The white Easter Lily is the most popular traditional flower for Easter,  symbolizing purity, hope and life. It has significant meaning ...

How to Get Rid of Photinia Leaf Spot

Photinia is a one of the most popular ornamental hedges in North America. In fact, photinia is on the list of our “Most Searched Terms” for this blog! As attractive as they might be, photinias are prone to a fungus leaf spot called Entomosporium. The red tipped photinia is one of several species that is susceptible to the disease. Like most fungi, entomosporium thrives in cool, moist environment in the fall and spring. During periods of rain, the fungal spores will spread ...

mushroom maniac...

"maniacal frenzy" that's what i'm suffering from these days. (well, not really suffering...i'm a merry maniac) with the everyday rain we've been having lately (which is highly unusual this time of year)... every time i step outside...i see MORE mushrooms... NEW mushrooms... growing to enormous size in just ONE night! and so...i can be seen...crazily running around...camera in hand... trying to battle the mosquitoes and dodge the gnats... snapping pictures, sometimes from an ant's point of view. if you're anything like me... you'll enjoy all the different shapes, sizes, textures and colors! (i ...

Some Tips on Photographing Flowers

Now that summer is here, there are many beautiful flowers in full bloom just waiting for you to take their portrait! With the popularity and ease of today’s digital cameras, it is no surprise that many gardeners have taken an avid interest in photography. Photographing flowers and plants is also a great way for beginners to learn about photography. Flowers and plants are interesting subjects; they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours that is sure to create ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September

August passed with a blink of an eye and before I realised, it was September. Unfortunately, I failed in my personal challenge to record my “August” gardening “ups and downs” along with photographic evidence. Fortunately I made some notes, which I’ve recorded below, but photographs are like hen’s teeth (non-existent) A bug called citrus leaf miner attacked my lemon and lime trees so I attempted to treat with a spray consisting of 100ml (2 cups) of vegetable oil 25ml (1/2 cup) of washing ...

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How to Throw a Garden Party!

garden party

Summer is in full swing! The flowers in your garden are blooming.  It’s the perfect time to throw a floral themed garden party to show off the beautiful flowers in your garden. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Ice Cold Drinks Perfect for the Summer:

Food featuring edible flowers:

If you plan on providing alcoholic drinks, this guide will give you some tips.

Outdoor Decorating ideas

  • floral pillows
  • floral candles
  • Fill glass jars with water and fresh flowers
  • Fill mini terra-cotta pots with tea lights

To learn more about creating the perfect mood, click here. It’s all in the details!

Activities

Themes

Summer is short! So start planning soon.  You can read more about how to plan the perfect party here. Have fun!

Photo credit: theglitterguide.tumblr.com

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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