Here is our new design for the week.
Growth charts are very popular - so we wanted to add another to our designs.
This chart features four animals to coordinate with the letters GROW.
The chart measures 38" x 18" and is available on our site JaneyMac
The chart comes in the two colors of your choice and retails for $32.50.
Monday, August 31, 2009
There are 25 tasting rooms in and around Murphys. Brice Stationer Winery (pictured to the left) is located up Hiway 4 going towards Arnold. Frog's Tooth tasting room is located among the other 16 tasting rooms in downtown Murphys. Ironstone is by far the biggest and most impressive of the wineries. It's located about a mile outside of Murphys, it has a museum in which the Kautz specimen is housed. It's the largest specimen of crystalline gold in the world, weighing in at 44 pounds (pictured above). Ironstone has a beautiful tastingroom with a 1800's look and feel. It also has an amphiteatre which hosts such artists at The Moody Blues, Alan Jackson, and Jason Mras. Check out all their events at www.ironstonevineyards.com
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I was looking for a good website for vintage purses, when I found these darling purses on modbag.com This store is owned by Martha Torno and Tom Clark. For almost 20 years they have specialized in quality mid-twentieth century home furninshings, which are also wonderful. You can find those at moderntimeschicago.com
The price range for the purses is around $200-$500. But considering their uniqueness and perfect condition, I don't think you can go wrong. Check them out!
Friday, August 28, 2009
John and Daniel Murphy came to Sutters Fort in 1844. When gold was discovered a few years later, they began mining for gold. They formed a camp called Murphys Camp, which is known today as Murphys, California. Almost $20 million of gold was found in and around Murphys.
The Picture above of Murphys Hotel is one of the oldest continually operating Hotels in California. Some its more notable guests are U.S. Grant, Mark Twain and Black Bart.
Murphys is known as the Queen of the Sierra and the playgound of the Bay Area. With its many vineyards and wine tasting rooms in historic downtown Murphys.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
We just moved back to California. Now I know this state has it problems, i.e. it's bankrupt, the traffic is horrific, and the unemplyment rate is high. But we just moved to the cutest little town called Murphys. It's an old gold mining town that has never lost it original look. Truly it's charming. In the upcoming weeks, I'll take you to some of its darling boutiques, wineries, and restaraunts. But today I have to tell you about these beautiful blackberries in our backyard. What a wonderful surprise these were! The first day we moved in, my husband came into the kitchen with a bowl full of berries. Too tired to make pie, I found an old cobbler recipe in my recipe file. WOW!! it is so good I have to share it with you. You may be wondering why the picture is of red berries, that's because I've made so many cobblers that all the ripe berries are gone. Now all we can do is wait for these to turn ripe, and I guarantee my husband will be out there again picking a bowl full.
1c sugar 1t baking powder
3 tablespoons flour 1/4 c shortening
1 c water 1/2 c milk
3 to 4 c blackberries dash of salt
1 c flour
Mix the sugar, 3 T of four and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for one minute. Add the berries and gently mix. Pour this into a 9x9 pan. Dot with a few teaspoons of butter and sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top. Now mix the flour, salt and the baking powder. Cut in the shortening, then add the milk and mix. Spoon this over the berries. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Serve with ice cream if you want. Enjoy.