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Inspirational Thursday-Trees



Trees have always touched my heart-I am intrigued by their majestic branches that reach towards the sky.   This tree is in our backyard-on slow, sunny, blue sky days in January I like to sit outside and admire this tree.

Trees remind me that life is constant and that God has everything in control.  






Cotton Candy Dreams by Vince Scaglione, via 500px

http://500px.com/photo/23271847#

Life is a cycle and we can always look to the future and the newness which that Season will bring. God's promises are seen everywhere. 





As the sun drops low into the horizon and night begins to settle in, the majestic tree casts her final shadows on the closing of the day.  This seems to me, to be the perfect time to reflect.





Emerging beauties by Marco Crupi, via 500px
Marco Crupi 2012http://500px.com/photo/17977331#

The stillness of the forest is calming to my mind and soul.  All is well.



"solitude" by Kittiwut Chuamrassamee, via 500px.
http://500px.com/photo/24565273?from=popular#


On the top of this grassy hill a tree stands strong, straight and faithful much like a lone warrior at the end of a battle.



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And even though, winter has shrouded each tree in a blanket of snow-this Season of sleep will give way to the promise of a new beginning.  I am thankful that God has created this magnificent world and that His constant hand of love and care is seen in the beauty of a Tree.



Trees- By Joyce Kilmer 1886-1918


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


Does something in nature resonate for you?


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French Findings- delightful

Since I have become a blogger, I obviously spend more time on my computer.  In the past I have purchased many decorating magazines as my wish list/portfolio. In the past I have always had a hard copy as my inspiration. Much of my inspiration is now housed in this blog  





This small  Chandelier is marvelous-I especially adore the white and green  crystals. 




This home office is a dream come true, notice all of the elements and layers. Loving worn books, just a bit tattered and brick floor.






Don't you just adore silver, crystal and French Linens?




French linens, a well loved chair and painted plank floor.





Curvy furniture a must in any French Style home, and a touch of bling.






Country French married with Country Sweden for a Gustavian Style style.












Of course a worn table with a basket and plants.






It is all of these seemingly and effortlessly small accents which make all the difference in decorating our homes.






So, no matter what our style is-it is the subtle placing of our treasures that define and enhance our homes.

xoxo
Jemma






Jemma's Signature Salad



We love salads at Jemma's -I prepare a fresh one every night!  Except on Friday and Saturday when we go to our local and favorite restaurants!  Since I prepare five fresh salads every week, I know a good salad when I see one!  I am going to share with you my favorite tossed salad!





In order to have really great flavor and a truly delicious salad you must have fresh ingredients.  Never ever purchase pre-washed and bagged lettuce greens or chopped vegetables. If you must - you may have to drive a distance in order to get fresh ingredients.


Jemma's Signature Salad 


Ingredients-serves 4

1 1/2- 2 cups rinsed and dried ice burg lettuce
1 1/2 -2 cups rinsed and dried red-leaf lettuce
4 thinly sliced radishes
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
1 chopped cucumber
1 large vine ripe tomato
3 tablespoon finely diced sweet vidalia onion(optional)
1 medium Haas avocado chopped



salt and pepper to taste
Stella crumbled blue cheese to taste



I am big into rinsing all my fruit and vegetables multiple times. I usually fill up my sink half full and place leaf lettuce, radishes, pepper, celery and tomato in the sink.  I let them soak for 20 minutes. Remove from sink and let dry on a dish towel for another 20 minutes.
I rinse the ice burg lettuce under running water for 5 minutes and let it drain in  a wire colander in the sink.




I dice and chop all of my veggies up into the consistency we like-I add extra ingredients that suit me at the time-(my fridge always has an interesting assortment of vegetables)  The next step is the lettuce.  I know there are many professional Chef's that tear the lettuce instead of using a knife-I am not a professional so I cut up the lettuce too!



I have a very old wooden salad bowl that I use to toss everything together.  Place the signature salad in your favorite salad plate or bowl(this is my Mother's China) garnish with this incredible rich, dense and mild blue cheese.  Top with your most favorite dressing, salt and pepper to taste!  Truly enjoyable!

