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Lake Geneva Shopping, Antiques, Vintage, Handmade

Lake Geneva Shopping, Antiques, Vintage, Handmade

The Charm of Small Town Shopping, Lake Geneva Wisconsin Lake Geneva is about an hour and twenty – thirty minutes away from Chicago, if traffic is moving at a decent rate. This is great news because I love a good weekend getaway. By this I […]

Book Report – Vera, The Art and Life of an Icon, by Susan Seid

Book Report – Vera, The Art and Life of an Icon, by Susan Seid

A Celebration of Vera Neumann’s Art & Design The Vera brand might not be quite as recognizable today as Marimekko, but if you grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s you probably had something of hers around the house. Maybe it was a tablecloth, […]

Renting a Booth in an Antique Mall

Renting a Booth in an Antique Mall


Having a Booth in an Antique Mall

About eight years ago I rented a space in an Antique Mall. The one I was in allowed vintage and contemporary crafts, but it’s hard to fit that on a sign, so ‘Antique Mall’ is what these sorts of places usually go by.

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The first time I leased the booth, I was on a wall space about 15-ft long by 1.5-ft wide. It was a little bit challenging, but I came to like having the linear space vs. the regular walk-in arrangement.

For one thing, I sold my cards, which were more easily displayed on a wall. I could get a full size dresser that housed all sorts of things, as well as a couple bookshelves too.

Anyway, I was only there for 6 months.

Why?

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Summer Sangria Recipe

Summer Sangria Recipe

Summer Sangria!  It’s almost summer – hot days, warm nights, chilled Summer Sangria. Sangria is celebration in a pitcher. The colors, the scent, the (often times) effervescence of bubbles meeting wine and fruit, all add up to a festive drink. Sangria is super easy to […]

Customizing mugs, plates, candles with Waterslide Decals

Customizing mugs, plates, candles with Waterslide Decals

Customizing a mug with Waterslide Decals If you wanted to customize a mug with your design, there are two issues – first, the cost to have one of anything printed could be pretty high and/or you might have to wait for it to be shipped […]

Homemade olive oil soap

Homemade olive oil soap

My own Savon de Marseilles aka olive oil soap

I’ve always loved the look of Savon de Marseilles soap – especially the classic green olive oil Soap version.

Maybe like me, you thought Savon de Marseilles was a brand. It is not. But it does mean that the soap is made in the centuries old tradition of using a high percentage of vegetable fat and no animal additives. It also means they’re made from sea water, Mediterranean marine plants, and the alkaline ash they produce.

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House and Garden Gifts, Memory Cards

House and Garden Gifts, Memory Cards

Decorative Memory Card Game I’ve always loved the Memory Card game, also known as Concentration. When I was growing up, we played it with a regular deck of cards. Basically the card game involves having two cards of the same design, shuffling the deck, flipping […]

Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait…a road trip to relax by Paris Can Wait is a film starring Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard, and Alec Baldwin, though Baldwin is  visually in it for just the first 15 minutes. After that his role is restricted to phone calls. Though the […]

Lilac Simple Syrup Recipe

Lilac Simple Syrup Recipe

Lovely Lilac Syrup

A number of years ago we had three lilac bushes planted in our backyard. And then we waited for them to bloom.
And they didn’t.
Nor did they the following two years.

They’re planted at the back of our yard, so it’s not that I completely forgot about them, but I stopped checking for buds. Then five years ago, I got up really early one morning to let Pinch (Dachshund) out. I was still dark out, but when I opened the door a waft of strong, heady lilac scent engulfed us. Pinch didn’t care, but I did.

‘Finally!’
Or so I thought.

Then the next year – nothing.
The year after, nothing. Last year….we had one, ONE, cluster. And it was so high up I couldn’t admire it.

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Learning Calligraphy Online, Faux Calligraphy

Learning Calligraphy Online, Faux Calligraphy

Taking an Online Calligraphy Course Perhaps like you, I’ve tried to learn calligraphy before. In my case, five or six times. But I always lost interest due to the fact that I never quite got the hang of it…in other words, it was just too […]

Green Goddess Dressing, back from the 70s

Green Goddess Dressing, back from the 70s

The Original Green Goddess Salad Recipe In 1923 William Archer’s play The Green Goddess was touring the States and England. When it landed in San Francisco, the chef of the Palace hotel, Philip Roemer created something special in honor of the star, George Arliss. He was staying at […]

Lemon Rosemary Shrub Recipe

Lemon Rosemary Shrub Recipe

Lemon Rosemary Shrub

An herbalicious summer drink with or without alcohol…making this Lemon Rosemary shrub is simple and will last you year round.

