Monday, July 17, 2017

A day in Sharon Springs with the Beekman Boys....

This past Sunday, Mom and I went to Sharon Springs, NY to tour the Beekman Farm....


....the mansion was built in 1802...


...and the land is maintained and nurtured by these three men...


Josh......................................................Farmer John............................................Brent


 Farmer John fosters the goats....



...who took a liking to Mom...


...especially this one who kept nibbling on her!


Brent nurtures the flourishing flower gardens and Josh cultivates the vegetable garden that nourishes them throughout the year!


We were invited to taste the berries and cherries - and I caught Mom nibbling on a scallion!


The Beekman Mansion is a lovely home, sporting two USA flags, one that represents the year 1802 with only 15 stars, and our current flag....



....the back of the home has a lovely porch overlooking the flower gardens, fruit trees...



...and rolling hills (where they married)...


...a calming pond...


 ...with 2 chairs (However Brent says it's HIS "quiet" spot)...


....as we were saying goodbye... 


...we stopped in town at the Beekman 1802 Mercantile...


...and made a few purchases ~ sweet Alanna was working and she was just a delight to meet...


...and we also had a few laughs upstairs...


...and tasted delicious Goat Cheese Ice Cream, infused with alcohol ~ YUM!...


...from the Little Pink Elephants (Facebook) (Website) ~ visit them to see the delectable varieties and flavors they have created...


...by then we were famished...


...so we walked across the street to the American Hotel...


...which was built in 1847...


...and enjoyed Sunday brunch...


...and we had time to shop some more...


 ...and then we went exploring in Canajoharie to Wintergreen Park:


It was a fulfilled day with Mom and another little adventure crossed off my list!!

To read about my first trip to Sharon Springs, go HERE





I am sure that Brent was saying "and check out Patti from Pandora's Box"







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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hydrangeas....

We have 2 hydrangea bushes on the side of our home....


...and they must love rain....


...because we have had our share of it this year...


....but what intrigues me the most...


...is that each bush has 3-4 different shades of pinks and lavender...


...and these blooms were all cut from the same bush!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pretty, pretty....

I found this fan vase, or often called finger vase, at an antique store the other day and brought it home with me....I think it's perfect for an assortment of little flowers!


It was hand painted in Portugal and is numbered 114, but more importantly, 
it is 
PRETTY!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fresh Flowers....


One of my favorite things about summer is having fresh flowers in my house! 

 I know I can buy them all year, but the availability is so amazing during the summer...



....and I love to add flowers from my yard with those I purchase...


The other day I found these orange flowers growing on the side of the road, beside Queen Anne Lace:


Do you know what they are called? 

UPDATE: These are Milkweed !!!

They are so bright and vibrant and I love them, but can't find them anywhere else!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Orange Barbecue Chicken


I am not a fan of barbecue sauce, however I recently found a mixture of jar sauce with orange marmalade that I love!!


The recipe was simple:
Fry a few T of chopped onion and a minced clove of garlic in a little butter, add 1 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 cup orange marmalade and simmer until mixed.  Marinade chicken in a some of the sauce for 2 hrs.  Brush the remaining sauce on chicken as it cooks on the grill!


It is so tasty!


And even better, use the leftovers for chicken salad:


I simply chopped up chicken, added red onion, celery, walnuts, cucumber, chives, a squirt of creamy bacon dressing and mayo!


Sharing with Imparting Grace and BNOTP

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Prepping for the 4th....


We are having a barbecue on the 4th....


....and I have all the supplies...


...ready for the party...


...now I just need to....


...grocery shop!!!


I did find a few minutes to make some festive bark and hid it so I wouldn't eat it...


...simply pretzels, white chocolate, M&Ms and assorted sprinkles!

Now I am off to plan the menu!

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