Hint on keeping avocados from turning brown:

There are many theories on how to prevent an avocado from turning brown, for me it is leaving the pit in.  By that I mean not disturbing the pit from the remaining unused half.  For more information and other theories on this topic.  Please follow this link:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/keeping-avocados-from-turning-brown_n_1196633.html


This half of avocado was cut and sealed in a baggie with pit undisturbed for 24 hours in my refrigerator, still has a very presentable color.

xo
Jemma

Shop your Home-You might find a surprise

Needless to say, between my beloved Mother's collectibles and my own I really shouldn't even be shopping.  So this weekend I stayed put and shopped at home.  You know I even ended up having a good time! 


I moved this house plant from my tea cart to the formal coffee table and brought the two glass bowls from a kitchen cupboard.  During Christmas the white urn was a home for the paper whites. (I guess I did shop-I bought another plant!)




Everything on this table has special meaning to me, making me even more satisfied!



These Hydrangeas and ranunculus came from the attic.  You know how I advocate saving all of your silk flowers!  They can always be dusted off and pruned to revitalize them.






Last but not least are these precious cups and saucers. I brought them out of the cupboard too.  These little cups and saucers are P. K. Silesia Porcelain!  They are true vintage and made somewhere between 1880 and World II, in a little town which is named Silesia, and located in Northeastern Germany. 
Historical source:
http://vintages-antiques-collectibles.knoji.com/collecting-p-k-silesia-porcelain/
When you shop at home you might be surprised at what you find!

Any treasures you have uncovered from shopping your own home?
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Terracotta Pots and Succulents

So, by now we all know I am a bit crazy over plants-in fact I just fertilized all my indoor plants and trimmed their leaves.  I think they have become my  children!!  Well, I guess that is just the way it is-so there is a new kid on the block and that is the Succulent!



Tip 1:  Succulents prefer bright light-Southern Exposure


I ventured over to my gardening center to pick out 3 pots-
I found 3 simple pots and brought them home
Tip 2:  Succulents prefer daytime temperatures between 70-85 and nighttime 50-55

They sat in this windowsill for a day or two, while I mulled over what exactly look I was going for.


Tip 3:  Succulents should never be allowed to sit in water. Indications of over watering are soft and discolored leaves. 

I felt white would really be a great way to compliment the green, gray and lavender hues of the succulents, so I got out one of my many cans of white spray paint...
Tip 4: Succulents that are under watered will stop growing and may have spots on their leaves and shed them. 

After the pots had dried, I took my painted pots outside and added soil and Spanish moss-

Tip 5:  Succulents should be planted in a fast draining mixture of soil.  Perlite is recommended, I did not have any so I am using Spanish moss-

I gently tucked each succulent into the prepared soil and pot and sat them on the wrought iron table outside.
Tip 6:  Fertilize as you would any plant during the Summer months, during the winter months do not fertilize.

I am not so sure I want to leave them outside, so I brought them inside and placed them on my grey desk.


Names of these Succulents: The two on each end are Echeveria 'Perle Von Nurnberg' Middle one Echeveria 'Neon Breakers'

I am still undecided so I moved them to my gold Tea Cart.

What do you think?


Elizabeth and Company





Inspirational Thursday-Love

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not 

proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no

records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. 

Love never fails."

King James Version: 1 Corinthians 13





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So what does love mean to you?  How do you show someone you love them?  Is it through hugs and kisses?  Maybe you show love through giving a gift?  Do you show love by giving of your time? Or is it hearing the words " I love you," which mean the most?





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Perhaps one of the reasons that love is so powerful is because when we truly love, we will sacrifice our own needs, and desires for the ones we love.  We will invest time and energy in finding out what makes someone feel loved. Maybe it is generously giving up the moment for someone else, maybe it is giving without expecting. Maybe it is going without so someone else can have. Perhaps love is the purest form of humanity.  






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I am so thankful for the constant and unconditional love of my sweet family

and my dear friends.

So, whatever love means to you, may you always hold it tight,

never take it for granted, cherish it and give it.

