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Florida Red for Christmas

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I’m featuring Christmas colored plants today.  Today was a “chamber of commerce” day.  Sunny, a light breeze, 75 degrees. Here are a few Christmas themed blossoms.

A spectacular double hibiscus:

This is a Florida Live Forever.

How about a soft, fluffy castor bean plant.  The leaves are pretty, aren’t they?

This plant is starting to feel  the chill in the air.  It is called a Firebush.

Although not actually red, this was too pretty and almost red.  A Bougainvillea.

 Now I have to go find my sweat suit and slippers-the temperature is dropping to the low 40’s tonight.


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December 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Flowers

Bobby Flay tortured me today

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I’ve had a very busy week, and I guess you have, too!

Neil and I are on our way to a Chamber of Commerce holiday party. I was a lucky Princess on Wednesday.  At the Feather Princess party I won a door prize:

I was lucky a second time, I won an apron pattern.  We are having a Tea at our April meeting, and are having an apron contest. This is the pattern I won:

I watched Bobby Flay’s Throwdown today (while finishing my last quilt before Christmas, yeah!) CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING!!!!! His opponent was a food truck in NYC.  The Food Truck was being filmed for a real Food Network show, but they thought it was actually going to be a Bobby Flay Throwdown.  Bobby heard about it, and did turn it into a throwdown.  The foodtruck won.

Started in October 2007, DessertTruck is a pioneer in the mobile food business.  Founded and run by pastry chefs from the fine dining world, DessertTruck aims to provide awesome handmade desserts without the cost and fuss of fine dining. DessertTruck currently has one truck that operates on the streets of NYC and a pastry cafe on the Lower East Side, which opened in 2010.

Visit our website at

This is a link to the recipe-

I’m going to go wipe off my drool now.



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December 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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Color makes a difference

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Bonnie Hunter taught a quilt workshop at  the Brandon Guild a few months ago.  The workshop was for a pattern called Virginia Bound. Today during our  sewing at Judy’s group,  Pat finished sewing her (many)Virginia Bound blocks together.  That inspired me to show a few of the variations made by workshop participants. This is Bonnie’s original quilt:

Pat’s version-can you guess that she likes Halloween?

How about one for a baby girl? Actually, TWIN girls.

Here is Cindy’s quilt, she didn’t limit her colors-a true scrap quilt.

Debbie and Judy made a Christmas version.  Debbie’s is quilted and bound!

Wow, this was fun!  I think I’ll have to try to forward the pictures to Bonnie.



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December 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Posted in Quilts

We Bought A Zoo

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A lot of good movies coming out!!!

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December 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Movies

Livestream & Chairlift

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Went with Mike to the Kitting Factory in Brooklyn last night for Livestream’s holiday party (one of the vendors that Mike works with).  They livestreamed (of course) the band at the party – how cool? (can’t figure out how to post the video so you have to click on the link) 

The band’s name was Chairlift and they were pretty good. Here is their bio from the MTV website:

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY (by way of Boulder, CO, where the trio originally came together in 2006), the avant-pop outfit Chairlift formed for the unusual purpose of crafting music for haunted houses. After finding that their work transcended its original purpose, bandmates Aaron Pfenning, Caroline Polachek, and Patrick Wimberly pulled up stakes and headed east, eventually settling in that most musical of locales — not to mention one always looking for new and unique ideas — New York City. Chairlift made a name for itself during the band’s first two years in the Big Apple, playing shows with similar up-and-comers like MGMT, Yeasayer, and Mixel Pixel while inking a contract with the independent label Kanine. Chairlift’s first release on the label, a single entitled “Evident Utensil,” featured a remix by the aforementioned MGMT and was a precursor to the group’s debut full-length release. Released in 2008, Does You Inspire You molded the band’s space rock influences with a poppy indie aesthetic. The album also received an extra promotional boost when “Bruises” appeared in an iPod commercial.  

This is the commercial, you probably remember it.

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December 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Posted in Music

Another Movie to Add to the List

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  Have you read the book?

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December 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Posted in Movies

Chet’s Christmas List

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Here are a few things I’m thinking of getting for Chet this year.

Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado

Cute new bowls


second bed (so I don’t have to move it every morning and night!)

A few toys (these are called PipSqueaks!).



A new hoodie.

Yeah, would get pretty much anything for this little guy.



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December 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Posted in Holidays