Sunday, May 30, 2010

How far is Heaven?

As I have written in a prior post, my best friend, Jade, is now 13 years old and not in the best condition. Having lost her sight and being of an elderly age, she is only what I would describe as "tired". Next week, we have an appointment for her spirit to depart from her body and soar straight to Heaven. In other words, she is going to be laid down. There has not been an area I that can point to that brought me to this difficult decision, accept, as her best friend, something just tells me it's time. I realize that for her age and health problems, things aren't going to get much better and believe that, for her, it would be best that she leaves this world before she is in serious pain. As I have been preparing her with what is going to come, I realize that I am probably the least prepared between the two of us. It would be good for me to express some of the wonderful qualities I have experienced through knowing Jade...
Devotion, Laughter, Patience, Security, Sweetness, Strength, Understanding, Adventure, Wisdom, Blessing, Helpful, Protection, Comfort, Compassion, Maternal, Bravery, Determination, Destiny, Loyal, Happiness, Partnership, Dependability, Contentment, Humble, Warmth, Nurturing, and most of all, Love.
This yard, home, family, and heart will never be the same without her, yet, as I told her last night, there are so many ways she will be with me. With every breeze that blows through a field of wheat grass, a glassy lake tucked in the pines, a short stroll to the garden, a fishing pole on the dock, when the sun rises and sets--- she will be with me and always living within my thoughts.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"What we learn with pleasure we never forget".

-Alfred Mercier

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Old School

Since it is spring, I thought it would be time to buy my little boy new shoes. Imagine my surprise when the type he described for his wish list were Converse High Tops. Those were all the rage in my school back in the 80's! While there are only a few stores in our town that sells shoes, I knew the pair he wanted would be found at a little mom and pop store that know how to do it "old school".

We hopped into the car and drove to The Stockroom found in Rupert Square. This family owned business has many retro styles, from High Tops to Vans.

They had so many retro styles that I was filled with urges to buy myself a pair, put on a cut up, neon, T-shirt and dance around listening to Billy Idol or Madonna. But, alas, I am a mom now, so I showed some restraint. It was like walking down memory lane and put a smile on my face to see those high tops on my boys feet as he ran down the sidewalk ahead of me.
The Stockroom
509 5th Street
Rupert, Idaho
(208) 436-9856

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mama Reads! Nest For Two

River-Rose's Mama writes a new book review:
This is one of the many pictorial books which I indulge in quite frequently for inspiration on style and furnishing, but, what make this different and more personal for me was the book's introduction.

"How does a home nourish two souls? By reflecting and celebrating the essence of it's inhabitants and the warmth between them. Our relationships are reinforced by a shared retreat and by comforting rituals enjoyed there: breakfast for two in bed, Sunday mornings curled up on the couch with the newspaper, cooking together for friends."

My favorite part of the book's introduction is this," A true home is a place with heart; it is even more so when we share our home with a loved one. When we are two, a dwelling embodies the spirit of that union- It is a place that offers warmth, comfort, and nurturing.
I aim for that essence in our home for my husband, myself, and our sweet dog, Princess Nikki.
The lovely photos in this book do not showcase the latest upscale furnishings, kitchen designs, etc.
What it does show is an eclectic balance between the old and and new, mixed with simple and elegant arrangements throughout the home. An old armchair with some wear and tear becomes lovely again with a new throw, a rugged, unpainted farm table in a small kitchen looks quite charming along with the latest stainless steel refrigerator. This combination speaks volumes to me personally, I also treasured the old with the new and in our throw away society, I believe we should creatively look for 'new' uses in aged or slightly worn items within the home before we replace them. This is where, I believe, the warmth, comfort, and nurturing of the home begins and the true nesting spirit of the home emerges!

****River-Rose's Mama****

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Sometimes you have to do a lot of things to determine what it is you don't want to do. Along the way you pick up a lot of experience."
-Wally Amos

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pie Hole

The Pie Hole is a recent addition to the Pocatello, Idaho, restaurant scene. Located on Center Street, you can't miss it as long as you look for the artful graffiti that adorns the exterior of the building.

Catering to the college crowd, the Pie Hole sells big slices of New York style pizza. A chewy, thin crust that one can fold over, topped with items such as Basil and Roasted Red Pepper, Potato and Bacon, and Pepperoni.
Pizza by the slice ranges in price from $1.89- $2.36, and makes enjoying a slice easy on your pocket book.
If you are interested in a whole pie and something a little different, try the Thai Chicken which is topped with Thai Peanut Sauce, Chicken, Cilantro, and Green Onions- which will run you $16.65 for a large.
Or build your own!

The interior is colorful with lively decorating such as skateboards used for booth seating and the graffiti art on the walls is truly unique. Music, such as the Stones or Red Hot Chili Peppers, will keep your toes tapping while you wait for your slice.
They are open until 2:00 a.m., Monday through Wednesday and until 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. So, if you get a late night craving to stuff your pie hole, then you know where to go!
They also have two locations in Boise and one in Meridian.
Check out their website at:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sweet Rides! Fort Hall Replica- Pocatello, Idaho

The Fort Hall Replica, located in Pocatello, Idaho, was modeled after Fort Hall, a trading post that was once known as the gateway to the Pacific North West. They recently celebrated their re-opening with a rockin' car show!

There were so many shiny, sweet rides!

As well as folks that looked like they were straight out of the early 1900's! If you can ignore their cell phones and cameras!

Handsome cowboys, too!