And, my wish for you- is it that receive more than you could have ever 

dreamed of and always keep love in your heart!








Accent With Tangerine

I am sure you have heard the saying

"If it sounds too good to be true it probably is."  

Well today that saying isn't going to apply! 

I have found a fabulous find for your home and mine- I want to share it with you all!  


Yesterday my youngest daughter sent me a text while I was at work.  

"Chevron covers are now 50 percent off!  3.50 a piece!" 

 At our favorite craft store- Hobby Lobby!

We all know-we cannot sew a new pillow cover for that price.  Linen , zippers 

and button embellishments for 3.50! 

 My daughter chose these grey and turquoise covers for her pillows-aren't 

these a perfect accent!



This is my cozy sofa and as much as I love these pillows

-because my oldest daughter made them for me.  

She and I both agree that I need an updated accent.


My husband and I are both fans of tangerine. 

When we changed the paint color on our walls to French Grey, it opened up a 

whole color palette for us to use as accent colors. 

I am very pleased with this bright and airy look, especially with Spring just 

around the corner.  



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             Great colors-maybe this would be a great addition too.


                                              

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                                 Neutrals and tangerine



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                One of my all time favorite mix of accent colors-tangerine

                                      and beautiful turquoise.



                                 


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                  Of course this polka dot reading pillow caught my eye!

                 Do you have any plans to brighten up your home for Spring?









Lovin' The Dutch Oven

I love to cook and I make many a stew, soup, chowder or sauce.  My three girls know me so well that together the three of them gave me this wonderful Dutch Oven!




You know there are so many recipes that call for cooking with a dutch oven.  There is a reason for this.

Benefits of Dutch Oven Cooking

1. Cast iron evenly heats the bottom, sides and across the lid for superior heat distribution.
2.  Low to medium should be used rather than high because of the natural heat retention.
3.  Less energy is required to maintain a constant and consistent 
heat.
4.  Versatile-the dutch oven can be used on gas, electric and ceramic cook tops as well as in the oven for baking or broiling.

5.  The lid effectively holds in moisture which enhances the flavor of vegetables and meats
6.  Sizes range from 6 to 12 quarts.


Tips and Facts on Dutch Oven Cooking

1.  Because it is made out of cast iron it is a poor conductor of heat-meaning it takes it awhile to get hot.  But remember when it does-it's consistent.

2.  They are great for braising meat.

3. Bare cast iron dutch ovens are very popular for the camping crowd.  Everything from baked to chicken to a cobbler can be cooked in the dutch oven over slow burning coals.

4.  They have been used for hundreds of years from many different cultures.  The most basic of cookware originally designed with feet to sit above the hot ashes in a fireplace.

5.  Enameled prevents flavor leeching.


6.  Cool Enameled Dutch Oven completely before washing and please wash by hand.  This will keep the Dutch Oven from dulling and help on preventing chips.

7. Who makes Dutch Ovens?  LeCreuset, Staub, Lodge, Williams and Sonoma-the list goes on.

Do you have any Dutch Oven recipes to share??

~Jemma~

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Finding The Perfect Flower Arrangement

I am thinking of flowers!  Actually, I always am, I get all sort of mail in my inbox and mailbox. 

I suppose if I were to have an addiction it would be flowers! 

I justify a weekly trip to my local garden center by telling myself I will just buy a 4 inch pot this week!!







One of my dreams was to own my own florist shop-My husband and I actually flew to Boston to look at a KaBloom franchise many years ago.

Sadly enough their research determined that demographically we wouldn't be successful.

So, I grow my own  and enjoy them!

Please enjoy some arrangements I have picked for various times

of the year.






I must admit I am a fan of mercury glass- pink peonies and tulips! This sings Spring to me and the glass just showcases the blossoms so well!




Naturally, hydrangeas must always be a consideration







Isn't this one the cutest thing ever-













Such an incredible bouquet-gorgeous and timeless Peonies.





So perfect for a special Valentine Dinner...









Gorgeous For Any Time of the Year








So rich, warm and wonderful, maybe for a

Christmas gathering?












Do you have any favorite flowers to share?