Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Take Time For Mom

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
I am recapping with some past spring teas this week for Mother's Day.  

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
"Honor your father and mother.  

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you." ~Exodus 20:12

Spring Tea: The Charm of Home
Treat your Mom good for Mother's Day! 
Sherry

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Home Sweet Home #269

The Splendor of Spring
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home! This week I shared The Splendor of Spring.  

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!
15 Farmhouse Style Bathrooms
Kristi at Making It in the Mountains shared 15 Farmhouse Style Bathrooms Full of Rustic Charm

DIY Wooden Crate Shoe Rack

Julie at Live From Julie's House shared DIY Wooden Crate Shoe Rack.

Personal Tea Room
Bernideen of Bernideen's Tea Time Cottage and Garden shared When a Dream Comes True for BTCG Blog Party.  It is her new space in her home, a personal tea room.

Easy Apple Pie Rose Tart
The Little Yellow Corner Store shared An Easy Apple Pie Rose Tart.  Aren't they pretty? 

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Splendor of Spring

God's Splendor:The Charm of Home
Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.

God's Splendor:The Charm of Home
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!  The desserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.

God's Splendor:The Charm of Home
There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.

God's Splendor:The Charm of Home
Say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.  He is coming to save you."  ~Isaiah 35:1-4

God's Splendor:The Charm of Home
"Oh, that we might know the Lord!  Let us press on to know him.  He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."  ~Hosea 6:3

Is your life feeling more like a desert wasteland?  Shoot me an e-mail and we'll talk.  

The mug is by Graces Tea ware.

Sherry

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There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Proverbs 31 Linkup at A Proverbs 31 Wife
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Roses of Inspiration at The Enchanting Rose
Wise Woman Linkup at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Though Provoking Thursday at 3-D Lessons for Life
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Faith Filled Friday at Missional Woman
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Home Sweet Home #268

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I took a spring break!  So, here is a little visitor from my garden I am sharing today, on to the party!

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!

Pat at French Country Style from the Foot of the Rockies shared My Garden Visits- Spring Fever on the French Country Patio.

Live from Julie's House shared Epic Pudding Cookies.  Yum!

Laura at Decor to Adore shared Finding Inspiration at Roundtop. Awesome! 

Fairy Cottage and Garden shared Paper Lanterns Decorated Shabby Chic. So pretty! 

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Home Sweet Home #267

Heritage Gardening and Heirloom Seeds
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home! This week I was gardening and did this book review, Heritage Gardens and Heirloom Seeds.  It is a great book for the heirloom garden lover.  Check it out!  

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!

Desk
Nicki at Sweet Parrish Place shared Trashtastic Treasures-A Few Vintage Finds.  She was showing us the desk chair but I really loved this whole desk area!

Chinoiserie
Angelina at Peonies & Orange Blossoms shared French Chinoiserie and How to Add Chinoiserie Decor to Your Home.  I love this look and she did a great post on it.  

Pecan Pie
























Sylvia of Sylvia's Simple Life shared Pecan Pie a Taste of the South.  Sylvia's photography is just amazing.  She created an atmosphere with these photos that captured the plantation in her piece and the deep south for all of it's history.


Free Labels
Jes at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth shared "Cottage Rose" Pantry Labels by Mrs. Tittlemouse~Free Printable.  Adorable!

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
Are you ready to garden yet? I am.  I have a treat for you today if you love heirloom gardens and gardening.  I am reviewing Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds:Melded Cultures with a Pennsylvania German Accent. 

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
Never before has there been a book to include a complete background on heritage or traditional gardening and heirloom seeds.  At over 270 pages the book is loaded with pictures of plants and gardens of America from their very beginnings.  The book is divided into five sections. In this order:
I. Which Came First, the Garden or the Seed?
II. The Heritage Garden
III. Visiting Gardens, Garden Sites, and Heritage Landscapes
IV. Heirloom Seeds
V. The Galleries (pictures)
    
Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
Costumed interpreters cultivate and harvest crops. (pg.79)

In the first section the book begins with the discussion of the locally sourced foodstuff movement that has grown in America and the importance that has generated in the restaurant industry and communities alike.  The importance of heirloom varieties is that they were developed before modern agriculture became chemically drenched and genetically modified.  This makes the heirloom seeds significantly valuable because they are being preserved from extinction and many of them are without compare in modern agriculture.  The gastronomic virtues of flavor and taste not mention the preservation of the historically correct seed is of paramount importance.