While everyday may not be a car show, they have a wonderful museum, the fort and a miniature town, all located right near the zoo. This summer bring the whole family!
Click the link below to view their location, hours, history, old-time recipes, and more:

Monday, May 17, 2010

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary."
-Aaron Rose

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Good Rub

River-Rose contributor "Tex Mex" weighs in on the great barbecue debate - to Marinate or Dry Rub?

Now that you are ready to fire up the smoker how are you going to prepare the meats? If you ask ten people, half will say a dry rub is the way to go, the other half will side with wet (marinade and mop). Both are great, although it truly depends on your taste buds and desired end result.
Dry rubs are very effective, but first one must find the perfect combination of spices to create a delicious rub. Once found, it will become a long standing favorite for that low and slow chef. Commercial rubs can be found at many food stores, although true rub aficionados like to experiment and mix their own. This can be very expensive and time consuming. Once a chef finds that “special rub”, there is no way the recipe will be revealed! It is a winning rub that will get you noticed at BBQ events and once you find one for Brisket, then it's back to the drawing board to find one for the Pork Butt, then Chicken and Ribs. Unfortunately, one rub for all the meats has not been discovered, yet.

Generally, a combination of several spices will be found within a rub. Garlic powder, Paprika, Chili powder, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cumin, Oregano, and Dry Mustard may be in the ingredients. The proportion of each ingredient is up to the person making the mix. Use all those spices, just three, or use five of them- therein lies the secret! Once you have the “MIX” you desire, apply it to the meat it was intended for. Some people coat the meat with a light coat of mustard before applying the rub. You will not taste the mustard once the meat is cooked. Mustard will help adhere the rub to the meat.
Now you will find out why it is called a rub. Coat the meat entirely with the rub then massage it slowly into the meat. Wrap it in Saran wrap and place it in the fridge for six to eight hours- overnight is better.

Finally the meat is ready to cook, is the pit up to 185- 225 degrees?
Put it on and sit back and enjoy, you have already chosen the wood to smoke with right?
Next we will discuss marinades and wet mopping!

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."
-Cadet Maxim

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Snippets of Mother's Day

I love you and always have. Since the day we met and every day since then...

May all your dreams come true! Happy Mum's day!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Iceberg Lettuce Wedges!

Create your own masterpiece using refreshing Iceberg Lettuce Wedges that are so easy to make!
1 Quartered Head Iceberg Lettuce
1/2 Cup Favorite Dressing
1 Can Tuna
1/4 Cup Chopped Roasted Red Pepper
A Sprinkle of Black Pepper
Peel away the first layer of lettuce and divide the head into fourths. Drizzle on your favorite dressing and a spoonful of Tuna. Garnish with Roasted Red Pepper and a bit of Black Pepper.
Yummy and a tiny bit messy to eat, although well worth it. There are many variations as the wedges can be topped with anything you love from Guacamole and Salsa, Cucumber Dressing with Blue Cheese and Walnuts, to Pesto and shaved Parmesan!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mama Reads! The Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute - Fashion

The elegant and beautifully crafted book, THE COLLECTION OF THE KYOTO COSTUME INSTITUTE- FASHION is the documentation of fashion from the 18th to the 20th century.
One of my rare and amazing finds, every page is a fashionista's dream book. Breathtaking photographs of costume, dresses, shoes, and hats.

Illustrating the progression of early period styles and historically provides insights to the psychological evolution of events that affected women's clothing throughout the ages to the present.

The pages are filled with true beauty, old world craftsmanship, flowing with the creative juice that exist in artists- keeping our world progressing ever forward.
****River-Rose's Mama****

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Author writes River-Rose!

Mama Reads! is a new section on River-Rose and is a column written by my mother about all the books she enjoys. This week, Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, was the first to be reviewed and we are honored that she read the post as well as commented. Thanks, Vanessa!

Thistle said...
Amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my little book... and trust me, I fought long and hard to change the title (it's way too cheesy for my liking, but publishers know what sells, I suppose). All the best with your green pursuits (even if they don't involve unplugging the fridge)...:)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
-E.E. Cummings

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mama Reads! "Sleeping Naked is Green"

Hello River-Rose Readers!

My daughter, who created this blog and is a freelance reporter for her hometown paper, asked me to post some comments on books that I am currently reading. According to her, since I'm always reading two to three books at a time (very eclectic readings by the way) she thought her readers might get a kick out of her Mama's book reviews. So, I am posting my first review! By the way, we would love to hear your own personal comments about what books you are currently reading. Thank You! River-Rose's Mama

How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days
Vanessa is a reporter for a very conservative newspaper in Toronto, Canada. She takes upon a challenge to "green" her life for 365 days. Here's an excerpt:
"Thinking up 365 ways to green my life and writing about it every day for and entire year probably qualifies as the most asinine idea I've come up with in the twenty-eight years of an otherwise uneventful neurological activity. In fact, the only thought running through my head right now is that surely, if I had a boyfriend and a better social life, this would never have happened. Since when do I care about recycling and public transport? Or compost? Or blogs? I wish I'd never seen "An Inconvenient Truth". You know what's really inconvenient? Thinking up 365 ways to green my life and writing about it every single day for an entire year. What Have I Done?"
Vanessa might be thirty years younger than this book reviewer; but, because of her humorous honesty and fantastic wit, I found the book totally enjoyable and educational as far as how we can all begin to take small steps towards being more green-without all the preachy stuff!
Check out her book or blog at: