Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
"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!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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!
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!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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.
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.
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
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
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!
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
Saturday, May 1, 2010
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