This is a refreshing and versatile sipping vinegar and just the thing to make your mocktail sing or tart up a glass of champagne or gin.

What is a shrub?
A shrub is essentially a fruit syrup with vinegar added, either made by boiling or by steeping for several days. For more information on exactly what shrubs are all about, you can read the long version here:

With any shrub – or anything you’re going to imbibe or ingest in general, it’s best to use organic fruits. Because you’re going to be including the zest (peel) of the lemon, you want to make sure it’s clean and free of pesticides.

Lemon Rosemary is a classic culinary combination, though perhaps more often found in a savory dish that includes chicken than in a drink, but it’s a beautiful combination, and you can decide how heavy or light you would like the Rosemary essence by both the amount and the time spent steeping.

Lemon Rosemary Shrub

Yield: Approx 2 pints

Lemon Rosemary Shrub

Ingredients

  • 6-9 Lemons, preferably organic, Meyer Lemons are excellent but regular will do.
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (squeezed from lemons)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup champagne or white vinegar
  • 2- 3 sprigs fresh cut Rosemary

Instructions

  • Remove wide swaths of yellow lemon peel with a zester or peeler
  • Juice the lemons - if you need to squeeze an extra lemon to make it to 1-1/2 cups, do so. Set aside or refrigerate until using.
  • Place the sugar and the peels in a bowl and mix to coat. Muddle (push down) on the peels to release some of the oils and cover with cling wrap for at least an hour, and up to overnight.
  • After at least an hour has passed, combine the lemon juice, citrus sugar with peels, and vinegar and mix. Pour into clean, sterilized bottle, and add Rosemary sprig.
  • Seal with lid.
  • Allow to sit for 2 days in the refrigerator, shaking every so often.
  • After 2 days, pour through sieve into medium bowl or measuring cup with spout, leaving behind any debris, peels and rosemary.
  • Pour back into original bottle and reseal lid by placing a small square of wax paper between open jar top and screw lid - this will keep vinegar from rusting top.
  • When ready to use, you can combine your Lemon Rosemary Shrub with Champagne, Prosecco, Gin, Tonic or Soda Water (or anything you please).
  • Start with a 1/2 oz of the shrub and add more depending on your glass size, what you're mixing it with etc.
  • Store Lemon Rosemary Shrub in refrigerator for up to 6 months (however, if you see anything bubbling, hazy or smelling off, discard out of caution)
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Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

A busy kitchen, a country hotel…Whites Whites centers around the bustling kitchen of a grand country estate turned boutique hotel in the English countryside. The hotel’s star chef, Roland White, a once driven and brilliant man about kitchen, now spends most of his time dreaming […]

Revisiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

Revisiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

Biltmore House The largest privately owned home in the United States is the Biltmore. Originally built in 1889, the ‘house’ is a fabulous mansion in the French Renaissance Chateau style with much gothic detailing…spires, gargoyles, steep pitched roofs, and gardens that go on and on. […]

Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a British television series for Foodies

Delicious, a show for food lovers (sort of)…

If you’re a British television lover as I am, you may also be a subscriber to Acorn TV. If you’re not and you’ve never heard of Acorn, then most likely you’ve missed Delicious, a British television series starring Dawn French, Iain Glenn, and Emilia Fox.

I was really excited when I saw the announcement for this program. I mean, the poster says it all, right? Food, drama, passion – count me in!

The opening scene of episode one  is very tempting indeed with a kitchen sequence that makes you momentarily want to become a professional cook. But of course, this is television and not real life where one would have to deal with low pay and long hours hunched over a hot pan and so on. Anyway.

I watched all four episodes in fairly rapid succession. There are a few surprises here and there, I’m glad it’s renewed, and I’ll continue watching. The draw for me is not so much the plot or story though, it’s the setting.

The show revolves around a gorgeous boutique hotel with a noted restaurant set in Cornwall. The main characters all have their quirks and in the first episode something happens that causes secrets to spill – one after the other in a sort of domino effect. Since I don’t want to spoil things, I’ll let you find out what the catalyst was for this chain of events. Suffice to say that it involves a love triangle (doesn’t it always?).

One disappointment about the show is that there isn’t more of what was in the beginning of the first episode – the passion, excitement and rhythm of a five star kitchen. However, as I said, the scenery is gorgeous, the food is colorful, and I happen to be a fan of both Dawn French and Emilia Fox.

You can start a free trial of Acorn and watch Delicious, or you can watch the trailer at the link below – a note about the trailer though, I don’t think it shows the best parts of the show.

Click here to visit: Acorn’s series homepage

 

If you like Delicious, you’ll probably like Whites too – another ‘foodie’ series. – click here to read post.
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