Magical Moment Mondays: Ice Cream

Vanilla ScoopIce cream, you ask? We are dealing with endless snow and ice in the Northeast, and you want to wax on about ice cream? The thing is, I really have been craving ice cream lately because it isn’t something we usually get during the winter. Sure I can go to the store and buy some ice cream and crank the heat up and eat it at home. But what I really want is somehow for it to be magically a summer day. I want to head downtown to our local ice cream parlor Moo Moo’s. I imagine picking out a couple of yummy flavors that are hand scooped for me and then I go to the Hudson River to watch the world go by while I dig in! But alas Moo Moo’s isn’t even open this time of year and it certainly isn’t warm enough to eat anything as frozen as ice cream. So instead, I will dream about the magical moment of eating ice cream on a hot summer day.

Bleezer’s Ice Cream
by Jack Prelutsky

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER’S ICE CREAM STORE,
there are flavors in my freezer
you have never seen before,
twenty-eight divine creations
too delicious to resist,
why not do yourself a favor,
try the flavors on my list:

Ice Cream Sold Here!COCOA MOCHA MACARONI
TAPIOCA SMOKED BALONEY
CHECKERBERRY CHEDDAR CHEW
CHICKEN CHERRY HONEYDEW
TUTTI-FRUTTI STEWED TOMATO
TUNA TACO BAKED POTATO
LOBSTER LITCHI LIMA BEAN
MOZZARELLA MANGOSTEEN
ALMOND HAM MERINGUE SALAMI
YAM ANCHOVY PRUNE PASTRAMI
SASSAFRAS SOUVLAKI HASH
SUKIYAKI SUCCOTASH
BUTTER BRICKLE PEPPER PICKLE
POMEGRANATE PUMPERNICKEL
PEACH PIMENTO PIZZA PLUM
PEANUT PUMPKIN BUBBLEGUM
BROCCOLI BANANA BLUSTER
CHOCOLATE CHOP SUEY CLUSTER
AVOCADO BRUSSELS SPROUT
PERIWINKLE SAUERKRAUT
COTTON CANDY CARROT CUSTARD
CAULIFLOWER COLA MUSTARD
ONION DUMPLING DOUBLE DIP
TURNIP TRUFFLE TRIPLE FLIP
GARLIC GUMBO GRAVY GUAVA
LENTIL LEMON LIVER LAVA
ORANGE OLIVE BAGEL BEET
WATERMELON WAFFLE WHEAT

I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER’S ICE CREAM STORE,
taste a flavor from my freezer,
you will surely ask for more.

Swirled Ice Cream ConeXOXO Rachel

Flower Fridays: Begonia

Begonia—what a lovely Orange and Yellow Begoniasound emerges from your lips when you pronounce, Begonia. I have to say that at first blush I am not a huge fan of begonia. That is probably because most of my exposure is to the somewhat less than thrilling to me small blossom annual begonias that are used as bedding plants. The flowers seem too small for their greenery. But then as I look at the different varieties, my perspective shifts. What lovely frilly buds there are in the hybrid tuberous types. With their large showy flowers, tuberous begonias are not your average garden begonias. I love the double tuberous versions and look at all those fabulous colors—shades of white, pink, rose, red, orange, and yellow!

Blushing BegoniaAs it turns out, I do have reason to be cautious in my praise of begonia. Begonia flowers in Victorian times signified “be cautious” or attributed “a fanciful mind” to the sender or recipient of the blossoms. Not exactly a typical romantic gesture! Nonetheless, I say, bring on the full and lush double begonia, especially now on these cold winter days when I dream of a tropical climate where you can find begonias outside.

To the Flowers
By Martha Lavinia Hoffman

Bright little day stars
Scattered all over the earth,
Ye drape the house of mourning
And ye deck the hall of mirth.

Ye are gathered to grace the ballroom,
Ye are borne to the house of prayer,
Ye wither upon the snowy shroud,
Ye fade in the bride’s jeweled hair.

Ye are relics of bygone ages,
From Eden inherited,
To gladden the homes of the living,
And mourn on the graves of the dead.

XOXO RachelHybrid Begonia

Get Inspired with Color!

Color candlesThey don’t say a picture paints a thousand words for nothing; images are a wonderful way to convey so much in a single glance. I find what is particularly important in images is the color! Bold and rich, soft and delicate and anything in between, I love all colors and find them inspirational! Colors create emotion and motion and can set the stage for whatever project you are working on—like your wedding. I know the power of color on design first hand because I am in the middle of redesigning my website—yes this website.

One of my first tasks from my web-designer was to look at lots of different websites to see what I like. And you know what? The first thing I noticed was colors! And then I looked at some design magazines and guess what I noticed—colors! Colors are inspirational and they don’t need to be just for weddings (or website redesigns). Colors can change your mood or give you ideas for clothes, makeup and even dinner (I think I want something bright green on the plate tonight!) So to help you with your color inspiration, click HERE to see my newest Pinterest Board on Color Inspiration!

XOXO Rachel

Magical Moment Mondays: Potluck

Hot steaming pot of soupEvery year on the first Sunday after Valentines Day, my friends hold “Soup Day”. The wonderful idea is an excuse to bring friends and family together in the middle of a cold winter to enjoy hot soup. It is potluck so everyone pitches in and brings their favorite recipe. Each year the menu grows to include much more than soup—there are plenty of appetizers, chips and dips, salads and even paella and other main courses. Last year I also brought warm chocolate chip cookies (of course, see Ode to Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies) so that may become a regular addition from me. Potlucks are so magical. First, you get to have what you love because you brought it to the party. And second, you get to taste any number of other people’s yummy choices. What’s not to love about favorite friends and their favorite foods? And best of all you don’t have to prepare all the dishes but you get to eat all of them!

Organize a potluck with your friends and let the fun and magic begin!

Winter
by Walter De La Mare

And the robin flew
Into the air, the air,
The white mist through;
And small and rare
The night-frost fell
Into the calm and misty dell.

And the dusk gathered low,
And the silver moon and stars
On the frozen snow
Drew taper bars,
Kindled winking fires
In the hooded briers.

And the sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!”

XOXO Rachel

Flower Fridays: Rose

Abundance of rosesLast week, when my husband Andy and I were discussing what to do on Valentines Day, he said, “It’s on Friday, so roses.” I hesitated a response because I wasn’t certain what he was referring to when he continued, “your Flower Friday blog”. Of course! I certainly have written about roses before (see Flower Fridays: Red Rose), but I can write about roses every week of the year and have plenty to say about them. And there are so many poems that refer to roses—so no problem there. In fact I decided on two poems today. And as Andy knew in an instant, roses are perfectly perfect for the sentiment of Valentines Day.

I love all roses: tiny tea roses, big full blooming heritage varieties, roses still in tight buds, whites, pinks, yellows, and deep red roses of love! Roses mean, “I love you”, “You are perfect”, “Be mine”, “You are my everlasting love”, “I am devoted to you”, and “Marry me”! Happy Valentines Day to all of you, my dear readers.

Rose bouquetThe White Rose
by John Boyle O’Reilly

The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

Go, lovely rose!
by Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Rio De Janeiro RoseTell her that’s young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.

Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

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XOXO Rachel