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
(pg. 81)
The second section of the book is "The Heritage Garden," of which the authors explore the history of the gardening tradition in North America.  The history begins with the Native American contribution to our harvest table, the Spanish influences, Anglo-Dutch traditions, French, and the Pennsylvania German Garden. The most significant being the Pennsylvania German because these heritage garden forms lasted the longest among the Pennsylvania Germans.  The authors truly take you back to the origin of this gardening from sharing the emigrants opening their traveling chests and pulling out seeds and cuttings that originated from kitchen and medicinal gardens of Benedictine cloisters in Switzerland and Germany. (pg.45)   They share the structure of these gardens including the dimensions, composition (including the four square garden), how they gardens were uniquely watered, and the tools with which they kept them. They explain what was grown in these gardens and how, the folklore about planting, and when to plant.  Included are real historical letters with vivid descriptions of the gardens. (pg. 70)

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
(pg.83)
This history of gardening also can't be mentioned without including religion and beliefs pertaining to the garden by the gardeners.  The Quaker beliefs were that the earth was a gift from God to man.  Man had the responsibility of cultivating the earth for his own benefit and celebration of God's goodness. (pg. 71) None of this went unnoticed by celebrities that were ahead of their time.  Pictured above (pg. 83) is Julia Child visiting the Landis Valley Museum.  This museum has been a pioneer on the revival of the traditional Pennsylvania German garden and it is home to the Heirloom Seed Project. (pg. 73)


Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
(pg. 95)
Here is an example of runway or ribbon gardening by the Amish and Mennonite in Lancaster county Pennsylvania. The one on the top right could have been my Great-Grandfather's garden from the Kentucky tobacco farm I grew up around as a child. 

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
from: gallery of heirloom vegetable varieties (pg. 243)
The next chapter of the book describes the genesis of the seed industry and how it shifted from growing fields to the laboratory.  Much is discussed about the history of the seed packets in America and the seed houses that produced them and how each year fewer and fewer varieties of these seeds are on the market.  The Seed Savers Exchange founding and work is discussed and how that morphed into the Landis Valley Farm's Heirloom Seed Project. 

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
Also included is complete instruction on how to harvest seeds and save different varieties.  Pictured here is a year's harvest of seeds stored tightly in glass jars and covered by a drape to protect them from light.  (pg. 208)

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
from: the galleries of heirloom vegetables and flowers (pg.261)

Then the book describes the Heirloom Seed Project's many popular varieties of seeds and plants not excluding some of my favorite herbs and flowers! 

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
It just so happens, I am a Seed Savers Exchange customer and I have three plants here that I have started from seed this very year!  I thought I would share them here with my book review.

Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
This is one of these two varieties of tomato I have shown here.  It is either the Hungarian Heart tomato or the Austin's Red Pear.  I will figure it out when it fruits.  I first got interested in the heirloom vegetables while reading Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson.  Having a background as a RN, I have always been studying the proper way to eat for health and it turns out that there is a dramatic difference in the plant varieties we cultivated in the past from the ones on our grocery store shelves today and that difference is the nutrition is bred out of our modern produce.  In this book "Eating on the Wild Side," Jo Robinson mentions eating specific varieties of produce that have the most nutrition and that is how I came to order these seeds for my tomatoes.  They have the most nutrition packed into a tomato you can get! So, that began my adventure into heirloom gardening.


Heritage Gardens Heirloom Seeds
I highly recommend this book if you or a gardening friend have a love of heritage gardens or heirloom seeds and plants. It is a valuable resource and a wonderful testimony to why we need to preserve our heirloom seeds and plants.  The diversity offered in nature is there for a reason and to hybridise it out of all food and plant life is a big mistake. The wisdom in the natural order of plant life is a valuable commodity worth studying and preserving.  I also recommend the book as an excellent reference book on heritage gardens and heirloom seeds and plants.  I really enjoyed this book and I will keep it for a reference for my heirloom gardening.  I have really enjoyed reading the history of gardening in America and the historical letters about gardening in this book.  The history and folklore surrounding the emigrants gardening has been woven into the fabric of our farming communities and it is wonderful to see it documented in this book. 
Thank you to Elizabeth at Schiffer Publishing, Ltd for providing me with a copy of this book for review.  The review and opinions were entirely my own.  


Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Five Star Frou-Frou at A Tray of Bliss
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Welcome Home Wednesday at Suburban Simplicity

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